Posts tagged “Grand Rapids

Play Ball!

Grand Rapids, Michigan

In January, the home of the Whitecaps suffered a major loss when their stadium burned down but that can’t stop baseball-loving fans from coming out and cheering on their beloved team.  Read the Detroit News story here and check out a few of my favorite images from the evening.

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Drew Boike, of Clarkston, paints the lines on the batter's box prior to the start of the game. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Drew Boike, of Clarkston, paints the lines on the batter’s box prior to the start of the game. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Javier Betancourt, left, and Harold Castro, right, hangout in the dugout  prior to the game. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Javier Betancourt, left, and Harold Castro, right, hangout in the dugout prior to the game. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. The visiting team uses a mobile lockerroom until the construction is complete. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. The visiting team uses a mobile lockerroom until the construction is complete. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Javier Betancourt, right, prepares himself to bat. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Javier Betancourt, right, prepares himself to bat. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Dominic Ficociello slides into third for a triple during the fifth inning. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Dominic Ficociello slides into third for a triple during the fifth inning. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Ben Verlander comes in from the outfield after making the third out by catching a fly ball. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Ben Verlander comes in from the outfield after making the third out by catching a fly ball. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Willy Adames, left, tries to make a catch as Bowling Green's Yoel Araujo, right, steals second base in the second inning. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Willy Adames, left, tries to make a catch as Bowling Green’s Yoel Araujo, right, steals second base in the second inning. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Harold Castro twirls a bat near teammate Willy Adames before the start of the game. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Harold Castro twirls a bat near teammate Willy Adames before the start of the game. © Detroit News

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GLANCE: Chris and Merrill wedding

Grand Rapids, Michigan

I had the great joy of photographing Chris and Merrill’s wedding this Saturday in Grand Rapids.  These two made me cry.  And laugh.  (And, I’ve never seen a bride’s shoes create such a commotion.  Kate Spade does things right.)  So, take a peek and check back in to see the full edit soon.  Congratulations, Chris and Merrill!!!

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WEDDING: Ross and Hayden

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Panic set in at first when the bride didn’t show up to the church on time.  Oh sure, brides and grooms are late frequently but Hayden was REALLY late.  She was sick and had been admitted to the emergency room, yep, a wedding “first.”  You would think that would have put a damper on things but let the photos speak for themselves. Hayden had such a good spirit and by the end of the night she was dancing with her new husband, Ross, and all was good with the world.  A few other things to note, I was in Heaven as I got to listen to the dreamy accents of twenty or more Australian guests. Swoon.  I also loved how Hayden and Ross wove in so many sentimental things about their special day (sharing her grandmother’s anniversary, wearing her other grandmother’s wedding ring and having the reception at Cascade Hills Country Club – – the same place her parents did.) A big thank you to Nick Tremmel who helped me shoot this wedding.  (Amazing photographer and awesome person to boot.)  Ross and Hayden, may love always surround you in SICKNESS and health.

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GLANCE: Hayden and Ross wedding

I had the pleasure of photographing Hayden and Ross’s elegant wedding this past Saturday in East Grand Rapids.  Let’s just say, this was a wedding “first” when the bride spent the morning in the ER.  Yes, I’m really not joking.  Congratulations, Hayden and Ross, and may your life always be filled with surprises.