Wednesday, January 27, 2010

rachel & jordan {engaged!}

I am currently listening to the NEW Dave Barnes song, God Gave Me You. (He just released it on iTunes yesterday and I would highly recommend it.) It's so beautiful... here a few a lyrics :)
On my own, I'm only half of what I could be. I can't do without you. We are stiched together and what love has tethered, I could baby, never undo. God gave me you for the ups and downs... for the days of doubt. For when I think I've lost my way, there are no words here left to say, it's true, God gave me you. - Dave Barnes
This past week, as my husband and I experienced one of the most difficult weeks we have ever endured, I am so thankful for Jonathan and the gift that he is to me. I'm so thankful God gave him to me! I love you, hubs! (**side note - thank to all you wonderful clients and future-clients who were patient with me as I was unexpectedly out of the office last week!! you are amazing!!**)

I'm so glad that God gave Rachel and Jordan to each other, too. The two of them are so wonderful together. I have known Rachel since we were 5-years-old... and now, seeing her with her husband to be, I am so happy for them and the love they have found! I'm especially encouraged by the way they are patiently planning their wedding and marriage... from thousands of miles apart! Jordan is currently working at a school in Guatemala while Rachel is here in Michigan. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, 'eh? I'm so excited to be apart of their wedding celebration - I can't wait for July!

Thanks Rachel & Jordan for spending some time with us and sharing your love and lives with us! Good luck finalizing your plans!! Mwah!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

mr. & mrs. prout {married}

As 2009 came to a close, I had the fortunate opportunity to send my last weekend with Andy & Emilie as they said their vows together and forever promised their love to one another! You may remember the two of them from their Detroit engagement session in November. The two of them are so incredibly intelligent and genuine and a delight to be around! They intricately planned their wedding while the both of them were on holiday break from their respective graduate studies. I think the timing couldn't have been more perfect! With all the glowy Christmas decorations inside, and the dusting of snow outside, it was a beautifiul setting for a wedding!

The ceremony was held at Cana Lutheran Church in Berkley, MI. When I arrived at the church, the girls were excitedly getting ready for the big day! Emilie had a huge smile on her face that was hard to wipe away - I knew she was ready to get married! After the ceremony, we headed to downtown Birmingham for some moonlit portraits of the newlyweds. The reception was at the Iroqouis Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI - a venue that I would HIGHLY recommend! All-in-all it was a really great wedding to finish out 2009!

Andy & Emilie... thank-you so much for allowing me to be apart of your wedding celebration! It was a perfectly beautiful day and I hope these photos let you treasure all the special moments! Enjoy the preview!

An emotional moment with Mom right after she saw Emilie in the dress for the first time...

This blue-eyed beauty is Emilie's niece and was the flower girl for the wedding. She's in a camera-shy phase, but I managed to sneak a few of her!

Love this pic of the ladies!

Mmmmm....  bling bling!

Cruising down Woodward Avenue!

They always seem like they are having such a fun time with each other!!

A few room shots... seriously, look how great that room is!

First dance... love it!

I love to catch the couple's parents dancing... and looking just as in love as the newlyweds!

And a few final portraits to close out the evening!