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Katie + Brian // Engaged // Northern Michigan Wedding Photographer July 31, 2014 Leave a Fabulous Comment

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Say hello to Katie+Brian…a vivacious duo who are getting married in Northern Michigan next summer!

When I met Katie and Brian for their engagement session, it was an instant feeling that I had known these much longer than simply meeting that evening. Katie is FUN! She is also sweet, obviously beautiful and very in love with Brian. Brian very much loves this girl and I was impressed he was so roll-with-the punches over our session. This couple met me in southwest Michigan for their engagement session, literally in a field surrounded by cherry trees in the middle of nowhere. We hiked, explored and found some beautiful locations.

A huge thanks also to my trusty assistant and second shooter Heather for her help that evening.

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Little Ellie Miller // A Birth Story // Grand Rapids Birth Photography July 21, 2014 14 Fabulous Comments

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For those preparing to scroll through the ensuing images, please note this is an actual birth. It’s raw, it’s emotional. There’s some blood. But it’s so good. So so good.

I have been sitting down to put these words together all day. Not only was I witness to the miracle of a little one joining this world, but it happens to be the birth of one of my dearest friend’s daughters. And as a new mama myself, my emotions have gotten the better of me more than a few times as I edited the pictures and started putting this whole post together. So bear with me.

When Lynell and Dan announced they were expecting, my heart was bursting with excitement for them. I had watched them go from first dating, to getting engaged, was witness to their marriage and now a little one to complete their family. I, also being pregnant, really really loved having a friend to go through this special time with.  We got to commiserate over aches and pains, go shopping together for tiny babe clothes, and we even got to travel with our husbands to Europe together this past January for a little pre-baby getaway. Being pregnant with a friend is fun.

Lynell was there when Jeff and I brought our little Mayer into the world. Not only to document the day but as a support during the entire labor. I honestly couldn’t have done it without her. So it seemed only fitting that I would be there for her labor. And was so glad that I could be (there was some serious anxiety that she would go into labor when I was shooting a wedding or I was out of town. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect).

Lynell and Dan chose a homebirth for their birth plan. It was one I was familiar with as I also had a homebirth and loved the entire experience. I truly cannot sing enough praise for our midwife Yolanda at Birth Song Midwifery enough. She is skilled and patient and knows her stuff.

When I arrived at their house that Friday morning, I was still expecting Lynell to be having her contractions about 5 minutes apart, as when she texted me that morning. But as I got up the stairs I saw Lynell leaning completely on Dan, that pained look on her face, breathing calmly but hard. I knew it wouldn’t be much longer. That friend of mine was SO strong. So so strong. She kept her cool. She held it together. Dan was a complete support. When she would have a contraction I knew just exactly that pain she was feeling (it was only four months ago I had gone through the same thing). I felt for her. I am not going to lie…I was very happy to be on this side of the camera for this one.

A few hours later, Eleanor Kathryn Miller joined the world at 8 pounds 8 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long. July 11, 2014. I cried. Lynell cried. We laughed and all cried some more. I tried to keep it together to photograph those moments.

I could write so much more. The emotions will never be enough with mere words. It’s why I photograph. It’s how I express. I hope you can feel how sweet and tender and powerful this time was. It’s a day I will never forget. Welcome to the world sweet Ellie. You are loved.

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Ali + Todd // Engaged // Grand Rapids Engagement Photographer July 10, 2014 2 Fabulous Comments

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Do you ever have those moments where you are right in the middle of something and stop to think that you are in completely and utterly happy? I had many of those exact moments shooting Ali+Todd’s engagement session a few weeks ago. I’m pretty sure it was destiny that I was meant to be their wedding photographer.

I loved their session for many reason… We started shooting at the new home they just purchased together as a couple on their pretty, tree-lined street. We found a field full of flowers and we ended in our fair city of Grand Rapids. Through the way we laughed, got to know each other better and found out how small a world we really live in. These two are full of love and life and I’m ridiculously happy to be able to document these sweet souls.

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Mary Kate + John // Wedding Preview // South Haven Wedding Photographer June 23, 2014 Leave a Fabulous Comment

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Mary Kate + John // South Haven, MI
The first time I met Mary Kate and John, it was minutes after stepping off a plane in Buffalo NY for their engagement session and immediately this dynamic couple made me feel welcome and I could tell immediately how perfect they were for each other. Just shy of a year later, here we were celebrating their wedding day amidst perfect blue skies and warm temperatures.
Mary Kate’s family has lived all over the world. Quite literally. But as they had been vacationing in South Haven since they were a young family, this is the one place that felt like home to Mary Kate. And was the perfect choice for this East Coast couples wedding day. Mary Kate also recently graduated medical school and all of the celebrations her and John have been able to celebrate together have been plentiful. I have no doubts these two are going to do amazing things in their married life together and to be a part of the beginning of their journey was quite an honor.
Vendors //
Ceremony - St. Basil Catholic Church
Reception - South Haven Conference Center
Event Planning, Coordination and Floral - Elements of Elegance
Videography -Rhino Media
Wedding Dress - Anne Barge
Wedding Cake - Second Floor Bakery
Bartending - Martha’s Catering
Linens - Special Occasions
Photography - Amy Carroll Photography

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Courtney + Blake // Wedding Preview // Detroit Wedding Photographer June 10, 2014 1 Fabulous Comment

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Saturday, May 25, 2014 // Detroit, Michigan

I’m a big fan of Courtney+Blake. I’m also a big fan of weddings that don’t always fit into the traditional wedding box (my own wedding was in the courtyard of a bakery. In the winter. Outside!). So when Courtney and Blake told me their wedding was going to be held in the Eastern Market in downtown Detroit…my heart lept for joy.

These Seattle-residents know how to throw a good ole Detroit party. And what a joy for their guests as most traveled in from all parts of the country. Their reception was at the beautifully-curated Detroit Mercantile. And those clever owners keep their cute store open during the reception so guests can peruse the mostly Michigan-made wears during the course of the evening. Good for them..fiercely bad for my pocketbook. But I do know where I’ll be heading to do holiday shopping this coming season!

Courtney and Blake put an incredible amount of work and energy into having a fun and playful atmosphere while celebrating the incredible love these two share. It was a joy to be a part of this day and an even bigger joy to be witness to these two becoming husband and wife.

Vendors //

Ceremony -Detroit Eastern Market

Reception - Detroit Mercantile

Photography - Amy Carroll Photography

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