This shoot will go down as one of my favorites of the entire summer! Mark is one of Ted's best friends and he was a groomsman in our wedding. Because of life and distance I didn't get to spend a lot of time with Mark and his family while Ted and I were dating, so it has been so much fun getting to know them over the past 4 years and seeing why Ted adores their family so much.
We got the chance to vacation with them when Ted and Mark decided to run a triathlon together on Old Mission Peninsula. Yes they are crazy and dedicated- and us girls just did our best to get there on time and cheer them on! We rented the coolest house across the bay on the Leelanau Peninsula and spent a week enjoying Lake Michigan together. The water in front of the house was loaded with Petoskey stones so many hours were spent scouring the beach for the prettiest ones. We explored wineries, cooked delicious meals, enjoyed slow mornings with lots of coffee, and shopped at the local farmers market. It was one of my very favorite weeks of the summer.
I loved that we were able to do their family pictures while we were on vacation. The girls had so much fun, so I can't help but think how special it will be for their family to look back on these pictures for years to come and remember that wonderful vacation. Not to mention, when you rent a house this beautiful you certainly take advantage of the photo backdrop it provides! Thanks for a wonderfully relaxing week, Petersen family, you are awesome travel buddies!