Rog and Judy | Lee Street Wedding

Rog and Judy held their fall wedding at Lee Street CRC in Grand Rapids.  Who would have thought that it would be almost 100 degrees at the end of September?  You just never know about that Michigan weather!  But, despite the heat, it was an incredible emotion filled day for Rog and Judy’s wedding.

Rog and Judy are both members of lee street, and that is where they met.  Therefore, it was the perfect place for their wedding!  We started the day with pictures in the sanctuary of the church.  Luckily, Lee Street added air conditioning last year and as a result, it was very comfortable.  Without air-conditioning it would have been miserable!  I for one was thankful for it, and so were Rog and Judy and their guests!

The afternoon ceremony was followed by an outdoor open house style reception at Grand Ravines North Park.  The park boasts beautiful scenic views of the Grand River.  We met at the park immediately following the ceremony for some pictures down by the river of the wedding party.  Tho old covered bridge provided a fun background too!

The newly remodeled lodge on the property served well for hosting the buffet food line.  Tim from Pietros/Three Chefs did a FANTASTIC job on the food! The friends and family celebrating with Rog and Judy enjoyed a time of fellowship and relaxing as they ate and relaxed either in the lodge or under the tent outside.

So, congratulations to Rog and Judy as you spend many happy years together as husband and wife!  Don’t forget to check out the slideshow here.

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Grand Ravines Wedding

Amway Grand Plaza Spring Wedding

Ben and Ashley’s Spring Wedding at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church & Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Amway Grand Plaza Spring Wedding
April 29th was a beautiful day for a spring wedding at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids Michigan!

Ashley and Ben gathered with their extended family at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church for a beautiful ceremony. Two families who have been friends for decades were formally united into one. Since Ben always had a special place in his heart for Ashley, his dreams came true the spring day she finally became his wife!

Following the ceremony was a grand celebration with a stunning reception. A gorgeous ice sculpture carved with two interlocking “C’s” showcased the Coleman name overlooking a colorful spread of tasty appetizers in the ballroom lobby.

The Ambassador Ballroom was decorated from top to bottom with beautiful bouquets from Modern Day Floral. A fairytale atmosphere was realized as a result of the bride and her mother’s creative vision.

Guests were thus directed to find their seats to greet the wedding wedding party upon their arrival. A a result, the live band kicked the night off with a song to welcome the new bride and groom. While the cake was being cut, guests oohed and ahhed over the decadent table full of various chocolates!

After the guests completed the five course meal, the live music became an all night affair, wooing guests to dance the night away. April 29th was a night to remember forever for the bride and groom as well as their guests. Watch the slideshow here to see more images from their beautiful wedding!

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Sunnybrook Country Club Wedding

Samantha and Colson had their Sunnybrook Country Club and Messiah Christian Reformed Church for their winter wedding earlier this month.  I was so honored when Samantha asked me to photograph her wedding.  I have photographed both of Samantha’s sisters’ weddings, and I love their family!

Samantha and her bridesmaids started out the morning by getting ready at Samantha’s house.  After Samantha was dressed and ready, Colson met her at the house for their first look.  I love to photograph the first look between a bride and groom!  It is such a special time.

We then drove over to Sunnybrook Country Club to do all the wedding portraits by the golf course.  Luckily, it was before we had the cold, cold temperatures and snow we received in December!  But, it was still a chilly day outside for portraits!  The wedding party and family members all took turns going in and out for their turn at portraits.  We started out with the bride and groom, then moved on to the bridesmaids.  When the bridesmaids went inside to warm up, the groomsmen took their turn, and we followed up with the family portraits.

Next was on to the church for the evening ceremony.  Samantha’s dad started the ceremony by announcing the bride in with a trumpet solo.  The beautiful ceremony ended with the guests singing “My Friends May you Grow in Grace” while holding hands and joining in worship.

After the ceremony, we headed back to Sunnybrook Country Club for the reception.  The food was fabulous, and the party was festive. The friends and family kept the dance floor hopping all night long.  Congratulations to Samantha and Colson as you start your new lives together as husband and wife.  God bless your marriage!  Make sure you check out the slideshow here to view more images from their day!

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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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Grand Rapids area Wedding

Mike and Fiona had their Grand Rapids area wedding at Saint Sebastian Church in Byron Center.  It was a beautiful sunny day for all their friends and family to gather together and witness the marriage.  It also brought family together from all over the globe!  Fiona and her parents are from Germany, and used to live in GA.  Her parents now live in California.    They had relatives attend the wedding from Germany and most of the wedding party was from GA!   After the ceremony, we spent a little time doing some family pictures in the sanctuary and then spent some time doing beautiful portraits in the old historic church on the property.

We then loaded up in the limo they had rented, and  headed to the covered bridge in Ada.  That is a fun place to take a wedding party…. we created some great pictures outside and also inside the covered bridge.  It was a busy day at the Leonard Park!  After spending some time at the park, we finished up with some portraits at Sunnybrook Country club.

The reception was perfect at Sunnybrook County Club in Grandville.  Good food and drink, good friends and family, and some music always make for a great night.  Congratulations to Mike and Fiona, as they start their new life together as husband and wife.  If you would like to see more pictures, watch the slideshow here, then wish Mike and Fiona blessings in their new life!

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