Ice Skating Engagement! Caitlin and Matt

Grand Rapids, MI
Rosa Parks Circle

Congratulations Caitlin and Matt! What a fun day for ice-skating in the city! It was actually beautiful, warm(er) for Michigan in February, and the sun was out. These two are so cool (not just because they were ice skating! Hee hee). Their warm personalities make you feel like you've been friends for years. I instantly connected with these two. Smiles, jokes, a little insecurity about skating and falling on your arse (Caitlin)... I am so excited for this couple and can't wait for the wedding! They are having their reception at McKay Tower, which is reflected in the buildings in some of these shots. Pretty cool.

(They never fell on their arses, but other people did. They're in the background in some of these... Thought it was funny since it's the Olympics and everyone cringes on the edge of their seats waiting for people to fall. You know you do.)

Caitlin and Matt met at her cousin's wedding. Matt actually crashed it- well, kind of. The best man asked him to go. But Caitlin says he crashed it. They were together for two years when Matt proposed. There was a love note on the bed, and when Caitlin turned around, he was on his knee. He always tries to surprise her, and it never works, so this time he didn't plan anything and just did it. He wanted to propose on the blue bridge and got shot down for lack of originality. Ha!

Well, just look at these two! I am genuinely so, so happy for them. My heart gets bigger knowing people like these guys...

Bay Pointe Inn- Ashleigh and Eoin

Shelbyville, MI
Boathouse at the Bay Pointe Inn

Congratulations to Ashleigh and Eoin! These two met through mutual friends and were together for three years before Eoin proposed. They were in Nashville for another wedding, in front of a waterfall, with friends, when Ian asked the question. They had it all planned and it was a complete surprise to Ashleigh.


My favorite part of this day was right when I walked in. I walked into chaos and a hubbub of family and friends. It was awesome. There were wedding favors and décor spread out on the floor, flowers strewn all over, with aunts and uncles running here and there with shirts and ties and such, everyone helping each other.  Uncles were sitting quietly, putting together flowers and peacock boutonnieres. Everyone was staying together at this amazing boathouse on the water. It was full of love and sunshine.

This was the weekend that was 100 heat index in September. The flower girl switched to her bathing suit and went swimming. I wish I had thought of that.

I'm so excited for these two beautiful people! What an amazing venue on the lake! It was a great celebration. Enjoy the preview: