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Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer // Modern Romance Wedding Inspiration!

Last spring I photographed a fun wedding inspiration shoot that was pulled together by a super talented team of wedding professionals.  The end result was nothing short of gorgeous.  Sparkles, glass, simplicity and perfection.  Our goal was to do something out of our norm with lots of texture and little color.  What do you think?  Did we pull it off?  

Our friends at Black Tie Bride featured it on their blog and we were so grateful!  And after a few months….it’s finally time that I share it with you!  

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These flowers are so pretty.  Linnaea Floral always does such a fantastic job with their arrangements!

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Aren’t these placemats so much fun along with the flatware?!  I love the contrast and lack of color…such a unique statement!

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In lieu of a traditional cake…why not have dessert cocktails?!

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Our models were not only easy to photograph (can we say gorgeous?!), but they were so kind and sweet too!

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What do you say, Michelle, I think it’s about time to do this again!!  Creating is so much fun!  I wouldn’t be able to take these pretty photos without an amazing team of vendors behind the scenes making it all happen….  

Planning & Design:  Red Heels Events 

Flowers:  Linnaea Floral

Chairs & Glassware:  The Rental Company

Event Decor Rentals:  Events by I Candy

Linens:  Special Occasions West 

Makeup:  Makeup by Mariah Hansen 

Hair:  Shay Wilson

Dress:  Bianka Bridal 

Invitation Suite:  Events by I Candy

Photography:  Hetler Photography – Kellie


Michigan Wedding Photographer // 2016 Wedding Recap!

2016 was such a fun year with so many beautiful weddings.  Each year we are so blessed to meet new brides and grooms that make their way right into our hearts and this year was no different.  I love how Kristi and Isabel have become such an important part of our Hetler team…without them the past few years wouldn’t be the same!  I can’t wait to see what 2017 has waiting for us!

Let’s take a look back on the past year before the new one gets under way.  One last chance to stop, take a breath, enjoy all the hard work and love poured into each and every one of these events.  We hope and pray that every one of our couples has a lifetime of happiness and adventure ahead!

James & Stephanie – Photographed by associate photographed, Kristi


Mitch & Jen – Photographed by Kellie


Mike & Alicia – Photographed by Kellie


Tyler & Becca – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel


Matthew & Kristina – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel


Kevin & Katie – Photographed by Kellie


Mike & Christina – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel


Chase & Katie – Photographed by Kellie


Matt & Jamie – Photographed by associate photographer, Kristi


Andy & Mary – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel


Andrew & Nicolette – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel


Bill & Honnie – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel


Grand Rapids Family Photographer // Maggie & Will’s Family!

Sometimes there are people that just make your soul happy.  I had only met Rachel and her two little ones that day and instantly felt like we were friends.  We had so much to talk about and hit it off instantly.  God sure knows how to bring wonderful people into your life!

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This little lady sure knew how to work it for the camera!

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Will wasn’t as excited about the camera but he still did a great job!


Thank you for trusting me with your memories.  It means the world to me.  I loved capturing your beautiful family!


Fremont Wedding Photographer // Bill & Honnie – Associate Wedding!

Our last wedding of the fall was Bill and Honnie’s special day where they became husband and wife.  Enjoy some of the favorite images!

Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel.

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Pretty fall colors!

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Gorgeous bride, Honnie.

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Look at those cute little guys!

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Married and SO happy about it!

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What a fun day.  Congratulations Bill & Honnie!


Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony Location:  Church of the Nazarene – Fremont, MI

Reception Location: Christ the King Church – Hesperia, MI

Bridal Prep Location:  The Gerber Guest House – Fremont, MI

Catering: Tudors Event Services

Cake: Judy Wallace

Photography:  Hetler Photography Associate – Isabel


Grandville Wedding Photographer // Andrew & Nicolette!

When Nicolette contacted us about photographing her wedding, I knew it was going to be a match right away!  She was as sweet as can be and also goes to the same church as my family, which I happen to love!

Isabel photographed a portion of their day, the wedding ceremony, bridal party photos and photos of the bride and groom.  A perfect collection of photos that they will be able to cherish forever!

Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel!


Praying together before the ceremony (but not seeing one another!)…

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I love their simple, sophisticated style!

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Nicolette and her daughter, adorable!

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Those flowers are seriously gorgeous.

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Congratulations you two!  We hope you enjoy these images for decades to come.  You look amazing in them!!


Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony:  Resurrection Life Church – Grandville, MI

Reception: The Red Shed – Hudsonville, MI

Catering: Hog Wild BBQ – Holland, MI

Flowers:  Creative Events

Music & Entertainment:  Moonlighting DJ – Grand Rapids, MI

Bride’s Gown:  David’s Bridal – Grand Rapids, MI

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Ann Taylor

Groomsmen Suits: Kenneth Cole

Photography:  Hetler Photography Associate – Isabel

Big Rapids Wedding Photographer // Andy & Mary – Associate Wedding!

Weddings are always fun and so meaningful when they take place on the bride or groom’s family property.  Andy & Mary were surrounded by their family and close friends while they said “I do” under a gorgeous white tent during a super chilly fall rain.  You would guess that the not-so-perfect weather would get them down, but nope, not these two!  Every moment was enjoyed and this sweet couple started their married life together with one great celebration!

Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel!


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Mary’s dress was absolutely stunning and she found it at one of our favorite gown shops, Bianka Bridal!


And those shoes….!

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This may not have been the gorgeous ceremony that these two had planned, but it was nothing short of perfect!

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The sheer panel on the top of her dress is stunning!

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Handsome groom.

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Seriously…everyone needs a minion cake!

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There wasn’t a sunset that we always hope for, but they snuck out for “no rain” photos.  Equally as good!

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And one more because, honestly, who doesn’t love a human limbo?!


Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception:  Private Property

Cakes:  Connie’s Cakes – Grand Rapids, MI

Hair & Makeup: Katie Brey

Catering:  Donkey Taqueria – Grand Rapids, MI

Bride’s Gown:  Bianka Bridal – Grand Rapids, MI

Photography:  Hetler Photography Associate Photographer – Isabel


Ludington Wedding Photographer // Matt & Jamie – Associate Wedding!

Matt & Jamie had such a blessed wedding day!  Rain was in the forecast, but it surely didn’t slow them down!  Their dream wedding ceremony was beautiful and the reception, super fun!  You can tell in each photo how much they adore one another….  Enjoy the images!

Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi!


First, I have to start with this gorgeous ring!  Matthew didn’t want Jamie’s ring to look like anyone else’s…and I think he found perfection!

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All the little details…

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This photo made me laugh…!

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Doesn’t Jamie look stunning?!

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Grey suits…so handsome!

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Jamie’s family owns a nursery and landscaping business, so naturally, they potted a tree in lieu of a unity candle.  Love!

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I LOVE the ceiling draping…looks amazing!

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What a perfect day!



Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Lincoln Hills Golf Club – Ludington, MI

Catering:  Lincoln Hills Golf Club

Flowers:  Bela Floral – Ludington, MI

Cake:  Ryke’s Bakery – Muskegon, MI

Hair & Makeup: Hair Culture Salon & Spa – Pentwater, MI

Bride’s Gown:  Memories Bridal & Evening Wear – Kalamazoo, MI

Photography:  Hetler Photography Associate – Kristi

West Michigan Family Photographer // Jan & Gerry’s Family!

A family that laughs together stays together.  Well….that’s not exactly the correct saying, but for this family, it works!

Jan and Gerry have been married for over forty years.  Their first date was nothing short of humorous, giving them great stories to pass on to their children….helping keep their friends and family laughing throughout the years.  On this romantic first date, Gerry rolled up to Jan’s parent’s home with a beer in hand.  (I suppose that sort of thing was legal back then…)  Once inside his car, Gerry asked Jan for gas money!  Seriously!  I suppose it didn’t phase her much, because here they are, forty years, three children and eight grandchildren later….

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Such a good looking family!

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I didn’t even prompt the kids to make these faces….hilarious!

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Forty years is great, but I hope you have many more to keep laughing together!


Big Rapids Wedding Photography // Chase & Katie!

Chase and Katie had pretty much the most perfect day for their wedding.  It was beautiful!  Katie just happens to be my cousin which makes this day even more special…

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Shooting details around your childhood home is always such a nice change of pace.  Lots of memories and new ones to add!

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First look!  (And that gorgeous sunshine!)

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We walked around my uncle’s house, finding gorgeous spots with pretty light….such a beautiful day!

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Next we went to Chase’s grandparent’s home.

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Time to get married!

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This cutie is Chase’s son, Logan.  A happy, new family!

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Of course, we snuck out for sunset photos…

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And these two were the cutest ring bearer and flower girl around!

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So happy!  Love this photo!


Congratulations you two!  I was so honored to be such an important part of your wedding.  I hope you enjoy your images forever, but even more importantly, I hope you enjoy being married more and more each day!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  CK’s Place – Big Rapids, MI

Catering:  CK’s Place

Flowers:  Patterson’s Flowers – Big Rapids, MI

DJ:  Chris Bruggema

Hair & Makeup:  Kayleigh Frisbie

Bridal Gown:  Miller’s Bridal & Sewing – Fremont, MI

Photographer: Us!

Spring Lake Wedding Photographer // Mike & Christina – Married!

Mike and Christina were married on the shore of Spring Lake with just a few of their closest friends and family in attendance.  Labor Day weekend this year was perfection making this day ever prettier!  Congratulations you two!!

One of our associate photographers, Isabel, did an amazing job capturing all the special moments of their day.  Here are some of my favorites.  Enjoy!

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Such pretty details….

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Navy suits are probably one of my favorite groom outfits!

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Gorgeous flowers!

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What a great way to travel to the reception…..on a gorgeous boat!

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What a fun way to make their “grand entrance”!

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It is ALWAYS  a good idea to sneak out for sunset photos!

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Mike & Christina – We hope you had a blast on your honeymoon and enjoy your photos for years to come.  Congratulations!


Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony:  Private Residence

Reception:  Holiday Inn – Spring Lake, MI

Catering:  Holiday Inn

Florist:  Wasserman’s Flowers – Muskegon, MI

Cake:  Desserts by Design – Grand Haven, MI

Hair & Makeup: Selena from Lyn Philips Salon – Grand Haven, MI

Bride’s Gown:  Bridal Elegance – Grand Rapids, MI

Photography:  Hetler Photography Associate – Isabel