100 Days Till I Do: Week Five

Another week down, another week closer to the big day. Things are coming together, but not really in the way I planned. It's been pretty hard this week, with my parents/someone having to be at my parents for my grandma, I've been doing a lot of wedding stuff on my own that I really want to do with my mom. Here's a look into what happened this week. 

Day 72: Jesse's Dad's Birthday. Jesse's mom came and picked me up from work to celebrate his dad's birthday. We bought and build him a fire pit area in the back yard, and Jesse's brother Matt got him some outdoor speakers so he can have something to listen to in his workshop and while he is enjoying a fire. 

Day 71: Orientation. I spent most of the day cleaning the house and doing laundry (things that haven't been done much since my grandma hasn't been doing well) Rachel and I had our orientation for our FBBC class. We are both excited for the workout part, but not so much for the dieting part (we both love our sweets and beer) but in the end we know it will be worth it, and we're getting tattoos to celebrate too!

Day 70: Grandma's Birthday. I spent the day at my parents house to spend some time with my grandma. She's been very up and down with her health that it was important to me to be there for her 85th birthday. Of course we had some pretty good boxed cake made by my mom and watched the game show network. 

Day 69: Rainless Wedding. I was so prepared for rain with this wedding, rain boots and all. AND GUESS WHAT, IT DIDN'T RAIN! It was a super gorgeous wedding with a beautiful location and stunning couple! I love being able to help other photographers capture their couples big day! 

Day 68: Family Pictures with Grandma. I am so thankful for Rachel, I really don't say it enough. She came over to take pictures of the family with grandma and the images are so beautiful. They definitely capture how loving and silly my family is. I don't know what I'd do without Rachel, she is an amazing photographer and an even more amazing friend. 

Day 67: First Workout. Rachel and I had our first workout today, and honestly I loved it! I wasn't 100% sure what to expect but it wasn't bad at all. I was surprised at how many people were at the 6:30 am class though! This week we are to work on just meal prepping. I'm not a huge fan of the recipes given, so I'm staying withing the guidelines of what we can/can't eat.  

Day 66: First Dress Fitting. (SORRY, NO SPOILERS!) I went in to my first dress fitting, and it was an interesting experience. My dress is fitting amazingly, and I really had no idea how much work the seamstress had done on it (it was that good) The interesting part was sitting in the dressing room listening to a girl complain to her mom about not wanting to be a bridesmaid for a wedding THIS WEEKEND, because the dress didn't look good on her! I have no idea how the seamstress kept her composure, I could barely in the dressing room! 

Here we are, almost half way there. Time is flying by so fast, I'm hoping to have everything done!

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100 Days Till I Do: Week 4

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” —Walter Hagen

Last week was a roller coaster, and these week has only continued it. This week has been full of every emotion possible, I've been keeping strong for myself and for my family and it's rough. Wedding planning has really taken a back seat this week, but sometimes you just have to. Week four, here we are.  

Day 79: EmpowHER. I'm finally doing something I've wanted to do for a while. I am joining a Fitbody Bootcamp with Rachel for a four week woman's only class. Both Jesse and his mom went through a bootcamp class, and I have a few friends that love it as well. I really think it's going to be that extra push I need to get back where I want to be. 

Day 78: Cake and Relaxation. My mom celebrated 25 years at Meijer today. A lady she works with had the bakery make a custom chocolate cake, chocolate frosting with a picture of the GT on it. She came over after work to give me a piece of it, which is always super nice of her. I also didn't do much today, which these days seem like they are getting few and far between. 

Day 77: FISH (and date night)! Jesse wanted to go look at fish together for our fish tank, so we decided Friday would be the easiest day to go (since I had the day off, and he gets out of work early) We also wanted to make it a date night and ended up going out to dinner at Perrin. The last time we went there was for our one year anniversary together, but that week they were redoing their menu so we didn't have much to choose from. OMG the food was absolutely amazing, especially the fried pickles. They were LONG slices and not greasy at all! 

Day 76: Hospital. I knew yesterday that my parents took my grandma to the ER because she hasn't been doing very well, but today was the first day we could visit. Jesse and I went up to visit after I got out of work and Jesse picked out a beautiful bouquet of flowers to bring to her. 

We also stopped by Petco to get fish food, and of course I couldn't not look at the adoption center. I'm pretty sure if we could we'd adopt every pet, but that's why we are very big into donating and sharing the rescues we got our cats through. 

Day 75: Hospital Day Two. Went to visit my grandma again after work. I wanted to bring her a word find book, since they are her favorite. She is looking better, but the whole situation isn't. Next week is her 85th birthday, I hope she gets to spend it at home. 

Day 74: Hospital Day Three. My mom picked me up from work today so I could visit with my grandma earlier in the day before Jesse got home. I'm so thankful for being a part of a family that does anything and everything for each other. Being able to spend a little bit more time with my grandma is a blessing. It's been wonderful seeing her sitting in a chair vs in bed, I just want her to come home. 

Day 73: Updates and Registry Gifts. My Grandma was suppose to come home today, but that will wait for tomorrow. She is under Hospice in-home care, which means no more hospital again. I am so thankful for Hospice being the option that works best for my parents and gives my Grandma what she wants. It's really hard to stay strong sometimes, but I know I have to for my parents, my Grandma has lived with them for the last 14 years, so I know this isn't going to be easy. 

Today we also received our first two wedding gifts. We received a gift card in the mail from Jesse's cousin who lives in California and also a super awesome vacuum from one of my dad's friends. I knew the vacuum was coming, since my dad's friend Chuck emailed me about it and told me he is coming to our wedding. I've known him pretty much my whole life from my dad's model club and he's always been super supportive of my photography. 

“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” —Eminem

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100 Days Till I Do: Week 3

Three weeks in already, I can't believe it. This week has been a roller coaster of waiting, good news, and a lot of stress. With both of our crazy work schedules, I don't think the stress is going to get any easier, but we'll make it. Cheers to week three!

Day 86: I'm not going to lie and say that every day is filled with fun wedding planning and exciting things. Honestly, it's really not and today is just one of those days. I went to work, got home, made dinner and watched some TV before bed. 

Day 85: Waiting. I like to say I'm a very patient and  understanding person, but some things REALLY stretch that. Like waiting for the menu for the reception. When you are told you'll get it emailed to you before the 1st of June (when before you were told beginning of May) it really puts a damper on if you even want to send out your invitations. 

Day 84: When Everything Happens at Once. Today was the day that everything clicked, questions were answered and of course I had a ton of fun. I started out the morning with my mom, and we tried on my dress. Guess what it still doesn't fit. (what a way to start out national donut day..) We had some extra time between going to the greenhouse and my eye doctor appointment, so we decided to stop at the new local alterations place. The lady made me feel amazing about my dress, the issue with it is not so much it not fitting me, it's more or less the fit of the dress. Like most dresses they aren't made for people who are...well very short. So she has no problem helping me fix it and it's not going to cost me an arm and a leg! 

Second best thing about today, I FINALLY received the menu for the reception, and I am so excited. We decided on a slider bar, which is almost as good as a taco bar (but still just as amazing) AND, we went to Rachel's house for a bonfire and talked out everything with the ceremony including an extra secret part we are adding in! 

Day 83: MSU Wedding. I love meeting new photographers and working with them during a wedding. It's always interesting to see how they work differently than I do and just talk about life and struggles with being a wedding photographer. 

Day 82: Bath Fan. This day couldn't have came any sooner! We bought this really nice bath fan a while back because the one we had in our bathroom was pretty scary (it had a heat lamp bulb in the middle of it) Well, the awesome expensive bath fan we bought broke, so we exchanged it for a new one and it works perfectly! It's been about a month without one and I have missed it, especially the bluetooth speaker!

Day 81: Stress. I hate stress, and I hate being stressed out. I am so thankful for my dad and Jesse for being there for me when I get VERY stressed. They always know how to calm me down and listen to me and what I have to say. There is just a lot going on in my life and trying to find balance is getting harder and harder. I'm not saying I can't wait till the wedding is over, I just wish I had more time in the day for everything, the days are counting down and I'm still trying to get to the finish line. 

Day 80: All Invites are OUT! I finally went out and bought a roll of stamps to finish sending out invitations. Waiting on that menu really killed my want to send out invitations, I was just so worried they were trying to screw us over that I had no ambition on doing any of it. Well here we are, I am finally done sending out invitations. Scratch that off the list. 

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Marshall, Michigan | Hawthorne Gardens | Wedding Sneak Peek

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Libby and Alex's wedding in Marshall Michigan at Hawthorne Gardens. The great thing about Hawthorne Garden's outside ceremony location is that it is covered, so even with the rain we could still go on with the ceremony. 

It was so amazing watching these two commit themselves to each other in front of their friends and family. I can't wait to share the rest of their wedding! 

100 Days Till I Do: Week 2

I'm not going to lie and say I did a ton of wedding stuff this week. With Memorial day being one of the biggest retail weekends for home improvement, I ended up working every day that I wasn't taking pictures. Welcome to week two, the numbers keep ticking down and life isn't slowing down. 

Day 93: Office Time. My days and mornings off are usually spent in my office editing, emailing or blogging. It's a work in progress, but it's my space to work and brainstorm for my business. I finished up an engagement session for a girl I went to high school with. Check it out!

Day 92: The List. When I started planning my wedding I printed out the best list I found online that wasn't full of frilly things that didn't matter to me. It's definitely something I've been sticking to with planning month to month. Things have changed from last April until now, but that's the game with wedding planning you really never know who your real friends are till it comes down to big things with responsibility. 

Day 91: Second Shooting. I Spent my Friday second shooting for another photographer. The wedding was really simple and pretty. I don't photograph a ton of golf course weddings, but with it being Memorial Day weekend the course was pretty busy despite there being a wedding going on. I was definitly worried about someone getting hit by a golf ball during the ceremony, but thankfully nothing happened. 

Day 90: Party Time. I ended up having to work all day Saturday, but afterwards Jesse and I went to our friend Julie's house to celebrate a mutual friend's son's 18th birthday and just hang out with some really great people. One of my wedding couples is also a mutual friend so Jesse got to meet them as well. 

Day 89: Work and Relaxation. Like I said I ended up working ALL weekend, so the little time I could spend with Jesse was just relaxing and hanging with the cats. Jesse bought new work shoes on Friday while I was at that wedding, and of course as soon as he took them out of the box Jethro jumped in the box. I've never met a cat that loved being in boxes more than him, as soon as you take ANYTHING out of a box he is in it. 

Day 88: Memorial Day. Memorial Day started after the Civil War to remember military personnel who died in active duty. As a kid I remember on Sunday we would drive to Sullivan Cemetery where my Grandpa is buried for a service. The cemetery is in the middle of nowhere down a dirt road in the woods, and the mosquitoes are HORRIBLE. Over the years the veterans putting on the service would change, names would be added to the list buried in the cemetery, but the meaning was always the same. I haven't gone in a few years, but I never forget the ones who have fallen for what I have today. 

Day 87: Tuesday. Another cat picture Sydney? YEP.  I didn't really want to take a picture at the dentist office, or doing dishes because that's pretty weird. I mainly just relaxed from the crazy work weekend, worked on editing a wedding and cleaned the house. I also tried to make Doritos crusted fried green tomatoes, but they didn't taste as well as just regular bread crumbs.  

If you missed my week one post, you can check it out here. I will be posting every Tuesday night/Wednesday morning until my wedding! 

Grand Haven, Michigan | Downtown + Pottawatomie Park Engagement | Alicia + Isaiah

I've known Alicia for...well a long time. We were both choir nerds in high school, and she's always loved to help me with any ideas I have for photos. When Alicia asked me to photograph her and and Isaiah's engagement pictures, I couldn't wait! We ended up settling on taking pictures downtown Grand Haven and at the beach.

The evening was full of fun and surprises, including Alicia accidentally breaking off the nail she had on her left ring finger! Luckily she found one of the businesses downtown that had some super glue so we could continue with the session. The surprises weren't over yet, according to the weather it was suppose to start raining after sunset, so we were planning on having plenty of time at the beach. As soon as we got to the beach it started POURING! I did get a few pictures from the beach, but the rain was beginning to be too much for everyone so we ended up calling it a night. 

We ended up finishing the session the next night at Pottawatomie Park in Grand Haven. I love this park; it's cute and small right by the water, it's definitely a hidden gem. Most of the second night we spent time talking about wedding planning and bouncing ideas off each other. I love being able to spend time with my couples and just talk wedding and hear how exciting they are for their big day. Congrats to you both Alicia and Isaiah, I can't wait for your wedding next year!