Inn at Bay Harbor Wedding Photography intimate Fall Petoskey Lake Michigan

Bay Harbor Wedding Photography

My final Wedding for 2017 was a pleasure to photograph.  The couple met downstate where they grew up living in the same neighborhood.  Then they moved apart.  Finally, the parents of the couple moved to Kewadin in Northern Michigan three houses apart.  This Inn at Bay Harbor Wedding Photography intimate Fall Petoskey Lake Michigan event is meant to be.

I love intimate Weddings.  Can I say that again.  I LOVE intimate Weddings.  Intimate meaning small.

Why?  First of all, I can really get to meet everyone.  Instead of just small talk so that I don’t get distracted, I typically have extra time to chat with family and guests more.

These two families are so accommodating.

It is obvious that the couple love each other.  It is also obvious that the families truly love being around each other too.

That is just SO cool!

Jamie from A.R. Pontius flower shop knocks it out of the park again with her design and fresh floral arrangements.  All of the family is so complimentary on the flowers.

After having a first look in Kewadin, Michigan, the couple completes all of their images with family.

Following, we head to the ceremony in Elk Rapids.

First Presbyterian Church Elk Rapids ceremony

The officiant invites all of the family to come forward and surround the Bride and Groom.

First time in over 600 Weddings that this has happened at my Wedding.

It is so touching.  The images I was able to capture show the family and friends reactions in the background too.  So cool!

Following the short ceremony, everyone heads to the Inn at Bay Harbor for the reception in The Sagamore room.

Inn at Bay Harbor Wedding reception

This Wedding is definitely non-traditional.

With that said, everyone shows up at the reception, checks into their rooms for the evening, then meet up for cocktail hour.

When they decide to start, the bride and groom cut their cake from Simply Sweet by Jessica.  Yes, the cake is yummy!  Love Jessica’s cakes!

Immediately following, they dance their first dance.

Afterwards, everyone sits for lobster and prime rib dinner.   Yes, I was part of the feast.  WOW!

All images by Paul Retherford Photography from Petoskey, Michigan.

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Petoskey Michigan Stafford’s Perry Hotel Wedding Photographer Paul Retherford Photography

Perry Hotel Wedding

Probably the finest views of any Wedding location in Northern Michigan, Stafford’s Perry Hotel.  In addition, the service at the Perry Hotel is top notch.  Many of their employees have been there for years.  Enjoy this Petoskey Michigan Stafford’s Perry Hotel Wedding Photographer Paul Retherford Photography.

Who would have thought that a late October Wedding would reach 75 degrees in Northern Michigan?

William from Monarch Floral and Design put together gorgeous flower bouquets, boutonnieres, and arrangements.

The colors are a wonderful addition to a fall Wedding in Petoskey.

Hair and makeup by Vogue Salon and Spa is flawless.

All the ladies are so happy with everything.

This makes my job really easy!

The Bride and Groom decide to see each other in the aisle so we make images separate before the ceremony.

My day begins about a couple hours prior to the ceremony with the ladies.

The Wedding dress is hanging and we make some fun detail images, followed by, champagne images and fun girlie ideas.

Groomsmen get ready at The Perry House right next to the Perry Hotel.  This house is owned by Stafford’s and is a nice place to have for a Wedding party!  Very nice.

Perry Hotel Tea Garden outdoor Wedding ceremony

The Wedding ceremony is located in the Tea Garden veranda outside looking right at Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay.  What a view!

The short ceremony by the Bride’s aunt is followed by a group image with Lake Michigan in the background.

H.O. Rose Room Wedding reception

The guests make their way to the H.O. Rose Room for cocktail hour and the Wedding Reception.

We have a few more group images in the Tea Garden prior to joining the reception.

Tom from Pluister Entertainment is keeping the party going, as always.  Love working with Tom!

These beautiful cakes by Simply Sweet by Jessica staring at me the whole time.  I just want to have a taste. 🙂  Always SO good!

It isn’t long until the Bride and Groom are introduced in, cake cutting, toasts, dances, and the sun is starting to set.

This late in the year we don’t have a lot of light in Northern Michigan.

Wow, mother nature sure did give us a show.

Great way to end the evening at the Perry Hotel!

Enjoy a small selection of images from Petoskey Michigan Stafford’s Perry Hotel Wedding Photographer Paul Retherford Photography.

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Stafford’s Perry Hotel Wedding Photography in Petoskey, Michigan by Paul Retherford link 1 ~ link 2

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Petoskey Northern Michigan Engagement Photography lake downtown

Engagement Photographer Petoskey

Is there anything better than a photography session in Petoskey with a weimaraner dog?  Really, you get the best of both Worlds.  Furthermore, the images we make are the icing on the cake.  Petoskey Northern Michigan Engagement Photography lake downtown photographer Paul Retherford.

My client contacted me since they were visiting Petoskey, Michigan for the weekend and are in need of Engagement Photography.

Excited to know they will have a dog with them, even more so when it is a weimaraner.  Love!  Reminds me of Sampson my past dog.

First, Engagement photography at the Petoskey harbor.  I love the repetitiveness of the docks and lights.  Adding their weimaraner makes it perfect.

In addition, the clock tower and birch trees make for a nice contrast.

Afterwards, bear river recreation area is the session location.  Since the winds are strong, getting images without hair in the face is a bonus.

Petoskey is doing a wonderful job restoring this area too.

Petoskey downtown with the gorgeous holiday lights is the final photography location.

They thought it would be fun to capture images with Hemingway and the gazebo.

Both of the locations turn out perfect.

Afterwards, we take a bit of a walk around town and call it a wrap.

The Petoskey Northern Michigan Engagement Photography lake downtown is relaxes and yields hundreds of gorgeous images.

If you would like a session, feel free to call Paul Retherford Photography at 231-445-1793.

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Paul Retherford photographs Engagement Photography all over the World.  Here are two additional Engagements: Northern Michigan Engagement 1 link ~ Northern Michigan Photography Engagement 2 link

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