{ Published! } Heather + Aaron’s Elegantly Earthy Wedding

I’ll admit it.  I’m a wee bit excited about this  🙂  I’ve been published by other blogs before, but to see my images in print, in a beautifully put together magazine… well, it’s just awesome.  And I’m SO happy for Heather and Aaron! InFrame Bride is a brand new magazine that was just launched, and it’s all about wedding photography.  (Brides – get your copy here!)  They featured 38 Top Photographers in Michigan, and K. Holly Photography was honored with one of those spots.  (Yeah!!)  From those 38, they chose just a small handful of Real Michigan Weddings to feature.  They chose Heather and Aaron’s wedding because of their unique wedding story, details, and images.

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inframeHere’s their story, from the article:

Elegantly Earthy

One couple’s passion for farming frames this beautifully organic wedding.

He proposed with Bonsai seeds! Instead of a ring, Aaron surprised Heather with two varieties of seeds that they planted together. “It was so appropriate in a way, to plant these little trees,” Heather explains. “Like a marriage, we have to work on them and shape and form them and watch them grow and mature.” The trees were an especially fitting symbol of dedication for Heather and Aaron, whose goal is to start an organic, community-supported vegetable farm in the Grand Rapids area. Their wedding also reflected their love for all things natural and local. Their rings were made of rosewood, to symbolize their time spent together in the nation of Ghana, and willow, as it is one of the couple’s favorite trees. The centerpieces were homegrown, and the seat assignments made of pressed gingko leaves. Friends and family pitched in to create a delicious reception spread that included focaccia bread baked by Heather’s mother, vegetable lasagna from vegetables grown by the bride and groom and even homemade beer. “After our honeymoon, we went right back to working in the fields,” Heather tells us. “We went from elegant Bed and Breakfasts to knee deep in soil, and we loved every minute of it!”

Details: location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids; Bride’s parents’ residence, Ada. The newlyweds rode a moped to their reception. Heather had a “Just Married” sign strapped to her back and cheerfully waved at passing cars. • Bridesmaids wore dresses made of 100% bamboo fabric. • Seat assignments, made of ginkgo leaves pressed and scribed by the bride, doubled as nametags. • Friends made homemade beer, which was supplemented with selections from Founder’s, a local Grand Rapids brewery.


Heather and Aaron were one of the first few weddings I ever photographed. The 4th one actually!  They hadn’t seen a ton of my work at the time they booked me, but they believed in me and trusted my vision.  I can’t thank them enough for that. Christina from Closer to the Heart worked along side me, and we had a wonderful day with them.  Their wedding was the start of something amazing for me and my work – they showed me how personal a wedding is, how important all the details are, and mostly, how blessed I am to be able to join families in celebrating and capturing such an intimate and momentous part of their lives. I’ve never forgotten it, and it’s a huge part of the way I work.  As much as I love creating those fierce wedding portraits (holla!), I’m always capturing little moments, details, smiles, hugs, tears and laughter all along the way.  The real stuff. The good stuff.

Thanks again Heather and Aaron, and congratulations on the feature!  Many blessings, xoxo~Kristen


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  • Jenny Duffy - Congratulations! How very exciting for you, Kristen!

  • Samantha Vanderlist - That’s so Awesome!!! Congratulations!

  • Leilani Tucker - Even though this is your first, believe me….there will be many more to come! Congrats Kristen 🙂

  • Regina - Fabulous friend this is great news. Congrats!

  • Danielle Storey - You. Are. So. Awesome! Congratulations Kristen…it was only a matter of time 🙂 And you deserve all the attention and credit…so cool!

  • Keri - Kristen! That’s awesome that your photography is included in this publication! You absoulutely deserve it. Your work is so beautiful and always tells such a wonderful story. Congratulations!

  • Kellie - Congrats! Your work is beautiful!!

  • mom - Congratulations on this wonderful honor and recognition of your wonderful work. I am so proud of you 🙂

  • Amanda - YES! you are the best photographer ever!!!!!
    I’ll vote for you for my whole life!
    Go KRISTEN!!!

    last night rocked again!


  • Amber - Congrats!!

  • Amy Boeve - Wow!! so beautiful!!

  • Nicole - Congratulations! The article is beautiful! My copy better be autographed! 😉

  • Violeta - Super happy for you! Congratulations!!

  • Christina - Yay!! Remember when I told you that after watching you in action, I knew that you have everything it takes? I was right nah nah nah nah nah nah!! So happy for you. Have enjoyed watching your journey!! Keep up the good work!!!

  • Becca - Congrats Kristen!! Your work is amazing 🙂

  • Matt Fouty - CONGRATS!!! As a friend and client, I am so happy for so! Pretty soon you’ll be shooting Katy Perry’s next album cover! lol

  • Ashley Folkema - Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

  • Mindie - Awesome job Kristen! I was so excited for you when Heather told me about this. We had a great time with you (and Christina!) that day. You truely captured everything Heather and Aaron wanted in their wedding. ps – I think those are my hands pinning the boutonniere !