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  • Hello Lovely!

    I am a wedding & senior portrait photographer based in West Michigan with one sexy husband, a wrinkle-faced dog, and 3 crazy-adorable kids. I am addicted to lattes, instagram, facebook, anything chocolate, and jammin' to 90's gangsta' rap while I mop the kitchen floor (I still miss TUPAC & B.I.G.!) Most days I am either breaking up a food fight or wading knee deep in a sea of Thomas the Train engines and Barbie dolls. I adore my crazy life and understand how every little moment deserves to be captured...whether its your wedding day or just any day...I am your girl!

    Thanks for stopping by my little slice of the internet! Feel free to make yourself at home and don't be afraid to leave me some blog-love....happy thoughts make me smile :)

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    xoxo,
    Kerri

Jessica + Matt | Millcreek Barns Wedding

Jessica & Matt had one of the most gorgeous events of the season! Their rustic chic wedding took place at The Millcreek Barns on the most perfectly gorgeous Fall day…with beautiful weather and simply amazing light….my absolute favorite! Their day was a breathtaking mix of rustic details & romantic vintage charm…complete with lavender from her mother’s garden. I was swooning all day over how beautifully everything came together for them….and melting over with how perfect they are for each other! Oh how I adore working with couples in LOVE! These two already know what it means to love and support one another as they helped each other accomplish many goals over the years, and they used every experience to fall even more in love with each other…LOVE like THIS is why I adore my job. Weddings are much more than a big day of celebration to me…they are the start of a wonderful adventure together…and a commitment to be there through thick and thin with each other…guiding one another through good and bad and each day growing more and more in love…

Jessica & Matt have that kind of love and I know they will have an amazing marriage!

What an honor it was to be part of their day!

LOVE the rustic signs at the Millcreek Barn!
so many perfect places for detail shots!
I was dying over her shoes by Something Bleu
…Jessica has some serious style!
Such a fun little bridal suite for getting ready…
LOVE her lace Casablanca gown!
You are so stunning Jessica!
such a gorgeous group of girls!

Matt is such a cutie! I just love these images of the guys that the fabulous Matt Pratt captured for me! so fun!

LOVE barn weddings! If I could shoot here every day, I would be in heaven!
Jessica’s mom grew all of this lavender in her garden…how perfect is that!
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Happily Married!
love this one!
and these…how gorgeous are these two!
the reception was full of burlap, twine, vintage suitcases and vintage wedding photos of family…it was like a pinterest dream!
Their cake by Bit of Swiss was so yummy!

I LOVE this gorgeous light!
Their food was amazing ( catered by C K Catering )
and they even had their own specialty cocktail…so naturally I had to take a picture…looks so yummy!
their night ended with happy hearts and a full dance floor…best day ever!

Rachel + Max | Lake Huron, Michigan Wedding

Friends!!! This wedding is one of my absolute faves!! Rachel & Max are two of the sweetest people I have ever met…not to mention super adorable together! I almost flipped when I first spoke with Rachel about booking her wedding…she told me the story of how they met and how they were not only madly in love with each other, but they were also best friends who share a fabulous sense of adventure and love to have fun together….I knew right away that this was my kind of couple! Max proposed one summer night on a moonlit canoe ride on Lake Huron while visiting his grandfather’s cottage in Northern Michigan…and of course, she said YES!! Their love story is movie material! They planned an intimate & casual beach wedding with vintage and handmade touches…and they knew the perfect place to say I DO. Rachel & Max decided to return from California, along with family and friends from Cali & Oregon, back to his grandfather’s cottage to get married in the exact same spot that his parents were married years ago. What a beautiful tradition to carry on into their new lives together! I was thrilled to be part of their wedding day and I just know that they are going to have a wonderful life ahead of them!

Congrats Rachel & Max!

 

Rachel…you are stunning!
sorry ladies…he’s taken:)

Rachel’s aunt did the flowers…and she had no floral experience….um…I think she found her calling! GORGEOUS! 
I adore the navy blue and peach JCrew Dresses for the bridesmaids…perfection!
Max’s father and uncle played guitar and sang for the ceremony…including a perfectly written love song that his uncle created years ago… All these special touches and traditions were truly  what made this the sweetest day ever!

this next image sums them up perfectly….starting with the Rachel’s love of vintage things like this necklace that her grandmother passed down to her…. she knew it was just perfect for her wedding day….right down to their love of legos!Not only do they build them together, but Max even uses Legos in a program he works with to help kids learn math and other awesome  problem solving skills…how fun is that! By the way…I am also in LOVE with his vintage bicycle tie…swoon!

their private little beach was the best backdrop ever….nothing but the amazing blue water of the Great Lakes as far as the eye can see…

Max’s grandfather has the most perfect location for this wedding…its a perfect mix of woodsy charm with a laid back beach vibe…sand, pine trees & wildflowers…just gorgeous! and so are they!

yes…this is the canoe he proposed in…how perfect is this!

Rachel & Max | Michigan Beach Wedding | Sneak Peek

I had the pleasure of capturing Rachel & Max’s special day north of Tawas, MI this past weekend and it couldn’t have been a more perfect wedding! Their day was blessed with the most beautiful Michigan weather for their lovely intimate ceremony on a private beach…the same location that Max’s parent’s stood when they were married years ago. I adore these two and cannot wait to tell you more of their story….including Max’s proposal….which is the stuff that movies are made of! I was swooning for weeks over this one!!!

Enjoy your little sneak peek…and your fabulous honeymoon you two! xoxo

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