WEDDING DAY MAGAZINE // COVER SHOOT

 

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to photograph the cover for Wedding Day Magazine with an incredible team of talented people! It was a warm, beautiful July day at the Henderson Castle and we had the best time during this shoot. I love collaborating with other creatives and spending a little extra time on all of the details together. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this lovely shoot come together!

Photography // Samantha James Photography 

Venue // The Henderson Castle

Planner & Coordinator // Compose Events

Flowers & Design // West View Florist 

Gown // Parish House of Bridal MC

Hair & Makeup // Something Blue Stylists

Desserts // Wild Flour Cakes and Pastries

Rentals // West Michigan Rental Company

Tables and Chairs // Rental x Events

Jewelry // Kara Daniel Jewelry 

Videography // Emily Swihart

Film Scans // The Find Lab 

 

 

RYAN AND JORDAN ENGAGED

 

Ryan and Jordan are such kind people and I loved getting to know them more during their engagement session! They recently moved near the same area where I live so we had a lot of fun chatting about all of the good places to eat and things you can do. It turns out we actually have a lot in common and it was nice to make those connections! I am so excited to celebrate with them on their wedding day next summer. 

 

MINI FALL PIES // AN EASY RECIPE

 

If you're anything like me, not only do you love the fall season but you also love all of the yummy recipes. I love to bake, it's probably one of my favorite things to do in my spare time! This recipe for Mini Caramel Apple pies is so quick, easy and delicious! If you have an hour to make these, I highly recommend you do. These would make the perfect little dessert for treating your friend to coffee in your home or even to bring to a party. 

MINI CARAMEL APPLE PIES // 

2 Boxes of store bought refrigerated pie crust

3-4 Peeled and diced green apples 

2 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour 

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon 

1/4 Cup of Sugar 

5-10 Store bought caramels (I used Kraft....so good!)

1 Tablespoon of lemon juice 

Egg Wash (1 Egg whisked with 1 Tablespoon of water) 

Crystal sanding sugar (Typically found near the sprinkles in the baking section)

Preheat the over to 425 Degrees and line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper, set aside. 

Combine the diced apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and flour. Mix the apples until they are completely coated. 

Unroll the pie dough and use the opening of a glass or a circle cookie cutter to make small round circles. 

Spoon 1 Tablespoon of the apple mixture into the center of the pie circle. Do not overfill them or they won't close! Top the filling with another crust circle and crimp the edges closed with a fork. Lightly cover each pie with the egg wash and garnish with the crystal sanding sugar. 

Bake the pies for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. Place on cooling rack and enjoy!

If you have extra apple mixture like I did, I whipped up a quick crumble to put over the rest of it and made an apple crisp! Again, super easy. Just put the rest of your mixture in a small baking dish and add the topping mixture below. Bake until slightly golden brown on top, 10-15 minutes at 425.  

Apple Crisp Topping // 

1 Cup flour 

1 Cup Brown Sugar 

1 Stick of Butter 

 

MATT AND SARAH // A GROSSE POINTE WEDDING

 

Everything about Matt and Sarah's wedding day was joy filled. I was so honored to meet and get to know these two throughout the planning process. Matt and Sarah love the water and you may remember their engagement session! It was only fitting they have their wedding at the Yacht Club close to their home. In addition to some really special moments I was witness to, there was so much beauty in their love and all the details that made their wedding a dream come true. I look forward to continuing to celebrate more milestones with them in the future! 

 

JORDAN AND ANA // A LUDINGTON WEDDING

 

Jordan and Ana are two of the most tender hearted people whose wedding day was a true reflection of their joy filled personalities. After my initial phone call with them and talking about their wedding day I knew it was going to be a great fit. Their wedding day was so beautiful, the weather was incredible and you could tell their family and friends had so much fun celebrating these two and their love. I'm so excited for them and I hope you enjoy some photos from their day!

Planning & Floral // All Occasions Events & Florals

Venue // Iris Hills

 

 

BRIDAL SHOOT // FILM INSPIRATION

 

I recently purchased a Pentax 645n film camera and I wanted to spend some time shooting with it for practice so I organized a small session including some of my favorite vendors. I am so grateful to everyone who contributed their talent and resources to make this shoot so beautiful. I'm so thrilled with these images and I'm excited to be incorporating more film into my work. 

 

KYLE AND STACY // A GRAND RAPIDS WEDDING

 

I am beyond excited to finally be sharing Kyle and Stacy's wedding with you! Some of you may remember this wedding I photographed back in March. Today, you will see it featured on Magnolia Rouge too! This wedding carries a lot of significance for many reasons. After Kyle and Stacy booked me to photograph their day, we made plans for me to go to Chicago to shoot their engagement photos where they live. Just a few weeks before that was planned, I received a phone call from Stacy with information that greatly affected their wedding plans. Below she has written their story and I encourage you to take the time to read it! I'm so thrilled to have met these two and their entire family and it was an incredible honor to capture these memories for them. Also, a huge thank you to my dear friend Rhi, who stepped up to help this deserving couple in a time when they really needed it. 

Kyle and I met on my birthday back in 2010 after I had just relocated to Orlando, Florida. Mutual friends took me out for a night on the town and we celebrated and danced the evening away. We instantly connected. It was so easy, as if we had known each other our whole lives, and we quickly became inseparable friends. About a year went by before we finally admitted that we were actually in love with each other and to this day I still consider Kyle the best birthday gift I ever received! 

Together, we moved to my home-state Illinois and into our first apartment in Chicago. Kyle had lived in Florida his whole life so he was ready for a new adventure and thankfully, he fell just as fast in love with the city as he did when he first met me. Three apartments later, we bought our first home together and got engaged on a mountain top in Colorado. 

We were truly living out our fairytale as we set the date for our dream fall wedding in October 2017. As most newly engaged couples do, we began checking-off our wedding to-do list, hiring vendors, finalizing decisions and getting excited for the big day! Our fairytale took a dark turn in January when my father was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Our blissful hearts were shattered and planning turned into chaos as we scrambled to move up the wedding date to fit within the time frame given by the doctors. This type of devastation really put things into perspective for me. I remember thinking "Even if the wedding isn't perfect, or the flowers are a different color or not everyone can make it, the two most important things about this day are the man walking me down the aisle, and the man waiting at the other end."

I was determined to have my father walk me down the aisle and give me away, so I began reaching out to our vendors. I called the venue first to see if they had any dates still available within the next few months. They had one weekend left to host the rehearsal dinner and the wedding - March 11th. I was overcome with relief which quickly turned into panic as I realized that meant planning a wedding in one month. The next teary eyed phone call I made was to our photographer, Samantha James Photography. The stars seemed to align yet again as Sam was available to photograph the wedding for that date! Talking with Sam gave me a sense of comfort as she reassured me that she was there help with more than just photography. Shortly after our conversation, Sam reached out to her colleague and dear friend Rhiannon Bosse who is an expert at wedding planning and design. Rhiannon graciously offered her services to help us and was adamant that we would still have our dream wedding, even if there was only a month to plan.

Rhi and Sam took everything they could off of our plates to ensure Kyle and I could spend every second enjoying time with my father and our family rather than stressing about the wedding. As Rhi began to reach out to her industry connections, the love and compassion that followed was simply awe-inspiring. There was an overwhelming willingness from everyone to help out, provide services, resources and donate products to make our day perfect. It seemed as though every time I answered the phone, I was left speechless by the generosity and kindheartedness or every individual. 

March 11th came around and we entered the green house at the Downtown Market for the big reveal with Rhi and we were overcome with emotion looking around at what had been brought to life. I still get emotional thinking about it to this day. My entire body was covered in goosebumps, the kind that almost hurt as if to reassure you that you aren't daydreaming and the moment is REAL. I remember the lump in my throat looking around the room and making eye contact with everyone who had volunteered to spend their Saturday helping out on our big day. 

Our fantasy garden wedding was actually happening and it was more amazing than we dreamed it could be. As I sat with my father, waiting for the ceremony to begin he told me that he didn't actually view my two older sisters as adults until the day they got married and he admitted that he had wondered if it would be different with me being the youngest. As his eyes welled up with tears, he whispered that he was having the same reaction, seeing me in a wedding dress and getting ready to give me away. I was no longer his little girl. This moment meant the world to me and I will never forget it. I hugged him tightly as I reflected on how blessed we were to be sharing that moment together. 

My father walked me down the aisle that day and handed me off to the man of my dreams. Everything about the day was more magical than we could have ever imagined and the outpouring of love from family, friends and vendors within the industry restored a lot of faith in God and humanity.

Photography // Samantha James Photography

Planning, Design and Floral // Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations

Makeup Artist // Alexandra Nicole

Venue // Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Calligrapher // Prairie Letter Shop

Videographer // Coastline Studios  

Wedding Dress // Hayley Paige  

DJ // Adrian Butler

Cake & Desserts // The Cakabakery

Rentals // West Michigan Rental Company

Linen rentals // Special Occasions West

Seed Packets // Floret Flower