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Chicago Wedding Photographer // Newlyweds – Joe & Victoria!

Name:  Joe & Victoria   Wedding Date:  September 5, 2015   Wedding Location: Prairie Production – Chicago, IL

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How do you like being married?  Does it feel any different than before?

We love it because we’re no longer in planning / spending $$ mode. Not much has actually changed, but we do feel super legit (and can’t wait to file joint taxes, wahoo).

Was there anything that you would have done differently on your wedding day or did it go exactly as planned?

We wish we had taken more time to enjoy our food and dine with everyone. We ran off to snap sunset pics, but came back feeling rushed… like we had to keep the party moving for our guests.

Did anything crazy or funny happen that we may not know about?

The wedding cake was dropped on or before delivery. The bakery wouldn’t bring a replacement or even white icing to the venue, so our caterer ran across town and we covered the major dents with flowers. Those jerks.

Did you have a favorite vendor and/or favorite detail from the day?

Our DJ killed it. Friends, family, and +1s were on the dance floor until midnight.  (I’d have to agree.  Their DJ was so much fun!)

What were your favorite images from your day? Was there any special meaning behind any of them?

Our favorite image is just the two of us before we walked down the aisle together. We were both nervous and like, “omg, hang on, we are doing this!”.

(And a few of my favorites….)

Do you have any advice for brides that are currently planning their weddings?

Plan the wedding you want — not the wedding your parents, extended family, or friends want.

Last one… Where did you spend your honeymoon? Tell us about it!

We went to Greece and it was a fabulous decision. Athens is a neat, walkable city with great history. The islands (Santorini & Mykonos) were relaxing and beautiful. Any place with great swimming, museums, food & wine are a win with us!

Update:  Since answering these questions quite a while ago…Joe and Victoria welcomed an adorable baby boy to their family…..  Congratulations you two!!

Michigan Wedding Photographer // The Wedding Album – Steve & Annette!

Steve and Annette’s wedding album is gorgeous!  A 12×12 album with 30 pages and a grey linen cover….simply beautiful.  I cannot wait to give it to them!

Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer // 2017 Weddings!

What a wonderful year 2017 was for beautiful weddings.  It was a slower wedding season by design, but lovely nonetheless.  Here is a quick recap!

Steve & Iris – The Grand Rapids Public Museum

(Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel)

Geoffrey & Amanda – The BayPointe Inn

(Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel)

Ryan & Amanda – Fox Hill Event Center

(Photographed by Kellie)

Bosko & Megan – Camp Newaygo

(Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel)

Will & Brittany – Private Residence

(Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel)

Jeff & Katie – Stonewater Country Club

(Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi)

Nate & Beth 

(Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi)

Steve & Annette – The Goei Center

(Photographed by Kellie)

Destination Wedding Photographer // Brad & Kristen – Married in Punta Gorda, Florida!

Brad and Kristen were SO fun!  I met them in Punta Gorda, Florida to photograph their day which was a treat for me.  Such a different landscape with new textures and backdrops than I am used to here in Michigan.  I just LOVE destination weddings!  

They had friends and family join them from all over the country to celebrate their wedding which made it even more special.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.

I loved the detail in Kristen’s dress.  So delicate and pretty.

According to Brad, they are self-proclaimed “NASA-nerds”.  Because of this, the dark grey in both of their rings is from a meteorite that a friend gave to Brad.  So unique and special!!

They decided to get ready together before the wedding….which I thought was such a fun idea! 

Those cute little birds on the invite below play an important role throughout their wedding.  They met through friends on Twitter, so you’ll see lots of birds later at the reception dinner..

Kristen is stunning!

Brad looks quite dapper in his grey suit.  Perfect!

Time to get married!

The new Mr & Mrs!

These two were so happy together….made my job easy!

Trading in my usual pine trees for palm trees was pretty nice this time of year…

The sun disappeared behind the clouds and the wind picked up….but that gave us some different light for a little moodier photos.  Love!

Kristen grew most of the flowers herself for the wedding.

More birds!

I always try to capture another ring shot during dinner if time allows.  I had to get one with these cute love birds….

Congratulations you two!  Thank you for asking me to be such a big part of your day.  We had a blast!!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony Location: First United Methodist Church – Punta Gorda, Florida

Reception Venue: FM Dons – Punta Gorda, Florida

Flowers: DIY

Cake: Kakes by Karen – Naples, Florida

Bride’s Gown: Lulus

Hair: LaTeDa Salon and Spa – Fort Myers, Florida

Photography:  Us!

Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer // Steve & Annette – Married at The Goei Center!

This wedding was so much fun.  Although it was one of the rainiest and darkest wedding days that I have ever photographed….you would never have known it.  If you asked Steve and Annette….they didn’t care one bit about the rain.  That is what I love about them!   They are so laid back.  All that they cared about that day is that they were becoming husband and wife.  Finally!

I posted their engagement photos a few months ago with their incredibly fun story about how they met…..catch up with that story here!

Here we are, three years later, at their wedding day!  It brings tears to my eyes typing this because it feels like such a long time coming to see my sweet friend finally marry her best friend.  When they are together you can tell that they were made for one another….it just took a silly dating game to make it happen.  I am SO thankful that Joe and I were able to be there to be a part of it all….what a blessing to us!  (On that note, be prepared for a mega long post….!)

I loved Annette’s dress.  I was seriously one of the prettiest I have ever seen!

Annette’s godfather gave her this set of pearls.  Each year he added a few on, turning it into this stunning set for her to wear on her wedding day.

We realized the next day that the guys never actually put on their boutonnieres…but here is a photo of how nice they were anyway!

In true Steve fashion…..

What a stunning bride you were, Annette.

It was literally pouring….all day.  That didn’t stop this bride from looking gorgeous!


They thought I was crazy….but where else are we going to get cover from the rain and decent light other than a parking garage?!

Steve’s navy suit was perfect.

The Goei Center was beautiful and so were the tables.

They forgot their cake knife so they ended borrowing someone’s pocket knife from the crowd….haha..!

Annette’s dad…I don’t think this one needs much explanation..

What a fun day!  Congratulations you two!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony Location: Lee Street CRC – Grand Rapids, MI

Reception Venue: The Goei Center – Grand Rapids, MI

Catering: Yo Chef Catering – Kentwood, MI

Cake:  Connie’s Cakes

Flowers:  Eastern Floral – Grand Rapids, MI

Bride’s Gown:  Bonny Bridal from Caela Scott Bridal – Holland, MI

Bride’s Hair & Makeup:  Helena DeYoung – Allendale, MI

Bridesmaid’s Makeup:  Jackie Blankenship

Music & Entertainment:  WOW Factor DJ – Grand Rapids, MI

Photography: Us!

West Michigan Wedding Photography // Nate & Beth – Associate Wedding!

Nate and Beth were married a few weeks ago at a private family chapel in West Michigan.  All of their closest family and friends were there to celebrate their special day and Kristi was there from our team to photograph each second of it!  I loved Beth’s bouquet and the green sash that each bridesmaid wore… pretty!!

Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi

Those shoes!

First look!

I just love that old truck.

Does’t Beth look gorgeous?!


Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony: Private family chapel

Reception Venue: Christ the King Church – Hesperia, MI

Catering: Pork N’ Stein

Cake: Jennifer Neece Owens

Flowers: Chic Techniques – Fremont, MI

Music & Entertainment: Ron Farqual

Hair & Makeup: Main Street Hair Design

Bride’s Gown:  Stella York from Here Comes the Bride – Addison, IL

Photography: Hetler Photography Associate – Kristi

Grand Rapids Wedding Photography // Jeff & Katie – Associate Wedding!

Some couples are just blessed with luck…and I think that Jeff and Katie may just be one of those couples.  Fall is such a gorgeous time in Michigan, but these two ended up with the most perfect fall day for their wedding.  Warm, sunny and perfect!  Our team has been eagerly awaiting this day since Kristi photographed their engagement session back in the spring.  Fast forward a few months and here we are!  Congratulations you two!  We hope you loved sharing such a special time with the people you love most!

Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi.

Her flowers were beautiful!

Handsome groom and their cute pup!

They had several first looks.  First up….Katie and dad.

Next….Jeff and….dino mom..?!?

Oh MY!  Way too funny!

They did save the best for last….first time seeing one another on their wedding day.  So special.

What a beautiful day!


What pretty reception details…

I love Katie’s reaction below…makes you wonder what her maid of honor is saying….!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony Location: Cornerstone Church South – Wyoming, MI

Reception Venue: Stonewater Country Club – Caledonia, MI

Catering: Stonewater Country Club

Cake: DreamScape Desserts – Comstock Park, MI

Flowers: Carol Geskus

Music & Entertainment: DJ AB – Grand Rapids, MI

Makeup: Alecia Clark

Hair: Kristi Peticolas

Photobooth: M&K Photobooth

Bride’s Gown: Becker’s Bridal – Fowler, MI

Photography: Hetler Photography Associate Kristi – Grand Rapids, MI



Newaygo Wedding Photographer // Will & Brittany – Associate Wedding!

It rained and rained and rained and rained…..  Thankfully, Will and Brittany knew what the real meaning of their special day was.  They were surrounded by their family and closest friends to witness them becoming husband and wife.  Something they were beyond excited for!  You can tell that the endless rain didn’t put a damper on their spirit or mood for the day!

Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel


I love all the lace in her dress…

Oops!  Someone found the cake a little early….

Michigan Wedding Photographer // Bosko & Megan – Married at Camp Newaygo!

Bosko and Megan were married at Camp Newaygo on a gorgeous Michigan fall day.  We loved Megan’s style and unique wedding dress!  So, so perfect for her!  All of their details were so pretty….including the paper flowers!  See for yourselves 🙂

Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel.

I love her wedding rings!

First look time!

Gorgeous and simple ceremony decor.


Isn’t Camp Newaygo so pretty?  And all their details….love them!

Volim Te = I love you.

Congratulations Bosko & Megan!  We hope you love your wedding photos and love being married even more!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Camp Newaygo – Newaygo, MI

Catering: Ridge Specialties Catering

Cake: Judy Wallace

Flowers: Mary Jane’s Flowers – Newaygo, MI

DJ & Entertainment: Bee Entertainment 

Wedding Photography: Hetler Photography Associate – Isabel

Michigan Wedding Photographer // Ryan & Amanda – Married in Cadillac!

What a pleasure it was to be a part of Ryan and Amanda’s wedding day!  From their gorgeous reception details to the lovely family and friends that surrounded them, it was absolutely perfect!  Here are some of my favorites from their day!

Amanda and Ryan chose to not do a traditional first look, but she did a first look with her dad.  So sweet!


Ryan gave his groomsmen each a customized bobblehead that looks like them as a gift….love!

They had their day planned out so we had plenty of time for portraits for the two of them.  We ended up with SO many great images!

Ten flavors of cupcakes!

Congratulations you two!  We hope your day was what you dreamed of and we hope that your honeymoon in Fuji is some much needed time of relaxation!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony Location:  St. Philip Neri Catholic Church – Reed City, MI

Reception Venue: Fox Hill Event Center – Cadillac, MI

Catering: Blue Heron Catering

Videographer:  Mitten Films

Cupcakes:  The Hupcake Company – Edmore, MI

Flowers:  Tie the Knot Bouquets – Cadillac, MI

DJ & Entertainment:  Wiser Productions – Portage, MI

Makeup:  Brooke Bentley with Natural Beauty Salon – Big Rapids, MI

Hair: Jennifer Newcomb with Pure Lash & Beauty – Portage, MI

Bride’s Gown:  Becker’s Bridal – Fowler, MI

Rentals:  Consider It Done Event Planning and Rentals – Hudsonville, MI

Photobooth:  Sound Productions – Clare, MI

Photography:  Hetler Photography – Grand Rapids, MI