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CHELSEA & SCOTT // AN INTIMATE WINERY WEDDING AT AURORA CELLARS // LEELANAU WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Imagine an intimate wedding in Italy.  A winery tucked among the hills and fields.  A day so warm the bride has to dip her feet in the water.  An uncomplicated ceremony.  Friends and family laughing, eating delicious small bites, drinking wine.  Dozens of adorable babies giggling and toddlers running around playing.  Tables simply set with lace runners, candles and red roses.  Tiramisu for dessert.  Golden light hitting the grape vines.

That was Chelsea and Scott's wedding.  Minus one small detail: the location.  Surprise, surprise we weren't in Italy last weekend, but the vibe was on point.  Cheers you two!  What a day!

Venue: Aurora Cellars // Hair & Makeup: Brittany, Elegant Bridal Designs // Florist: Omena Cut Flowers // Transportation: Grand Traverse Tours // Catering & Dessert: Folgarelli's // Thanks Cathy Fitz for the photo assistance!

 

BREANNA & LUCAS // SUMMER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY AT BROWN BRIDGE QUIET AREA // TRAVERSE CITY

 

Everything was green.  The air was hot and humid.  One cloud rolled in with a bit of rain in an otherwise blue sky day, leaving the foliage dewey with raindrops.  This session just screamed "SUMMER!!!" and when you live in a place with four dramatic seasons, you just have to embrace the heat.  Soon enough it will be cold and snow will cover this landscape, so for now enjoy this moment.  Breanna and Lucas wanted a wooded setting with great Northern Michigan vibes for their engagement session.  I'm so happy that I get to explore my favorite places with outdoor-loving couples for a living.  What a dream.

 

CHANELLE & MIKE // CHARLEVOIX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // SHANAHAN'S BARN

Big family - check.  Big wedding party - check.  Big barn - check.  That list translates into one big, rockin' party to kick off Chanelle and Mike's married life together.  Heartfelt and handmade decorations could be found everywhere, a great band was playing, and to top it all off, their beautiful baby girl was able to take part in the celebration.  Cheers!

 
 

Venue: Shanahan's Barn, Hair: Carly Herold, Florist: A.R. Pontius, Catering: A Matter of Taste, Cake: Johan's Bakery, DJ: Frank Hudson, Acoustic Guitar: Jerry Sprague, Band: Phil Dirt & The Dozers, Bride's Attire: Mira Couture, Groom's Attire: Jos A Bank 

NORA & KALIN // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW // BRENGMAN BROTHERS WINERY

A mix of woodland and vintage vibes with good design at a Northern Michigan winery makes for a pretty special wedding.  Then you add a bride who suggests catching and picking up a toad while taking photos in the woods.  There really aren't words for this... it's just awesome.  Cheers to Nora & Kalin.  It doesn't get much better.

 
 

Venue: Brengman Brothers Winery, Hair & Make Up: Pavlova Salon & Spa, Flowers: Hooper's Farm Gardens & DIY, Catering: Graystone, Dessert: Leelanau Pie & Pastry, Bride's attire: BHLDN, Groom's Attire: Bonobos

CLAIRE & GARRETT // TRAVERSE CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // THE PENINSULA ROOM // PREVIEW

I don't think Michael and I have ever laughed as much on a wedding day as we did with Claire and Garrett.  Their wedding weekend mantra was simply about having fun with their guests and truly enjoying the experience.  They wanted to eat great food, drink great wine and whiskey, and spend as much time with their friends and family as possible.  It was mission accomplished for these two awesome humans.  Somehow the combination of completely boisterous and unbelievably elegant morphed into a truly beautiful day that left us grinning from ear to ear.  As an example of this, Claire gave me explicit permission to share that the two of them let out a couple of farts during their evening portrait session which, in my opinion, resulted in some of the most magically genuine moments I have captured in a long time.  Like I said - hysterical laughter all around.  When you combine that energy with an amazing venue, phenomenal flowers, and the work of Rachel and her team to keep everything on point, Claire and Garrett's wedding really was over the top.

 
 

Planning, Design & Coordination: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events, Floral Design: Bloom, Band: Paul VornHagen Quartet, Venue: The Peninsula Room, Dessert: Grand Traverse Pie Company, Bride: Maggie Sottero, Groom: Blacktux.com

MICHAEL & LAUREN // CHARLEVOIX ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // PREVIEW

I met up with Michael and Lauren for their engagement session in the village of Norwood - just south of Charlevoix.  Norwood is where Lauren grew up and her parents and grandparents still live there.  While waiting for the sun to set a bit more before heading to the beach, we actually stopped at her grandparents' amazing and historic home.  The house was built in the 1860's and when I showed interest, her grandmother was more than happy to take me on a little home and garden tour - seriously my job is the best, and it is definitely never boring.  I love old homes and I love photographing people in places that have such great nostalgia and sentimental value.  Michael and Lauren are seriously sweethearts - it was truly a pleasure to take these shots!  And, for the first time, I have a grandmother making an appearance in an engagement session blog post.  Love. Love. Love.