Grand Traverse Commons



Exploring the Grand Traverse Commons, riding a trolley down Front St. honking and waving at all the pedestrians, finding the most beautiful flowering plants in the park, stopping at Brady's bar for beers and a game of pool, watching the sunset over the bay from the docks at the open space... that seems like too much to fit into a regular day, but Jamie and Joe arranged their day perfectly to fit those iconic TC experiences and much more into their wedding day.  What a day it was!  

Church: St. Francis // Venue: Ecco Event Space // Hair: Lysette Nazworth // Florist: Kate Moyer-Olds // Transportation: Northern Michigan Trolley // Caterer: Dawn Fresh Catering // Cake: S. Art, Shannon Lopez // DJ: Rusch Entertainment // Bride's attire: Renee Austin // Groom's attire: Generation Tux




I love this reading from Emily & Andy's ceremony, so instead of writing my typical little blurb here, I'll leave you with this.  

UNION  By Robert Fulgham

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment.  At some point, you decided to marry.  From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.  All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with "When we're married" and continued with "I will" and "you will" and "we will" - those late night talks that included "someday" and "somehow" and "maybe" - and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.  All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.  The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, "you know all those things we've promised and hoped and dreamed - well, I meant it all, every word."  Look at one another and remember this moment in time.  Before this moment you have been many things to one another - acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years.  Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you.  For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife.

Venue: The Historic Barns Park, Coordinator: Annie Zimmerman, Hair & Makeup: M Salon, Flowers: Hooper's Farm Gardens, Catering: Catering by Kelly's, Rentals: Monstrey Macdonald, Transportation: Magic Shuttle Bus, Band: Soul Street, Cake: Emily's Aunt Carol, Bride's Dress: BHLDN, Bride's Accessories: One Oak Bride & family, Groom's Attire: Banana Republic & The Tie Bar, Photo Assistance: Hallie Kohler






Mike always jokes about how I tear up at every wedding.  It might be during the ceremony, or maybe during a toast, and if none of that gets me then it will definitely happen when I see a cute older couple on the dance floor.  I can't help it.  Saturday was no exception.  I don't think I've been to a single wedding - whether there are 30 people or 300 - where the realization of how important the day is doesn't hit me in a big way.  I'm telling you - I get all the feels people! I'm so grateful that Stephanie and Jake chose us to document their wedding day, and what a happy day it was.

Hair & Makeup: Studio 415, Florist: Field of Flowers North, Ceremony: St. Mary's of Lake Leelanau, Reception: Kirkbride Hall, Transportation: Traverse City Limos, DJ: Pluister Entertainment, Caterer: Uptown Catering, Cake/Dessert: Cake Connection TC, Bride's Attire: EnzoaniRenee Austin, Groom's Attire: Kenneth Cole - Men's Wearhouse




We've been a bit absent from the blog for a while!  That tends to happen as we wrap up our wedding season and move into a different phase of our work... this Winter we have stayed pretty dang busy though!  We're communicating with 2017 and 2018 clients, wrapping up our remaining videography projects of 2016, creating new pieces of artwork, painting and organizing our home/office/studio spaces, generally scheming about the future, and working on editorial projects!  For this particular project in the February issue of Traverse Magazine, I had the great opportunity to photograph dishes by Chef Myles Anton of Trattoria Stella (which just happened to be named the most romantic restaurant in Michigan by USA Today).  I wanted to share the magazine spreads as well as a few outtakes.  There's nothing like cooking in cast iron in the cold months - yum.


Melissa is currently living in Ann Arbor, and Andrew lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We had a short window of opportunity to take engagement photos, and the Michigan weather we've been having was making me nervous!  Luckily we found a perfect break from the rain for some great fall photos, and the overcast skies created some beautiful soft light at the end of the day by Grand Traverse Bay.  I'm so happy these two decided to come to Northern Michigan for a long weekend, and I'm looking forward to their fall wedding next year!