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Emily & EvanThorncreek Winery Wedding Photos

It was a hot, verdant day. Thorncreek Winery was filled with the lush greens of summer. It was kind of day where you could feel steam rising from the grass. I don’t think Evan noticed the surroundings, much less me standing next to him. He seemed caught in anticipation’s embrace. In just a moment, Emily would appear, but not to him. She would remain hidden behind his back. They would occupy the same place and time, but not completely together. Without seeing each other, a private set of vows known only to them would be exchanged. To prevent interruption, I stood as still as could be capturing their Thorncreek Winery wedding photos.

The rest of their bohemian-styled wedding unfolded with the equal peace and grace of their vows. The bubbly bridal party shared each moment with their closest friends. Guests, arriving slowly at first, filled the outdoor ceremony with laughter and joy. And under a vine-laced arbor, Emily & Evan were wed.

The sweltering sun began to fade, dipping low in the sky and revealing the purple-orange edges of clouds. As we stepped out from their wedding reception tent, you could hear the low, dragging rumble of thunder. The storm was too far away to threaten this evening. As we wandered across the grass, we slowly captured some extra sunset wedding photos. Mostly, I just let Emily & Evan be themselves. They have a natural fit that I didn’t need nor want to disturb.

Below you’ll find highlights from Emily & Evan’s Thorncreek Winery wedding photos, including a few from their private vows. I sincerely hope you enjoy.

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One additional note worth mentioning. Emily chose to use Molly Taylor & Co. for her floral design. She was equally as impressed with Molly’s team as I have always been. Also worth noting is that I captured the majority of Emily & Evan’s Thorncreek Winery wedding photos on film, which is always my preference.

Gervasi Vineyard Wedding and First Look – Lauren & Ben

A couple weeks prior, I had dropped by the Vineyard for a scouting trip. I already knew Lauren & Ben’s Gervasi Vineyard wedding would be something truly amazing, so I wanted to make sure I was prepared. In our mid-western climate, it’s rare for couples to do an entirely outdoor wedding. Personally, I love them, but I guess there is a risk of rain. For Lauren & Ben’s Gervasi Vineyard wedding, the entire event would be outside, which plays perfectly with my style.

When the day finally arrived, it could not have been better. The weather was brilliantly sunny and would remain so all day. The ladies looked stunning in their long, coral-colored empire dresses. The flowers also matched perfectly. Each bouquet was filled with roses, peonies and hydrangeas of coral, pink and white. I especially loved the addition of eucalyptus. More so, Lauren looked amazing in her wedding dress. The lace with beading was stunning and I love how effortlessly the train moved behind her.

After the getting ready photos in the morning, we would start the day with a first look on the lawn. The first look turned out to be a moment filled with emotion – from laughing to crying. These emotion-filled moments would carry throughout the day. From the Lauren & Ben’s personalized vows through to the toasts at the reception. Speaking of the wedding reception, it took place under Gervasi’s Pavilion, which is a huge open-air space styled like any old building in Tuscany. It is truly something special!

By the end, everything turned out perfect. And the Gervasi Vineyard wedding team did such an amazing job. They kept the entire wedding running perfectly. Below are just a few highlights from this truly amazing wedding. And in case you are curious, you can also see Lauren & Ben’s stunning engagement session. I hope you enjoy.

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Kristin & Max – Destination Engagement Session in New Buffalo, Michigan

“My cousin Kristin is getting married and is looking for a photographer,” said Matt, one of my best friends. “I think she should talk with you” he finished. We chatted a little while longer about traveling to Chicago for Kristin’s wedding, about friends and about family. Not much later, I was on the phone with Kristin and Max and everything was going perfectly. Before I knew it, we were already planning their engagement session. I was anticipating an engagement session in Chicago, but little did I know that Kristin and Max had something very special in mind. Fans of the movie Stranger Than Fiction will know how much “little did I know” can mean.

Driving out of Chicago, Kristin and Max often vacation in New Buffalo, Michigan, a little beach community along the Michigan lake shore. Vacation homes, restaurants and surf shops (?) dot the beach side while boats float along the horizon. Further inland the land is dominated by small family wineries. It was in New Buffalo that Max chose to propose to Kristin. “It was right on the beach by the lighthouse,” Kristin said when planning their destination engagement session. So it had to be New Buffalo. They would drive in from Chicago and I would drive in from Cleveland. We would spend time at the beach and then visit the amazing vintners at Round Barn Winery.

Just before their session, an opportunity presented itself to me. Long story short – I finally found a rather special camera I’d been lusting over for years. After $40 in overnight shipping charges, I had the camera just in time for Kristin & Max’ session. Film has always been part of my aesthetic. The color, quality and sense of space can’t be beat. For Kristin and Max’ engagement session, it was all film. Still, film has been growing with me lately. Before, I used it just for the most special moments.

Now, I can’t see doing an engagement session with anything but film. Hopefully you will see why in the highlights below.

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Apparently, there is surfing in Michigan. Who would think?

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Kristin looking radiant at the city marina above and below.

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Together on the beach above, and on the boardwalk below.

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

The above two individual portraits are some of my favorites from this entire year. They are both so perfectly fitting for Kristin and Max.

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

By the New Buffalo “light house”. If you’ve see it, then you know why I am using quotes.

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

A couple black and whites above. Below, a little detail of Kristin’s gorgeous engagement ring.

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

On the grass at Round Barn Winery above. Below, out in the vines.

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Above and below – details of Round Barn Winery and fruit found laying around.

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

His black suit and her J. Crew dress make the perfect pair.

Destination engagement session in New Buffalo, Michigan for Kristin and Max

The light in Kristin’s eyes makes the last one my favorite, I think. Truthfully, I’m having a hard time picking favorites. Heck, I almost included them all in this post, but knew I have to keep it manageable. Looking forward, we are already getting excited about Kristin and Max’s wedding in Chicago. It’ll be great to see them again and photograph their wedding.

Want to see more from this session? Check out more of the scenery in the scouting report. For the photographers or film curious, all of the above was shot using a Contax 645 medium format camera on Fuji Pro 400h film.