i know mara from way, way back.  like elementary catechism make your first communion way back.  we attended the same school through high school - after which mara went on to do amazing thing after amazing thing that i watched admiringly via facebook from our home town - feeling kinda cool for being associated with such a brilliant woman doing big things in the world.

because of said brilliance, i was completely floored when i saw mara's wedding photography inquiry - asking me to document her upcoming marriage to michael, in downtown grand rapids.  i met with them briefly over drinks at the old goat, and instantly knew they were people i wanted to work with.

mara + michael have the biggest smiles, warmest hearts and the most electric love for each other that literally gives you chills.

from americorps to salsa dancing partners to being 'just friends, nothing serious, ok?' to emergency room love confessions to husband + wife. i'd say the latter looks pretty good on them, don't you?

their first look went something like : 'you look like a princess' to which she replied ' you look like pitbull!'  after which, the day was spent laughing, with drunk in love smiles plastered on all the faces of their closest family + friends who came to witness the event.  we ate tacos + drank jarritos while listening to people talk about childhood memories +  their love story.  their first dance was the most romantic thing i have ever seen, to date.  everything was classy + elegant + full of love, just like they are.

congratulations, you guys. sincerely honored to have been with you on your best day; it was genuinely perfect.

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venue : st.andrew's cathedral + downtown market grand rapids // hair + makeup : pomp and artistry // florals : horrocks, eastern floral + bokay // bride's dress : allure romance // bridesmaids dresses : vera wang // groom's tux : calvin klein // groomsmen attire: combatant gentlemen // appetizers : aperitivo // dinner : tacos el cunado // coffee: madcap // ice cream : love's ice cream // cake : cakabakery // Jazz band: edye evans hyde + family