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  • this is what I love

    curls in eyes, ducking under branches, whispered secrets, kisses on Main Street, twirling for joy, dancing on tippy toes, gathering dandelions and fresh, true smiles. More than an event, I want to capture the moment; I want you to see what love looks like.


When a girl requests I bring my bunny to her photo shoot, I know we’re going to have fun.
Beautiful Abbey contributed a chair, flowers, yards of tulle and a Pinterest folder of ideas. And I love that. Because she put thought into what kind of photos she wanted, we were able to capture HER– fresh, beautiful, young, perfectly eighteen. She’s not slicking back her hair, but purposely messing it up, getting it in her eyes and framing her lovely face.
I usually keep these sort of posts on my photography blog, but beauty like this is meant to be shared.


Lucy & Robbie: the reception

I always fall a little bit in love with the couples whose weddings I photograph. My children become accustomed to hearing their names and stories and we forever regard them as friends.

First, I’m really lucky and always work with fabulous people, but also, watching someone up close on the most important day of their life gives you immense insight into their character.  Lucy & Robbie are two of my favorite people: creative, smart, beautiful (obviously), funny and so in love. Their reception was full of clever ideas and unique personal touches. And I think just viewing the photos will make you fall a little bit in love with them too.

all their favorite books adorned the tables

Lucy’s grandma arranged all the bouquets and arrangements. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Lucy’s beautiful sisters created the wedding cakes– such a clever and sweet idea.

Lucy and her friends folded one thousand paper cranes for good luck and used them everywhere in the decor.the ice cream cart was such a quick and fun way to treat everyonecroquet on the lawns

great grandma

Lucy’s gorgeous sister Sophie– at only 15, she’s a full-on party planner; many of the ideas here were hers. I’ll be asking her for advice when my kids get married.

Lucy and her beautiful sister Cate with Grandpa.

Noémi - March 14, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Oh, Michelle, this is beautiful!!! My favorite so far, I just keep coming back and look at the photos. The couple is so nice and the reception, wow!

Claudia - March 15, 2013 - 4:46 am

What a gorgeous bride and groom! I’ve been to Garden Park a hundred times but never at sunset. Oh my. You captured it beautifully