I was looking forward to second shooting for Siri Salonen Photography for a while now. Her bright and humor-filled personality is a joy to be around, especially while photographing alongside of one another. It was a hot, sunny August day as we drove up to Petoskey together for Allison & Sam’s wedding.

We arrived early to St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey. It was similar to the Catholic church I group up going to. Gorgeous architecture, rich in history, and beautiful words spoken. Sam and Allison had a lovely full Catholic ceremony filled with their bridal party, family, and friends onlooking. The gentleman looked handsome dressed in khaki suits and no ties. The bridesmaids looked trendy in black jumpsuits and gold bracelet cuffs. And last, but not least, Allison wowed in her off the shoulder dress that looked incredible on her.

After the ceremony, everyone made their way to Bay Harbor’s Marina lawn for the cocktail hour and the reception. Guests were treated to drinks as well as cigars honoring the bride’s late father. The views from the tented reception were in true Northern Michigan fashion; water and a marina packed with boats on Bay Harbor. After dinner, the live band starting rocking the night away. Everyone was up out of the seats dancing because the band was incredible!

Then right before the sun was gone Siri brought Sam and Allison out along the water for a few minutes of pictures, just the two of them. It was a couple minutes of quiet for the newlyweds and for us, the photographers, it was beautiful portraits with the colors of sunset in the background. It was the best way to end a fun day of second shooting. Thanks again Siri Salonen Photography. Enjoy!

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Look how adorable these ring bearers are!

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How beautiful is Bay Harbor? Such a beautiful marina.

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I moved to Traverse City around two years ago. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to work at many venues and vendors around the area, but this August was my first time at the incredible Crystal Mountain Resort. It’s a short 40ish minute drive from Traverse City, but worth the experience there. It has pools, chairlift rides, alpine slide, and so much more. I had fun exploring prior to meeting up with the bridal party and second shooting for Lux Light Photography.

Michael and his groomsmen were dressed and ready to go, so we quickly snapped a few of them putting on the boutonnieres before we went over to meet up with the ladies. Jenna was nervous, but oh so excited for the wedding. Her bridesmaid and family were surrounding her in love and support as she stepped into her lace wedding dress. Next, it was a quick drive over to the church in Beluh, MI in preparation for the ceremony. They had an overabundance of guests arrive for their wedding, so they had to accommodate by placing chairs anywhere they could. It truly should how deeply their family and friends cared for them.

After their ceremony, they went back to Crystal Mountain for portraits with their bridal party and portraits of the two of them alone. It was a gorgeously, hot and sunny day–so we were thankful we found some cover from a tree tunnel on the property. It was a beautiful location for pictures with the lush green trees and golden light shining down on them. Once back at the reception it was a night filled with love and laughter in their beautifully decorated reception space. Big thanks again to Jenna and Michael for the fun on that wonderful day back in August. It was a pleasure to be able to second shoot the day. Enjoy!


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When chatting with Kristin about requests for her and Stephen’s engagement session she mentioned fall and tree tunnels. The thing about scoping for fall is that the color/trees change almost overnight. So Alex and I ventured out early in the morning with the challenge to find a beautiful fall tree tunnel in Traverse City. We found the perfect one up Old Mission Peninsula, did a little happy dance to celebrate the find, and then made our way to the start location, at East Bay Beach, to meet up with the engaged couple.

When we met them it was the perfect fall morning in along Lake Michigan. The beach was empty and the gorgeous morning light was making the water sparkle. We were so excited to meet Kristin & Stephen in person, especially since they are less than a year out from their fall Traverse City wedding. Kristin & Stephen are amazing together! They are playful, witty, and completely smitten with each other. It made the session a blast to photograph! We are so thankful that it didn’t rain that morning on them but rather rained later that day when everything was done.

After the beach session, they followed us to the fall tree tunnel. They did a quick outfit change and then it was onto enjoying the scenery. We loved the way that Kristin’s skirt flowed as they walked hand in hand along the road. We also loved learning more about their upcoming wedding and more about the two of them. It really was a wonderful engagement session.

We want to thank Kristin & Stephen again for the laughs and for venturing up to Traverse City for a morning of fun. Enjoy!!

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The way she looks at her fiance, so much love.

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How perfect is this tree tunnel? So freaking gorgeous!

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The look of the heels with the flowy skirt is aaaaaaaaa-mazing!

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There are two things you can count on in Michigan during the month of October; pretty fall colors and rain (or even possibly snow). We made our way from Traverse City to Gladwin, MI to the Riverwalk Place for Erin & Brandon’s wedding. It rained the entire way and was downpouring as we arrived. Then something magical happened while Erin and Brandon were getting ready–the rain nearly stopped! It was perfect timing.

As soon as Brandon and Erin were done prepping for their wedding they made their way outdoors, along the river, for their first look. Tears welled up in both their eyes as they first saw each other. It was such a special moment to be able to capture. We loved that they embraced the sprinkles that were still occasionally coming down during their portraits. They also made the call to move forward with having an outdoor ceremony, hoping that the rain would hold off long enough.

Sure enough, the rain held off the entire ceremony! And a beautiful ceremony it was! Erin’s mom married them as their guest enjoyed the sound of the river and beautiful fall colors. Afterwards, everyone made their way back inside to warm up with the coffee bar they had set up for their brunch wedding reception. Then the food came out and oh my gosh it was amazing (trust me, breakfast is my favorite meal).

We want to say thank you again to Erin & Brandon for all the fun that day and for allowing us the opportunity to capture it. We were truly honored! Enjoy!

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Her bouquet was made out of thin pieces of wood, so incredible and vibrant!

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We loved this ducky couple paddling along the river near their ceremony location.

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This was a request from Erin and I’m SO happy that she did request it. It’s her, moms, and grandmother’s rings. So beautiful!

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Driving to Gaylord on the morning of Nick & Brittany’s wedding we noticed the dark clouds overheard. Their ceremony at Treetops Resort was suppose to be outdoors, so we were a little worried. However after a quick check of our favorite weather app, Dark Sky, we saw that the rain wasn’t going to come until later in the day. Yay!

We arrived at the resort and were delighted with all the fall color on the trees and the cute pumpkin decorations the resort had decorated with. Inside the ladies and gentlemen were getting ready right next door to each other. The bride & bridesmaid were finishing up getting ready when we arrived and the groom & groomsmen were dressed already and playing Cards Against Humanities (hilarious game by the way). Since the gentlemen were all ready to go they headed to the sports bar near the ceremony for pictures and a quick drink.

The bride, Brittany, looked stunning with her red hair and beautiful dress. Her bridesmaids and bridesman all looked wonderful in the red that they wore. Once they finished up we made our way outdoors for a few portraits before heading to the ceremony site on top of the hill.

A short walk from the road, on a wooded trail, it opened up to an incredible scenery for the ceremony. A handmade arbor overlooking the treetops of Northern Michigan. The ceremony was thoughtful and emotional. After they said I do they made their way to mingle with family and friends before portraits.

Since it was our first time photographing at Treetops Resort we listened to the recommendations of the resort driver as he guided us to a locked access part of the property. Once there we were delighted with a rustic bridge, depot, and log cabin. It was a peaceful spot for portraits of Nick and Brittany alone. Once back at the reception it was a night of dancing, amazing food, and lots of laughter.

The rain stayed away all the way until after the sunset, just before we left, how incredible is that?! We want to say congrats again to Nick and Brittany on their lovely wedding day. We were honored to capture the fun! Enjoy!

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Ceremony & Reception: Treetops Resort

Officiant and DJ: Dj Mikey

Pies: Grand Traverse Pie Company

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