WILLIAM AND FRANCIE ENGAGED

 

I had so much fun with William and Francie during their engagement session! They are such a sweet couple and I can't wait to photograph their beautiful September wedding! Also, who else is totally in love with Francie's stunning white dress with the bow? I hope everyone is having a great week so far! 

 

BASIC INVITE // WEDDING STATIONERY

 

Today I want to share a little about a stationery company that I really love! It's no secret that I love details and stationery suites are no exception. I recently collaborated with Basic Invite and I selected one of my favorite paper suites from over 200 choices. One of the features I love most about Basic Invite is they allow you to order a custom sample wedding invitation so you can see and feel exactly what you're ordering for your special occasion. How fun is that?

They have such a variety of styles, colors and various products to choose from. You can even order save the dates and place cards that match the esthetic of your invitations so you have consistency across the board.

A fun tip for brides is to ask your florist to set aside a handful of flowers and any greenery they are using for your wedding for your photographer to use when they style all of those beautiful details you spent so much time choosing for your wedding. Below I styled the same suite two different ways to show how you can use different items to make a statement with your paper products! 

 

BEN AND KASHA // A VERMONTVILLE WEDDING

 

Kasha emailed me just a few weeks before this day to see if I was available and I'm so glad I was! We spent a while chatting on the phone and she shared their story and vision for their small 3 hour wedding in the country. Their wedding at Cherry Barc Farms was so intimate and sweet and every detail about their day felt personal and intentional. Ben is from France so his family was not able to attend but they wrote him the sweetest letters and made a video for him to watch which added a special touch. It was an emotional but happy day of celebrating their love and I felt so honored to be there to witness all of it! 

Photography // Samantha James Photography

Venue // Cherry Barc Farm

Shoes // Badgley Mischka

Gown, Earrings & Headband // Becker's Bridal

Bracelet // Fantastic Finds

Groom's Suit // Calvin Klein

Florist // Lola's Flower Garden

Wedding Flutes // Anthropologie

Cake // Krista's Cakes 

Hair & Makeup // LC Makeup Artistry

Officiant // Pamela Klusack

 

TODD AND REGINA ENGAGED

 

We did Todd and Regina's engagement session on a gorgeous summer evening at the beach! From the very first time we say down for coffee at Lyon Street Cafe to talk about their wedding I just knew we were going to have so much fun together! I had a wonderful time getting to know these two more during their engagement session. I am even more excited for their wedding at Hidden Vineyard next summer! 

 

GREAT GRANDMA RIETSMA // BRAN MUFFIN RECIPE

 

Writing these words hold so much significance to me because they are about my great grandparents. I was so fortunate to grow up knowing them so well! I've mentioned it before but my family would spend our summers in Northern Michigan at our cottage. One of my most vivid memories is spending the afternoons with my great grandparents. They always made time for me. We would spend an entire afternoon playing cards at their little round table with the screen door open that faced the lake and the sound of boats passing and laughter would stream into the cottage. This cottage that my great-grandpa built with his own two hands. 

Of course, while we played games there was always something in the oven filling the cottage with the sweet aroma of baked goods. Banana bread, molasses cookies or bran muffins. Great-Grandma Rietsma always had a recipe for us to make! While they don't tend to be widely loved, I have always liked Bran muffins simply because they are a part of my childhood. 

They lived a simple life that centered around their love for the Lord and their family. I didn't notice it at the time but in hindsight I see what an incredible example of marriage they set for me. They adored each other and everyone knew it! They were married on July 3, 1938 which makes today their wedding anniversary and they were fortunate enough to celebrate 64 beautiful years of marriage together. As a wedding gift, my mom laminated several of her recipe cards for me to have and I will forever cherish them because I love reading her handwriting while I bake! I hope you can enjoy this Bran Muffin recipe which you will find at the end of this post. Thank you great grandma and grandpa for your love and for your legacy!

Great Grandma Reitsma's Bran Muffins // 

3 Cups Buttermilk 

3 Cups Bran Flakes

1 Cup Oil 

3 Eggs

1 Cup Brown Sugar 

1 Cup White Sugar 

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

3 Teaspoons Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

3 Cups Flour 

3 Teaspoons Baking Powder

Mix Buttermilk and Bran flakes together and let stand 10 minutes. 

Combine oil, eggs, brown & white sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Add buttermilk & Bran mixture. Stir in flour and baking powder, be careful not to over mix. 

Bake at 350 Degrees for 25 minutes in greased muffin tin and voila, yummy Bran Muffins! The picture below are my great grand parents Russ & Clyta. 

 

CHRIS AND DEANNE ENGAGED

 

I first met Chris and Deanne when I traveled with Rhi to New York City over a glass of wine where we talked for a long time about their 2018 wedding. These two are such a perfect match for one another. We did their engagement session at the same location they will be married as it holds a special place in their hearts. It was the perfect evening and the lakeshore was almost as stunning as Deanne! Rhiannon Bosse has an absolutely beautiful vision for their day and I can't wait to see it all come to fruition. 

Hair & Makeup // Hanna Wagner Design

 

MATT AND SARAH ENGAGED

 

I am so excited to be sharing Matt & Sarah's engagement session with you today! There was a lot of planning that went into this session and it was so wonderful to see it all come to fruition. A big thank you to Megan from Ready Set Swoon for all of her help in coordinating everything! I can't wait to see how beautiful everything is going to be for their wedding in August! 

Concept & Styling // Ready Set Swoon 

Flower Wreath // The Days Design

Sailboat Charter // Nancy Anne Sailing Charters LLC

 

TRAVIS AND NICOLE ENGAGED

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Travis and Nicole for their engagement session on a warm, sunny evening here in Grand Rapids. They are so sweet and in love and it was an honor to capture this time in their life together. These two are planning a beautiful January wedding and I can't wait to be a part of the celebration! Enjoy a handful of my favorite images from their session!