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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

 

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.  

 
 

Prep venue: Private residence Ceremony & Reception: Rancho Nicasio  Planning/Coordination: RSVP Events  Make Up: Sophia Coyne - Painted Ladies  Hair: Celeste Bonfiglio (Nina's Mom!)  Florist: Karen Rossi  Videography: Sean Desmond  Caterer: Rancho Nicasio  Dessert: Fat Angel  Music: Mariachi and DJ Haan Solo