Aynna + Craig // Chicago Wedding Photographer

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YOU GUYS this was the hottest wedding of our career. It was 109 in Chicago that day and I’m pretty sure we were all pretty close to walking towards the light. 😂

When we got to the country club, a big storm rolled through and in less than 10 minutes it cooled down like 20 degrees. It was so nice out then! We also got this incredible sky and beautiful sunshine coming through the clouds. Then sunset happened and its as the best ever. Craig and Aynna are just such kind people and such a good team together. Basically this was all really amazing :) So glad we could be a part of it!

To kick off this giant blog post, I think this gif sums up their relationship pretty well 😂

Lydia & Michael // Northern Michigan Wedding Photographer

There’s lots of cool things about this day so let’s make a list! You know how I LOVE lists! Here are my top 4 favorite things 😊

  1. Lydia may be one of the worlds most laid back brides. While having the whole wedding party run at us, her brother stepped on the back of her dress and brought her DOWN and nearly got trampled by all her best friends haha she took that with grace and laughed through it all! Bonus, there’s a gif of the whole thing in this post. 😂😂😂

  2. I had posted a preview on facebook and Ryan says to me “I think there’s too much softening on her skin” to which I replied, there isn’t any at all. haha She is basically a perfect human and that seems insane. She’s either secretly some kind of Disney princess or an alien.

  3. It was stormy and started raining right before the ceremony. Instead of moving all the guests to another location and the mess that would be, she just went with it and I think it was the best choice! It was beautiful, interesting, a great story and such a great example of going with the flow!

  4. It’s also worth nothing how well the two mothers got along. They were so much fun to just watch and see how happy they were for their kids and to all be family now. I think they are the happiest two mothers on earth haha

Andrew & Cassie // St. Joseph Wedding Photographer // The Heritage Museum

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What an incredible day filled with the most kind, incredible people. The weather was trying to be bad but Cassie is such a bright light in the world, I think it didn’t dare pour rain for her whole wedding day! St. Joe is such a lovely place to shoot with the beautiful Heritage Museum and then perfect weather for their beach ceremony.

It’s always fun at weddings to talk with their friends and to see how much they just adore them. The speeches were amazing and through the whole day it was just such a sense of joy among everyone but also this great sense of respect for them which I thought was really cool.

The flowers were so great so I wasn’t surprised to see one of our favorite florists, Park Place Design was doing them! She is the queen of giant bouquets! With the back of Cassie’s dress being so flowy and the long veil, a giant bouquet was the perfect fit!

Amy & Zander // Camp Blodgett Wedding Photographer

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Amy and Zander had so many cool things at their wedding! A wooden bouquet, stickers and temporary tattoos of their faces, photo booth signs of their heads and this super cool seating chart showing how everyone was connected to them and to each other!

I think my favorite detail had to be the tattoos since everyone had the same idea of NECK TATTOO!! hahah It was so great! The photo booth signs were also hilarious and I kind of just want one of those in my life to confuse Grace with.

It was such a great party with so many people who were just so into dancing and just such a good overall vibe. There were so many funny images so it was hard to decide what should just stay in the story and what should be highlighted in the funnies so be sure to go at the way to the bottom to see those! :)


FUNNIES!


This is a fun example of the difference in lenses! Ryan shot the left one with a 35mm and I shot the right on with a 14mm!

This is a fun example of the difference in lenses! Ryan shot the left one with a 35mm and I shot the right on with a 14mm!

Everyone kept coming up to Ryan and Zander saying how much they thought they looked alike! It must be the beard because Ryan could only dream of having those luscious curls!

Everyone kept coming up to Ryan and Zander saying how much they thought they looked alike! It must be the beard because Ryan could only dream of having those luscious curls!

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First look on the beach…

It’s just a little sand hah

We were taking these really nice bridal portraits and Zander just came up and started poking her with a stick! hahaha

We were taking these really nice bridal portraits and Zander just came up and started poking her with a stick! hahaha

I don’t think we have shot a wedding where SO many people had such a serious love of moss!

I don’t think we have shot a wedding where SO many people had such a serious love of moss!

Alli & Jon // Cheney Place Wedding Photographer // Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer

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So many things were awesome at this wedding. The light was AMAZING, the weather was incredible, Alli and Jon were so relaxed and happy which made them a breeze to work with, their family and friends were the happiest, nicest people and we were ahead of schedule so much that Alli got to take a nap.

Talk about a dream day! Literally…since Alli was napping. :) Seriously, we have never photographed a bride who took a nap on her wedding day and I think it’s the most genius idea ever. Apparently she loves naps so it’s awesome there was time in there to just relax enough to take a little sleep.

Our favorite caterer, Kangaroo Kitchen was there and it was a taco bar so I was living my dream on that front.

There was also a herd of cows that showed up at the reception. It was both hilarious and terrifying.

We hope you all enjoy these as much as we do! We had such a great time shooting this day!


FUNNIES!


Alli is the cozy nap queen!

Alli is the cozy nap queen!

Ryan said something about boobs I think and that is how this wonderful expression was created hahahaha!

Ryan said something about boobs I think and that is how this wonderful expression was created hahahaha!

PROTECT HER FROM THE COWS!!!!

PROTECT HER FROM THE COWS!!!!

Tiffany & Adam // The Brick Wedding Photographer // South Bend Wedding photographer

So many exciting things for me on this one! First off, I really love the brick. Their bathroom is awesome, the loft area with the cool spotlights is awesome, their sign is awesome, the garage door in there is amazing for bringing in great light and it’s all around super cool.

They didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony so ALL the bride and groom photos were done at night. It’s unusual but really exciting for us because night shooting can be a lot of fun if you are in the right place. I just get super jazzed about working with weird light and colored lights! It was SO COLD out and they were such good sports walking through the snow and choosing to be happy rather than realizing they were slowly freezing to death haha

Their rings were also super cool and unique which I love. She designed her ring as this flower and his has the forest on it which is a really cool. I used some trickery with my lights to make it look like the northern lights in the forest on his which I’m prreeettttyyyy happy about haha

Adam was actually a groomsmen at a wedding we did earlier this year where it was 1,000 degrees so this was a complete opposite experience! You can see that wedding here: http://www.gauperphoto.com/blog/rachel-jason-mill-creek-wedding-photographer

Some weird burning things happened in this wedding as well. If you scroll all the way to the bottom you’ll find the outtakes/funnies section where a bridesmaid had her curling iron explode on her and burn her arm and then when my hair almost caught on fire during the sparkler exit. There’s always something funny and dangerous happening at weddings and they make for great stories!

Oh also, doesn’t Tiffany look like Winnie Cooper from the wonder years? I couldn’t place how I knew her for like half the day then it just hit me and now I can’t stop seeing it.

Enjoy!


OUTTAKES / FUNNIES


There was this BIG pop and and sparks and the bridesmaid using the curling iron was burned by it! Once we realized she didn’t die from being electrocuted I think we all decided it was funny hahaha

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Maybe it’s karma for laughing earlier because a guest practically set me on fire during the sparkler exit! Luckily another guest and Jason got it out of my hair before it caught me on fire. This has always been one of my fears and when I go out there I always yell at the guests and tell them NOT to set me on fire. There was so much going on because everyone was so cold that I don’t think I said it this time and SEE WHAT HAPPENS! hahaa

Courtney & Brian // Chicago Wedding Photographer

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I love this wedding for the following reasons.

1. First, At the end of this long blog post are some “outtakes” but really I think I will start calling them just funnies because they are for sure not outtakes. They are hilarious and amazing. So if you don’t want to look through the whole blog, at least scroll to the bottom to see the funnies!

2. When we arrived, the bridesmaids had cleaned up and placed the dress in this beautiful spot. Usually we have to wander around and clean up rooms and move the dress and it’s a big ordeal. This was AMAZING. There were 17 bridesmaids and most have already been married so these girls knew the drill!

3. There’s so many dancing pictures in this post because I couldn’t possibly leave any more out than I already did. Ryan and I have been doing different lighting during dancing lately and I kinda love the variety of it. In this wedding, we have 3 lighting techniques being used! Regular bouncing, shutter drag and then with a colored backlight across the room.

4. Courtney is one of my favorites. She’s hilarious, laid back, super kind, beautiful and just a happy person in general. It’s no wonder she had 17 bridesmaids, I can’t imagine anyone that wouldn’t want to be her friend after meeting her.

5. Everyone was freezing so we took a break from photos and went to McDonalds where they bought 30 cheeseburgers. It is just my favorite that she went back behind the counter to grab them all and just ran. hahaha!

6. Outside of being super cold during portraits, it was such a fun and easy day. Their friends and family were so kind to us, super helpful and everyone was just there for them. It’s always the best part of weddings to see how much their circle of people care about them.

7. Also, I have learned my lesson this time. Next winter if we have a bald groom, I’m gonna bring along a fur lined hat for in between photos. Sorry Brian for making your brains freeze. It was worth it, right?!!!