Traverse City Wedding Photography and Videography

AMELIA + CHRIS // SEPTEMBER WEDDING AT THE RIDGE AT VERTERRA // NORTHPORT, MICHIGAN

 

Wow, just wow, kinda sums up how I feel about this one you guys. This wedding was so thoughtful and personal. I wish I could truly express to you through this post how incredible their ceremony was, how filled with meaning each choice was for Amelia & Chris. It was also very apparent how dedicated their friends and family are - from the highly personalized ceremony that I just mentioned, to the absolutely stunning blue & white ceramics that were collected and borrowed over months and months and then carefully packaged, driven, arranged, and set up by close friends. It created a visually stunning backdrop for a wedding that was just overflowing with love and joy. I’m so happy for these two, I’m so thankful for their trust, and I can’t wait to share their full gallery with them because the party was epic. The dancing, oh the dancing. I just love this group. Cheers!

Venue: The Ridge at Verterra

Hair & Makeup: Pavlova Salon and Day Spa

Florist (personal and ceremony floral): Field of Flowers North

Reception decor (pottery and floral): Family friends

Additional rentals: 307 Events

Transportation: Mitchell Motorcoach and Blue Lakes by the Bay

Caterer: Catering by Kellys

Cake/Dessert: Grand Traverse Pie Co. 

DJ/Band: 2Bays DJs

 

SARAH + TRAVIS // A GORGEOUS LATE SUMMER WEDDING AT BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT

 

From my first meeting with Sarah and Travis, after their amazing Winter engagement session, and during our planning meetings, I’ve been truly looking forward to this wedding. Not only because I knew that it would be stunning (which of course it was), but because Sarah and Trav are just so dang fun to be around. Their sense of humor carried throughout the day whether it was dancing to Lizzo before the walk down the aisle or just their general playful and lighthearted way of being together with their friends and family. As you go through this preview you’ll see personality throughout - whether it’s visits from bumblebees (or bee decor), since Travis is a professional beekeeper - a quick pitstop to visit their beloved pup Stella before the reception - or the words spoken throughout the day that kept everyone dabbing their eyes. I am so unbelievably grateful that they chose me to document this day. Thanks you two - cheers!

Venue: Boyne Mountain Resort

Planning & Coordination: Fox & Fern Events

Hair & Makeup: Family & Friends

Florist: Sweetwater Floral

Rentals: Monstrey MacDonald

Transportation: Shuttle provided by Boyne + Northern Michigan Trolley

Caterer: Boyne Mountain Resort

Cake/Dessert: Simply Sweet By Jessica

DJ/Band: Blue Water Kings Band

Videographer: Bryan Dykema (family friend) 

Photography Assistant: Cathy Fitz

Bride’s attire: Grace Elizabeth Bridal

Groom’s attire: Captain’s Quarters

 

LAUREN + TRAVIS // A SUMMER WEDDING AT THE BAY HARBOR YACHT CLUB // PETOSKEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

If I’m being honest, wedding days are always a lot of work. They involve long hours of planning beforehand, long hours of photographing, and long hours of post production. But somehow this wedding just felt effortless. I’m serious. Everything just came together so well. The weather was gorgeous. Lauren & Travis were so happy together, and with their wedding party and families. The ceremony was personal. The ringbearer was happy and grumpy in the very best way. The yacht club provided a dreamy background, and the evening light was stunning. The toasts were meaningful and funny. The dessert bar was on point. The band rocked. All around - what a day! I’m so happy for these two and their families. Thanks for having us! It was truly a pleasure to document.

Planning & Coordination: Tableau Events

Prep Location: Inn at Bay Harbor

Venue: Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Hair & Makeup: Inn at Bay Harbor Spa

Florist: Bloom Floral Design

Rentals: BHYC & Tableau

Caterer: BHYC

Cake/Dessert: Bella e Dolce

Photo Assistance: Cathy Fitz

DJ/Band: Velocity

Bride’s attire: The Wedding Shoppe


 

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

 

LISA & GREG // A SUMMER WEDDING AT SONSHINE BARN IN GAYLORD MICHIGAN

 

It might rain on your wedding day, and if it does, I hope that you react with as much grace as Lisa and Greg did. Rain is not what anyone plans or hopes for, but it’s a lot like life. Things are thrown at you and you figure out how to make magical things happen anyway. You make the best of it - and let me tell you - Lisa and Greg truly made the best of it. I also don’t want the lasting memories of this day to be about the weather. Because this day was about SO MUCH MORE than the weather. The day was about this amazing couple. Their commitment to each other, and their friends and family who all gathered together in a beautiful barn to celebrate them. After the storm had passed, and they were officially married, they walked together into the fields on this beautiful property and took it all in. It was their best day ever. And I know for sure because at the end of the night after toasts and dancing and laughing, Lisa told me that it was. Cheers you guys!

Venue: Sonshine Barn Wedding & Event Center

Wedding Coordinator: Amber with Sonshine Barn

Hair & Makeup: M.O. Hair & Beauty

Florist: Flowers from TC farmers market.  Arrangements put together by Flowers by Evelyn.

Rentals: Sonshine Barn

Caterer: BJ’s Catering

Dessert: Strictly Sweets

DJ: Rusch Entertainment

Bride’s attire: Memories Bridal

Groom’s attire: Macy’s

 

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.