A Beach Engagement – Elk Rapids

Monday, July 21st, 2014

It always interests me how life weaves peoples’ lives together.  I met Mary photographing her sister’s wedding.  All of the sisters were crowded around a full length mirror prepping for the big day, when Mary came dancing down a hallway, making a grand entrance in the room, which filled with enthusiasm, dancing, laughter, and camaraderie.  Her easy-going demeanor and infectious smile made her great to photograph.  We bumped into each other again with her other sister’s wedding, which is where I was able to talk to her then-boyfriend Vince.  As we chatted and got to know each other a bit, Vince would bashfully smile anytime he would begin talking about Mary.  With a response like that, especially after years of dating, it was obvious that an engagement ring was in the future.  Months later, I received an email from Mary announcing the engagement and asking if I would be their wedding photographer.  I was both excited and honored.

Because Vince lives out of state, planning an engagement session around our three schedules was a bit difficult; however, we planned to meet up over the Fourth of July weekend in Northern Michigan.  After some mean blueberry pancakes at the Harbor Cafe, we set out to photograph their engagement session in the quaint town of Elk Rapids, Michigan.  We were having so much fun and sharing so many stories in between shots and outfit changes that the morning turned into the late afternoon.  Judging by the fun we had with just the three of us, I can only imagine how memorable their wedding is going to be.

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