Friday, June 19, 2009

Agape on the Bay

While we normally find ourselves on the shore of Grand Traverse Bay or Lake Michigan for most of our weddings, this week we were on the shore of Lake Huron. The great thing about Northern Michigan weddings, is that there are so many beautiful options.

Matt and Kristy made a trip from the Detroit area to northern Michigan to scout out the perfect site for their wedding. What they found was Agape on The Bay, located south of Alpena in the small town of Ossineke, Michigan.

Kristy stated that they looked at a lot of venues, but when they reached Agape they knew they had found the perfect spot. Agape on The Bay is a wonderful site on the shore of Lake Huron. It feature a large lawn area, flower gardens and a permanent pavilion site for your reception. We met up with our beautiful bride, Kristy, in the bridal suite where she was able to relax and have her hair and make up done on site. Once she was dressed, we simply stepped outside to the lovely patio and garden area for bridal portraits.

With guests seated on the lawn and Lake Huron as a perfect backdrop,our Bag Piper lead the way for Kristy and her father to join Matt at the ceremony site and to exchange their vows. After the ceremony, guests greeted the newlyweds and gathered in the pavilion area for cocktails and Hors d' oeuvres. During this time we took some family photos, and then jumped on the limo bus with our wedding party to go to the nearby beach for some great shots.

Once back at the reception it was time for everyone to relax, eat ,dance and just have fun.

We enjoyed the opportunity to work with Matt and Kristy. Best wishes for a wonderful future.

Wedding at Agape on the Bay

Northern Michigan Wedding

Wedding in Northern Michigan

Wedding Photography by Traverse City Photographer Purcell Photography.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wedding at Frog Pond Village in Interlochen

Andrea and Brad made their commitment to each other on May 23rd and we at Purcell Photography were lucky to be a part of their special day.

Northern Michigan held a special place in Andrea's heart. Having spent many wonderful times in the area with her family, it was her first choice for the location of her wedding. The couple traveled from Chicago to enjoy all of the wonderful features of this part of Michigan.

Frog Pond Village is a quaint and romantic wedding venue located near Interlochen. Our couple were married tin the Bull Frog Chapel with their reception in the ballroom next door. The grounds are lovely and offered us many great spots for photos. While guests enjoyed cocktails we hopped on golf carts and sped down to nearby Lake Ellis for some quick images before dinner.

As you can see by our smiling photos, our couple enjoyed their special day immensely and we do wish them the best.

Start of the wedding at Frog Pond Village

Ceremony at Frog Pond Village

Our newly wed couple at Frog Pond Village

Frog Pond Village Wedding

Father daughter dance at Frog Pond Village

The Wedding celebration at Frog Pond Village photographed by Traverse City Wedding Photographer, Purcell Photography

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wedding at Castle Farms in Charlevoix

The air may have been cool, but the sun was out and it was a beautiful day on May 16th in Charlevoix, Michigan. Located in Northern Michigan along the shores of Lake Michigan, Charlevoix is a beautiful little town with many attributes. One, is the spectacular Castle Farms. With a rich history going back over one hundred years, today Castle Farms serves as a premier wedding destination.

Our groom Nate, who was originally from Petoskey, Michigan, and his lovely Attorney bride Laurian, traveled from their home in Fresno, California, to tie the knot in the Knights Courtyard. With family and friends gathered on the lawn, Nate and Laurian became husband and wife under the arch of the castle.

As we took advantage of the beautiful grounds for photos, guests simply walked back across the lawn to the Knights Castle for the reception. Once a working cattle barn, you would never know it now.

This wedding was rescheduled at one point to make sure a very special guest could be in attendance. Charlotte! If the Bride had not been so beautiful, it would have been easy for her to steal the show!

The proud parents took this opportunity to introduce Charlotte to all of her new relatives. It was also very important to Nate and Laurian to get photos of Charlotte with her Grandparents and Great Grandparents. These will become more precious as time goes on.

It was our pleasure to work with this wonderful family and we wish Nate, Laurian and Charlotte the best that life has to offer.

Knights Castle at Castle Farms in Charlevoix Michigan

Charlevoix's Castle Farms

Castle Farms Weddings

Wedding at Castle Farms