South Haven Michigan Luxury Wedding Photography

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After finding my passion for unique lighting as a wedding photographer, I wanted to be able to carry the interesting, powerful imagery for my portrait clients. Family, maternity, and newborn portraits don't have to be boring. They can be full of power and emotion leaving you blown away.

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The elegant and emotional wedding of everyone’s dreams.

michigan wedding photographers capture the bride and groom leaning into each other and smiling wide

michigan wedding photographers capture the bride and groom leaning into each other and smiling wide

The Details – Luxury Wedding Photography

On a VERY hot and sunny, but beautiful day, Emilie and Willie got married. I had the privilege of being their luxury wedding photography documentarian.

Every part of Emilie and Willie’s wedding felt classic, elegant, emotional, and altogether timeless. They had classic florals with white roses and complimentary greenery. Their vow books and invitation suite were beautiful. Emilie’s dress was elegantly detailed. Taking their luxury wedding photography was natural. Every detail was classic and elegant. Using light and composition techniques for their photos allowed me to be creative while genuinely documenting the day.

a black and white portrait of the bride's hair accessory and pearl drop earrings taken by luxury wedding photographer
a photo of the bride's shoes standing under her veil in black and white taken by a luxury wedding photographer

Getting Ready for the South Haven Michigan Wedding

You could feel the excitement exuding off of both Emilie and Willie as they prepared for their South Haven Michigan Wedding.

Willie had his friend, who is a barber, give him a fresh haircut the day of. It was such a cute moment between him and his friend. She had even left him a wedding day gift, a set of personalized cufflinks. They both put the utmost care into preparing themselves for this day. Emilie could be found popping some champagne and soaking in every moment.

the groom shares a special moment with his friend who is a barber as he gives him a fresh trim for his wedding day. this luxury wedding photographer uses lighting to convey the emotion of the moment and the excitement of the day
the groom opens his wedding day gift from the bride which are custom cufflinks while their luxury wedding photographer captures the emotion
the bride sits as her makeup is done for her wedding day while the michigan wedding photographer captures the reflection in the mirror

Emilie and Willie’s Emotional Wedding Ceremony

Very rarely are there weddings where every single person in the room is emotional. It is very special to be surrounded by so many people that just overflow with happiness for you. Emilie and Willie got to have one of those rare, special days.

Their ceremony was SO emotional. Happy tears coming from every direction. Willie seeing Emilie walk down the aisle. Then, Emilie seeing Willie SEE HER walking down the aisle. The mother of the bride, the mother of the groom, the maid of honor, the best man—joy was pouring out of absolutely everyone. Looking back through the photos, you can feel it.

Emilie took everyone’s breath away as she walked down the aisle. You can see the moment that it hit Willie. These two are deeply, genuinely in love.

They both had each other choking up and smiling wide at each other’s vows. The guests were gazing intentionally and loving every second. The world stopped for a second as they shared their first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. They cheered and danced along with their guests as they strolled back down the aisle together, off to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.

The emotion of this day was one of the most beautiful, intense things to experience as the photographer. Joy and happiness flooded their open-air ceremony and lingered contently through the night.

a portrait of the wedding arbor at black river farm in south haven michigan
luxury wedding photographer documents the moment as the guests turn to look at the bride, escorted by her mother walk down the aisle
the groom covers his mouth as he gets emotional watching his fiancee walk down the aisle while their michigan wedding photographer captures the moment
the bride smiles genuinely during her south haven michigan wedding ceremony
the groom covers his eyes as he gets emotion during his wife's vows while their luxury wedding photographer captures the feeling
the bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife at their wedding ceremony as their luxury wedding photographer captures the moment
the bride and groom happily walk down the aisle together as their guests celebrate and their michigan wedding photographer captures the moment

Elegant Bride and Groom Portraits – Michigan Wedding Photographer

At golden hour, we traipsed around the venue’s acreage to take portraits. We captured some of my favorite photos of the year with their portraits. I planned lots of timeless shots for them. I wanted their portraits to fully feel like them. In addition to the classic, posed moments we captured sweet, twinkling candids.

Every part of the luxury wedding photography experience should feel that way. Even in the editing, I included a plethora of black and white along with photos in color. Their gallery ended up feeling rich, emotional, elegant, and altogether like them. The collection goes way beyond what I could possibly share with you here, for a detailed account of their wedding day.

the bride looks over her shoulder as the groom holding her hand walks across an open field toward the shining golden sun as their luxury wedding photographer trails to get this photo
a portrait of the bride and groom's outfits as they pose for luxury wedding photography

The Reception at Black River Barn – Luxury Wedding Photography

Emilie and Willie’s ceremony and reception was at Black River Barn in South Haven Michigan. The venue itself was very elegant with gorgeous chandeliers and windows pouring in natural light at every angle. This isn’t a rustic barn, this is a very elegant barn. I almost wouldn’t even call it a barn wedding venue. It is light and open and a wonderful shell for a beautiful day.

Then, the couple sauntered in and lovingly shared their first dance together. Next, they each shared a dance with their mothers. Emilie and her mother shared an emotional dance that they will remember forever. Willie and his mom shared the cutest dance that I know, that if nothing else, I will remember forever. Willie’s mom can DANCE. Both were beautiful to be in the presence of.

The maid of honor and best man genuinely may have given the best speeches I have ever heard. Even as someone that isn’t deeply involved in this couple’s lives, I could tell they were the perfect things to say. They both put in a deep amount of effort into preparing what they had to say about Emilie and Willie. These speeches were so thoughtful, so funny, so enjoyable, they even had me tearing up.

Finally, the wedding party gathered to send the couple off with a sparkler exit. A beautiful end to a beautiful day.

It is one of my greatest joys to be able to take part in days like these. This one was absolutely beautiful to witness, truly. Cheers to a long, happy life for Emilie and Willie!

Looking for a Michigan wedding photographer? Check out more examples on my blog and Instagram and read about the luxury wedding photographer experience to inquire about your wedding date!

a portrait of the couple's wedding venue, black river barn in south haven michigan
a dramatic portrait of a chandelier at black river barn in south haven michigan
a photo documenting a guest table from a wedding reception by luxury wedding photography
family photos sit on a mantel captured by a luxury wedding photographer to remember the bride's father that passed away. next the photos sits a slice of wood from a tree with the following engraved: DAD We know you'd be here today if heaven wasn't so far away. the sledge's
the bride wipes away a tear as she shares a dance with her mom while remembering her father who passed. her michigan wedding photographer uses the light of the reception hall to help convey the way the moment feels
a timeless wedding photography portrait of the white rose lined wedding cake
the maid of honor stands holding a microphone and a sheet of paper at her place at the head table while giving a speech as the couple's luxury wedding photographer captures the day
a wedding guest smiles while clapping during the wedding reception, this timeless wedding photography helps the bride and groom to get another perspective of their day
a portrait of the outpouring of guests on the lawn at a black river barn wedding in south haven michigan
the bride and groom kiss under a sparkler tunnel held up by their bridal party in front of their wedding arch while luxury wedding photographer captures the moment
the groom lifts the bride during their sparkler exit where the bridal party hold up sparklers forming a tunnel for the couple to stand under at their south haven michigan wedding

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