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!
After family photos at the hotel we headed to Pere Marquette Park for their beach ceremony. The space was beautifully set up by My Barefoot Wedding, complete with a bamboo arbor and a raised heart shape in the sand.
Shelby & Ronnie took a moment before the ceremony to remember her brother Bryan, who is greatly missed and thought of often. They carry a special rock that was given to Shelby by her brother when she was battling cancer and he stood by her side. I wish I'd had the honor of meeting him; it sounds like he took good care of those he loved!
After exchanging rings & vows Ronnie & Shelby filled a heart-shaped jar with unity sand from the beach. Then each of their family members held a wishing stone to toss into the lake with happy thoughts for the couple!
Ronnie & Shelby, thank you for inviting me to be part of this wonderful celebration of love & family! You are truly blessed and it was a joy to witness this occasion! Congratulations & best wishes as you continue your journey together.
Photography: Awakened Light Photography, LLC
Planning & Ceremony: My Barefoot Wedding
Hotel: Holiday Inn Grand Haven - Spring Lake
Brunch Reception: Jack's Waterfront Bistro
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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.