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

Sara + Nathan / Asylum Lake Kalamazoo Engagement Session

Asylum-Lake-Kalamazoo-Engagement-photography-session

I will admit it. I was nervous about this engagement photo session. Even though we took pictures at Asylum Lake… a place where I did photography sessions a TON last year, it had been a couple months since I was behind the camera, and I was scared that it wouldn’t come easily. There is a window of time during the bitter winter that I simply have to forget that I’m a wedding photographer. I focus on the behind the scenes aspects of running the business, and don’t pick up my camera. It’s a season that leaves me hungry for warm weather and the engagement photo sessions that come with it.

Sara and Nate were the perfect couple to start this season. First of all, they opted for an Asylum Lake, Kalamazoo Engagement Session which is stunning during golden hour, and second of all, they both have such a genuine joy about them that totally translated into their pictures. One of my favorite parts about this set of images is how dramatic the color changes are. First, everything has a slightly cool blue tone from the lake, then an almost purple haze as the sun slowly begins to fall, and finally that golden warm light that makes everything glow.

Mama’s still got it.

Marta + Christine / Camp Blodgett Wedding Photographer

Camp Blodgett Michigan LGBTQ wedding photographer

Featured on Offbeat Bride: here

“Marta and Christine celebrated their wedding with an intimate gathering of friends and family at Camp Blodgett on Lake Michigan. The day was characterized by opposites coming together: boho meets Ikea, with fun color details and a simple, modern look. Planners fox + fern events incorporated their personalities with the comfy blankets on the beach and the wildflower arch against the lake. Wildflowers with splashes of gold throughout brought it all together for complete feeling of relaxation and romance.

Marta specifically requested something “science-y," so they added some glass beakers among the bud vases on guest tables. Christine wanted to make sure to carry through the geometric details with guest favors, so they incorporated himmili airplant holders into the centerpiece design for their friends and family to take home at the end of the evening.

The ceremony revolved around Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and was written by Marta and Christine. Instead of a first dance, they led their their guests in a sing-along. Christine began the first verse of “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson and when Marta began the second verse, the room exploded. By the end of the song, everyone was singing, stomping, and clapping. After dinner, there was a trivia game about the couple, and treats from Love’s Ice Cream.”

Vendors

Photography: Adventure Photo Stories • Planner, Floral + Day-of Contact: fox + fern events • Christine’s Dress: Melissa Sweet • Marta’s Suit: Kenneth Cole • Marta's ring: Marrella & Company • Christine’s engagement ring: Harris Gems • Rose gold wedding ring: A Sweet Pear • Venue: Camp Blodgett • Caterer: Hearthstone Catering • Ceremony Officiant: Kate Williams • DJ (Ceremony and Reception): Jump Start DJs • Cake: Ginger Bakes • Ice Cream: Love’s Ice Cream • Transportation: Holiday Coach Company • Hair and Makeup: Sam Klug Artistry • Signage: Ampersand Lettering Lab • Rentals: Tented Events307 EventsGigi + LaCledeSpecial Occasions West, and The Rental Co.

Lindsey + Logan / Two EE's Winery Wedding

Lindsey + Logan / Two EE's Winery Wedding

Lindsey has been one of my muses since the very beginning. We did a super cool Bonnie and Clyde themed editorial with her partner in cinematic craft. We sent a couple hours in my old wood paneled attic exploring strangely lit natural portraits. My heart about BURST when she asked me to be her wedding photographer.