MEGAN + JUSTIN // FALL WEDDING IN TRAVERSE CITY // VISIONS AT CENTERPOINTE

 

Megan did her makeup and her mom’s makeup in the hair salon. She wore sparkly pink Keds. She wanted to use the cake topper that had been used in her family for generations. She couldn’t wait to see Justin. And Justin’s first reaction to seeing Megan? Holy adorable. This day was just so sweet. So sincere. So special. I’ll let the images tell you the rest. Thank you so much for trusting us to capture the magic. Congratulations!

Venue: Visions at Centerpointe

Hair Stylist: Epiphany Salon & Spa

Florist: Flower Station

Caterer: Visions at Centerpointe

Cake & Caramel Apple Bar: Sweet Tartlette

DJ/Band: DJ Ray with Visions at Centerpointe

Megan’s attire: Wedding dress and veil from Barb’s Bridal

Justin’s attire: Tuxedo suit, shirt, socks, shoes, bowtie - Men’s Wearhouse


 

MARYSSA + COLIN // LATE SEPTEMBER WEDDING AT STARRY NIGHT BARN // SUTTONS BAY, MICHIGAN

 

What a day. As the weather has shifted decidedly towards Fall, those crisp sunny days are some of my absolute favorites and that’s exactly what Colin and Maryssa got on their wedding day. The subtle change in tree color, the quality of light changing earlier in the evening, the warmth standing in the sun, but the chill in the shadows. All of these elements coming together set the stage for this wedding. Maryssa and Colin put so much thought into each detail from handmade vow booklets, to handmade pie, and it showed. Not only in those details, but in the words that were spoken last Saturday. We witnessed lots of watery eyes during the ceremony. Lots of laughter playing lawn games, and listening to toasts. And of course the pure joy and love between M&C. What a great celebration - it was such a privilege to be a part of! #weirbettertogether

Venue & Draping: Starry Night Barn & Studios

Day of Coordinator: Dragonfly Events, Nikki Kleinrichert 

Florist: Dragonfly Events (Nikki)

Hair & Make-up: M.O. On Location

Rentals: 307 Events & Tents

Caterer: Catering By Kelly's

Cake/Dessert: Wedding Pie homemade by the bride & dessert buffet from Catering by Kelly’s 

DJ/Band: Lake Michigan DJs

Photo Assistance: Kayla Sullivan

Videography: Us! Assistance by Alex Buksdorf

Bride’s attire: The Wedding Shoppe

Groom’s attire: Men's Wearhouse & Joseph A. Bank

 

JILL + JOHN // A CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RESORT WEDDING ON THE FIRST DAY OF FALL

 

Jill began her day by getting ready at her family’s custom log home near Crystal Mountain, so for the first time in my career I had the opportunity to hang a wedding dress from the beak of a hand carved wooden eagle. The day only got better from there. Having met in Marquette and now living in Colorado, John & Jill were a perfect couple to approach their wedding day with adventure. Despite dodging rain and fitting the ceremony and portraits in between passing storm clouds, I don’t think the smiles left their faces. We laughed as we hiked down the stairs for bridal portraits, we laughed as the unity candle needed serious shielding from the gusting wind, we laughed as we snapped some quick portraits at the top of the lift before the rain drops came down harder, we laughed as we made our way back to the reception - after Jill had kicked off her shoes. It was such a joy-filled day and Michael and I had an absolute blast capturing it. Thanks for trusting us. P.S. If anyone has a better cake-topper this year I can’t wait to see it ;)

Venue: Crystal Mountain Resort

Make-up artist/Hair Stylist: Family and close friend

Florist: Lisa Launter @ Blossom Shop TC

Caterer: Crystal Mountain

Cake/Dessert: Sheri Keech @ Cake Connection

DJ: Double Trouble DJs

 

AMELIA + CHRIS // SEPTEMBER WEDDING AT THE RIDGE AT VERTERRA // NORTHPORT, MICHIGAN

 

Wow, just wow, kinda sums up how I feel about this one you guys. This wedding was so thoughtful and personal. I wish I could truly express to you through this post how incredible their ceremony was, how filled with meaning each choice was for Amelia & Chris. It was also very apparent how dedicated their friends and family are - from the highly personalized ceremony that I just mentioned, to the absolutely stunning blue & white ceramics that were collected and borrowed over months and months and then carefully packaged, driven, arranged, and set up by close friends. It created a visually stunning backdrop for a wedding that was just overflowing with love and joy. I’m so happy for these two, I’m so thankful for their trust, and I can’t wait to share their full gallery with them because the party was epic. The dancing, oh the dancing. I just love this group. Cheers!

Venue: The Ridge at Verterra

Hair & Makeup: Pavlova Salon and Day Spa

Florist (personal and ceremony floral): Field of Flowers North

Reception decor (pottery and floral): Family friends

Additional rentals: 307 Events

Transportation: Mitchell Motorcoach and Blue Lakes by the Bay

Caterer: Catering by Kellys

Cake/Dessert: Grand Traverse Pie Co. 

DJ/Band: 2Bays DJs

 

SARAH + TRAVIS // A GORGEOUS LATE SUMMER WEDDING AT BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT

 

From my first meeting with Sarah and Travis, after their amazing Winter engagement session, and during our planning meetings, I’ve been truly looking forward to this wedding. Not only because I knew that it would be stunning (which of course it was), but because Sarah and Trav are just so dang fun to be around. Their sense of humor carried throughout the day whether it was dancing to Lizzo before the walk down the aisle or just their general playful and lighthearted way of being together with their friends and family. As you go through this preview you’ll see personality throughout - whether it’s visits from bumblebees (or bee decor), since Travis is a professional beekeeper - a quick pitstop to visit their beloved pup Stella before the reception - or the words spoken throughout the day that kept everyone dabbing their eyes. I am so unbelievably grateful that they chose me to document this day. Thanks you two - cheers!

Venue: Boyne Mountain Resort

Planning & Coordination: Fox & Fern Events

Hair & Makeup: Family & Friends

Florist: Sweetwater Floral

Rentals: Monstrey MacDonald

Transportation: Shuttle provided by Boyne + Northern Michigan Trolley

Caterer: Boyne Mountain Resort

Cake/Dessert: Simply Sweet By Jessica

DJ/Band: Blue Water Kings Band

Videographer: Bryan Dykema (family friend) 

Photography Assistant: Cathy Fitz

Bride’s attire: Grace Elizabeth Bridal

Groom’s attire: Captain’s Quarters

 

LAUREN + TRAVIS // A SUMMER WEDDING AT THE BAY HARBOR YACHT CLUB // PETOSKEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

If I’m being honest, wedding days are always a lot of work. They involve long hours of planning beforehand, long hours of photographing, and long hours of post production. But somehow this wedding just felt effortless. I’m serious. Everything just came together so well. The weather was gorgeous. Lauren & Travis were so happy together, and with their wedding party and families. The ceremony was personal. The ringbearer was happy and grumpy in the very best way. The yacht club provided a dreamy background, and the evening light was stunning. The toasts were meaningful and funny. The dessert bar was on point. The band rocked. All around - what a day! I’m so happy for these two and their families. Thanks for having us! It was truly a pleasure to document.

Planning & Coordination: Tableau Events

Prep Location: Inn at Bay Harbor

Venue: Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Hair & Makeup: Inn at Bay Harbor Spa

Florist: Bloom Floral Design

Rentals: BHYC & Tableau

Caterer: BHYC

Cake/Dessert: Bella e Dolce

Photo Assistance: Cathy Fitz

DJ/Band: Velocity

Bride’s attire: The Wedding Shoppe


 

OLIVIA + ABDOULAYE // A WOODLAND ELOPEMENT IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

This is not the first time that I’ve written about this, but I’ll say it again. I love when couples create a wedding for themselves. They create it to be about the two of them and who they are as a couple. They incorporate the traditions that they want to, let other ones go, and build new ones together. This wedding was a creative expression of who Olivia & Abdoulaye are and I couldn’t love it more. It was truly an honor to be a part of the small group that ventured into Hartwick Pines last Tuesday.

Tuesday Afternoon by The Moody Blues played as Olivia & Abdoulaye walked through the woods to their ceremony site so I’ll just leave a snippet of lyrics here for you before you see what we captured:

Tuesday afternoon
I'm just beginning to see
Now I'm on my way
It doesn't matter to me
Chasing the clouds away

Something calls to me
The trees are drawing me near
I've got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh

I'm looking at myself, reflections of my mind
It's just the kind of day to leave myself behind
So gently swaying through the fairy-land of love
If you'll just come with me you'll see the beauty of

Tuesday afternoon
Tuesday afternoon

 

LISA & GREG // A SUMMER WEDDING AT SONSHINE BARN IN GAYLORD MICHIGAN

 

It might rain on your wedding day, and if it does, I hope that you react with as much grace as Lisa and Greg did. Rain is not what anyone plans or hopes for, but it’s a lot like life. Things are thrown at you and you figure out how to make magical things happen anyway. You make the best of it - and let me tell you - Lisa and Greg truly made the best of it. I also don’t want the lasting memories of this day to be about the weather. Because this day was about SO MUCH MORE than the weather. The day was about this amazing couple. Their commitment to each other, and their friends and family who all gathered together in a beautiful barn to celebrate them. After the storm had passed, and they were officially married, they walked together into the fields on this beautiful property and took it all in. It was their best day ever. And I know for sure because at the end of the night after toasts and dancing and laughing, Lisa told me that it was. Cheers you guys!

Venue: Sonshine Barn Wedding & Event Center

Wedding Coordinator: Amber with Sonshine Barn

Hair & Makeup: M.O. Hair & Beauty

Florist: Flowers from TC farmers market.  Arrangements put together by Flowers by Evelyn.

Rentals: Sonshine Barn

Caterer: BJ’s Catering

Dessert: Strictly Sweets

DJ: Rusch Entertainment

Bride’s attire: Memories Bridal

Groom’s attire: Macy’s

 

ALLISON & RAY // A JULY WEDDING ON HIGGINS LAKE // ROSCOMMON, MICHIGAN

 

On a Tuesday in July, Allison & Ray tied the knot. They stood on top of a friend’s boathouse overlooking Higgins Lake and read vows and exchanged rings. And laughed. And cried. They made Ray’s daughter, Eleanor, a critical part of their day. They danced and joked together. They remembered Ray’s dad in a powerful way by placing his flag and portrait on the front row of ceremony chairs. Friends surprised them and decorated the van with “just married” chalk paint and streamers. They drank and danced the night away. I’ve been trying to write about this day and coming up short. I haven’t been able to find the right words, but I keep coming back to this: This day felt real. This was truly Allison & Ray’s wedding. It’s hard to explain. There is no way this wedding could have been for anyone else. It was 100% them. It was filled with their personality and I am filled with gratitude because I had the opportunity to tell this story. Cheers!