Trinity and Luke--where to begin? There was not one thing about this wedding that I didn't love and didn't envy--Trinity and Luke thought of everything!
Trinity got in touch with me about photographing her wedding in Grand Haven via A Practical Wedding I knew it was meant to be! I had just decided to move to Grand Haven days before, we hadn't even told our families or friends yet, and she certainly didn't even know this--it was fate!
She and Luke planned to marry in his parent's backyard (where he grew up!) in Grand Haven and have the reception at the Grand Haven VFW downtown, where they met when Luke was playing in a metal band. All of these details coming into my email box and I just knew it was meant to be!
On Saturday morning, the day was perfect--mid 70s and sunny for the backyard ceremony that started at noon. Trinity and Luke wrote their own, heartfelt vows and opted not to see one another prior to the ceremony. Trinity's parents both escorted her down the "aisle" in the backyard while Luke's father stood as his best man. The ceremony concluded and guests toasted the couple with bloody marys, mimosas and "Polish roses" (pickles wrapped in cured meats....amazing). After the "cocktail hour" the guests departed for the reception at the VFW while we went exploring with the couple to Mulligan's Woods for some shots of the two of them.
The afternoon reception boasted catered food from the chefs of The Winchester and Saburba and it is an understatement to say that this food was good--it was great. Trinity and Luke were pretty specific that they wanted more shots of their families and friends enjoy the reception, rather than all the details, but Trinity did say to make sure we got some shots of the food! This coming from a couple who had pickled and put up 130 pounds of vegetables in the weeks leading up to their day--food was a highlight! The wedding concluded with the couple and their friends enjoying a bar crawl in downtown Grand Haven.
Thank you so much to Trinity and LUke for throwing a fantastically lovely and intimate wedding in this quiet little beach town--congratulations!
Dress: Watters "Posey"
Groom's attire: Kenneth Cole
Venue: Parents of the groom
Reception: VFW Grand Haven
Catering: From the bride: "It really was self-catered, with a lot of help of friends--including two of Luke's former co-workers: Nick, who works at Saburba, but also runs his own little catering project, called The Backyard and Wes, who is an assistant private chef. Luke and Nick made most of the food the two days before. That said, I helped with all of the pickling and canning, and I made most of the desserts with my friend Melanie, and my mom (Darlene) and Luke's mom (Gin) made a couple of the desserts/snacks. :) It was a huge group effort!"
Flowers: From the bride: "Actually, they were a last-minute gift from my friend Melanie's mom! We had been planning to buy them from a grocery store Saturday morning, but the day before, Melanie's mom asked if we needed any flowers. She donated two buckets full of zinnias and greens. Any other flowers seen during the day (like the mums at the ceremony) were bought by Luke's mom or donated by her friends (like the corsages)."
Officiant: Addison Herreman. Luke and Trinity wrote the entire ceremony themselves.
Photo Booth: Micah Vander Meulen