Mike and Sarah’s fall Law Quad engagement session at the University of Michigan took place on what I think was the PERFECT fall day – not too warm and not too cold, with a lovely golden hour light.
Mike is a University of Michigan alum now and these two spent a lot of time around the campus during his time there so naturally they decided on using this gorgeous part of campus for their engagement session.
These two met in high school but didn’t start dating until college. Apparently they both liked each other way back when but didn’t put two and two together until later!
A fall Law Quad engagement session wouldn’t be complete without that perfect golden light tiptoeing across the buildings. The Law Quad is lovely in any season, but man, in the fall, campus just shines. It’s one of my favorite places to shoot at the University of Michigan, see this session as well. It’s popular for a reason!
For part two of our session, we went to Nichol’s Arborteum. Mike and Sarah enjoy hikes and hammocking, so naturally Nichol’s made sense. They took me to the far reaches of the arborteum and we ended our session in a lovely field of grass. I love Nichol’s Arborteum, but man it can be a hike back!
Can’t wait to share more of these two. Their fall wedding was just so GOOD!
I will start with this: I am not a University of Michigan alumnus. I did not even apply to that huge school in Ann Arbor. But I do love meeting Michigan alumni for a University of Michigan engagement session. Sarah and Brandon took my advice to heart when I told them to “choose a location that’s meaningful to you.” They gravitated towards some of the less popular spots on campus (but just as beautiful), including Ingalls Mall, the intramural building, and of course Michigan Stadium.
But the best part of this University of Michigan engagement session was when Sarah and Brandon sat on the steps of their freshman dorm and told me the story of how they met right there in that little, 70-person building. I think my favorite photos from the session are right there.
When you meet your spouse online like I did, you don’t have that type of nostalgic story, the magic of becoming friends and then somehow falling in love. You’re seeking love specifically. I never wanted to go back to Granite City Brewery where my husband and I had our first date because all it was was a really busy place that happened to work out well for our plans.
So when I have a couple with a history, which is actually a lot of my couples, I love going back to where it began or where something really special happened for them. You can tell the emotions change and the photos change.
Sarah and Brandon have known each other for a decade and have lived in Ann Arbor, in Florida, and now in Wisconsin. Their Michigan wedding in December will be filled with friends and family from all over and I can’t wait to be there documenting it!
When I met Robert and Elizabeth at Kahve one evening in January, they were freshly engaged and ready to tell me all about their simple December 2018 wedding. They asked so many questions, which I love because it showed they were truly invested in their wedding photographer. I knew that we were a good fit after Kahve closed down on us and cut off the conversation – haha!
I’m surprised by how many couples I’ve met that have went to high school together but never really knew each other until later…sometimes much later. I went to a large high school so I know this is possible, but I’m honestly amazed that several of my couples this year have this same story, including these two.
I’ve said it before, but I truly love when a couple chooses a location that’s special to them for their engagement session. Oftentimes, it’s a place I don’t know as well as they do, so they get to play tour guide and the session becomes more of a collaboration (definitely always welcome!). Robert and Elizabeth spent a lot of time exploring Nichols Arboretum while they were dating and while Elizabeth went to school at the University of Michigan. They met Josh and I there early on a Saturday morning in March, one of the rare mornings we had sunshine this winter, for their session.
I am so excited to shoot their December 2018 wedding in Grosse Pointe!