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Mackinac Island, Michigan | Film

Growing up less than two hours south of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan, I have visited Mackinac Island on several occasions. This is the first time I had been with a camera in hand and a pocket full of film. My mother, bestie Melissa and I spend the day taking carriage rides, touring the island by foot and eating fudge.

For those of you who are not familiar with Mackinac Island protocol, the only way on and off the island is by ferry. The island does not allow motor vehicles and haven’t since 1898. Everything, and I mean everything, is delivered or moved around the island by horse and carriage, by bicycle or by foot. You can choose to bring your own bike or rent one for a few hours from one of several rental places. It takes 1-2 hours to completely bike around the island. We didn’t do that this trip, but it is a fun way to see the sites.

This particular trip we paid a little extra to go inside the Grand Hotel, explore a bit and have a rest on the rocking chairs on the hotel’s porch. The Grand Hotel’s front porch is 660 feet long. The longest in the world. There are spectacular views from up there! Everyday from 3:30-5pm in the Parlor you can sit an enjoy afternoon tea for a small fee. Melissa and I enjoyed several cups of hot tea, champagne and little bites, while my mom went down to the hotel’s ice cream parlor for a treat of her own.

Aside from the Grand Hotel, one must stop in the several shops for freshly made Mackinac Island fudge! It is what the island is known for and it is delicious!!! The quaint shops smell amazing when you walk into them. So many cute gift shops, full of unique items. I can’t wait to take another trip there with my husband and stay a few nights on the island at one of the many adorable B&Bs.

 

Cousiac Manor | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Staci + Sean

This was my second time photographing a wedding at Cousiac Manor in Lenexa, Virginia. It is a great venue for anyone looking for a laid back, country feel. Staci + Sean’s wedding was very much polished and cohesive. The bridesmaids subtle mint and blue toned dresses complimented the water front property, while the guys were suited up in a neutral color. The weather was perfect for the outdoor dance floor and for additional portraits during dinner, right before sunset. My favorite! It’s so lovely using natural light for a first dance. There is something really romantic about being outdoors with the light breeze and the sun setting as the couple is dancing for the first time as husband and wife. I typically see the a lot of the same traditions at each wedding. This time, instead of having a longer mother-son dance, Sean and his mom invited any mother-son guests to join them on the dance floor. So sweet to see this!

Staci + Sean, thank you so much for choosing me to capture your wedding day! A beautiful couple with a bright future ahead of you as a Mr. + Mrs.!

Venue | Cousiac Manor

Photography | Sarah Street Photography

Videography | Memories Videography

Planning + Coordination | Katie Monteith

Officiant | Ryan Middleton

Florist | Black Creek Flowers

Invitation Suite | Birch Paper + Design

Bridal Gown | Tiffany’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | Tiffany’s Bridal

Makeup Artist  | Cameron Carson

Hair Stylist | Pulling Hair

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | The Groom’s Corner at Tiffany’s Bridal

Cake | Sugar Cain Bakery

DJ | Colonial DJs

Rentals | Big Top Rentals

Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown + Yorktown on Film | Travel

My parents and nephew came to visit a few weeks ago and we did the tourist thing, touring Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. I have started using my Contax film camera for vacation photos and decided to take it along with me on this mini stay-cation trip.

Virginia Beach Engagement | Sheppard + Parke

When your client mentions their family owns one of the quaint and colorful cabanas on the oceanfront and thought it might be a great place for an engagement session, of course I said absolutely! Not only are they the most adorable buildings, but the fact that they mean something to them makes it even more special. This was my first meeting with Sheppard + Parke and I instantly felt comfortable with them. So incredibly warm and welcoming! I felt like I had known them forever.

As a fur-mama, I know what how special your pets are. It was so sweet to want to incorporate their baby, Nell, into the session. She was super sweet and very energetic (did someone say, “ball”!?). The flower necklace may not have lasted long, but she looked adorable.

Really looking forward to their wedding this spring at the Princess Anne Country Club. With Kim Wadsworth (kimwadsworth.com) doing Sheppard’s makeup again, she is going to be one gorgeous bride! EEkkk, can’t wait!

 

First landing State Park | Engagement | Virginia

I had been wanting to take a couple out lately and play around shooting some film. I have been only shooting with film for personal projects, aka vacation, and wanted to practice on moving subjects. The newly engaged Chelsea + Alex were sweet enough to volunteer a couple hours of their time and we met up at First Landing State Park. As a thank you, I took along my digital camera so they would have some portraits. You know, incase I totally bombed the film portion of the day. Enjoy some of the digitals from this mini session!

 

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