Engagement

Lake St. Clair Metropark Engagement Session | Anna + Bob

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Anna and Bob’s engagement session at Lake St. Clair Metropark was so much fun. When Anna told me they wanted to have their engagement session photos with their boat, I couldn’t say no. They named their boat after how they met, swiping right on each other via Tinder. They actually had a mutual friend who was going to introduce them to each other, but that never ended up happening so Tinder made it happen.

They wanted to include their dog Chandler in some of the photos on the boat. He’s their 70lb lap dog, that is just the sweetest. From there we walked around the Metropark to the water and on this very pretty boardwalk. We got so lucky with the weather that the sunset was so beautiful and no rain!

I asked Anna what she loves the most about Bob, “I love how caring he is, and how he would do anything to help those that are close to him. We have similar goals, and he is very hardworking and motivated to make sure we are able to achieve our goals. Also, can't leave out his height, since that is why I wanted to meet him in the first place.” I also asked Bob what he loves the most about Anna and it was pretty spot on with hers, “I love her personality and sense of humor. We share many similar interests and are very comfortable with each other. We have similar life goals and work on them together.”

The connection these two have, and how much they make each other smile is contagious. I can’t wait for their August wedding next year, I know it’s going to be a blast.

Grand Rapids, Michigan | Downtown Evening Engagement Session | Payton + John

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I met Payton back in 2010, we were on the same floor in the dorm we were in at Grand Valley State University. We hit it off pretty much from the beginning along with our friend Lisa. All three of us liked the same music, would go to local shows together and just always had a blast on our random adventures even after college. When Payton first told me about John I was so excited for her, just seeing how happy and nervous she was just talking about him, I knew she was falling in love.

Fast forward to 2016, Payton decided to apply to the Disney College Program and get's accepted (I was that friend who swore when she called me, she ended up cutting the clip for her video she made - in my defense I didn't know she was recording!!) John stayed up here in Michigan while she was gone and was super supportive of her the whole time. Here's how Payton describes their proposal "I was living in Orlando while doing the Disney College Program. John came down for a visit a few months into the program! We had always talked about my dream of being proposed to in the Magic Kingdom so on the day we visited I was a mess. After dinner, I was feeling a little down like he wasn’t going to end up proposing but while we were having our photo taken at a Tangled floating lantern experience and he popped the question!" Super sweet right?!??!?! 

So now they are getting married, and it's been such a blast being able to help one of my dear friends plan her wedding and just seeing her go through the same thing I did last year. Except the fact that she's planning her wedding from Florida!!! They are making it work and trying to do as much wedding planning as possible when they are up to visit, I've been helping her with different vendors and ideas for the wedding. The only time I cried on my own wedding day was when Payton left, since we're only seeing each other about twice a year now. - OKAY. Let's talk about this awesome engagement session.

These two are A BLAST! They are so goofy and so much fun to be around, I knew we wouldn't stop laughing the whole time. We took the engagement pictures downtown Grand Rapids - we pretty much walked from one side of downtown to the other (and Uber'd back!) for pictures. I had to throw in a few gifs, because they are too much fun. I only I had them do one out of the three, the other two was all them! 

Thanks again Payton for being an amazing friend, and John for being an amazing fiance to Payton. I love and miss you both dearly - I can't wait for your wedding next May! 

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Charlevoix, Michigan | Northern Michigan beach engagement | Leeanna + Colin

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Spending the evening with Leeanna and Colin in Charlevoix, Michigan for their engagement session was such a blast. The first time we met to talk about their wedding, we discovered we have A LOT in common, mainly about our cats. We both have three cats, one that plays fetch and one that is a polydactyl. Crazy right? We were instantly friends, and they booked me on the spot for their wedding. 

For their engagement session we met at Fisherman's Island Park and stopped at one of their favorite beaches to go rock hunting. If you're not from Michigan, it's a big thing to head to Northern Michigan for Petoskey stones (they are Michigan's state stone) as well as Charevoix stones. To give you an idea of what they are, it's fossilized coral both slightly different from each other. 

Leeanna and Colin both love stone hunting so much that it was a big part of their proposal - and Leeanna almost ruined it!!! Here's the story of how it all went down from Leeanna "Us and two friends went up to Traverse City - the couple that came with us was a last minute invite, which turned into a good thing. We had planned on going to the beach upon arrival to go stone hunting. Little did I know, there are NO Petoskey stones or any of the like in Traverse City. As we drove by the beach to our hotel, I said to everyone, what a crock - we don't need to waste any time at the beach. Little did I know, I almost thwarted Colin's plan. He had been in secret cohorts with our friends, and had planned to propose on the beach! When we arrived at the hotel, everyone convinced me to just go and check it out. Boy, was I happy. We meandered around for 30 minutes or so, when Colin called me over. He said he had found a big one and I was so excited! I walked over, and he spun around on one knee, poured his heart out and proposed." 

We couldn't have asked for better weather for the session, we were worried about rain but the sky and clouds was stunning! I am so excited for Leeanna and Colin's wedding day this fall, I know from their engagement session it's going to be amazing! 

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