Wedding Photography

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.

 

2018 WEDDING DETAIL HIGHLIGHTS // REAL WEDDINGS FROM MICHIGAN AND THE MIDWEST

 

Whether it’s a platter filled with delicious grilled sausages, or your custom designed wedding bands, there will be little details that help tell the story of your wedding day. They give us a sense of place. They bring us back to the specific time of year, to the specific location. They help round out how it felt to be there.

In 20 years some of these small aspects of your day might fade in your memory, but the photos keep them alive. You chose amazing vendors to work with. You picked stationary, and flowers, and linens, and desserts that captured your taste at this time in your life. Or maybe you didn’t do any of those things. Maybe you picked up a sheet cake and got married at City Hall. I don’t care how large or small your wedding is, or how much money and time you spent on decor. There are still detail photos to be captured no matter what. That’s why I try to pay attention to them. Here are some that really stood out to me this 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

 

ALEX & DAN // SEPTEMBER WEDDING AT SHANAHAN'S BARN // CHARLEVOIX, MI

 

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

 

MORGAN & NATHAN // STARRY NIGHT BARN & STUDIOS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Starry Night Barn & Studios is a fantastic new venue in Leelanau County and I can't imagine a better couple to introduce us to the space than Morgan & Nathan.  From the beginning of the morning in cute little cottages, to the ceremony under an enormous willow tree, to the the evening spent under twinkle lights in the barn - everything was certainly picturesque.  But the very best part was definitely this fantastic couple with their amazingly kind personalities and big laughs.  Cheers to Morgan & Nathan!

Venue: Starry Night Barn & Studios, Wedding Planning/Day of Coordination: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events, Makeup & Hair: Memorable Occasions, Florist: Stems & Sprigs, Rentals & Decor: Monstrey MacDonald & 307 Events, Caterer: Catering by Kelly's, DJ: Mr. Music, Photo & Video help from these great peeps!: Hallie Kohler & Sawyer Harris.

 

KATE & JUDSON // CRYSTAL LAKE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

I still can't get over the spectacular views from this past Saturday, and thankfully Kate and Judson wanted to take advantage of all of them.  They adventurously made their way through knee high brush, dune grass, and sand to capture the photos below.  They had huge smiles on their faces the entire time with an excited wedding party right there with them.  We're so lucky to have clients like these guys.  Cheers to Kate & Judson!

Prep Venue: Rental Home, Ceremony & Reception: Crystal Lake Golf Club, Hair & Makeup: Up North Perfection, Florist: Victoria's Floral Design, Transportation: By The Bay Transportation, Videography: Wild Love, Officiant: Amazing Day Weddings, DJ: Mr. Music, Photo Booth: Up North Photo Booth, Caterer: Pigs Eatin' Ribs.

 

PUBLISHED IN MYNORTH WEDDING MAGAZINE 2016 // JULIE & DANI

Happy New Year!  We took a couple weeks off around the holidays and New Years which was absolutely fantastic.  We traveled to Santa Fe and Boulder so we have some fun photos to share from our trip in the coming weeks as well.  But I am so excited to share the 2016 issue of MyNorth Wedding Magazine which features Julie & Dani's wedding from this past summer!  This was such a fun day and it feels amazing to see it in a print publication alongside other amazing Northern Michigan weddings & vendors.  Hooray!

 
 

To see a list of the amazing vendors who were a part of Julie & Dani's wedding, go to the end of this blog post.  Cover photo of 2016 MyNorth Wedding by Jesse David Green.

BETHANY & JASON // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW // TRAVERSE CITY, MI

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

NINA & JOXE FEATURED ON HERE COMES THE GUIDE

Nina & Joxe's wedding at Rancho Nicasio has now been featured on Here Comes the Guide!    Click here for the feature.  Yay!

 
 

NINA & JOXE // FEATURED WEDDING // NICASIO, CA

Yesterday, I spent some time looking back through our 2014 weddings in order to update the slideshow on our wedding portfolio home page.  I'm so glad that I did, because it made me so proud of the imagery that we created this year and it made me feel happy and oh so thankful that we get to do what we do.  I'm not going to pretend that a full season of weddings every weekend with travel and non-stop editing doesn't tire me out, but looking through some of last season's highlights was truly rejuvenating.  I'm also not embarrassed to tell you that last night I sat on the couch with a glass of wine watching the slideshow on our own website scroll on repeat... and maybe I was listening to some Etta James.  Although I am NOT an advocate of music embedded in websites, if you happen to listen to this while watching you might just pick up some good vibes too.

And if that's not enough, I also curated a set of images from Nina & Joxe's wedding to appear as a featured wedding on our site.  Their Rancho Nicasio wedding this past July was one for the books.  With a blend of Italian, Mexican and Basque culture, a bilingual ceremony, colorful decor in the Northern California hills, and two of the most gorgeous people inside and out, it was truly a hard day to beat.