Today my husband and I are celebrating our five year wedding anniversary. Being personally blessed with a marriage that is filled with love, laughter and friendship makes me feel even more lucky to have the opportunity to photograph others who have found the person they want to spend forever with. It’s such a special thing. I just love seeing others in love.
Katie and Caleb are this wonderfully kind and thoughtful couple who reached out to me this past summer about photographing their destination wedding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. At the time, they were living out near Tacoma, Washington, where Caleb was stationed with the Army. They had been dating for nearly a decade, and they were making plans to finally tie the knot in their home state of Michigan.
We talked on the phone for about an hour and they instantly felt like long-lost friends of mine. We discussed my upcoming vacation to the Pacific Northwest with my husband and they gave me some great tips on places to visit or sights to see. We talked about their upcoming move to Arizona, how they fell in love at Caleb’s grandmother’s house on Indian Lake outside of Manistique, Michigan, and how their ceremony would be an intimate, personal, and special celebration of their love. I was so excited when they decided that I was the person they wanted to photograph their wedding day.
I arrived on the morning of their wedding to their welcoming friends and and family members who instantly made me feel at home. The ceremony site was set up on Caleb’s grandmothers lawn, overlooking the absolutely beautiful Indian Lake; the place where they had first fallen in love. The wooden arch that the groom had built himself was adorned with white florals, greenery and a sweeping white fabric that blew breathtakingly in the wind.
There were so many thoughtful and stunning things throughout the day that took my breath away. One of my favorites just had to be Katie’s dress, though. It was a gorgeous shade of blush, accented with white lace and beading. She purchased the gown from a second-hand store that gave a portion of the proceeds of each sale to charity. It was seriously so special, and it fit her like a glove!
Katie and Caleb: I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day. You were both so incredibly sweet to work with, and I wish you nothing but happiness together as you embark on this new journey as husband and wife in your new state of Arizona.