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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

Liv + Brian / Miami Wedding

Liv + Brian / Miami Wedding

When Liv and Brian reached out to have me be their wedding photographer, I about died. Partially, because MIAMI but mostly because they are artists. Everything was stunning and they inspired me to be creative. For their ceremony and reception, they fused a rustic style with a tropical setting at Miami Central Park. The day was full of real emotion and I found myself singing songs along side them during their ceremony.

Tori + Luke / Boyne Mountain Wedding

Tori + Luke / Boyne Mountain Wedding

There are two types of grooms. There are the kind that cry when they see their love walking down the aisle, and then there are guys like Luke- the kind that smile like they contain the sun. 

Tori and Luke have been waiting since preschool for this day... ok not exactly, but they really did meet in preschool. Their wedding ceremony took place at one of their favorite places on earth: Boyne Mountain. They have been visiting with their families for years and have condos on the same street. When I arrived the night before, they showed me around like they were introducing me to a beloved friend. That night, they took me up to the top of the chairlift and danced over the northern Michigan "skyline." I will share photos of that in a separate post later, and it was magical.

Adam + Amber / Kalamazoo Michigan Elopement

Adam + Amber / Kalamazoo Michigan Elopement

This was my first downtown Kalamazoo elopement style session. I've done tons of engagements around the Bronson Park area, but golly, there's something about a wedding dress and all that classic architecture that made me forget my super bold photographer thing and lean into something a little more soft and fresh.