{ Jamie and Brent :: Married in Northern Michigan! }

The night before was dark and rainy, with severe thunderstorm warnings. Rather than gathering around a campfire, the wedding party and traveling guests gathered in the resort lobby and in the bridal suite.  Despite the weather, there were bright smiles, tight hugs, and plenty of clinking cheers. The next morning was dewy and beautiful, with bits of encouraging sun breaking through the soft haze across the rolling greens of Shanty Creek Resort near Traverse City, Michigan. As the sun was rising and the rest of the world was just waking up, the bride, groom, and family and friends were out running their very own 5k.

When we met up with Jamie, she was already looking amazing, ready to get into her gown and meet Brent.

I adore the details of a wedding gown ~

This is one of my favorite First Look series!  They met at the top of a ski hill at Shanty Creek, overlooking the greater Traverse City area.  Gorgeous!

first lookback of wedding dress

This is it, the moment ~

best first look

Now that’s the face of a man in love!

romantic first look

Jamie, you are stunning!!

gorgeous brideboutionierre

My Jamie accompanied me to their wedding and photographed it with me – I love this shot he got (left) while I was getting the one on the right, and the horizontal image below.  Love!

And before we knew it, it was time for their ceremony, held at Cedar Bend Farm in Mancelona, Michigan, just outside of Traverse City.  They set up an altar and arch with seating for guests out in the middle of a field.  It couldn’t have been more perfect!  This little chapel on the hill overlooked the field as they said their vows ~

bride dad hug

{ married! }

Meet their gorgeous and super fun bridal party!

veil kisskissing behind veil

My favorite shot of the day : swoon!

Perfectly beautiful bouquets in green and white

bouquets purple green

Gotta love guys in argyle socks!!

groomsmen argyle socks

More reasons to love my hubby Jamie:  while I was getting these shots,

He got THIS!!  My second favorite image of the day!  See why I keep him around?  🙂

rings corks wine

Back at Shanty Creek, the ballroom was beautifully decorated and lit for Jamie and Brent’s reception.  Love all the wine details, and the “jb” initial spotlight on the dancefloor!

Congratulations again, Jamie and Brent!  You had an amazing day, thank you for having us!  Wishing you all the very best.  Love, j+k


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  • Jessica - I love this wedding! Amazing “first look” pictures. What a gorgeous setting!

  • Sarah - These are so gorgeous. Her eyes are so beautiful. I love your ring shots btw. I always look for them when you post new stuff. I am all about the details and you capture them so well:)

  • Brooke - Fabulous! 🙂

  • Nicole - Beautiful! I am also loving the shots from different angles (that Jamie took!) Also, I thought it was great that the ceremony was at Cedar Bend! Every Freshman Core 100 class at SAU has to go there (I was there in 2006) and rustic camp for a weekend! (and you even have to kill a chicken for dinner… ewww, so gross!) Anyway minus that little detail, just thought I would share that little tid-bit. Nice work as always Kristen!

  • LeolaK - These are great! She looks gorgeous! It’s crazy how much they look alike too!

  • Erin - I LOVE the elegant and simple outdoor ceremony. Absolutely breathtaking.

  • Libby - Wow, these images are so beautiful. I love all the detail shots you captured and I love the first look series…so unique and I love the groom’s expression. Gorgeous couple, gorgeous images!

  • amanda thiessen - love love love these! amazing!

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