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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.

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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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Intimate Grand Hotel porch wedding

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan has intimate Grand Hotel porch wedding packages.

You can have a gorgeous Grand Hotel wedding for a reasonable investment overlooking the straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge.

The colors are vibrant and the breezes are glorious.

Everything is taken care of you by the wonderful coordinator at the Grand Hotel, Marty.

The day included reverend Tom Marx, Astor’s Salon hair and makeup, Margaret’s Garden flowers, Grand Hotel carriage, Paul Retherford Photography, cocktails and appetizers in the cupola bar, and dinner in the main dining room.

The couple took a ride around Mackinac Island in the custom Grand Hotel carriage.  It was raining so the enclosed carriage was used.

What a way to enjoy your Wedding day.

Congratulations to Alana and Sam!

Gorgeous Mackinac Island Grand Hotel porch wedding

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Grand Hotel wedding photographer Paul Retherford

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Petoskey State Park family photography

Petoskey State Park family photography has a special spot in my heart.  How could this variety of shooting locations not set well with a photographer?

Petoskey State Park is a wonderful state park on a sandy beach between Petoskey and Harbor Springs.

There is so much room on the beach that even on busy days it feels empty.

I have photographed countless sessions on the beach at all times of the day.  You can find wonderful locations where ever the sun shines.  The various seasons also give another pleasing texture and background for imagery.

If you are having a family vacation in Northern Michigan near Petoskey or Harbor Springs, do yourself a favor and find a professional to capture images at Petoskey State Park.

What I offer is spectacular imagery with various off camera lighting that would not be achievable without my style.

Check out the images below and imagine your family with these backgrounds and colors.

If you would like to see the entire shoot head to and click on family photography.

Northern Michigan beach family photography

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I would love to meet you on the beach, in nature, at a vacation home, downtown, or anywhere that would make a lovely family photo.  I have been photographing families around Michigan for the past 15 years.  I started photographing people when I was 12 years old in Yearbook.  My passion with documenting people continued throughout college and extends today.  Petoskey State Park family photography is a personal favorite location of mine.  Come out and enjoy the scenery and the gorgeous images!

Petoskey outdoor family photographer

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