A Sneak Peek – Hannah’s Senior Portraits

A few weeks ago I had the honor of photographing the beautiful and sweet Hannah! I drove out to their summer cottage on Old Mission and had a wonderful time getting to know her and exploring the July beauty we had to work with. We had so much fun capturing her senior portraits in such an amazing area and wanted to show a little sneak peek for her session….


Welcome Sarah!


Please welcome our new summer intern, Sarah Kemp!

Born in Texas and raised in Michigan, Sarah has an addiction for traveling and an eye for design. Outside of event planning, you can find Sarah frequenting local coffee shops, perusing farmers markets, baking, and practicing typography.

As a recent graduate from Michigan State University, her studies have ranged widely, from hands-on workshops in photography and letterpress, to ecology courses in Greece and Turkey. After much traveling and studying, Sarah’s eclectic ventures accumulated into a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities.

During her stint in academia, Sarah’s skill and passion for event planning could be witnessed through her extra-curricular involvement. Even as a freshman, she found herself thriving as a volunteer for numerous University event organizations. Sarah worked with fellow students to arrange concerts, formals, poetry slams, open-mic nights; the list goes on and on. Sarah reveled in these high-pressure situations, loving the gratification of making others happy via successful events. Throughout college, Sarah was constantly allured by the excitement and satisfaction of event planning, and finally realized she could continue this passion as a career!

This is what brings her to us at Orchestrated Grace! Tempted by the scale and intensity of wedding planning, Sarah was eager to tackle this new challenge. She is constantly learning and growing from the girls at OG, and is excited for what the rest of the summer has in store!

Happy Anniversary Beth and Jason // Snow Moon Ranch // Glen Arbor

Happy 1st Anniversary to one of OG’s sweetest couples, Beth and Jason! One year ago today they said “I Do” and tied the knot at Snow Moon Ranch. Congratulations you two!! Hugs from Chandra, Shannon and all the ladies is Orchestrated Grace

Happy 1st Anniversary Holly & Jeff // The Homestead Resort

One year ago today Holly and Jeff said “I do” at the top of the hill at The Homestead Resort. We hope it has been a wonderful 365 days together with lots of love and laughter! Happy Anniversary from all of us here at Orchestrated Grace!

Image by Amy Carroll Photography



Portlin’s “Olivia” Birthday Party at The Great Lakes Children’s Museum – Traverse City Michigan

As an event planner, each year at my kids birthdays, I say I am NOT going to go overboard or do anything big. Just order pizza, a few balloons and let them play. But every year comes around and I can’t help myself. This is what I do and I LOVE IT!! My husband just shakes his head. I really try honey, I promise. But once I start thinking about it, talking to the kids about what they want, and planning it, it just takes on a whole new life of its own. So those of you who know me, know that this is my Simple.

Portlin loves us to read to her. Someone gave us a small board book of Olivia and from that point on she was hooked! She named her baby doll from Santa, Olivia… the cat that showed up on our door this fall, is now Olivia… and yes, you guessed it, ALL WE READ now is Olivia!! So when it came time to plan Portlin’s 2nd Birthday party, guess who she wanted to invite? Yup. Olivia. Getting the idea?

One eight foot long banquet table at The Great Lakes Children’s Museum and a 1/2 hour set up time before her friends arrived, and I made my best attempt at SIMPLE….


I knew I wanted to hire my good friend Kenna McDonald at Everything Gal to do some custom red and white desserts. White Chocolate covered cake pops with red bows and cups to match and mini cheesecakes with a fresh raspberry on top. These turned out so cute and tasted delicious!!

What child does not like fresh Strawberries? Portlin and I cut and washed these together and she even helped me dip half the batch in white chocolate!

Here is my little peanut caught red handed in the strawberry bowl! She is standing in front of the handmade “PORTLIN”  banner my son and I sewed together. We made a trip to the fabric store (all way too hungry and grumpy) and after a few melt downs and tears, we had supplies to make our banner. Note to self; Don’t drag kids to the craft store when they are hungry, tired and there is a line out the door. Might make mommy cry!! or just respect her finished banner all that much more. I told you, this is my simple.

Drinking sparking juice is always way more fun out of a crazy paper straw

Olivia. Olivia. Olivia.

Ann at Aunt B’s Cakes and Desserts really out did herself with this AMAZING cake!! I told her what I wanted… (tall, red and white strips, Portlin’s name with Happy Birthday and a big Olivia sitting right on top). It turned out better than I had pictured in my head! Everyone loved it!!! Oh and the vintage white cake stand from Everything Gal really helped it stand out (or up)!!

Red Tulips from The Floral Underground helped this winter party feel more like spring!!

I dusted off my old art supply box from Interlochen and got my hands dirty. My girlfriend Elara and I dug out the charcoals and red pastels, and made a fun afternoon of drawing. Why don’t I do that more often? I loved being able to be creative. I am now happy to say the art supplies are in an easier access location and going to make it a regular activity I do with the kids!!

Portlin is turning into such a sweet little girly girl (how did that happen?). She loves to dress up and she wanted to wear her Olivia Shirt (that started out as Christmas jammies last year, then became her Valentines Outfit, and now with her new added Puffy skirt is her new and improved OLIVIA clothes)!!! We had a custom hair flower clip made from our friend Natalie at Tail Feather Designs and Portlin now wants to wear it with ALL her outfits (especially with ones that don’t match)! Got to love Two going on Twelve!!

We had one HAPPY little 2 year old who had a WONDERFUL day!!

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Kenna - Gorgeous! Wonderful event for an awesome little girl.

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