When I first met LeAnne and her mom at our wedding consultation, I was so impressed by their sweet demeanor and immediately knew I wanted to work with them.  They were such gems throughout the whole process.  I also took it as a sign that we were meant to be when they said the wedding venue was Willow Harbor Vineyard.  You see, almost a decade ago I got married there (one of their very first weddings!) so it holds a very special place in my heart.

And then I met the groom, Drew, at their engagement session last Fall and let me tell you…he is a hoot!  His goofy charm definitely brought out the giggles in LeAnne.  It was adorable to watch them interact.

Their wedding day ending up being a hot, humid day in July (especially for a 34 week pregnant lady at the time), but as my last wedding of the season it couldn’t have gone more perfect!  Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day!

And congrats Drew & LeAnne!

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VENDORS:

Venue & Catering:  Willow Harbor Vineyard

Videographer: Almost Fantasy Videography

Floral Designer:  Flowers By Anna

Bridal Gown: Memories Bridal 

Reception DJ: Kaleidoscope Events

Hair: The Mane Attraction, Inc.

Make-up:  Make-up By Meg

My first wedding of the season was such a wonderful start…the weather cooperated Memorial Day weekend (although, I admit I was anxiously watching it for days because it did predict rain) and the day ran so smoothly. I love it when that happens.  You always expect something to go not exactly as planned, but Eryn was such an organized and laid-back bride (what a combo, right?!?) and everything seemed to just go her way!  Her team of vendors really pulled through and I enjoyed working with each and every one of them!

The Veranda at the Whitcomb is also a beautiful venue.  Situated on the bluff of St. Joseph, Michigan, it boasts an rooftop ceremony site and an old-world stone feeling outdoor reception area with views of Lake Michigan.

I had such a hard time choosing a few of my favorites that day, but narrowed it down to these few:

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VENDORS:

Venue & Catering: The Veranda at the Whitcomb

Flowers:  Flowers by Anna

Dress:  BHLDN

Wedding Coordination:  1928 Planning Co.

Videographer:  Inspired Media

 

Get your passport ready, because I’ve got a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT today!

One of my goals for 2017 was to photograph a destination wedding or elopement (specifically on my bucket list: Greece, Italy, Scotland, Iceland, France and/or the Caribbean  🙂   In order to make that goal a reality, I’m so excited to announce that I’m offering all 2018 international destination brides FREE wedding or elopement photography fees.  That means the ONLY fees I’ll charge are travel (cost of flight for myself and a second shooter + 3 nights lodging)!  Wahoo!  So, if you’re running off to Mexico, South America, the Caribbean or Europe I want to photograph it!

Let’s chat if you’re a bride who’s interested (or you know someone who might benefit from this), and contact me at hello@breannabellphotography with your date, location and other wedding details to see if we can make this happen!

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I’m so excited to announce that as of today I’ve opened up the applications for my next Senior Rep program!  This year, I’m only accepting 3-5 girls from the graduating class of 2018 (with the deadline April 5, 2017 to apply!), so make sure to get your application in soon!

I’m looking for a few fun-loving, hardworking, and smart girls to rep in my program.  As a rep, there are so many benefits!  Not only do you a FREE, styled mini-shoot, a hugely discounted full senior session, but you also receive FREE professional hair & make-up, personal styling, custom-senior rep cards, 20-25 digital images and 50% off all prints.

If you’re interested, I’d love to hear from you!  Just fill out the application below and you’ll receive a detailed guidebook with more information!

 

 

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Continuing with the #bloomIGchallenge, I thought I would share my goals for the year ahead!  It’s exciting to me to map out my plan of action (I’m a big ‘ole geek about planning) and based on what’s worked in the past, I think I have a solid plan of action for next year!  Plus, if I put it down on paper I’m more liable to hold myself accountable.

My dreams for 2017 include:

Objective #1: Book 30 sessions.
I don’t know if I can handle any more than that, quite honestly.  As a Michigander and held to the mercy of our tempestuous weather, my busy season is from May until October – that’s just 6 months of shooting time.  So 30 sessions for a girl with a family, a full-time job and a part-time passion is a lot.  But I know I can do it!

Objective #2: Do a destination wedding.
Um, this makes me nervous to type out.  I’ve harbored this dream for awhile, but didn’t think it was realistic.  Well folks, if I don’t put it out there the universe might never respond.  So here it is.  I want to travel and document someone’s epic love story.  Whether in the continental US or abroad (even better) I’m officially putting it out there.  If you know of a worthy couple looking to elope, send them my way and I’ll make a sweet deal for them!

Objective #3: Attend a workshop in 2017.
I’m still figuring out what type of workshop I want to attend or invest in.  I’m leaning towards a wedding themed one.

Objective #4: Blog once a week. 
I’m not a writer.  That’s 52 blog posts in one year.  Yikess, this one will be a stretch for me.

Objective #5: Increase my social media presence and audience.
I love Instagram, so my goal is to get 1000 followers by end of next year!

Objective #6: Get published!
It would be awesome to see my work get published again!  And now that I’ve got one under my belt, I feel confident in doing another one.

Objective #7: Go film.
I would love to offer my clients a hybrid experience of both film and digital for 2017 sessions.

Objective #8:  Give back.
I’m ashamed to say that in the 5 years I’ve been doing this professionally, this has never once been on my list of goals and objectives.  Wtf, Breanna.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a little bit older now, or because I’m a mom, but I want to give back to this world – to put a little good into it so that it makes a better place for my baby.  I don’t know, I can’t explain it, but it’s on my radar.  I don’t know quite yet what that means for me or how I can achieve this, but it’s something that I’ve given to God and asked for the opportunity to show itself to me.  What are my talents and gifts if not shared and used for His glory?

Well, this girl has dreams and I’m excited to see what the feature holds.  As 2016 closes, I’m incredibly grateful for the wonderful clients I met and served.  It has been a privilege and honor to capture your family’s precious memories – and here’s to 2017!!!!