Today I’m throwing it back to a family lifestyle photo session from this past winter! I had the privilege of second shooting Morgan and Danielle’s wedding a couple of years ago, when they exchanged vows at a family camp along Big Traverse Bay in the Keweenaw. They now reside not too far away from there and messaged me to photograph their growing family in their home.
Raymond + MacKenzie
May 18th, 2019
Raymond and MacKenzie met at the Michigan International Speedway after both just getting out of long term relationships. Ray asked God to make it clear to him if he was supposed to be with someone. MacKenzie, never having given my phone number out to anyone, walked up to him and said, "you need this." To his dismay, Ray lost her number. He called MIS and had people look in the rain for the paper. No luck. Three days later in his car, it landed on his lap.
When you meet Ray and MacKenzie, you know divine intervention brought them together. They are two of the humblest, kindest people you could ever meet, as individuals and as a couple, and they know how to have fun! If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ll recognize them from this epic engagement session that ended with a water ballon fight.
Soon after Ray found MacKenzie’s number again, they went on their first date at Hidden Lake Gardens. Fast forward a bit and they found themselves back at Hidden Gardens, but this time when MacKenzie turned me to face Ray, he bent down on one knee and asked, " MacKenzie Diane Elizabeth Gentner, will you marry me?" MacKenzie almost tackled him, and in the bushes were her brother and his friend capturing the moment on video.
On the wedding day, MacKenzie and the ladies started getting ready at the Gentner’s home in Onsted, Michigan:
They chose to get married at Saint Joseph Church and Shrine, where MacKenzie’s parents were married. The historic church was built by Irish settlers in the mid-1800’s. Both the bridesmaids and groomsmen finished getting ready at the church.
We had the opportunity to recreate one of MacKenzie’s mom’s wedding photos!
MacKenzie didn’t opt for a first look with her groom, but rather planned a private moment with her dad! Also, he swears he just had bad allergies, he’s not actually crying ;)
Right before the ceremony, Ray and MacKenzie opted for a silent prayer moment. I took a few frames and walked away:
From the church grounds, we headed down the road to MIS! I can’t say I’ve ever photographed at a NASCAR track before. It was a fun change of pace, especially with the significance behind the location in their love story!
They arrived in style in Ray’s car for their grand entry:
We snuck out for a few sunset portraits in the field behind their venue. Totally worth it!
This crew was an absolute riot. I definitely had an epiphany in the middle of the Cupid Shuffle and thought to myself, yep. I’m doing what I love.
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Church & Shrine | Reception Venue: The Mill Sports & Event Center | Photography: -et images | Second Shooter: Hailey Lindemann | Videographer: Truvision Studios | Florist: Flowers + Such | Decorator: Truvision Studios | Caterer: Grady’s Catering | Cake/Dessert: Apple of M.I. | DJ: Truvision Studios | Men’s Formalwear: Mens Wearhouse | Bride’s Dress: Mimi’s Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: Hayley Paige | Transportation: Rockstarz Limousine
Casey and Kim are high school sweethearts getting married this fall in Copper Harbor, Michigan! I’m eternally grateful these two not only as wedding clients that feel like close friends, but Kim was also one of the nurses on the scene when my Dustin fractured his pelvis earlier this year.
As a season of life fades out, a new season comes to fruition. This spring became a season of slowing down. For real, this time. Here is a summary of our spring in iPhone photos and more!
The apple blossoms were in full bloom just last week, so I called up my dear friend, Miriam, and collaborated a little with The Flower Co. in L’Anse. The petals are now flying like heavenly confetti as spring transitions into summer, but I’m happy to have a few frames capturing the whimsical beauty of the apple blossoms.