Michigan Wedding Photographer
Charley + Ciara
Grass Lake, MI.
When I met with Charley and Ciara to book their wedding, they told me right away that they wanted their engagement session to be done at Charley’s family lake house. They have spent every summer there since they started dating and I could see why as soon as we got there. This beautiful little piece of paradise on a dirt road means a lot to the two of them and I wanted to capture the essence of it and bring it to life through their images. I’m pretty confident that we succeeded… We photographed in, around, and even up on the roof of the house and every shot was magic. It’s everything a lake house should be, cozy, full of character, charm, and overflowing with memories. As soon as Rob and I arrived we were greeted with Ciara still brushing her teeth and Charley offering us a beer. I knew it was going to be a great time hanging out with them. I make it a point to my clients that I want all of our sessions to be a blast, I want them to feel relaxed and comfortable… like they are just hanging out with friends for the evening and that’s EXACTLY how the night went. We shared a ton of laughs, stories, a couple beers, and ended the night with some s’mores. OH! and yea, we took a lot of pictures too 😉
We started our session on a dirt road down the street from the lake and it was effortless right from the beginning. I barely had to say anything to them, their connection is so natural and it made our job way too easy. They laughed and joked, and even took a second to enjoy a little dance in the middle of the road. Here is a look into Charley and Ciara’s Engagement shoot!
When we headed back to the house we were graced with absolutely gorgeous light, and I mean gorgeous, perfect, delicious light… ALMOST as gorgeous as this couple… but not quite 🙂 It was a photographer’s playground and I couldn’t help but to photograph them every step we took.
Ciara mentioned to us that they really wanted some photographs of them on the roof right outside one of the upstairs bedrooms. This house is literally out of a movie, I couldn’t have planned a more dreamy location. Who wouldn’t want to sit with their honey on the roof, look out at the water, and drink a Summer Shandy during sunset?!
Ciara is originally from New York. She found these perfect coffee mugs to represent both of their roots. I have to say, I’m happy to now call her a Michigan girl!
Then it was time to start a fire and finish the night off with some s’mores. It’s crazy how something so simple can make you feel like such a kid, I love the the happiness on their faces and although it’s nearly impossible to eat one these things without marshmallow smeared across your face, these two still look adorable and it makes me smile from the inside out.
Of course this flawless day would surely bring us a flawless sunset.
Charley and Ciara – It has been a blast getting to know you both so far and your engagement session was one of the funnest I’ve had. Thank you for welcoming Rob and I to your special place and letting us capture your fantastic spirit! I am thrilled to be your photographer and I can’t wait to be there to photograph your wedding! A virtual CHEERS from us to you!
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