Brenda Hoffman Photography https://brendahoffmanphotography.com Grand Haven Michigan Wedding Photographer Fri, 12 Jul 2019 18:46:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 Lake Harbor Park Engagement https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/lake-harbor-park-engagement/ https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/lake-harbor-park-engagement/#respond Fri, 12 Jul 2019 18:46:10 +0000 https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/?p=123920 The post Lake Harbor Park Engagement appeared first on Brenda Hoffman Photography.

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Lake Harbor Park Engagement

Muskegon, MI

With the mild-mannered white dog along for the fun, Jacquelyn and Kyle made a quick trip out to Lake Harbor Park for their engagement session.  This is a park they frequent with their puppers so it’s nice to tie some more memories to it!

They will be getting married this fall at the Lake House in Muskegon, MI.  See you soon!

Tall Pines Engagement Photo

Tall Pines Engagement

Boardwalk Engagement Couple

Black and white engagement photo

Black and White boardwalk engagement photo

Woods engagement

Couple by raining during engagement photos

Engagement photo with dog

Engagement photo with dog

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Rycenga Park Wedding

Spring Lake, MI

Jacob and Teidda had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Rycenga Park in Spring Lake, MI.  These are are a couple of my favorites!  They are so warm and genuine.  The minute we met, we just connected!  I cried with joy for these two and was honored to be a small part of their day.  There very close friends and family joined in the celebration and the rain held off just long enough for the celebration.

Flowers:  http://www.easternfloral.com/

Catering Parsley Mediterranean Bar & Grill http://parsleymg.com/

Hair:  Reds Salon and Day Spa  http://www.reds-salon.com/

Cake:  The Cakabakery  https://thecakabakery.com/

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L3vel at The B.O.B. 

Ceremony Location: Aquinas Chapel

From the bride and groom:

About the Venue

We chose Level 3 at The B.O.B. because of it’s location downtown and the beautiful rustic look of the decor with exposed wood beams, large windows, and soft lighting. We loved that there were separate rooms for the bar and soft seating allowing guests to flow and mingle throughout the night when they weren’t dancing.

About the Dress

My dress was from Renee Austin Bridal in Grand Rapids. The day I went dress shopping I tried on many different styles, I said I did not want a tight fitting strapless dress but the stylist there suggested I try one on with an overskirt, but I fell in love with it before I even got the skirt on! It showed off my hourglass figure in a way I never could have imagined and the overskirt allowed me to be a princess while I walked down the aisle and then take it off for the reception. My veil was my favorite part of it all though! I had my dream cathedral veil to tie it all together.

About our traditions/fun activities

My family has Polish sausage for every family gathering and our wedding was no different. The Gilmore collection (our catered) was so accommodating that they ordered the Polish sausage we always get from the butcher we have used for years and prepared it according to our family’s recipe.

About working with Brenda Hoffman Photography

Brenda was fantastic! Leading up to the wedding and helped to set the schedule and answer random questions I had that I didn’t know who else to ask. Day of she was very punctual and kept things moving. I did not want any date posed pictures and that is exactly what Brenda delivered. In every picture the looks, tears, laughs, and smiles are all real and candid and she captured them perfectly!

Advice for other couples

Don’t stress day of. I found myself stressing about things getting done morning of, but it will work out and the things that don’t, most people won’t even notice because they don’t know what your plans we’re. On that same note though, have a team of helpers that are not the wedding party day of if you don’t have a wedding planner to do little things like transporting bags or setting up the cake, so you know everything is in good hands.

Vendors

L3vel at The B.O.B.

Gilmore Catering

Music Host Entertainment

Music Host kept the dance floor hopping all night and was a pleasure to work with on the same team.  Gilmore catering and L3vel at the B.O.B. are great hosts!  The food is phenomenal and the staff is always very helpful and attentive.  

 

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Ottawa Sands Park Engagement Session – Grand Haven MI

Winter Engagement Session 

When you think you have to wait for Spring to really arrive you may be missing out on an opportunity for making wonderful memories.  Take the leap and go on out and have some fun with the love of your life and the warmth between the two of you will radiate through all the images.

Honestly, it’s not the scenery that makes engagement photographs amazing.  It’s YOU!  What do you want people to notice from your engagement photos?  Oh-such a great dress!  What a beautiful park!  Look at those great trees!  blah! blah! blah!

What I’d rather people say about your engagement session is “Look how amazing you two look together” “wow! you look so in love!” “Just look at the way he looks at you!”  Doesn’t that sound better?

That’s what I see when I look at these photographs of Matt and Grace.  They are in love an it’s obvious.  Don’t you agree?  <3

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My Favorite West Michigan Engagement Session Locations

Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland

Couples often ask me about engagement session locations in the West Michigan area.  We are so blessed with the amazing options available to us!  From Grand Rapids and all along the lakeshore, there are plenty of session locations and I’m certain there’s bound to be at least a few the appeal to you!  Beach or not, woods or not, modern or rustic.  The choice is yours.  

The main thing to remember is to choose your engagement session location based on you!  Not based on what anyone else does or what you think is expected.  Here in Grand Haven it’s very common to go to the beach but if you never go to the beach otherwise, then it just doesn’t make any sense to go there.  

What’s important to you?  Where would you go on a date?  What do you like to do together?  Do you want casual or dressy?  (Dress is my favorite).  

So browse for some inspiration and then let’s plan your session soon!

In no particular order:

Grand Haven State Park –Map

Grand Haven North Beach – Map

Rosy Mound Nature Preserve – Map

Grand Ravines – North and SouthMap

Grand Ravines – AgainMap

Kouw ParkMap

Downtown Grand Rapids

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Hofma ParkMap

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Night Engagement Photographs with Sparklers | Grand Rapids Michigan

Civic Theater area 

Meeting at the Civic Theater in Grand Rapids we walked around the small block having fun playing with the different aesthetics of the Children’s Museum, the old YMCA and the First Park Congregational Church and the Veterans Memorial park 

Mill and Tom were thoroughly frozen by the time we were done but they still made some great memories.  These two work so well together and learn from each other all the time.  I LOVE that!

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Grand Haven People’s Choice Winner 2019

Canon Selphy Printer Give Away

Thank you AGAIN Grand Haven area for your support of small businesses!

We are so grateful to each of you who voted for us and would like to say thank you by giving away a Canon Selphy Printer!  This is an easy to use photo printer that connects right to your phone so you can get those fun memories off your phone and into PRINT!  

There are lots of ways to enter so choose what fits you best!  Be sure to share this post with friends and family, too!

 

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Grand Rapids Michigan | Downtown Engagement Session

Rosa Parks Circle and Look-Out Park

Shannon and Marc were great sports about heading on the extremely cold evening. We first started at sunset at Look Out park to catch the view over the city at sunset.  Then we went down to Rosa Parks Circle to walk around a bit.  None of us lasted long in the 20 something degree weather but it was well worth it to see the smiles on their faces.  They may have taken a few days to thaw though!

Their wedding will be in December at Lions and Rabbits in Grand Rapids, MI.  

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Holiday Inn – Spring Lake | Grand Haven | Michigan Venue

The Lakeshore just gained another amazing venue for your wedding options!  The Holiday Inn has always been a wonderful option for a wedding right along the lake shore but now it is so gorgeous, I can’t wait for you all to see it in person.  It’s classy and elegant with views out on to the water and the beautiful West Michigan sunsets. These photos are from a wonderful vendor introduction night hosted by Holiday Inn.  They wanted to show off their new space and rightfully so.  So they pulled out all the stops and showed us how they can really throw a party.  From appetizers to signature drinks and everything in between, the food and service was amazing! Chef Jonathan really did a wonderful job! The decor in the set up by Chalet Floral.  Flowers by Essential Designs, Desserts by Grand Finale, Food and appetizers by Holiday Inn – Spring Lake, Grand Haven.   This venue is sure the please even the most discerning eye!  

The photographs were from a vendor welcome event hosted by Spring Lake Holiday Inn and it was such a fun night.  From appetizers to signature drinks and everything in between the food and service were a wonderful treat!  Chef Jonathan and his team did a wonderful job with all the goodies that came out of the kitchen and event coordinator, Sam, made us all feel really welcome!

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Winter Engagement Session – Grand Haven, MI

Duncan Woods and Downtown Grand Haven

For this post, the lovely Teidda has shared a bit about their story.  ENJOY!

How did you two meet?

We met as co-workers while we worked at the hospital.

Tell us about the proposal!

We had a small intimate proposal at home.

Where will you be getting married?

Rycenga Park, Spring Lake

Tell us about the engagement session experience

The engagement session was so much fun! Brenda was so calm and relaxed that we were able to be ourselves, romantic and silly. We love her attention to detail and creativity. The photos turned out amazing and we love them all!

What are you most looking forward to about being married?

With marriage comes a comfort that you will be taking care of someone else and they will be taking care of you. It means you have a partner to share in life’s experiences! 

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