According to my mother, Kevin and I go way way back. When we were three, we had a play date at a local park and I gave him my stuffed animal. I’d like to think it was then that I solidified my reservation as his wedding photographer. I say it that way because even though I was a hired professional, I was truly the lucky one. The day was so fun and beautiful it was the kind of wedding photographers drool over. Branda and Kevin trusted me totally. They let me be creative. So it wasn’t just the wedding that made me so happy, it was them.
I mean, the venues didn’t hurt though. Their ceremony was at one of my favorite places in Kalamazoo. As soon as I heard the words “Brewery Wedding,” I was IN. Arcadia Ales has amazing food and amazing beer and amazing atmosphere. It’s industrial but somehow homey. They have lawn games and you can paddle your kayak up to their boat launch overlooking the Kalamazoo River.
And for the reception, we danced the night away at Monaco Bay, a dueling piano bar. Because it is part of the Entertainment District downtown, we also had access to Loft 310, Gatsby Night Club, and SkyDeck. Everything was gorgeous, and the staff coordinating the night were incredible.
I love being a Kalamazoo wedding photographer. We’ve got some super cool places to get married and even cooler people.
Branda and Kevin are the kind of people that I love to sit down and share a drink with. Branda has the best laugh, and Kevin has a way of making you feel heard and valued. They have been together for a long time, and I know that their love and kindness will continue.
Flowers: Stems Market
Venues: Arcadia Ales, Monaco Bay
Hair/MUA: Avante Salon
Harshini asked me to be her wedding photographer when we met through Airbnb. It was a moment of absolute serendipity. It didn’t work out for me to rent her beautiful home for a photoshoot at the time, but I was able to photograph it nonetheless on her wedding day. The previous owners of the home were married there too, and I have to say, it felt like the perfect place for a celebration.
Harshini and Lewis balance each other so well. She, the petite spitfire from India, and he, the gentle giant from the Midwest. Together with their family, they crafted their wedding with care. Flowers from friends, an arbor built by Lewis, and desserts made by Harshini, made the day feel both special and intimate.
When they laughed, I laughed. When they shed happy tears, I did too. It was a perfect day.