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Winter Engagement Photos: City Glam Meets Outdoor Wonder

We lucked out with the weather while taking Ashley & Steve’s winter engagement photos that took us all over downtown Grand Rapids and Provin Trails in Grand Rapids Township. We had a balmy 37 degrees on a Saturday morning right in the middle of the artic blast that has gripped Michigan over the past few weeks. Ashley is a California girl now dealing with the cold, cold winters the mitten state has to offer… but that did not deter her from rocking a sequin shamrock Badgley Mischka dress. She brought the chic and Steve brought a little bit of country with his dark purple cowboy boots. We stayed mostly around the Amway hotel so we could pop inside and warm up when needed. Since Ashley is from Cali and Steve from Michigan, they wanted use a few locations that make Grand Rapids unique as their backdrop. The Calder sculpture being one of them. We ended the downtown Grand Rapids session at Reserve Food & Wine for a taste of bubbly since this is where Steve asked Ashley got engaged. Then we headed to Provin Trails for some woodsy shots to add outdoorsy to the urban.

I have had more couples take advantage of winter engagement photos this year than ever before. Not only are these sessions fun,  you can get really creative. The downtown Grand Rapids urban setting provides interesting backdrops and the muted lighting of winter compliments every complexion.  Who doesn’t love a sequined dress in the snowy wooded outdoors.  Throw in a quilt and a comfy outfit and you have a completely different look. These are some of the reasons winter engagement photos are my favorite!

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Morgan

I always love matching the scenery with my client’s outfits. In this particular Senior Session, we bounced all around downtown Grand Rapids to get a variety of backdrops to match the 5 outfits Morgan brought that day. Love the end result.2014-09-27_0001 2014-09-27_00022014-09-27_00032014-09-27_0004 2014-09-27_0005 2014-09-27_00082014-09-27_0006 2014-09-27_0007

Carissa & MD

We were so lucky on Carissa & MD’s wedding day. Rain sprinkled here and there, but it was nothing like the weatherman predicted. We had the perfect venue for everyone to get ready at though. The Cheney Place is such a great location both inside and out. The industrial feel with wood floors and high loft ceilings made for a perfect backdrop for family pictures because we did not want to chance it in the rain. The colorful exterior walls and railroad tracks were fantastic for the bridal party pictures and close enough for us to dash inside when it started to drizzle.  Add pretty pink touches throughout the day and you have one beautiful wedding.

I could feel instantly the connection between these two and documenting their love was an honor.

xo

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