Carnival Engagement Session

Carnival Engagement Session

Carnival Engagement Session

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Jodi & Bruce

Every year our little town of Grand Haven, MI hosts the annual Coast Guard Festival. We’re know as Coast Guard City USA. A big part of the festival is the carnival which takes place right on the main street of Washington Ave, right in front of all the shops. Taking Jodi and Bruce through the crowds of people, we found that you can be surrounded by activity but still only have eyes and ears for your love. Their clothing colors were specifically chosen to coordinate with the vivid colors of the carnival without being a distraction.

Old Hollywood Glam Styled Shoot – Frauenthal- Muskegon, MI

Old Hollywood Glam Styled Shoot – Frauenthal- Muskegon, MI

Old Hollywood Glam Styled Shoot

For the bride and groom that would like a bit more drama to the look of their wedding day, this old Hollywood Glam styled shoot is sure to inspire.  The Frauenthal Center in Muskegon, MI provided the perfect backdrop for this all-out, glamorous endeavor.  Pulling together 15 of the area’s top vendors, Cassie of White Dress Events helped pull the vision that Brenda of Brenda Hoffman Photography had for this shoot.  Utilizing in the colors of white, gold and black throughout we aimed to show the discerning couple that over-the-top décor can still be classy and refined.

With the historic old theater so conveniently located, we join forces to bring together the theme of Old Hollywood Glam with the gold, black and white color palette. The black floor provided the wonderful anchor for all the gold items.  From gold flatware, chivari chairs, gold sequin linens, statement-making gold urns and candelabras and numerous vintage pieces the style was complete with no detail left out.  Even a vintage mirror and frames were used for the gold sealed escort cards.  All the gold was anchored nicely with the black rimmed place settings and the black back-ground invitation suite.

The groom donned a classic black tuxedo and the bride was adorned in a sleek gown by Kenneth Winston fit for the red carpet. While fabulously elegant, the gown was also comfortable enough for the bride and groom to enjoy a break on the round settee in the beautiful theater lobby.   A vintage veil, headpiece and necklace added extra softness for a ceremony.  Even the jewelry was vintage with a 3ct antique European cut diamond.

Here is the link for the behind-the-scenes video: https://vimeo.com/210370949

Venue – Frauenthal Center

Make memories at the Frauenthal Center. Our historic building and its beautiful facilities are the perfect backdrop to your special occasion. Whether celebrating commitment and love at your wedding or hosting an intimate gathering, we will help you and your guests enjoy a unique experience no one will soon forget.

https://www.facebook.com/Frauenthal-Center-104952971860/

Website: http://Frauenthal.org

Instagram: @frauenthalcenter

Planner, Styling & Details- White Dress Events

Http://whitedressevents.com

Instagram: @whitedressevents

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WhiteDressEvents/

Florals & Design- Wasserman’s Floral & Gifts

Skeeter Parkhouse

1595 Lakeshore Dr

Muskegon MI 49441

[email protected]

231-755-6536

www.wassermansflowers.com

https://www.facebook.com/Wassermans-Flowers-and-Gifts-61538370070/

https://www.instagram.com/wassermans_flowers/

Wasserman’s Flowers And Gifts has been proudly serving West Michigan since 1880 , with a large selection of the freshest and highest quality cut flowers , live plants and ever expanding array of gift items , specializing in wedding and event planning .

Concept & Photography – Brenda Hoffman Photography

http://brendahoffmanphotography.com

Instagram:  @brendahoffmanphotography

Facebook:  https://facebook.com/brendahoffmanphotography/

https://www.pinterest.com/bhoffmanphotos/

Fine art wedding and portrait photographer

Linens – Elegant Linen & Design

http://elegantlinendesign.com

https://www.facebook.com/Elegant-Linen-Design-149334881765112/

https://www.instagram.com/elegantlinen/

Vintage Item Rental & Styling – add{vintage}

add{vintage} offers event design, consultation, styling, set-up, tear-down, and a vintage rental collection.

phone: 616-502-5978

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/addvintagestyle/

Instagram: addvintagestyle

Website: www.add-vintage.com

For the shoot I provided styling and vintage items for guest tables, dessert table, and invitation set & escort card displays.

Custom Sign – I Do Signs

www.i-do-signs.com

Specializing in hand-painted, custom sign art for: weddings, event, businesses, home decor + gifts; & public or private Chalk School classes for you DIYers.

Facebook: facebook.com/i.do.signs

Instagram: i.do.signs

Wedding Rings – J Morgan Jewelers

Facebook: facebook.com/JMorganLtd

Website: www.jmorganltd.com

https://www.facebook.com/JMorganLtd/

14k yellow gold wedding bands and a 14k yellow gold vintage style engagement ring with a 3ct antique European cut diamond.

Video – Inspiration Video

Anne Smith

PO Box 314

Grandville, MI 49468

616.901.6285

www.inspirationvideo.com

www.facebook.com/likeinspirationvideo

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/inspirationvideo/

Inspiration Video is a professional, high definition, digital video production company since 2003 – working to create your visual answer. Inspiration Video provided the behind the scenes video for this shoot.

Rentals (chairs, table settings, vintage couch) The Rental Company

http://wmrentalco.com – Holland, MI

https://www.facebook.com/wmrentalco/

https://www.instagram.com/wmrentalco/

Dress, earrings, bracelet & Shoes – Bianka Bridal

www.biankabridal.com

Instagram: instagram.com/biankabridal

FB: facebook.com/biankabridal

Grand Rapid’s most chic and private bridal boutique offering designs from around the world hand picked for local brides and bridesmaids.

http://biankabridal.com – Grand Rapids, MI

  • Kenneth Winston # 1711 $1495
  • Ti Adoro Bracelet $150
  • Thomas Knoell Designs Earrings $275
  • Badgley Mischka Wedge $245

Stationary Items -Jamie Lynn Creative

http://jamielynnecreative.com/

Vintage Veil, Necklace & Tuxedo – Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists

Website: www.greatlakeswgs.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/greatlakeswgs

Instagram: @greatlakeswgs

Great Lakes WGS offers complete wedding gown care and restoration of vintage wedding dresses and veils.

We offer anything a bride needs for her wedding gown. Alterations, cleaning, pressing, restyling; as well as offering veils and custom accessories for sale in our studio.  We also partner with XEDO for easy and affordable online tuxedo rentals.  Our team is well-known in the Midwest for restoring and restyling vintage wedding gowns and veils, and our passion is making wedding attire dreams come true.

We offer anything a bride needs for her wedding gown. Alterations, cleaning, pressing, restyling; as well as offering veils and custom accessories for sale in our studio.  We also partner with XEDO for easy and affordable online tuxedo rentals.  Our team is well-known in the Midwest for restoring and restyling vintage wedding gowns and veils, and our passion is making wedding attire dreams come true.

Cakes – Ryke’s Bakery, Catering and Cafe

Website: rykes.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rykes

Twitter: twitter.com/RykesRocks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rykesrocks/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rykesbakery/

Featuring cakes, cupcakes, pastries, cookies, and more, Ryke’s will design the perfect desserts for your special day.

For the photo shoot, Ryke’s created 3 custom cake designs. To keep the display visually interesting, we played with dimensions and sizes among the different designs. We kept within the color palette of black, white, and gold while adding some more detailed and glamorous elements, like the gold sequins and the rosettes. It was so much fun to get to play with the Old Hollywood theme and come up with ways to keep the cake designs classic and elegant but also unique.

Hair & Make-up – Flawlessly Finished Event Artists

http://www.flawlesslyfinishedeventartists.com/

https://www.instagram.com/flawlesslyfinishedeventartists/

https://www.facebook.com/flawlesslyfinishedeventartists/

Models:

Tyler & Mary S

Laketown Conference Center – Saugatuck, MI – Wedding Sneak Peek

Laketown Conference Center – Saugatuck, MI – Wedding Sneak Peek

Laketown Conference Center – Saugatuck, MI

Sneak Peek – Miguel & Katherine

The weather was absolutely perfect for yesterday’s wedding at Laketown Conference center in Saugatuck, MI.  Taking the short drive from Grand Haven, this photographer anticipated a  well-planned event, knowing that White Dress Events was on the job.  Any they certainly did not disappoint!

These are just a few of the images to give you a glimpse of what took place yesterday.  There was love and laughter all around!  Congratulations Miguel and Katherine!  May you have many years of love and happiness of you!  Thank you for the honor of being your photographer.

Team Players:

White Dress Events

Ryke’s

Laketown Golf & Conference Center

Chalet Floral

West Michigan Catering

Xavier Nicole Video

Weddings by Paulette (dress)

Grand Rapids Engagement – Antique Cadillac – M & K

Grand Rapids Engagement – Antique Cadillac – M & K

Grand Rapids Engagement Session

Including a 1927 Cadillac LaSalle!

How fun to include their love of vintage cars into their engagement session.  Katherine and Miguel traveled from Pennsylvania to Michigan for this session.  What a great honor to be able to photograph these two while they shared something they clearly loved together.  Katherine surely gained lots of brownie points with Miguel for arranging it all!

Katherine and I spoke about clothing for the session and she clearly knocked it out of the park with not only the style of clothing, but the color too.  It was such a fun time for all of us!  As we moved in and around the cars, there was such much to discover and unique perspectives to be had!  Thank you, Katherine and Miquel for the fun time! I will see you at your wedding in July at the Laketown Golf and Conference Center.

Frauenthal Theater Wedding – Muskegon, MI – M & W Sneak Peek

Frauenthal Theater Wedding – Muskegon, MI – M & W Sneak Peek

Frauenthal Theater Wedding  – Muskegon, MI

Sneak Peek of Marci and Walt’s epic day!

While we may have hardly left the building yesterday, we came away with an absolute plethora of images that certainly did not lack for variety.  The day was fun and full of love as family and friends settled in to the historic Frauenthal theater to watch Marci & Walt pledge to love each other forever.

All the details were perfectly planned and executed.  They had some amazing pros helping to make sure the day went off without a snag.  A big shout out to Rachel and her assistant Becky from White Dress Events, who were truly amazing and help me and my assistant through some curve balls that were thrown our way…and they made sure we were fed!

This is just a peek for now.  The rest will come later.  To catch the updates as they come, be sure to subscribe to the blog.  You can also sign up for Marci & Walt’s gallery.

Vendor Love (the team players that made the day happen!) – Thanks to all you helped make the day possible!

Frauenthal Theater– Venue (one of my favs)

White Dress Events – Planning (my heroes for the night)

Caela Scott – dress (such a gorgeous one!)

Desserts by Design – cake/cupcakes (so yummy!)

Chalet Floral – flowers/decor (fantastic as always)

Harris Hospitality – dinner (always delicious!)

Modern Entertainment – DJ (great team player and kept the party going)

Salon 297 – Bride/bridesmaids hair & makeup (simply perfect!)

Dan Anderson – Officiant extraordinaire

 

Grand Ravines Park – Ottawa County – J & K

Grand Ravines Park – Ottawa County – J & K

Grand Ravines Park – North

Jenison, MI – Jeff & Kim

Ottawa County Michigan has such a wealth of locations for getting outdoors and enjoying our varied Michigan weather.  Grand Ravines is just one of the many wonderful options.  For Jeff and Kim’s engagement session, we opted for the North portion of the park and enjoyed the views of the river and the greenery that was bursting into life.

When I met with Jeff and Kim to plan their engagement session, there were a few things that I noticed.  Kim has an easy smile and looks at Jeff in a way that only one truly in love could.  Jeff has eyes that convey his smile and are especially bright when he’s chatting with Kim.  Together they are easy going and comfortable.

During their engagement session they were ready for anything that I threw at them.  We enjoyed some great laughs…especially when we realized that my instructions weren’t always as clear as I thought them to be!  Despite the temps in the 40s we enjoyed the warm light that the sun gave us and captured moments that I hope they will not soon forget.  One of my favorites was when they were dancing together and Kim looked at Jeff and commented , “I’ll dance with you anywhere.”.  Yep, that is why I do this.  Sweet tender moments like that.  Thank you, Kim and Jeff, for allowing me to come along on your date.  I will see you in June of 2018 at The Little Red Barn!

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