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HEY, WANDERLUST

 

WELCOME TO YOUR EPIC INTIMATE WEDDING ADVENTURE OFF THE BEATEN PATH.

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Are you daydreaming about a hiking adventure wedding in Yosemite, but you can't completely imagine your wedding celebration without your loved ones? Or maybe you found a boutique venue somewhere in the middle of Michigan and you can't wait to walk down the pine needle layered isle, lit with candles, witnessed by the closest circle of the most important people in your lives. But perhaps you are totally ready to go full elopement mode in an unorthodox location that means so much to both of you! 

Having photographed over two hundred love stories I understand that every small wedding and elopement is different. One of my main goals as an adventurer and a documentary wedding photographer is to empower you to follow your vision for your day.

8 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE          200+ LOVE STORIES TOLD          40+ FIVE STAR REVIEWS

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WILD.BOHEMIAN.INTIMATE.

UNPOSED.FILM-LIKE

You two are intentionally choosing to celebrate your intimate wedding experience in a way that is your own &

I will walk/dance/run with you to help you capture your dreamy vision of the day in timeless photographs. 

 Immersive  Photography Experience 

Crafted for Free Spirits

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YOUR DAY COULD BE

EXCITING & UNFORGETTABLE

You most likely adventure off the beaten path and take the road less traveled in life.

You are down to earth, but you don't settle for mediocre.

You adore breathtaking beauty found in architecture, nature and in romantic love stories. 

You think that meeting the one you can be vulnerable with, your true best friend you can reveal all of your quirks to and feel at peace in their embrace, 

is pretty exhilarating.

Because you set the world alight together.

You wandered, took the roads unknown, found each other and then said

"no one else but you".

Take a deep breath and enjoy every moment.

This is crazy powerful and it deserves a celebration, that honors your

values and aspirations.

 
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"Before starting the search, I had to work around two of my husband's requests:

1. No second-shooters and 2. No crazy filters or poses. I ultimately interpreted this as: someone who is confident, capable of putting awkward people at ease, has a photo journalistic style, and excels working with both natural and artificial light. This last part was key, as our wedding venue featured both indoor and outdoor spaces. Lastly, it wouldn't hurt if said photographer could also add a splash of glamour / a "wow factor" here and there. With all of that in mind, I have to say that stumbling upon Yana's website was a serendipitous moment."

~ Teresa and Tiago wed at Wellers Carriage House in Saline, Michigan

 

I AM A

STORYTELLER

I document love since 2012 in the most stunning places, simple, wild and luxurious, by creating moody images of a film-like quality. 

Photographing intimate boutique weddings and elopements of all sorts is my specialty.

My couples celebrate love, deep connections, they strive for adventures and value meaningful experiences over anything else.

I focus on a personalized approach tailored to your vision for the day, guiding you through building a comfortable timeline step by step and helping you select your own meaningful location for your unposed wedding shoot.

More importantly, I want to become friends with you two to create a deep connection before your day and tell your story with sensitivity and insight.

I revolt against the generic and the staged, I stand for raw emotions and candid moments captured with passion and care, as unique as your love story is, one of a kind.  

I simply observe and document the connection between two untamed souls wildly in love and preserve the essence of the moment in still images. 

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WHAT INSPIRES ME

You might have noticed, that I adore free spirited couples stoked to share their life adventures together, because exploring new cultures and wandering through landscapes in hiking boots, on skis or in a wet suit is my jam.

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.hygge

I find beauty in simple words that exude certain moods: "hygge" a feeling of warmth and coziness in a company of loved ones, or "petrichor" - the comforting smell of dry soil after a long awaited rain. These expressive inspirations help me create complex visuals that interpret sceneries with deep emotion. 

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.your story

At your wedding, you two are the most powerful inspiration, so it means the world to me to connect with you on a deeper level and to be able to capture your story, your joy, your tears and goosebumps.

 

Get in touch

or Fill out this form, so we can get you on your journey to an unforgettable experience.

 I can't wait to get to know you two!  I absolutely love reading initial

e-mails, because they tell me so much about you. I want to know your passions, your love story, and your dreams for your wedding. I do my very best to create a deep connection with you from the start, and taking the time to thoughtfully fill out this contact form really helps.


I will get in touch with you within 48 hours and we can then set a time for a free consultation. We will get to know each other over a coffee, drink or a simple phone call. To give my best to everyone, I limit the number of weddings I book every year and I am  so excited to witness the love stories this year will bring!

I can't wait to hear from you!

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You deserve a meaningful day true to your values, representative of who you are as a couple. So, embrace the quirky, unorthodox, eccentric and unique instead of settling for the societal expectations and the industry standards.

2020 & 2021: Currently booking for select dates anywhere in the world

Phone: +1 734.355.3387 ​​

 
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PHOTOGRAPHING

BOUTIQUE  WEDDINGS + ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS

since 2012

ALEX + ARCHIE
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JESSICA + BRIAN
KRISTINA + SASHA

Serving Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Northern Michigan, Upper Peninsula

The Great Lakes region, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan

& Midwest, California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii
Traveling worldwide for intimate weddings & adventure elopements.

MICHIGAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN ELOPEMENTS, SMALL WEDDINGS & MICRO WEDDINGS

WANDERING SINCE 2012

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