Kristen + Mike :: Urban Grand Rapids Engagement

Scheduling engagement sessions in Michigan can be difficult sometimes.  Just sometimes — with the rain or lack of sun-beams or with the freak-tastic winter snow.  And I don’t mind rescheduling with my beautiful brides and their beaus.  But I only had a one shot chance with Kristen and Mike who are planning their destination wedding at The Homestead Resort and were traveling from Colorado this once to finalize wedding details and to meet with me and Adam in Grand Rapids.

Of course, Pure Michigan would decide this one particular Saturday should be one for the records.  A quarter of a mile visibility for 15 minutes, clear sun the next 15.  Snow.  Sun.  Big, HUGE, thick snowflakes falling so quickly I could barely keep my lens clean or able to focus clearly.  But they didn’t mind.  Fingers were kissed to be made warm.  Blankets tucked.  And the laughter.  Kristen said to Mike at one point, “We’ve been laughing so much today!”  I like that.  There’s something beautiful about laughter.  Laughter and love.


Absolutely stunning!

We took a mini-break in the tunnels to take off coats and warm our hands a bit.  I love this photograph: the sky, the sass, the at-ti-tude!  Work it, girl! ; )

I noticed quite a few of my photographs caught the snowflakes instead of them.
But, in the end, I appreciated the snow.  I love how they’re allowed to relax and live in their moment while I catch the flakes falling around them.  Silently. Perfectly.

Snow falling so quickly we had to quickly cross the bridge and come back later! : )

Kristen and Mike appreciate the water, and they wanted to incorporate the urban feel of Denver with a slightly more natural feel.  Crossing the blue walk-bridge allowed us the beautiful ground of the Grand Rapids museum along the river with the skyline in the background.

Oh, sun!  Glorious of you to join us finally!

Kristen and Mike, we are so excited for your wedding on the water.  You are an adorable couple, and Adam and I can’t wait to capture to beauty, love, and laughter of your special day!

1 Comment

  1. Sandy Oberlander

    What beautiful pictures. I’m sitting at the computer crying.I LOVE YOU GUYS.



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