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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

 

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

 

AUTUMN & FAMILY // ANN ARBOR FAMILY PORTRAITS

 

Briana and Bob have adopted two adorable children, Korben and Autumn, from China.  I first met Korben a few years ago now, and at the end of September they were able to make the trip to bring Autumn home.  As they are adjusting to life as a family of four, it seemed like a perfect time to document them together.  I think the happiness is pretty contagious.

 

MARY & BRICE // A FALL WEDDING IN NEW ENGLAND

 

A year ago Mary reached out to me and asked if we ever travelled for work.  She was planning her wedding in the Boston area and wanted us to be the ones to document it.  I was - and still am - so moved by this.  Mary and I both grew up in Ann Arbor and probably hadn't seen each other in 10 years.  So every time we would have a planning phone call or video chat it was so fun to reconnect and inevitably the planning part would divert into conversations about life and pets and career changes.  It was great.  The day finally arrived and the joy that Mary and Brice shared was just glowing from both of them.  It was so fun to be in a completely new environment too.  I'm pretty sure I was saying stupid things like "It's so New England-y here" the entire weekend.  To top everything off they had an absolutely ROCKING band that crushed this song at the bride and groom's request.  Mary & Brice, you guys are the best.  Cheers!

Church: St. Rosa of Lima, Venue: The Commons 1854, Coordinator: Johanna Pechilis, Hair & Makeup: To Make Beautiful, Florist: Flowers by Annette, Transportation: Black Tie Limousine & The Original Party Trolley, Caterer: The Commons 1854, Cake: Cakes for Occasions, Band: Business Time, Bride's Attire: Mimi's Bridal Boutique, Allure Bridal, Alterations: Pins & Needles, Groom's Attire: Tom James custom tux.

 

PAIGE & MIKE // PETOSKEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

PAIGE & MIKE // PETOSKEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Paige and Mike's wedding was packed with personal touches from the beginning to the end.  They got ready (on different floors) of their house in Petoskey, took photos with their two pups, created their decor themselves, and even had family and friends cater the reception in the form of grilled burgers and brats with yummy sides and homemade pies!  It was truly the type of wedding where community comes together and welcomes a couple to married life.  WE LOVE THAT.  What a special event to be a part of - and to top it all off - we hit an amazing late fall day with no shortage of fall color.  Cheers to Paige & Mike!

MADDY & MICHAEL // ANN ARBOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

MADDY & MICHAEL // ANN ARBOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

These two are clearly inseparable.  From the minute they saw each other they could not stop chatting and laughing... and not only that, they were saying things like 'I hated being away from you this morning' and 'We're finally getting married!!!" and Michael kept repeating how beautiful Maddy looked... That blend of excitement and sheer happiness is what I hope everyone gets to experience on their wedding day.  They also have an AMAZING group of friends (I have to give a shout out to Kirsten and Dan now - who at this point have referred some of the most fun, loving, and amazing couples to us including these two).  Oh, and if you're wondering why there is a picture of Michael holding a croquet mallet, that is because on the morning of his wedding he played a childhood game invented with neighborhood friends that resembles a cross of soccer and field hockey, using the mallets.  We loved EVERYTHING about this personal, emotional, beautiful day - Cheers to Maddy & Michael!

HANNAH & DAN // CHARLEVOIX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // SHANAHAN'S BARN

Oh, Hannah & Dan... the way they look at each other just makes me smile.  The genuine joy and happiness surrounding them and their friends and family made me feel warm & fuzzy all day - even though the weather didn't exactly match.  There was a brisk wind for most of the day, but the light was absolutely gorgeous AND the evening ended with a ridiculous neon-colored sunset (I actually pulled them out of their reception by saying "You guys, the sky is exploding!").  Hannah and I went to high school together, so it was truly awesome to reconnect and witness the beginning of her marriage.  It was such a special day.  **sigh**

Cheers to Hannah & Dan!

 
 

Venue: Shanahan's Barn // Wedding Planner & Coordination: Every Little Detail // Hair & Makeup: Memorable Occasions // Florist: A.R. Pontius Flower Shop // Transportation: Blue Lakes by the Bay // Caterer: Catering by Kelly's // Dessert: Grand Traverse Pie Co. // Decor: Sweet Themes // Band: Huckleberry Groove // Bride's Attire: BHLDN & Frye // Groom's Attire: J Crew

MELISSA & ANDREW // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW // BIRMINGHAM, MI

Late fall is beautiful and unpredictable.  It can be cold, rainy, and eerie.  But that can also make for a dramatic and unique setting for a wedding, especially for Melissa and Andrew, who chose Halloween.  We absolutely loved it.  Cheers to these two for embracing the nontraditional!

 
 
 
 

Venue: The Community House, Birmingham, Additional Portrait Location: E.L. Johnson Nature Center, Florist: Ever Ours Events, Makeup: Crystal Drake, Catering: Two Unique Caterers and Events, DJ: Mike Dutkewych of Soul Deep, Bride Attire: Catherine Deane, Groom Attire: Menguin "Roma" Tux