Joel & Whitney | Holland Lakeside Wedding

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One year ago today, I was in Michigan for Joel and Whitney’s incredible Holland lakeside wedding. It was a gorgeous day, and the wedding was held at a friends home, overlooking a sparkling Lake Michigan. As my assistant and I drove up to the house, we were pinching ourselves at how absolutely amazing it was!

Even more amazing than just the venue, though, was the bride and groom!! I went to high school with Whitney, and she has always been a very sweet, beautiful woman, so I was SO excited to see her as a bride!! Check out the pictures from their stunning day!

02-long driveway to beach house lawrence wedding photographer

01-gold heels with wedding dress grand rapids photographer

Yes, this was the incredible view, right behind the ceremony!
03-lakeside view with grassy hill destination wedding photographer

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05-groomsmen putting tie on groom michigan wedding photographer

06-rose gold wedding ring and black band with gold grand rapids photographer

07-pastel floral bouquet lawrence wedding photographer

08-bridesmaid and mom helping bride put dress on holland michigan photographer

09-bride putting on pearl earrings grand rapids photographer

It’s usually around this point the bride starts feeling really pampered πŸ™‚
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11-mom and bride hug michigan wedding photographer

I mean seriously…the perfect bride!
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13-back of bride standing on front porch with bouquet michigan wedding photographer

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She’s just as beautiful on the inside too <3
15-bride smiling with bouquet grand rapids michigan photographer

16-groomsmen in navy ties destination wedding photographer

17-casual groomsmen portrait destination wedding photographer

18-bride laughing with bridesmaids lawrence wedding photographer

Some people are better than others at trying to be serious πŸ˜‰
19-bride and bridesmaids trying to be serious destination wedding photographer

20-bridesmaid dries brides tears grand rapids photographer

One of my favorite parts of the day – Joel and Whitney did not want to see each other before the wedding, but they did want to pray together. So many beautiful tears at this point!
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22-bride and groom hidden around corner grand rapids michigan photographer

23-groomsmen pray for groom grand rapids michigan photographer

24-bridesmaids pray for bride michigan wedding photographer

25-wedding party takes selfie before ceremony lawrence wedding photographer

I love how excited she is here!!
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27-bride walking down aisle with dad destination wedding photographer

28-bride hugs dad holland michigan photographer

29-bride smiling at groom during ceremony grand rapids photographer

30-bride and groom smiling holland michigan photographer

Sometimes I’m blessed with ceremonies like these <3
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32-groom smiles at bride grand rapids michigan photographer

33-bride and groom during vows grand rapids michigan photographer

34-ceremony under tree canopy with sun destination wedding photographer

35-wedding party prays during ceremony holland michigan photographer

Instead of a sand ceremony or candle lighting, Joel and Whitney did more of a dirt ceremony, with this tiny tree, and then the wedding party all prayed around them!
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37-bride and groom kiss during ceremony grand rapids michigan photographer

38-bride and groom introduced destination wedding photographer

39-bride and groom ring wedding bell kansas wedding photographer

40-bride and groom hug against firewood kansas wedding photographer

41-bride and groom smiling against firewood kansas wedding photographer

42-bride and groom backlit kiss in driveway michigan wedding photographer

The sun was shining just perfectly the entire day!
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44-groom hugs bride in sun grand rapids michigan photographer

45-bride and groom hug on beach with lighthouse destination wedding photographer

We can’t be in Holland without a quick stop at the beach!
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47-bride and groom sit and kiss lawrence wedding photographer

48-bride and groom embrace awashed in sunlight grand rapids photographer

49-groom kissing bride on forehead grand rapids michigan photographer

50-bride and groom snuggle on grassy hill kansas wedding photographer

51-bride and groom sit on grassy hill smiling holland michigan photographer

The bride’s brother-in-law broke this super cute tree swing, so someone joked he should be the swing – don’t joke around me when it comes to photos πŸ˜‰
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53-wedding party walks in sunlight lawrence wedding photographer

54-wedding party on beach michigan wedding photographer

It’s party time!
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The newlyweds cut this little cake, but the guests got assorted pie!
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57-bride and groom hesitate before feeding each other cake grand rapids michigan photographer

58-groom hugs mother during dance holland michigan photographer

59-bride dances with father kansas wedding photographer

60-bride and groom share first dance michigan wedding photographer

61-groom dances with groomsman kansas wedding photographer

62-bride dancing with friends kansas wedding photographer

Lawn games entertained the guests throughout the night!
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64-guests play jenga during reception lawrence wedding photographer

65-groom dancing with bride holland michigan photographer

66-groom and groomsman pose lawrence wedding photographer

67-groom with niece grand rapids photographer

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Joel and Whitney – this wedding is one of my favorite memories of 2015, and I hope your first year of marriage has been as amazing as you two!!

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