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Devin + Emily {Engagement}

They're my first couple for 2012, and I couldn't have had a better start!  I was giddy...absolutely giddy, when Emily and Devin asked me to shoot their wedding.  I know I'm really excited when I dance a mental irish jig.  But I'm Japanese so of course, it was very proper. :)  As I was standing there talking to them, I was already taking pictures in my mind, because I knew that like those two are as a couple, we were going to be a great match.  I just knew it.

 I've known Emily since she was a baby girl as she grew up in the same small town that my Mom did.  Having been friends with her sisters and sharing a lot of mutual friends, I watched her grow up from a distance.  A few years ago, I discovered her blog, and if I were tell "our story", I'd tell you that that's when we became friends. :)
 Back in the fall, shortly after Emily and Devin started dating, a small group of us went to Grand Rapid, MI's ArtPrize show.  I started chatting with Devin, and when I heard Devin's major had been English and he was a writer, I remember thinking, "Hmm, I kind of really want to be his friend."  I'm really mature like that.  I'm a bit mesmerized by writers...I find that they're usually people who I want to listen to when they speak, because they have an understanding, whether it's conscious or not, of the weight that words carry.  I love that quality in someone.

 It only seems fitting that Devin, being who he is, thought to propose in a way that only someone like he could.  Emily told the whole story on her blog (Click Here to Read). I think my favorite part of the story was when she said that he wore a sweater when they first met even though it was 80 degree weather, and she later found out that he didn't like the t-shirt he was wearing, so he'd rather be hot and uncomfortable over letting her see him in something he didn't like!

She said, "I was looking at him, his face turned from me as he said something about the coffee shop we were standing in, and I was watching his mouth move and feeling that already I was drawn to him, just by how he spoke. I thought it a bit quirky that he was wearing a sweater in 80 degree humidity, but even quirkiness was endearing on him." 


 They're having a very small wedding with just their immediate family and attendance...I just love that.  I am SO excited and honored to get to be there as the one who gets to capture it through pictures!

 Emily...I LOVE this one of you.  There's something about it that makes me remember you as you were when you were a little girl.
 Devin...I'm at a loss for words to say how much I love this shot of you.


 Emily leaned forward and hugged Devin like this and said, "I do this a lot!"...those are my favorite poses...the familiar ones.
 Gorge-ous...both of you.
I may have a small obsession with Emily's boots...I'll admit it.
 We shot the indoor pictures at Devin's cousin's loft...we were lucky to get to shoot there as it was a perfect place for indoor space.  Emily said to me, "We can shoot in Troy's apartment if we want...there's a lot of space and lets in a lot of natural light" Ahhhh, I love it when my brides know just what I want!
Trust me, they've every bit as awesome as they appear to be.  Can't wait for the wedding!!

45 comments:

Daveana said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! What a great couple :D So beautiful! Awesome job Tami! I LOVE your pictures and your creativity! You are amazing at what you do! :)

leah said...

oh.my.word....these are amazing! love the pictures, love the couple, love the photographer!

can't wait to see you next weekend tam!

Rebekah said...

these are gorgeous!! I love all of them!!

emilykate said...

I love all of them too!! Seriously, Tami, I can't stop looking at them. AMAZING!

PS: Isn't Devin just the cutest thing you've ever seen?!

Kait H. said...

ahh i love them all! i do love those boots too! :)
as always tam you are amazing!

Linda said...

I'll admit, I'm biased, but I agree that they all are so great!! Love the winter white, the sun, the trees, the loft,...and most of all, the couple:) Thanks Tami!!

Heather Hoerr said...

Great pics tami - you both look awesome, Em and Devin. Very excited to see the wedding pics!

Linda said...

...and I do have to say, Tami, you are so right about the picture that reminds you of what Emily looked like as a little girl. I totally agree- but am amazed at your memory!

Sara Huber said...

Wow, these are so beautiful! I don't think I can choose a favorite, but I love their natural smiles when Em is hugging Devin.
Tami, you truly are a very talented photographer...awesome job!

Ross said...

love them. awesome!

Ashton said...

Very, very nice! I always love your pictures, Tami! They are so crisp and fresh.

Sarah said...

I knew this would be an EASY post to comment on. These are stunning! Tami? Another home run!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, who do I compliment first? The photographer...the groom to be...or the bride to be. These are so perfect!

Home run again Tami!

Barb G

Abi said...

Gorgeous! Tami, you're wonderful...

laura said...

These are gorgeous, awesome job Tami! I love the "I do this a lot" pose. Excited for you Em!

Cathy W said...

These are wonderful, Tami!! Those are the best pics I have ever seen taken of Devin! And Emily...beautiful!

Brennan said...

These are awesome Brother! Can't wait to play for the wedding!

Becca said...

Tami... you are so fabulous... beautiful pics!!! definitely a great way to start 2012 :)

blaine wieland said...

wow... I know those people.

Nathan and Rachel said...

So beautiful! Tami, I love love love looking at your pics. You are so gifted. And Emily, you look gorgeous. I can't wait to see the wedding pics!!!

Daish said...

These pictures are amazing! Great job, Tami!

Mindy said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Love every single picture! Emily, you are stunning! I can't wait to see wedding pictures!

Kendra said...

Awesome pictures Tami! What a great looking couple too!

Amy Gerber said...

awesome pics....i know everyone is commenting on the couple (and I agree) but I'm really really loving the orange fireplace - wowza!

L, An and boys said...

these are SO great. Love them. And I'm also crushing on those boots.

Andria

Amber said...

I LOVE the winter scene! They are all so great!!
Amber G

chalise steffen said...

Wow, those look great! Love them! Whose loft was that? He must be cool:) Great job, Tami!

Molly said...

LOVE these. Hug shot is definitely my favorite. So great.

Joe Darlington said...

These are awesome. Great pictures of great people!

Christen Leigh said...

Well I'll be the thirtieth commenter and officially allow you to get these free! :) Such great pictures!!! :) Love you guys!

heidi said...

Tam....AMAZING!!!!

Kevin Gutwein said...

wow! great pics! proud of my little sister and glad to have Devin in the family...

Kevin

Tricia Koehl said...

I've always loved browsing your blog. Tami, you do a fabulous job...a truly talented photographer!!!! Devin and Emily...you look so natural and beautiful. Congrats!!

Sandra said...

Good job Tami (as usual)!!! I love them all, but I have to say my favorite is the second one:). Congrats!!!

Janel said...

Tami, you do amazing work...PERIOD!!!

Laura said...

These are so fun to look at!! Great job Tami-- of course working with a fantastic couple can't hurt!!

Kim said...

Great Pictures - Love them!! Em you look so beautiful!

Jenny Bertsch said...

Wonderful pictures

Betsy said...

really, really gorgeous! I like the off-the-cuff hug and big smile by Em, and as I've seen over the past few days, she DOES do that a lot!! Great job as always Tami and I love your commentary too.

bri said...

Great pics! You're beautiful, Em!

milsztof said...

This is just fantastic. Beautiful couple and great pictures. Hope they didn't freezed to death.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! Great commentary! Great couple!!
brenda w

Christy said...

These are stunning Tami!

teresa said...

beautiful pictures of devin & emily. great work tami.

Emilia Jane said...

Oh my word! How had I not seen these already?! Just wow Tami!!!

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