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June 17, 2021

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Being the wedding photographer for this Saugatuck wedding was a dream! Eric and Allie were endless joy all day long, finally being able to see their wedding ideas come to fruition. Friends, family and loved ones soaking in all the moments at every turn with delicious food, thoughtful woodland details and radiant smiles. It was a beautiful day.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

When Allie started telling me about the details for her wedding day I couldn’t help but be overly excited….you’ll see why!

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

Her dress was stunning with the delicate embroidered details.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

The earrings she wore came from her mother’s collection.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

This getting ready space is what dreams are made of! White and more white with big windows and a gorgeous bride in the middle.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

Goodness Allie, you were stunning!

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

It was pretty hot that day but we decided to do their first look in this gorgeous area of the Saugatuck Dunes Park – so Eric could get the perfect view of his bride for the first time.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

A few portraits then we headed back to some shade….

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

Allie really had hoped for some photos inside the woods throughout the dunes to go along with her woodland wedding theme. They received a lot of congratulations from onlookers along the way!

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

The pearl kimono that she wore over her gown for some portraits was my favorite detail. It just added so much fun and texture to each and every image.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

It’s like the sunshine pushed through the canopy just to find the two of them.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

This image I adore. Allie is glowing – absolutely breathtaking!!

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

We went back to Allie’s parent’s home where the ceremony was held in the backyard of their ‘gnome home”. Such a peaceful and beautiful setting.

Seriously – details everywhere!!

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

Married!

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

Ok, get ready for some jaw-dropping reception details!

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

All the little lights were mesmerizing when light up at night.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

I love, love, love clear tents but they certainly have a time and a place. They basically act like a greenhouse so a hot day becomes hotter. Thankfully, this tent was placed in the shade so it was just about perfect!

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

You guys, The Everyday Chef and Wife are top notch. Their food is over-the-top amazing. I can see why they have been at several of my past events!

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

Once the sun started going down, we headed to the beach for some golden hour photos and it was magical. Everyone was relaxed, the stress of the day was gone and we just enjoyed the sunset.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

I don’t even know which photos are my favorite. I have so many. So, so many.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent
Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

You two…just wow.

Saugatuck Michigan woodland themed backyard summer wedding with a beautiful clear tent

We headed back to the party and it was hopping….ready for us to join in on the fun! Allie’s dad sang her a song before their first dance which certainly left most eyes full of happy tears.

Then Eric and Allie closed the events of the day with a surprise choreographed dance which was basically the best thing ever. Awesome.

Eric & Allie – I seriously don’t have enough good things to say about your wedding day. Thank you for allowing me to be such a small part of it. Your day will always be one to remember and I hope these photos are images that you love for years and years to come!!

xoxo – Kellie

Wedding Day Vendors:

Venue: Private Residence
Rentals: Alpine Events – Grand Rapids, MI
Catering: The Everyday Chef & Wife – Grand Rapids, MI
Cake: Holland Cakery ‘n’ Sweets – Holland, MI
DJ: Allure Wedding DJ – Grand Rapids, MI
Bartending: Ben Mockma
Flowers: VS Flowers – Douglas, MI
Videography: Gracie Wallner
Bride’s Dress: Lillian West from Vera’s House of Bridals – Madison, WI
Hair & Makeup: Beauty with a Buss – Douglas, MI
Photography: Us!

(Are you in need of a wedding photographer in the Saugatuck area or anywhere in Southwestern Michigan? If yes, message me! I’d love to chat about your day!)

  1. Andrea Oaks says:

    Beautiful photos and couple ! 

  2. Karen Oaks says:

    The photos are stunning.  What a beautiful wedding.  So happy to see Eric and Allie’s vision realized after a long wait.

  3. Colleen Galles says:

    You have captured the day in such a beautiful way!  I love the way you captured all of the little details that made the event so magical.  Gorgeous photographs!

  4. Xoxo - Allie & Eric says:

    Beautiful work Kellie, we are blown away! You were a dream to work with and we are so glad you captured our special day! 

  5. Emma C. says:

    I thought I shed all my tears at the wedding… but these gorgeous photos got them flowing again! Love you two! 

  6. Alix Marissa says:

    Allie had such an incredible wedding, and you really captured all the small moments. Simply stunning. 

  7. Teddy X says:

    Gorgeous photos of a beautiful bride and her handsome groom! The ceremony site looked absolutely amazing and the reception details were exquisite! Congrats to the wonderful couple!

  8. Rebecca Oaks says:

    Beautiful ????

  9. Kelley says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Everything looks amazing!! 

  10. Jennifer H says:

    Gorgeous photos – looks like an amazing day

  11. Karen Payne says:

    Absolutely stunning bride and such a beautiful wedding!! Congratulations and God Bless!!

  12. Stephanie Garthoff says:

    How very Lovely! Such a Beautiful wedding, Congratulations!

  13. Karen O'Neill says:

    Beautiful pictures!  Congratulations Eric & Allie

  14. Lori Trezona says:

    Wow… beautiful photos!!   The woods theme and the beach theme poses are so elegant and classy!!  The happiness and love the couple share shows through in these photos.

  15. Jean says:

    Stunning!  Beautiful fairytale wedding captured perfectly.  Congratulations, Eric and Allie

  16. Sarah W says:

    Wow!! Looks like it was a wonderful day – many wonderful pictures to remember it forever!

  17. Colleen H says:

    Beautiful couple, stunning photos. It looks like it was a magical day!

  18. Rachel Ross says:

    Wonderful photos! So happy for you all!

  19. Carl Kammer says:

    Congratulations to the happy couple!

  20. Dream couple and stunning photos!!! What a joy to relive this touching day. Congratulations, Allie and Eric!

  21. Kate says:

    The bride is stunning!!!

  22. Jeff Brusak says:

    Outstanding!

  23. Beautiful capture of a beautiful couple. This is so suiting!  

  24. Adina Rich says:

    These photos are just stunning!! You captured every detail perfectly!

  25. Betsy says:

    So beautiful. The day was truly captured!

  26. Susan Olinger says:

    Beautiful work. 

  27. Sherri says:

    Kellie, thank you for these beautiful photos of Allie & Eric’s wedding day!  You truly captured the love and magic!

  28. Katie Ayers says:

    Absolutely stunning and beautiful photos! They captured so many special moments and details of such a beautiful wedding. Just so happy for Eric and Allie, they will have these photos to look back and remember these memories always!

  29. Jessica says:

    Wow! Such beautiful photos and such a beautiful couple! Absolutely love every one of these photos. 

  30. Hilary Farr says:

    Wow!!! So gorgeous!!

    Congratulations Eric and Allie. 

  31. Britt says:

    Absolutely stunning photos!!! You captured the day and their vision so perfectly. 

  32. Beth McLaughlin says:

    These are some of the most beautiful wedding photos I’ve ever seen! Once I started I had to see them all. What a gift! 

  33. Allen says:

    Lol Eric blocked me out of the photo with a kiss XOXO, jk it’s not about me, these are so beautiful, love you, Allen

  34. Sandra Vaden says:

    Truly glorious photos!  What a gift.

  35. Leigh McBain says:

    What a beautiful wedding and photos are wonderful. Congratulation Eric an Allie

  36. Jesus G. says:

    Unbelievably stunning! Beautiful couple, amazing venue – all captured so well!

  37. Heather Hart says:

    Absolutely Stunning!  Everything is gorgeous including the bride.

  38. Beth Harenda says:

    What an absolutely magical wedding – it looked like a fairy garden. The freshness, the details, all of the thoughtful items that came together to make this a wedding and reception that was elegant, fun and personal. Just lovely.

  39. Amy Dreimiller says:

    Beautiful photographs make this fairy tale wedding come to life! I loved seeing all the details captured so that we could visualize being at the wedding!

  40. Meg Healy says:

    Stunning pictures of a magical day!  

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