Holly & Ryan | Engagement Photography | Grand Haven, Michigan

I LOVE going back to my hometown to photograph engagement sessions. When I look through these images it reminds me of how dang lucky I was to grow up in a crazy-beautiful place like this. Holly & Ryan understand this and wanted their photos taken in the most gorgeous spots in town. I was on board. They were TROOPERS during their session. Especially since it began at sunrise and was a balmy 35 degrees. (That sounds especially warm with the cold snap we’re going through right now.) Enjoy my faaaaaaaves from our morning together!

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Ryan’s parents live on Spring Lake and have a GORGEOUS home and back yard. Their wedding will be close to this very spot.

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This one has the potential to be blown up on a hauuuuuuuuuge canvas and hung on your favorite wall.

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Holly you are stunning! You will  be the most beautiful bride! And that image on the right? FAVE!!

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Holly requested this photo. I love it.

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Ryan has this way of making Holly laugh. I used it to my advantage. 😉

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When we were heading back to the car, Holly mentioned that we should try a spot where the “bare trees” are. I had no idea what “bare trees” were and I actually thought she meant BEAR trees…like bears love them. (I know…weird thought.) When we came into this spot in the woods that was full of tall PINE trees…Ryan and I both had an AH-HA moment. Holly, you’re freaking adorable and this spot was MONEY!!!! Good job!

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Congratulations you two!!! Thank you for being AMAZE-ing, tolerating the cold, and my over-shooting of your fabulous-ness. I can’t WAIT for your wedding next summer!

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HOLLY + RYAN

Grand Haven, Michigan

Together :: 9/24/2007 :: Engaged :: 3/1/2014 :: Wedding :: 8/22/2015

RYAN :: Hometown :: Grand Haven, Michigan :: Described by Holly :: supportive, passionate, dependable, loyal & thoughtful :: Advice :: There is a lot more that goes into a wedding than you would think. From the outside looking in, I thought it would be a breeze. Trying to call/e-mail everyone while also working and going through your normal life is a lot more difficult than you realize.

HOLLY :: Hometown :: Grand Haven, Michigan :: Described by Ryan :: stunning, caring, thoughtful, gorgeous and passionate :: Advice :: Plan with your fiance! The day should reflect both of you as a couple.

How He Asked :: I had planned this for a few years before it actually happened. The timing needed to be right and I wanted to have the right ring. The first time I told Holly I loved her was on my 24th birthday, in Vail, CO on a bridge over Gore Creek. We were in Vail for my 30th birthday and I took her to the exact same spot I had first told her I loved her. I got down on one knee and as she’ll tell you, I told her that she “saved my life and I couldn’t live without her.” (It didn’t go exactly that way) 🙂 although I definitely could not live without her.

 

 

November 19, 2014 - 4:27 pm

JennyBZ - holy cow are you kidding me with these locations?! pure michigan, fo sho!! GORGEOUS!!! that 4th one down, that pulled back shot of them sitting on the dock, FAVE! they DEFINITELY need to blow that up HUGE! wowza! love love that last image too!! holy shiz what a to die for session, meggie! fab job!!! xx

November 19, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Ben - There are so many great ones Megan! It’s hard to choose a favorite but that first one is striking! Great job.

November 19, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Angie - oh my gosh!!! This has to be one of the most picturesque places ever. I mean seriously, every location is gorgeous and so is this couple. Great job!

November 19, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Natalie - Oh my goodness! So hard to pick a favorite, they are all so beautiful! That “bear tree” spot was MONEY! And the black & white, I always did a beautiful black & white. Well done.

November 19, 2014 - 10:12 pm

jessica - These are amazing! You really hit this one out of the park! I always look forward to your blog posts!

November 19, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Katie Moteberg - Love love love these! Beautiful couple! I cannot wait for this wedding! You did a great job capturing their love!! Great pictures Megan!

November 19, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Mary Ann - Megan… I really can’t pick a favorite because I keep looking with a mom’s eye. Each picture offers a view of both Holly and Ryan at their absolute happiest. That’s all moms and dads ever hope for. Nice job!

November 20, 2014 - 11:50 am

Destinee - Such a lovely session! Love that first wide shot on the dock. That would be some awesome wall art on a huge canvas! Beautiful!

November 20, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Tara - Gorgeous!!

November 20, 2014 - 3:40 pm

rachel - Umm, hello amazing location! And you took such perfect advantage of it! LOVE these!

November 21, 2014 - 3:26 am

Sally - Wow, these photographs are spectacular. You captured this gorgeous couple so naturally and so beautifully. And made me really miss fall and the change of seasons. Beautiful!

November 22, 2014 - 4:36 pm

maike rinaye - Woah. Can’t pick a favorite! These are all amazing! LOVE that last one… and all the ones with the green jacket. This session is spectacular 🙂

November 22, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Kellie Penn - Holy smokes! What an amazing location & beautiful couple! The one in the woods…my favorite!! Love!!!

November 24, 2014 - 1:46 am

Molly - Megan, I don’t know how you’re doing it, but please give me your secret because your work just keeps getting better and better. Seriously, you’re outdoing yourself with every session. I love all of these locations, but your posing is so natural and beautiful. Your favorite of Holly is my favorite and I adore the first two shots on the dock AND the black and white of Holly on Ryan’s lap. Gorgeous couple! Fab work, my friend. 🙂

November 24, 2014 - 10:51 am

Laura - Looooove these!! That very first image looks like a scene out of a movie!

November 24, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Megan - Wow oh wow oh wow. The locations are so amazing! Textures, light and a beautiful couple. Stunning!!

November 24, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Caitlynn - These images are so dreamy and magical. I really can’t pick a favorite. This couple is adorable. Yes, please put these images all over your house!

November 25, 2014 - 5:28 am

Patt - You captured the essence of them so well…they are perfect together.I’m so very happy for Holly and Ryan. Fabulous shoots.

November 25, 2014 - 11:13 am

Faye - This couple is stinking adorable! The BEAR (growwwwl)….bare tree shot is by far my fave! Awesome job Megan!