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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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Intimate Holland Wedding Michigan lauren_caleb_wedding_021

This day was the epitome of laid back.

Everyone getting ready together, the bride storing her dress in a yellow shopping bag, limited decor/worry.

Lauren and Caleb snuck away after their intimate ceremony to JW’s in Grand Haven for Rangoons + Beverages and time together, we then joined their family and friends for a catered Mexican dinner (amazzzinngg) and hung out around the fire with margaritas. I really truly feel like part of this family/friend group and am so thankful to finally share their images! I just loved everything about this day. Check out a few of my favorites!

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Thank you for viewing this Intimate Holland Michigan Wedding! 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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Peter Pan and the Lost Boysmcclain_halloween_2016_051

Every Halloween my favorite family dresses up in the most amazing home-made costumes and we do photos. This year Rivers was Peter Pan and his parents were the lost boys. I created a little story to go along with our shoot! HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Story starts Here:

Peter Pan and his Lost Boys were going to go on an adventure!!! Like every day in the life of the lost boys and Pan there was much fun to be had.

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While cruising the Island they ran into their biggest nemesis!!! CAPTAIN HOOK AND SMEE!

Pan volunteered to fight them off!

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The face of a winner! Pan defeated Captain hook and celebrated with his Lost Boys!mcclain_halloween_2016_039mcclain_halloween_2016_046mcclain_halloween_2016_047

Now it was time to take Captain hooks ship! OH MY IS IT BIG!

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How do I even steer this thing?

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Yes! The Lost Boys came to help Peter learn how to steer the ship!

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Is this thing on?

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I FINALLY GOT IT! Peter Pan started steering the ship back to their play area!! A BIG SHIP!

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the lost boys were able to just relax and watch Peter do his work! You can always rely on Peter Pan!

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Now they can have all the fun they want on their own BIG ship without Captain Hook to scare them!!!!

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Great job Peter Pan!!!

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This seriously brings me so much joy to share this session with you all and my little weird story I made up! My family farm happens to have the most epic Pirate Ship play area that I was so excited to use for this session. Thanks so much to the McClains for always inspiring me in the busiest season! LOVE YOU THREE SO MUCH!! Happy Halloween!

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