Everytime that we are flown somewhere to photograph a wedding, I have a hard time believing that it’s real life. Having us photograph a wedding is an investment at this stage in our business. So to have someone invest in not only our Wedding Experience but also pay to fly us several states away is an incredible honor! In some ways, there is so much more pressure in a situation like this. I knew from the time that Courtney first emailed me that if I had the chance to photograph her wedding day, I needed to do an amazing job. Not only was she bringing me across the country, she is also a photographer herself!!!!
As soon as we arrived we were so impressed with the gorgeous setting. The lake was beautiful and the water was crystal clear!! It was the perfect setting for an intimate wedding on a Thursday! Scott and Courtney were surrounded by 75 family and friends as they shared their vows on the shoreline of Gun Lake. It was absolutely perfect….. no rain… no humidity, and a beautiful sunset!
One thing that made Scott and Courtney’s day unique was the Scottish influence. Kilts, bagpipes and Scottish ceremonial traditions were included throughout the day to honor Scott’s heritage. I have to say, this was a first for me! I’ve never photographed a wedding where all of the groomsmen are in kilts! It was such a sweet and special way to make their wedding extra special and to honor Scott’s family.
We arrived at Bay Pointe Inn on Gun Lake and immediately felt relieved when we opened the car doors and felt a cool breeze! I know the winters in Michigan are tough but their summer weather is just amazing!!! We felt like we were shooting a fall wedding in Virginia and it was glorious!
The property itself isn’t huge and so Scott and Courtney were so trusting when I asked them to use unique and unassuming areas for their portraits! They climbed into flower beds, stood on wobbly docks, and stepped into a hydrangea bush all for the sake of great portraits, and I couldn’t have been more proud!!!
Michael and I love photographing their beautiful wedding day and we’re so thankful that they allowed us to bring my sister Emy along so that we can eventually share this wedding day with our KJ All Access family! Scott and Courtney, you are such an amazing couple. Thank you for allowing us into your life for this special season! It was truly an honor to capture your day for your families! Enjoy your blog post!!!
Loved this invitation suite layout! These are her grandma’s rice earrings from China! Courtney you are gorgeous! Can you believe that she made this herself?! Sometimes when people say they are making their own bouquets I get nervous! I had nothing to fear with Courtney! She knows what she’s doing! The sweetest daddy/daughter first look! Love this one….
Dress Designer | Justin Alexander
Dress Store | Bombshell Bridal Boutique
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Bay Pointe Inn
Day of Coordinator | StellaLuna Events
Hair & Makeup | Flawless Beauty by Debra
DJ & Violinist | Shawn Boucke
Catering | Bay Pointe Inn
Florals | The Bride
Bagpiper | Frank Stasa III
Cake | Cakes by Stephanie
Wedding Pies | Grand Traverse Pie Company
Invitations | Basic Invite
Mrs. Box | The Mrs. Box
Bride’s Necklace | Rent the Runway
Clan Pins | Claymore Imports
Petal Toss Cones | Diddle Bug on Etsy
Custom Watercolor Place Cards | Ettie Kim
Specialty Linens | Special Occasions West
Vintage Postage Stamps | Vintage Postage Shop
Furniture Rentals | Fancy Fray
Bridal Shoes | ModCoth
Champagne Flutes | Antropologie
Groom & Groomsmen Toasting Cups | AleHorn
Desert Plates | Kate Spade
Bride’s Veil & Hair Piece | David’s Bridal
Wedding Rings | Carroll Ochs
Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon & Vow Books | Adorn
This beautiful day way unlike any wedding I have ever photographed before. It’s hard to put into words how powerful and inspiring it was.
If you’ve been following my updates since I got the R6 two years ago, you know I LOVE it!! It has been a game changer for me! But there is ONE mistake that I’ve made that cannot be fixed afterwards!
There are things that EVERY photographer should have on their website! We will walk through some students’ websites to see how small changes can impact their perceived value, and for you to see if what they’re missing is something that you are too!
You know what I’m realizing? I’m realizing I am loving getting to see people I love and miss in this very busy season of our life.
We’re gearing up for wedding season and there are so many ways to market yourself DURING a wedding to keep new clients coming in! I have been a wedding photographer for 13 years, and I have never paid for ‘traditional’ advertising!
I am eating my words again! For years, I have used InDesign for everything… but Canva had a HUGE update last year which changed everything!!