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...

Founders Brewing - Caitlin and Tara

Grand Rapids, MI
Engagement Session

Congratulations Caitlin and Tara! Their first date was actually at Founders! So, it worked out that we ended up here because of the rain. It was nice, rainy romantic, and as always-great craft beer. These ladies are oh-so-super cute. I loved this session.

They met through work and were together for two years before Caitlin proposed, at the Detroit Zoo, under all the Christmas lights. I know, right?! How beautiful. What's even sweeter is that Tara was planning on proposing as well, and had a ring for Caitlin at home!

We are all excited for their wedding in October of 2018! I photographed Caitlin's sister's wedding. If you didn't catch Erin and Bryan's wedding, you can check it out here: http://lookatthebiggerpicture.com/blog/apple-mountain-resort-wedding . They also had one of my favorite engagement sessions. You can check that out here: http://lookatthebiggerpicture.com/blog/erinandbryan
So, I am ecstatic and honored to be documenting more of the Calcutt family's adventures! 

Here is a preview of Caitlin and Tara's  engagement session:

Marquette, MI Wedding- Jess and Kayla

Congratulations Jess and Kayla!! What an amazing day for these two lovely ladies!  Jess and Kayla met in school and were friends for quite a while before Kayla asked Jess for a date. They were at the ore dock, in Marquette, by the water when two beavers swam up, whacked their tails, and splashed them. I find it funny and like to think that those animals were saying, "You crazy kids, just get together already!"

In case you missed their engagement session, you can find it here:

http://lookatthebiggerpicture.com/grand-rapids-wedding-photographer-engagement-session-jess-and-kayla/

Jess actually popped the question to Kayla a while later, over sandwiches and champagne, again on the water.  Then came a trip to Chicago to get their marriage license. The celebration, however, was held at the beach in Marquette, MI!  Their beachy affair was THE most laid-back event that I have ever had the pleasure to photograph. I am in love with Michigan's upper peninsula. We couldn't get to "their spot"  by the ore dock on the big day, due to a fair going on that day, so I designed some special shots for them from images throughout the trip as a little surprise...

Jess and Kayla are so warm and friendly. It was a great group of people taking it all in. This was also the first time anyone asked to take pictures with me! Ha!! Their friends and family were crackin' me up. Such good times. So beautiful...

Enjoy the preview of their big day: