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Alisa & Curtis’s wedding has something we’ve been looking forward to for a while. The fun of the engagement pictures in Traverse City was a small look into the fun that their wedding day would hold. The Atheneum hotel in Greektown is where the bridal party got ready. The groom and groomsmen were finished up early and had an incredible car lined up to take them to the ceremony location at The Whitney in Detroit. After the ladies were done with their stunning hair & makeup they took the same car to the venue.

Once at The Whitney it was time for one of our favorite moments of the day, the first look! Alisa stunned in her sleek and sparkly wedding dress and Curtis looked dapper in his navy blue suit. Laughter and tears of joy came out the instant they got to see each other. It was such a beautiful moment to capture. Nearby their bridal party was gathering together in front of a gorgeous ivy covered wall for portraits as the bride & groom walked up to join them. It was a great location for portraits before heading inside to relax at the Ghost Bar before the ceremony.

Their outdoor ceremony location was b-e-a-utiful! That beauty was only enhanced by the sounds of the nearby fountain sprinkling down. As Alisa rounding the corner to the wedding both her and Curtis’s face lit up with joy. The ceremony was short, but filled with love and prayers for the happy couple. After their first kiss as husband and wife, it was onto the celebration. A quick stop at the Detroit Institute of Art and the Illuminated Mural before their arrived at their Cliff Bells wedding reception. The night was spent indulging on delicious cakes, fun drinks, and dancing the night away. All in all it was a perfect day for Mr. & Mrs. Rybski. Congrats again to the newlyweds! Enjoy.

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These two + this location – pure magic!!

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This wedding was one of epic proportion! The day started at the beautiful Fieldguide Farmhouse in Central Lake, MI. It’s around a 45-minute drive north of Traverse City, but the serenity and beauty is well worth it. The bride Megan and her bridesmaid Natalie were getting hair & makeup done by Onsite Bridal while Stacy of Juniper and Lace was putting together the final details under the tent. The groom Dan and his groomsmen Nate relaxed around the property and enjoyed the views of the lake across the lawn.

Once the ladies were ready to go they stepped into their stunning One Oak Bride dresses as the guys put the boutonnieres on their Craig Ryan suits. The first look for the couple was held on the long, tree lined driveway at Fieldguide Farmhouse. Afterward, the bridal party was photographed around the property before heading off to King Orchards down the road. We couldn’t have timed it more perfectly as the cherry blooms were perfectly in blossom. We completely understand why so many tourist flock to the area during the blooms, they are jaw-dropping gorgeous! The greenery theme of the wedding perfectly coordinated with the blooms, their unique rings from Miner’s North Jewelry, and floral.

Back at the ceremony & reception site, the crew from Taproot Cider’s were prepping the food as little donuts from Peace, Love, & Little Donuts were being hung on the donut wall. When the bridal party arrived back it was a whirlwind of events. Ceremony, dinner, donuts, dancing, and best of all–enjoying the peace and quiet that Central Lake has to offer. The day ended in true Northern Michigan style, with a bon fire. Instead of the typical s’mores on the fire the couple instead roasted cinnamon twists as their treat (recipe below).

We can not even begin to thank all the 20+ vendors, 4 models, & 1 assistant that came together to create this one-of-a-kind style shoot. It started with a small idea and grew with each vendor that came on board. You can see all the incredible vendors involved at the bottom of this posts. Without them this day woudn’t have been as magical! Thanks again and enjoy!

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Completely in awe of how beautiful these invitations from Sable and Gray are!

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Look at this bouquet! Stems & Sprigs’ floral is always incredible!

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These hanging  rings will forever and ever be my favorite! Stems & Sprigs is talented beyond words.

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Here’s the recipe to make your own campfire cinnamon twists this summer!

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Venue: Fieldguide Farmhouse  

Photography: Wren Photography

Event Planner: Juniper & Lace Events

Floral Design: Stems & Sprigs

Wedding Invitations: Sable & Gray           

Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses: One Oak Bride

Decor Rentals: Serradella

Drape/lights/chanel chairs: Sensational Events

Tent/Farm table/cocktail tables: Monstrey MacDonald

Linens: Special Occasions 

Donuts: Peace, Love, & Little Donuts

Catering & Cider: Taproot Ciders

Hair/Makeup: Onsite Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Craig Ryan    

Cherry Orchard: King’s Orchards      

Ladies getting ready apparel & terrarium stands: Emma

Wooden spoons:  Scott Mills

Bread bowls/soup: Bay Bread

Jewelry: Miner’s North

Models: Meaghan, Dan, Natalie, & Nate

Macrame Designer: Kernan’s Korner

Photography Assistant: Ashley Bassett Photography

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One of the best parts of our jobs is being able to work with couples year after year. For Mark & Elise, it all started by us capturing their engagement portraits and recreating the photo of them as children at the church camp where they met. Next, it was onto their stunning Northern Michigan winter wedding that has been published again and again. Their wedding was a very beautiful snowy day that was filled with love. We recently had the opportunity to photograph them with their adorable son (who is very close in age to our daughter) in Northern Michigan.

Mark & Elise are an incredible couple, but even more amazing as parents. It was great to capture the joy they have for their son and how he lights up when he is around them. Their son is in the toddler stage of life; exploring, adventuring, testing his limits–but knowing his parents are right behind to help him if he needs. He was so curious about the trails nearby and the water splashing up on shore. Thankfully Mark & Elise were happy to chase after him as he adventured around. The session was filled with love, laughter, and beautiful weather. We could not have asked for a more beautiful evening for their family portraits.

Thank you again to Mark & Elise for squeezing us into your busy schedule! We absolutely adored capturing your beautiful family along the shores of Lake Michigan. We look forward to capturing your family for years to come. Enjoy!

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While editing I literally laughed out loud at the photo below! Kids have THE BEST facial expressions!

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Look at how big his smile in the photo below, so adorable!

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This was right before he actually put the flower into his mouth, haha.

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He is so loved and he knows it. 🙂

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100% chance of rain for the entire day. That is what the weather channel was calling for on Ben & Mollie’s wedding day. The rain was coming down heavy as we made our way to Anderson, IN. The girls were getting ready in Mollie’s family home, the guys were at the country club of Ben’s father’s neighborhood. As we were photographing the bridal party getting ready we noticed something magical start to happen. The heavy rain was passing over and only a small sprinkle of rain came down occasionally from that point forward. As they arrived at the church the rain stopped altogether. The ceremony started out with laughter and hums of ‘awwwww’ as the ring bearers and flower girl made their way to the front of the church. Then the doors in the back of the church. Mollie wowed as she walked down the aisle with her father to her husband-to-be. The ceremony had beautiful readings, special moments, and a few tears as Ben & Mollie joined together in marriage. After it was announced they were husband and wife they high fived and then proceeded to their first kiss. It was a moment of pure joy.

A short trolley ride to Noblesville, IN had the bridal party arriving at the beautiful Mustard Seed Gardens for the reception. The garden smelled like spring as the blooms were just starting to blossom. We brought the ladies near the lush green trees to capture them. Mollie picked out the most incredible dress for her ladies, it’s the same dress that can be tied and shaped several different ways. It was absolutely stunning on all of them. The wedding dress Mollie wore looked stunning on her, she even had pockets in the dress! The bridal party joined in a few portraits before heading off to cocktail hour. We walked around the garden with Mollie & Ben, capturing them along the way. On several occasions they had us laughing until our jaws ached. The day was truly about love, laughter, and happily ever after.

The inside of the barn was perfection. Tall ceiling, epic details, beautiful draping. The dinner that was served was delicious and to top it off they had a donut bar filled with all sorts of tasty treats. Mollie & Ben really know how to put together an amazing reception! We ended our time at the reception by sneaking them down the road a little ways for a few final portraits. It was a nice way end our time with them. Big congrats again to Mollie & Ben on their marriage! We were honored to travel down to Indiana to capture their amazing day. Enjoy and take a moment to also look back at their hot (literally hot, summer day) engagement session.

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