Perrin and Michelle are fellow poets and, when they contacted me last year about shooting their small-town Michigan wedding, I wasn’t sure I could commit. I knew I’d have a super preggo wife by June, and I was nervous about the timing of their affair
After meeting them for one of their Saturday morning pastry dates, I agreed. They’re poets who love pastries, after all! What more could I ask for?
The truth was, I was excited to shoot in a new place. I love Chicago, but–by request–I frequent a lot of the same spots. So, it’s nice to be inspired by a new place. Also, I just could tell that Perrin and Michelle’s wedding was going to be intimate, special, and SO THEM.
Well, they didn’t disappoint. These two planned the perfect lakeside wedding day. They ceremony was at the Lakebluff Bird Sanctuary in Manistee, MI, and a reception followed at a harbor-side restaurant in Ludington.
The setting was gorgeous, yes, but what really inspired me was just how over-the-moon these two are when they are together. Here are some sneak peeks that I’m VERY excited to share!
When I walked in and saw this wallpaper, I knew we were going to have a good day.
Got to love a bride who gets herself ready–while listening to N’Sync and Brittany Spears, no less!
OHMYGAWD. That’s all I could think as I was totally photo-geeking while shooting these bridal portraits. Can you even handle it? I can’t.
I caught Michelle looking out the window, anxiously awaiting what was to come.
Meanwhile, I ran downstairs to capture Perrin’s finishing touches.
The sweetness begins with these shots from the first look.
Michelle proposed to Perrin (yeah, you heard me) with this bottle cap, which he still wears. SWOON.
Time for the ceremony!
Which, of course, just included more sweetness.
After the ceremony, we headed to the lake house that they are renting for the week and did more photos around the property. We just happened upon this structure, which must’ve been used for a wedding at some point. Lucky find, right?!
They had a hard time keeping a straight face for photos, especially with Perrin’s silliness.
And, finally, a couple shots from the dances at the reception, proving, yet again, that Michelle is the world’s most joyful bride!