Stephanie + Evan | Lansing Wedding Photography

In case you missed last week’s post, Stephanie and Evan chose Hawk Hollow Chapel and Eagle Eye Golf Club for their Lansing wedding venues.  You can see some favorites from their emotional ceremony here.   After Stephanie and Evan said “I Do” and promised forever, it was time for some photos and then some fun at their beautiful reception.  Eagle Eye Gold Club is across the street from the ceremony venue, Hawk Hollow, which is so easy and convenient on a wedding day.  Since it was so close, Stephanie and Evan could catch some quiet time together on the pathways near the course.  The sun was setting through the trees… and I know I’m just supposed to be photographing these weddings, but I get PULLED IN.  I can’t help it.  I always advise my clients to plan for some private time for themselves spent away from their guests and wedding party.  This is party for me, because I can capture some sweet, intimate images of just the two of them really soaking up the moment.  But it’s mostly for them.  That alone time that we spend may be the only peaceful time they have to really savor the gravity of what the day truly is.  I see it when I’m capturing these images.  And when they pull out their wedding photos years later, I hope they look at those intimate photographs and remember exactly how they felt in that moment.  The perfect peace of being with your person, the one you’ve waited for.  The one who will mean everything and be everything.  And Stephanie and Evan are that for each other.

I wish you both all the happiness life can hold and so many blessings!

To see more Lansing wedding photography and Eagle Eye wedding photography, please head to our main site, here.  Thank you so much for reading along!

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Stephanie + Evan | Lansing Wedding Photography

After a long break from blogging over the busy summer wedding season, I have some eye candy for you!  Stephanie and Evan were married last Fall at Hawk Hollow Chapel, one of my favorite Lansing area wedding venues.  I’ve mentioned its awesomeness before, I know, but it has been a while.  As a Lansing wedding photographer, I’m always hired after the ceremony venue is reserved.   So I’m seldom asked for an opinion on “where should we get married?” if the couple doesn’t already belong to a church.  If I had to list off some of the best Lansing area ceremony locations, this one would be in my top five.  The Chapel is so many things… I’ll tick off a few here.  First off, it is just classically beautiful.  From my viewpoint behind the lens, there’s natural light from clear stained-glass windows.  Yes, I said clear.  It’s etched glass and throws perfect clean light on the room, instead of strange color casts  that colored stained-glass can offer.  The décor is also a blank-slate- the ivory walls, neutral carpet and wood details don’t interfere with color schemes of the different weddings held there.  It’s just as pretty on the outside as the inside and there are loads of great spots for photos.  It’s clean and never dusty, which I love because I like to shoot from the floor sometimes.  This is just a photographer issue though.  Most brides don’t find themselves on the floor frequently.  😉  Lastly, the staff is always easy to work with and super helpful.  So there in a nutshell are all the reasons why I love Hawk Hollow.  I’m betting Stephanie and Evan agree, which is why they chose to get married there!

Steph and Evan are two of the kindest people I’ve met.  There is a warmth to their personalities that seems to draw you in… it was evident by all the people surrounding them on their big day.  A popular guy, Evan had a large group of groomsmen in tow.  They had a fierce rivalry going between the Wolverines and the Spartans among them, but were able keep it clean all day.  😉  Stephanie was absolutely glowing with happiness throughout the day and her bridesmaids were stunning in their plum dresses.  Plum is an amazing color choice for a Fall wedding, by the way!  So, so pretty.  It was seriously such a gorgeous wedding and the perfect day for two beautiful souls to be joined forever.

Here are a few favorites… more to come soon!  To see more Lansing wedding photography, click here:)

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Erin + TJ | Lansing Wedding Photography

Welcome back to Erin and TJ’s insanely awesome ballpark wedding, at Lansing Lugnuts Stadium!  In the last post (you can find it here), we saw Erin and TJ get hitched in a baseball-themed ceremony on the field surrounded by their nearest and dearest fans.  😀  It was a ceremony bursting with more happiness and emotion than that stadium could hold… so awesome to see.  And even cooler to photograph!  After their ceremony and more than a handful of fun photos with bridal party, the celebration continued with Erin and TJ welcoming anyone and everyone down to the field for an impromptu game.  And their guests were more than happy to play along… it was a pretty rousing matchup!  Erin had absolutely no qualms about getting a bit of dirt on her white dress… after all, a messy dress by day’s end undoubtedly means you had some fun.  And Erin sure did… she definitely kicked up her heels.  Er, well cleats.  😀  She caught, threw, swung and ran the bases in perfect bridal fashion.  TJ did his part as well- he was the quintessential pitcher and quite dapper in his tuxedo.  Conveniently, everyone in their bridal party wore sneaks, jeans and jerseys, so they were totally equipped.  In all my years offering Lansing wedding photography, this day was more fun than I’ve witnessed  in a very, very long time.

They took a hiatus from the field for toasts and dinner, which was self-serve from the ballpark vendors and so yummy.  Next, cake and dances and then it was back out on the field for many.  They had the run of the place, from the concourse to the stands and the whole of the field.  Family and friends were mingling and laughing… all the while taking in the entertainment from the field below.  I wandered around the stadium and as I did, I continually overheard chatter about Erin and TJ… it seemed that no one could think of a more perfect soul mate for the other.  Their words lingered in the air and floated on the breeze, witness to the awesome power of love.  As night fell and the scoreboard lit up the area, it was evident that Erin and TJ had something pretty amazing in each other… someone to go those extra innings with.  Isn’t that what we all want?

 I hope you enjoy their images!  Thank you, Erin and TJ, for including me in your unforgettable day!

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Erin and TJ | Lansing Wedding Photography

Are you ready for this??  This is some serious wedding fun!!  Well, all weddings are fun, of course, but not all take place inside a baseball stadium.  Yep, you read that right, a baseball stadium.  Welcome to Erin and TJ’s wedding, a spirited event that took place at none other than Lugnuts Stadium in Lansing.  A venue that fit them perfectly, the stadium, it turns out, hosts a handful of weddings each year.  I had no idea this was even possible, which is surprising news as I enter my 12th year covering Lansing area weddings!  The more you know.  😀

Baseball has long been near and dear to Erin and TJ.  Together they rack up oodles of completed laps around home plate and know the words to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” backwards, forwards and in other languages.  Not really, but you get the point.  😉  Their romance was nurtured on the field, as they spent hours playing on different teams and supporting each other along the way.  After they got engaged, it became very clear that the ball park was the place to tie the knot.  Everything fell into place and with a little teamwork from family and friends, they pulled off an unforgettable day at the stadium.  The locker room became a dressing room.  The dugout doubled as a hangout.  The concourse was transformed for the reception, complete with yummy Cracker Jack favors and tables cozied around the panoramic view. Everything was perfection.

And as guests filed in to witness Erin and TJ make their promises, they found comfy stadium seats with nothing to block their sight of the field, where the main event would take place.  Then, the national anthem could be heard and everyone rose to their feet.  Erin’s dad escorted her down the stairs and across the field to a joyful TJ, who was grinning ear to ear.  It was a personal and touching ceremony joining two people, who together hold such a love for the same things.  To find someone like that to be on your team for the long run is pretty darn incredible.

Here are a few favorites… enjoy!  For more Lansing wedding photography, head on over here.  See you soon!

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Marina + Jim Part 2 | Grand Haven Wedding Photography

Welcome back to Marina and Jim’s wedding post!  Sit yourself down and get ready for some majorly sun-soaked images from Grand Haven.  Seriously, writing this post has me dying for the warmth of the sun, the sound of the waves and the sand… oooh, the sand.  It’s February and the wind chill is zero here in Michigan, so why not wish for summer, right?  I know you’re with me, friend.  😀  So let’s head there, shall we?  Smack in the middle of the gorgeous coast of the mother of all freshwater lakes, Lake Michigan.  It’s quite a lovely place to be and Marina and Jim soaked up every bit of it.

Following their very sweet ceremony (complete with not one, but two kisses!), more photos ensued.  The waterfront was such an incredible backdrop.  Stellar.  And so conveniently, just down the road from a fishing pier which offered perfect views of the Grand Haven Lighthouse AND the beach house in the distance.  Score!!  It was sunny and windy and a whole heap of fun shooting on that pier.  Marina was working her inner supermodel, just glowing with gown flying in the breeze.  And that bridal party!  Not afraid at all to scale the surrounding rocks and (only very slightly) risk their bridal attire to nab an epic shot.  We had a blast!  The pier also welcomed boaters into a very busy nearby marina… and many of them were more than happy to help us celebrate by cheering and whooping it up from their boats.  Normally, I crave privacy for my couples, as the wedding day can be so hectic and crazy.  This was not private at all… but totally added to the joyful vibe that followed Marina and Jim all day.  It was perfect.

Later, they stole away for a few sweet moments to take in the glow of the painted sunset.  And that was the last quiet window of time, for the rest of the evening was one huge party.  The patio of the beach house, where just a short time ago was witness to their ceremony, was completely transformed into a circle of celebration and love.  Their friends and family did them justice and sent them on their married way happier and complete… two hearts finally one.

Here are a few more favorites… I hope you enjoy them!  Please head to my website here for more information on my Michigan and Grand Haven wedding photography.

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