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Rockhill Studio // Northern Michigan Engagement Feature, WeddingDay Magazine

We are SO thrilled to have Sam and Riley’s engagement session be featured on WeddingDay Magazine!! They are an amazingly sweet couple and I’m still not over their engagement session, shot in Petoskey, MI. A little bit of snow, lots of sunshine and laughs, and a whole lot of perfection pretty much sums up their engagement session. Click the image below to see the full feature!

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Rockhill Studio // Colorado Springs Engagement Photographer, S+C

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Rockhill Studio // Colorado Springs Engagement Photographer, S+C

You guys know how much we love to travel, right? Even when we aren’t traveling, we are totally playing tourist all around Traverse City and the surrounding Northern Michigan areas, exploring and playing and just finding those hidden gems in our beautiful state. Which is why we are itching to have spring finally arrive…we enjoy winter but 99% of our exploring and getting outside is during the warm summer months.

Having hit all 50 states this past year, we have most definitely explore lots of our country as well. Well, Colorado is one of those places I can visit again and again. And again. It’s incredible with so much diverse landscape and a total dream to photograph in. I was SO happy it worked out to photograph Sierra and Charlie’s engagement there this past fall! Their wedding will be back here in Michigan, but capturing them…

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Rockhill Studio // Detroit Area Wedding Photographer, H+J

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Rockhill Studio // Detroit Area Wedding Photographer, H+J

To say this wedding day was an absolute dream is an understatement. I'll never forget our engagement session we had with these two, wandering around Grand Rapids capturing some amazing images and I had truly been counting down the days till their wedding day. Of course, the forecast ALL week long leading up to the wedding was a 90% chance of rain and

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Rockhill Studio // Sleeping Bear Engagement Session, M + T

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Rockhill Studio // Sleeping Bear Engagement Session, M + T

So, a few days before this polar vortex hit pretty much all of the midwest of the USA strong, I met with Molly and Tayler for their engagement session with regular Michigan winter temperatures…you know, barely breaking 10 degrees. It actually WAS pretty freezing but these two…they had nothing but smiles and were a dream to work with! I figured I’m posting all these previews to our…

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Rockhill Studio // Traverse City Wedding Photographer, Fall Travel Dates

Travel Dates for Oct/Nov. 2018

Hello friends! With fall fast approaching (or pretty much already here. The cold evenings and color changing on the trees as you drive around Traverse City has me completely excited!!) With that in mind, if you are thinking about scheduling your engagement or couples session soon, do it now!

I wanted to let you know our updated travel info for this coming month or two, so if you are in these areas and admire our work from afar, let us know and we can schedule something!!

October

Charleston, SC

Oct. 7-10

Denver, CO / New Mexico

Oct. 21-24

November

Austin / San Antonio

Nov. 1 - 2

Houston

Nov. 4

Gulf Shores, AL

Nov. 5-10

So, if you’re in those areas, or know someone who has to have a session with us, let me know! I can’t wait to share all the amazing images from our travels!


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Rockhill Studio // Traverse City Wedding Photographer, Emma + Michael

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Rockhill Studio // Traverse City Wedding Photographer, Emma + Michael

Many people choose the Traverse City area for their wedding because it's just, well, beautiful. Just about everywhere you turn there's scenic views everywhere.  And Emma and Michael chose one of the prettiest views in the area: the Lake Michigan Overlook at Sleeping Bear Dunes.  If you've never been, it's this massive 500ft sand dune on the shores of Lake Michigan that has unparalleled views, sand for miles, and rolling hills of beach…

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Rockhill Studio // Mackinac Island Wedding Feature, Mission Point Wedding

Mackinac Island Destination Wedding Photography Feature

One super special wedding we had the privilege of photographing last summer was Lindsey and Conner's sweet family tying the knot at Mackinac Island's Mission Point Resort.  We blogged this wedding before (if you scroll past entries you'll see it!) and I am SO happy to have this wedding featured on Big Love Small Weddings today!  From their fudge cake to the carriage ride around the pretty spots on the island, this wedding was everything an intimate destination wedding (for them!) could be.  Northern Michigan is so beautiful and Mackinac Island just provided the absolute perfect backdrop for their nautical themed wedding.  

Check out the feature post HERE!  
 

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Rockhill Studio // Northern Michigan Wedding Photographer, Quin + Donny

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Rockhill Studio // Northern Michigan Wedding Photographer, Quin + Donny

If I had to pick a title for this day, I'd call it the "vow renewal to end all vow renewals."  Quin and Donny are already married.  With 3 gorgeous children.  And were coming up on their 10 year anniversary.  Quin had messaged me about how she wanted to have a "wedding" vow renewal and the ideas she had for that.  This couple had originally gotten married in a very small ceremony and didn't have all the fancy celebration that a wedding day typically entails.  But, 10 years later, she was more in love with her husband than ever before and they wanted...

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Rockhill Studio // St. Augustine, FL Destination Engagement Photographer, H+J

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Rockhill Studio // St. Augustine, FL Destination Engagement Photographer, H+J

We travel to Florida A LOT.  Maybe not as much as some people, but I swear we are there at least once a year.  We've been to several areas of the state, but a favorite of ours is the St. Augustine area.  I love the history of it (if you really get to know me, you'll know that I'm an American History enthusiast) and of course is just really really cool.  While the couple is planning their Michigan wedding for next winter, they are currently...

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Rockhill Studio // Escanaba Wedding Photographer, A+S

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Rockhill Studio // Escanaba Wedding Photographer, A+S

Summer in Northern Michigan is absolutely spectacular.  It's the *perfect* temperature, low humidity (I mean, for the most part!) with endless beaches and water, pine forests, and much to see and do.  So summer in Michigan is the perfect place for a wedding.  But, as much as you try and plan out every detail of the wedding day, you also have to plan for rain.  And that's what Rae and Steve had to contend with.  Rain.  And LOTS of...

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Rockhill Studio // Drummond Island Wedding, Bailey + Ty

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Rockhill Studio // Drummond Island Wedding, Bailey + Ty

Bailey and Ty's wedding on Drummond Island this past summer was like a wonderful family party.  Partly because they have ties to Drummond Island so it was like seeing all the family members come back home for a celebration.  And partly because their families and wedding party were SO FUN!  The couple got ready at an intimate little church on the island (and if you've ever been to Drummond Island, it's an amazing spot with beautiful scenery and lots of outdoor adventures...and not a whole lot of population, so everything has that small town charm to it that only added...

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Rockhill Studio // 2018 Editor's Choice Award

Last year we were SO honored to be given the 2017 Editor's Choice award.  I probably said it then, but when my couple's put so much hard work into their weddings and I have the privilege of capturing the culmination of that blood, sweat, and tears, it's the cherry on top when their wedding is showcased to the world by other wedding blogs and magazines, showing all the other brides planning their wedding inspiration they can use on their day.  It's amazing!!  

Two Bright Lights is a wedding platform that so, so many of those wedding blogs and magazines use and it streamlines the submission process for us photographers.  This award recognizes the best-of-the-best of the photographers who submit their weddings to be published by the wedding blogs and magazines.  And...we were chosen for this again!!!  The 2018 Editor's Choice Award recognizes the top 1% of those photographers and vendors who submit their work for publication.  

It's an absolute honor for me to be recognized, but nothing would happen if not for my amazing clients who entrust me with their wedding day.  So let's all have a collective high five/pat on the back/cheers and celebrate!!  

 

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Rockhill Studio // Rock Island Illinois Wedding, Andria + Jim

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Rockhill Studio // Rock Island Illinois Wedding, Andria + Jim

Andria and Jim are quite possibly the most perfect couple you'd want to meet.  They are the kind of couple you want to just hang out with and have fun.  So sweet and kind and just amazing humans.  After getting to know them better for our engagement session, my excitement for their wedding was easily doubled!  I knew it was going to be a fun one...we were able to travel down to the Illinois/Iowa boarder for...

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Rockhill Studio // All About Album Options

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Rockhill Studio // All About Album Options

You guys know how much I love our albums.  I did a whole other blog post on why you SHOULD choose an album for your wedding (some packages include one and you can always add on an album - or two - to any package, at any time).  You can check that blog post out HERE.  It goes into much more detail about the albums themselves and what makes them so special.  If you are just getting familiar with the option of including a custom wedding album...

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Rockhill Studio // Breckenridge Colorado Wedding Photographer, Brittany + Nick

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Rockhill Studio // Breckenridge Colorado Wedding Photographer, Brittany + Nick

When Brittany was in the stages of planning for her wedding, she and Nick decided on the gorgeous destination of Breckenridge, Colorado to tie the knot. She had found an image of this incredible mountain overlook and knew that was what she she wanted.  However, this couple lives in beautiful Northern Michigan and still wanted their engagement session at "home".  Initially Brittany contacted me just...

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Rockhill Studio // POPSUGAR Engagement Session Feature

I am SO excited to have Ryan and Nicole's blustery engagement session featured on Popsugar today!!  This was such an amazing engagement session where they braved the brutal cold and wind coming from Lake Superior (and even Nicole in one heck-of-a dress!) and had a stunning session.  Check out the feature below!!

 

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Rockhill Studio // Marquette Wedding Photographer, Jocelyn + Tanner

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Rockhill Studio // Marquette Wedding Photographer, Jocelyn + Tanner

Jocelyn and Tanner.  One of the most perfect couples ever. I first met this couple when I photographed her twin sister's wedding (which was SO perfect and amazing in itself!)  I love Jocelyn's family so I absolutely jumped for joy that I would be working with them again!  We had chatted about doing this couple's engagement session on Mackinac Island and...

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