This is my beautiful cousin Jenni and her fiance Dan.
Jenni grew up in California. I grew up in Michigan. We saw each other every year or every other year for a good portion of our childhood. Family bbq’s and camping trips, sleepovers at her house, along with my sister and another cousin of ours we even wrote a song one time. I have our handwritten lyrics in a box somewhere. “what makes you give your last cookie away? or help me clean my room all day” (lol – sing it with me!)
When Jenni and Aunt Debbie asked me if I would consider photographing Jenni’s wedding I was humbled/scared/honored/excited, mostly excited. I started making plans to head down for a visit and to take some engagement portraits. We threw around a few ideas about where to take photos at. But it came down to doing them at her parents house. I can’t stress it enough – when you chose a location that is meaningful, the photos hold more weight than just pretty photos in a pretty location. Jenni’s parents, my aunt and uncle, are some of the most accommodating, welcoming, caring people I know. There is a calm and secure sense of belonging at their house. It’s one of my favorite ‘homes away from home’. I am thrilled that we took these photos here. It means a lot to me. And I’m sure to not just Jenni and Dan, but to her parents as well.
Dan, his brother, and their dad all grow a beard every fall. I think it looks good. I also think it’s pretty cool that their photos showcase what he looks like for several months every year.
When we were discussing locations I asked if they knew of any fields nearby – I got giddy when I saw this pasture at their house. Giddy. There isn’t anything better than a great field. Especially at sunset. Add two beautiful people in love and it’s magical.
Jenni – it has been amazing to see your love for Dan grow so much since you first met. You seem complete in a whole new way. I am so happy that you’ve found your soul mate. Dan – welcome to the family. You make Jenni the happiest I’ve ever seen her. And to both of you – thank you a million times over for trusting me with capturing your wedding photos. I’m honored to be part of your wedding day in this way. I love you guys!
Here are the rest of my favorite photos.