This second part needs a drumroll (or bagpipe) introduction! In part one you got to see Moriah & Kenny’s Mackinac Island wedding ceremony, now we want to showcase the celebration that followed. Grab your cup of coffee and sit down while scrolling through this beautiful wedding.

After the ceremony the newlyweds led the way to cocktail hour as the bagpipers and guests followed. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served out on the patio overlooking the straights of Mackinac. Inside Mission Point Resort the candles were being lit and the final touches were being done. The mix of sparkle, wood beams, gold, teal, blush, and white really was more beautiful that words can express. It truly was one of the prettiest decorated weddings.

The guest made their way into the reception and were treated with a Joann’s fudge favor at their table setting. Bill, from Double Trouble DJ’s, announced that instead of clinking glasses to have the couple kiss he was going to randomly call a couple up to kiss. Whatever kiss they did Kenny & Moriah had to then mimic. It was a hoot to watch and so many couples happily played it up as dinner was starting to be served. Laughter and love filled the air. Once dinner was complete it was time for the new Mr. & Mrs. to cut their cake and then head to the dance floor for their first dance. It was the beginning of an epic night of dancing and celebration!

Congrats again and again to Kenny & Moriah on their incredible Mackinac Island wedding. It was a dream to photograph such an amazing couple at the most romantic location. Enjoy!

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Ceremony: Mission Point Resort Gazebo

Reception: Cypress Room at Mission Point Resort

Wedding Planner & Decorator: Panache Decorating

Officiant & DJ: Double Trouble DJ’s

Cake Artist: Bella e Dolce

Hair & Makeup: Paige Warner

Bagpipes: White Pine Pipes and Drums

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Mackinac Island is the perfect place for a wedding. With horse drawn carriages, the lake splashing up on the shore, and the quietness of the night it is so romantic. As many may know Alex and I met & married on Mackinac Island–so when Moriah and Kenny asked us to photograph their Mackinac Island wedding at Mission Point Resort we jumped at the opportunity.

As we boarded Shepler’s ferry we saw their names on the upcoming wedding board for that weekend. A quick twenty minute ferry and we were arriving on Mackinac Island eager to begin the adventure. Moriah and her bridesmaids prepped in the bridal suite while Kenny and his groosmen got ready across the property. The couple decided to do a first look–which is our favorite moment to capture. It allowed the couple plenty of time for photographs around Mission Point prior to the ceremony. That way after the ceremony they were able to enjoy the rest of the evening with the guest instead.

Moments before the ceremony started at the gazebo at Mission Point the staff blocked off ‘traffic’ (aka the bicycle riders exploring the Island) and the bagpipes begin to play. Although the day was overcast the rain held off the entire day. The couple said it was perfect and in the Scottish tradition  with the cloud coverage. During the ceremony the couple joined in hand-fasting as they said their vows. Once they said ‘I DO’ the bagpipes begin to play and followed them across the great lawn.

You can see the second part of this amazing Mackinac Island adventure tomorrow morning! The decorations, the dancing, and let’s not forget the amazing cake! It’s worth the wait.

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Ceremony: Mission Point Resort Gazebo

Reception: Cypress Room at Mission Point Resort

Wedding Planner & Decorator: Panache Decorating

Officiant & DJ: Double Trouble DJ’s

Cake Artist: Bella e Dolce

Hair & Makeup: Paige Warner

Bagpipes: White Pine Pipes and Drums

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A while ago Trisha contacted us about doing her and her husband Jake’s portraits–but the timing didn’t quite work out until this fall. When the day arrived for their session we were excited to see the beautiful sunny weather shining down. Trisha & Jake got married a couple years ago and wanted to get professional pictures taken just because–which is one of our favorite reasons to photograph couples. Well, any reason to photograph a couple is fine with us, haha.

Trisha & Jake brought one of their dogs along with and met up with us at Twin Springs in Rapid River. We thought the warm weather would be crowds of people to the lake shore, but surprisingly the beach was completely empty. It allowed us to go anywhere we liked–which we adored for these love birds.

As we strolled down to the beach the sun beams shined through the trees and we could hear the waves splashing up onto the shore. We loved listening to Trisha & Jake talk about the marriage, pets, home life, and more. It’s beautiful to see a couple so completely smitten with each other even a couple years past their wedding, long past the honeymoon phase. We started their session on one of the many trails in the area, but as the sun started going down we wanted to head to the beach. After a quick outfit change the happy couple met us down along Lake Michigan. Watching the sun go down while photographing Trisha and Jake was such a wonderful way to end the session.

The wait was totally worth it, because we could not have had a better day for their session. Thanks again to Trisha and Jake for all the laughter and joy! We truly enjoyed capturing you both two years into your beautiful marriage. Enjoy!

 

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What an incredible day it was for Owen’s senior pictures in Escanaba, MI. The sun was shinning brightly and the location where we met up with him was perfect. We loved this property because it had so many different places to photograph on site; run down building, hanging ivy, and old machinery.

Owen came dressed and ready to go in his Gladstone Braves football jersey. He started our quiet at the beginning of the session, but he quickly warmed up to being in front of the camera. Owen didn’t need to say much though because his smile alone could light up a room. During Owen’s senior session he changed outfits three times and looked dapper in every one of them.

It’s always fun to get to know the seniors we photograph. During the senior portrait session Owen talked about his friends, the activities he is involved with at school, and what he plans on doing once he graduates. We really enjoyed talking to him and he was also wonderful to photograph. Thanks again to Owen for all the fun that day. Enjoy!

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Jeremy & Jessica’s love story is magical. Ever since we started photographing them they’ve added touches of Harry Potter to each of their sessions. During their engagement pictures they brought along wands, for their wedding the gift each bridal party member with their own handmade wands, and for their son’s newborn photos they playfully incorporated more Harry Potter items. So we knew (and looked forward to) what they had in store for their fall family pictures.

They brought along a new Harry Potter pop up book. You guys it was….amazing! The look on their son’s face as they flipped through the pages was priceless. Up popped the giant spider, the dragon, the castle, and so much more. They also brought along their new wands that light up that they purchased from their trip to  Wizarding World of Harry Potter in California. We honestly love each and every time we get to photograph this adorable family.

We love that they also brought along a few pumpkins, fresh cut sunflowers, and a quilt that has been passed along in the family. It’s those beautiful touches that really made this fall family session even more complete. Shortly afterward they put away they items and strolled in the nearby woods with us. The location was special to the couple because it’s also where we photographed their portraits on wedding day. It was fantastic to see it come full circle now.

Big thanks again to the Brock family for years and years of photography adventures. We can’t wait to see what magical spell they cast upon next years photos. Until then, enjoy!

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Milo’s expression says it all! He was beyond excited to flip through the book over and over again.

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Milo couldn’t wait to sit down by himself and flip through the Harry Potter booked.

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Love the image below of Milo adventuring by himself nearby as Jessica & Jeremy snuggle in the foreground.

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