Scott + Courtney

A Scottish Influenced Wedding | Michigan

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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

Bridesmaid Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu & Azazie

Grooms Attire | Claymore Imports & Kilt Rental USA

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


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— Katelyn

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