There may have been a few rain showers, but the sun did shine and this amazing couple were married at the historic Mary Martha Chapel in Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan.
Not only did they write their own vows but they wrote them in the cutest little vow books! Such a wonderful keepsake for their wedding day.
Mike and Shannon, congratulations, you were relaxed and all smiles on your wedding day and I know your future as husband and wife is going to be amazing.
Inside the Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor awaited an intimate gathering of family and friends, they had come to witness Tulga and Xin as they become husband and wife.
The indoor gardens was the perfect location, it was warm and inviting and the greenery was so lush. As we stood on the raised stage area Tulga began to wipe away a tear and then another, and Xin smiled at him and gracefully held his hands and together they entered the world of matrimony. At the end of their wedding ceremony the bride and groom were so overcome with emotion it was difficult to not get swept away in their secret world.
It was a lovely wedding ceremony and to witness such pure love and adoration left me a bit awe struck. Congratulations and I wish you a lifetime of happiness.
I loved seeing the children all dressed up ready to stand with Mom and Dad and witness them get married!
It was truly a family affair filled with love and laughter and sunshine! Thank goodness we had sunshine finally in Michigan. It was the perfect weather for an outdoor wedding ceremony at Fenton Winery and Brewery in Fenton Michigan.
Take a peek at some photos I snapped!
It was the first outdoor ceremony of 2018, with a slight breeze the temperature was perfect for a lakeside wedding ceremony Waldenwoods Resort.
Katie and Kevin attended Central Michigan University, her roommate was friends with Kevin and he would come over to hang out. Gradually Katie and Kevin began chatting and spending time together. While she was a bit reluctant to begin an official relationship, Kevin can remember the day, no, the moment he knew Katie would be the one.
Katie eventually warmed up to the idea of dating Kevin and on their first official date to the Dave Matthews concert (thank you Lauren for giving up your ticket) their adventure together officially began.
Kevin's emotions were evident, this was a day he had looked forward to and he could not contain his happiness and as Katie began walking down the aisle happy tears slipped down his check. I could see her look at him and smile and for a moment you could see their love...visual love, you could feel their love was strong and how meant for each other they were.
They stood hand in hand in front of me, smiling offering a word to each other here and there and I could not help but notice the ease in which they encompassed each other's space. The kind smiles that came so easily.
I tell you it was a dream working with them and being part of their wedding day.
Thank you Katie and Kevin and cheers to a life filled with shared smiles.
Planterra sets a beautiful stage to showcase your love as a couple. The greenery is abundant so no matter what the weather is outside the inside feel is fresh and full of love.
Joel and Lindsay first met in Ann Arbor and when they told me about their engagement I was awe struck, the story was good - it was a magical proposal in Colorado where Gem Lake and the mountains gave the perfect backdrop to the moment where Joel declared his love for her and stunned her into complete silence, but only for a moment because we all know she did agree to marry this wonderful man. But when they told it you could just feel the love they hold for each other and when love is palpable it just make me overjoyed because I can see their future and it is stunning!
I was so happy to share in their wedding day at Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield. We had a lovely wedding ceremony and it was captured perfectly by Michelle Lamarand Photography and Video by Blue Race Productions. The music by Rodney Page was top notch, as always!
It's a question I get asked for many different reasons "how long is the ceremony?"
Generally speaking most venues plan 30 minutes for the ceremony (unless your in a church with your pastor then they can often be longer).
I work within that 30 minute window. I plan for 20 minutes, this includes the time walking up and down the aisle so my speaking time is usually 17 ish minutes. I plan for a 20 minute wedding ceremony because something usually happens and we run a few minutes late. It could be those last few guests arriving, a sudden bathroom need or a lost shoe! Either way, allowing a 10 minute window helps so no one feels rushed or anxious about starting right on time.
Now, I do make every effort to start right on time so that the rest of your wedding day time line stays in tact, but rest assured you will get married and everything will fall into place even if we start a little late.
It may have been cold and breezy outside, but the sun was shining and inside Planterra Conservatory it was stunning!
Together, Angel and John helped to create a personal wedding ceremony that included a ribbon tying portion. In place of standard vows they each tied colored ribbons onto the other's wrist. Here are the words they chose:
The first ribbon is Green, representing the foundations of your relationship and the material world you share together. As you tie the green ribbons onto the other’s wrist, you make these promises:
“You promise to live with each other always and to share all in the material world you have with each other. You promise to be dependable and to aid each other in growing and healing.”
You may now each take the orange ribbon.
*Tie orange ribbons* The Orange ribbon represents intellect and communication. As you tie the yellow ribbons onto the other’s wrist, you make these promises:
“You promise to communicate as clearly as you are able, to share your thoughts, hopes and dreams, as well as your fears and insecurities. You promise to be open to hear each other whether the words bear good news or bad.”
You may now each take the red ribbon.
*Tie red ribbons*
The Red ribbon represents the passion and warmth in your relationship. As you tie the red ribbons onto the other’s wrist, you make these promises:
“You promise to openly express your love and to share yourself with the other completely. You promise to love each other unconditionally and without hesitation. You promise to laugh together in times of joy and comfort each other in times of sorrow.”
Please take the blue ribbon
*Tie blue ribbons*
The Blue ribbon represents the emotions and the fresh start in your lives together today. As you tie the blue ribbons onto the other’s wrist, you make these promises:
“You promise to always consider the others feelings when making decisions. You promise make your relationship a priority above all else. You promise to both apologize and forgive in every fight as you each play a part in all actions and communications together.”
You may now each take the white ribbon.
*Tie white ribbons*
The White ribbon represents the spiritual and philosophical in life. As you tie the white ribbons onto the other’s wrist, you make these promises:
“As everything in life is a circle, so is your love. There is no beginning and no end. You have been here before, and someday you will return. You are two, and you are the same. Today and forever, with these White ribbons you promise this will never change.”
Simplicity lets your love shine