Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Nick & Savanah: A Grand Rapids Wedding (Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer)

May 26, 2018

I was thrilled when Savanah, who shared an apartment with me in my senior year at GVSU (her sophomore year), asked me to be her wedding photographer. I hadn't seen her in years. We got together, caught up on all the huge changes in our lives since we'd seen each other last, had a few laughs and drinks and got the ball rolling on her fast approaching wedding day.

Vana and Nick recently purchased a home in Eastown and our day together started there. The girls were all getting ready and it was beautiful from the very beginning. The flowers were stunning, Vana's dress was perfect, and she was glowing from the moment I first arrived. Next, we headed to a spot over on Reeds Lake for the first look. Let me tell you right now, it was HOT outside. But without a hitch, Nick saw Vana for the first time, and wow, his eyes lit up!

We did some photos with the bridal party and then made our way to the amazing Bissell Treehouse at the John Ball Zoo. It's not your traditional wedding venue but I've been there a few times and it never disappoints! The ceremony was a tearjerker and full of love and emotion. Then we got to wander through the zoo for a bit for portraits and ride the funicular back to the reception. What a day!

This was the first wedding I have shot by myself in a very long time, so it was a little nerve-wracking but everything was perfect and it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of. Congrats to you, Nick and Vana, and enjoy your new life and home together!

Invites: Zazzle
Hair/Makeup: Olena Bielove - Tanaz Boutique & Day Spa, Grand Rapids
Bridal Gown: Bridal Couture, Plymouth
Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy
Tuxes: Dunhill Tuxedo, The Tux Shop on Woodward, Birmingham
Flowers, Eastern Floral, Grand Rapids
Venue: Bissell Tree House, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
Caterer: Applause Catering, Grand Rapids
Party Bus: DJ Limousines, Grand Rapids
DJ: Brady Corcoran

^Welcome to Nick and Vana's house!

^I fell in love with this bouquet as soon as I saw them!

^What a happy day!

^So in love.

^What a beautiful venue. And the SHADE :D 

^Cuteness alert.

^Painting with light.

^Nick is quite a guy!


^Riding the Funicular back up to the Treehouse

^First dance magic!

^Right before I went home, a couple guests and I saw this heat lightening above GR. So excited I captured it!

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