Chicago Wedding Photographer 

Sweet sweet engagement photo season. How I LOVE THEE. Met up with these two cuties in March and OF COURSE there was rain in the forecast (Kinda seems to be the thing on the daily here in the midwest/chicago).  We were not all about that reschedule life so we decided to just do it! They had already picked out Southport Lanes as one of their locations, they MET because of a bowling league <3 so that helped. We got to the bowling alley before they even opened and they were so wonderful to let us in and have the whole place to ourselves (which I guess is really rare, as this is the OLDEST bowling alley in the city of Chicago, and VERY popular!).

We then ventured to the lake to enjoy the sites. This is where I always get my directions confused. I grew up in Grand Haven, MI where the lake is to the WEST, so almost everytime I am in Chicago I get directionally challenged. The struggle is real ya’ll. But thanks to google maps and these two I didn’t fall into a lake or drive off into a building. We then explored a few pockets of the city while doging rain and getting cozy under umbrellas.

I am flippin out excited about their wedding in July! They are getting married near Grand Rapids and Lindsey and Ryan plan on JUMPING INTO THE LAKE at the end of the night!!! I freaking can’t wait. We got sooo lucky with some amazing fog on the Chicago skyline for this session, I sure hope the weather is our best friend for their wedding day.

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Thanks so much for checking out this Chicago Wedding Photographer gallery! Rachel Kaye is a West Michigan // Chicago based wedding photographer with a knack for telling fun stories of people in love with animated gifs. If you want boring photos, find someone boring! Rachel likes to keep things fun and light and remind you why you are here in the first place. MARRIAGE/LOVE/FAMILY. Love makes the world go round’ in the most wonderful way. I started telling photography stories three years ago and just can’t stop. won’t stop.

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Little Miss Cora was too cute not to blog right away. I had a blast last night with Heather, Ryan and Cora at Provin Trails park in Grand Rapids (one of my favorite spots for family sessions! and bonus, you get a small hike in the dunes too ;)). I had to put together a cute mini preview of this session because it’s too cute not to share! She is the coolest 1 year old I know (ok 13 months..which in my opinion sounds cooler cause it has the number thirteen in it. fav)

Can’t wait to share everything from this session with Cora’s mom and dad!

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and a funny outtake because Cora was pretty weirded out that bubbles were coming from my camera 😛 I am booking spring family sessions right now and am just starting to shoot them! Holler at me and we can get you on the schedule. This little family was the greatest way to start off family session season!

Thank you for viewing this Grand Rapids Family Photographer gallery! Rachel Kaye Photography is a Chicago / West Michigan based wedding and portrait photographer who loves a great destination wedding. Rachel Kaye specializes in off-beat natural light wedding photography. Rachel Kaye Photography provides the best wedding photography services for the coolest kind of couples. Those who want to tell their love story in a natural, documentary style with amazing service. Rachel Kaye Photography tells unique stories through gorgeous natural looking photographs and fun, quirky, animated GIF’s.

For more information on how to tell your wedding day story or engagement/love story please contact Rachel Kaye

Love and Light, Rachel Kaye

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It seemed appropriate, on this day of love, to celebrate with an awesome love story! Amanda and Jeff live in Amsterdam and during their holiday visit back to the states we met up at Kirk Park in Grand Haven Michigan to capture their love before their wedding. I had a great time making them trapse through the snow, playing their amazing playlist of music and ending things in downtown Holland (with a beer at New Holland… I had so much fun I never took a photo!).

They are planning their wedding this August for my FAVORITE venue (and they actually found the venue/me from my blog!), Cranes Orchard. I cannot wait to hang out with them, get to know their family and friends and capture this amazing day with them. We got so lucky with a beautiful sunny evening in what has been one of the dreariest winters ever!

Happy Valentines Day!

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Thank you for viewing this Kirk Park Engagement Grand Haven Photographer gallery! Rachel Kaye Photography is a Chicago / West Michigan based wedding and portrait photographer who loves a great destination wedding. Rachel Kaye specializes in off-beat natural light wedding photography. Rachel Kaye Photography provides the best wedding photography services for the coolest kind of couples. Those who want to tell their love story in a natural, documentary style with amazing service. Rachel Kaye Photography tells unique stories through gorgeous natural looking photographs and fun, quirky, animated GIF’s.

If you are interested in more information on how to have your intimate Michigan Elopement photographed, read more here: http://www.rachelkayephoto.com/michigan-elopement-photographer/

For more information on how to tell your wedding day story or engagement/love story please contact Rachel Kaye

Love and Light, Rachel Kaye

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Michigan Elopement Photographer – Emilee + Ben Grand Haven Courthouse Elopement bride and groom through doors of grand haven courthouseJust a little over a year ago Emilee + Ben invited me along to their Courthouse Elopement in Grand Haven, MI. It was a cool December day with no snow on the ground, we lucked out hard with that.

They were surrounded by their best friends and siblings. It was an amazing intimate experience that started my love of elopements! I had done a few in the past, but these two made me feel for elopements so hard. They are so in love, and just wanted to be married without all the chaos and planning of a wedding. Nothing against weddings, but I get this method. I get just wanting to be with the person you love and get married. It’s awesome. These two are awesome and just celebrated one year with an amazing trip!

I am so happy to know them and to have gotten to capture this moment in their lives for them. Even if you are not planning a huge wedding, photography is so important! wedding ceremony at grand haven courthousebride and groom listening to judgereflection in mirrorfirst kiss at courthousemichigan elopement photographermichigan elopement photographermichigan elopement photographer walking out of grand haven courthousemichigan elopement photographercouple outside of ottawa county courthouse grand havengrand haven wedding photographercouple under the grand sign in grand haven mi winter bouquet details winter weddingmichigan elopement photographergrand haven wedding hugmichigan elopement photographerwest michigan elopementpopping champagne grand haven michigancouple popping champagne

Thank you for viewing this Michigan Elopement Photographer gallery! Rachel Kaye Photography is a Chicago / West Michigan based wedding and portrait photographer who loves a great destination wedding. Rachel Kaye specializes in off-beat natural light wedding photography. Rachel Kaye Photography provides the best wedding photography services for the coolest kind of couples. Those who want to tell their love story in a natural, documentary style with amazing service. Rachel Kaye Photography tells unique stories through gorgeous natural looking photographs and fun, quirky, animated GIF’s.

If you are interested in more information on how to have your intimate Michigan Elopement photographed, read more here: http://www.rachelkayephoto.com/michigan-elopement-photographer/

For more information on how to tell your wedding day story or engagement/love story please contact Rachel Kaye

Love and Light, Rachel Kaye

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Best of 2016

2016. What a Year.

I am so grateful for all of these photos this year, all of my clients and all of my friends. This year was a hard one, lots of family health issues, personal loss and Rue getting sick… but it was also an amazing one. This year I can say that every single client has become a friend, that every single wedding was the most amazing day ever and that ever photo I took I am proud of.

It is incredibly hard every year to whittle down my favorites into just a few. This year I could have just linked back to every blog post and shared some more of my favorites that haven’t been blogged yet, but instead I spent countless hours pouring over my favorites.  Every photo tells me a story, makes me feel JOY and makes me excited for what is to come. I picked all of these photos because they remind me of amazing times this year, which I so desperately needed.

I would personally like to thank my family and friends (mom, dad (you go dad! you have done so well this year with everything) sister, brother in law, new boyfriend (thanks 2016), all the photographers I was grateful to second shoot for this year (Jill Devries, Meg VanKampen, BG Photography Studios, Ryan Inman) and for those who second shot for me (Sydney Marie Photography, Crystal V Photography, Ryan Inman, Sarah Galle). I also would like to thank Laura Babb for coming up with the most amazing photography conference ever (SNAP PHOTOGRAPHY FEST) and am so grateful to T and G for hosting me in East London and those random people who didn’t show up to the Harry Potter tour so I could go. I am so thankful to Lukas Pietak and the whole team at Looks Like Film for always making me feel like family and giving me fun things to do.  I couldn’t do any of this without all of you supporting me. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings all of us.

I hope you guys enjoy my fav’s as much as I enjoyed creating it.

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