The reception was about to start and the final candles were being lit when Sarah’s mom, Karen approached me.  “I have to tell you,” she said, “Sarah just loves you.”I expressed how mutual the feeling was, and she went on. “After you two met for coffee,” she said,  “she told me, ‘Mom! It’s like we have the same soul!’” My heart fluttered with joy. I, too, had felt Sarah was a kindred spirit right from the start.

      She and Kevin are two of the kindest people I’ve had the joy of getting to know & photograph. Sarah a nurse and Kevin a youth pastor who builds (yes, builds!) motorcycles in his spare time, their hearts of gold (along with plenty of glimmering candles) lent sparkle to their Holland, MI New Year’s Eve wedding. While she was always drawn to elegant styles with attention to detail, Sarah drew most of her inspiration from a desire to create a peaceful atmosphere for their guests, expressing that she wanted the beauty of the reception to reflect a magical, low-lit garden of greens. And you guys, it was like a fairyland. So stunning. Reflecting back on their wedding day, Sarah shared some of her thoughts with me. “We felt so overwhelmed with support, love and peace. This is part of what we believe marriage requires. A strong community of people lifting you up in prayer through good and bad, or walking alongside you as you journey through marriage together.”

      And when I asked her what she loved most about married life so far? “We love making our house into a home by building tables or hanging pictures on the walls. We love having random dance parties while doing the dishes! Marriage has and will continue to bring out the worst and best of us, but we are building a life that has meaning and we are so grateful for that.” Words as inspired as this dream of a wedding! Scroll down & enjoy <3


      Dress: Odette by Nouvelle Vie, The Wedding Shoppe 

      Reception Venue: Boatwerks

      Florals: Spring Sweet 

      Hair & Makeup: Engedi Salon

      Bridesmaid dresses: Vow To Be Chic

      Men’s Attire: JoS. A. Bank

      Rings: Jewel Tec

      Earrings: Macy’s 

      Cupcakes/dessert: Holland Cakery ‘n’ Sweets