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Trista + Lincoln

Dog Wedding at Zingerman's Cornman Farms

I have to admit when I got the email about photographing a dog wedding I had lots of questions! I mean it's not every day that you get asked to photograph two dogs getting married but I sure was excited. Being a huge dog lover myself, getting the chance to be surrounded by dogs sounded like heaven to me. Turns out this wedding was actually an auction item for Jelly Bean Jump Up to benefit SafeHouse Center (see more of about this at the end of the post) and I am thrilled to share some photos from their day :)

Here is their love story

"We met in July of 2016 when Lincoln came to Trista's house and Trista hated him. Through many organized walks, play dates and trips to the dog park, Trista decided that Lincoln belonged to her and Lincoln conceded. Our parents decided to arrange our marriage in March of 2018 and since we love each other so much, we agreed."

More about the fundraiser for SafeHouse Center from Ari Weinzweig, Co-founder of Zingerman's:
I don’t know if you’ve ever had a dog or a cat?  Or for that matter a bird or snake or any other animal that you’ve gotten close to?  We had dogs at home but only when I was a little kid, but then I lived—just fine of course—without dogs up until... I think it was 1998.  That’s when we got Jelly Bean, a little cute, black, white and brown Corgi puppy.  I won’t bore you with too many details but she and I had a very good life together.  For most of her 17 years, we went running together, hung out together through hard times and good times, survived multiple surgeries (both hers and mine)... If you’ve had an animal in your life you understand the bond that builds.  As many of you know who’ve been here for a while already know, Jelly Bean died at the end of May 2015.  If you’ve lost someone important in your life—human, canine, feline or otherwise—in your life you know it’s not a good feeling.  When Jelly Bean died I wanted to take the sadness and turn it toward something positive, something to honor her positive contribution to my life, and really to the life of so many others over the years (including thousands of folks who saw us running on Clark Rd. together—I still get people stopping me in town to ask about her.) 

The next fall we started thinking about doing a fundraiser in her memory for SafeHouse Center.  We live across the street from SafeHouse so all the folks who worked there knew who she was.   Grace from the Deli served on the board for many years.  Clearly, it’s a good cause—it provides a safe haven for women and children who are otherwise trapped in abusive homes.  Plus, the spirit of positivity and generosity that Jelly Bean demonstrated every day is also what SafeHouse is all about. And that’s how the Jelly Bean Jump Up got started.  We pulled the first together in February of 2015.  We had “drop your change” boxes in all the ZCOB businesses; our friends at Probility Physical Therapy did the same in all their clinics.  Mail Order their first Friday booty bin donation for it.  It went well.  Some folks went on the SafeHouse Center website and donated directly.  I think we raised over $4000. 

As well as it went for the first time through, there were two things about it that I didn’t realize made the project even more appropriate than I’d thought.  I didn’t realize when we began the work, how many people that I knew—both in the ZCoB and out—would come to me, and quietly tell me how much they appreciated that we were raising money for Safe House because they themselves had grown up in abusive homes and understood firsthand how much it mattered to have a safe place to go.  Which reminded me of what I should I have already remembered—that abuse in the home is far more common than most of the world would like to think.  And that the people who are impacted by it are often parts of otherwise successful families, people who don’t show the signs of what they’re suffering through, people who often don’t want to say anything about what’s going.  And yet, still need help. SafeHouse gives that help.  Nor did I realize, until I talked more to some of the folks at SafeHouse how positive a role that pets play in the lives of women and children who have been victims of abuse.  So, in that sense too, honoring Jelly Bean was, even more, an appropriate act than I even knew when we first had the idea to do the fundraiser. 

Diana + Ryan

Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Wedding

You guys, I am still smiling from this wedding! Diana and Ryan were married at the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens on an abnormally hot day for May in Michigan but nothing could get in the way of the love and kindness this two exude. I am telling you, I have never both cried and had my cheeks hurt from smiling so much then I did at their wedding. And if these two were amazing enough, their family and friends were just equally as warm and welcoming.

Diana and Ryan's love story is just as cute too, here is what Diana sent to me when I ask how they met:

"I first met Ryan in 8th grade. I crushed on him a little, but that was all. In 9th grade, our lockers were right next to each other. I would always flirt, but he was too shy and wasn't interested. I wasn't until we graduated high school that he found me on Facebook and we started talking every day. We started hanging out but I felt a little too shy and always invited my best friend on our dates. His friends convinced him that I friend-zoned him, and therefore he felt he should keep his feelings to himself. One day, I finally tricked him into confessing his feelings for me. That was October 31, 2008. We have been together ever since. It wasn't until a few years ago that I understood why we fit so perfectly. The life experiences that we've had are so similar. We understand each other so well and I don't think anyone would be as perfect for me like he is. We are each other's first loves and I couldn't have prayed for a better person to love me and understand me the way he does."

I just love these two so much and this day will forever be one of my favorites. Here is bigger peek into their day.

xoxo Hannah

Photographer: Lola Grace Photography and Jen Prouty
Venue: Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Baker/Cake Maker: Mia's Bakery
Dress Maker: David's Bridal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom's Attire: Vera Wang Tux