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LIMITED EDITION RUSTIC BARN FAMILY SESSIONS

Bring your family to Kari Douma Photography for an indoor RUSTIC BARN SESSION and have a new family portrait made to capture the moment! Since we’ll be inside you won’t have to worry about wind or rain, sleet or snow! Therefore your Christmas Card portrait will be one you’ll cherish for years to come! Enjoy a donut and a cup of coffee or cocoa as you view your proofs in the comfort of our studio above Johnson’s Carpet in Downtown Grandville.

ONE DAY ONLY: Monday November 19th!

Whether it’s sunny and 60 degrees, or 30 degrees and snowy outside. It won’t matter because it’s always a perfect 70 degrees inside our cozy studio in downtown Grandville .  Call today to book your $49 session and take advantage of these once a year special prices! However, don’t wait you don’t want to miss deals:

$249 for all session digital files

$99 for 3 favorite digital files

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HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Call Kari to book your session 616.437.5603
  2. Pick out cute outfits for your family to wear!
  3. Kari will send you directions to our studio in Downtown Grandville.
  4. Finally, in the comfort of our studio in front of our large projection screen, grab a cup of coffee, cocoa or hot cider and we’ll look at your images.
  5. Choose your favorites (or ALL) and place your order!

IT’S THAT EASY! You can even choose shipping if you’d like to have your order shipped right to your door!

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Eli and Megan’s Douglas Walker Wedding Friday April 13th!

Eli and Megan’s Douglas Walker Wedding Friday April 13th!

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Most noteworthy was Eli and Megan’s Douglas Walker Wedding Friday April 13th! Adventurous enough to plan outdoor photos for April 13th in Byron Center!  Eli and Megan began their Friday the 13th by getting ready separately. The bride at a family home in Hudsonville, and the groom at a hotel in Grand Rapids. We met at Douglas Walker park in Byron Center for the Bride and Groom’s first look! Eli was eager with anticipation to see his bride, and Megan was calm and collected as she snuck up behind him and wrapped her arms around her future husband.

We strolled around the grounds of Douglas Walker park out to the bridge. In addition, the cute polka dot umbrella helped protect Megan from a few drops of rain. Thankfully the predicted weather didn’t dampen the day. We were able to capture some great images of the cute couple!

Guests arrived and found seats in the cozy cottage style shelter at the park to prepare for the afternoon ceremony. In addition, this gaming bride and groom had interesting touches woven through all their wedding details. From the lightsaber and comic paper floral bouquets, to the creative cake topper. Check out their wedding slideshow here to see all their creative details!

Because the couples brave family endured the chilly April Michigan weather, we could capture the outdoor photos the bride and groom hoped for. Afterwards everyone dashed back inside to enjoy a delicious catered meal and creative cupcakes specially made by the brides family. In addition to these treats, there were other refreshments also. Following was the bride and groom enjoying their first dance. Finally, the evening ended with the guests dancing the night away!

Verdonis Wedding – Muskegon – Jeff and Nicole

Jeff and Nicole had a fall Verdonis Wedding in Muskegon!  It was a great indoor location that accommodated both the ceremony and reception.

We started the day at the Holiday Inn in Muskegon for their getting ready portion of the day.  Jeff and Nicole each had a suite on different floors.  It was a crazy windy and rainy day for their wedding, but that didn’t stop us from having a great day!  All the pictures were still held outside.  even in the rain! Nicole’s mother found the cutest umbrellas online and ordered them “just in case”.  I am so glad she did!

The bus picked us up at the hotel to bring us to our first location, Heritage Memorial Garden in Muskegon.  The gazebo provided a great covering to stay out of the rain!  Jeff and Nicole shared their “first look” under the gazebo, then we proceed with family portraits.

Our next stop was Muskegon Union station, the old train depot.  There was just enough of an overhang on the roof that it kept us out of the rain.  We were also able to grab a group shot under the awning where the passengers would wait!

We then attempted to go to the beach… while we pulled off a couple pictures, the rain and wind was overtaking us! So, on to the ceremony we went.

The staff at Verdonis had the venue ready and waiting for Jeff and Nicole’s ceremony.  They said their vows in front of the beautiful fireplace, under dim lights and a room full of their loved ones.  Their ceremony was followed by a great party!  Nicole and her father had a fun choreographed dance that they prepared for the crowd.  It was fun to see them dance, laugh, and have fun.  Make sure you check out the slideshow to see more of their pictures!

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Cascade Hills Country Club Wedding – Sean and Kaylee

The day couldn’t have been more beautiful last month on Sean and Kaylee’s wedding.  The ceremony took place at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in downtown Grand Rapids, while the reception was at Cascade Hills Country Club in Cascade.

First of all, we started off the afternoon at the church putting the finishing touches on getting ready.  The ceremony was gorgeous and steep with rich tradition.  Family and friends packed the sanctuary to witness Sean and Kaylee enter the covenant of holy matrimony.   It was an honor to witness their love for each other and their love for God.

After the ceremony we spent some time at the church photographing Sean and Kaylee with their family and wedding party.  Then it was time to head to the Ada Covered Bridge for some outdoor portraits!  It is always a fun time laughing and photographing the wedding party after the ceremony.   We were on a tight timeline, so we didn’t stay long!  We still needed to do some portraits at Cascade Hills Country Club!

Cascade Hills Country Club was stunning as usual.  The golf course made a perfect backdrop for some more photos of Sean and Kaylee.  The reception was set perfectly, and the tables looked beautiful.  Cascade Hills Country club has big tall windows that let the natural light into the reception area.  Therefore it made a perfect scene.

As tradition would have it, Sean and Kaylee played their Lebanese music for dancing.  In addition to the fun Lebanese music, they had live drummers to add to it!  It made for a fun time dancing!  The drummers beat their drums, and the crowd danced away!  Then, the ceiling dropped a bunch of beautiful gold balloons!  What a fairytale day!

If you want to see more pictures from Sean and Kaylee’s special day, make sure you check out their slideshow here!

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The Story of the Freezer Meals

So, as you know I am a photographer, and this isn’t totally photography related.  But yet it relates to my busy schedule of being a small business owner combined with the hours of a photographer!  Being self employed, I don’t have a lot of time.  I don’t take the time to cook.  Because of this, my sisters and I started making freezer meals once a quarter (4 times a year!).  We are all working moms.  It started with this desire: We wanted to provide healthy meals for our family, and didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen after work to make that happen.  So began our adventures of preparing freezer meals.

As we started to post on social media about making freezer meals, we were slammed with questions about how we do it.  I decided to document it for others.  This is going to be long… so sit back and read it if you dare to embark on this adventure!  Following are the steps we take to create our freezer meals.

Preparations:

  1. Find two or three friends to work with you.  You don’t want more than four people in the kitchen! 

    Friends making freezer meals

    Find 2 or 3 friends to work with!

  2. Start a Pinterest board to collect ideas for recipes. (Or you can collect your recipes in a way that you see fit.  We find Pinterest great to use because we can collaborate on a board together where we can all see it, and it will directly link to the recipe.)  We use a lot of recipes from  skinyntaste.com.  We love healthy recipes and not a lot of processed or high sodium foods.  Here is an example of our beginning collections of our Pinterest board.  Here is another example.
  3. After you have a collection of recipes on your Pinterest board, you will need to finalize your selections.  Start narrowing down which ones you will actually make on cooking day. Typically we make 10 recipes.  We will make two Mexican, two Italian, two American, two Asian, and two batches of soup.   The soup has the option of either making it for a family dinner as one batch in a crock pot, or putting them in individual quart bags for single serving lunches.  We plan on 2 of each recipe for each person, yielding 20 meals per person.  (or 16 meals +32 individual soup lunches per person if doing the soup in individual bags.) 
  4. Once you figure out your 10 recipes, make your grocery list.  Write down the ingredients for each recipe then times it by the number of recipes you will make (two of each recipe times four people equals eight of each recipe). We have one person make the grocery list.  TIP: When buying meat for your recipes, remember this:   If the recipe is to be frozen with raw meat, you must purchase fresh meat in order to refreeze.   If you are cooking the meat in the recipe before you freeze it, you may purchase frozen meat, thaw it, cook it for your recipe, and then refreeze it.   You cannot use frozen meat, thaw it, then refreeze it without cooking it.  

    Handling meat freezer meals

    Make sure you don’t refreeze previously frozen meat that is still raw. You will need fresh meat for refreezing.

  5. Categorize the grocery list by each store you will be purchasing the items from and then separate into these categories:  Produce, Pantry, Refrigerator/Freezer, Fresh Meats. It makes it much easier at the store if this is all separated in advance.  TIP: Make a list of things that you might have in your pantry at home, such as salt, pepper, common spices, oil, etc. But, if you need a substantial amount you might as well purchase what you need to share for the meal making with your group. 
  6. Decide what container  you will be putting each recipe in to freeze it.  For crockpot recipes we typically freeze them in a  Ziploc 1 gallon Freezer Bag TIP: Double bag the recipe in case the first bag breaks or leaks.  You don’t want a mess.   A lot of the recipes will go in a 9 x 13 pan. We use Glad OvenWare Containers. We love these because we can reuse them over and over.  We definitely got our money’s worth out of them.  TIP: You can cook in the Glad OvenWare up to 400°, but the covers may not go in the oven.  When the recipe calls to be in the oven above 400°, you either have to use a different pan to freeze the meal in, or you have to transfer your meal from the GladWare pan into a different baking dish before you bake it.  If you are making individual serving size soups from your soup recipes, figure 8 to 10 Ziploc Quart Freezer Bags per recipe. If we need a smaller size pan (smaller than the GladWare pan) we use smaller Aluminum Foil Pans.  Make sure you add any container items or ziplock freezer bags you need to your grocery shopping list or order them from the links posted.  Before cooking day you will need to print recipes for working, and also the cooking instructions to be taped on each meal. Make sure you have the name of the recipe along with any cooking instructions or serving recommendations. You will tape the instructions with packaging tape to the top of your meals. TIP: If your meals are going into a Ziploc bag, you will put your meal in one Ziploc bag and then put it in a second Ziploc bag. Put the instruction sheet in between your two Ziploc bags.

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    Have the recipe printed and ready to use on cooking day. Have the directions printed and ready to tape the cooking instructions on the cover of the pan, and also tape the sides of the container so the top doesn’t come off in the freezer.

The Day Before Cooking Day:

  1. The day before cooking day you will go to the grocery store and get all your groceries.  We usually tagteam this.  It is overwhelming for one person to do all the shopping, so it is more fun for two people to do it and split up the list and help each other at the store.  TIP: It is way easier to buy things that are convenient.  Examples are: if you are purchasing mushrooms and you need them sliced for your recipe buy sliced mushrooms instead of the whole mushrooms.  You can buy large bags of chopped onions instead of buying onions that you have to dice yourself.   Buy jarred minced garlic instead of fresh garlic bulbs.  Now is not the time to save a few dollars here and there by buying something less expensive. When you are going to be cooking for 10 hours you will thank me that you didn’t have to cut 100 onions, or chop 24 packages of mushrooms!  Anything that you can buy that will save you time make sure you do it! It is usually easier if one person purchases all the supplies. Then the total $$$ can be easily added up and divided between each person.  
  2. After grocery shopping, we try to do a few things to help prepare for  the day of cooking.  We typically split up a few meat prep items that can be done the day before, such as browning hamburger, cooking and shredding chicken for recipes.  Look through your recipes and see if there are any things like this that you can do the day before. TIP:  If you are cooking large amounts of meat, you need to cool it properly before you put in in the refrigerator for the night.  Here is an article about this if you need guidance.  

    Cooling meat freezer meals

    Cool the meat properly before refrigerating it to avoid bacteria growth.

  3. Gather all your supplies to take to cooking day.  Each person needs to take along the following items because you’ll be using a lot of them all day long… large mixing bowl’s, measuring cups, measuring spoons, rubber spatulas, large mixing spoons, crock pots,  sharp knives, large Dutch oven/soup pots, electric frying pans, any pantry items for recipes, boxes and bags to transport meals home in, sharpie pens to write on Ziploc bags, packaging tape, and pre-printed recipe instructions.  

Cooking Day:

  1. We usually start about 8:30 am.  Plan on it taking all day, we typically end somewhere around 5:00 – 6:00 PM. TIP: Dress comfortably, and wear comfortable shoes!  You will be on your feet all day!
  2. Start your soup recipes in the crockpot first. They will have to simmer for at least half a day, and then you need time for them to cool to be able to bag them. We typically let them simmer in the crock pots until noon, then let them cool before bagging them.   If you were doing a family meal, put them in one large gallon size Ziploc bag per recipe. If you are doing them as individual lunches, put them in the quart size Ziploc freezer bags. We find one and a half to one and three-quarter cups is a good amount of soup for a single serving.

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    Start soups in the morning, then let them cool before bagging. (It was cold outside, so we set them outside!)

  3. Make sure you do the most labor-intensive recipes first, and end with the easy recipes. Recipes that take a lot of cooking, chopping, lots of ingredients, are better done in the morning while you’re fresh. Save the easy “throw everything in a Ziploc bag for the crockpot” type recipes for the end of the day when you’re tired and want to be done. 
  4. When working with three people, we typically each take one recipe at a time and make all six of them.  When working with four people, we typically work as a team, two people working on one recipe making all eight of them, and the other two people working on a second recipe making all 8 of them. It typically works best to make two or three batches of the recipe at a time, anymore than that makes it hard for mixing large quantities and fitting them into bowls. 

    Work on one recipe at a time to make all of that particular recipe.

  5. Either have something prepared in advance for lunch, or order delivery for lunch. We have a Jimmy John’s and a Panera Bread that deliver to us so we typically order delivery.   The last thing you want to do on a 10 hour cooking day is take the time to prepare a lunch.
  6. Lunchtime is our halfway point where we try to wash all the dishes and do a cleanup of our kitchen.
  7. Have a treat scheduled for the afternoon about 2:00-3:00 with things are starting to drag.  (We typically make cosmos!)  It can be any sort of reward that will give you energy to finish the rest of the day!
Afternoon treat while making freezer meals

Afternoon Treat!

 

A few Tips:

  1. We typically go to three grocery stores.  Gordon foods is a good place to get  bulk items.  It is a local food store that sells bulk items to school cafeterias, restaurants, etc. We typically get gallon size cans of canned goods, and large bags of chopped onions here. We get probably 80 to 85% of our groceries at Aldi.  Aldi  is a local discount off brand grocery store with great prices.  The things we can’t get from Aldi, we get from Meijer.
  2. If you are cooking in the summer be prepared for the heat in the kitchen! Having the oven and burners going all day heats up the kitchen, so make sure you dress accordingly!
  3. During winter months in the northern United States we can put our meals outside to cool/freeze when we’re done with them. In the spring and fall is typically cool enough that we can still put our meals outside while working. But in the summer we need somewhere to put all the meals as we complete them while working through the day. If you don’t have enough refrigerator or freezer space for everyone’s meals, take along coolers.
  4. Have a runner person handy throughout the day. We’ve been doing this for three years and we still have issues with groceries and cooking day. Either we figured the wrong amount while doing math for a recipe, or we forgot something off the list, or something never made it to the list, etc… it is really nice to have a friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, significant other, or spouse, to be able to run to the store once or twice throughout the day (or even three times) when you realize you didn’t buy enough peppers!
  5. Here is a great way to shred the chicken your your hand mixer.  
  6. If your family is smaller or the recipe makes a large batch, you can divide it differently.  Instead of doing 2 batches for one person, you can divide it into 3 for that one person.
The finished product making freezer meals

The finished product… and mess!

A few of our favorite recipes:

Skinny Enchiladas

Skinny Chicken Cordon Bleu

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Baked Parmesan

Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Breasts

Quinoa Fiesta Enchilada Bake

Orange Chicken

Enchilada Soup

Mongolian Beef

Mexican Chicken Stuffed Shells

Turkey Sausage Kale White Bean Soup

 

 

 

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Engagement and Wedding Photography by Kari Douma

Engagement and Wedding Photography by Kari Douma {Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer}

Engagement and Wedding Photography by Kari Douma

At Kari Douma Photography we love to photograph weddings! For the past decade, we have specialized in capturing the unique, once in a lifetime moments that make each wedding day special.

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding or a small intimate gathering. We have the expertise, equipment, experience, and artistic eye to to create stunning images you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Every one of the photography collections we offer for your wedding day also includes a complimentary engagement session! We like to take the time to get to know you before your big day. We think it’s really important for all of us to have time to get to know each other.

Therefore, when we all gather on your special day, you won’t wonder what it will feel like to be on the other side of our camera lens. Plus, there’s the added benefit of gorgeous engagement portraits to display on your wedding day!

We also love to recommend some of our favorite wedding venues!  If you’re planning a Northern Michigan destination wedding, you can’t go wrong with the stunning views at The Homestead, Crystal Mountain, Shanty Creek or Mackinac Island.

We have sample albums in our studio if you would like to see some of the weddings we’ve photographed at these and other destination locations.

Right here in the Grand Rapids, you can’t beat the Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott, or McKay Tower. (Spectacular venues close to home!) One of our favorites on the east side of the state is The Dearborn Inn (across from Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum).

No matter where you are planning your wedding. We would love to meet you to hear all about the plans. We’re always happy to recommend other trusted vendors and give referrals.

Contact Kari to set up a complimentary wedding consolation at our Studio in Downtown Grandville. We look forward to meeting you and hope to be part of your once in a lifetime day!

Engagement and Wedding Photography by Kari Douma

Oh Baby! Newborn Sessions by Kari Douma Photography!

Oh Baby! Newborn Sessions by Kari Douma Photography!
Oh Baby! Newborn Sessions by Kari Douma Photography!

Oh how we love babies at Kari Douma Photography! We have raised multiple babies (of our own) and photographed countless newborns over the past two decades, so we know a thing or two about photographing tiny people.

Located in Downtown Grandville, our studio specializes in getting tiny babies snuggled in just right (but we’re not sharing those secrets here!) Pretty soon they’re breathing those restful deep breaths that let us create these peaceful sleeping baby images.

We’ve been photographing the family pictured above since mom and dad were married 8 years ago at Dimnent Chapel (on the campus of Hope College).

These sweet big sisters absolutely adore their baby brothers, and we couldn’t be happier for them! It’s a joy and honor for us to create beautiful images to proudly displayed on walls for years to come.

At Kari Douma Photography, we realize the images we capture will become treasured keepsakes when these babies grow up. (Faster than mom and dad can imagine!)  That’s why we work hard to create the time and space for you to enjoy a peaceful experience.

At KDP, it’s our goal to ensure both you and your baby will be able to relax and enjoy the photography session. By allowing plenty of time, we create a calm, peaceful environment. It’s our desire to make you feel right at home.

Last month we photographed the pretty in pink, sweet newborn girl (pictured below) at our studio. Whether it’s a hot, humid summer day… or freezing Michigan winter blizzard, the weather inside our studio is always perfect. Sweltering sunshine, or gloomy blustery weather outside won’t affect our cheerful, peaceful studio space. It’s perfect every day of the year!

We have several options to capture precious images of your newborn. You can choose a full service 2 hour newborn session, or sign up for our Bebe Premier Plan (which includes 4 sessions to document baby’s first year) with extra perks and bonus gifts. Either way, we would love to meet your new bundle of joy! Call Kari to find out more: 616-437-5603

Oh Baby! Newborn Sessions by Kari Douma Photography!

St. Nicholas – Amway Grand Plaza Wedding

Rick and Lexy started their day at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel by getting ready in their suites.  It was picture perfect for their wedding day!   The sun was shining, and love was abound.  They were surrounded by friends and family as they prepared for one of the most of the important days of their lives.  Excitement filled the air while make up was applied and hair was styled. Rick and Lexy exchanged gifts (by way of family members delivering them to each other.)  After taking a few pictures in the hotel lobby, we finally headed over to the church.

Amway Grand Plaza Wedding

Rick and Lexy exchanged their vows in the beautiful St. Nicholas Antoichian Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids.  Lexi’s brother had the honor of walking her down the isle, to give her to Rick to be his wife.  The ceremony was filled with tradition and beauty as Rick and Lexy became husband and wife!

St. Nicholas Wedding Grand Rapids

After the ceremony we got on the limo bus and headed to downtown Grand Rapids.  We stopped at the infamous “Blue Bridge” for some fun relaxed wedding pictures in addition to one more stop.   The wedding party was full of smiles and fun as they celebrated with Rick and Lexy and therefore the pictures reflect that!

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We made it back to the Amway Grand Plaza just in time for Rick and Lexy to have their reveal of their reception room.  It was absolutely stunning and also breathtaking. Every detail was perfect. Rick’s mom did a fabulous job planning all the details.  In addition to a great dinner, there were plenty of catered treats!  Finally, they danced their hearts out as the band played into the night.

Amway Grand Plaza Wedding

If you want to see more pictures from Rick and Lexy’s wedding day, make sure you check out the slideshow here!

Western Michigan University Wedding

Kanley Chapel was the perfect location for Jake and Elizabeth’s Western Michigan University wedding.  The chapel was the same location that Elizabeth’s parents were married years ago.

The weather this fall has been absolutely beautiful. Jake and Elizabeth’s wedding day was no different.  With sunshine in the sky, a pleasant breeze filled the air.

After the wedding party put the finishing touches on their preparations, we started out with a few wedding party portraits before the ceremony.  Jake and Elizabeth’s family and friends watched them say I do and then we finished up the family portraits.  We spent a little time on Western Michigan University’s campus before we headed into Kalamazoo for the reception at Niko’s Landing.

Niko’s landing is located right on the Kalamazoo river.  After the wedding party arrived, we were able to take more pictures down by the river.  (Avoiding the goose poo was not an easy task!)

While the guests enjoyed cocktail hour, Jake and Elizabeth spent some time creating beautiful wedding portraits that will become their cherished heirlooms.  With the sun lower in the sky, the lighting was gorgeous for their bridal portraits.  We took a little walk that lead to another opening of the river.  This walkway was one of my favorite places of the afternoon to photograph them!

After spending time with bride and groom portraits, we headed inside to continue the wedding night festivities.  The dinner that Niko’s landing prepared was fabulous.  Jake and Elizabeth shared their first dance, and then the parents had their chance at the dance with their children.

We were able to slip outside at the twilight hour to get one more portrait along the river.  Twilight hour is my favorite time of night.  It is the time of night when the sun is gone, before the sky goes black.  The sky appears as a deep blue.  It makes for a beautiful color sky in the portrait.

Make sure to congratulate Jake and Elizabeth then make sure to watch their slideshow here!

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Laketown Golf and Conference Center Wedding

Jon and Laura had a gorgeous sunny day for their outdoor fall wedding at Laketown Golf and Conference Center last month!  In Michigan it can be a little brave to hold and outdoor wedding, but that didn’t deter Jon and Laura from planning their outdoor ceremony!  In the past we have had outdoor weddings that ranged from 40 degrees to 98 degrees.  I don’t know what the actual temperature was, but it didn’t seem too hot or too cold!
Laura started her day at her parents home in Holland with hair and makeup.  Laura and her bridesmaids enjoyed spending time together getting ready as Jon went out to lunch with his groomsmen.  After they both arrived at Laketown and finished their preparations, they had a special first meeting outdoors near the golf course.

The sun was shinning, the temperature was perfect for an outdoor fall day, and love was in the air.  After the first meeting, we spent some time photographing the bride and groom, wedding party, and family.
The ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect.  The sun getting low in the sky as they celebrated the Lord’s supper with their children for the first time as a family during the wedding ceremony. It was a touching show of their dedication to Jesus and their family.  They also showed a little fun for their sporting interests… with a little Ohio State and Michigan rival reference.  Agree to disagree with this divided house of loyalties!

After the ceremony we all headed inside Laketown Golf and Conference Center for the evening celebrations.  The food was wonderful.  The music and dancing was spectacular.  Jon and Laura danced the night away.

It was an honor and a privilege to be able to share with Jon and Laura on their wedding day.  We captured some amazing pictures!  If you would like to see more of them, make sure you watch their slide show here.  Congratulations to Jon and Laura and to their families as you start your new life together!

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