JULIE & JOHN AUSABLE RIVER WEDDING /// GRAYLING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

This is going to be a long post.  Not because this wedding is incredibly elaborate - just the opposite in fact.  This was easily one of the most relaxed weddings of my year, but it was perfectly simple in all the best ways.  I couldn't have kicked off my 2013 wedding season with a more fantastic couple.  Julie and John decided to have a low-key ceremony and reception at a unique location close to their hearts: the Matabanic Lodge, which John's family owns, right along the banks of the AuSable River.  With their closest friends and family in attendance, and their three black labs, they celebrated their wedding over the course of a week.  Everyone was able to stay on the property and enjoy the river and gorgeous surrounding forest.  

I'm so glad I was able to document the evening of their rehearsal dinner as well - since it really shows just how tight knit this group is.  Take a look:

 
 

The next day, on a wooden bridge crossing the river, Julie and John said their vows.  Julie and her father took a canoe down the river to the ceremony, the couple's 3 dogs followed them everywhere, and a local bluegrass band played into the night.  It doesn't get much better.

I decided to make their wedding a featured wedding in our portfolio.  You can view images from the wedding here.

*As a side note, you may notice a number of changes throughout our site.  We have restructured the site and made a number of changes.  Hopefully everything will be clear and comprehensive - and I am looking forward to blogging more in 2014!