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LAUREN + TRAVIS // A SUMMER WEDDING AT THE BAY HARBOR YACHT CLUB // PETOSKEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

If I’m being honest, wedding days are always a lot of work. They involve long hours of planning beforehand, long hours of photographing, and long hours of post production. But somehow this wedding just felt effortless. I’m serious. Everything just came together so well. The weather was gorgeous. Lauren & Travis were so happy together, and with their wedding party and families. The ceremony was personal. The ringbearer was happy and grumpy in the very best way. The yacht club provided a dreamy background, and the evening light was stunning. The toasts were meaningful and funny. The dessert bar was on point. The band rocked. All around - what a day! I’m so happy for these two and their families. Thanks for having us! It was truly a pleasure to document.

Planning & Coordination: Tableau Events

Prep Location: Inn at Bay Harbor

Venue: Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Hair & Makeup: Inn at Bay Harbor Spa

Florist: Bloom Floral Design

Rentals: BHYC & Tableau

Caterer: BHYC

Cake/Dessert: Bella e Dolce

Photo Assistance: Cathy Fitz

DJ/Band: Velocity

Bride’s attire: The Wedding Shoppe


 

ALEX & DAN // SEPTEMBER WEDDING AT SHANAHAN'S BARN // CHARLEVOIX, MI

 

The September weather was perfect. The bride and groom were surrounded by an overwhelming amount of love. The bride brought whiskey shots to their first look by Lake Michigan. The vows were heartfelt and real. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s brother in law. The flowers were colorful. The youngest flower girl stopped to pick up rocks on her way down the aisle. Loved ones lost were memorialized with the most beautiful tributes. Sometimes when I can’t quite find the words to summarize a wedding I make a list like this, and I think I’ll just keep this post this way. Cheers to Xan and Dan! P.S. Their nieces and nephews were a very important part of the day and they are amazing little humans so they make a significant appearance in this post!

Prep Location: The Inn at Bay Harbor // Venue: Shanahan’s Barn // Wedding Planning, Coordination and Design: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings // Hair & Makeup: M.O. Hair & Beauty // Decor & Rentals: 307 Events, Serradella Vintage, Monstrey MacDonald // Catering: Catering by Kelly’s // Dessert: Simply Sweet by Jessica // Entertainment: Blue Water Kings Band

 

KENDALL & JIM // EMPIRE MICHIGAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

My oh my.  What a day in Northern Michigan.  Kendall and Jim were married on a bright, sunny day in Empire.  Their laughter was contagious, they shot confetti canons during their entrance to the reception, the toasts were that perfect blend of emotional and funny, and Jim had the sweetest first dance with his mom - literally with her barefeet standing on his shoes.  Cheers to Kendall & Jim!  And I'll leave you with this quote from the back of their dinner menu:

"It's a great place to laze around and swim and fish when you want to.  And the best place in the world to do nothing.  It is beautiful country... and nobody knows about it but us." -Ernest Hemingway

Planning & Coordination: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events, Hair & Makeup: Pavlova Salon & Spa, Florist: BLOOM, Tent & Rentals: American Rentals, Transportation: Blue Lakes By The Bay, Caterer: The Cook's House, Cake: Aunt B's Cakes & Desserts, Cake Topper: CFWeddings, DJ: Mr. Music, Bride's attire: Bridal Boutique of Naperville & BHLDN, Groom's attire: Nicholas Joseph, Videography: The Compass Points Here - coming soon!  Photo and Video help from these fantastic folks: Hallie Kohler & Sawyer Harris.

 

KATHY & JAVIER // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW // BAY HARBOR

The first touch of fall in the air.

Big Lake Michigan waves.

Wind, sun, and the occasional cloud.

A gorgeous couple.

SMILES.  LAUGHS.

DANCE PARTY.

Huge congratulations to Kathy and Javier!  We can't begin to tell you how much fun it was to be a part of your day!

 
 

Amazing work as always by Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events.  We LOVE you guys!!

Venue: The Inn at Bay Harbor, Planning: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events, Hair: Stylists from The Inn at Bay Harbor, Make Up: Susan Chang, Flowers: BLOOM Floral Design, Catering: The Inn at Bay Harbor, Ice Cream Cake: Moomer's, Bride's attire: Kleinfeld Bridal: Judd Waddell, Groom's attire: Men's Warehouse.

CLAIRE & GARRETT // TRAVERSE CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // THE PENINSULA ROOM // PREVIEW

I don't think Michael and I have ever laughed as much on a wedding day as we did with Claire and Garrett.  Their wedding weekend mantra was simply about having fun with their guests and truly enjoying the experience.  They wanted to eat great food, drink great wine and whiskey, and spend as much time with their friends and family as possible.  It was mission accomplished for these two awesome humans.  Somehow the combination of completely boisterous and unbelievably elegant morphed into a truly beautiful day that left us grinning from ear to ear.  As an example of this, Claire gave me explicit permission to share that the two of them let out a couple of farts during their evening portrait session which, in my opinion, resulted in some of the most magically genuine moments I have captured in a long time.  Like I said - hysterical laughter all around.  When you combine that energy with an amazing venue, phenomenal flowers, and the work of Rachel and her team to keep everything on point, Claire and Garrett's wedding really was over the top.

 
 

Planning, Design & Coordination: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events, Floral Design: Bloom, Band: Paul VornHagen Quartet, Venue: The Peninsula Room, Dessert: Grand Traverse Pie Company, Bride: Maggie Sottero, Groom: Blacktux.com