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Amy and Aaron had their wedding and reception at the Fetzer Center right on the campus of Western Michigan University. I have had the privilege of photographing many weddings there through the years and each time I am always impressed, they do a wonderful job serving the couple and their guests to give them all a wonderful day to remember fondly!!

I have so enjoyed working with Amy and Aaron…at our first meeting together I just loved their chemistry, sense of humor, down to earth personalities and willingness to trust me to be their photographer.

Fetzer Center has a bridal suite that is white, clean and classic! 

Bridal Suite at the Fetzer Center

  • Aaron and I met in 2009 at an apartment complex pool in Kalamazoo, MI. He was playing football in the pool with his buddies while my friends and I were laying out, soaking up the sun. Their football kept being thrown in our direction, by “accident” so we would have to get it and throw it back to them. We all began talking and hanging out that day. That same day, Aaron told his buddies he was going to “Marry that girl someday” talking about me. We went on a couple dates and then went our separate ways and dated other people, growing and maturing. Within 9 months we were back talking and dating and the rest is history. We have been together 8 years.

 

Amy is the only girl with three brothers. What a special moment here for her mom to help Amy get ready and she even gave her a very special gift. 

Beautiful bride putting the finishing touches to her look for the big day at the Fetzer Center.

Bride and Groom portraits at the Fetzer Center

  • Official proposal was at Aaron’s grandparents house on Gun Lake. He was shaking and sweating, he was so nervous. It was on Easter and the ring was hid in an Easter egg.

Lovely outdoor ceremony site at the Fetzer Center

Wedding ceremony at the Fetzer Center

  • Amy loves about Aaron: Loyality

    Aaron loves about Amy: Sense of humor

Bride and Groom getting married at the Fetzer Center

Since the last time I photographed here, they put up a new building, and I LOVE this wall! It was provided great open shade on a very warm sunny day!!

This copper wall provided a very modern background at the Fetzer Center

  • Watch the Detroit Lions Spend time with family and friends laughing and being silly!

Standing or sitting, these men looked like they had a great time at the Fetzer Center

  • Amy: First look with my father and dancing at the reception!

    Aaron: Seeing Amy walk down the aisle!

 

They did not have to ask me twice to “play it up for the camera” ….such a crazy fun group!

Beautiful bridal party enjoying the day at the Fetzer Center

The stairway at Western Michigan University is perfect for wedding photography.

  • For it to last longer!!

Gorgeous bride….and a dress with pockets!! 

The copper background created a modern look to these bridal portraits at the Fetzer Center

Like I said before I loved this wall….so fun for this wedding and future weddings at the Fetzer Center!!

Gorgeous bride in front of copper wall at Western Michigan University

  • Take in and embrace the moment with one another. Don’t over stress and remember everyone is there because they love you.

 

How can a girl say no when proposed to with a ring like this one….stunning!!! 

Wedding Rings

  • Our honeymoon is scheduled to occur in December this year at Grenada. A Sandals resort.

Bride and Groom taking a walk on the bridge at the Fetzer Center

Outdoor backlit wedding portraits at the Fetzer Center

  • Seeing Amy through her challenging and demanding school and career goals. Amy going back to school to get her masters degree while working full time, interning and while wedding planning, as it caused stress and a roller coaster of emotions. Aaron was supportive and motivating. He remained patient and calm, while providing encouragement.

 

These series of bridal couple photographs below are soooo me. I love nature and gorgeous light. We had just a few minutes to captures these images since it was so so warm and I didn’t want them to melt. I so wish I had images like these of my wedding 16 years ago! 😉 

Open field shots of the bride and groom snuggling together with gorgeous lighting

  • Continue to be silly and make each other laugh… Communication… Be more present!

Bride and groom dancing outdoors in beautiful natural light

Amy’s wedding dress could TWIRL!!!! So we had some fun with that!! 

Bride twirling and dancing in her wedding dress at the Fetzer Center

The cake, flower center pieces and the head table were beautifully lit with lights and purple flowers.

Grand entrance to the reception as husband and wife!

Here is a list of the wonderful vendors for this wedding to make their day all the dreamed it to be!!

DJ: Wiser Productions – Monte Janssen 

Time to cut the cake!

Bride and groom share their first dance.

One of the sweetest moments of the day for me as a photographer was witnessing Amy dance with her dad and then each one of her brothers came up for a moment to dance with her too, and then ended with her dad. Priceless memory there. 

the bride enjoying dances with the special people in her life.

Special dances with the bride!

Photo op with grandma and the bride is one for the album!

The dance floor was hopping!

Suck the bride and groom out for a minute for a sunset shot.