So this is a first for me. I second shoot my fair share of weddings a year, to fill my open Saturdays, but I’ve never blogged one. However the moment I saw this location I knew I was going to want to post some of this gorgeous Hotel Walloon wedding. Lucky for me the main shooter was the amazingly cool Kristen Finn and she gave me the go ahead to share some with you. 🙂 If you are looking for a northern Michigan wedding location check out this lovely hotel that blends modern elegance and vintage charm so beautifully.  Every inch of this place is wonderfully decorated and every detail has been accounted for. The staff made sure the event ran perfectly and the couple, their friends and family all had a wonderful time dancing the night away lakeside.  Speaking of the lake view, the sunset, oh my. I hope I get the chance to shoot here many more times! For now here are some I took assisting the lovely Kristen for this gorgeous couples June wedding.

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Miss Kristen doing her thing!

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The groom getting some marriage advice from his family and friends before say his vows.

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Such a wonderful wedding and gorgeous night! Congrats to the beautiful couple! Thank you so much Kristen for having me along on this lovely day and for letting me share some of these images. XOXO

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Kayla and Stefan were wed last month on one of the most beautiful days of the summer. It was warm, breezy, and blue skies abound. This was my first time at the new Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn in Berrien Springs, Michigan and boy oh boy did I fall in love with this location. I already knew it was going to be an amazing day as Kayla and Stefan were a delight to photograph for their engagement session. Adding this amazing location was just icing! I shot my heart out this day and below are but a few of my favorites.

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Seriously they just snuggle up like this constantly, no direction needed. I love it!

 

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The groom had wanted top hats and canes for the gentlemen that idea however got veto’d by the bride. A few friends got together and made is fancy man dreams come true! It was a super fun moment of the night.

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This tree. My heart.

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Poppies! They are my favorite and I was so excited to spot a field of them off in the distance from the barn. Thanks for trekking through the weeds to get to it with me guys!

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Such a beautiful couple and day to be a part of, thank you Kayla and Stefan for including me in your special day! I wish you both the best of life and love together!

Bride’s Dress: Alfred Angelo
Flowers – Small Town Wedding
Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Classic Catering
DJ/band: Party in a Box —AMAZING DJ! Will be featuring him soon on a new vendor page I’m cooking up!
Other vendors: Food – Classic Catering
Beverage – Beverage Specialists

 

 

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Sarah and Steve were married the first weekend in June up in Gaylord, Michigan. This couple was such a joy to work with! Their love and kindness toward each other made taking their portraits an absolute delight. The pretty coral details were perfectly planned and the whole day was just a bunch of smiles and pretties! Sarah found me through a few friends of hers that I also photographed their weddings, nothing makes me happier than getting referred and even better when those awesome familiar faces are at new weddings, I love it! Funny story from this wedding we were at this amazing private property for portraits and I was picking out some neat spots for us to use. While roaming around I spotted a small bird hopping through the grass…quite a ways away from me I should add. However Mama bird didn’t think I was keeping a safe distance and for the next 15 minutes she began circling my head and swooping down aggressively, it was both comical and terrifying. LOL. That was for sure a first for me! Luckily no bird impaled my head during this wedding. 🙂 Here are a few of my favorites from Sarah and Steve’s day! Congrats to the lovely couple!!

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Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero
Groom’s attire: Joseph Abood
Decor or rentals: BJs Restaurant and Catering
Cake: Sugar Me Sweet- Gaylord MI
DJ/band: Rusch Entertainment

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These two are getting married in a few short weeks and I just realized I neglected to post some of their downtown Grand Rapids engagement pictures. Craziness. I loved getting to know these two better as we walked around the city on a brisk winter day. These two first met when Stefan was an exchange student from Norway in high school. Stefan came back to attend school at Michigan Tech and two reunited and though often separated by many miles and sometimes an ocean they grew closer and are not making it official after 4 years of dating. Love this quote from their wedding page….”When two hearts are meant for each other, no distance is too far, no time too long and no other love can break them apart”.

I met this couple for the first time at Ali and Kyle’s wedding back in 2014 at Eve downtown. They were tearing up the dance floor in the most adorable fashion. It was pretty clear they were smitten so I told them they better hire me when they get engaged, I’m so glad they did! Can’t wait to spend the day with these two lovebirds at the Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn!2016-05-28_00052016-05-28_0002
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  • Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn Photographer - […] knew it was going to be an amazing day as Kayla and Stefan were a delight to photograph for their engagement session. Adding this amazing location was just icing! I shot my heart out this day and below are but a few […]

This one is a little special for me. Melissa and Jacob are getting married September 2016 and I am THRILLED to be their photographer. Not only are they an adorable couple completely crazy about each other, what’s not to love about that?! But on top of all that goodness Melissa used to be my babysitter for my kiddos so I’m just over the moon happy for her and thrilled to be a part of her wedding day! We spent the most perfect fall day in Fallasburg Park last fall and got these gems while there.  It was a wonderful collaboration of the whole team, Jacob had some wonderful ideas, the fishing lure being one of them. How cool is that one by the way?! I love it! It’s always wonderful to include your personal story and hobbies into your engagement session. Brainstorm together before your session about things that are important to you as a couple and as individual, weaving these details into your session can make the images so much more special and personal. I cannot wait to see all the goodies they have planned for their September wedding up in Traverse City, Michigan.

Enjoy these favorites from their session at Fallasburg Park! If you’ve never been to this gorgeous Michigan spot be sure to make time to check it out, it’s beautiful! Here is their park page for more information.

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  • Melissa Rose - Love this! We had SUCH a great day with Amanda and made so many fun memories! Amanda knows how to make you feel instantly comfortable, relaxed and poses you in the most flattering ways. The pictures turned out way better than I could even dream of! Thanks again!!

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