its no secret that i love to drive. open road and clear blue skies are my two favorite things. when people complain about driving i just don’t understand. there’s something about blasting music and driving that just clears my head. a few weeks ago i was driving up to williamsburg, mi … northern michigan and doing just that. clearing my head and so excited to be apart of a very special wedding. long story short, sadie had contacted me right when she had gotten engaged and asked if i would photograph her wedding. i had met sadie back in kalamazoo when she roomed with my best friend stephany and we had been buddies ever since. i was so sad to turn her down but at the time, i was too busy with my other job and couldn’t take on weddings anymore so i said no. fast forward a year and here i am doing photography full time. i planned stephany’s bachelorette party up north at torch lake (you can see the details from the awesome party HERE) and sadie and i got to see each other after what had been … way too long. we got to talking about life and of course her wedding that was right around the corner. i told her i was sorry for saying no and had no idea life would lead me here and of course she understood. but then she asked … “what are you doing in 2 weeks?!”
i was freaking out after we had confirmed it that following monday … i was shooting her wedding in 2 weeks! after hearing all the details and creativeness that is going into this wedding, i knew it was going to be nothing short of amazing and i was pumped. so here i was driving up 3 and a half hours up to northern michigan to shoot this wedding that was so unexpected. not going to lie, it freaked me out a bit but i just got into my mode and was ready for the job. i arrived at the farm house the day before the wedding in amazement. the tent was set up in the mist of all these beautiful orchard trees. this was and is my dream farm. the house, guest house, barns, miles and miles of trees … it was heaven. no one was around yet so i started to mingle around and take in all the beauty. first i entered what i figured to be the ceremony location. a church … well … a fake church. sadie’s dad had found old barn wood and created this church like feel with an antique piano in the front. wow. then i made my way over to the tent and noticed every little handmade detail. lanterns, burned wood, pictures, everything had a touch of sadie and steven … and right away i started to understand their story that i knew little about at the time.
an hour or so later … the family came home from the rehearsal dinner. i swear to you … i have never felt more loved in my life. i received hugs from people i had never met and even had a few tears start to show and heard how much i was a cherry on top of the whole thing. WHAT?! me?! seriously people … i don’t take myself too seriously and i still don’t but for a family to appreciate you so much, it meant the world to me and reminded me why i do what i do. god led me here … after lots of life’s lessons, jobs, friends lost … it all brought me here and i couldn’t be happier. i may not end up in a magazine or speak at a photographer conference but sadie and steven along with their family appreciated me driving up there and being apart of it and that meant the world. so at this point … i was pumped and ready to do the best job i could and try to capture the emotion and all the effort they had put into this day.
in order to get good photographs i truly feel that you need to put your heart and soul into your job. i often find myself getting choked up at weddings because i always wonder what hardships they went through to get here and how much love they have for one another. sadie and steven are high school sweethearts. but there is more to the story. steven enlisted and served for this country and for what i am sure … felt like forever to sadie. i hear it all too many times that men and women go and serve for our freedom and their loved ones don’t wait. its sad and breaks my heart. but to watch this couple after all their hardships make it through and promise themselves to one another … it was amazing and once again, i’m so happy i was there.
here is part one of the steven + sadie wedding. i am in love with this couple and sadie’s family for making me feel so loved and welcomed to their home. all these details you see that went into this amazing day was done by sadie and her family. so hats off to them. amazing. part two will be coming soon but wowza’s am i busy these days. part two might be my favorite of this wedding … so stay tuned ♥♥♥♥
*** the last few shots were taken at steven and sadie’s house just down the road … under their willow tree (which had thee best lighting) how cute right?! oh and their cute puppy remi. next pictures to come … them in her dad’s apple orchards?! yummie.