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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Grand Rapids Michigan Wedding

Grand Rapids Michigan Wedding – Kim and Ryan held their summer wedding in Grand Rapids earlier this month! The girls all started off their day by having their hair and makeup done at Pure Salon in downtown Grand Rapids.    It was the perfect setting to accommodate the bridal party, with beautiful natural light windows!  From there, we headed over to Brookside CRC.  The sun shown brightly, with blue skies abundant!  The ceremony was perfect… they had a candle lighting ceremony with all the guests.  This is something I have not seen before, and it was beautiful, as the friends and family of the bride and groom participated in this.

After the ceremony, we headed over to the beautiful “Sem Pond” at Calvin College.  The sun was a little lower in the sky, giving us gorgeous lighting for our post ceremony portraits of the wedding party, and the bride and groom.

After leaving Calvin College, we headed over to The Bluff Banquet and Conference Center for a fun filled reception.   The food was incredible, complete with a mashed potato bar… served in martini glasses!  We were able to slip outside twice for pictures at the Bluff… once just as the sun was going down for some outdoor evening shots, and once after it was dark for some fun with sparklers.

It was so fun working with Kim and Ryan and their families on their wedding day!  If you would like to see more of their portraits, make sure to check out the slide show here:

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Weaver House at Pine Bend Wedding in West Michigan

We could not have asked for a more perfect day in West Michigan for an outdoor wedding at the Weaver House at Pine Bend! The sun was shining through the hazy thin clouds that were spotting the bright blue sky on Saturday May 21st. The birds were singing as a gentle wind blew through the trees overlooking the storybook setting for Eric and Sarah’s outdoor wedding at the Weaver House at Pine Bend (close to Lake Michigan in West Olive). The historic home built in 1901 was the perfect backdrop for this couple’s vision of a classic 1920’s themed wedding. From the soft hued roses and gold rimmed china place settings gracing the tables under the tent, it was a picture perfect setting.

We started the morning greeting Eric and his groomsmen as they arrived (while the ladies were at the salon finishing up with hair and makeup). The estate boasts a cute little one room cottage next to the wedding pergola, which was an ideal spot for the men to gather and prepare for the day ahead. We took advantage of the beautiful grounds and wrap around porch surrounding the home, and saved the inside of the home for the girls to dress and prepare once they arrived. The home has been meticulously maintained over the past century and is filled with period furniture and antiques, perfect for creating timeless wedding photographs! Once the ladies arrived they were whisked upstairs to the private bedrooms for dressing and adding the finishing touches before the big day was to begin!

The ceremony went off without a hitch, and we enjoyed photographing both the bride and groom’s families (which even included a grandmother who travelled from Holland (the country) to attend the wedding! Guests were treated to a delicious meal catered on site and presented beautifully, followed by an assortment of cupcake flavors… strawberry, chocolate, and lemon. No detail was overlooked, and the 1920’s theme continued on the tables with tins of roses, candles and strings of pearls joining the gold rimmed china and crystal glasses. The Bride and Groom shared a table for 2 with their jar of customized lollipops they shared with guests after dinner.

We’d love for you to see more of our favorite images from Eric and Sarah’s beautiful wedding day… feel free to watch their slideshow here!


The Weaver House at Pine Bend Wedding by Kari Douma Photography

The Weaver House at Pine Bend Wedding by Kari Douma Photography

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The Weaver House at Pine Bend Wedding in West Michigan by Kari Douma Photography

Thousand Oaks Wedding in Grand Rapids

It was a perfect spring day for Mike and Kalie’s wedding at Thousand Oaks in Grand Rapids last month.  Spring was in the air… warm temperatures, gentle breezes, blue skies, set the scene for a beautiful wedding.

Kalie arrived at Thousand Oaks Country Club mid morning after she was finished having her hair done.  The girls gathered in the clubhouse to have their make-up done as the happy chattering bride and bridesmaids prepared for the event.  Mike arrived shortly after, and was ready to see his bride.

Before the days activities started, Kalie had a meeting to see her father.  It was a touching moment, when her father looked at his baby all ready for her special day.  Then, it was time for Kalie and Mike to have their first look.  We love to photograph this moment!  It is a special time between the bride and groom, and they always cherish those memories in the form of pictures!

The next few hours were spent photographing the bride and groom, the wedding party, and the family before the ceremony started.  The small ceremony was held in the clubhouse, and was a beautiful confirmation of Mike and Kalie’s love for each other.   Kalie carried her grandmother’s Bible in the ceremony, which was a beautiful testimony of her love for her grandmother and her faith.

The evening was completed with a great meal and party at the reception.  The open outdoor deck allowed for guests to mingle and visit with each other, while other guests enjoyed the photo booth and dancing indoors.  Congratulations to Mike and Kalie!  If you would like to see more of Mike and Kalie’s wedding day pictures, make sure you check out the slideshow here!

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