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Ashley + Matt // Wedding Preview // Lansing Wedding Photographer October 14, 2014 Leave a Fabulous Comment

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July 2014 - Lansing, MI

As I looked back at these images this afternoon, I was transported back to day overflowing with emotion. That morning I witnessed and photographed a birth. If that wasn’t enough for my day, I then ran home, grabbed the rest of my gear and drove to meet Ashley and Matt and to document their beautiful, love-filled day.

Upon meeting Ashley, I was greeted with the brightest smile and happy heart I might have ever met. This girl…oh Matt…I see why you married her! What a joy!  No nerves, no rushing around last minute. Just a joyful happy girl ready to go meet her groom and get their day started. As you will see from the following images, that smile and laughter did not leave these two all day long. Not only was their day well planned and lovely, it was just a joy to be a part of. Ashley + Matt - I miss you two. Let’s catch up soon.

Vendors //

Ceremony + Reception - The English Inn

Floral - Petals and Forrest

Wedding Gown - Ezoani ‘Dakota’

Bridesmaid Dresses - J Crew

Cake - Confectionately Yours Bakery

Cake Pops - Desserts by Donna

Videography - Daryl Hawkins Video Production

Photography - Amy Carroll Photography

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The Nesbit’s // Family Lifestyle Session // Grand Rapids Family Photographer September 30, 2014 2 Fabulous Comments

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Family sessions are popular. Moms and dads want recorded evidence of happiness, growth, smiles. That can often come with wardrobe stress, ‘are my little ones going to smile at the camera’? ‘I hope they don’t get a black eye or scratch themselves on accident right before the session’.

What if we recorded life as it actually was? What if we captured the every day nuances of life? A family activity and the fun of working together? That is exactly what Heather and John wanted for their family session this year. They cultivated and grew a garden this spring and summer at their home. And when it came time to harvest, they invited me over to document it. In fact, they invited MY family over to document it and then eat dinner with them afterwards. Talk about a lovely way to spend an evening!

This family of 6, plus their dog Stafford and John’s mom and dad, all got in on the fun. We harvested the garden. Heather baked a pie. John’s parents Nancy and Gary helped make dinner and set the table. It was a beautiful evening and the results are relaxed kids, lots of fun and the documenting of childhood. This may have been one of my favorite family sessions to date.

Heather is also one of my beloved second shooters this season and it has been wonderful working with this busy mama of four. I adore the friendship we have and felt honored to capture this for her. Do you want your own session in a similar style? I’d love to capture this for you and your family!

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Lindsey + BJ // Wedding Preview // Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer September 25, 2014 Leave a Fabulous Comment

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July 2014 // Ann Arbor, Michigan

Lindsey+BJ just may be one of the most in love couples I’ve ever met. When I met them last year during their engagement session, I knew immediately that these two were meant to be. The way the BJ looked at Lindsey…there was no pretense. No facade. These two are the real deal.

Lindsey and BJ were married at a church that has a lot of history for the both of them. In fact, the place where they had their first look the day of their wedding? It was the very spot that BJ proposed to Lindsey! Their reception took place at a venue I immediately fell in love with…Red Tail Farm…and all of their touches they included in their day were purposeful and meaningful. One of my favorite touches? A map set up at the reception that guests could pin their favorite place in the world and make a case why Lindsey and BJ should travel there someday. Brilliant!

Enjoy their recap of their wedding day. Love to you both Lindsey + BJ!

Vendors //

Church: First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor
Reception Venue: The Red Tail Farm in Dexter, MI
Florist: Lori Secord
Cake & Cupcakes: Jefferson Market and Cakery
Wedding Dress: La Raine’s Bridal Boutique (Atlanta, GA)
Bridesmaid dresses: JCrew
DJ: Mike Staff Productions
Photography : Amy Carroll Photography

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Rachel + Jason // Wedding Preview // Detroit Wedding Photographer September 10, 2014 Leave a Fabulous Comment

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June 2014 // Detroit MI

Rachel + Jason were married among the pines on the most beautiful of summer days. Their vintage glam wedding was as sweet as a summer wedding should be.

Vendors //

Ceremony + Reception - Stonycreek Metropark

Event Planning and Coordination - Exceptionally Chic

Videography - Epic Motion

Floral - Breath of Spring

Cake - Holiday Market

Photography - Amy Carroll Photography

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Sarah + Jason // Wedding Preview // Northern Michigan Wedding Photographer September 4, 2014 Leave a Fabulous Comment

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June 2014 // Petoskey MI

I found myself smiling all afternoon as I have been putting this blog post together remembering Sarah+Jason’s Northern Michigan wedding. There are not two more gracious people on the planet. Except maybe their families. And friends. Really! The entire day was not merely about this stunning couple getting married. It was about Sarah and Jason also giving back to those who have helped pave the way to where they stand now together. As husband and wife.

As it always happens when I sit down to write, I just never seem to have the ability to put into words my feelings for the day. But through the pictures, I am sure you will feel the happiness and joy that radiated through Sarah+Jason’s wedding day.

Vendors //

Ceremony+Reception - Bay Harbor Village Hotel
Floral - Bloom
Dress - Liancarlo
Cake - Bella e Dolce
Event Design - Tableau Events
DJ -Ryan Rousseau
Strings: Great Lakes Chamber Players
Photography -  Amy Carroll Photography

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