I have blessed to photograph this family since they only had one little one. At the time I wasn't sure they could get any cuter. With blue eyed sweet little brother joining the picture, I know I was very wrong and there is no ends to their cuteness!
This beautiful girl always steals my heart with that cute smile and blonde curls.
Who can resist this face and these gorgeous blue eyes?
And we will end this post with some more great laughter!
So thankful to photograph this family each year and watch their kids grow up before my lens. They blessed me several years back being my first family session. I was able to "practice" on them, and thankfully they still came back! :) I love this family!
Can you believe this little guys used to be very camera shy?
We found some flowers who were almost as beautiful as the sisters in front of them.
These are two of my favorite people in the world!
Privileged to know this beautiful girl who is growing into a beautiful young women.
Now we get to the party! The reception was at The Woodward in South Bend. While the brides' s mother made the stunning bouquets, the groom's mother made majority of the amazing table centerpieces at the reception. This really was a family affair.
All the great and thoughtful details that had been throughout the wedding were carried to the reception, literally in some cases. The same letters the guest signed as a guest book were brought to the ceremony as a great decor to greet the guest. The pew decor were also added as decor to the reception.
The first dance between this bride and groom. So sweet.
Dad and daughter dances always get me! See Part Two to see how this Dad's thoughtful letter brought everyone to tears during the ceremony.
Do you like the pretty green frosting on this very cool topsy-turvy cake.....
See the same green icing on the bride? hehe
The two maids of honor were also the bride's two sisters.
These sister know to have a fun time with their family!
Continuing with Kelsea and Cole's Rustic wedding. I loved that not only were the bride and groom very much in love, these two families were happily coming together to join as one. The cooperation and fun throughout the day were just a preview to a great life for these two clans.
While it was no doubt a very fun day, deep meaning was threaded throughout the day through all the details. Keys were part of an important theme for the day. They not only looked cool on the guy's boutonnieres, but keep scrolling down to see how a key played an integral part of the ceremony.
We were very lucky to be able photograph in front of this
1962 GMC truck. The owner got it running just for us to use! The owner was the best man father.
Thanks to the bridal party for being such good sports.
It was VERY cold with some cold non stop breezes chilling them all.
Due to their perseverance we were able to get some great pictures with the very cool truck!
I wish I could share all the truck pictures,but I kept some favorites just for the Bride and Groom. :)
Now to the deeper significance of the keys. There was a beautiful moment where the pastor gave the groom a key the Bride's Father had been keeping for her future husband since she was in high school.The pastor also read a letter written to the bride by her father as he presented the groom with the key.
Not a dry eye in the house!
Another very meaningful part of the ceremony was the Bible the Ringbearer used to carry the rings down the aisle. It is the very same bible the bride's Great-Grandmother upon reciting the 10 commandments in 1923. What a beautiful and perfect way to start a marriage.
Love this bouquet...and this couple.
It may have been a very cold afternoon, but the sun and sky were on our side.
Kelsea and Cole were so much fun during their engagement session that I should have known how much fun their wedding would be! This wedding began and ended with the details and family. There were meaningful details everywhere, from grandmother's peals, great grandmother's bible, and bouquets & centerpieces made by mother of groom and the mother of the bride!
The Groom's sister Ally did all the girls make-up and hair at Rana's New Generation in Niles, MI. It is a groom's family owned business for 5 generations. This shot was particularly special since Kelsea said she had a hard time during the make up trial-run of having someone do her mascara. Ally and Kelsea both did an amazing job on the day of the wedding!
Pearl necklace and earrings are always classic, but these were especially meaningful.
Kelsea's grandmother was given these on her wedding day almost 49 years ago.
Classic with a little fun cowgirl flare. This sums up this fun bride and wedding!
This bouquet was handmade by the bride's mother.
The day was full of meaningful and beautiful things. LOVE!!