Jordan & Jake had a micro-wedding elopement in a winery on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City. northern Michigan is absolutely stunning in the fall, and we had the best weather and autumn colors to set the scene for their day.
they exchanged their vows with just their families watching, and it was such an honor to witness and capture this intimate wedding experience.
2 weeks before their wedding, their sweet dog mickey was diagnosed with cancer.
mickey is their world, the one & only member of their bridal party, and just weeks before the big day they seriously didn’t know if he’d make it to the wedding, or if the wedding could even go on without him.
we prayed & prayed, and their fluffy guy not only made it to the wedding, but he was the star of the show and his tail was wagging all day long.
the weather was perfect, their pup had the time of his life swimming in Lake Michigan and running around Mission Point Resort, and the day after the wedding Jenna and I both texted each other the same thing: “God is good.”
it’s little God-things like this that are getting me through this year.
i feel like with 2020 we have gotten used to expecting the worst. if aliens invaded tomorrow i don’t think any of us would be surprised, am i right?
but instead of focusing on all the bad and being prepared for the worst, i’m making it a goal to focus on the good and be hopeful for the best.
the little ‘God-things’ are not so little to me this year.
congrats Jenna & Cole!!
natalie and norm had a large destination wedding planned, but the day they ended up happening was intimate and right at home.
they had their wedding at norm's childhood home on the lake he grew up on with just their closest family and friends. everyone hopped on the pontoon and rode out to a little island in the lake, and this is where they said their vows and tied the knot. the rest of the day was spent riding around on the pontoon, partying on the patio, and enjoying the most incredible sunset to seal the day.
I'm so grateful to have been a part of a day this fun, this intimate, and this meaningful.
congrats you two!!!
cassie + clayton tied the knot in Acadia National Park this weekend, and it was the most perfect day. the night before their wedding we enjoyed fresh caught lobster with all of their family for their rehearsal dinner, and the morning of the wedding their families went out on the kayaks and watched seals splashing around while the bride and groom were getting ready.
all throughout the day at Acadia, we hiked around the park taking pictures with incredible views, we had impromptu dance parties on the cliffs and blasted pump up music, and after they said I Do we went with their closest family and friends to a seafood joint down in Bar Harbor.
maine is such a beautiful state, and I'm so honored to have been able to travel out here and capture memories for such an incredible couple.
i love you both, thanks so much for trusting me to capture this special day.
name a more romantic way to leave your wedding reception... I’ll wait.......
emma + matt paddled away from their wedding straight into the sunset and it was pure magic.
I always tell couples to schedule in some alone time at their wedding. at some point in the day- take a step back together, away from all the guests, and soak it all in.
remember why everyone’s here.
remember all the time you spent planning.
remember all the reasons you love this person.
and remember that after the sun sets on this day, the real adventure begins.
2020 may be the year of cancellations, but intimate weddings & dreamy elopements will never be canceled.
this was the dreamiest night. it felt like we were in the middle of a Moroccan desert, but we were really just in our own backyard exploring a new corner of Michigan.
we had champagne and macaroons while watching the sunset, and it was so magical that I seriously forgot I was still in Michigan by the end of the night.
amidst covid and the restrictions it has put on destination weddings and elopements, let this be proof that you can get creative and still have an exotic, unique, unforgettable wedding right at home.
make it personal,
make it you,
and get freaking married.
marriage will never be canceled.
Photography: Tylee Shay Photography
Florals: Joy & Bloom Design Co. by Alicia GonzalezDress: Ali Nicole Bridal, River by Made With Love
Macarons: Nantucket Baking Company
Glassware: Pairadocs Rentals
who the heck says you only get to celebrate your marriage once?!!?!?! karis and jake have spent every summer together in maine with their families for years.
they got engaged in maine 4 years ago (and I captured their proposal!!), and today we celebrated their 3 year wedding anniversary in their favorite place.
a fresh picked bouquet of lupines, maine’s prettiest wildflower, we explored acadia national park and acted like it was their wedding day all over again.
yes, onlookers said ‘congratulations.’
yes, karis and jake said ‘thank you!’
your love story is too beautiful to only be captured once.
your marriage is for a lifetime, so it’s definitely worth celebrating over and over again.
on a foggy friday night these two eloped at the beach.
it wasn’t the wedding they planned on having. they had booked a brand new venue and were scheduled to be the first couple ever to get married there, but due to covid restrictions, they canceled their big wedding and headed to the beach.
it wasn’t the dress she thought she’d get married in, she found this one on facebook marketplace 48 hours prior.
it wasn’t the hair she thought she’d have done on her wedding day, she watched a youtube tutorial and did an updo herself.
nothing was as they had planned, but it was one of the most joy-filled, intimate, pure, Christ-centered celebrations of marriage I have ever witnessed.
as the fog rolled in they read their vows, with waves crashing behind them they shed quiet tears, they laughed and danced and shouted for joy, & they started off a lifelong marriage the best way possible: hand in hand standing before God and His creation.
weddings might be canceled, but love certainly is not.
"COVID affects a lot of things, but when you’re ready to get married- you gotta still get married. Eloping was so nice because it was just us, and those most close to us. God took care of the rest! We couldn’t have planned it better"
-catherine + reuben
Up in the mountain range of Malibu, California sits Cielo Farms Winery, a beautiful family-owned estate. This was the setting for Maddie & Connor's boho elopement, their wedding was effortlessly beautiful and has been featured on Wandering Weddings and My Engaged Life. Vineyards, Cypress trees, and Italian details came together with the Grace Loves Lace bridal gown, Edie, to create a gorgeous and adventurous destination wedding.
brie + mitch are one of those couples that knows what they want and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. mitch built a wiffle ball field in his parents backyard years ago, and brie + mitch always knew that this was the place they'd get married. on a crisp fall day, all of their family + friends cozied up in their backyard for a sweet, intimate ceremony. every detail came together in a way that perfectly represents brie + mitch, and I think this is how weddings should be. brie is one of my best friends and I can't begin to explain how special it was to capture her day and see her so happy. congrats you two!! your wedding was truly wonderful.
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hey!! I'm tylee, the girl behind the camera in all of these photos!!
I'm a photographer for the adventurous, madly-in-love couples, and I'm so happy you're here! (:
" I am so thankful we booked Tylee to capture our wedding day, and we would do it again in a
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