I’ve been eagerly waiting for Carly and Dave’s wedding for over a year, ever since they first booked me! Once Carly and I started talking details I knew everything was going to be beautiful and her vision definitely came to life. The marsala, pink and gold color palette and florals looked AMAZING! Tracy Park of Park Place Design never disappoints. The whole wedding was dripping with beautiful arrangements and floral garlands. Carly’s bouquet was wrapped in ribbon, as well as lace from her mom’s wedding dress – so sweet! It doesn’t stop there though, the whole bridal party was dressed to the nines! I LOVED the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses. They were a light mauve in different styles, which complimented Carly’s off-white, lace dress perfectly and the guys looked awesome in white, navy blue and tan.
Before the ceremony they had arranged to have gifts and thoughtful letters exchanged, which brought on several tears. Carly and Dave were married at The Olde Farmhouse Barn in Marshall, MI in front of their family and friends on a beautiful Saturday evening. These two are seriously the sweetest, most gorgeous couple. Not to mention SO happy! The smiling and laughter never stopped for these newlyweds. After dinner, we snuck out for a few minutes for the dreamiest sunset photos – they’re definitely some of my favorites ever! After lots of dancing and cake, the two ended the evening with a sparkler send off.
I can’t believe their wedding day is already over, we couldn’t have asked for a better day! Thank you, Carly and Dave, for choosing me to capture this special moment in your lives. I can’t wait for you to relive the big day through these photos!
Wedding Cake: Continental Bakery
Wedding Dress: Fantastic Finds
Florals: Park Place Design
Venue: The Olde Farmhouse Barn
Where do I even start?? The Vette wedding was unlike any wedding we have ever shot. It was clear when our Calhoun county commissioner, Kathy-Sue, reached out to me that she wanted this day to be about family. She told me all about her amazing husband to be, Terry. We talked about how the wedding would be at their lake house on Country Club Dr. in Battle Creek, which has the most amazing view of Goguac Lake! We talked about how it was going to be a very intimate wedding, with 30 of their closest friends and family, so I knew it was going to be a very special and meaningful day for everyone involved. On the day of the wedding, the bride wore a navy dress, her fiance’s favorite color. (How sweet!) They opted for yellow flowers with hints of blue created by the very talented Tracy Park of Park Place Design. They even put yellow and blue bows on the dogs! You all know I love wedding details. One thing that makes them extra special is when these details have meaning or have been passed down through generations and the Vette wedding did not disappoint! Kathy-Sue wore her mother’s pearl necklace. The necklace was a wedding gift from her father to her mother in 1942! Her “something borrowed” was her daughter Suzee’s ring that belonged to Kathy-Sue’s great Aunt. She also wore earrings that were her paternal grandmother’s and carried handkerchiefs that both her mother and maternal grandmother carried on their wedding days! Kathy-Sue also bought all 9 of the girls who were part of the wedding a gorgeous Tiffany’s bracelet to wear. Kathy-Sue was walked down the aisle by her oldest son Budde, and Terry’s oldest son, Bobby. After a very emotional ceremony, officiated by her best friend Sue, they had their friend Steven (who happens to be a professional chef!) make everyone brunch. They popped open a bottle of 2004 Dom Perignon Rose that was a gift from their friend Suzanne and then the daughter of the bride, Suzee, gave a very sweet toast about her new siblings. When it came time to sign the marriage license, Kathy-Sue’s daughter, Suzee, and Terry’s daughter, Erika, were the ones to sign as witnesses. The entire day was about how these two families were coming together as one and it couldn’t have been more special. After brunch Kathy-Sue and Terry had a surprise, they had customized shirts made for all of their guests! Everyone changed into something more casual (and their new shirts!) and they spent the afternoon riding the boats and jet skis on the lake. That evening we walked to the golf course and made our way out to hole 8 to take some photos. This is where Terry proposed! To end the evening we went back to the lake house for cake, cake pops and ice cream! The desserts were made by Sue’s daughters, Lilly Isabelle and Tessa and topped with more sentimental pieces, like the cake topper which was Kathy-Sue’s parents!
Thank you Kathy-Sue and Terry for having us be a part of your special day!
I hope you all enjoy this little preview from their wedding day!
Where do I even start? I’ve known Lauren and Dusty for years now. I grew up with my sister being best friends with Dusty’s sister, Kristen and their mom, Sindi who was even my husband and I’s landlord at one point! So to say this family has a special place in my heart is an understatement. I was so excited when they asked me to shoot their engagement and their wedding at the Gem Theatre in Detroit Michigan this past September. When we arrived to the Greektown Casino Hotel (which has the most beautiful natural light due to having several floor to ceiling windows – highly recommend getting ready here!) I was immeditaitely greeted with hugs and excitement. Lauren, who is hands down one of the most joyful people I’ve ever met was getting the finishing touches done on her hair and makeup. I have so many favorite moments from their wedding day. Like how nervous and excited Lauren was waiting for Dusty to walk up the steps of the Detroit Institute of Art to see her for the first time that day, and the look on Dusty’s face when he first saw her standing there. Or when Lauren surprised her mom with a dance. Parallel Fifth (the amazing band that played at their reception) began singing Sweet Child Of Mine and Lauren pulled her mom on the dance floor, I don’t know if there was a dry eye in the house! Not to mention they had the Violin Monster (who appeared on America’s Got Talent!) play during dinner! Needless to say this wedding was one that will always be a favorite of mine. Thank you so much Lauren and Dusty for asking me to be your photographer and to capture these special moments for you! Here’s a preview of their wedding day 💗