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On August 29th, 2009, Gretchen and Ryan exchanged personal vows in Williamsburg, MI at the Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel.  Gretchen and Ryan come from Pickney, MI and their plans were to hold their ceremony outdoors on Turtle Creek’s balcony.   Due to the uncooperative weather, their ceremony moved indoors and nonetheless, they remained to have a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony.

Gretchen looked absolutely stunning her wedding gown.  It was so simple and elegant and I could tell just fit her personality.  Both sisters were her maid of honor and both shared funny stories of her growing up.  As for both brothers of the Groom and both Best Men, they shared their undying love towards Ryan.  But the tears didn’t well up for me until Gretchen’s dad stood up to speak.   It just melts my heart when I hear a parent express their unconditional love towards their child especially when it’s from a father to her daughter.  Gretchen’s oldest sister later sang for the couple’s first dance.  Might I say, what a talent and so very sentimental!!  She also  sang another song for both parents of the couple.

What an amazing day as well as evening that I had the honor and privilege to be a part of.

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Ryan and Gretchen, thank you so much for allowing for me to be a part of your special day.  Congratulations to you both!!!!

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Another high school student from Forest Hills Eastern, Avery is an upcoming graduate of 2010.  Talk about impressive, I met with this young lady last Monday evening at Robinettes Apple Orchard after her dive practice.  She’s also in the high school band, participated in the school’s Drama Club, and enjoys Japanese video games.  If you ask her what her plans after high school are, she would tell you that she’s very interested in science and biology and is hoping study marine biology.  We later concluded our session inside and outside the studio.

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I hope you have a fantastic year in your final days at Forest Hills Eastern, Avery!!

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I met with Amanda last Monday morning in downtown Grand Rapids for her High School Senior session and ended her session in downtown Rockford.  She’s a 2010 upcoming graduate from South Christian High School.  She is an avid soccer player and enjoys wearing colorful socks.  She’s also a sweet young lady with a great sense of humor.  Undecided as to what she would like to study in college,  she still plans on just going with the flow and figure out what she likes and enjoys out of life.  Sounds like my kind of girl.

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I wish you all the best, Amanda, on your final year in high school!!

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Dan is a 2010 high school senior from Sparta High School.  We met last Sunday at the studio but later wandered down to the Gerald R. Ford Museum getting many shots down by the river and bridge and even made it across the way towards the Amyway Grand Plaza.  He’s a bright young man with a bright future ahead of him.  He plans on attending Western University after high school.

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Dan, good luck to you on your final year in high school!!

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August 22nd was a kick off to the first annual Wine & Art Festival located at the Commons of Traverse City, MI.  There was food, dancers, and live music to accompany many of the local artists and wineries in the Traverse City area.  Even though it was a little drizzly here and there it was a successful turnout and plenty of wine to go around.

Great work Turtle Creak Casino and Leelanau Wines for sponsoring the event!!

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Early August, I was in Traverse City, MI with my husband and friends for a camping trip.  Unfortunately, it was mostly raining the entire weekend.  So instead of being couped up in our tents we went to a couple of my favorite wineries in the area and had our own wine tasting.  It was wonderful and regardless of weather it was still nice to be outdoors.

Our first place was Black Star Farms.  It has a wonderful selection of wine, fantastic cheese, and you can pet the animals.  I love that.

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