Claire + Rex: South Michigan Wedding

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Claire + Rex: South Michigan Wedding

If you asked us to name two people who are equal parts thoroughly caring and utterly hilarious, guess who would be at the top of our list? Yep, that would be Claire + Rex.

We’ve found that the most memorable weddings are those that reflect perfectly the couples that are at the center of these incredibly important days, and you’ve most likely heard us talk about how these are easily our favorite types of stories to be a part of. But when these weddings also include two of your dear, dear friends, well you basically walk around on cloud nine the entire day trying to choke back tears because you’re so excited and overcome with joy for these two humans that you love so deeply.

Claire + Rex’s wedding was everything we could have ever hoped and dreamed for them and we will never be able to say enough how thankful we are to have them in our lives, or to have shared in their day with them. These are just a few moments that get us tearing up when we think back to this beautiful summer day. Here’s to all the Patagonia, camping adventures, and years of storytelling ahead for you both, Mr+Mrs Pickar!

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Taryn + Zak: Chicago Engagement

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Taryn + Zak: Chicago Engagement

Chicago in late August. Lake Michigan on a misty day. Taryn + Zak, always.

Exploring the Windy City is always a weekend pastime we’ll gladly road trip for, but when you get to have these two as your companions, well, the adventure is made significantly more fulfilling. The entire weekend was the perfect prelude to all of the magic and excitement that is going to make up their wedding next May and, truth be told, it’s going to be one of the major highlights that gets us through the cold Michigan winter that is before us.

But until then, we’ll have these precious moments to remind us of what summer love looks and feels like.

Taryn + Zak take Chicago.

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My Sister's Closet: Upscale Thrift

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My Sister's Closet: Upscale Thrift

It takes an extraordinary amount of courage, perseverance, and gusto to take a leap of faith, set out on your own path, and chase a goal you’ve been dreaming about for years. Earlier this summer our amazingly talented friend, Lauren Manzer, did just that. Back in July she officially opened her passion project and storefront, My Sister’s Closet Thrift, and we had such a wonderful time being part of the celebration, helping document this incredible important moment in her, her sisters’, and her family’s collective story together,

We’ve had the rare honor of being by Lauren’s side these many months leading to this milestone, and it has been nothing short of inspiring to see how fervently she has pursued this new chapter in her live, and the vision she has for this store as a whole. Sure, chasing your dreams can be scary, demanding, and at times exhausting, but Lauren is the perfect example of what dedication, heart, and family can truly lead to - a place where sisters of any kind can come together and be empowered together through the clothes they wear.

My Sister’s Closet: Upscale Thrift.

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Janet + Alex: The Hinckley Wedding Trailer

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Janet + Alex: The Hinckley Wedding Trailer

It’s no secret that weddings require giving a lot of yourself. You sacrifice most of your weekends in the summer and spend days on weeks carefully constructing the story of the day in editing. Sometimes you even find yourself filming on the hottest days of the year, drenched in sweat as you bear the heat and humidity because love is too important, dang it. By the end of the wedding day, you are completely exhausted.

And yet there is no question that it is worth every single moment when you are able to spend the day with a couple that is as madly in love as Janet + Alex! While their wedding fell on easily one of the hottest days of this year no one noticed because we were all so ecstatic and overjoyed to celebrate these two. Their infectious laughter, their sweet kind words to one another, their adventurous and goofy souls - this wedding had us swooning hard from the very beginning. From Janet's dreamy veil, the beautiful sanctuary where they exchanged their vows in front of all their loved ones, to two of the most kind and fun-loving families around, nothing could have made this day, their day, more amazing.

Looking back, we can think of no better way to have spent our Saturday and if given the chance we'd relive this day with these two over and over again - even with the same weather! We are praying for every happiness for this couple and the journey they are setting out on, so please join us as we send our love and very best to the new Mr + Mrs Hinckley!

Cinematography: Shadow Shine Pictures

Photography: 430 Studios

Wedding Event Design and Coordination: 1928 Planning Co.

Florist: Flowers by Anna

Wedding Dress: Bella Bianca Bridal Couture

Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection

Menswear: The Black Tux

Hair and Makeup: Reva Salon and SpaErick Gerson

Band/DJ: Drew Behringe

Wedding Cake: Bit of Swiss Bakery

Catering: CK Catering

Venue: Zion United Church of Christ Barod & The Veranda at the Whitcomb

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Celebration of Hope: An Evening with Safe Haven Ministries

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Celebration of Hope: An Evening with Safe Haven Ministries

Of the many non profits, organizations, and ministries that our team has gotten to know and work with over the years, one that has always been a blessing to partner with and watch as their amazing outreach helps change our community and the greater West Michigan region is Safe Haven Ministries. Through their staff's dedication of serving and educating children, adults, and families not only about domestic violence but also how to move from a place of brokenness to a place of restoration and healing, they are helping to build a world that will one day see the end to such violence.

Back in May we had the honor of spending the evening with Safe Haven's family, their many donors and supporters, and countless survivors at their Celebration of Hope benefit dinner. Throughout the course of the evening all of us in attendance not only were able to connect and fellowship with one another, but we also had the special opportunity to hear the stories of two strong, powerful, and courageous women who are survivors of domestic violence. Those two women were Erika Sanders and Sue Osterink. Hearing their heartbreaking but incredibly beautiful stories brought everyone to tears and what was arguably most amazing was seeing the out pouring of love and support that filled the entire room, pointing all of us towards the hope of life and fulfillment that can be found after such a dark storm.

These are just a few of our favorite moments from this wonderful evening that will be in our hearts and minds for years to come. We are so excited to see the amazing work of the Safe Haven team continue to change and renew our communities and neighborhoods and to also hear the stories of more and more survivors be given a platform for helping end domestic violence and make it a thing of our past. That is the hope that we all long for and believe in.

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Rachel + Ryan: The Avery Wedding

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Rachel + Ryan: The Avery Wedding

One of the greatest blessings we get to experience is when we photograph the wedding of multiple daughters from the same family. Over the years, we get to know them, watch them grow, and obviously, and get to celebrate with them at some of the most important moments in their journey as a family together. Last fall, that was just the case for Rachel's wedding.

We had the immense honor of photographing her older sister, Margaret and her husband Kevin's wedding back in the summer of 2014. So when we got the email from Rachel shortly after she got engaged to Ryan asking us to be a part of her wedding as well, we immediately said yes! We truly couldn't be more thankful to have gotten to spend the day with the Arnett family once more—or with the Avery family. Rachel+Ryan’s wedding fell on what was arguably the most GORGEOUS October day and there isn't a minute we can recall that wasn't filled with laughter, goofy faces, and SO.MUCH.LOVE.

Rachel+Ryan are a couple that when you meet them, you instantly fall in love. From the way they completely welcome you in like an old friend, to how you can tell how much they love and care deeply for each other, their relationship is serious goals, for all of us. We could not be more thankful for them and their families and we are so excited for the many (nerdy and awesome!) adventures ahead for them. Sending all our love out to Mr+Mrs Avery! 

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Cornerstone University: Engineering Matters

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Cornerstone University: Engineering Matters

One of the things our team loves most about getting to work alongside our alma mater and help them tell their story is just that - getting to watch as their story, their journey, and the lives of their students grow and develop. Last year one of the next major chapters in the Cornerstone campus' story was the announcement of their new Engineering division and program courses. The vision for this new addition to the university's academic experience has been to equip students to learn to be designers, innovators, environmentalists, and engineers of influence and excellence in our world for Christ.

When CU approached and shared the exciting news with us we knew this would be a special project for a lot of different reasons. One of the main ones being how important this step of expanding their academics into this field was, and for such an important step, we decided to push the limits of what our conventional style and storytelling looked like. So here we present to you the official Engineering Matters program commercial developed to help connect prospective students with Cornerstone University to see how they can grow and learn to build lives of engineers that have a lasting influence on this world we all share. 

This has no doubt been a project that we have loved being a part of, getting to dig deep, connecting with the first official students of this new division, but more so we are so excited to see how the program takes off over the coming years!

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