On an overcast winter’s day we met up with Brittany & Sean for their engagement pictures along West Bay in Traverse City. They brought along their children to join in some of the portraits since their families will soon be blended together. They also brought along their adorable new husky puppy. Even though there was snow on the ground, the weather was actually quite comfortable. They said in southeastern Michigan, where they live, there was no snow at all! That’s why they were willing to travel to Northern Michigan for their pictures.

The area that we found for Brittany & Sean’s engagement session was perfect for them. It was a mix of beautiful snow filled woods as well as a gorgeous beach along Lake Michigan. The happy couple, and their adorable family, really nailed it with the outfits. Their puppy even coordinated perfectly for the photos. Once the family portraits were finished their children took the puppy along with them as they played in the woods. That allowed Brittany and Sean to really relax and cozy up in front of the camera.

It was amusing to watch Sean and Brittany interact with each other. Once one laughs the other joins right in–it’s easy to see how completely smitten these two love birds are. Our favorite pictures are the ones along the water, they had the beach all to themselves. Plus their outfits were right on point.

We can barely wait to photograph their wedding this July in southwestern Michigan. Huge thanks to Sean & Brittany for traveling up to Traverse City for their engagement session. We had a blast photographing all the fun that day. Enjoy!

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That head tilt is beyond adorable.

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Seriously–these two were styling in their outfits. Gorgeous!

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We love the build up of her jumping into his arms!!

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When planning for your wedding you can plan everything, except the weather. Leading up to Brad & Tricia’s day it was calling for rain and rather than fighting it, or being upset with it, they embraced the rain. The bridal party got ready in the beautiful, historic Landmark Inn as the bride and groom met up nearby for their first look. The rain was softly coming down as Tricia approached Brad with her umbrella in hand. The reveal was such a special moment and the rain made it even more romantic.

Later Tricia & Brad met up with their bridal party prior to the ceremony for portraits. By that point the rain was coming down strong, but thankfully we found a covered bridge to photograph them all at. The girls dazzled in their in their navy blue bridesmaid dresses and the guys looked dapper in their gray suits with navy blue ties. Once we were done with portraits it was time to get Brad & Tricia to the church to get married.

It was easy to see the nervous excitement that Brad & Tricia had leading up to the ceremony. However, as soon as the ceremony begin they relaxed, cried, laughed, and truly had a fantastic time. Once they were announced husband & wife it was time to celebrate. It was wonderful to have the ceremony right across the street from the reception. Inside the reception the tables were decorated in a classic white & navy with draping from floor to ceiling. The elegance of the location and decor was outstanding. After dinner guests made their way down to the lower level for cake, drinks, and dancing. The first dances were beautiful to capture with the party really warming up afterwards. Before we said our goodbyes we borrowed the newlyweds away for a few moments out onto the streets for a few last images, which ended up being some of our favorites. Big congratulations again to Brad & Tricia on a rainy & wonderful wedding. Enjoy!

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It was such a dream come true to finally photograph a Sleeping Bear Dunes engagement session! Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park has endless locations to photograph, however we kept it simple and stayed along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

We joined Missy and Emmett at the covered bridge near the entrance of the scenic drive. Near the bridge you could see the fall colors just starting to arrive. It was a beautiful look to an already gorgeous spot. The dressed perfectly for the crisp fall temperatures.

Afterwards we followed Missy and Emmett to a sand dune trail that overlooked Lake Michigan. From atop of the trail you could see the yellow leaves popping against the soft blue color of the water. It was a peaceful walk as we all soaked in the sunshine.

As we arrived at the Lake Michigan overlook (our favorite spot on the drive) the sun was beginning the set. Missy and Emmett changed into their dressy outfits that paired perfectly with the sandy shoreline. Tourists and locals were gathered at the top of the hill snapping photos of the sunset while Missy & Emmett paused to take a quick selfie.

The crowd began to taper off as we photographed the final part of Missy & Emmett’s beautiful engagement session. As the happy couple was standing watching the sunset along the lake a helicopter flew past, it was such a neat moment to capture.

We adored photographing Missy & Emmett’s engagement session at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. They are an incredible couple and we could not be more excited to photograph their upcoming Traverse City wedding in the summer. Thanks again Missy & Emmett for all the fun and joy! Enjoy!

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Those views are seriously amazing!

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Dancing at dusk, truly one of our favorites from their session.

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Look at that helicopter! The right place at the right time.

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This second part needs a drumroll (or bagpipe) introduction! In part one you got to see Moriah & Kenny’s Mackinac Island wedding ceremony, now we want to showcase the celebration that followed. Grab your cup of coffee and sit down while scrolling through this beautiful wedding.

After the ceremony the newlyweds led the way to cocktail hour as the bagpipers and guests followed. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served out on the patio overlooking the straights of Mackinac. Inside Mission Point Resort the candles were being lit and the final touches were being done. The mix of sparkle, wood beams, gold, teal, blush, and white really was more beautiful that words can express. It truly was one of the prettiest decorated weddings.

The guest made their way into the reception and were treated with a Joann’s fudge favor at their table setting. Bill, from Double Trouble DJ’s, announced that instead of clinking glasses to have the couple kiss he was going to randomly call a couple up to kiss. Whatever kiss they did Kenny & Moriah had to then mimic. It was a hoot to watch and so many couples happily played it up as dinner was starting to be served. Laughter and love filled the air. Once dinner was complete it was time for the new Mr. & Mrs. to cut their cake and then head to the dance floor for their first dance. It was the beginning of an epic night of dancing and celebration!

Congrats again and again to Kenny & Moriah on their incredible Mackinac Island wedding. It was a dream to photograph such an amazing couple at the most romantic location. Enjoy!

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Ceremony: Mission Point Resort Gazebo

Reception: Cypress Room at Mission Point Resort

Wedding Planner & Decorator: Panache Decorating

Officiant & DJ: Double Trouble DJ’s

Cake Artist: Bella e Dolce

Hair & Makeup: Paige Warner

Bagpipes: White Pine Pipes and Drums

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Mackinac Island is the perfect place for a wedding. With horse drawn carriages, the lake splashing up on the shore, and the quietness of the night it is so romantic. As many may know Alex and I met & married on Mackinac Island–so when Moriah and Kenny asked us to photograph their Mackinac Island wedding at Mission Point Resort we jumped at the opportunity.

As we boarded Shepler’s ferry we saw their names on the upcoming wedding board for that weekend. A quick twenty minute ferry and we were arriving on Mackinac Island eager to begin the adventure. Moriah and her bridesmaids prepped in the bridal suite while Kenny and his groosmen got ready across the property. The couple decided to do a first look–which is our favorite moment to capture. It allowed the couple plenty of time for photographs around Mission Point prior to the ceremony. That way after the ceremony they were able to enjoy the rest of the evening with the guest instead.

Moments before the ceremony started at the gazebo at Mission Point the staff blocked off ‘traffic’ (aka the bicycle riders exploring the Island) and the bagpipes begin to play. Although the day was overcast the rain held off the entire day. The couple said it was perfect and in the Scottish tradition  with the cloud coverage. During the ceremony the couple joined in hand-fasting as they said their vows. Once they said ‘I DO’ the bagpipes begin to play and followed them across the great lawn.

You can see the second part of this amazing Mackinac Island adventure tomorrow morning! The decorations, the dancing, and let’s not forget the amazing cake! It’s worth the wait.

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Ceremony: Mission Point Resort Gazebo

Reception: Cypress Room at Mission Point Resort

Wedding Planner & Decorator: Panache Decorating

Officiant & DJ: Double Trouble DJ’s

Cake Artist: Bella e Dolce

Hair & Makeup: Paige Warner

Bagpipes: White Pine Pipes and Drums

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