Ever since we photographed Jenna & Tom’s dreamy Tahquamenon Falls engagement session we’ve been excited to photograph their wedding. We traveled from Traverse City to South Haven for their sunny summer wedding. We arrived at Beeches Golf Club and it was easy to see why Jenna and Tom picked out this location for their wedding. Their ceremony was to be held in front of a huge tree as sunflowers lined the middle aisle. The reception was just a few feet away under a large white tent.

Jenna and her bridesmaids were getting ready in the loft above the club house. Tom was nearby at his parent’s farm house, which was also the location of their first look. Once Jenna was ready to go we ventured off to Tom’s parents home. First looks will forever be one of our favorite moments on wedding day. Then Jenna and Tom showed us around the beautiful farm property. Between the pond, forest, field, and horse barn we were in heaven.

Later, we arrived back at the golf club to relax before the ceremony started. It’s hard to tell from the images, but it was over 90 degrees and humid. The guests didn’t seem to mind as the loaded up on ice cold water and fanned themselves off with wedding programs. The ceremony was beautiful and afterwards the newlyweds escaped on a golf cart for a few more pictures while their guest enjoyed cocktail hour. Once back at the reception it was time for dinner, dancing, cake, and lots of laughter. Jenna and Tom’s family & friends were so welcoming and wonderful, we wished we could have stayed their the entire evening. But before we left we were able to steal the bride and groom away for a few pictures at sunset, just as a big rain cloud was rolling in. The lightning was lighting up the sky as the newlyweds walked back to the party and the rain started shortly after. Thankfully the rain brought along a little cooler weather, which was great news for the dancing crowd!

Congrats again to Mr. & Mrs. Grieves for everything! We adored capturing your engagement and now wedding–we also look forward to photographing you two for years to come. Enjoy!

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If you want to make a wedding photographer really, really happy than put a sign like this out at your wedding!

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Ceremony & Reception: Beeches Golf Club

Cake Artist: MacKenzies Bakery

Florist: Flowers by Anna

DJ: Frank’s DJ Service

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We loved the reason why Jennifer contacted us. In the emails she stated that this was the first time her family would be at Sleeping Bear Dunes and she wanted to capture the experience of it. So we set up a morning portrait session for her and her family along the beach and crossed our fingers for beautiful weather. We arrived early to the session to find clear skies and a quiet beach–it was perfect. Jennifer, her husband, and their two girls were an absolute dream to photograph. They were playful and full of love. The girls are blessed to have such amazing parents.

We fully utilized the space around the beach in Empire, MI. The tall beach grass, sandy shores, and wavy blue waters truly encompassed what Sleeping Bear Dunes is all about. It was also great to be able to get a few formal family portraits along side of some photojournalistic images. Some of our favorites were just of the girls splashing around the water and playing in the sand.

It was such honor to be able to capture Jennifer and her family’s first trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes. We hope they come back in the future and allow us to capture them again. Enjoy!

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A way to commemorate the year they traveled to Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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Love the motion of their hair along with the waves splashing up on them.

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We love that she grabbed her sister’s hand and helped her climb up the hill.

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We traveled from Traverse City, MI to Green Bay, WI for the incredible wedding of Ben & Diana. As we arrived it was easy to see that the day was going to be filled with beauty and fun! The bridal party was putting the final touches together at the church as we captured the details. Outside the sky were clear and blue, inside the tall ceiling and gorgeous architecture was the perfect setting for Ben & Diana’s wedding. Diana and her father danced their way into the ceremony. The ceremony was filled with music, readings, and laughter–then sealed with a kiss as Ben & Diana were wed.

The bridal party boarded the bus after the ceremony. The first stop was Titletown Tap Room for a couple drinks while Ben & Diana had their wedding portraits taken nearby in downtown Green Bay. The urban feel blended beautifully with the style of their wedding and so did their next stop at Pamperin Park for bridal party portraits. The cobalt blue of the bridal party really stood out from the green at the park.

Afterwards it was onto the reception at the Green Bay Packer’s official golf course. The set up inside was stunning. The mix of high and low floral arrangements as well as the dreamy golden light dripping through the windows made the entire place look incredible. Once dinner was finished we borrowed the couple away from their party for a few minutes to get some golden hour portraits. This was also the time that Diana surprised ben by changing into her second wedding dress. She truly looked gorgeous in both of them! Once back inside the night was full of dancing, drinks, and plenty of cake. It was a wonderful ending to a perfect wedding day! Thank you again Mr. & Mrs. Bauknecht for allowing us to capture your wedding! Enjoy!

 

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The black & white below is one of our favorites on the day. With the day being so busy, it was only them in this moment.

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Oh my goodness, a cat cake topper! How adorable is this?

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Ceremony: St. Mary’s Church

Reception: Thornberry Creek Golf Course

Decorator: Sash & Bow

Ice Sculpture: Krystal Kleer

DJ: Elite Entertainment

Florist: Pedal Pushers

Cake artist: Bernie’s Cake Shop

Transportation: Prestige Limousine

Hair & Makeup: A&A Artistry

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Rain, beautiful rain. The wedding of Debbie & Cherokee started out with a light mist as they got ready inside the Hampton Inn. The water dripping slowly from the trees seemed to make them look more saturated in color. The newlyweds-to-be decided to do a first look prior to the ceremony near Founder’s Landing. It’s hard to describe how beautiful that moment between the two of them was. They have been together for 15 years–and in that moment all of the showed. Their love was bursting at the seams.

They walked back, hand in hand, towards their ceremony site. Guests were taking a seat and the rain stopped. It seems like the universe fell perfectly in place for them. The music started and they made their way to the front, along side their children. The ceremony honored much more than just the two of them. It was a unity of their families and their love for the outdoors. It was wonderful. Shortly into the ceremony the fog rolled in from Lake Superior and far off in the distance thunder could be heard. Debbie & Cherokee said i do and within about 15 minutes the rain came crashing down. Giggles could be heard all around, it was fun to be caught in the rain.

Afterwards the happy couple joined us at a nearby location for their portraits. Once again the rain stopped like magic. The newlyweds walked in the woods, climbed in the water, and smiled with pure joy. We had an absolute blast capturing the two of them. Next it was onto their reception at Ore Dock Brewing. Family and friends were enjoying drinks, food, and cake, while Debbie & Cherokee took a moment on the swing to reflect on an amazing day. We absolutely loved capturing their wedding. Congrats to Debbie & Cherolkee on 15 years and many more to come. Enjoy.

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How beautiful are those rings from Beth Millner Jewelry?

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Words can not describe how beautiful of a moment their first look was.

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Ceremony: Boardwalk in front of Hampton Inn

Reception: Ore Dock Brewing

DJ: Eveningstar DJ

Cake Artist: Joe’s Cakes

Florist: Garden Bouquet & Design

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Leland is a small fishing town in Michigan with a big personality. Down by the boardwalk it looks like something out of Disney World. So when Melissa asked if we would meet her in Leland to capture her family’s portraits we jumped at the opportunity. We drove up Leelanau Peninsula and met the family down by the harbor. We learned that Melissa’s family was there celebrating her mom’s birthday. The family flew in from all over the U.S. to join in the celebrations and they wanted to document them all being together.

The boardwalk was flooded with summer tourists so instead we walked to a nearby spot along the water to start. The stories between sisters and each other had us in stitches as we walked along with them. As we photographed them people were casting their lines into the water hoping to catch some fish and small boats passed by along the river. It truly showed how active this fishing town really is. As we walked near downtown it smelled like fish fry was being fried up at the local restaurants.

As the sun starting slowly setting we made our way to Leland’s harbor. Sounds of seagulls and teenagers splashing around Lake Michigan filled the air.  The docks were perfect to relax by and also capture the sunset from. It was truly a beautiful summer night in Northern Michigan. Big thanks again to Melissa and her family for allowing us to document their family gathering. We hope the rest of their celebrations were just as wonderful. Enjoy!

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The ripples of waves off of the harbor and the family chatting on the dock makes this one of our favorite images from their session.

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There was a group of teenagers jumping off into the warm summer waters of Lake Michigan.

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That sunset was a fantastic ending to a Northern Michigan summer evening.

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