Frankenmuth, Michigan

A few weeks ago, I went down to one of my favourite places on earth… the giant Christmas store in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I didn’t want to make everyone grumpy, posting Christmas pictures too soon, but I’ve waited long enough and can’t contain myself any more. The first number of images are just from around the community. It’s very touristy, but also very pretty and tidy. The towns makes a lot of effort placing flowers (and being as it’s Fall), pumpkins, corn stalks, and even scarecrows all over the place.

Frankenmuth has a really good bead store, the Bead Haven, so I always make sure I stop in there too. I don’t have any other particular stores to recommend, but in general, it’s a pretty cosy place.

Bronner’s, on the other hand, is floor to ceiling Christmas. Photographs never do it justice because they only capture 2-D. It’s like a Christmas wonderland. This year, it seems, I focused more on details then the overall effect, but at least you can see a few of the quirky, fun things, you can find there.

Exploring Beamer’s Falls in Grimsby

Friends of mine LOVE Sushi Eight¬†and I had never been, so my friend, Joe, and I went last weekend. There are three locations, and one is in Grimsby (my dad’s home town). The food was DELICIOUS, but that’s not the point of this post. On the way home, we decided to stop at Beamer’s Falls for a short hike. It’s along the Bruce Trail, sort of near the Devil’s Punch Bowl.

grimsby, bruce trailThere isn’t actually much of a trail “to hike”. You sort of walk down a path to a look-out and then if you want to get closer to the falls, you can slide down the side of the escarpment and go a bit of a ways a long the edge. Then you get to another smaller falls, but basically at this point, the edge drops off to a cliff that goes straight down. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you could go further I guess, but we were just stopping on a whim, and the ground was pretty slippery and muddy, so we stopped.

If nothing else, take a drive a long the escarpment, it’s always beautiful.

Hamilton 02

Dielman-Hostetler Wedding

One of my dearest friends got married this weekend, and I was invited to be in the bridal party. As a result, I didn’t photograph the wedding, even though I would have loved to, but I loaned out my camera to basically anyone who was willing to use it. Here are a few of my favourite captures from the day!

We probably had the most relaxed bridal party morning ever. We kinda just sat around in pajamas and ate pizza. I had my hair and make-up done when I got there, but the bride’s aunt and cousins worked on everyone else’s hair and make-up. Then we got dressed and arrived at the Church basically on time. We did a few photos in the backyard, and there were tons of crickets and they kept jumping up our dresses! Apparently the groomsmen had a blast doing their photos and the dock they did their photos on separated from the land while they were out there, so we almost lost the groom. But it all worked out in the end… and the ceremony was truly beautiful. Jennah looked so, so lovely walking down the aisle and the flower girl was perfect! She loved everyone looking at her, even though she woke up literally a minute before it was time to start.

A few of my favourite photo booth photos.

And finally…. photographs from the dance. I’ve only met a few people in my life who loved to dance as much as these people. They danced and danced all night, even as they cleaned up after the wedding. And… it was contagious. Plus it wasn’t just shuffling from foot to foot, it was arms waving, full body dancing!

And…. my favourite photograph from the day….

The bride and groom dancing
The bride looks so happy in this candid moment late in the night after everyone was starting to go home

And finally, the dreamy lanterns we sent into the night sky.

lanterns, wedding, fire, hot air lanterns
Wedding lanterns against the night sky

lanterns 2

I was so grateful to be a part of this truly magical day, and I wish Jennah and Cam all the happiness in the world. I love you guys.