Hello out there! Is anybody reading?
It has been a very long time since we’ve blogged, but now that the new website has gotten its facelift and is up and running, we are going to do our best to maintain this section of things. It is really easy to get wrapped up in shooting, emailing, editing, and the book-keeping side of things, and for us, blogging tends to be the thing that falls by the wayside sometimes. But we promise! We are going to start making a real effort to include some love over here, too! So, without further ado…
We knew from the minute we met Amberly and Eric that this party was going to be no slouch party. Amberly is the very definition of “work hard, play hard.” This gorgeous couple, and all of the company they keep, know how to have fun!
On Good Friday this year, my assistant and I – that is, my husband and I (yes, he is sometimes my partner in crime for weddings, too!) met Amberly & Eric at the good old J.W. Mariott in downtown Grand Rapids. This is one of my favorite local hotels for shooting. It is a wonderful place for hosting all those pre-ceremony photos, because the light that floods through the huge windows on any given day is oh-so-dreamy!
Brides, take note: from a photographic perspective, you will never regret booking venues that offer plenty of natural light.
Do I sometimes end up crying a little behind the camera? You betcha. I’m not even going to try to lie about it. I love weddings, and I love people who love each other, and listen, I am just a sap for these sweet and special moments. Anyway, it was at this point that Amberly snuck away for a private moment with her groom prior to the ceremony. As Eric stood waiting for her high atop the helipad of the J.W. Mariott, overlooking the entire city of Grand Rapids, Amberly ascended the stairs for their first look at each other on their wedding day. Just incredible. How many people get to say they overlooked their whole city for their first peek at each other on the day they said “I do?”
We zipped off for some bridal party fun, brought the couple back to the ballroom at John Ball Zoo to make their marriage official, and headed on up the hill to the Bissell Tree House for the party portion of their night.
I mean, these folks know how to party!
Amberly & Eric, thank you for entrusting us with some of your life’s most precious memories. I am so excited for all that is ahead for you! We wish you many years of unending happiness and laughter together!
(A huge shoutout to my second shooter/husband, Joe, for providing some outstanding images from this wedding! I couldn’t have done it half as efficiently without him!)