Graduating from college means you have made the long, sometimes strenuous, climb from the very bottom of a mountain of knowledge and experience to the peak with a horizon of possibilities stretching out before you.
There were probably some falling boulders along the way. Some rough patches that seemed almost impassable.
There might have been days or even weeks during the climb through the education path that seemed impossible and caused you to search for another way up.
Maybe some days you felt like you were climbing sideways or even headed back down the mountain, rather than up.
Some days the sun didn’t shine as much, but so many other days your sky was illuminated with golden rays of hope.
The journey to the top of the educational mountain was sometimes fierce and often steep. However, the gains you earned along the way are tremendous.
You have skills.
You have knowledge.
You have a team of newfound friends who will grow with you throughout your professional life – wherever it takes you.
Now that you are at the top of that mountain of knowledge-seeking, what do you see?
I hope you see possibility.
I hope you see a dream coming true.
I am sure you see a world in front of you and many paths to follow.
Congratulations to you, Hayley, on your graduation from Western Michigan University!
May you find a path now that is smooth and filled with everything you have worked so hard for. Now that you have finished this chapter, I hope your career story starts with every promise you have strived for.
Please find the rest of your photos here and congratulations to you! The world will be in much better hands with your knowledge and experience in the medical field.
Rebecca and Scott had a lot of plans for their wedding day. A global pandemic hit, so they stuck to the traditions they held dear and basically had fun with everything else. They made the mix of tradition and fun, something unexpectedly perfectly them.
The day was filled with the traditions of family, friends, and all of the weddings that made up their history.
A team of bridesmaids to help carry the day to perfection.
A group of men supporting and encouraging.
They decided to hold to the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony, but they did opt to play around with that tradition.
The ceremony was perfectly beautiful and filled with smiles and a few tears of joy.
After the ceremony, the guests arrived and the celebrating began.
The entire wedding party was up to having fun and looking fantastic!
Rebecca and Scott were truly filled with joy.
They also came prepared with their pandemic protection.
And there was a father/father-in-law to look over the day in a very fun way.
So many weddings that had been planned for the summer of 2020 were different. The wedding of Rebecca and Scott was no exception. It was not what they had planned, but in many ways, it turned out better. They have love. And they have the deep love of family and friends. Really, what else does there ever need to be?
I will start their story with the start of their day. Details. Perfect details.
The dress was dreamy with white lace on top of champagne.
The shoes were solid just like both Rebecca and Scott are. Also with a glittery and clear fun side.
In certain light, they look like they have fire inside.
Shoes. So many fun shoes.
Beautiful flowers wrapped in the handkerchief once held by a grandmother. Something special. Something blue.
Rebecca and Scott started the day getting ready in the quiet of the morning.
Loved ones looked on and helped out.
Anyone watching throughout the morning would have known how important this one moment was to this very proud father as he looked at his little girl all grown up and ready to fly into the arms of her future.
Huge amounts of love to the family and to the Lawton Heritage Community Center for bending the day in incredible ways to somehow fit perfectly within the safety parameters of a global pandemic and still manage to create the most amazingly perfect wedding.
More images of this fantastic day are on the way soon.