Boat Grand Entrance at Devil's Lake, MI Wedding: Laura + Peter

I was there from the beginning. Peter was one of my supervisors when I worked at the Adrian College Campus Safety and Laura had just become the new Greek Life Coordinator at Adrian College. Within the next couple of years Peter and Laura fell in love and after Peter proposed to Laura, they asked me to be their wedding photographer. (See their snowy engagement shoot here)

The night before their wedding, Peter and Laura invited me to attend their rehearsal dinner to celebrate as not only their photographer but as their friend too. That's what I love so much about Peter and Laura, they are two people who are funny, loving, and very warm, giving souls. Their family and close friends looked back on a slideshow of pictures of Peter and Laura through the years and took the boat out on Devil's Lake to watch the shooting stars. It was one of those perfect summer nights in Michigan at the lake.

The day started like any other day - except for Peter and Laura - they were followed around by a photographer all morning (me). Nestled in sleepy little cottages, the groom got ready with his groomsmen before making their way via trolley to the church and the bride and bridesmaids headed out to the salon for a morning of curling irons and laughs at the Bellus Salon in Adrian. As the day moved along, Peter and Laura stood up in front of all of their family and friends at the Adrian College Herrick Chapel and promised to love each other and to have fun along the way. The bride and groom's grand entrance to the reception at the Devil's Lake Yacht Club was not by horse drawn carriage or a fancy limo, it was by boat. In true michigander style, these two had a love for being at the lake and so a close family friend offered up his boat as their entrance chariot. How cool, right?!

Peter and Laura, I think you both are incredible and to stand amongst your family and friends is something I will never forget! I can't wait to hear about all the amazing things to come for you guys in the many undoubtably happy years yet to come. Thank you so much for allowing me to be your wedding photographer.

Love always,

Courtney Carolyn

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Peter got ready with his groomsmen at a lake side cottage and they toasted Jack Daniel's.

Laura took a moment to gather her thoughts before the ceremony and wrote a personal note for Peter.

One of the many cool modes of transportation that Peter and Laura used on their wedding day was a local trolley from Tecumseh, MI

After she put on her wedding gown, there were tears of joy and excitement as Laura read a few text messages from her husband to be before the ceremony.

The guests gushed with happiness after the bride and groom said their "I dos" at the Adrian College Herrick Chapel.

Peter and Laura wanted to have a very special grand entrance to their reception on the lake by catching a lift from a family friend who had a beautifully restored vintage motor boat!

Peter and Laura took a few moments alone at the end of the night to stroll down the dock and quietly celebrate their commitment to each other and to soak in the love their family and friends have for them.

Many thanks to the wedding day team that were a part of making this day memorable:

Hair + Makeup: Bellus Salon and Spa

Transportation: Tecumseh Trolley & Limousine

Boat Transportation: Family Friend

Ceremony Venue: Adrian College Herrick Chapel

Reception Venue: Devil's Lake Yacht Club

Photography: Courtney Carolyn Photography

Family Focused Wedding Plymouth, MI: Amanda + Josh

Sometimes when you know, you know. Why wait? That was the mantra of the small, family-focused and a little bit spontaneous wedding ceremony of Amanda and Josh. These two are so very near and dear to my heart, and I was so excited to be counted among the handful of immediate family that they decided to say "I do," in front of. I have known Amanda and Josh throughout most of their relationship and am so, SO happy for them!

It was a beautiful fall day for this cozy, little backyard celebration in Plymouth, MI. The idea of the day was simple, yet romantic as these two lives entwined to become one, to follow the same path. A few pictures were captured in the pre-wedding hour, when guests arrived, kisses were exchanged, laughs echoed through the house, and rings were admired all the while the wife and husband to-be would steal glances at one another from across the room.

The ceremony was officiated by a friend of the couple and even though both the bride and groom stumbled over repeating a few lines here and there, they gave their family a good laugh and cry. A feeling of intense love was in the air from those present and from those watching over the celebration. The ceremony was sealed with a kiss and a crunch of a glass bottle under the groom's foot and we all got swept into the house to toast and dot the I's and cross the T's for the state.

Amanda and Josh I am so happy for the both of you and can't say congrats enough!

Love Always,

Courtney Carolyn