rustic wedding


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


This is going to be a long post.  Not because this wedding is incredibly elaborate - just the opposite in fact.  This was easily one of the most relaxed weddings of my year, but it was perfectly simple in all the best ways.  I couldn't have kicked off my 2013 wedding season with a more fantastic couple.  Julie and John decided to have a low-key ceremony and reception at a unique location close to their hearts: the Matabanic Lodge, which John's family owns, right along the banks of the AuSable River.  With their closest friends and family in attendance, and their three black labs, they celebrated their wedding over the course of a week.  Everyone was able to stay on the property and enjoy the river and gorgeous surrounding forest.  

I'm so glad I was able to document the evening of their rehearsal dinner as well - since it really shows just how tight knit this group is.  Take a look:


The next day, on a wooden bridge crossing the river, Julie and John said their vows.  Julie and her father took a canoe down the river to the ceremony, the couple's 3 dogs followed them everywhere, and a local bluegrass band played into the night.  It doesn't get much better.

I decided to make their wedding a featured wedding in our portfolio.  You can view images from the wedding here.

*As a side note, you may notice a number of changes throughout our site.  We have restructured the site and made a number of changes.  Hopefully everything will be clear and comprehensive - and I am looking forward to blogging more in 2014!



I am so behind in blogging!  Yikes!  Not only do I have a fabulous engagement session coming up, but I also have an oyster harvest, trip to Yosemite, Tahoe weekend, sailing regatta, and an amazing restaurant shoot to share.  Stay tuned!  For now, here are a couple sneak peek images from a truly touching, family centered, Northern Michigan, rustic, AuSable River wedding.