This marks our sixth season of partnering with Cornerstone University to help tell the story of just a few of their talented, brilliant, and fearless graduates as they step out into the real world - taking everything that they’ve learned while at CU and applying it with the utmost of excellence to be culture changers in the world for Christ. If you’ve followed us for even a little while you know this is a series we get excited about creating every year because it allows us to know these students, our fellow alumni, on such a real and transparent level. To reflect with them on all that their college careers have entailed; every success and major academic and professional accomplishment, every struggle and personal heartache, every valley crossed and every mountain climbed - this is a series of celebration that we cannot say enough how thankful we are able to share in. From stories of students finding a thirst within themselves to learn and thrive, to stories of students working to be the hands and feet of Christ; from stories of students working to make a way for their own children to one day accomplish even greater things, to stories of students working to bring the kingdom of Heaven to Earth, this year we celebrate the many stories of all the CU graduating classes of 2019.
By now Courtney + Chris need no introduction. We’ve gushed and swooned over these two for months now, and here’s yet another chance for all of us to do so again! Courtney and Chris are two of the most wonderfully kind people you could hope to meet, they are unquestionably adorable together, and they care for one another on such a deep and pure level that in many ways you aren’t the same after getting to know them. I know we sure aren’t.
Even if it weren’t the dead of winter we’d still be dreaming back to this day for so many countless reasons. Of the many that come flooding back, the letters these two wrote to each other before their first look easily floors us the most. To hear the words these two had chosen to share, the memories they were reliving on their morning, the promises already being made, and the unconditional love that was so boldly on display - we were crying right along with Courtney!
We cannot say enough how thankful we are these two had the most perfect day, because they deserve absolutely nothing less. We are still counting down the days till we are able to see them again, but for now let’s show this couple the most love. Here’s to the beautiful Mr + Mrs Bowen!
Cinematography & Photography: Shadow Shine Pictures
Wedding Event Coordination: Jenna Mahoney (Victoria’s Floral Design)
Floral Design: Victoria’s Floral Design
Wedding Dress: White Traditions Bridal
Reception DJ: Rusch Entertainment
Wedding Cake: Victoria’s Floral Design
Calligraphy: Kate Marston
Venues: The Homestead
Allie and Zach grew up just minutes apart from one another. They at least on one or two occasions went to the same music festival in Northern Indiana as kids, and as fate would have it, they’d both end up moving clear across the country to the same city without ever knowing who they’d meet there. If that isn’t the start of one of the most romantic love stories, we don’t know what is!
We met Allie way back in our college days, and she was even a part of one of the very first Shadow Shine films believe it or not! Since then we’ve been blessed to continue to get to know Allie as a friend and fellow Cornerstone alumni and have loved watching her career take off. If you know Allie you know she is without question one of the most caring, attune, and selfless people God has ever blessed this earth with. When she moved out to Los Angeles I don’t think any of us realized she’d be meeting the man created perfectly to match her heart, but sure enough, she met Zach. He could not be anymore her equal in heart, character, or spirit. Adventuring around LA with them, seeing how they both make each other smile and light up, was one of the best days ever.
Allie and Zach are some of the best this life has to offer, and we could not be more thankful that they not only found one another in a city nearly 19 times the size of Grand Rapids, but that together the make this world a better, brighter place. Celebrating with these two later this summer cannot come soon enough!
When the opportunity to take a road trip down south to spend the day with two of the funniest, goofiest, and sweetest people you know comes calling, you grab your camera and your bag and you hit the road - even if that means you might be driving into a hurricane.
We’ve known Rachel for nearly ten years now, so when we first heard about this boy “David” that she had met at church we knew something was up! When we finally met this man that we had heard all about we were so excited because it took no time at all while driving around Charleston one fall afternoon with the two of them to see how incredibly happy he made Rachel; the way she just trusted him completely, loved him deeply, and laughed at all his funny faces and dad jokes.
As one might have expected, their day was the perfect reflection of who these two people are as a one: intentional, sweet, and joyous. We are so happy for Rachel and David, and all of their friends and family. The Lord has some big plans for these two, that we are sure of, and we cannot wait to see all of the adventures they are about to embark on together. Here’s to Mr + Mrs Eudy, may you two never lose that infectious, lovable, silliness that we all could use more of in our lives!
Adventures through the woods on a sunny fall afternoon with two childhood friends turned high school sweethearts. Does it get much better than that? Only when those sweethearts are Graycen + Tom!
We all drove to Grand Ledge for the day because this little town has been Graycen and Tom’s meeting spot for the last several years while Tom has been away for school at Spring Arbor. Almost every weekend they’ll drive half way and spend the day together, exploring, planning, and dreaming out the rest of their lives. If this day was anything it was a perfect glimpse into that future.
We cannot say enough how special sharing this day of exploring with them was, and as if we weren’t already excited for their wedding next summer, now we are hardcore swooning.
Graycen + Tom go hiking in style.
The best part of being a storyteller isn’t the adventures you get to go on. It isn’t the “art” or the final piece you produce. It isn’t even the ability to tell stories. The best, most fulfilling aspect of being a storyteller is the relationships you create with the people you meet as you go through this life. The types of relationships that go deeper than just a one-day event, the kind where you thank God for bringing them into your life, the kind where you can’t wait to see them again. We didn’t know Courtney and Chris prior them reaching out to us about their wedding, but we can say with every fiber of our beings that these are two humans whom we are so thankful to now have in our lives.
They are so kind, so loving, and so beautiful inside and out that everything they do just radiates this wonderful life that fills you right up. We prayed for the absolute perfect day for them because honestly, they deserve nothing less. Looking back I’d say they got just that. Being surrounded by their amazing friends and family, overlooking Lake Michigan as they exchanged their vows, promising themselves to one another for now and always, it brought us to tears.
These are just a few moments from a day we wish we could go back and relive over and over with them, and we are so blessed to have been able to share in such a perfect day with these two dear friends of ours. We cannot wait to see them again, but for now, we’ll just get lost in looking back through these memories from the most perfect wedding of the most perfect people. Here’s to the gorgeous Mr + Mrs Bowen!
Over the years we’ve been to many a wedding, danced on seemingly endless dance floors, spent countless golden hours in fields, by the shore, and on rooftops with some pretty awesome couples, and pay witness to moments that remind us what real, honest love looks like. In all these moments, through all these years the thing that we’ve found marks a truly perfect wedding is one where the entire affair - the preparations, the ceremony, all the way till the end of the reception - is one giant celebration for two people completely and incandescently in love with each other. Merisa+Ryan’s story and day is just such a wedding.
These two have been by each other’s side for years (literally since high school) so it’s no surprise that this day, the culmination of their journey together, would bring their entire family and all their friends together to cheer these two on and turn into such a beautiful outpouring of joy and love. From the moment we stepped into the bridal suite we could feel the ecstatic energy as the girls all got ready and began putting on their gorgeous dresses. Then, if we weren’t already completely swooning over these two, the first looks had us tearing up hard as Ryan saw his beautiful bride to be for the first time. It was one of those moments where you just step back and realize, ‘yep, this is LOVE.’
Everything about their day was an amazing reflection of who these two are as individuals, but most importantly as a couple. It definitely makes our list for weddings we’d easily go back and relive in a heartbeat if given the chance. Unfortunately, until time machines are invented we’ll have to rely on trailers and pictures like these to remember what this day was all about - celebrating this brilliant, beautiful, and perfect couple, Mr+Mrs Heeke.
Cinematography: Shadow Shine Pictures
Photography: Guys and Dolls Photography
Wedding Event Design and Coordination: Modern Day Events and Floral
Florist: Modern Day Events and Floral
Wedding Dress: Bridal Gallery
Menswear: Jos. A Banks
Ceremony String Quartet: Ed Clifford
Reception Band: Mainstreet Soul
Wedding Cake: The Amway Grand
Catering: The Amway Grand