Chelsea and James | 04.18.15 | MSU Alumni Chapel Wedding

Chelsea and James were wed on the perfect spring day. Flowers blooming and tiny leaves on the trees, I love spring! The couple met at MSU and had their ceremony on campus at the Alumni Chapel, we then got the opportunity to walk around campus to spots important to them, it was so fun to hear the fun stories of past adventures as we went. The reception was held at the lovely Hawk Hollow Golf Club, and the Bride’s mother had a surprise guest show up for them, it was quite the fun party! Here are a few of my favorites from their day.

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Oh the hilarious random things you can run into on a wedding day. Clearly this HAD to be documented. 🙂
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Sparty! Everyone was so excited to hang out with their mascot for the evening. He was hilarious. 0065_MSU wedding sparty0066_MSU wedding sparty0067_MSU wedding sparty0068_MSU wedding sparty0069_MSU wedding sparty0070_MSU wedding sparty0071_MSU wedding sparty0072_MSU wedding sparty0073_MSU wedding sparty

Thank you so much Chelsea and James for having me as your photographer! It was a pleasure to get to know you both and an honor to capture your day! I wish you both all the best.


Special thanks to my second shooter for the day Selena, the beautiful decor photos are all her and they rock lady!

Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero- Carolina (Bridal & Formal)
Groom’s attire: Pronto Promo Platinum Suite (Men’s Warehouse)
Decor or rentals: Petal & Forrest (Flowers)
Cake: Family Friend (Suzi Haynes)
DJ/band: Diamonds-R-Wild Entertainment
Other vendors: Happy Snap Photo Booth, Hawk Hollow Golf Club for Reception Site & Food

Amanda Kamppinen:

West Michigan born and raised. I call Grand Rapids home but I make many excuses to be lakeside. I will always be trying to make you laugh. It's my way.

Fun Facts:

Favorite band:

The National

Favorite Food:

Mall Pretzels

Favorite Podcast:

The Neighborhood Listen

Favorite lake:


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