Jenny and Steve’s Handmade Backyard Wedding

There is a special place in my heart reserved for the brides who forsake fancy ballrooms and ornate churches, and instead choose to get married in the humble, American backyard. Maybe it’s because I was one of those brides, or maybe it’s because I just love shooting wedding ceremonies barefoot (which I am guaranteed to do whenever grass is underfoot).

There is something about the backyard. It’s the setting of so many memories: games of hide and seek as children, late night bonfires, Fourth of July cookouts, and now, more and more, the wedding. It’s hard for me to take two steps in my backyard without being hit with nostalgia for my childhood, when my backyard belonged to my grandparents, and I spent hours splashing in their pool with my cousins, and I can’t look at the pine tree in our yard without remembering the day I stood under it to say I do.

Now, Jenny and Steve are a part of the club. When they go home to visit Jenny’s mother’s house, they’ll get to walk past the place where they said I do. They’ll get to feel the grass under their toes, the same grass they danced on. And, they’ll get to look out on the yard, and remember eating dinner with their loved ones on their best day ever, their wedding, which was lovingly and painstakingly handmade by their friends and family. From the dress sewn by a bridesmaid, to the flowers arranged by Jenny’s mother, this wedding was made just for them, by the people that love them most.

Jenny and Steve, welcome to the club.

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Nessa - This is a beautiful wedding, Heather! That sparkler kiss is dreamy <3

rahul - Gorgeous wedding. I love that wedding exit.

David Childers - Love the night shots as well, great work!

Brian Kraft - Totally gorgeous! Love the country-backyard feel to everything!

Teresa K - Beautiful, fresh, clean, timeless…love this wedding Heather…welcome to the club indeed!

Daniel Ha - Such a beautiful and organic looking wedding.

Caryn - Oh my goodnesssss! That black and white of the bride is to die for. So gorgeous!

Paul Fuller - So many beautiful details captured perfectly by yourself Heather, awesome !

Ross Harvey - Beautiful wedding, told beautifully :)

Anton Chia - Great details, moments, portraits, everything! Good stuff here!

Joseph Hall - Ahhh – it looks like a lovely day, the dancing shots are awesome

Ariana Watts - Wow what a gorgeous wedding – you did an amazing job photographing it!

Jon Yoder - Heather! You killed it. I love your perspective in story telling photographs. Super cool feel to the set. Keep up the fantastic work. :)

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Claire and Matthew, the day after in Grand Rapids

There’s a lot I could say about these two. I could write paragraphs about how welcome they made me feel. I could wax poetic about how true and genuine their love is. I could talk about how the dedication the have to their faith is absolutely edifying to be around. I could talk about all of that, for a long time, but instead, I’m gonna let the photos do the talking.

The day after their wedding, Claire and Matthew met me in a field in the middle of no where and we made these photographs. If you want to see more from their wedding day, watch their slideshow.

Mostly digital with a smattering of Porta 400, shot on an old 1950′s Rolleiflex and developed and scanned by RPL.

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Darren Gair - Beautiful work, really nice posing, stunning couple.. love it.

Rebecca - Fabulous. All of it.

David Campbell - Killer portraits. I love everything about these!

Anni - I adore these, Heather. I always love your work, but man, you’re really killing it this summer.

rahul - Wow! Your black and whites are so beautiful.

Jim - Awesome portraits. Love the ones in the corn stalks. Nice work.

Kelsie Taylor - wowwww, love these!! i’m dying over the black and white diptych of them shrouded in the corn rows and that second to last shot! so great!

Mike - LOVE that b&w portrait of the bride!

nadine austin - yeah the black and whites are killer!

John Bello - I LOVE the shots in within the plants. SO GOOD!

small - so so so pretty!

Sachin Khona - Loving the film Heather!! So good as always! You rock!

mathias - love the individual b&w portraits in the middle of this set. So good!

Joseph Hall - Fun images – love the laughter captured when he picks her up – so natural!

Lynn and Ryan’s Classic Wedding at The Murphy Building in Chicago

Lynn and Ryan’s wedding consisted of a couple of firsts for me: First Downtown Chicago Wedding and first time shooting film at a wedding. For those of you that know me, or follow me on facebook, you’ll know that I’ve been shooting a bit more film for my personal work. Well, I asked Lynn and Ryan if they would be willing to let me cross the divide from only shooting film in a personal setting, to shooting some in a professional setting. Luckily, they were on board and enthusiastic. You’ll find, scattered through this post, some polaroids and some film shot on a Rolleiflex from the 1950s (just look for the shots with borders and the square shots).

So much of what makes me happy about this job is regularly being able to put myself outside of my comfort zone, and film is just the latest way I’ve started to do so. There’s something about slowing down, getting a reading from my light meter, manually focusing, looking down to compose, and then exhaling and pressing the shutter that is foreign and exciting to someone like me who has only ever shot digital. I know that this wedding is the beginning of a new way of relating to my work, the start of a new journey, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

Lynn and Ryan, thanks for being on board.

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bride helps her daughter into her bridal jewelry at the James Hotel in Chicago, photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A bride puts on her veil in Chicago, photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.The groom and his groomsmen enjoy a limo drive to the wedding ceremony in Chicago, photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.Groomsmen exit the limo at a wedding ceremony in Chicago, photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.A bride board the limo that will take her to her wedding ceremony, photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.The father of the bride sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.The father of the bride reacts to seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, photographed by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett.Interior of a Catholic church photographed by Ann Arbor 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Heather JowettThe bride and groom share their first dance at a wedding reception at The Murphy Building in Chicago, by Michigan Wedding Photographer, Heather JowettThe first dance at a wedding reception at The Murphy Building in Chicago, by Michigan Wedding Photographer, Heather JowettThe first dance at a wedding reception at The Murphy Building in Chicago, by Michigan Wedding Photographer, Heather JowettThe bride holds back tears during the dance at a wedding reception at The Murphy Building in Chicago, by Michigan Wedding Photographer, Heather JowettThe bride shares a dance with her father at a wedding reception at The Murphy Building in Chicago, by Michigan Wedding Photographer, Heather JowettThe bride shares a dance with her father at a wedding reception at The Murphy Building in Chicago, by Michigan Wedding Photographer, Heather JowettThe groom shares a dance with his mother at a wedding reception at The Murphy Building in Chicago, by Michigan Wedding Photographer, Heather JowettThe groom shares a dance with his mother at a wedding reception at The Murphy Building in Chicago, by Michigan Wedding Photographer, Heather JowettThe bride and groom relax for a few portraits at a wedding reception at The Murphy Building in Chicago, by Michigan Wedding Photographer, Heather JowettWedding rings at a wedding reception at The Murphy Building in Chicago, by Michigan Wedding Photographer, Heather Jowett

Danny - Unbelievable ! These are amazing Heather! Top Tier photography right here you nailed it!

tim riddick - So sick Heather… loving your polaroid work!

heather - From one Heather to another… this is amazing. You killed this wedding.

Stefanie - Lovely photos! I love the portraits in the crosswalk!

Amber Hughes - Beautiful wedding Heather! I love the portraits in the street and those amazing dance shots!

Rachael - These are really amazing photographs, beautiful. Great work!

Kristian - Awesome work Heather!

Sachin Khona - Stunning Heather! love the sprinkling of film here .. gorgeous!

Albert Palmer - Love the Dad’s reaction – perfect!

Taylor Roades - So much emotion in the dance shots. :)

naomi - your work is always so beautiful heather. love seeing what you’ve done with film, keep mixing it up!

Adonye Jaja - wow you simply rocked this wedding, your portraits are so creative, well done!

Shyann - Lovely!! I love the first dance shot, and also the one of the couple under the trees.

Joseph Hall - Really great work – love the double exposure

Paul Rowland - Heather – ______!!!! so awesome. Wonderfully gorgeous. This one especially: http://heatherjowett.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CHICAGO.wedding66.jpg

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