Traverse City Wedding Photography

ALLISON & RAY // A JULY WEDDING ON HIGGINS LAKE // ROSCOMMON, MICHIGAN

 

On a Tuesday in July, Allison & Ray tied the knot. They stood on top of a friend’s boathouse overlooking Higgins Lake and read vows and exchanged rings. And laughed. And cried. They made Ray’s daughter, Eleanor, a critical part of their day. They danced and joked together. They remembered Ray’s dad in a powerful way by placing his flag and portrait on the front row of ceremony chairs. Friends surprised them and decorated the van with “just married” chalk paint and streamers. They drank and danced the night away. I’ve been trying to write about this day and coming up short. I haven’t been able to find the right words, but I keep coming back to this: This day felt real. This was truly Allison & Ray’s wedding. It’s hard to explain. There is no way this wedding could have been for anyone else. It was 100% them. It was filled with their personality and I am filled with gratitude because I had the opportunity to tell this story. Cheers!

 

SUE & JURIS // AN INTIMATE WEDDING WITH FAMILY AT ROCKY TOP FARMS & LAKE SKEGEMOG

 

A small wedding with a beautiful, happy, family on a Tuesday at Rocky Top Farms? With orchard and lake views and amazing farm-to-table food from Epicure? Yes please, sign me up! Sue & Juris were absolutely wonderful to work with, as were their children and grand children. This group was all smiles and hugs and cheers and I feel very privileged to have been invited to document it. Congratulations Sue & Juris!

Ceremony Venue: Rocky Top Farms

Reception Venue: Private Residence, Lake Skegemog

Planning & Coordination: Fox & Fern Events, Kelsey

Officiant: Heidi of Rocky Top Farms

Florist: Sweetwater Floral

Rentals: 307 Events

Appetizers at Ceremony Site: Folgarelli’s

Catering: Epicure Catering

 

HOLLY & COLLIN // A SUMMER WEDDING AT BLUE BRIDGE EVENTS CENTER

 

I don’t know if there could be a better way to kick off the 4th of July week than Holly & Collin’s wedding. With beautiful Summer weather and a setting under the vines, Holly’s brother officiated their meaningful and personal ceremony. The vibe at Blue Bridge felt like a backyard garden party that moved inside and just kept going on the dance floor. These two had so much fun together and surrounded by their closest friends and family, the laughs, jokes, and goofy faces kept coming all day. It was so special to be a part of - cheers to Holly & Collin!

Venue: BlueBridge

Wedding Coordinator: Angie Gardner at BlueBridge

Hair & Makeup: M.O. On Location

Florist: BlueBridge

Rentals: BlueBridge

Transportation: Magic Shuttle Bus

Caterer: Grandview Catering

Cake/Dessert: Aunt B's Cakes & Desserts

DJ/Band: BlueBridge DJ - Shawn

Bride’s attire: Diana’s bridal

Groom’s attire: Tommy Hilfiger


 

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

 

BRITTANY & HUNTER // SUMMER ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN DOW GARDENS // MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

I had never been to Dow Gardens before this session - and wow what a gem! Brittany and Hunter asked me to come to the gardens because it was where Hunter proposed and in the town where they will begin their married life together. On top of the beautiful grounds and gorgeous light, these two are the sweetest. This entire session literally felt like a “walk in the park” ;) Carefree, enjoying the warmer weather, the greenery, taking a break from work and study groups and a recent move to enjoy just being together. Cheers to Brittany & Hunter, I can’t wait for the wedding!

 

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

 

BREANNA & LUCAS // SPRING WEDDING AT THE HOMESTEAD // GLEN ARBOR, MI

 

We kicked off our 2019 wedding season in such a wonderful way with Breanna and Lucas. It never ceases to amaze me that clients open their lives to us with so much sincerity and generosity. It is truly a privilege to do this work. Breanna and Lucas are high school sweethearts! Each of them are also the youngest sibling in their family. With all of the other siblings already being married, there was such a palpable emotion from the families. It was truly sweet to witness. The rain held off, and with a bit of misty weather coming in and out, Bre and Lucas were able to say their vows at the top of the chairlift at The Homestead with gorgeous Lake Michigan views. The whole day was full of big smiles and the laughter only continued with a great party and some truly memorable dance performances ;) Cheers to Breanna & Lucas!

Venue: The Homestead, Hair Stylist: Amanda McFarland, Officiant: Crystal Yarlott, Florist: Field of Flowers North, Cake: Top Tier Cakery, DJ: Double Trouble DJ’s, Bride’s attire: Piera’s Bridal, Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

 

2018 CANDID WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS // DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN MICHIGAN AND THE MIDWEST

 

We’ve made it to part three of my 2018 highlight series and let me just say - the candids are what really spark joy for me (anyone else out there binging the new Marie Kondo series on Netflix?!). The unplanned moments, the dynamic emotions, the chance to capture fleeting things that can’t be recreated.

This is why I’m a wedding photographer. This is what keeps me motivated season after season. It was always what drew me to weddings, and it continues to inspire and challenge me today.

If the last few years have taught me anything, it’s that even if you try as hard as you can to plan every aspect of your life… you simply can’t. Shitty, deeply tragic, things happen. AMAZING things happen. So when you can feel happiness and joy, feel it deeply. Set that time aside to celebrate. Sing loudly, laugh with your favorite people, and DANCE.

This is a long post, but I promise you it’s worth it for a lot of reasons, but definitely the dancing. Stay for the dancing.