The Story of Us

The Story of Us

Sunday, August 29, 2010

April & Mike MARRIED!!!!!!

Sweet April & Adoring Mike
I say this because April has to be one of the sweetest, most kind person I have ever met and I am proud to call her a friend. She was a stunning Bride and I was so honored to share in the their wonderful moments. Adoring for Mike because you can tell with just one look that he is totally in Love with April and cherishes her like every Man should. They are so happy and in love and it was simply a beautiful wedding filled with lifelong moments of true happiness.
Congratulations and I wish you nothing but the best,
I am so happy for you both!
Hope you enjoy this Gorgeous, Photogenic Couple :)

This is the moment they first saw each other!

Love this. Stunning.

He always wanted to pick her up! Such Love!


Such a Big but Beautiful Bridal Party

All i can say is WOW.

Love this too.

The theme of the morning was Lemons. I had to incorporate it :)

Fun. Fun. Fun.

First Dance. So Sweet.


This is a much needed update, I don't remember what I blogged about the last time. Honestly not much has happened, summer is winding down and Ben has been preparing to go back to school. We got his books ordered and class schedule finalized and I just have been editing and working like crazy. Whats new eh? I am realizing we are down to only a few weeks now till the wedding which I am soooo excited about and we are handling some of the details now. We are trying to round up some people to help out and do a few things, so if anyone is interested??? haha. OH the details!
Other than that we had one of longtime friends Aprils wedding this weekend. April is a Maranatha friend so it was nice to have everyone actually together for a weekend (sadly not Deb and Jake, we missed you!!) and it was an awesome wedding, a beach wedding and we are going to end up having pretty similar weddings haha. It was nice to see things laid out though and it helps with a few planning ideas for ours and also makes the reality a lot closer. As for those friends we had everyone over to our new home this weekend! I love that we are pretty settled now and its fun to have get togethers with friends and have our own place. I am not sure there is going to be much of an adjustment when Ben and I get married, all of our friends feel like we already are. It feels that way for the most part except the best part of the day we don't get to experience together with each other yet, waking up with him and falling asleep together. I think that is what we are looking forward to the most. Just ending the day on a good note and starting it on a good note. Together.
Today I had my last bridal shower with Bens family. His mom and sister and Jess did an amazing job and everything was perfect. I am so thankful to be marrying into such a wonderful family and it was very nice to meet alot of his family I have not met yet before the wedding. It will make it more special not having strangers there.
I can't wait for the wedding to be over!

That's all for now! More updates soon, I have a busy week and a lots of picture jobs!!

Kent Family

So for those of you who don't remember, I take pics of this family often! And I love it. Natalie is one of my favorite girls ever since I babysat for her ALL the time! I love watching them grow up and so here is a few pics from this summer with a now grown up little Stratton :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sneak Peek! Matt and Sara

Meet Matt & Sara
High school Sweethearts and
Longtime Best Friends
Could you have a more adorable love for each other?!
I am so glad you let me share this day with you, I wish you a life full of happiness and lots more memories to make! Love you guys!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lake Huron!!

So this past weekend I had a wedding to shoot way up North East in East Tawas City right on Lake Huron. I was looking forward to this some to just get away and Ben and I to have a break from work, well him to have a break from work and school (his exams were this week). But at the same time it was work for me to shoot the wedding. But it was an awesome weekend. We honestly don't get to spend very much time together at all, we both have been extremely busy this summer and it really stinks. So it was super nice having time together even just sitting together holding hands in the car. The simple things that we haven't taken time to enjoy. So here is a short run down of our weekend, followed by the picture story!
- Friday morning we took off, I had to stop like 10 times (seriously) for a bathroom break. I was so excited that I finally got my Keurig coffee maker on Thursday afternoon so I have been downing coffee like its water, which therefore makes me have to use the restroom like every 5 minutes. The plan was to make it like a half hour before rehearsal and have time to go check in at the hotel and unload. But no we made it like right on time and walked into the church and changed. Shot rehearsal and then out to rehearsal dinner. SOOOO good. It was at this Chinese Restaurant and we got to try like 4 different things and they gave us these very cute bottles of wine with their cute picture and date on them. Seriously we were starved and dinner was awesome. Then went and checked in and unloaded and finally rested for a few and then went for a stroll to the downtown area. We were a little late and most of the shops had closed but we walked down the pier and there was a fountain and the wind was blowing and it totally reminded me of the ocean for some reason, not a lake. It smelled different than Lake Michigan.
- Saturday, I got up nice and early and headed out to the salon to meet the girls. It was a very long day of pictures, much longer than most weddings I do. The bride was awesome and planned a lot of time in between ceremony and reception so I loved having a lot of time to take pics and go a few places. Everything went very smoothly throughout the day and I am once again really happy with how everything turned out. Late night, but awesome time, great wedding and nice catching up with some old friends. Missed you though Heidi!!!
- Sunday morning Ben and I packed up and headed downtown and went in a few shops (that were closed on Friday evening) and then headed out to check out the lighthouse. Neither of us had seen it so it was only a few minutes away and we thought it was worth the drive. Then started to head back on the 4 1/2 hour drive. We stopped a few places along the way, ate and some hole in the wall local joint (their always amazing food) in Houghton and wanted to check out Houghton Lake (the largest inland lake in MI at 22,000 acres!) I really really wish we had time to fish at least once over the weekend. I really wanted to and I know Ben would of loved it, but we just didn't. This lake would of been awesome to try in and I have been really excited to try my new fishing pole that Ben just bought me :) We also stopped in Baldwin at one of Ben's favorite shops/towns. So I am sad that we didn't squeeze that in but hopefully we can make it out sometime this week!!
As soon as we got back I came straight down to the beach for a family session with Meredith, Wes and the kids. Love these kiddos and it was a complete candid shoot... who knows what I turned up with we shall see.

I am glad to be back home and completely exhausted and now gonna head off to bed. I will leave with some photos from this weekend and check back soon to see some wedding photos of Kate and Darby and some family pics of the Kents! I have lots of sneak peeks coming!!!

At Houghton Lake

On the Pier in East Tawas on Lake Huron

A really bad picture (but the only picture) of us dressed up from the Wedding!

In front of the fountain!

In front of the fountain but you can't see it haha

My randomness of the beautiful scenery out the passenger window!

East Tawas Lighthouse

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sneak Peek... Amy Bohner

Meet Amy
A Ballerina and Gorgeous Young Lady
I Love photographing Ballerinas, so I was so excited for this shoot!
Thank you for such an awesome day!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sneak Peek... Kaitlyn Thayer

Meet beautiful Kaitlyn
Your every picture is simply stunning
as is your sweet, wonderful personality.
Thank you for taking me to new places, I had an awesome time with you!