Lander + Frank { married! }

“Our daddies used to joke about the two of us, growing up and falling in love…”

Lander and Frank were together most of their lives; their fathers were friends. Their story is one out of a Nicholas Sparks novel, or like the quote above, a Taylor Swift song. They met in preschool, and dated from the age of 3 until one of the families moved.  But it would take more than miles to separate them.  Lander’s sister told a story at dinner about how Lander always knew she’d marry that boy.  When he moved out to Montana a few years ago, she soon found herself there.  You know, just job searching and checking out the area.  Or as Grandma tells Frank, “She went out there to get you, you know”.

“A few years had gone and come around, we were sitting at our favorite spot in town. And you looked at me, got down on one knee…”

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They were married at Clear Lake Camp, where they had spent many summers. It was the perfect place, with meaning, heart, charm and overflowing with memories and love.  Their families and friends came from all over the country to be there.

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A very clever tip for brides-to-be with those pretty little covered buttons: crochet needles!  My bridesmaids used these on my gown too!  Great minds…  ;)

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Meanwhile Frank was already looking handsomely dashing!

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Lander looked absolutely breathtaking in her Maggie Sottero chiffon gown and heirloom veil.  The veil was her grandmother’s, which she had carefully cleaned and lightly redesigned and updated from its original style.  It was so perfect, romantic and beautiful.

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I could have photographed her in this orchard all day long…

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Seriously Lander!  This image makes my heart race, I love it so much <3

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They decided to see each other before the ceremony, and we chose this gorgeous orchard for their first look.

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Frank is here!  With flowers!!

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Love!  If this isn’t reason enough to have a First Look, I don’t know what is  <3

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Love this!

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We met up with the bridal party down by the lake for some pre-ceremony group pictures.  Funs!

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I love this one, it feels like an old vintage photograph to me :)

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We got a couple pictures on the dock… just a couple. Heee, these docks may not have been made for larger groups of people… let’s just get this pretty bride back to shore safely, kthankyou.

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Loving her handmade bouquet!

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Guest started arriving, it was time for the ceremony!  The evening was so beautiful ~

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Lander’s Dad (love him!!) walked her down the aisle.

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Have I told you how much I love outdoor weddings?  I do, I do…

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“You said I do, and I did too”

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After the ceremony, they were whisked away by a limo and taken downtown, just in time for… you guessed it, rain.  We’ve had a ridiculously rainy season this year in Michigan, which definitely makes things challenging for everyone. But they and I embraced it with some lovely umbrellas and romantic images on the wet streets of Hastings.

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I superlove this image.  So chic, so fierce!

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They held an ice cream social reception at the Walldorff’s Ballroom.  What a gorgeous place!  Perfect intimate setting, with big windows and lovely red walls.

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The cakes, the cookies, the desserts, the ice cream bar… Eeee!  It looked like heaven!

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Omigoodness, does this make you crave cupcakes like madness or what?   ::nom!::

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They danced to Mary’s Song by Taylor Swift, which is what’s in the quotes throughout this post.  It could have been written for them. I’m not gonna lie, I teared up.  <3

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Music by the awesome Yon at Party in a Box

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“I’ll still look at you like the stars that shine, in the sky, oh my my my…”

Wishing you much love and happiness, always.   :)Kristen

  • Jenn - You were in my favorite little town! I guess I’m biased! Party In A Box is AWESOME! Great pictures! Love the ceremony pic, dock pics and oh every other one!!!

  • Erin N. - Kristen you made me cry! These are so wonderful. (And the dress! Love the dress!)

  • Ashley Folkema - Kristen – How special! The story you included in the beginning was most perfect. Beautiful! And look at that ice cream bar…

  • Julie Farthing - Lander and Frank grew up in the mountains of NC where my girls were best friends with Lander and her sister Mariah. I couldn’t make it up to Michigan, but these pictures take me there as if I were sitting in a chair by the lake. These folks are the real thing and your pictures capture the natural and pure beauty of their love. I love you angles, your eye for the unusual and how you sometimes drop beauty in the middle of the forsaken. Great job!

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