Claire + Rex: Grand Rapids Engagement

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Claire + Rex: Grand Rapids Engagement

When two of your favorite, joy-filled, adventurous friends asks you to spend an afternoon with them going on an adventure it's hard to refuse, and it's down right impossible when it's Rex and Claire! Rex became a close friend of our team during a trip to Zambia Africa a few years ago and shortly after he helped us run a pretty intensive marketing campaign for our first major narrative short film project. It wasn't long after when we met Claire, whom Rex had been dating for a bit by then, and we truly could not think of a better match for this kind and caring friend we found in Rex.

Claire is Rex's equal in both grace and compassion, his guiding light, and his adventure buddy. You can see it in the way he looks at her with those stolen glances, you can hear it in her laugh when he holds and snuggles up close to her. No couple is perfect, but man, these two balance, strengthen, and raise up the other in such a beautiful and awe-inspiring way that the word feels quite right to be applied.

This late fall afternoon walking around Eastown, heading out into the sun laced woods, and venturing down a quiet river bank, was less like work and infinitely more like getting lost on an adventure with two of your favorite characters from a book you fell in love with years ago. Both are on their way to some amazing and ambitious dreams, but what we are most excited about for Claire and Rex is their wedding later this summer, when the two say "I do" and pledge their love to one another. We should probably start thinking about stocking up on tissues because there are no doubts that we are going to be bawling the whole day!

Seriously, love, love, LOVE these two!

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Jahaan + Scott: The Warren Wedding Trailer

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Jahaan + Scott: The Warren Wedding Trailer

Oh please someone take us back to long summer days, warm summer nights, and breathtaking sunsets beachside. And more specifically, someone take us back to Jahaan and Scott's gorgeous wedding day! Seriously this day was absolutely flawless in every single way and spending it with these two was perfection. The weddings where everything just clicks and the bride and groom have the time of their lives are honest to goodness the best, and that was 100% Jahaan and Scott's day.

Jahaan was radiant and her mermaid style wedding dress by Matthew Christopher was to die for! Scott himself also could not have looked any more sharp and dapper in his suite and this entire bridal party was just on point the ENTIRE DAY! Oh, and through Benton Harbor, the Veranda, and the St. Joseph beach into the mix and you arguably have the most perfect wedding you could ever want or ask for!

All the love and joy and happiness in the world getting sent out to these two love birds this afternoon!

Cinematography: ShadowShine Pictures

Photography: Michael Koch Photo

Wedding Planners: 1928 Wedding Planning Co., Meg Madden, Lindsay Magee, and Janeen Blake

Florist: Love Greyson Floral Design

Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher with Bridal Stylist Theresa Smith

Hair and Makeup: Katherine Heinrich, Trish McEvoy

DJ: Monte Janssen with Wiser Productions

Wedding Cake: CK Catering

Venue: The Inn at Harbor Shores, The Veranda

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Casey + Regan: The Smith Wedding Trailer

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Casey + Regan: The Smith Wedding Trailer

Venturing outside of our state to film a wedding is a special occasion for us; even more so when that occasion is the wedding of these two DROP DEAD GORGEOUS PEOPLE! We were so excited and honored when Casey+Regan asked us to come all the way out to Toledo to be a part of their day and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day to spend with these two. On a day like today it's hard to remember what warm sun feels like on your skin, but this wedding trailer is helping us to do so!

Seriously, we're not sure how we keep getting blessed with couples like Casey and Regan, but we are so beyond thankful for them! The love story between these two is a long one, and you can so easily see how deeply these two care for one another and how God has played such a central role in shaping these two over the years for one another. And there was no shortage of joy and laughter as everyone just purely celebrated these two, love, and the blessings bestowed on all of us. There's little thought we have to give when someone asks what we like, better yet love, filming weddings; all we have to do is point them to moments like these.

We're madly in love with these two, that's all we can say.

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Lake Michigan Wedding Inspiration

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Lake Michigan Wedding Inspiration

For the majority of our team, West Michigan, with its long summer days and gorgeous fall sights, encapsulated our childhoods. Everything from mighty maple forests we could go wonder around through for hours on end, to larger than life sand dunes that seemingly transported us to a whole other world - we fell in love with the beauty of this land. But most of all, there were our magnificent lakes, and namely Lake Michigan, which was just a short drive away or many of us. It's one of the defining characteristics of this beautiful state - I mean, they don't call it Pure Michigan for nothing! So when the idea came up to work with our amazingly talented wedding planner friends over at Grand Occasions to create a style shoot completely centered around this enrapturing sight and place, we were in!

This shoot was in every way a labor of love with us planning everything from the smallest details to the largest design dreams for nearly a year (you know, in between all the other weddings we had to keep us busy!), and this end result is more gorgeous than any of us on our own could have ever imagined. And the reason for that? All the wonderful and brilliant West Michigan artisans and designers that we had the privilege of working alongside on this true passion project. It is clear that we all love what we do, and when you get enough creatives together, who are head-over-heels for weddings, and each bring their own special eye and talent to the table, literal magic happens!

Cinematography: ShadowShine Pictures

Photography: Noah PreFontaine

Event Design and Coordination: Grand Occasions

Stylization Assistance: Haylay Lynn Lifestyle

Wedding Dresses: Ali Nicole Bridal

Menswear: The Black Tux

Jewelry: Stone Armory

Silk Floral Designs: Grand Occasions

Wedding Cake: Cakabakery

Chocolates: Mokaya

Invitation Suite: Beautifully Noted

Hair & Styling: The Parlour

Make Up: E.G. Makeup

Rentals (furniture, linens, dishes): The Rental Company

Rentals (Vases and Candles): Gigi & LaClede

Rentals (Michigan wood pieces): Dove & Doe Designs

 

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Courtney + Chris: Frankfort Engagement

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Courtney + Chris: Frankfort Engagement

Lake Michigan, a late summer sunset, and Courtney+Chris: just a few of our favorite things!

Back in August we hopped into the car on a Saturday afternoon for a road trip up north to meet two people who we would later fall head over heels in love with. And yes, you guessed it. Those two beautiful people would be Courtney and Chris! While adventuring around Frankfurt, it didn't take long to realize that we had hit it big with this fun, adorable, and kind couple that we instantly became friends with.

Having to wait until next summer to see thee two again is a bummer, but we are so excited for them and beyond honored to be sharing in their wedding day!

Sending the soon to be Mr+Mrs Bowen all the love and summery beach vibes today on this bright and sunny fall day!

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Alex + Greg: The Barshied Wedding Trailer

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Alex + Greg: The Barshied Wedding Trailer

Grand Rapids weddings are some of our favorite what with getting to go to all the beautiful and pretty spots around our city. But when we get to spend these days with a couple like Alex+Greg, it means so much more!

Despite stormy weather that showed throughout the day these two were on cloud nine; completely in love, completely content in each other's arms. Their concern and compassion for the other shown in almost every way that day and we couldn't help but grow so in love with the both of them.

From the gorgeous Basilica of St. Adalbert where Alex+Greg said their vows to one another in front of hundreds of their family and friends, to downtown for bridal party photos in front of the icon GRAM, and then off to the beautiful Cascade Hills Country Club for a night of celebrating these two, this was a classic Grand Rapids wedding day. So incredibly thankful to have shared in it with them and to have paid witness to all the joy filled moments that we wish we could relive every weekend! 

Photography (featured in this blog) and Cinematography: ShadowShine Pictures

Photography: Kelly Sweet

Hair & Makeup: Jeffery Richard Salon

Wedding Dress: Eve of Milady

Wedding Planners: Modern Day Events and Floral

DJ: Music Host Entertainment

Wedding Cake: Cakes by Mary Briggs

Venue: Basilica of St. AdalbertCascade Hills Country Club

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Joseph + Patrice: The Jackson Wedding Trailer

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Joseph + Patrice: The Jackson Wedding Trailer

It has been a legitimate dream of ours to head up north, to catch a ferry across the lake, and film a wedding on the gorgeous Mackinac Island for years now. And guys, that dream came true - with one of the sweetest, most humble couples you could ever meet for that matter!

Yes, it was wet and raining most of the weekend but it was no less a fairytale wedding, and no we aren't just saying that. Patrice+Joseph's day felt like a real life storybook, Prince-marries-his-Princess wedding! With their family and closest friends gathered around them for this private and unquestionably intimate wedding, complete with horse-drawn carriage and all, it felt like we were sharing in the wedding day of the royal family. 

Really though, we basically were. These two are so rich in love and grace that they exemplify the best of humanity. Patrice and Joseph could not be any more kind and we are so eternally thankful that they allowed us to travel up for the weekend and share in their story. Here's to compassion, sweet, sweet couples, and an Island full of horses!

Photography: McCoy Made

Photography (featured in this blog) and Cinematography: ShadowShine Pictures

Florist: Margaret's Garden at Grand Hotel

Wedding Cake and Dinner: Grand Hotel

Wedding Dress: Private Designer

Tuxedos: Ralph Lauren Purple Label

Venues: Little Stone ChurchGrand Hotel, & The Greater Mackinac Island area

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