Guys and Dolls Photography: Blog en-us (C) Guys and Dolls Photography (Guys and Dolls Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:19:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:19:00 GMT Guys and Dolls Photography: Blog 120 80 Erica + Dan :: 6.16.18 "How do you think Dan's doing this morning?" I asked Erica as she sat in the salon chair getting her hair and makeup done. 

She replied with a smile, "Good, he didn't want to leave me last night. We honestly don't like spending time apart. We just love each other so much."

Throughout the day the happy couple proved just that! Everyone could see how much these two adored each other. We could see it, as well, in the detail they put into planning their big day. Details like the ribbon on Erica's bouquet being from the dress she wore from their first date, or how they wanted to go to St. Henry's in Rosebush, which was the spot they first laid eyes on each other. They even had their reception at Buck's Run Golf Course, the same place, the same day of meeting, the two chatted the night away while participating in her cousin's wedding party. Everything came full circle. In Erica's words, "It was just meant to be!"

It appears to be just that... meant to be. And we feel so happy to have been able to capture their love story. 

Congratulations Erica & Dan!!

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Tyler + Courtney I cannot say enough good things about Courtney and Tyler's wedding. Did it rain all day? Yes. But, everyone made the most out of the weather and had such good attitudes about it, especially Courtney and Tyler. They were just happy to be tying-the-knot, and I was happy to capture it all!  Check out a few of my favorites below.


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Carisa + Travis :: 9.9.17  


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Mandi + Nick This is my first attempt at blogging....I am not a writer but I think it's fun to share some of the stories from our sessions.  One of the really great parts of our business is the relationships we build with our clients.  These relationships fuel our passion for what we do-capture your memories forever.  We first met this couple when they booked us to photograph their wedding in the fall of 2015.  Dana had a wonderful time with them on their wedding day and captured many beautiful images.  They called us this fall to book a session and it turns out they have been very busy in the last two years.  They added a beautiful little girl to their family AND purchased a business!  The day of their "fall"session it ended up being 90 degrees!  Mandi had envisioned boots and sweaters but quickly changed their outfits to go with the weather! Dan got lots of great shots and everyone survived fall heat.  And as you can see even little Miss Q was smiling the whole time!! Can't wait to see them the next time they come for an updated portrait-what will their next adventure be?!  -Kari

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Halie + Matthew :: 08:19:17 Matthew and Halie are both such genuinely sweet and caring individuals. We are so lucky to have been apart of their wedding. We began the day at St. Michael's church in Remus, Michigan before heading to Buck's Run Golf Course for the reception. To get a little quality time with the wedding party, we made a pit stop at Nelson Park. My favorite part of the day was at dusk, when we whisked the bride and groom away for some AMAZING portraits! Take a look through their wedding story and feel free to let us know what your favorites are!! hZm-008-2hZm-008-2 hZm-002-1hZm-002-1 hZm-013hZm-013 hZm-014hZm-014 hZm-021hZm-021 hZm-024hZm-024 hZm-025hZm-025 hZm-029-3hZm-029-3 hZm-033hZm-033 hZm-037hZm-037 hZm-039hZm-039 hZm-040hZm-040 hZm-053-6hZm-053-6 hZm-067-7hZm-067-7 hZm-101hZm-101 hZm-114-8hZm-114-8 hZm-113hZm-113 hZm-123hZm-123 hZm-122hZm-122 hZm-128-10hZm-128-10 hZm-130-11hZm-130-11 hZm-144hZm-144 hZm-134hZm-134 hZm-148hZm-148 hZm-149hZm-149 hZm-178hZm-178 hZm-183-13hZm-183-13 hZm-186hZm-186 hZm-184hZm-184 hZm-195-14hZm-195-14 hZm-204hZm-204 hZm-206hZm-206 hZm-207hZm-207 hZm-210hZm-210 hZm-218hZm-218 hZm-219hZm-219 hZm-230-17hZm-230-17 hZm-236hZm-236 hZm-242hZm-242 hZm-243hZm-243 hZm-258hZm-258 hZm-245hZm-245 hZm-255hZm-255 hZm-269hZm-269 hZm-271hZm-271 hZm-280hZm-280 hZm-293-19hZm-293-19 hZm-306hZm-306 hZm-318hZm-318 hZm-321-20hZm-321-20 hZm-330hZm-330 hZm-335hZm-335 Bride with GroomsmenBride with GroomsmenWedding Party at Nelson Park in Mount Pleasant, Michigan hZm-385hZm-385 hZm-346hZm-346 hZm-373hZm-373 hZm-378hZm-378 Groom with bridesmaidsGroom with bridesmaidswedding party in Mount Pleasant, Michigan hZm-420hZm-420 Bride LaughingBride Laughing hZm-422hZm-422 hZm-392hZm-392 hZm-433hZm-433 hZm-437hZm-437 hZm-437-28hZm-437-28 Buttons on bride's wedding dressButtons on bride's wedding dressNelson Park, Mount Pleasant, MI

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Emily + Lucas 07.01.17 I may use common expressions while blogging, "It was the perfect day," "She was the most beautiful bride," ect. But, when I say Emily and Lucas are truly meant to be, I really mean it! Not that I don't mean it when using other expressions, I'm just emphasizing how perfect these two are together! Emily and Lucas met because Lucas was randomly paired with Emily's brother as a roommate in the dorms at Central Michigan University. Initially, Emily thought Lucas was really cute, but remained quiet about feelings. It wasn't until she noticed Lucas returning her affections that they really hit it off!

Let's fast forward to their proposal story, because it's definitely worth sharing! Lucas planned an amazing scavenger hunt across CMU for Emily, hitting all the spots that had significance to their relationship. She went back to the dorms, to the library, outside the UC and lastly found herself at the gazebo on campus, where Lucas was waiting for her. This entire time, Emily was thinking she was going to end up with a Pandora Charm to add to her bracelet, so she was pleasantly surprised when Lucas got down on one knee and asked her to be his forever.  All of the thought and planning done by Lucas to make that day so special, has ladies everywhere a little envious! Seriously, what a guy!

Their wedding on July 1, 2017, was just as perfect as their relationship. The weather cooperated (this has been a very wet Michigan summer). We began the day at Salon Blu before heading to the church. After the ceremony we made a quick stop at Central Michigan University before heading to their reception at St. Ives Golf Course in Canadian Lakes. We have so many favorites from their wedding! Make sure you check it out below and make it all the way to the bottom! Lucas and a few groomsmen gave an impressive performance of "Ice, Ice Baby!"

Mr. and Mrs. Logan, thank you for letting us capture your big day! 

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Hair and Make up: Salon Blu in downtown Mt. Pleasant

Wedding dress: Unique Bridal in Auburn

Bridesmaid Dresses: Renee Austin In Grand Rapids

Venue: St. Ives Golf Resort

DJ Entertainment: Sound Productions 

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Kelly + Kohl Kelly and Kohl are one of our 2018 wedding couples and we couldn't feel luckier to be apart of their upcoming big day! They are both incredible individuals, but together they make a power couple (I mean, just look at all their cuteness!). Their session was extremely last minute, but we are so glad we were able to sneak them in! Kelly really wanted to incorporate the wheat fields for her and Kohl's engagement pictures. The day of their session, the wheat had started to be harvested. Dan had to travel a little further from his usual spot to find a field that hadn't been touched yet! They extra hike was well worth it though. While on their journey to find the perfect wheat field, they stopped alongside a beautiful country road with amazing greenery and bright yellow wildflowers. Some of these images are my personal favorites, but their entire session was beautiful. Make sure you check it out below! 

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Annette + Erick :: 5.27.17 Annette and Erick tied-the-knot Memorial wedding at the beautiful SWJ Emerald Hills. We had a ton of fun working with these two. One of my favorites parts of the day was when we stole them away to a secret Edmore location. The pictures we were able to snap there were amazing! If your cool, bored at work, or just an overall awesome person, you'll check out their big day below! ;)

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Erin + Dominic :: 05.19.17 From our initial consultation, Erin emphasized how important photography was to her, and she made sure there was going to be plenty of time to capture everything. Opting for a first look definitely helped achieve this, and (SPOILER ALERT!) we ended up with some pretty cute photos from it :) This also helped ensure that the entire day was all about them! We were able to whisk them away to multiple locations on the gorgeous Tullymore Golf Resort property. All Erin had to say to Dominic was, "grab me!" He'd pick up her dress train, and off we would go to capture so much of the love the two share together.

Their day was beautiful and full of emotion. Right from the first look with Erin's father, I knew this was going to be a wedding where I was going to wipe a few tears of my own away! Sure enough, my "allergies" acted up again during speeches and toasts. The amount of love and support Erin and Dominic have from their family and friends is outstanding. The speeches his brother and her sister and father gave before dinner made this very apparent. They have an amazing support system, which I'm sure will help as they start their lives together as MR. & MRS. in Washington state.

Erin and Dominic- you had an amazing wedding. Dan and I feel very lucky to have captured your big day!

xoxo Dana




Vendor Information

Venue: Tullymore Golf Resort

Dress: Renee Austin

Tux: Dunhill

Cupcakes: The Cupcake Connoisseur

Band:  Shimmy Pearl


(Guys and Dolls Photography) Mount Pleasant Photographers bride michigan wedding modern wedding wedding wedding photography Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:23:13 GMT
Photos We Love: 5.10.17



There are so many moments on a wedding day that we look forward to each time we shoot a wedding. One of them being when the father gets ready to walk his daughter down the aisle. This moment captured below is one of my favorites. The wedding was at Dow Diamond Baseball Field on a crisp October day. With the ceremony taking place on the field, the wedding party waited to walk down "the aisle" in one of the dugouts.  In this moment, the bride is looking out onto the baseball diamond while her father looks down at her and smiles. I love that we can only see the father's profile revealing a glimpse of his smile. Even with just the glimpse, you can see pure love and joy in his expression. 

When capturing this moment I chose to turn off the strobe on my camera. I opened up my aperture to let more of the light flood into the tunnel and lens. The effect is dramatic, and that is what I wanted. In post-production, I made this photo black & white. I wanted to eliminate distractions and focus on the emotion and I think making this photograph black and white helped achieve this. Lastly, I really like the leading lines and framing in this image. The lines of the tunnel lead your eyes to the subjects. The negative space around their faces help emphasize the emotion being portrayed. 





Dana Parkhurst
Wedding Specialist
Guys and Dolls Photography

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Photos We Love: 5.03.17


This week I picked a shot from Bailey and Jesse's engagement session as one of our favorites. Can you tell why I picked it!? We timed the session so that it would end around golden hour. This way we could capture their romance in the beautiful, dreamy light.  We were lucky with the weather. It was a beautiful summer evening with clear skies. Sure enough as the sun was starting to set, I was able to capture the warm glow of a light leak over their heads into my lens. While it is a gorgeous photograph, what really makes this memorable was what Bailey whispered to Jesse as I was posing them. She said, "You're looking at me the same way you did the first time you kissed me." <3<3<3 Of course I instantly knew this photograph was going to rock! I love the emotion being portrayed in this photograph and the way they are looking at each other, but I'm also a hopeless romantic. I can direct, pose and correctly expose an image, but I can't make the emotion. This is 100% them!



I hope you all enjoy this one as much as I do! If you have anything to add, please comment below! :)




Dana Walsh
Professional Wedding Photographer
Guys and Dolls Photography


(Guys and Dolls Photography) Engagement Session Mount Pleasant Photographers wedding photography Wed, 03 May 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Photos We Love: 4.26.17





Hello again! It's time for another blog post!! Just to give you a quick recap from last week, Dan and I are starting a weekly blog series where we choose one of our favorite images to discuss. Please feel free to comment with any of your thoughts. This week I chose a beautiful black and white bridal portrait as one of my favorites. It came from a Trash-the-Dress session last October. While it was a beautiful Fall day, it was pretty chilly out. Miss Rachael was a champ though. She eagerly went into the water and didn't complain at all! The images we captured were stunning, all because of her vision and her willingness to have a little fun! Check us out on the right, BEFORE we went in the water! Can you tell I do not own fishing waders!? The groom generously let me borrow his.  They might be a little big, but they got the job done (minus a small leak in the left leg, but hey, it was totally worth getting a little wet)! :P 








<< This is a photograph that stops me in my tracks, and makes me think about the meaning behind it.  Rachael rocked this session because despite wading through the cold water, pulling a 10 foot long wet veil, fighting the current and walking on slippery/sharp rocks, she makes it look effortless. Even with all this going on, she looks so serene and graceful. It's mysterious and intriguing. I can't help but to wonder what she is thinking about. I'd like to think that as she looks back to pull her veil she notices her ring and remembers her wedding day, which makes her smile. But, I think that's up to everyone's own interpretation. 

This photo is really beautiful in color, but I think it was meant to be in viewed in black and white. Sometimes color can distract from the meaning of an image. Instead of focusing on the bright oranges and yellows originally in this photograph, my eyes, go straight to her gaze and then follows her gaze to her left hand, which then follows the veil to the ripples in the water. There is really easy movement in this image.

I also really like the texture and crispness of the ripples around her. They fade to a nice bokeh around her face. I purposely used the 70-200mm lens to pull in the background around her. We were shooting in the afternoon so there was plenty of light coming through the trees. The long lens softens the light and creates a nice glow around her and eliminates distractions. 

It's not everyday you have a client that wants a fine art session, but we really enjoyed it, and we LOVE the turnout!










Dana Walsh
Professional Wedding Photographer
Guys and Dolls Photography

(Guys and Dolls Photography) Mount Pleasant bride trash-the-dress wedding photography Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Photos We Love: A Weekly Blog Series


Hello there folks!

We have been talking about doing a weekly blog series for awhile now, and after some deliberation about what we should write about, we decided to choose one of our favorite images and share with you what we like about it. We LOVE feedback and want to encourage discussion, so please feel free to comment on any of our blog posts! 

Onto our first featured pick! Drumroll please...





I chose this candid from the Odykirk Wedding at Buck's Run Golf Course this past June! I am completely smitten with everything about this photograph. Everyone has such genuine smiles. Can't you almost hear the laughter when you look at this picture? I heard a saying once, "You smile and the world smiles back." For the most part, it's true. It reminds me of my college days working as a cashier. I would have the rudest customers, and the negative energy would put me in a bad mood. All it would take was one customer to smile at me and say, "How are you doing today?" BAM. I'd smile back and feel a million times better. This photo has the same effect. You can be having a bad day, but you come across something like this, and it makes you come out of your slump.  How can you not smile (at least a little) when you look at this! 

The emotion in this photo definitely makes this image a winner, but I also really like the composition. The color, movement, and negative space all make this photo really successful. I usually like detail in the sky, but here I prefer the white sky surrounding the ladies. It brings my attention to their expressions.  I'm also really drawn to the colors of the bridesmaid dresses. Purple is my favorite color and these shades of lavender are exquisite. The wind, along with the girls walking toward the camera, create really effective movement (thank you Mother Nature for the blustery weather!!).  


These are all reasons I picked this photograph as one of my favorites. Please feel free to add anything I missed :)


Dana Walsh
Professional Wedding Photographer
Guys and Dolls Photography

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Cory + Taylor I'm kind of obsessed with this couple's session. After two years of marriage they decided to get back in front of the camera and capture their love once again! The afternoon was full of laughter and stolen kisses between the two of them. Cory even (almost) snuck in a nap mid-session: he might have been a little too comfy laying down!! I put them back to work making them dance, twirl, and run a little bit. They were great sports though, and their session turned out amazing because of it! 

Thank you Taylor and Cory for spending the afternoon with me! 



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Bailey + Jesse :: 10.1.16 Bailey and Jesse have a pretty unique love story that began during their childhood. Their parents were really good friends, which meant that Bailey and Jesse had plenty of playdates growing up. Fast forward 20 years and those play dates became something more. These two have such an amazing bond with each other, I truly believe that their souls were meant for each other. 

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Bailey and Jesse, thank you for letting me capture your big day! 



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Carisa + Travis Dan and I had so much fun with Travis and Carisa at the Main Farm! Their property was every photographer's dream with so many beautiful backdrops. And to top it off, we couldn't have scheduled this session on a better day either. We definitely captured their session during the peak of Fall color. One highlight from their session was visiting the tree they carved out. We loved capturing them at a spot that had so much sentimental value to them <3 Take a peek at their session and enjoy all the warm colors of Fall, the history of their farm, and the love these two share!!

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Rachael + Ryan :: 09.10.16 Rachael and Ryan are an amazing couple we have had the privilege of working with! From the first time we met at a bridal show to their engagement session, to working with them at their wedding, to their post wedding Boho themed Trash-the-Dress session, we have had so much fun working with these two. Not only are Rachael and Ryan incredible people, but their families were so welcoming and helpful! We cannot express how honored we are to have been apart of their big day! Check out their beautiful wedding at Rachael's grandmother's property and at the end of this post you also get a glimpse into their post wedding session! <3

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Courtney + Tyler Courtney and Tyler are one of our 2017 wedding couples and we are so excited to work with them! We started their engagement session in a very sentimental location. The bridge at Nelson Park was part of their first date, as well as the spot that Tyler got down on one knee and asked Courtney to marry him! I had so much fun working with these two and capturing the love and laughter they share together. They definitely made my job easy with all their genuine smiles and laughs!  Take a peek at their awesome session!!

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Erin + Mark #CallUsTheJohnsons Mark and Erin tied-the-knot on September 10th. The day started out grey and rainy, but fortunately the clouds parted and the weather turned out to be perfect! I cannot express how fortunate I am to have captured Mark and Erin's wedding. They are some of the most genuine people I have the honor of knowing and I am beyond happy they found each other. Together they make the cutest family <3 Take a peek at their beautiful rustic wedding!



Venue: SWJ Emerald Hills in Edmore

Florist: Two of a Kind Floral 

Catering: Central Michigan Catering

DJ Entertainment/Photobooth/Partybus: Sound Productions

DJ: Emily with Sound Productions

Make-up: Nina Florian with Salon Blu

Cake: Alma Hill Breads

Dress: Becker's Bridal


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Sean + Lauren :: 8.27.2016  

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Margie + Josh :: One Year Anniversary Margie and Josh are celebrating one year of marriage today!! Happy anniversary!!!


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Bailey + Jesse :: Engagement Bailey is back at Guys and Dolls! Well, as a client this time :) We had the honor of photographing her and her soon-to-be hubby Jesse a few weeks ago and we put together a very special engagement video from their session! Can't wait their October wedding! <3 <3 <3

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Anneka + Anthony :: 7.16.2016 Dan and I loved getting to know Anthony and Anneka and we are so honored to have been apart of their wedding! These two are absolutely perfect for each other! They certainly have a lifetime of happiness ahead of them and this is just the beginning!! Congrats you two!! aSa 039aSa 039 aSa 041aSa 041 aSa 028aSa 028 aSa 024aSa 024 aSa 070-11aSa 070-11 aSa 074-12aSa 074-12 aSa 072aSa 072 aSa 066-9aSa 066-9 aSa 065aSa 065 aSa 078aSa 078 aSa 087-16aSa 087-16 aSa 126aSa 126 aSa 182-31aSa 182-31 aSa 180aSa 180 aSa 178-30aSa 178-30 aSa 163aSa 163 aSa 190aSa 190 aSa 191aSa 191 aSa 252aSa 252 aSa 204aSa 204 aSa 240aSa 240 aSa 276aSa 276 aSa 282-44aSa 282-44 aSa 344aSa 344 aSa 357aSa 357 aSa 380aSa 380 aSa 403-53aSa 403-53 aSa 430aSa 430 aSa 434-56aSa 434-56 aSa 460aSa 460 aSa 467-60aSa 467-60 aSa 493aSa 493 aSa 494aSa 494 aSa 506aSa 506 aSa 503aSa 503 aSa 563aSa 563 aSa 545aSa 545 aSa 583aSa 583 aSa 581aSa 581 aSa 624-78aSa 624-78 aSa 611-77aSa 611-77 aSa 604aSa 604 aSa 635aSa 635 aSa 648aSa 648 aSa 656aSa 656 aSa 665-82aSa 665-82 aSa 672aSa 672 aSa 676aSa 676 aSa 675retaSa 675ret aSa 683aSa 683 aSa 686aSa 686 aSa 717aSa 717 aSa 730-90aSa 730-90 aSa 745aSa 745 aSa 721aSa 721 aSa 720aSa 720 aSa 776aSa 776 aSa 786-93aSa 786-93 aSa 807-96aSa 807-96 aSa 796-95aSa 796-95 aSa 873aSa 873 aSa 879aSa 879 aSa 875aSa 875 aSa 889aSa 889 aSa 887aSa 887 aSa 888aSa 888 aSa 839aSa 839 aSa 842aSa 842 aSa 896-106aSa 896-106 aSa 895-105aSa 895-105

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Nick + Dana :: 06.24.2016 I am so excited to finally be blogging my wedding photos!! (Yay!) As a wedding photographer, I stress the importance of hiring a professional to capture your big day. This became very real for me as I was going through editing these pictures. I kept remembering little moments that happened and reliving the day photo by photo. Our wedding has come and gone, but Nick and I will cherish these photos for the rest of our lives. A HUGE thank you to Dan! He did such a wonderful job capturing everything.

June 24th, 2016 lived up to be everything Nick and I could of hoped for. The weather, dress, flowers, food, cake; it was all perfect! We are fortunate to have been able to put this all together and to experience it with the people we love most! Take a look at our day!! - Dana

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Venue: The Cheney Place      

Officiant: Mr. Bond

Catering: Above & Beyond 

Hair & Make-up by Kristyn Ellis

DJ: Sound Productions


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Mark + Heidi :: 07.09.16 Our time spent with these newlyweds showed us that the love between them is unconditionally real and apparent. They both have such a great outlook on life: enjoying the little things, putting value in sharing time with family and loved ones, and laughing together often. From our first consult together, Mark and Heidi had my side in stitches I was laughing so hard! Needless to say, Dan and I had so much fun working with this happy couple and their wedding was one for the ages! I mean, check out their beautiful venue! Everything was perfect! CONGRATS Mark & Heidi and thank you for including us in your special day!!

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Nicole + Louis 6.18.2016 I tried to post a blog sneak peek for Nicole and Louis before I took time off work for my wedding last weekend, but I was unsuccessful! As soon as I got back to work, I made sure to to put together their blog preview!

We started the day getting ready at Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino. The first thing I saw as I entered her room was her dress! It took my breath away it was so beautiful, and Nicole looked absolutely stunning in it! She added a personal touch to her dress by accessorizing with a pearl necklace and earrings that belonged to her Grandmother. Her mother also surprised her with the gift of her own diamond necklace.

As I was spending time with the girls, Dan headed to SWJ Emerald Hills to capture the venue and the boys who were getting ready there. The Bridal crew eventually met up at the  venue and we had to send the boys away to make sure that the groom didn’t see the bride before her walk down the aisle.

I’d have to say, one of my favorite parts of the day was when Nicole and Louis’s children walked down the aisle holding a, “Daddy here comes mommy sign.” They tried to steal the show with all their cuteness! It was so apparent that they have so much love for their children❤

We ended formal portraits by taking the bride and groom out at sunset. The lighting was magical! Nicole and Louis looked like they belonged in a fairytale!

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Kayla + Connor : 6.11.2016 Kayla and Connor tied-the-knot this past Saturday and boy, was it a hot one!! Even with the church having a broken air conditioner, nothing could diminish Kayla and Connor’s high spirits. They were both so excited to walk down the aisle. I don’t think Kayla could stop smiling! Everyone kept commenting on how happy they looked:)

We started the day at Salon Blu in Downtown Mt. Pleasant while Kayla was getting ready, and then met up with everyone at the church to start shooting the detail shots and portraits. After the ceremony we took off towards Central Michigan University. Both Kayla and Connor attended CMU (fire up Chips!) and Connor played football for Central, so it was important to capture portraits here. From Warriner Hall, we were on our way to Kayla’s parent’s house. I was even able to ride along with them on their party bus to capture the fun! Their wedding party definitely knows how to have a good time. I was lucky enough to witness some sweet dance moves (check out Connor’s towards the bottom of this post).

The reception was held at Buck’s Run Golf Course. It was the perfect evening! As the hot sun went down we pulled the bride and groom out on the golf course to capture some romantic sunset shots.

Needless to say, Dan and I had so much fun working with Kayla, Connor, their wedding party and families! We feel so fortunate to have been apart of your big day.

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Odykirk!!!


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Brad + Ashton : 7.18.2015 Brad and Ashton were married on a very hot Tennessee summer day. Their wedding took place at a beautiful vineyard in rustic Tennessee. Everything was so picturesque! These are going to be some of our favorite wedding pictures for years to come!!


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Julayne + Ryan : 6.20.2015 This wedding was especially important to me because I went to high school with Ryan and Julayne. When they announced their engagement, I was so happy for them. And when they asked Guys and Dolls to capture their wedding, I was ecstatic! What an honor it was to be apart of their big day. Ryan and Julayne are some of the kindest, funniest people you’ll ever meet. And they are not afraid to be silly together,  which made it fun capturing their engagement session and their wedding.  Looking back, I’m surprised they didn’t start dating until after high school. They are perfect together, and I’m just happy they found love with each other❤

Julayne and Ryan couldn’t have chosen a better venue. The Rau Family Barn is beautiful. They were pretty lucky with the weather too. There had been a chance of storms, but the weather behaved. Everything added up to the perfect day for a wedding!


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Caitlyn & Sean : 5.30.15 It may have rained all day on May 30th, but you would have never had guessed it by the bride and groom’s attitude. Caitlyn and Sean were both all smiles! Maybe because it’s good luck when it rains on your wedding day, but I think that they were just happy to be tying the knot, even if their wedding had to be moved inside!

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Laura + Douglas : 5.16.2015 Dan and I met Laura and Doug last summer for their engagement session. Right away we all hit it off. Although, it would be a challenge to not get along with these two; they are both incredibly kindhearted and just all around friendly people. May 16th, 2015, was a perfect Michigan spring day for these high school sweethearts to tie-the-knot. The sun kept peeking out of the clouds, the temperature was comfortable, the trees were blossoming, and the foliage pretty much recovered from winter. It all added up to perfect conditions for us to capture some great memories for Laura and Doug.


Somewhere in between the speeches and the dancing we snuck the bride and groom out on the golf course for us to take advantage of the beautiful sunset. LOVE the way these images turned out!