Laura + Jon { married! }

Laura and Jon were married on a lovely, albeit another rainy, afternoon in Grand Rapids.  In all honesty, I really don’t mind rainy days.  I know rain is never what a bride wants on her wedding day, and I know the last thing she wants to hear is that “it brings luck!”  I think it brings pretty skies, lovely misty raindrops, and a chance to break out the umbrellas for some really great images.  And also, it rained on the morning of our wedding day, and well, we feel pretty lucky  :)   We wish the same for Jon and Laura!

I started with the girls at Laura’s parents’ home.  And for their wedding blog post, I absolutely MUST begin with her shoes.  Oh, her beautiful, perfect, incredible Kate Spade hot pink shoes.  (My heart just did a flip as I typed that.)

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Oh. Baby.  And pretty flowers too!

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What’s that?  You want to see her shoes again?  But of course:

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Meanwhile, the guys were getting ready with Jamie.  Jamie usually doesn’t come with me, but he tagged along for their engagement session in Ann Arbor and the four of us had a really great time together.  Since then, we’ve become friends with Laura and Jon, so naturally, Jamie volunteered to tag along for the wedding.  And by “tag along”, I mean be a total rockstar second shooter!  Thanks babaroo!  :)

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The guys headed over to the house for Jon and Laura’s first look as she was putting on her final touches… the veil!  For a lot of brides, this is the moment when you really feel like a bride ~

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First Look, right on the dirt road in front of her parents’ house.  Love!

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They had written notes to each other ~

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A family prayer in the foyer, and it was time for the ceremony!

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{ married! }

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Jamie’s view from the top of the stairs – hey, that’s me on the right!  Next to the fabulous and super sweet Anne from Inspiration Video!  Is she adorable or what?

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Jon and Laura set aside lots of time for pictures, which of course made me infinitely happy, and made for… well, LOTS of pictures.  This might be a long post, you might want to get comfy ;)

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{ faaaaaavorite! }

(and every reason why I love umbrellas and long veils!!)

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We headed downtown next ~

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So what happens when a bridesmaid forgets her bouquet in the limobus?  You send a Jamie for it!  :)

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In love with these dresses, I think they are crazy-cute and absolutely wearable again!

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And yes, they ALL have fabulous pink shoes!!!

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The usherettes wore little black dresses with pink clutches and shoes.  Fierce, ladies!

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It actually started to rain pretty good here, so we were very glad we had the stash of umbrellas!

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Fabulous, dahlings, fabulous!

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And then for just a moment… the sun broke out!  My beloved, beautiful, gorgeous sun!!

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We all headed into the reception, held at the always beautiful Grand Rapids Public Museum.  As the bridal party entered, they all went straight to the dance floor, as the DJ (Rick Reuthers) played the Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”.  Awesome!  Great way to get the party started!

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Loved all of their details!

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Candy Buffet!

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And THE cutest cake topper, which was Laura’s great-grandparents’.  It graced their wedding cake in 1929!

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Milk and cookies too!  In martini glasses!!

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Of course, you can’t have your wedding at the GR Public Museum and not go for a spin on the carousel!

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They wrapped up their wedding day with a sparkler sendoff on the bridge ~

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Congratulations Laura and Jon!  We wish you the very very best!  :) k+j

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  • Allison - Such a beautiful couple!! And the cake topper?! How sweet~ Congrats!! *yay kate spade*

  • Erin N. - Is that second (very romantic) photo of the groom and groom’s men by Jamie? It’s hilarious! Love it!

  • Jamie - So, so gorgeous, as always Kristen! I love looking at your blog photos.

  • Christa Meola - WOW. Amazing, a-ma-zing! shots – all of them are so darn good. I would hire you in a heartbeat if I were getting married. You have given this couple priceless and beautiful memories… Phenomenal job! xo, Christa

  • Laura F - Gorgeous! Such an amazing day. Thank you for sharing. :)Not too shabby Jamie. I like your work too ;)

  • Trisha - kate spade + vintage + umbrellas + sunshine + gorgeous people = pinch me is this a dream?

  • Nicole P - AWESOME job, love your work! Love all the details and unique things this couple had for their wedding :)

  • Amanda - Kristen..these are so fricken awesome! I need to talk to this bride, she has great style! I need her help!

    these are great, I almost started crying!!! congrats to them! great shots, i’m obsessed!

  • Stacey Taylor - Laura and John,
    Wow, the photographer is right, rainy days makes for gorgeous pictures! I so enjoyed looking and remembering your special day.
    I have never seen such unique poses and the color is so vibrant, even with the rain, by the pics. I would never guess the weather wasn’t great.
    You two are special, I am so happy for you.
    Many years of happiness ahead,
    Stacey

  • Kellie - Absolutely gorgeous!! Their details were amazing!!

  • Ashley Folkema - Kristen, these are just awesome!

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