An intimate wedding for two…

I have been sitting on this one for a while just waiting for the go ahead to post…it was like winning the lottery and not being able to tell anyone. Be sure to check out the vendors that I had the privilege of working with, listed at the bottom of this post!

As a side note, this entire day was shot on 35mm and medium format film. All processed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab!

Click here to view Andy’s amazing mix of super8 and HD video:  A Michigan Evening on the Farm from Andy Owen on Vimeo.

Let me tell you a little about the vendors I had the absolute pleasure of working with, and say a little thank you:

Cinematography: Owen Video (
I have worked with Andy a few times now and each time I see him work and see the trailers he puts out, the more I am blown away! His cinematic abilities constantly amaze me!
Andy stayed with us the entire day, shot a whole roll of Super8 film plus digital video. He is a true film maker! To see the trailer from this shoot click here:
Thank you Andy for coming along with us, we loved having you there!

Flowers: Fresh wild flowers were from J’s Fresh Flower Market ( and the bouquet and bout are from Etsy Seller: LeRoys (
J’s flower market is one of my favorite flower shops here in Grand Rapids. They have a walk in cooler where you can pick out fresh flowers anytime of the year! They have a DIY wedding center where they will show you
how to make your own bouquet’s and boutonnieres. As for the cotton, well LeRoy’s on Etsy was AMAZING to work with, she does gorgeous work and the little bouquet and boutonniere were perfect for this shoot! I would love to see some more cotton
used in weddings, it was so soft and elegant.

Event Design: Natasha Olhman (
Sometimes I think Natasha and I were actually raised in the same family. She completely gets me, my ideas and my taste. I never have to worry about what I am going to get from her, because I know her vision
is the same as mine. This shoot was no different. Every little detail Natasha had planned out was one surprise after another. Each table scape, location and corner had her little touches on it.
If you are ever in need of a set stylist for your wedding, Natasha is your girl!

Ceremony Location: Carlson-Arbogast Farm in Howard City, MI (contact me for more information, her website is coming soon)/ Reception Location: Edgar Family Farm
Fran Carlson is probably one of the sweetest ladies I know. She so kindly offered up her homes for us to use and disclosed to me that she would LOVE to start up her own wedding business. Ladies, if you are looking for a barn to have your wedding
in, these are the spots you need to check out! The barns have been in Fran’s family for generations and are in perfect condition! Not only does she own these gorgeous pieces of property, but she is the president of the Michigan Bean Association!
If you are interested in getting in touch with Fran, please contact me for more information.

Dress: Shannon Gales ( the dress was hand made by Shannon for this shoot.
I wish I had known Shannon when I was looking for a wedding dress. Not that I didn’t love my wedding dress, but I am just in love with Shannon’s designs!
What I love the most about Shannon is the way she gets to know her clients and who they are when designing a dress. Her brides are her inspiration.
I was surprised to learn that having a dress custom made for you is not only an amazing experience, but actually costs less than buying one from some of the stores out there!
Contact Shannon if you have not already found a dress, it is an experience you will remember forever!

Groom’s Attire: Kathy Amato (contact me for information)
Kathy was SUCH a dream to work with on this shoot. Natasha did most of the communicating with her on what she was looking for, but the end result blew my mind!
The grooms attire was designed and hand made by Kathy and it could not have looked better!

Cake: Erin Mooney-Rouse-Top Tier Designer Cakes (
When I first learned about Erin it was from a wedding that I shot back in July. As soon as I saw her cakes I knew she was going to be huge in this market!
So delicious and beautiful, you want the moment you take that first bite to last forever!
She was so easy to work with and designed the cake perfectly with the vision in mind.
We love you Erin!!

Make Up- Julie Strating ( and
I am sure a lot of you have heard me talk about Julie before, and how talented I think she is! Julie never ceases to amaze me with her talents. She is another kindred  spirits that I feel so connected to.
Her talent here with Rebecca was no different. She took one look at this girl and knew exactly what needed to be done to match the look for the wedding. Not only will Julie work with you
on customizing a look for you, but she has the knowledge and skill to do it the right way. I love working with Julie, she is such a peaceful and pleasant person to be around.
She does fill up fast for weddings, so I would contact her asap to reserve her for your date!

Our models: Rebecca and Sachel:
What can I say you guys, you are one of the reasons this shoot came together so well. Rebecca, you play the guitar so beautifully, I could listen to you all day.
Sachel, you were such a huge help to all of us, thank you (both of you) for having such a positive attitude and for being so damn good looking..we love you both, you are amazing individuals and I would love to work with you both again!

Yazy-Photography Assistant:
Yaz, you are the best film roller I know! Seriously, I am not sure how to thank you for all your help and effort you put into this with me. I could not have done all of that with out you.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!