Kelly + Matt

AND... we're back! After the craziness that is the Christmas season we've made it out to the other side. It was such an incredible time spent with family, friends, and church and I wouldn't trade a second of that time off for the world, but I'm ready to be back at it and SO excited to be sharing this wedding with you today. You may remember Kelly and Matt from their ridiculously cool engagement session in Grand Rapids a couple of months back. Yeah, they're pretty great. Anyway, I hit the road again for their wedding at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and it simply doesn't get any better than these two. It was a bit of a cold and blustery morning that day and the idea of an outdoor ceremony was somewhat up-in-the-air. Luckily, the rain held off and the skies opened up literally minutes before the beautiful bride was set to walk down the aisle. Guests were chilly, hair was blown, and seats were damp; but there was peace, and there was love. Outdoor ceremonies make for some of the most intimate, and romantic settings and the beautiful scenery of these gardens was no exception. I was just marveling at the serenity of it all.

So let the whole page load, this one's a doozy! Over and above all else, enjoy the story of their day told through these images. Kelly and Matt are such a special couple and I was honored to play even a small part in their big day. I'm off to shoot my final wedding of 2011 on Saturday in Holland! Thank you SO, SO much to all of the clients, friends, and family that made this year possible. It was so ridiculously exciting and I'll be sharing more and more weddings and engagements in the coming weeks along with a "2011 :: Year in Review" post. Big things coming, stay tuned!

MASSIVE Thanks to Michael Newsted for assisting me on such short notice for this one. Such a rad dude and an instant friend. Some of the shots you'll see below are his ridiculously-good handiwork. Check him out if you get a chance!

Grand Rapids, MI :: 10.14.11

Ceremony Venue :: Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Reception Venue :: The B.O.B.

DJ :: Ex-Treme Creative Entertainment

Flowers :: AndyLou's Flowers

Cake :: Sweet Cakes

Second Shooter :: Michael Newsted Photography