{ Kelsey and Clayton :: Married! }

Sigh… where to start! Some weddings are just… I don’t know. Amazing. Not because they’re over the top, not because they’re expensive, not even overloaded with yummy details. Some weddings just grab your heart. Some couples’ happiness bubbles over and overflows over you like the August sunshine on your skin. Bright, warm. It’s contagious. And saying their vows and celebrating lakeside doesn’t hurt either 😉 Kelsey and Clayton tied the knot outdoors at her family’s lakefront cottage in Frankfurt, Michigan. She’s a photographer, he’s a cinematographer. Ahh, people like me! Maybe that’s why I loved them so much. Or maybe it was how their families were so close I wanted to hug and squeeze every last one of them on my way out that night. Maybe it was the endless tears flowing down Kelsey’s sister Crissie’s cheeks. Or that amazing speech by her brother Elliot that had tears running down everyone’s cheeks. Maybe it was the sweet strolling reception at the Elberta Life Saving Station. Maybe it was just all of it, rolled up and tucked into one incredible day.

{ first look, lake michigan! }

I love that all the girls wore different dresses, yet they went together perfectly! 

And those wildflower bouquets!!

And handsome guys! 

{ ceremony }

They arrived at the reception on a little boat, so cute! 

A hand-tying ceremony, officiated by her grandfather. Adore!

What makes an outdoor reception even better? Frisbee, bags, badminton…

Congratulations again Kelsey & Clayton!!  Thank you for having me, it has been awesome getting to know you!


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  • Emily Lamberts King via FacebookNovember 6, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    I loved this, Kristen!!! <3

  • Olivia ChalmersNovember 6, 2011 - 10:19 pm

    This is one of my favorite blogs, Every picture is amazing!

  • Kelsey Combe via FacebookNovember 6, 2011 - 10:21 pm

    I loved it too 😉

  • Ashley Auger via FacebookNovember 6, 2011 - 10:22 pm

    These are fabulous as always! 🙂

  • Colleen Foltz via FacebookNovember 6, 2011 - 10:34 pm

    So sweet!

  • Lucie Kop?ivová via FacebookNovember 7, 2011 - 2:29 am


  • Allison SuterNovember 8, 2011 - 7:57 am

    Wow! The entire series of images on the dock blows me away! (Ok, this whole wedding blows me away). So pretty!

  • ErinNovember 8, 2011 - 11:03 am

    One of my favorite blogs!! You’re right, there is somehting something really special about that day..and I dont even know them! It’s just a feeling. so simple and REAL. thank you for sharing, these are absolutly incredible.

  • JenniferNovember 8, 2011 - 10:42 pm

    I so love your work, Kristen! So fresh and clean and simply lovely. Mu-ah!!

  • Jessica HamlinNovember 11, 2011 - 12:14 am

    These are GORGEOUS!!!

  • AmyNovember 14, 2011 - 9:44 am

    Just gorgeous, Kristen!! Love love love these!

  • Leah AubreyNovember 17, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    Everything about these are impeccable!

  • kelly gNovember 23, 2011 - 12:03 am

    What fantastic, fun & unique shots! LOVE your wedding work! You rock!

  • Jennifer MaurenNovember 23, 2011 - 9:31 pm

    Kristen, I’m speechless. I just adore this wedding. So well thought out and perfectly captured by you.

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