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6.1.13 Lindsay + Nate Married | Bay Pointe Inn Wedding Photographer |

(This is long so get ready) When I book a wedding at a venue that I’ve never photographed at before the first thing I do is to Google wedding images from that venue. That way I know where NOT to shoot. Typically the images that you are find are all the same at all of the same places. Insert bride and groom here, push button and bam, you have a cookie cutter image. Now I’m not saying I haven’t photographed at places like the side garden/waterfall at the Grand Rapids Art Museum many times, but every time I do I try to look at it from a different perspective.  But when the only things you see online are the same things, that tells me it’s time to get creative and find some place new. Some people scope out locations days, weeks or even hours before a wedding. Driving around to find those great spots. Not me, I love using Google maps.  Yup, you heard that right. My secret is out. It might seem lazy but sometimes getting an aerial view can give you a whole new perspective on locations. Take the location I spotted using Google maps for Lindsay and Nate’s summer wedding. I just happened to find this amazing horse farm with a white picket fence, my absolute favorite thing! When I got down to Bay Pointe Inn I asked Lindsay if she was up for taking off and finding some new places to go. So we jumped in my jeep and drove just down the road. At first I couldn’t find the road for the horse farm but I just happened to see those beautiful white posts through the trees. Jackpot!! I NEVER would have found this spot just driving around! And let me tell you, between the bugs and the motor oil spotting the grass, these pictures were amazing!! Wow I got a little off track there didn’t I. Okay so let’s talk about these two love birds 🙂

Lindsay and Nate (like most all of my couples) are super sweet. I guess I just attract some pretty amazing people (haha)! Lindsay has this gorgeous smile with the most amazing perfect teeth I have ever seen. I mean I would pay thousands to have those teeth! And Nate just has this smooth, relaxed, fun way about him. Their day was fun, relaxed and full of laughter and lots of love. And I have to give them both a HUGE thank you for asking me to be their photographer. See back a long time ago (July of 2010 to be exact) Lindsay contacted me just after I photographed her friend BrieLynn’s wedding. She said her and her mom were blowen away by the pictures and although they weren’t engaged yet, she definitely wanted me to photograph her wedding. So fast forward two years later. Nate finally popped the question and Lindsay contacted me. Now if you know anything about my luck and my experience with technology you won’t be surprised to find that her message to me from my blog never went through to my email. So she thought I just didn’t reply. Later that fall at another friends wedding I was photographing (thanks again BrieLynn 🙂 ) we started chatting and she told me about another photographer that they had hired but wasn’t crazy about. So after some more talks they broke off their contract with that photographer and booked me! I felt very bad for their first photographer, but I knew it was meant to be, I was meant to be there with them on their wedding day. Well once again long story not so short, I am very grateful that they not only took a financial risk but a leap of faith and trust that her dream and hopes that she had back in 2010 would come true. And I couldn’t be more proud and honored to share their beautiful day with you. So stop reading this and start scrolling….

Ceremony and Reception: Bay Pointe Inn

Florist: Cindy Mein

Cake: Laura Restivo

Band: Tony Fields and Doug Decker

Makeup: Erick Gerson

Hair: Megan Porter

Dress and Tuxedos: Memories (Maggie Sottero)

Stationary: Paper Source

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