This wedding is near and dear to my heart. My cousin Ariane married her longtime love, Joe, in a backyard ceremony at her mother's home in Charlevoix this summer. It was small and sweet and a true team effort - my cousin Abby did her hair and Ariane's sisters helped with everything from decorations to food, music and childcare. I got a huge kick out of photographing our family that day. Not to mention that Charlevoix is one of the most beautiful places in Michigan - it was just a short walk to the lovely field where we shot their bridal portraits. Ariane and Joe have such a comfortable, playful and loving partnership. Instead of the nervous, excited energy of many newlyweds, they radiated deep happiness and contentment at finally declaring publicly what they have known for years now - that they love each other and their children and want nothing more than to spend the rest of their lives together. Love you guys!!