Last week we escaped St. Louis, Missouri to get our first true taste of Michigan's pure beauty ("Pure Michigan", as they say). For the first time in almost two years, we were on the other side of the camera, as wedding guests rather than wedding photographers! Admittedly, it was a refreshing break. Our friends Levi and DeSiree from Macomb, Illinois area were getting married on July 1st in Frankfort, Michigan, so why not make a vacation out of it? Funny thing is, no matter how much you plan, you can't plan for unplanned things! (Spoiler Alert: Spontaneity was the theme of the trip.).
Here are some highlights of our time in Michigan (but note, this is just Part 1!):
- The tone of the trip was established before even leaving St. Louis, Missouri by Tiffany suggesting we "be spontaneous" and leave Thursday evening instead of the following morning, as originally planned. However, we didn't get away until 10:00 PM CST, dropped our daughter (dog), Audi, off at Chris's parents' an hour later, grabbed some caffeine and headed north. Fast forward to 2:30 AM and 235 miles down Interstate 55, and instead of stopping in Illinois to sleep, we drank more caffeine and drove through the night. That landed us at our hotel in Manistee, Michigan at 9:00 AM EST and our hotel bed 10 minutes later. (On a positive note, there was no traffic so we flew through a ton of Indiana construction on Interstate 94, and also saw a Michigan sunrise!)
- That afternoon (after we awoke from hibernation), we got some beach time in at 5th Avenue Beach on Lake Michigan with our close friends Nick and Katie and their two ADORABLE children Ava (3) and Isaac (1). Ava immediately declared that Tiffany was her best friend, and told her mother that Tiffany was staying the night with her. So cute. Ava absolutely loved the water (despite it being freezing cold!), and taught us some really "fun" games including "Splash Chris's Shirt!" Although Katie mentioned her struggles getting Ava to smile in pictures, we worked our magic and got her to crack! (I guess it may have helped that Tiffany is now her best friend.) Here are some favorites from the beach!