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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Bay Pointe Inn Wedding

Brian and Julie picked a fall day for their Bay Pointe Inn wedding on Gun Lake in Michigan.  We had been watching the weather all week…. with rain in the forecast.  As the day started, we were hoping the rain would pass!  We kept a careful eye on the sky.  As Julie and Brian were in the wedding preparations, a small storm went through.  Finally, the air cleared, and we were able to go outdoors for some outdoor photos!

Brian and Julie have a total of 8 children, who made up the wedding party! It was a very special day for the two of them to join their families. We finished up some of the wedding party photos, but still had to do our bride and groom pictures when the rain started!  We found some nice places that had a covering at and near the Bay Pointe Inn.

As the rain started and stopped, the question loomed in the air… Will the ceremony be able to be held outdoors as planned?  They decided to postpone the start of the ceremony, hoping the rain would break… Finally, there was a break in the rain.  So, we all headed out to the ceremony site… shortly after the bride walked down the aisle, it started to rain!  Everyone ran for cover under the pavilion, and we finished the ceremony in the tent!

Brian is a firefighter, so he had a little fun with a fire extinguisher when he came out to remove the garter from Julie.  They danced the night away as the rain finished up for the evening.  Congratulations Brian and Julie!  If you would like to see more, make sure you watch the slideshow here!

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Amway Grand Plaza Wedding – Sam and JoAnna

Amway Grand Plaza Wedding – Sam and JoAnna were married last month in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The morning preparations were done in the suites at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.  It was a perfect location for their large wedding party. (14 bridesmaids and 15 groomsmen!)  The morning was full of activity as the preparations continued.  After getting ready at the Amway, Sam and the guys spent a little time outdoors having some of their groomsmen pictures taken, while JoAnna and some of her bridesmaids headed to her house for her to get her wedding dress on.   As JoAnna walked down the stairs for the first time in her dress, and her bridesmaids and father saw her, they smiled in delight!

The ceremony was held at St. Nicholas. It was a beautiful ceremony filled with tradition and God’s blessings.  The beautiful sanctuary was so stunning, and was fitting for such a beautiful wedding.

After the ceremony, the guests were transported back to the Amway, while we spent some time in the church doing group photos, then we headed to downtown Grand Rapids for a few more outdoor wedding pictures of the wedding party.  We stopped at the famous blue bridge, and also did some photos outside by the Amway.

The guests were spending time at the cocktail hour, as they waited the grand opening of the reception room.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Bellisario Florist took care of the beautiful decorations.  The floral arrangements were stunning, as well as the lighting, candles, and place settings.  A fairytale wedding for sure.

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