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Mike & Rachel’s Wedding | Grand Rapids, MI

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We had so much fun photographing Mike and Rachel’s wedding and was it ever a gorgeous day! Thankfully, the scattered thunderstorms that were predicted never showed. Plus, how can you not have a great time with a sweet, beautiful bride with an impeccable sense of style… a groom that adored his bride and happily put up with two photographers all day long… gorgeous flowers and details… lovely locations and a fun wedding party.

When we first arrive, we are often jumping into the middle of everyone getting ready and love to capture all the activity and beautiful details.

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Mike and Rachel exchanged letters…

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The preparation. LOVED the neckline of Rachel’s dress!

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After getting ready, we headed off to a beautiful home (belonging to a friend of the bride & groom) for some outdoor photographs. While I like the energy of the wedding day, having fun with the entire wedding party and all of the events, my favorite time is always when I have the bride and groom to myself.  I think I am inspired by people much more than locations or events and when I get the chance to just connect with them (or capture their connection) – whether it is a child, family or a bride & groom – it doesn’t really get any better than that!

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While there, we found out they had a vintage car.  Did we want them to bring it out?  YES PLEASE!  (i.e. photographer jumping up and down inside – haha)

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The wedding party joined us and we had to have a little contest to see who could get the most “air”.

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All the beautiful ladies…

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We went back to the church for family photographs and time for everyone to freshen up before the ceremony.

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Time to get hitched!:)I told Rachel before the ceremony that if she wanted a good “first kiss” photograph… they’d better kiss like they mean it.  Not that I really needed to tell these two though! Oh, and I LOVE it when the bride and groom make it down the isle, through the doors and just can’t wait to hug each other in celebration.

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The getaway!

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We took the bus through downtown Grand Rapids on the way to the reception and made two super-quick stops for a few photos. I think I’m lucky to have the rest of the wedding photos as proof that I just didn’t hire these two for a model shoot.

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Last stop… the reception! Fun, fun, FUN!

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This sweet little flower girl wasn’t too excited about having her picture taken earlier in the day – so we saw our opening at the reception and jumped on the opportunity!


Sweetest first dance. You could tell they were singing to each other (and later in the evening too). Love that.


The father/daughter and mother/son dances always get me.


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Mike and Rachel ~ You two are one very special couple. Thank you for letting us capture your day and we wish you many, many happy years together! ~ Mary Beth and Julie


  • Rachel Wierenga - Mary Beth, I love, love, love them! You did an amazing job, so happy:)


  • Tricia - Mary – I don’t believe I have ever commented on your blog before even though I have looked at it many times. If this is to be your last wedding then I must tell you that I LOVE looking at your wedding pictures – you INSPIRE me!!! Oh and by the way, I think the picture of the bride looks like Courtney Love-Hewitt. :) BEAUTIFUL!!!

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