Suttons Bay

MEGAN & MIKE // SUTTONS BAY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // STARRY NIGHT BARN

 

Sun and friends and flowers and log cabins. Funny vows filled with personality. Cheers and cheez-its on the party bus. Bright blue water and making new friends during the stop at the marina. Whiskey and mules and apps and pink cupcakes. Cute kids who take playing on the swings and making s’mores very seriously. Golden light and belly laughs and groomsmen who change into “off duty” attire. Busting moves, playing air piano and guitar. Polka-ing with dad. Honoring grandpa with a shot of Canadian Mist at the end of the night. This is the list that popped into my head while thinking about Megan & Mike’s wedding. Sometimes words flow freely when I attempt to write about a wedding and then there are times where all of these little snippets come out instead. Pops of memories that we feel lucky enough to have captured. I just adore Megan & Mike and I hope they relive this amazing day with all of these little snippets too.

Venue: Starry Night Barn & Studios

Church: St. Michael’s, Suttons Bay

Wedding Planner/ Day of Coordinator: Nikki Kleinrichert at Dragonfly Event Designs

Make-up artist: Cara Gerstler (friend)

Hair Stylist: Cara Gerstler (friend)

Florist: Arrangements completed by Nikki Kleinrichert at Dragonfly Event Designs

Rentals: SNB and Monstrey MacDonald

Transportation: Blue Lakes by the Bay

Caterer: Catering by Kelly’s

Cake/Dessert: Melissa’s Edible Creations

DJ/Band: 2Bays DJs

Bride’s attire: White Arbor Bridal, Saline, MI

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

 

LINDSEY & BRAD // A JUNE WEDDING AT STARRY NIGHT BARN // SUTTONS BAY, MICHIGAN

 

We were on the lookout for rain - it was supposed to be cloudy all day and the showers kept moving all over the place on the weather apps. Instead, we ended up with some of the best golden light I’ve seen on a wedding day in quite a long time. It was spectacular. Not only that, but the cherry and apple orchards were in bloom. Starry Night Barn is just one of those places where it doesn’t matter which direction you turn, the views are all gorgeous. But let’s set all of that aside. Forget that for a moment, you’ll see it soon enough in these photos. The friendships, the emotions, Lindsey & Brad’s relationship. The jokes about cats and plants and road rage. The tears, the hugs, the high fives. The commitment. That’s why everyone came together on June 1st. And it just so happened to be an absolutely gorgeous day.

Venue: Starry Night Barn

Day of Coordinator: Dragonfly Events | Nikki Kleinrichert

Make-up artist: ALH Beauty | Aubrey Huyck  

Hair Stylist: Kelsey Martin  

Florist: 307 Events

Rentals: 307 Events

Transportation: The Magic Shuttle Bus

Caterer: Bayside Gatherings

Cake/Dessert: Bayside Gatherings

DJ/Band:  Lake Michigan DJs  

Bride’s Attire: The Wedding Shoppe (Berkley, MI)

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

 

SUMMER CAMPING WITH FRIENDS IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN // FROM THE ARCHIVES

 

If you are really, really, lucky you will have a couple friends who have been there for your whole life. Who you played power rangers with. Who you spent months with in the summer living out of your bathing suits and throwing fishing lines over the side of old pontoon boats. They grew up with you and witnessed your adolescent shenanigans and still love you. They aggressively rooted for college sports with you. And then when everyone had graduated from college and moved onto other adventures, and moved long distances, there was always that phone call, that random text, that email, just checking in. I’m so so grateful to have a couple of these people in my life, and now we’re all “grown up” and either married or about to be married.

Even though we don’t always see each other as much as we might like, when we are together it’s pretty special. Last Summer we found one weekend that worked for all of our schedules. We went camping and made meals over the fire. We passed around bottles of beer and bubbly. We ate snacks on the beach and fell asleep in the sand. I almost got hit in the face with a frisbee - instead I ended up with a welt on my collarbone. We all laughed so hard we cried. We took a kayak out into Lake Michigan and the early Summer water was crystal clear. We watched the sunset and then made our way back to the fire. The best part? We were unplugged. If you only have a couple days out of the year to spend uninterrupted with some of your favorite people, I highly, highly, recommend doing something like this. Find a place where your phones don’t work - it will be great.

 

2018 WEDDING PORTRAIT HIGHLIGHTS // NORTHERN MICHIGAN & MIDWEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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

 

BEHIND THE SCENES IN 2018 // OUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY WORK

 

2018. What a year! I’ve been working on curating some highlight posts from our 2018 wedding season. Stay tuned for some of our top fave candid moments, portraits, and detail photos of the year! In the meantime, I also decided to sort all of the photos of us (or our assistants!) that I set aside while culling wedding images. As I look through these - and a few definitely made me laugh out loud when I found them - it really captures how much fun we have doing this work. That even after hours and hours of work we feed off of the energy of weddings. In this post you’ll have the chance to see me shooting the styling skillz of the ELD planning team, wiping up the dance floor with Sincerely Ginger Weddings, adjusting a bride’s hair or veil or dress, and would ya just take a look at Michael’s squat form?! You’ll see the fine fashion stylings of our amazing photo friend, Chelsey, who grabbed her jacket for a drizzly day only to realize that she now had on competing and very dramatic floral prints. You’ll see a lot of crazy faces, our video assistant (Sawyer!) doing his best boy band pose, and tons of shots of me wildly gesticulating and pointing as I direct clients. There was also the morning that Michael had to hug all of the dresses as they hung from Starry Night Barn while waiting for the wind to die down! If you have the dedication to keep scrolling, you’ll even get a chance to see the time my mom photobombed my test shot of Michael at the one wedding we photographed this year where my parents were guests :) At the end of the day, I’m filled with warm fuzzies when I go through these. 2018 clients, we love you all. With deep sincerity - Thank you.

P.S. Most of these are shots to test lighting. So when you see Michael at your head table or standing behind your cake, he wasn’t doing it “just because”. He was there to make sure my lighting was correct - except he can’t seem to take a serious picture to save his life, so in most of them he is doing something weird or cheesin’ super hard.

P.S.S. Huge thank you to Chelsey, Hallie, Josh, Lindsey & Cathy for taking some of these pics!

 

STEF & JESS // FALL WEDDING AT CICCONE VINEYARDS // SUTTONS BAY, MI

 

I’ll never get over this wedding. What an amazing day. We can’t imagine a more amazing way to wrap up our 2018 wedding season! The weather was something else - I don’t want to make this entire post about the weather, so let’s just get that out of the way first. We had rain that turned into snow. Yes, snow. We had fall colors and bitter temperatures. We had crazy wind. The sun came out like a blinding force and then hid again behind the clouds. For a couple of minutes there was a neon pink sunset that quickly left us and turned into a blizzard and a dusting of snow that actually stuck to the ground. So yes, it was a pretty unbelievable day weather-wise. But Jess and Stef handled it with humor - they laughed it off and even embraced it. I have to say, their ceremony in the barn turned into a warm and cozy intimate gathering as a result. Their vows were just filled to the brim with appreciation for each other, with emotion, with love. Their pup, Champ, made an appearance. Their Fall decor, and floral, and hand lettering, and desserts were on point. At the end of Stef’s dance with her dad, she brought her mom in. At the end of Jess’s dance with her dad, she brought out mitts for some catch. Everything was incredibly special and personal. I could go on and on, but I’ll let you check out the preview instead. Stef & Jess - thank you and congratulations!!

Venue: Ciccone Vineyard // Hair & Makeup: Simplicity Hair & Makeup Studio // Floral Design: Field of Flowers North // Calligraphy & Signage: Pop Fizz Klink // Transportation: Grand Traverse Tours // Catering: Uptown Catering // Cake: Top Tier Cakery // DJ: 2Bays DJs // Attire & accessories: David’s Bridal, Bombshell Bridal Boutique, Nike

 

LAURA & ZACK // MICHIGAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // STARRY NIGHT BARN, SUTTONS BAY

 

Fall is pure magic. When the hills behind your ceremony site are every single shade of orange, and yellow, and red, well that’s the stuff dreams are made of. Laura & Zack have been so fun to work with. We were able to include their dogs in their Fall engagement session last year, and ever since meeting them I have been truly looking forward to this day. P.S. When you have a separate vodka bar covered in the Polish flag, hard candies, and old family photographs you’re definitely speaking my language. As October comes to a close, I have just sincerely been filled with so much gratitude. Not only for these two amazing people, but for all of the couples who have trusted us this year. I can confidently say that I am so grateful to be a part of each and every wedding we document. Sometimes I’m still completely blown away by that honor. Cheers to Zack & Laura - Na Zdrowie!

Venue: Starry Night Barn & Studios // Hair & Makeup: Signature Salon TC // Bouquet/Floral: Sweetwater Floral // Drapery: Sweet Seat Chair Covers // Catering: Uptown Catering // Cake: Top Tier Cakery // Donuts: Gallagher’s // Videographer: Mandie Forbes // DJ: Rusch Entertainment // Bride attire: Allure Bridal // Groom attire: Livonia Tayloring

 

CLAIRE & JAKE // OCTOBER WEDDING AT STARRY NIGHT BARN // SUTTONS BAY

 

The Lammers family has truly welcomed us into their lives over the past year and a half - we’ve had the honor of photographing the weddings of three sisters: Emily, Anna, and now Claire. We can’t speak highly enough about this family. We recognized so many faces at this wedding that at the end of the night I felt like we were hugging half of the guests goodbye. Now - Claire & Jake. What a special relationship they have. It was so apparent from the first look, to the moment they realized they had both gifted each other Shinola watches, to the walk down the aisle, to the ceremony, to the way they interacted with their family and friends. All of it was special and genuine and sincere. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to document this day… I could go on and on. Instead I’ll just let you get to the preview. Cheers to Claire & Jake!

Venue: Starry Night Barn & Studios // Hair & Makeup: M Salon // Flowers: Hooper Farm & Gardens // Catering: Chef’s Pride // Dessert: Family & the bride’s Aunt Carol // Band: Soul Xpress // Bride’s attire: BHLDN

 

MARYSSA & COLIN // ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // SUTTONS BAY, MI

 

Maryssa & Colin’s engagement session was a perfect little tour of the Suttons Bay area. We strolled through the vines and drank wine. We sampled cider and checked out all of the large crates of apples early Fall is delivering. We headed to the beach, enjoyed the breeze and the evening light. They personalized the locations so that it would truly feel like a session about them and for them. I had a great time you two and can’t wait for the big day!

 

CHELSEA & JORIS // FALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AT BRENGMAN BROTHERS WINERY // TRAVERSE CITY

 

Chelsea and Joris met in an airport.  It truly sounds like the plot line from a movie.  He's from the Netherlands and she's from the mitten.  They've had to endure a lot of time away from each other - and coming from someone who lives and works with her husband almost 24/7, I can't imagine how difficult that must be.  So you could basically feel the happiness radiating off of them on their wedding day.  Not only about the fact that they would be getting married, but that they would no longer be living on SEPARATE CONTINENTS!  It has truly been a pleasure to get to know these two.  I couldn't be more honored that they chose us to document their wedding day.  Oh, and P.S. it took place at one of our favorite spots - Brengman Brothers :)  Cheers to Chelsea & Joris!

Venue: Brengman Brothers Winery, Hair & Makeup: M Salon, Florist: Petal and Forrest, Rentals: Chair Happy, Caterer: Grandview Catering, Cake & Dessert: Le Bon Macaron (Chelsea's family's business!), Bride's Dress: BHLDN

 

CHELSEA & JORIS // LEELANAU COUNTY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Here is visual proof that Leelanau County is a magical wonderland filled with birch trees, apple orchards, blue water and perfect little pockets of sunbeams.  I had such a great time with Chelsea and Joris during this session!  We grabbed cider at Tandem and then headed to Fishtown and the beach in Leland.  I'm so excited that I get to see these two again in just two short weeks for their wedding!!

 

STEPHANIE & JAKE // TRAVERSE CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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

 

BLAIRE & ANDREW // SUTTONS BAY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // CICCONE VINEYARD

WHAT. A. WEDDING.  We had so much fun with these beautiful people.  Blaire and Andrew grew up on the same street, but didn't really get to know each other until college.  Their shared history created a close bond between their families that was apparent throughout the entire day.  The energy and joy was contagious.  And there were more than a couple extremely talented and entertaining dancers in this group ;)  Cheers to Blaire & Andrew!

 
 

Prep Location: Hotel Indigo, Church: St. Mary's Lake Leelanau, Venue: Ciccone Vineyard, Makeup & Hair: Memorable Occasions, Floral Design: Field of Flowers, Catering: Chef's Pride, DJ: 2 Bays DJs, Videography: Leap Weddings, Transportation: Blue Lakes by the Bay & Celtic Shuttles & Tours, Dessert: Cake Connections TC & Moomers, Bride Attire: Bella Sposa, Groom Attire: Nordstrom

ERICA & JASON // WEDDING VIDEO // TRAVERSE CITY, MI.

We are so excited to share this video with you!  This was one fantastic day, and I will let the video speak for itself.

 
 

Thanks!  Hair & Makeup: Pavlova  Ceremony & Reception: Brengman Brothers Winery  Video Assistant: Shannon Kohlitz  Photography Assistant: Rayan Anastor

SGW INTERN DINNER // SUTTONS BAY, MI

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.