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Michigan Wedding at Willow Harbor Vineyard -Amanda and Mike

As soon as we arrived at the Willow Harbor Vineyard to shoot Amanda and Mike’s wedding, we were hit with an intense craving for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  It was a beautifully sunny day and the air was filled with the intoxicating aroma of Concord grapes – the perfect venue for this outdoorsy couple.

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On our way to the Bridal Cottage, Mike called out to his fiancée to, “go put something nice on.” Nice, indeed.  Amanda’s Allure gown was simply stunning with an open back that had jaws dropping.  Probably one of our favorite wedding gowns all year.

It’s a good thing the bees were distracted by the grapes – otherwise, they wouldn’t be able to resist these super sweet flower girls.

The cake, courtesy of Arlene’s Wedding Cakes, perfectly reflected the autumn/wine colors in the bridesmaid dresses.

The amazing florals were provided by good family friends, Cedar Lake Florist.  We love that they took the personalities of the bride and groom into consideration when designing the centerpieces.  The inclusion of bamboo was a nod to the bride’s passion for environmental sustainability, and the fire truck arrangement was a tribute to Mike’s service with the Chicago Fire Department.   Great job, Charlie and Marilyn!

Amanda and Mike, your devotion to each other is inspiring – your willingness to go camping for 2 weeks…maybe not as inspiring, but certainly just as admirable (just kidding). Wishing you both a world of happiness as you take your first steps together as husband and wife!

  • October 21, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    Maggie Butler - Beautiful preview – we can’t wait to se the restReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    Nickie Orgler - Gorgeous photos everyone looked beautifulReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 3:37 pm

    Lydia S. Reca - Everything is stunning. I can’t wait to view more photographs.ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    Denise Garcia - Wow – terrific photos to remember a beautiful nightReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    Marilyn Kaper - This vineyard is one of the most beautiful wedding venues I have ever had the opportunity to work with. The bride and groom are environmentally conscious and this site lent itself to all that was to follow. It was fun planning and decorating. When it all came to fruition, it was a stunning event. Thank you Amanda & Mike for allowing us to be a small part of your big day. May you be as happy all the days of your life as you were on the day of your wedding!ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    Amanda Gettes - Thank you so much Joshua, Rachel and Ben!!! The pictures are amazing 🙂 we had the best day of our lives!ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    jacqueline johnson - Absolutely stunning. It’s so beautiful, it takes your breath away..Congrats. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    Valerie Prince - The pictures are amazing! What a wonderful day it was!ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    Pat Starcevich - Very beautiful pictures, I do agree that the flower girls are sweetReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 5:52 pm

    Heather Collins - Awesome pics! I want to see more!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 6:00 pm

    Megan Hardy - These photos are absolutely gorgeous, Mandy! Your wedding looked like something straight out of a bridal magazine!ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    Carrie Hurley - Seriously, Amanda, these pictures are GORGEOUS! You look amazing! Your dress, the vineyard,… I’m jealous! I can’t wait to see more with your family too!ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 7:54 pm

    Eleanor - Simply gorgeous! Especially love the one of Amanda frolicking through the vineyard, completely carefree.ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    Loretta Gettes - Absolutely beautiful pictures of a perfect wedding day. Looking forward to seeing all of them. Great Job.ReplyCancel

  • October 22, 2011 - 8:49 am

    Uncle Bill - These picture look like they came out of a magazine. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • October 22, 2011 - 11:32 am

    Terri Roberts - I am in awe! Beautiful colors throughout all the pics to surround beautiful people.ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2011 - 8:51 pm

    Charlie Kaper - What wonderful photos, Mike and Amanda you have beautiful memories from Joshua’s talents and unique style! Can’t wait to see the rest…ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2011 - 8:51 am

    Julie Butler - The preview is awesome! Beautiful pics Joshua! Can’t wait to see the rest.ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2011 - 9:58 am

    Cheryl Dohl - The pictures are beautiful. They should be in a Bridal magazine.ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2011 - 11:12 am

    Beth Squires - The pictures are amazing! Willow Harbor is such a great venue for an outdoor wedding… We love the pictures of the cake – hope to work with you again. Thank You!! – Arlene’s Wedding CakesReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2011 - 2:27 pm

    Fran Gramberg - Absolutely stunning! A perfect day and setting to match. Amanda you are beautiful and I love the shot of you with the little girls.ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    Mary Andree - Wow! What beautiful pictures capturing a gorgeous day. You both looked great!ReplyCancel

  • October 25, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Lou Bufano - WOW!!! Totally awesome!ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    Elise Fish - Great pictures! Looks like you had the perfect day! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2011 - 7:55 pm

    Michael Gettes - Wow, great pics!ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2011 - 10:43 am

    laina henrichs - Amanda you look so beautiful! These pics are like straight out of a magazine! honestly the most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen! Congrats guys….oh yeah mike you cleaned up alright too.ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    Rose Candelario - Simply beautiful – it’s like a fairytale!! The beautiful bride takes your breath away.ReplyCancel

  • November 3, 2011 - 11:29 pm

    Katie Dalton - Wow!! These pics are amazing! Amanda you look stunning, I love the dress!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 7:56 am

    Joe B - Great pictures. Great location for a weddingReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 7:58 am

    Deb Merc - Fabulous pictures. Wish I could have been there.ReplyCancel

  • November 9, 2011 - 10:25 pm

    Mandy - OMG, I love them!!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 9, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    A - What a great photographer you have!!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 9, 2011 - 10:28 pm

    Acgettes - Thank you for all the comments and for your support!!! We are so lucky to have such a great family and friends.ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 11:40 am

    Cousin Skeeter - Dem sum peeeeeerty pictures!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 11:42 am

    Jim DeRolf - REAL, REAL, NICE!!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 11:58 am

    Kristina DeRolf - Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 11:59 am

    M - You guys look AMAZING, couldn’t have asked for a better day.ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Destiny - What great pictures, thanks so much for having us!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    Kaari Smith - Hi Guys, you look great! It was awesome seeing you! Congratulations 🙂ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Caleb Butler - Hey Mandy, you look beautiful! Love youReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    Cheryl Gettes - You guys look great~! Thanks so much, we are so happy for you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:46 pm

    Emily Starcevich - Hi Mandy and Mike, thanks so much for having Joe and I. We love you!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    Eileen Moriarity - Hi Mandy, the girls had so much fun being your flower girls!! We love you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    Katie McCoy - Hi Mandy and Mike, you guys looked so amazing. Haley had a great time being your flower girl!!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    Stacey Westall - Congratulations!!! You were beautiful! Riley had so much fun with the other kids!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    Jennifer Rodriquez - Amanda you look beautiful, I am so sorry we missed it! Can’t wait to see more pictures 🙂ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Julie Butler - Congratulations Mandy and Mike, Chloe had a blast being your wedding! We love you!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    Joelle Maggert - Hey guys, you look great! Sorry we missed it! See you soon.ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    Grandma & Grandpa - Mandy and Mike, we love you so much!!! We are so happy for you both and wish you many many years of happiness.ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    Justin Butler - Hi Sister, you looked amazing! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    Nikki Fezekas - You guys look amazing, thanks for having me be part of your special day! Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    Angela Patrick - OMG, You guys have the best pictures! Thanks for having Dean be a part of your special day! Jerry and I are so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    Scott Butler - Wow, great pics!!! CongratsReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    Greg Roberts - Pictures look great! Looking forward to seeing them all.ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    Jessica Crosbie - Great pictures!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    jan roberts - The pictures reflect the beautiful eventReplyCancel