This stunning couple met on a random evening through mutual friends where they started talking about baseball, and they've been together ever since! As Eric & Katy planned their dream wedding they decided to double-tie the knot! They had not one, but two wedding days as they officially became husband and wife in front of a close-knit group on Ruby Beach in the beautiful Olympic National Park in Washington, and then recapped their vows with a ring ceremony and wedding reception surrounded by friends & family at the Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby, Michigan. It was the perfect fit for them; they love to travel together and hike to beautiful places, and also love to be surrounded by all of the people they care about. It was a win-win! Read on to see why their Michigan reception was "killer"! (Hint: read the caption under the live band!)
It was so fun getting to know these two!! Bill & Sara are a dynamic couple, with wits & a sense of humor that can't be matched. Their wedding day was full of fun, but my favorite moment was when Bill saw his bride for the first time that day. Sara looked STUNNING in her beaded gown and perfect updo, and when she approached Bill he couldn't contain his excitement and emotions. It was as if he'd won the lottery and couldn't believe it; he was about to marry the most beautiful woman he's ever laid eyes on!
Keep scrolling to see the highlights of their wedding day: from the "first look" & ceremony at the Black River Country Club, to a quick photo opp on a rooftop in downtown Port Huron followed by their reception at Alexander's Banquet Facility in Marysville.
Shoutout to his sister, Amy, who hooked us up with the rooftop views above her studio!
Kyle & Megan are such a lovely couple, and a last name like "Loveday" can't help but set the mood for a beautifully romantic wedding! They did not disappoint! Megan looked absolutely stunning in her flowing gown and veil, and the dried lavender bouquets and boutonnieres were a beautiful touch! Their ceremony took place in a white gazebo on the grounds of the Orion Center, joined by a small group of their close friends and family. The reception was held upstairs overlooking the same grounds; with tables full of bright summer sunflowers and a DJ spinning classic vinyl. Below is a collection of my favorite photos to tell the story of their wedding day!
With storms on the radar I made my way halfway across the state before the downpour began, right as I reached Kalamazoo where Faith & Everett were preparing for their wedding day at the historic Henderson Castle Inn. We kept an eye on the sky as the bridal party gathered, and the rain cleared just in time! Everything went beautifully, from the ceremony in the garden to the cutting of the sprinkled donut to the first dance under the chandelier. We even got to explore the rooftop and then ended the day with a few seconds of a brilliant rainbow view from the front porch! I am so happy for this sweet couple and excited to share some of the unique details and moments from this day!
What a beautiful day full of love & nature! Preston & Aubrey were married at a place that has a lot of fun memories for them- a campground on the lake where he grew up. It was the most perfect spring day with blue skies and just a slight breeze rustling through the woods. The ceremony was held underneath a white geometric arbor in a clearing overlooking the water. Afterwards the bridal party (including their charming dog Miya in her new pearl collar!) took a victory lap in the pontoon boat complete with a "Just Married" sign. The reception was in a white tent with glowing string lights and full of family & friends who were excited to celebrate with them! Take a look at this gorgeous couple's wedding day below!
It was a bright & beautiful September weekend in Michigan when Todd & Amy tied the knot! Their ceremony was held at St. Kieran Catholic Church in Shelby Township, and the wedding reception took place in the grand ballroom at MacRay Harbor overlooking the bay. The steel blue bridesmaids dresses were a perfect match with the panoramic views of the water! And because this couple loves to explore the Metroparks, we made a stop along the way at the scenic Lake St. Clair Metropark for some bridal party photos. (If you missed Todd & Amy's Engagement Photos at Stony Creek, click here or check out the link below). Keep scrolling to see the highlights from their lovely wedding day AND the dance party that followed!
This gorgeous couple had a glorious wedding day full of beauty, laughs, and happy tears. Rachel had everything organized down to the last detail and did a fabulous job making her dream wedding come to life! The bridal party was a great group of family & friends and everyone looked amazing in their navy blue gowns & grey suits... especially when the guys added their sunglasses on this bright fall day. I can't wait to share these moments with you, and I couldn't help but get caught up in Rachel's emotions as she walked down the aisle, listened to the speeches & toasts, danced with her dad, AND squealed with excitement when the DJ played her favorite song and she bounced to the dance floor.
It was such an honor to join this family at their intimate beach wedding on Lake Michigan. They've always loved to travel to the Grand Haven & Muskegon area to spend time at the beach with their sweet dog, Bry, so it was the perfect choice for a small destination wedding. Shelby expressed to me that the photos were the most important element of this event as she was so happy to have her parents, siblings, kids, and grandkids there as we captured these moments!
As the wedding hour approached we were working on a back-up plan due to some heavy rain & storms moving through. But the clouds parted just in time for the celebration to begin and the night ended with an amazing sunset on the lake! The following morning the family rejoined for a reception brunch at Jack's Waterfront Bistro at the Grand Haven Holiday Inn. Here are some of the highlights of this beautiful weekend!
This couple has grown very dear to my heart as I've gotten to know them & their lovely sets of parents! Their story is adorable and consists of coffee shops, friendship, Disney movies, and what felt like a long wait before officially dating. Josh came to our church in Michigan as an intern and had made a commitment to spend the year focusing on the work God had laid before him. But God was about to bring something special into his life as well, and it was a beautiful thing to watch their relationship blossom. What a joyous celebration their engagement and wedding day has been! Keep scrolling to see their wedding day unfold, on what was supposed to be a very rainy day in the end of May! (Spoiler Alert: not a single drop of rain that I can remember!)
Greg & Nicole have quite a history with photos dating back to their high school days, and quite a story as they went their separate ways after graduation. Little did they know that their paths would cross again later in life and bring them to this day! Their wedding day was exactly what they were looking for- a small, relaxed gathering of family and friends with plenty of time to talk, laugh, and dance! The ceremony and reception were held at Blake Farms in Armada, Michigan; home of Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill. It turned out beautifully! Read on to see more!
Nikki Schuler specializes in wedding & portrait photography and is the owner of Awakened Light. Her award-winning work has been featured in several publications. She enjoys instructing photography workshops and resides with her husband & 4 children in a cozy vintage farmhouse in Oxford, Michigan.