October 18, 2017 by cathyfitz Weddings 0

Wedding in Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain

The Fall Equinox was the ideal day for Heather & Matt to begin this new season of their lives together. Heather, a designer and Matt, a gardener are a laid-back outdoorsy couple and it was reflected in every detail of their small, intimate wedding in Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain. It fit them perfectly, just they way they designed it! Matt was blown away when he got a first look of his bride – she looked amazing! After a few photos on the beautiful grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort, the couple took a golf cart ride up the hill to tuck away for their ceremony. The sun peeked through the tall trees as family and friends gathered for the cozy ceremony officiated by their friend Lara Ruddy. No detail was overlooked from the beautiful arbor they built with the help of family to the basket of blankets for guests to sit on. They even had a unique way of exchanging their rings. Their mother’s passed the rings through family and friends from the back to the front of the amphitheater. Once they got past a little hiccup to get it started, the rings went straight down the ribbon. Awesome idea! After […]

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October 12, 2017 by cathyfitz Families 0

The Homestead Resort | Traverse City Family Photography

Happy Anniversary Pam & Kevin! How fun to celebrate with a family photo session where you were married 7 years ago at The Homestead Resort. I had a blast spending time with your beautiful family on this gorgeous morning. It was a busy session full of laughter, hugs and giggles!     There’s still time to book a fall family session in beautiful Northern Michigan. Check out more family sessions here.

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September 5, 2017 by cathyfitz Seniors 5

Danielle | Traverse City Senior Portrait Photography

I was so excited when Danielle decided to do her senior portrait photography session while visiting in Traverse City. We started at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons,  took a little walk through the woods, checked out the hippie tree, and ended on the beach. Northern Michigan was the perfect location to capture images of her sweet, loving personality, quiet sense of humor and kind spirit. Her beauty glows from the inside out! SaveSave

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August 29, 2017 by cathyfitz Families 1

Family Reunion | Traverse City Family Photographer

One of the best parts of being a family photographer is the people you meet. It was so wonderful to spend a little time with this beautiful family spending time together at Lakemore Retreat. SaveSave

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August 5, 2017 by cathyfitz Weddings 0

Lindsay + Ron | Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Wedding

The sun sparkled on Lake Michigan as a soft breeze carried the sounds of the bag pipes across the lawn during Lindsay & Ron’s Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Wedding. It was the ideal location for this sweet couple who fell in love enjoying time together on the golf course. Their small, intimate wedding was perfect with panoramic views and family by their side. Congratulations Lindsay & Ron. I wish you all the best as you begin life’s journey together – golfing, traveling, and enjoying many years of happiness! SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave

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June 29, 2017 by cathyfitz Weddings 2

Anna and Jeremy’s Love Story | Traverse City Michigan Wedding

Anna + Jeremy’s Love Story This is the love story of Anna, a beautiful girl from Missouri who travels to Las Vegas on a girls trip. While hanging at the pool she meets Jeremy, a handsome boy from Michigan who just happens to be in Vegas for a friends bachelor party. This is Anna + Jeremy’s love story. You don’t expect to meet your soul mate in Las Vegas, but that’s exactly what happened for Anna and Jeremy. Over the next two years they not only fell in love but became best friends, realizing they truly are soul mates who met in a unique and special way. Anna & Jeremy’s destination wedding to Traverse City was perfect. In Anna’s words: “It’s hard to even find words to describe how loved we felt during the whole weekend. We had our closest friends and family in our favorite place on earth for four whole days, perfect weather, the most fun bridal party and groomsmen we could have ever asked for. The wedding itself was like a dream. The way I felt walking down the aisle toward Jeremy was like stepping into a fairy tale. The look on his face when he saw […]

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Road Trippin’ Great Ocean Road Australia

The Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s most iconic scenic drives, stretches along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Road Trippin’ Great Ocean Road Australia should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Similar to the coastal drive along Oregon and California, it’s the ultimate Aussie road trip! A 90 minute drive from the city of Melbourne, you reach the beginning of the Great Ocean Road.  At the end of this short drive, we spent a few nights in Fairhaven, about 40 minutes past the beginning of the scenic route. Travel Tip: Use Airbnb. Most of our stays are booked this way and here are just a few reason why: Location – whether an apartment in the center of the city or a remote location with a view – you get to see more of the “real location”. Often an entire home or apartment can be rented cheaper than a hotel room. Meals – Save money (and your waistline) by cooking meals versus eating out. A place to do laundry More space to spread Some cool experiences in unique homes and locations Use this code to get $40 off your first night stay at Airbnb. This house in […]

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June 4, 2017 by cathyfitz Weddings 0

Javar + Tanish | She Said Yes!

How does Javar end a winery tour at Chateau Chantel? With a proposal to his girl Tanish of course! It was a blast being “in on” the secret with Javar, following them during the wine cellar tour. And the best part – She said yes! Tanish did not seem suspicious at all as I explained I was doing some promotional photos for the winery. Luckily she agreed I explained I would love to include them in a few shots along the “tour”. By the time we finished “touring” the wine cellar, I felt such a connection to these two beautiful spirits, I could hardly wait for the big moment. Javar was so calm – you’d never know his plan for the day. It took a few moments for everything to sink in when Tanish first saw the table set up with a special bottle of wine and flowers. I cried right along with friends and family as Javar announced his intentions before getting down on one knee. Even though I just met this sweet couple, I got a wonderful glimpse into their fun loving personalities as Javar first presented Tanish with a gag ring. Of course, Javar really did come through with a beautiful engagement […]

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May 31, 2017 by cathyfitz Australia, South Pacific 0

Sea Lions, Koalas, Kangaroos – Oh My!

.Kangaroo Island Australia lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. It is a sanctuary to freely roaming native Australian animals and over 260 types of birds. We spent a magical 24 hours on this lovely little island. The birds and peaceful surroundings were incredible; not to mention the sea lions, koalas, kangaroos – oh my! Stepping foot on Kangaroo Island you feel like you are a million miles away from the city and civilization. We arrived after a 20 minute prop plane ride from Adelaide, Australia. The remoteness of the island was like a breath of fresh air compared to the hustle and bustle of the city. Just like the name, there are a lot of kangaroos on kangaroo island. Unfortunately, like our deer, they are prone to jumping out in the road. There are lots of warnings for driving, especially at dusk or at night. Many of the vehicles in Australia are even equipped with “roo bars” (a metal bar or framework of metal bars on the front of a vehicle to protect it during collisions with kangaroos). We spotted our first roo as the driver slammed on his brakes shortly after leaving the airport. We arrived at Kangaroo Island Lodge in time […]

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May 27, 2017 by cathyfitz Inspiration, My Story 4

Memorial Day | Why and How Do We Celebrate?

Often Memorial Day brings to mind the end of the school year, beginning of summer, and opening of swimming pools. We often celebrate with picnics and other fun outdoor events with family and friends. All great things to do, just so we don’t forget the true meaning of the holiday. So what is the meaning of Memorial Day? According to Wikipedia: “Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May that honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.” As a young girl, I remember visiting cemeteries every Memorial Day to leave flowers to “decorate” graves of family members. It was a family tradition on this solemn day of remembrance to pay honor and respect even though the family members had not been service members. Annual Decoration Days are more common in the American South where people travel and gather with relatives to put flowers on graves often including a religious service and picnic or potluck type meal. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” […]

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