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Courtney + Chris: Frankfort Engagement

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Courtney + Chris: Frankfort Engagement

Lake Michigan, a late summer sunset, and Courtney+Chris: just a few of our favorite things!

Back in August we hopped into the car on a Saturday afternoon for a road trip up north to meet two people who we would later fall head over heels in love with. And yes, you guessed it. Those two beautiful people would be Courtney and Chris! While adventuring around Frankfurt, it didn't take long to realize that we had hit it big with this fun, adorable, and kind couple that we instantly became friends with.

Having to wait until next summer to see thee two again is a bummer, but we are so excited for them and beyond honored to be sharing in their wedding day!

Sending the soon to be Mr+Mrs Bowen all the love and summery beach vibes today on this bright and sunny fall day!

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Anna + Bryce: The Sack Wedding

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Anna + Bryce: The Sack Wedding

Oh man, where do I even begin with these two! Bryce and Anna are two incredibly special people in my life and having gotten to know them over the years leading up to this special day made being able to be a part of their wedding an unbelievable gift, blessing, and joy to be real.

I first got to know Bryce on a trip to Africa a few years ago and while I had known of him prior that trip since we attended the same university, it wasn't until that summer that I realized just how great of a man he was and truly got to see the heart he had for Christ. We went through a lot on the trip, experienced things that changed us both, arguably forever, and honestly he quickly became like a brother to me.

A couple months later once he and I returned state-side I officially met Anna on corporate shoot and while they had already been dating for sometime at that point I'm pretty sure one of my first things I told Bryce was how absolutely brilliant she was and how he needed to put a ring on her finger ASAP. We both laughed, he agreed, and sure enough a year or so later, these two were engaged and I was over the moon.

I've watched them grow together through the seasons of graduating, finding jobs that they loved, moving to a new city that they loved more, find newer jobs, organizing a huge and gorgeous wedding, and beginning the process of planning the rest of their lives together. There is no doubt in my mind that they are the perfect balance to one another, a blend of two similar yet complimentary persons and souls that lift one another up, sharpen the other daily, and care for each other on a deep level that I cannot put into words.

 

This wedding, their beautiful day, is one of those that I'll look back on with a giant grin for years to come; overwhelmed by pure joy and excitement for two of my dear friends, Mr+Mrs Sack.

-Matthew

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Aparna + Ankit: The Patel Wedding Trailer

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Aparna + Ankit: The Patel Wedding Trailer

There are some weddings that we truly, unquestionably wish could never end, and when we think back to the amazing, colorful, wonderfully joy-filled weekend that was Aparna+Ankit's we have those exact feelings. By time we got to their wedding weekend they were already dear friends of ours and so obviously it was so easy to get swept up in all the magic, the love, and every single second of celebration and excitement. 

Then there's also the layer of getting to celebrate yet again with a community that we have had the honor of doing just that with for over four years now! This close knit community that welcomes us in as their own, who have the biggest smiles when they see us, make us feel at home in a way that I'm not sure we really experience with most other weddings. The feeling is down right indescribable. It's so much more than work, it's so much more than just art or a craft for us when we are with them - it's a shared experience, coming together as old friends and taking part in a moment that transcends all of us there. We've talked about that a lot over the last few years and the truth is that feeling doesn't fade away in the least bit, only grows stronger and for that we are incredibly thankful.

Heaven help us, this blog could be pages on pages long about everything that was so wonderful about this weekend. Not only was it our first Indian wedding to both photography and film, it was also our first wedding creating a Same Day Edit of Aparna and Ankit's trailer, this trailer. The moment of watching these two peer through the doorway of their reception into the hall where all their friends and family were reliving this fantastic weekend as they saw the trailer was one for the books. As Aparna teared up and started to cry from overwhelming joy, to Ankit's huge grin of excitement, that was a moment I think we'll all cherish and get chocked up over thinking back to for the rest of our lives.

Really, all we can say is how thankful we are for these two beautiful humans. Their wedding weekend was more than an honor to be a part of, and to get to be a part of their story, and to call them friends, is more than we could ever ask for. Here's to Aparna + Ankit!

Wedding Planer: Rajul Pillai of Blissful Events

Photography and Cinematography: ShadowShine Pictures

Florist: Butterfly Flowers

Garba Hair and Makeup: Houda Hourani at Salon West Dearborn

Wedding and Reception Hair: Raimonda Gjekaj

Wedding and Reception Makeup: Tammy Pore

DJ: Umesh Manani

Wedding Cake: Sweet Dreams Bakery

Linens & Chivari Chairs: Modern Art Party Rental

Catering & Bar: Krishna Catering & Ashoka

Henna: Niki Patel

Henna Gown: Frontier Heritage

Grah Shanti Gown: Utsav Fashions

Garba/Sangeet Gown: Anushree Reddy

Wedding Gown: Raja Fashions

Reception Gown: Shyamal & Bhumika

Venues: Diamond Center, Patel Residence, & Shah Residence

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Lauren + Nick: Grand Rapids Engagement

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Lauren + Nick: Grand Rapids Engagement

My friendship with these two wonderful and amazing world changers started some years ago. I first met Nick as we both were paying for a relief and educational trip across seas to Zambia, Africa. Nick struck me as one of the most level headed, down to earth, and incredibly caring people I have ever met. Our friendship grew over those twelve days of traveling around dirt roads and visiting villages and seeing the relief work happening by the locals in those communities.

At the time he was smitten with, but not yet dating, a bright, charismatic, beautiful young lady named Lauren who I had yet to meet but had already become friends with other various members of our team. It was shortly after Nick and I returned stateside that the two dated and I actually got to know Lauren completely separate from Nick on various sets that she crewed for our team. Everything from a Second Assistant Director, to Production Designer, to even a Casting Director, Lauren's grown to be a member of our local film community that we have loved getting to know and for my own part, getting to create with.

Flash forward to today, the day before these two amazing, compassionate, and Jesus loving people say "I do" to forever after with one another. I don't think there is a member of our team that isn't stoked and excited about their wedding tomorrow and we are incredibly blessed to have had a front row seat to watching these two grow together over the last several years and we are going to for sure be crying like babies tomorrow as we get to witness Lauren+Nick become one.

Here's to happiness, love, and pure joy after a week that felt like it was lacking all three of those. Spread the love my friends!

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Aparna + Ankit: The Patel and Shah Garba Raas

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Aparna + Ankit: The Patel and Shah Garba Raas

Garba night is arguably, hands down, one of our favorite events during the weekend long Indian wedding festivities. In many instances it's the first night where the majority of both families are able to come together and celebrate with one another the union of the couple. The night is often filled with unending laughter, dancing, AND THE COLORS ARE INDESCRIBABLE!

It without a doubt is a night of excitement, parting, and unity. From the rehearsed dance numbers performed by Aparna+Ankit's family and friends, to Aparna's flowing and utterly enrapturing dress, and every other gorgeous sari in that room that night this was one of the major highlights from their weekend for us.

And on a day like today when the rain won't let up and it's all gloomy and overcast outside, we could all use some beautiful, swirling technicolored dresses in our lives!

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Veronica + Todd: The Korthals Wedding Trailer

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Veronica + Todd: The Korthals Wedding Trailer

There are wedding days when all we want to do is Instagram Story every single moment, right there on the spot, because it's too perfect not to share with everyone! Veronica + Todd's wedding was just such a day, and it honestly made for the best start to our wedding season earlier this year. It was like all the right moments, chances, and pieces fell into place and we were more than floored by all of the beautiful things happening all around us!

From every bright and beaming smile Todd had when he looked at Veronica, to the more than rambunctious and entertaining bridal party to keep us all laughing throughout the day, to Veronica's gorgeous lace covered dress; all the details were perfect. But so were the moments, too! Their first look was wonderful and the rain held off as long as we needed it to. Their gift exchange seriously could not have summed the two of them up better. The toasts left us swooning for this entire family. And to top it all off the night ended with a dreamy paper lantern send off, which ended up being even more eventful than we expected it to be.

All in all this day, this couple, their love - it all was one for the books!

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Aparna + Ankit: The Patel and Shah Mehndi Party

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Aparna + Ankit: The Patel and Shah Mehndi Party

For over a year we had waited for the kick off of this special and wonderful weekend. From an elaborate and colorful engagement ceremony to a dreamy evening of engagement photos out on Lake Michigan, we knew this would be one of the most exciting weekends of the entire year for us. We had already fallen in love with these two probably a hundred times and we were so ready to spend these three amazing days with them.

Aparna and Ankit's weekend long party started Friday evening going into Memorial Day Weekend at Ankit's aunt's house with all their family and closest friends together to celebrate them. That night alone was such a whirlwind of excitement, joy, and laughter and it without a doubt was honestly the perfect start to such a weekend as theirs. 

So much love for these two, and this is just the beginning!

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