Posts Tagged ‘Lake Michigan’

Lakefront Wedding: Loretta & Almond

Lake Michigan, Chicago

November 27th, 2011

Take a look at this simple wedding ceremony on the shores of Lake Michigan. Loretta and Almond are planning a more elaborate wedding in Singapore but wanted to seal the deal now on the shores of Lake Michigan with just a few friends and family in attendance. It’s refreshing to see a ceremony pared down to the basics. Just look at how happy and serene this couple is. Thanks so much to Maggie Rife Photography for submitting this wedding.

Abbey & Jeremy: Lakefront Wedding

Mackinac Island, Michigan

July 28th, 2011

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Abbey’s and Jeremy’s lakefront wedding took place on uber-charming Mackinac Island in Michigan. The intimate ceremony was held at the gazebo of the Mission Point Resort in front of 30 guests.

Mackinac is a non-motorized island, so bikes and horse drawn carriages are the only mode of transportation. Abbey and Jeremy continued the eco-friendliness by incorporating only local flowers, refraining from printing paper menus and programs, and opting for a double-duty bright idea: a beautifully decorated cake on a pedestal graced the center of each dining table, acting both as centerpiece and dessert!! As a bonus, the wedding and reception were all held outside during daylight, so no electricity was used to light the event. Immediately following the ceremony, photographer Paul Retherford took photos of the couple as they indulged in some time for themselves on a carriage ride around the island. Meanwhile, wedding guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvre, croquet, and gorgeous views of the lake.


Kristin & Jacob: Wedding On The Water

Lake Michigan

February 20th, 2011

When I asked Kristin if there was a special reason that she and Jacob chose to get married on the shore of Lake Michigan, her answer was that her parents met there. Of course, I immediately got the warm and fuzzies. She went on to explain that her grandparents live there, several family members have houses there, and she has fond memories of many summer vacations (some with Jacob) spent at the Maranatha Bible Conference where they held their beach wedding ceremony and indoor reception. This is exactly why so many couples choose to have weddings on the water. They connect with it on some deep, significant level, and for Kristin and Jacob it was romance, family, and memories that made the beach of Lake Michigan the most significant spot for them to start their life together.

Sarah Parisi did a beautiful job photographing this wedding and sent these images to me. Hello, music-video-stunningly-attractive-couple! I mean, honestly, are they cute or what? Kristin’s gorgeous dress was purchased at a designer outlet (I like her even more for this) in Illinois, and she braved several rounds of alterations to get it to look like this on her. Well worth it, girl. It’s beautiful.

Rather than having chairs set out on the beach, Kristin and Jacob had a standing ceremony. This is such a great idea when an intimate experience is your goal. Standing allows guests to move in close around you, creating a really special, organic, unpredictable experience. I just suggested this exact same thing three days ago to a couple I’m working with. They thought it was the best idea they’d ever heard. Sometimes rows of chairs just feel wrong. Look how cute Kristin and her barefoot dad look as they step out onto the beach (find him in the kiss shot too…i’m digging Dad). And the flower girl and ring bearer…OMG. Warms your on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the water

Liz & Chris: Lakeside Wedding

Lake Michigan

December 18th, 2010

Two things about this wedding¬†by the water stopped me in my tracks. The first is the fact that the beautiful beach shots were actually taken on a lake and not the ocean (looks like ocean to my eyes!), and the second is the dress. This is some dress, for real. It’s a Vera Wang, so I’m not shocked by my love for it, but the combination of blush color, ethereal layers, and incredible embellishment along the bust line has me glued to these photos. How happy is this girl in this dress? I know she’s excited because it’s her wedding day, but she knows she looks GOOD!

Two more things I like here. Liz and Chris did a “first look,” which is highly recommended. Not only does seeing each other before the ceremony take a lot of pressure off the bride and groom (it’s hard to keep reactions and emotions in check in front of all your gawking guests), but it allows for really sweet photos of a very special moment. I also really like the swirly circles of rose petals down the aisle. I haven’t seen that before, and it adds an unexpected element to the ceremony set up.

This wedding was photographed by Harrison Studio, and the ceremony took place at Ventura Pines Cottage in Holland, Michigan.weddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by water