Engagement | Gabby & Chris | Beach at Mission Point Lighthouse

You don’t have to ask me twice to head to the shores of Lake Michigan– my happy place – for a Mission Point Lighthouse engagement shoot! That’s where I photographed Gabby & Chris, and it was an absolute dream session in every way.

My journey with Gabby & Chris started with quite possibly the most interesting Video Consultation I’ve ever had for a potential 2020 couple which led to this amazing engagement session at Mission Point Lighthouse in Traverse City, Michigan over the weekend!

For our call, Chris was unable to attend as he was in Seattle, however, he tuned in via video while Gabby and I were able to meet in person in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Having one individual join through video chat while the other is able to attend in person can be difficult because I want to make sure everyone is heard! It is so important to me to focus on the couple as a whole, not an individual person because that is the whole point of the engagement and wedding right?

Although it might have helped that after the normal consultation, the meeting actually went very smoothly, all voices were heard and Gabby & Chris picked me to shot their engagement session! Gabby and I chatted over coffee for over an hour after just because we could. I love being able to create a close relationship with my clients!

We headed to the shore in the afternoon just when the sun was right over head, which made the light especially rich. It was a gorgeous day in Traverse City with Lake Michigan waters completely still.

The couple brought two outfits (which I always recommend doing). Beginning with more casual outfits, Gabby wore a delicate, floral shirt with black jeans and Chris wore a button-down with jeans which blended into the beach scenery perfectly! After changing, Gabby wore the most beautiful flowing maxi dress that she looked absolutely incredible in, and Chris opted for khakis and a button-down.

And I just HAVE to show you the ring!

oval engagement ring in sand

The shot went perfectly. We got great weather, enjoyed lunch a beer beforehand, AND you can see just how in love these two are in all of their photos! Thank you for choosing me I have no doubts that your wedding day, like your engagement session, is going to be a beautiful day full of sunshine, love and joy!

Can’t wait for their wedding next year!

Cheers!
-Stephanie

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Grand rapids, michigan