Being by the water and at the beach is definitely my happy place! When I get to travel to a beautiful Michigan beach AND photograph an engagement session at the same time, I am in HEAVEN!! Kristen and Dave's engagement session has become one of my all-time favorites (although I'm pretty sure I say that about every new engagement and wedding I shoot! Ha!). . .Read more
My favorite place on Earth is Northern Michigan. To be more specific it is on the lake watching the beautiful blue water or enjoying the warm sunshine on my shoulders as I read a book and feeling the cool breeze at night by the fire pit, and basically never going inside! Northern Michigan is just so amazing and I was ecstatic when Maegan & Eric told me that they planned to hold their wedding on the beach in Oscoda, MI!Read more
It is said that rain on your wedding day is an omen of good luck for your marriage. On the morning of Victoria and Tyler's outdoor forest wedding in Interlochen, MI the forecast called for rain storms. Victoria and Tyler were admittedly a bit worried that they may have to relocated from their Northern Michigan woods at Frog Pond Village to someplace a bit dryer.Read more
With the potentially freezing temperature forecast for this weekend, I thought I would feature one of the weddings that I had the honor of photographing this summer! Looking back on Cyndi and Scott's destination beach wedding I can almost feel the warm sun and gritty sand beneath my toes. . . almost. :)Read more
Within the dense greenery of the Huron National Forest surrounding us, Shayna walked down the aisle barefoot as a cello player strummed soft love notes and as she reached her soon-to-be husband, Matt, he was unable to hold back a truly happy grin from ear to ear. This wedding day is so very close to my heart as I have known Shayna for years and when she told me that she was engaged and that they were holding a wedding weekend where everyone would camp and enjoy one-another for a few days around the ceremony and marriage celebration, all I could think was.... it was SO her! In it's simplicity, it was so beautiful. It was sweet. And I was honored to be counted among their family and friends in attendance as Shayna and Matt exchanged their vows.
I think there are moments in life when an event truly refreshes you in spirit and in mind. Shayna and Matt's wedding in the woods near South Branch, MI was a vacation for me ironically as I was an invited guest along with my love, Scott, and Shayna being a very free and creative soul herself welcomed any additional pictures and moments that I might capture. Shayna has the biggest, kindest heart and I want nothing but heaps of love and blessings for her and Matt's married life together. I have come to find that I so enjoy weddings where there is a focus on the experience and where family and friends come together in a natural and effortless manner all in the name of love.
Shayna and Matt I want nothing but good things for you both and I can't wait to hear all about your adventures together in this next chapter in your life! During the ceremony, I put down my camera just soaking in being there with you amongst the trees and fully in the moment. When Matt's uncle asked you to say your vows my heart burst and I let out a deep breath. It was a moment and a time that I will never forget and I thank you.
Invitation: Handmade by Alicia Marie Portrait Art
Ceremony/Reception: Huron National Forest, South Branch Trail Campground, Michigan
Photographer: Courtney Carolyn Photography
The air was heavy and hot as we journeyed to the top of the lower peninsula for this Up North wedding in Tustin, Michigan. Diane and Nick both wanted a very laid back wedding celebration with family and friends and planned a whole wedding weekend where everyone camped, swam, fished, enjoyed cool beverages, and enjoyed the summer days together. The bridal prep, the ceremony, and the reception would all be taking place at the secluded woodland retreat, The Kettunen Center, which also had a beautiful lakefront view. Throughout the morning family and friends enjoyed this hidden, off-the-beaten-path retreat and also prepared for the afternoon celebration.
The flowers for the centerpieces and decor were assembled by mothers, grandmothers, and cousins during the morning of the wedding day while Diane and Nick began to get ready. As a friend sang and strummed her ukulele, Diane seemed to glide down the aisle towards a beaming Nick, in a blush-colored and crystal embellished wedding gown.
So much love surrounded this fun couple as poems and pretty things were spoken at the ceremony and as Nick and Diane recited their vows to each other through teary eyes and ecstatic bursts of laughter. After some quick family portraits, the bride and groom took a few moments to be alone and to cherish this very special time in their relationship. As the sun began to set, we then took Diane and Nick down by the water to capture some beautiful and romantic pictures of them before they headed to join family and friends at the reception.
The yellow lightning bugs buzzed and cries of laughter rang through the air as this outdoor reception continued on the beach. Some younger guests took to the glassy cool water to swim, canoe, and fish while others enjoyed people watching from the beach or from around the bonfire. Once the sun had officially gone down and the sand was cool, ladies and gents kicked off their shoes and danced the night away barefoot on the beach beneath an inky black sky full of twinkling stars.
I want to wish Diane and Nick so much love and happiness and congratulations on being MARRIED!
***I met Diane and Nick while freelancing my photography skills and secondarily assisting Brittany Alies Photography and I enjoyed capturing all the amazing details of their low-key up north wedding in Tustin, MI!***
(To read more about why I collaborate and work with other photographers, check out this post.)
(All photos are Copyright to the wonderful Brittany Alies Photography but were captured by Courtney Carolyn.)
Many (many) thanks the talented team who were apart of this beautiful wedding
Venue: The Kettunen Center, Tustin, MI
Cake: Zehnder's Bakery, Frankenmuth, MI
Hair + Make-Up: Family friend
Tiffany and Frank's Clarkston, MI wedding was such an honor to be a part of. From the moment I arrived, camera in hand, I could see all the time and planning that Tiffany had put into the whole celebration. Yellow roses and billy ball flowers filled the bridal bouquet, soft burlap, candles, and natural accents were laid on every table, and the sweeping view from the balcony of The Oakhurst Golf and Country Club looked over tall, sheltering trees reminiscent of Up North/Northern Michigan.
After the family pearls were placed around Tiffany's neck and Frank and his groomsmen toasted the day, friends and family gathered outside for the romantic ceremony beneath a birch tree alter. Emotions were high and tears flowed freely as the couple said their vows and exchanged rings. The sound of a Scottish bagpipe cut through the air and singled the time to party! As the cake was cut, toasts were given, and dances danced, there was one final surprise for guests that Tiffany and Frank planned - roasting marshmallows for s'mores out on the deck beneath the stars.
Tiffany and Frank, thank you. It was an honor to capture your beautiful day. I wish you nothing but happiness and adventures as you begin your life together!
I met Tiffany + Frank while freelancing my photography skills for Fairytale Productions. (All photos were captured by Courtney Carolyn, but are copyright to Fairytale Productions. To read more about why I collaborate and work with other photographers, check out this post.)
Many (many) thanks to the talented team who were a part of creating this beautiful wedding
Ceremony Venue: Oakhust Golf and Country Club, Clarkston, MI
Reception Venue: Oakhust Golf and Country Club, Clarkston, MI