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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!

Married!

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…..so pretty!!

Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi

Those shoes!

First look!

I just love that old truck.

Does’t Beth look gorgeous?!

Married!

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!

Married!

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

Married!

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.

Married.

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!

Married!

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

Michigan Wedding Photographer // Geoffrey & Amanda – Married at Bay Pointe Inn!

So. Much. Rain.  Even though Geoffrey and Amanda had their wedding day filled with rain, they didn’t let it bring them down.  Their gorgeous wedding ceremony was still held out on the lawn of Bay Pointe Inn and it will be a day that they will remember forever!  So many wonderful memories made with friends and family and a lifetime to look back on it all.  What a better way to start a marriage.  Congratulations you two!

Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel!

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Here sister, Emily, was one of our brides a few years ago.  We love seeing all of you again!

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Handsome groom…

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First look time!

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That bouquet is stunning.

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And that backdrop…..divine.

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Married!

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I love how happy they are.

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So, so beautiful Amanda.

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Everything about this wedding was gorgeous.  I simply adore the reception decor!

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What a fun day!

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Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Bay Pointe Inn – Shelbyville, MI

Catering: Bay Pointe Inn

Flowers:  Shelly’s Designs Florist – Grand Rapids, MI

Cake:  Dreamscape Desserts – Comstock Park, MI

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

Music & Entertainment:  New Age Entertainment – Grand Rapids, MI

Hair & Makeup:  Hair by Joan & Company – Fremont, MI

Paper Products:  Emily Ross Creative

Photography:  Hetler Photography Associates – Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer // Steve & Iris – Married at The Grand Rapids Public Museum!

What a gorgeous wedding day Steve and Iris had.  From the details to the weather, this day was such a day to remember!  Isabel was there to capture each detail from beginning to end.  We fell in love with the reception decor and venue…..the beautiful window light and the view of the ever stunning Grand Rapids skyline.  What a night!

Congratulations Steve & Iris!  We hope you enjoyed your day and we hope that you cherish these images for decades to come!

Photos taken by associate photographer, Isabel.

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Time to get married!

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Gorgeous reception details.

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….and donuts.

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Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony Location:  St. John Vianney Catholic Church – Grand Rapids, MI

Reception Venue:  Grand Rapids Public Museum – Grand Rapids, MI

Catering:  Martha’s Catering – Grand Rapids, MI

Florist:  Amazing Floral Moments – Rockford, MI

Cake: Nantucket Baking Company – Grand Rapids, MI

Music & Entertainment:  Push Play DJs – Grand Rapids, MI

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

Photography:  Hetler Photography Associate – Isabel

 

Michigan Children Photographer // Gabby is Two!

My youngest daughter, Gabby, turned two last week so we decided to have some cake….in a field.  Happy birthday sweet girl!

The lovely cake was made by Cakes by Dedi.  Yum!

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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