What can I tell you about my friend, Dan? I could tell you about how he is wise beyond his years. Or how he quietly observes his world around him, only to drop words that seem to be carefully chosen because they are so articulate and reflective and inspiring. I could also tell you how big his heart is for his family, his friends and his faith. Hopefully you'll meet him some day, because I don't think these words do his personality justice.
He's a pretty cool guy! And he's so excited to finally be a senior!
I met up with Dan at one of his favorite childhood spots- Spencer Park in Troy, Michigan. He and his family love to spend their time with nature here, getting lost in the woods and admiring the lake.
You are going to do some amazing things with that brain and heart of yours! Have an awesome senior year!
It was a gorgeous day at Red Run Park in Royal Oak, MI! The Royal Oak Dog Walkers and I had been eagerly awaiting this Meet and Greet all summer and the event did not disappoint!
Catherine and her crew went all out! Beautiful decor that celebrated their love for their work and their pups!
Homemade macaroons and "dogs in a blanket"? Yes please! So yummy!
The Royal Oak Dog Walkers officially have swag! These awesome t-shirts can be purchased on their site!
And they didn't dare to forget about their 4-legged friends! How amazing would your pup look wearing these collars?!
Meet Leah, Royal Oak Dog Walker's newest dog walker! She loves everything nature, especially the pups she cares for.
These dog lovers were in heaven enjoying delicious food, friendly conversation with other dog parents and as promised- a professional photo with their pup!
I had never been surrounded by so many adorable canines!!
These ladies! I feel so blessed to have gotten to know them this summer! Thank you so much for welcoming me into your dog world! You do amazing work and I can tell you pour your heart into each one of those puppies! Thank you for doing what you do!
It was a beautiful Michigan summer day and Melissa was excited to be working at the Michigan DNR, exploring nature during her summer off from teaching. She then noticed a blonde haired man approaching. "Who's that?" Melissa asked one of her co-workers. "Oh, that's Matt. He never smiles," said her co-worker. "I bet I can make him smile," said Melissa.
And she did just that. She made Matt smile in countless of ways, from their nature hikes in all sorts of Michigan weather, to catching fish in various lakes and rivers that surround their West Michigan home. And Matt made Melissa smile the biggest smile when he asked to be his forever!
Melissa and Matt, capturing your beautiful day was an absolute dream! You believed in me from day one and my heart is beaming! I wish I had better words for describing "thank you." I know that whenever I go to West Michigan, I will always think of you two- your love for nature and each other is truly inspiring!
It was a gorgeous summer day in Benton Harbor, MI. The Blue Dress Barn was the perfect venue for these Michiganders. It was filled with so many beautiful elements that celebrated nature!
This dress! Melissa's mom wore this on her wedding day and in true Melissa fashion, she made it into her own. So beautiful!!
Melissa, you are STUNNING!
Melissa and Matt opted to see each other before the wedding, giving plenty of time for taking photographs! I don't think I've ever seen Matt smile this big!
First dance as husband and wife!
The gorgeous bride leading everyone to some all night dancing! Her loved ones happily followed!
This moment might have happened more than once...
What an unforgettable night!
During one spring semester at Michigan State University, Amy helped organize a mission trip to Puebla, Mexico with a group of adventurous do-gooders. Everyone signed up to spend their spring break traveling hundreds of miles for friendship, faith and ultimately- to do good things.
Little did Amy know that Joey signed up for something more- her.
It was a rainy summer day in East Lansing, so we started off at the MSU Library.
Joey's eyes never left Amy's glowing smile!
What a show-stopper of a ring!!
Next we took our adventures outside and found a dry, cozy spot for them to enjoy the rain. Well, I enjoyed the rain. The love birds enjoyed each other!
We saved the best spot for last and headed over to this grandfather-like tree by the Horticulture building, where Joey asked Amy to be his adventure partner for life.
The clouds parted and the rain stopped. And Amy and Joey were transported back to their amazing moment under their tree. It was magic!