Jessica & Jay celebrated their special wedding day on October 7, 2017. Even though the weather was forecasted to have possible rain, it turned out to be a picture-perfect day. This was especially great news since the afternoon was planned to be spent outdoors in the lush and gorgeous spaces at the Frederick Meijer Gardens!
The morning of their wedding started at St. Alphonsus Parish in Grand Rapids, where Jessica, her mother and maid of honor got ready, along with Jay & his best man. While they were busy dressing, I was hard at work photographing all the pretty details! I absolutely loved Jessica’s dress & veil. All the lace and detail in them had me swooning! Her bouquet, along with the rest of the wedding flowers, were all so bright and happy. Perfect for the Fall season.
I was so happy that Jessica & Jay decided to have a first look. Jessica looked SO beautiful. Joy just radiated from her as she walked towards Jay and called out his name. I love being a part of such special, joyful & emotional moments on wedding days! The look on Jay’s face admiring his bride, while soaking up this happy & calm wedding moment together was beautiful. Something I’m sure they will always remember.
I couldn’t get over all the stunning architecture in their Catholic church. Just WOW. Their service was filled with heart-felt messages, music and scripture. After the service, Jessica, Jay, their bridal party, family and guests all continued on to Frederick Meijer Gardens for more photos in & around the gardens.
A beautiful, new exhibit was taking place inside the greenhouse right during the time of their wedding, called “Chrysanthemums and More!” It made for the perfect spot for some photos, surrounded by thousands upon thousands of yellow, orange and red chrysanthemums. After this, we walked around other parts of the Gardens. There was no shortage of scenic areas!
Their reception was filled with so much love, laughter, and of course dancing surrounded by family and friends. I’m so thankful to have been a part of their big day & to provide them with wedding photo memories to last them a lifetime of enjoyment to come.
Join me in congratulating the new Mr. & Mrs. Jay & Jessica Gianotti!
Lead Photographer: Christina Leskovar Photography
Second Photographer: Hannah Cooper Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Alphonsus Parish
Reception Venue: Frederick Meijer Gardens
Florals: Events by Ludemas
Wedding dress: Becker’s Bridal
Veil: Connie’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress: David’s Bridal
Suits: Jurgens and Holtvluwer Menswear
DJ: Dance Tracks
Cake: DreamScape Desserts
Catering: Applause Catering
Brody James was born to Sarah & Blake Simon on October 27 weighing in at 8lbs 13oz. He is such a cutie! It’s always a blessing & a joy to photograph a couple’s brand new baby and their first professional photos together as a family.
Congrats to this new, beautiful family of three! Enjoy all those little baby snuggles. :)
If you’re interested in booking a 2018 newborn session, please contact me while you are still pregnant. My newborn (& maternity) clients book months in advance to ensure my availability for their due dates.
I’d love to chat with you about this very special session!
Each time I meet sweet couples like Evelyn & JT, I’m reminded yet again of just HOW MUCH I love what I do. I get butterflies when I capture dreamy images of beautiful people, but the FUN times & laughter I share with my couples & families is what truly brings this photographer’s heart to life!
The joy in this sweet couple is so evident. They make an amazing pair and they’ll soon be welcoming their first baby (a boy!) into the world. I’m honored they chose to hire me to document these once in a lifetime memories for them & provide them with fine art product they’ll be able to show their baby boy for years down the road.
Evelyn enjoyed a pampered-mama treatment for this shoot! Lisamarie, from Wonderfully Made Beauty, did her magic by providing the perfect amount of color to an already beautiful, glowing momma-to-be, while Jenny provided the most stunning up-do!
Evelyn wanted her maternity portraits both in my studio and outside surrounded by the best Fall color I could possibly find. Congratulations to both you and JT. You will make such amazing parents! :)
CONTACT ME TO BOOK YOUR 2018 MATERNITY SESSION [taken between weeks 30-36]:
Email me or call 616.951.4925
It was time for some updated family portraits, along with Luke’s 2 year photos this Fall. I decided to take my own family’s photos this year, and I’m happy with how it all turned out! I brought my tripod, remote trigger, and right before leaving our home I wondered “how’s Luke going to be motivated to look at the camera with no one behind it? Hmmm.”
SO, I found one of his large blue rubber duckies and sat it on top of my camera. ;) He’s a pretty amazing “photographer’s child” as it is, but man… that rubber ducky was the icing on the cake! He laughed & smiled so big between seeing it and hearing me bring “Mr. Ducky” to life with all my “quack, quack, quacks!” It worked out perfectly. ;)
I can’t believe my baby boy is already TWO! We celebrate his little party today with a Daniel Tiger theme and cake. He’s changed sooo much in a year. He’s really starting to communicate much more & trying new words almost every single day. He’s still as sweet as ever and his giggles… just as hilarious and adorable as ever.
His FAVORITE thing these days… CARS. Real life or otherwise. Photos of cars, toy cars, you name it. I love watching him play with them, show them off to me, and pretend play all the time. He loves his weekly music class
I smiled all the way through editing these photos. They & Jesus are my life, and I wouldn’t have it **any other way**.
I had the best time in downtown Grand Rapids recently with Catrina & Rory. I can’t wait to document their wedding day next July! Engagement sessions are so much fun to shoot because I get to know more about my couples and see their love for each other & the fun they share together. I’m so excited for their 2018 wedding.
Getting married in 2018 or 2019? Congrats! I’d love to chat with you!
Contact me at email@example.com so we can set up an in-person “meet & greet”.
I only take a limited number of weddings each year. See more engagements & weddings here.