A secluded garden engagement sessionWILL & ASHLEYGrand Rapids, Michigan

img_6702-2

Winter in Michigan tends to feel endless.

It’s not so much the cold, the snow, or the darkness that falls early. It’s the lack of sunlight. The grey. 

Thinking back to this late September afternoon feels like suddenly remembering a dream. A lush garden tucked away and nestled beside an aged, ivy-covered hall; golden light and crisp air bringing relief from late summer heat evoke an almost forgotten reality. There are a million things to love about this sweet couple, but one of my favorites is Ashley’s vision. (Don’t even get me started on how gorgeous their June wedding is going to be. So excited!) Her inclination toward a place where nature flourished, a place with history and character instantly reminded me of this little West Michigan haven. Such beautiful things happen when you’re willing to do a bit of traveling for your session, friends! And when you look back on your photographs, even more beautiful things happen: memories you didn’t know you had rise to the surface ready again to be savored, perhaps in a time when you need them most. Enjoy, & be inspired! <3