Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wes & Carrie: A Lakeside Wedding (Kalamazoo Wedding Photographer)

August 3, 2013

Hope you are ready for this one, it's a LONG post today! Carrie and Wes are a super sweet and amazing couple. I've had the pleasure of working with them quite a few times, through one summer and one winter engagement session, as well as at Carrie's sister Emily's wedding two years ago (although I don't think I met Wes at the time!). They are so wonderful together, which is always refreshing to see in a couple. I don't think they could be more perfect for each other if they tried, so it was truly an honor to be a part of their big day.

Carrie is a big Pinterest fan, and she had lots of cute ideas and details for her wedding. But my FAVORITE part was that she and Wes were getting married at the WK Kellogg Manor House on Gull Lake. I did a wedding there four years ago and I've wanted to go back for so long! I finally got my wish! Carrie and her girls were looking gorgeous (LOOOOOVE her dress!) and we had lots of time for photos before the wedding with her girls. The guys were next, and they were a pleasure to work with as well, which is not always the case, so thanks guys! ;)

After the ceremony, held right on the lake, we got down to more photos. Carrie and Wes really enjoy being photographed (another reason I loved working with these two!) and the wedding party had a good time with them, both at the manor house and when we made it to downtown Kalamazoo for a few more shots before the reception. I could barely handle all the amazing-ness! Their reception took place at Loft 310, another spot I've wanted to work at, and the whole thing was great. People were on the dance floor the whole night and (since they love photos) Wes and Carrie were cool with me stealing them away for a few more on the roof as the sun was going down. 

Kristin and I had a wonderful time at the wedding, and I have to say, this one might be one of my new favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Hair - Lisa Vroegop of Cabellos Salon, Richland, MI
Make-up - the bride and Audrey Trimpe (sister of the groom)
Bridal Designer - Maggie Sottero
Bridal Shop - Bridal Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
Bridesmaid Dresses - Alfred Angelo
Tuxes - Men's Warehouse
Florist - Dorothy's Floral, Kalamazoo, MI
Ceremony - WK Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners, MI
Officiant - Todd TerAvest
Reception - Loft 310, Kalamazoo, MI
Cake - MacKenzie's Bakery, Kalamazoo, MI
DJ - Bob Vick

^The beautiful courtyard behind the manor house. Such a perfect day too!

^Kristin captured the first photos of the guys!

^Love this shot of Carrie's mom, Paula, looking at her with her dress just on.

^Gorgeous lady!

^Love all this color! It was so perfect for the beautiful summer day.

^I'm not usually a fan of daisies, but this bouquet was awesome.

^Awww, I just love Carrie!

^Our handsome groom, Wes, makes his appearance!

^Reppin' State.

^Let's get this show on the road :)

^Emily was my bride in 2011, and maybe Adam will be one of my grooms someday :)

^Super cute!

^An awesome wedding party, if I do say so myself.

^Our first shots in Kzoo, found this awesome wall while wandering around.

^Well jeez, they are just too perfect together!

^A couple of my favorites from the portrait session.

^Haha, I love Carrie's face here.

^Awww, they like each other!

^They did a little dance when they got in, very nice.

^Jon and Emily! I loved working with them two years ago! Another great wedding (there's a link above, find it!)

^Next on the list of family members to get married... ;)

^Couple kissing game the DJ put on, Carrie and Wes had to mimick each of these kisses.

^Handing her the money ;)

^Party, people!

^A little sunset OCF (off-camera-flash) on the roof, not a bad way to end the night.

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