Northern Michigan Elopement

OLIVIA + ABDOULAYE // A WOODLAND ELOPEMENT IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

This is not the first time that I’ve written about this, but I’ll say it again. I love when couples create a wedding for themselves. They create it to be about the two of them and who they are as a couple. They incorporate the traditions that they want to, let other ones go, and build new ones together. This wedding was a creative expression of who Olivia & Abdoulaye are and I couldn’t love it more. It was truly an honor to be a part of the small group that ventured into Hartwick Pines last Tuesday.

Tuesday Afternoon by The Moody Blues played as Olivia & Abdoulaye walked through the woods to their ceremony site so I’ll just leave a snippet of lyrics here for you before you see what we captured:

Tuesday afternoon
I'm just beginning to see
Now I'm on my way
It doesn't matter to me
Chasing the clouds away

Something calls to me
The trees are drawing me near
I've got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh

I'm looking at myself, reflections of my mind
It's just the kind of day to leave myself behind
So gently swaying through the fairy-land of love
If you'll just come with me you'll see the beauty of

Tuesday afternoon
Tuesday afternoon

 

KARA & ROB // SLEEPING BEAR DUNES ELOPEMENT // PIERCE STOCKING DRIVE

 

With only family and close friends gathered around them - standing or sitting in beach chairs - Kara & Rob said their vows 450 feet above Lake Michigan.  The jaw-dropping scenery has drawn them to Michigan for repeat visits and clearly held a special place in their hearts.  Kara wore her mom's wedding dress and she added her original hat and flowers in order to "re-create" a portrait of her mom.  We walked along the dunes for some epic images and headed back into Traverse City to finish the afternoon with a meal at Sleder's (and to "Kiss the Moose" of course!).  Cheers to Kara & Rob!  It was such an honor to capture these moments for you.

Ceremony Location: Pierce Stocking Drive, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore // Bouquet: Lilies of the Alley // Reception: Sleder's Family Tavern // Huge thank you to Josh Hartman for second shooting with me!

 

MELISSA & JEFF // TRAVERSE CITY ELOPEMENT

 

This just might be one of the sweetest Fridays I've had in a while.  Melissa and Jeff asked me to document their elopement in Traverse City.  Just the two of them and Melissa's parents at the County Clerk's office.  They had rings, flowers, champagne and a small wedding cake prepared for their dinner, but other than that it was completely no muss, no fuss.  They played 'here comes the bride' off of an iphone as Mel walked in with her dad.  They read sincere, heartfelt vows to each other.  They were calm, excited, and SO happy.  They kept saying, 'This is SO US'.  And I think that's just about the best thing to feel on your wedding day.  Cheers to Melissa & Jeff!

 

LEE & AMY // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT // TRAVERSE CITY

 

Lee and Amy asked a small group of their closest friends and family to gather at the Boathouse Restaurant in Traverse City for their wedding.  It was such a privilege for us to document because it could have just been any old Tuesday night for us... and instead we watched two people make a commitment to each other in a beautiful place, with lovely people surrounding them.  They drank champagne and ate delicious food and chatted together and watched the sunset over the water.  Sometimes the simple things aren't really that simple after all - they can be filled with meaning and magic.  Cheers to Lee and Amy!