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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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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Ben and Ashley’s Spring Wedding at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church & Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
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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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