andrew + ann // lake michigan wedding

Ann grew up in Michigan, but at the time she met Andrew, she was living in Colorado. Andrew grew up in New Jersey, but at the time he met Ann, he was working a job that kept him traveling quite a bit! They met on a ski trip to Breckenridge in Colorado, and after a few short days together (and admittedly, lots of bacon – my kind of love story), they were both smitten. Over the next few months, they kept in touch… between a couple visits on the East Coast and in Denver, they had fallen in love and began dating long distance. By nature of Andrew’s job, he was able to spend lots of time in Denver with Ann. Over the next two years, their love grew deeper and it was clear that they were meant for each other. In the fall of 2013, on a weekend trip to Colorado Springs, Andrew proposed! Ann immediately said “yes!” and soon after, she found herself a job in New Jersey where they’ve been merging their lives and planning for their Michigan wedding.

…Which brings us to this blog post ;) Their awesome wedding that they’ve been planning from a long-distance, took place just a couple weeks ago! Ann + Andrew chose to celebrate on Lake Michigan at the always-amazing Camp Blodgett! Friends + family traveled from across the U.S. and Michigan to join them. The day was absolutely wonderful! The weather was beautiful most of the day – but even a couple pop-up storms couldn’t keep these spirits down!! It was so evident that Andrew + Ann were absolutely thrilled to be getting married. Honestly, you could see it on their faces all day. The joy + happiness that exuded from them was contagious. We were so grateful to celebrate with them. Congratulations, Andrew + Ann!! :)

PS – shout out to Rachel + Tiffani from White Dress Events for their fabulous coordinating and hands-on help throughout the day and to Bryce from Party In A Box DJ for providing the jams!

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We met up with Andrew + Ann early in the day. When we arrived, the guys were enjoying some beach time on Lake Michigan with guests and even threw a little birthday party for Andrew’s niece who turned one on their wedding day! Ann was upstairs in the lodge, hanging with her bridesmaids – dancing, chatting and getting their hair + makeup done. With Jonathan able to hang with Andrew and I with Ann – it really allowed the afternoon to naturally unfold and capture a lot of beautiful moments leading up to the ceremony!
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The storms passed just as dinner was wrapping up… which meant we could move back outside for dancing! Yay!
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The wind was starting to pick-up and the clouds were getting dark over the lake as the ceremony ended… which means we had to act fast with our the bridal party portraits! Fortunately, this group of people were so awesome – they totally rolled with it and made our job easy! :)
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emily + dan // a downtown ann arbor engagement

Emily + Dan are getting married this September – and to celebrate their upcoming wedding, we spent the afternoon in Ann Arbor to take some engagement pictures!

These two live in Howell, but Emily works in Ann Arbor, Dan attended the University of Michigan… and they had their first date downtown. So, it seemed fitting to do their engagement session there, in a place that’s so special to each of them. We decided to choose our locations around town based on their first date! We met them at Dominick’s – a happening pizza joint on the south side of campus. Then, we adventured through campus a bit and enjoyed the city scenes until we landed at Frita Batidos – a delicious restaurant with Cuban-inspired street food. We ended the afternoon at the Big House – University of Michigan‘s football stadium. Dan is an avid fan and worked on the equipment staff in college!

Jonathan + I loved getting to know these two more. It was delightful to explore Ann Arbor and hear more of their love story. Emily + Dan are both such wonderful individuals and we can’t wait for their wedding next month! Emily + Dan Engagement

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jennifer + jacob // a pentwater engagement story

He’s a boy from Maine, and she’s a girl from Michigan. They met during the summer of 2010 while working at the same camp in Jackman, Maine. They worked a couple summers together and formed a great friendship. When life + jobs took them away from Maine, they stayed in touch… but they were just friends.

Fast forward a few years, to Fall of 2013. Jen decided to stick around Maine for the winter… and coincidentally, Jake found himself a job in Maine, too. ;) It wasn’t long before the both realized they had a deeper connection than just being friends and they began dating. This past spring, Jake proposed to Jen on a sunny day in Boston where they both currently reside. They immediately began making wedding plans and will vow to become husband + wife in Jackman – where it all began five years ago.

Jen is a dear friend of mine – she is a kind, joyful and caring woman. As I’ve heard about Jake and subsequently gotten to know him and see them in relationship together – it’s so clear that they are meant to be. Jake is an intelligent, loving and genuine man. He makes Jen laugh and thinks the world of her. Together, they are an unstoppable team and I can’t wait to see where this marriage adventure takes them!

Jen + Jake opted to do their engagement session in a place that is near and dear to Jen’s heart – Pentwater, Michigan. It’s where she grew up, and it’s a place that Jake has come to love as he fell in love with Jen. We wandered through town, dipped our toes in Lake Michigan and enjoyed some ice cream together. It was a really, really lovely day. And I’m excited to share a preview with you today!Jennifer + Jacob

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peter + melissa // michigan farm wedding

Today, I have PART TWO of Peter + Melissa’s wedding celebration for you! (In case you missed PART ONE, click here!)

We pick up the wedding celebration on the Saturday following the Wednesday evening events. This time, instead of metro Detroit, we found ourselves in Port Hope, Michigan. It’s “the little town with a big welcome”, just south of the tip-of-the-thumb of Michigan’s mitten. The town is located directly on Lake Huron and is made up of mostly farms and lakefront cottages. One of those farms belongs to Melissa’s family! They have owned the property since 1900 and a lot of Melissa’s childhood memories happened at that farm. Coincidentally, many of my own childhood memories happened in Port Hope – just a few miles from the farm… at my grandparents’ cottage. It was so special to share some memories of that little town and photograph her wedding day in a place that was so meaningful to her!

Peter + Melissa put a lot of time and thought into making the day beautiful + enjoyable. They had a first look by the old rope swing in the barn, and we took portraits in the wheat fields. There were handcrafted decorations all over – and Peter even built several tables that were used for the head table and bar! Melissa’s godfather officiated a short, but sweet ceremony. They spoke handwritten vows to each other and watered a tree with water from local lakes in each of their hometowns – as a symbol of unity. (And the tree will be planted at the farm!) They had lawn games during cocktail hour and delicious BBQ for dinner. They did a great job implementing decor + traditions honoring Melissa’s American heritage and Peter’s New Zealand heritage.

Jonathan + I loved getting to know their family + friends… many of which stayed on the property or in cottages nearby so that they could all be together all weekend. Additionally, this may have been our most international party to date – having representatives from across the US, Italy, Germany, Austria, New Zealand and elsewhere to celebrate with Peter + Melissa. It was so special that so many people could make the trip to join them that day!

Peter + Melissa, we are grateful to have been invited to celebrate alongside you for your wedding weekend. I hope it was everything you were dreamed it to be – and I’m so excited to share Saturday’s preview with you today!
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peter + melissa // an intimate weekday wedding in metro detroit

When Peter + Melissa sat down to plan their wedding, they had a few thoughts to figure out. Melissa has always dreamed of getting married at the parish where she grew up – where all her sacraments had taken place. But, she loved the thought of having a reception at her grandma’s farm – the one that has been in the family since 1900… and the place where she spent most of her summers as a child. However, the church and the farm are almost three hours a part. Additionally, Peter is from New Zealand. His family + friends were literally flying across the world to celebrate with them… how do they combine all these elements into a fun, carefree wedding celebration? Their solution – make it a couple day event!

This wedding story is part one of two – let’s start with the Wednesday celebrations!

We joined Peter + Melissa and their immediate families in Redford, Michigan at Our Lady of Loretto. There, we all gathered as witnesses to their marriage vows. It was an intimate + sweet ceremony. Afterwards, we headed to Northville, Michigan where Peter + Melissa had designed an Americana-themed dinner at Garage Grill + Fuel Bar. We ate in the “Model A” room and were treated to a variety of small bites including – coney dogs + beef sliders and some fancier fare like roasted duck + coconut chicken. The families ate + drank together – swapping stories about the bride + groom and sharing memories from around Michigan and the world. We loved getting to know their families in the intimate setting – and it was a delightful start to the wedding weekend!
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Can’t wait to share PART TWO of their wedding celebration with you… soon! :)

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