A yearly tribute to those who make it all worth it…

Winter is a time to reflect. As I sit in my office protected from yet another winter weather advisory, nothing could be more heartwarming than reliving all of these amazing moments from 2018. So many new people entered our lives, but one of them in particular changed everything. On January 20, 2018, Debbie and I welcomed our baby boy Jake into the world and suddenly everything has new meaning. Every time I pick up the camera, whether it’s at a wedding, family portrait, or in the backyard on a summer day, I have been given new perspective on what these photographs mean. These photos aren’t just for you. They are for your children. And their children. In 16 years your son will show his first girlfriend what a cute baby he was with this family portrait. In 60 years your granddaughter will show her children how beautiful you were on your wedding day. Our memory will live on through these photos long after we are gone. One day, they will act as a window into the past and will warm your heart yet again.

Follow me through this collection of memories from 2018. Weddings, friends, families, baby Jake, and lots of warm summer sun. Thank you to all of you who welcomed us into your lives last year!!

Jordan & Claudia's Petoskey Wedding // Perry Hotel

One year ago I met Claudia and Jordan for their first client meeting at one of the most memorable and epic meeting locations to date. Main stage at Blissfest! The fact that we were all going to be at Bliss on the same day and they were willing to meet there to chat about their wedding communicated 2 things to me. That they are kindred spirits and that their wedding was going to be a blast. 

As Debbie, Jake, and I pack our bags for Blissfest 2018 I couldn't think of a more fitting evening to go live with their wedding blog post. Cheers and we'll see you there! 

Venue: Stafford's Perry Hotel // Florals: Monarch Garden & Floral Design // Hair and makeup: Vogue Salon // Ceremony: Petoskey Bayfront Park // Chuppah: Rustic Breeze Creations // Band: Mainstreet Soul // Cake: Bella e Dolce // Dress: Sottero & Midgley // Brides shoes: Vince Camuto and Converse Chuck Taylor All Star // Suit: Freemans Sporting Club (NYC) // Grooms shoes: Calzados Correa // Transportation: Northern Michigan Trolley 

Petoskey Bayfront Park and the Perry Hotel couldn't have been a more fitting place for these two to invite their friends and family to celebrate their wedding in a party of epic proportions.