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
Welcome to December’s Student Spotlight!! It’s a new month and we have new photographers to celebrate!! I’m so thankful for them and for their willingness to give of their time and share their stories!!!
This shoot was supposed to happen about a month earlier on the exact day that leftover rains from a hurricane swept through Washington. I’m so thankful we rescheduled! Our reschedule date was absolute perfection! The temperature, the glow, the locations…. it was beautiful! Tyler and Abby’s outfit choices were wonderful and the leaves were full of color and still hanging on the trees.
When Michael and I were in our early years of dating, I would go on trips with his family for Thanksgiving and summer trips to West Virginia and I spent time with his cousins! “Bri-Bri” was so little! He’s the youngest of all of the cousins and it’s crazy to think that he’s old enough to be getting MARRIED! He’s actually older than we were when we got married!! We have known Shannon for years and we were THRILLED when we heard that Brian had proposed because we always hoped that would happen!!!
Maybe it’s just me…. but I feel like this fall is FLYING by! It seems like just the other day that I was sharing about three more KJ Students who are doing amazing things in their businesses! Well, this weeks marks the beginning of November and I have three amazing students to introduce you too!!!
This session is beautiful… if I do say so myself! It’s colorful, it’s vibrant, it’s full of joy and it’s also LONG! It’s a lengthy post because I just had so many favorites and I absolutely loved my time with these two last week! Paige, like a lot of our brides, is a photographer herself! She’s talented, full of life, energetic and creative. I felt the pressure to take this location that she knows well and make it look fresh and knew to her!! Nikhil is an audio engineer for Apple (which we think is fascinating!) and despite hardly ever wearing a suit, he wore one for Paige and made all of her outfit dreams come true!
I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!