Sincerely Ginger Weddings and Events



Forget everything else. Forget the discussions about money, family dynamics, and logistics. It’s hard, I know. But try for a minute. Forget the decor, the menu, the venue. Forget the magazines and blogs (ironic, I know, since this is a blog post). Definitely forget the awards, and features, and pins, and posts. Take everything away and your wedding is about your marriage. Your marriage is about you and your partner. This is where the magic in the portraits live.

These are the amazing partnerships we photographed last year.

We worked with an unbelievable number of talented people this year. I hope I’m not missing anyone!

Venues: The Inn at Bay Harbor, Shanahan’s Barn, Ciccone Vineyard, Starry Night Barn & Studios, Brengman Brothers Winery, Sojourn Lakeside Resort, The Garvey Family Wedding Barn, The Cathedral Barn, Aurora Cellars , Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Ecco Event Space, Pierce Stocking Drive, Sleder's Family Tavern, Blue Bridge Event Center, Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Churches:  St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Mary's of Lake Leelanau, St. Francis, St. Francis Xavier

Officiants: Crystal Yarlott, Weddings Your Way

Wedding Planning, Coordination and Design: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings, Sunrise to Sunset, Tableau Events, Every Little Detail 

Prep Locations: Hotel Indigo, Condos at Grand Traverse Resort, Brys Estate, Chateau Chantal, The Westin Michigan Avenue, Holiday Inn West Bay Beach

Hair & Makeup: M.O. Hair & Beauty, OnSite Bridal , M Salon, Simplicity Hair & Makeup Studio, Pavlova Salon & Spa, Bliss Salon, Signature Salon TC, Brittany, Elegant Bridal Designs, Jess Klaas, Mario Tricoci, Lysette Nazworth, Northern Michigan Beauty

Floral Design: Sweetwater Floral, Bloom Floral Design, Field of Flowers North, Hooper Farm & Gardens, Lilies of the Alley, Martin's Flowers on Center, Premier Floral Design, Omena Cut Flowers, Blue Bridge Floral

Decor & Rentals: 307 Events, Serradella Vintage, Monstrey MacDonald, La Tavola, Sweet Seat Chair Covers, Gigi and LaClede, Special Occasions West, Taylor Rental

Stationary, Calligraphy, & Signage: Pop Fizz Klink, Minted, Kelsey Malie Calligraphy, Holly Thomas Design, Leah Moss, Silver Fox Calligraphy

Favors: A Signature Welcome

Transportation: Grand Traverse Tours, Great Lakes Party Bus, Northern Michigan Trolley, Blue Lakes By The Bay, Bay to Bay Shuttle, Affordable Limo

Catering: The Boathouse, Catering by Kelly’s , Uptown Catering, Chef’s Pride, Grand Traverse Resort, Dawn Fresh Catering, Folgarelli's, Bayside Gatherings, Jewell Events Catering, Grandview Catering

Cakes & Desserts: Simply Sweet by Jessica, Top Tier Cakery, Sweet Tartlette, Bella e Dolce , Grand Traverse Pie Co. , Tom's Mom's Cookies, Aunt B's Cakes & Desserts

Donuts: Gallagher’s, Stan's Donuts

Videographers: Mandie Forbes

Photo Booth: Up North Photo Booth, Motion Booth

DJs or Bands: 2Bays DJs, Bugbee’s DJ Plus, Rusch Entertainment, Jump Start DJs, Soul Xpress, Blue Water Kings Band, Cage & Aquarium, Brena Band, Northern DJ Connection, Simone Vitale Band 

Bride attire: Allure Bridal, BHLDN, Antonio's Bridal, Juri by Enzoani, Nancy's Bridal, Barb's Bridal, The Gown Shop, Modern Trousseau, Bianka Bridal, Renee Austin

Groom attire: Livonia Tayloring, Men's Warehouse, Pierre’s, Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Generation Tux

Photo Assistance: Chelsey Granger, Lindsey Billings, Cathy Fitz, Josh Hartman, Hallie Kohler

Video Assistance: Sawyer Harris




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




Nothing was going to bother Leah and Shayne on their wedding day.  A little rain?  Who cares?  Move the wedding under the tent and guess what?!  It's going to be gorgeous.  The cloudy skies created slightly moody lighting, the tented ceremony was intimate and beautiful, the toasts were hilarious and the party was rockin'.  Above all else, Leah and Shayne were happy.  They were loving each moment and we were so honored to be there capturing it.  Cheers to Leah and Shayne!

Wedding Planning and Design: Sincerely, Ginger // Venue: The Inn at Bay Harbor // Hair and Make-up: Memorable Occasions // Floral Design: Bloom Floral Design // Officiant: Crystal Yarlott // Day-of Stationary: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy // Rentals: 307 Events, La Tavola, Monstrey Macdonald // Caterer: The Inn at Bay Harbor // Dessert: Tom's Mom's Cookies // Entertainment: Brena Band



Crisp fall air and doughnuts at the reception.  That's just a small taste of the magic that was Bethany and Jason's wedding.  We took engagement photos in the Spring with cherry blossoms and returned to Old Mission Peninsula last weekend for their wedding under the fall leaves.  So.  Great.


Venue: The Peninsula Room, Planning & Coordination: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events, Flowers: Sincerely, Ginger, Hair & Makeup: Brenda, OnSite Bridal, Transportation: Mackinaw Trolley Company, Catering: The Peninsula Room, Doughnuts: Potter's Bakery, DJ: Al Uryga, Mike Staff Productions, Bride: J Crew Bridal, Groom: Hugo Boss


The first touch of fall in the air.

Big Lake Michigan waves.

Wind, sun, and the occasional cloud.

A gorgeous couple.



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.


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:


Playing a little catch up here on the blog!  Rachel of Sincerely Ginger Weddings and Events asked me to photograph her summer intern dinner in Suttons Bay at 9 Bean Rows.  Fabulous ladies, amazing food, gorgeous night, so so fun.  If you are in need of a planner I would highly recommend Rachel.  If you would like to see Rachel's post about the evening, check it out here.