I had to upload some images from Maui quickly. These aren’t even formatted correctly. I will come back to this…

Portland, OR

So, I'm posting my pics of my vacation... I thought it would be nice to share something personal, instead of work work work all the time.  It was great to see my hanai family! I needed my girls. I was also in desperate need of a real vacation before wedding season started!

I've been going through a time of transformation recently, and as I was reading "Wild" from Cheryl Strayed, I thought what could be more perfect than Oregon at a time like this?  I even met a chickie that actually hiked the PCT by herself. I am still in awe of that lady. Little bit of a girl crush. She knows. 

We crossed the Bridge of the Gods (from "Wild"), went hiking, stood in awe in front of waterfalls, chilled at some vineyards, played at Canon Beach where The Goonies was filmed, ate oysters in front of the ocean, and had some significant spiritual time at The Grotto...

I am lucky that my old friend, Jen Kane, is the best energy healer out there in the world. I have to give her a shout out--  -- "Shift Into Joy represents a full body, mind, and spiritual shift."  Try it. You will not be disappointed. It is truly amazing. 

I am very blessed to have the people in my circle that I do. I am so grateful. Thank you for the aloha...

Marquette MI Wedding, Allison and Brad

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Deters!! Allison and Brad just make sense. You can tell this from your first encounter with both of them. They are goofy, funny, laid-back, warm, and always full of laughter!! Their story is so cute. They met online and on their first date, in Grand Rapids, Brad forgot/lost his keys. Allison ended driving him to Holland, probably laughing hysterically the whole way.  That laugh!! It's so awesome. I just wait for Brad to start talking and concentrate on her face for the reaction. Best photo models ever.

In case you missed their engagement session, you may view it here:

After their engagement session, Allison asked me if I would travel to Marquette for the wedding. I was so excited to photograph them again I shrieked like a little girl. These two are just loads of fun!! I just want to be around them.

The big day was at The Landing, in downtown Marquette. After the ceremony, the ENTIRE group of guests and bridal party hopped on the party bus for some UP scenery and photo stops. So fun! The smaller group made the day more intimate and everyone got to know one another well. I could have photographed them all day with the gorgeous Lake Superior in the background, but we had a Batman cake to cut, you know. Yes, that cake had two sides.  As Allison put it, "I may have a nice gown, this may be an elegant affair, but we have to keep a little of the goofy and crazy." Well said.

Thank you both so much for sharing your story with me!

Enjoy this little preview of the day: