Sam + Ryan / Downtown Market Grand Rapids Wedding

Grand Rapids Michigan Wedding Photography by Adventure Photo Stories

From the Photographer:

This was the dream ya’ll: getting to finally photograph a Downtown Market Grand Rapids wedding, a bride and groom who rolled with the events of the day and just let their team of vendors make magic, a venue that had incredible natural light and botanicals while being protected from the rain that was falling outside, and a rowdy group of guests that filled the space with GOOD VIBES ONLY.

I’ve seen about a million weddings at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, and I’ve always wanted to shoot there. The lower level is my favorite place to grab a quick lunch from one of the unique food stations followed by a sweet treat from Love’s Ice Cream or Madcap Coffee. Since seating is limited down there, we usually end up grabbing a table in the upper atrium where I would just stare at the wedding event space and dream about the day that I could play with the two story window-walls, clear glass ceiling, and tropical plants that line the entire room.

It did not disappoint. We left for about 10 minutes to grab a couple pictures outside for the sake of variety, but I was able to get some high-end wedding photography accomplished in a short about of time because I was so inspired. The whole day felt effortless. At least for me- the ladies at A Lovely Day Events were working their tushy’s off behind the scenes decorating, coordinating, and getting sh!t DONE. They are incredible.

My favorite part of the night was when I asked all of the guys from Ryan’s rugby team to get together for a picture. After a hilarious group shot, Ryan led the group in their team chant. Sam ran into the middle and it was EPIC.

VENDOR LOVE:

Event Coordinator: A Lovely Day Events
Venue: Downtown Market Grand Rapids
Flowers: Ludema’s
Dress Shop: Fantastic Finds
Dress Designer: Stella York
Menswear: Generation Tux
Bridesmaid Dresses: RenzBridal
Papergoods: Minted
Hair/MUA: Victoria Collins (Hair) / Bethany Jelsema (Makeup)
Cupcakes: Sweetie-licious
Caterer: Slow’s BBQ

Kristy + Dan / Battle Creek Courthouse Elopement

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My cousin Kristy is more like a sister. She is incredibly brave and strong and has had to use those traits to fight for what she loves.

Dan was Kristy’s high school sweetheart, and although life led them on different paths, they reconnected after 23 years to form a new family. Their wedding wasn’t flashy, but they aren’t flashy people. Their love is steady. It stands the test of time and doesn’t need to put on a show. After all they have been through, it is a gift.

I count myself incredibly blessed to know both of them. Congratulations family! Love you.

Tyler + Ana / South Haven Yacht Club Wedding

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From the Photographer:

Sometimes, it’s impossible to choose just one picture to share from a wedding day because when they are put next to each other, the story is so much more compelling. Tyler and Ana’s South Haven Wedding is one of those. Above all else, they did things their way, and I have total respect for the way that everything reflected who they are as individuals and who they are together.

Ana loves bright and bold colors. I mean, did you see her bouquet!? To honor that, I found a wall of rhododendrons to do their first look pictures in front of. The green and magenta were such a fun combination to play with.

Tyler is a super laid back dude. He’s a free spirit who would rather be sailing than doing just about anything else. That’s why they opted for a simple ceremony with only their closest friends and family, and a small but lively reception afterwards. Of course, it had to be at the South Haven Yacht Club, where Ana + Tyler’s boat (and his family’s boat) is docked.

My favorite part of the day was getting to hang out with their little doggies. It took about 45 minutes to wrangle them, but it was so worth it. I firmly believe that your wedding day should be about what is most important to you, and the fact that Tyler was picking up doo doo in his fancy suit just reminded me that we don’t have to take ourselves (or our wedding day) too seriously.

What is most important? There are certain things we should fight for: family and an authentic expression of love. There are other things we need to let go: tradition for the sake of tradition, “perfection,” and pomp. Ana and Tyler didn’t settle for something they didn’t want. They made their wedding their own, and it shows.

Vendor Love:

Event Coordinator: All Buttoned Up Events
Dress Shop: Bridal Gallery
Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply
Venue: South Haven Yacht Club
Papergoods: Invitations by Design
Hair/MUA: Pomp and Artistry
Flowers: The Flower basket
Cake: Boonzaaijer’s Bakery
Cake Topper: Trina’s Clay Creations
Rentals: Taylor Rental

Victor + Lydia / Des Moines, Iowa Wedding

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Who would have thought that one of my “destination weddings” for the year would be in Iowa!? When I received an inquiry from a couple who lived out in Vegas, I was so ready to finally shoot a Las Vegas elopement after visiting/driving though about a million times. …Then they told me they were looking for a Des Moines wedding photographer. You might assume that would be a disappointment, but I was even MORE excited because 1. I’ve never been to Des Moines and I love exploring new cities. I’ve been to Vegas a ton because flights are cheap and it’s an easy gateway to that area of the Southwest. This was something new and different. 2. One of my great long-time friends Andrea lives out there with her family and is in the process of opening a kick a$$ coffee shop called Dreiberge Coffee in the Historic East Villiage. 3. It is so so humbling and flattering to have someone fly you out to their wedding because they love your work enough to do that. Travel is one of my great passions and when they couldn’t find a local Des Moines wedding photographer that they loved, they choose ME. Like wow.

Lydia and Victor live life fast and passionately. They exhibit the type of kindness that actively draws you in and makes you family. Their wedding was SO. JOYFUL.

Having never been a Des Moines wedding photographer before, I didn’t know what to expect from vendors in the area, but Bash Events was awesome. It’s a very cool wedding venue in the heart of downtown Des Moines where couples can have both a gorgeous ceremony and reception without moving to a second location. It’s right across the street from the Pappajohn Sculpture Park (which was a great location for wedding photography), and they provided some of the most delicious wedding catering I have ever had. We also contacted Art Terrarium as a rain photo location, but even though it didn’t rain, we loved it so much, we still went. BIG thank you to the shop owner Andrea for being so cool

It was a day that featured WEDDING PUPPIES, a brown-bag special (everyone blindly grabs a shot and has to take it together), reception converse, and HUGE smiles.

Venue/Catering: Bash Events
Lydia’s Dress Designer: Pronovias
Lydia’s Dress Shop: Modern Dress
Bridesmaid Dresses: RenzBridal
Victor + Groomsmen Suits: Calvin Klein
Hair/MUA: Salon Spa W