It was such a dream come true to finally photograph a Sleeping Bear Dunes engagement session! Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park has endless locations to photograph, however we kept it simple and stayed along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

We joined Missy and Emmett at the covered bridge near the entrance of the scenic drive. Near the bridge you could see the fall colors just starting to arrive. It was a beautiful look to an already gorgeous spot. The dressed perfectly for the crisp fall temperatures.

Afterwards we followed Missy and Emmett to a sand dune trail that overlooked Lake Michigan. From atop of the trail you could see the yellow leaves popping against the soft blue color of the water. It was a peaceful walk as we all soaked in the sunshine.

As we arrived at the Lake Michigan overlook (our favorite spot on the drive) the sun was beginning the set. Missy and Emmett changed into their dressy outfits that paired perfectly with the sandy shoreline. Tourists and locals were gathered at the top of the hill snapping photos of the sunset while Missy & Emmett paused to take a quick selfie.

The crowd began to taper off as we photographed the final part of Missy & Emmett’s beautiful engagement session. As the happy couple was standing watching the sunset along the lake a helicopter flew past, it was such a neat moment to capture.

We adored photographing Missy & Emmett’s engagement session at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. They are an incredible couple and we could not be more excited to photograph their upcoming Traverse City wedding in the summer. Thanks again Missy & Emmett for all the fun and joy! Enjoy!

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Those views are seriously amazing!

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Dancing at dusk, truly one of our favorites from their session.

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Look at that helicopter! The right place at the right time.

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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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