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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!

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

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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:)

  • Elizabeth DeBoer - LOVE THEM!!! SOOOO SOOO BEAUTIFUL!!! THE ONE IN THE FIELD WITH THEM WALKING IS MY FAVORITE! soo cool!!

  • 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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