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baker lofts holland michigan wedding

gabrielle + hunter | holland, michigan 


this baker loft wedding in holland michigan was full of those.

as a photographer I get to share many moments with couples that no one else gets to see or experience.  moments that the bride and groom may not have even noticed themselves. hunter mouthing "you look beautiful" to his bride as she waits to be given away by her father. or him sitting in my car on the edge of the back seat trying to be as close to gabrielle in the front seat as he can as I drive them around for portraits.

I will never take these flashes in time for granted.  its not the wedding days I remember but the moments shared with my couples on the best day of their lives.

Florals - Picket Fence Flowers

Cupcakes (the best ive ever had btw) - The Cakabakery

Venue - Baker Lofts

Dress - Justin Alexander

Hair - The Hairport Salon

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jp + rachel | grand rapids, michigan

so I have been reading this book called, "31 Days of Prayer for the Dreamer and the Doer".  its an awesome book filled with inspiring words for people like me who have a whole lot of dreams floating in their heads.  the reason I bring this up is because JP and Rachel are not only dreamers, but doers. 

these two are starting a church!

JP and Rachel felt the call on their life to reach the people in the city of chicago so they are starting their own church.  in july of 2016 they will be packing up their things and leaving the comforts of what is known to start Oasis Church Chicago.  how cool is that?!

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here are some words from Rachel herself on their newest adventure:

"We fell in love with this beautiful, influential city long ago but both thought our dreams were “too big” to stay home in the city we “grew up in.” When I heard the call for full-time ministry I never thought Chicago would be the landing point and to build Jesus’s church. It was on my way home from visiting New York City, flying over the city of Chicago, that I heard so clearly that Chicago is where Jesus wanted me. I knew in that moment that Chicago was the vision and some way that if He called me, He would see it through. The call was clear and I knew that was where I had to go. Rachel who thought missions could only be internationally was ironically surprised when living in Kenya for three months only drew her heart closer to the city she knew best, Chicago. She has a passion to see the world and bring change through serving people. Rachel came home from that trip with a feeling that she would go back to reach Kenya even more, but Jesus revealed a greater plan to her to stay and reach Chicago. It was something beyond our planning to have this specific call on our hearts separately that it could only be Jesus. That stirs up our faith daily to continue to move towards. We are just overwhelmed that Jesus would use a group of ordinary people to reach this city. Faith makes a fool of what makes sense and we are ready for Jesus is going to do. The journey ahead is exciting!"

Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas Engagement

lyss + rory, red rock canyon, nevada

these two are the reason I do what I do.  they are the most genuine people you could ever meet.

lyss loves people. 

like, all in loves them.  while this day was about them, I found lyss talking to me and antonio (yes my hubs got to come along too!) about our future and giving us such godly and wise advice that we will cherish forever. 

rory is her rock. 

he is the calm, cool and collected one as lyss would say and right now he is in medical school in the freaking Caribbean!  how jealous are you!? rory has such a kind heart and loves lyss so well.

these two have the best love story.  they have been long distance for most of their relationship and are always supporting each other going after their dreams.  they both started off in Illinois and then headed their separate ways.  lyss went to work with high schoolers at a local church in Las Vegas, while rory pursued medical school in the Caribbean. 

this trip was full of adventures from the las vegas strip, to the beautiful Red Rock Canyon, to a rare patch of las vegas greenery at Floyd Lamb Park.  since I was able to bring the hubby along it was like a giant double date.  we had so much fun and I seriously cannot wait till their las vegas new years eve wedding.  yes. I said new years eve. in las vegas :) 

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