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Outdoor Mackinac Island family photography

A couple that I will be photographing next year for their Wedding asked to have family images instead of Engagement images.  This Outdoor Mackinac Island family photography at Mission Point Resort was their Christmas card and Save the Date card.

Mission Point Resort is located about 1 mile from the ferry docks on Mackinac Island.  They are a laid-back, pet-friendly location for your family.  Mission Point Resort has restaurants, outdoor pool, bar, shopping, and lots more.

The new owners of Mission Point Resort are finishing up many upgrades.  I constantly see painters on the property, even on Saturdays.

The new Salon and Spa is gorgeous, the shopping center/Marketplace is chic, the landscaping is beautiful, and the rooms are getting a face-lift.

Here are some of the images from the Outdoor Mackinac Island family photography.  If you would like to see all of the images visit

Family Photography Mission Point Resort

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Mackinac Island family photographer Paul Retherford

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Harbor Springs Wedding Photography

Some people want that blue bird sunny day for their Wedding.  I jump for joy when the forecast is cloudy with a chance of rain.  Look at this creamy light from this Harbor Springs Wedding Photography shoot.  Had it been sunny, the eyes would have been shadowy, the sky would have been either blown out or very light blue, there would have been a sheen to everyone sweating, and you just could not get the dramatic images.

Kristina and Adam are a cute, perfect couple.

They came home from their Chicago residence to celebrate with family and friends in Harbor Springs.

The weather was mild with a bit of humidity in Harbor Springs.  The rains held off for most of the day.

A few highlights for the say include the stunning Bride and Groom, the gorgeous flowers by A.R. Pontius Flower Shop, the amazing wedding dress by BHLDN, the incredibly tasty cake by Simply Sweet by Jessica, the awesome food by Kelly’s Catering of Traverse City, and this tent by Taylor Rental of Petoskey with draping and custom chandeliers.

Other vendors include Mackinaw Shuttle, Porchside Planners day of wedding planning, hair by Emily Heck, makeup by Emily Jones, wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, and wedding band Bluewater Kings Band.

I have worked with the Bluewater Kings Band on a number of occasions. Just so future Brides are clear, the owner of this HUGE company is in New York.  There are TONS of Bluewater Kings Bands.  I have not played with the same group twice.  It is my observation that most of the bands do not play with each other regularly either.  This particular group played the night prior in Chicago and traveled all way north to play in Harbor Springs on Saturday.

The Wedding reception took place at a private, family friend, residence in Harbor Springs.

If you would like to see the entire shoot from this Harbor Springs Wedding Photography check out

Northern Michigan Wedding Harbor Springs

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Mackinac Island intimate wedding photography

Overcast days on Mackinac Island are beautiful too!  The light is absolutely lovely.  Mackinac Island intimate wedding photography at Ste. Anne’s Church and the Grand Hotel.

This wonderful group traveled from the Holland, Michigan area to get hitched at Ste. Anne’s Church and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

The Grand Hotel offers intimate wedding packages.

Instead of opting for a porch wedding ceremony, the couple got married by an uncle in Ste. Anne’s Church.

Another advantage of getting married on a overcast/rainy day is that tourists are not so plentiful.

Everyone is looking for that “perfect” day on Mackinac Island.

Rain is just liquid sunshine falling down on you.

Here are a few images from the Mackinac Island intimate wedding photography session.

If you would like to see them all you can head over to

Weddings on Mackinac Island, Michigan

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I love to photograph intimate weddings on Mackinac Island.  No matter the size of the Wedding, contact Paul Retherford Photography for a quote.  I will document your day flawlessly and get the images to you quickly.

Mackinac Island wedding photographer Paul Retherford

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