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