It is one of the biggest honors as a photographer to capture the wedding of another wedding industry professional, let alone someone I am happy to call my friend. When I moved to Traverse City more than two years ago Whittney was the first person I connected with. I saw her amazing artistry that she creates with hair & makeup and was excited to hire her to be my stylist.
Whittney reached out to me a while back about capturing her New Years Eve wedding and showed me the gold sequin dress she planned on wearing and I was hooked!! The only thing she wished for was snow on her wedding day. And the days leading up to her wedding her prayers were answered. In Traverse City, we received nearly two feet of snow! It was absolutely magical looking.
I arrived at Whittney’s home as she finished getting her hair and makeup done by her amazing friends and family at Memorable Occasions. Before stepping into her dress, Whitteny surprised her daughter with a couple meaningful necklaces that brought tears to her eyes.
Across town Alex was photographing Justin as he got groomed and pampered by Chad at The Hair Code Salon. Afterward, he was off to the Park Place Hotel to finish getting ready.
Whittney and Justin opted for a first look (which is always our favorite to capture). The snow-covered streets and trees looked lovely in the background of their images. And the moment that Justin turned around to see his bride-to-be was amazing and literally jaw-dropping.
To warm up for a few minutes they traveled downtown to Espresso Bay, the place where they had their first date. They sat in the exact spot and reminisced about that first day—and talked about how far they’ve come.
Back at the Park Place Hotel, Rachel and her amazing crew at Sincerely Ginger Weddings were busy putting the final touches in place. They created a glamorous reception space that sparkled and invoked the magic that NYE is all about.
Prior to the ceremony prayers were said and the candles began to be lit. Whittney walked down the aisle with her daughter as Justin smiled from ear to ear. Between the romantic set up and the vows they shared with one another, there was hardly a dry eye in the place. It was truly a beautiful wedding.
Once they said, “I DO!” they invited all their guests up to eat, drink, and dance the night away as the countdown was on for midnight. From the top of the Park Place Hotel, everyone could easily see the annual cherry ball drop on the street below. Their guest huddled around them as the chant began! Ten, nine……three, two, one!!! Cheers rang out, glasses clinked together, and the newlyweds kissed as fireworks lit up the night’s sky. It was a celebration of epic proportions.
We can’t thank Whittney and Justin enough for all the fun that day. We wish you guys a lifetime of love, laughter, and happily ever after. Enjoy!