Mackinac Island Family Photographer | Paul Retherford Photography

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Most family photography sessions are special.  Mackinac Island adds that extra level of excitement.  Mackinac Island Family Photographer | Paul Retherford Photography

This session is a Montessori auction item which I donated to the school.

Instead of a session around town, we decide to meet on Mackinac Island for an afternoon shoot.

The weather is perfect.

We meet at Marquette Park on Mackinac Island and start photography there.

Then we walk through town and up the Grand Hotel lawn.

Lastly, we make our way to the boardwalk.

Fun Mackinac Island session with a family who I have known and worked with for years.

If you are looking for a family session anywhere in Northern Michigan please call 231-445-1793.

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Additional Mackinac Island family photography sessions by Paul Retherford Photography:  Mackinac Island family photography session 1 link ~ Mackinac Island family photography session 2 link 

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Traverse City Wedding Photography Old Mission Peninsula Michigan

Old Mission Peninsula Wedding

Destination Weddings in Traverse City, Michigan are a regular occurrence.  This couple loves Traverse City, the beaches, Lake Michigan, and the vibe.  Their good friend has a waterfront property that is the location of the Wedding.  Unfortunately for the Bride and Groom, large storms tore out the perfectly manicured beachfront and dock two weeks prior to the Wedding.  The Wedding goes on, just with less beach and no dock.  Traverse City Wedding Photography Old Mission Peninsula Michigan by Paul Retherford Photography.

The intimate Old Mission Peninsula Wedding on Lake Michigan is simple, small, and totally laid-back.

A friend of the couple is the officiant.  His ceremony was nice, short, and sweet.

The entire ceremony is no more that fifteen minutes.

Following the ceremony, the couple takes images with family and friends.

A bottle of champagne is opened and the guests enjoy some beverages too.

The matron of honor plays a song for the couple to dance their first dance.

The Bride and Groom make images together at the beach, a nearby house, and finally at a Winery up the road.

It was a short Wedding day for me.

The images are gorgeous.  I love the simplicity and colors of the Wedding day.

Congratulations Lisa and Troy!

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Traverse City area Wedding Photographer Paul Retherford Northern Weddings: Traverse City Wedding 1 link here ~ Traverse City Wedding 2 link here

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Grand Hotel Mackinac Island West Porch Wedding Photography

Mackinac Island Wedding Venue Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel... what can I say that will give you the experience that all of the Brides and Grooms receive?  Grand Hotel weddings are always wonderful, well planned, and top notch.  Grand Hotel Mackinac Island West Porch Wedding Photography by Paul Retherford.

I love intimate Weddings at the Grand Hotel.   I can honestly say that they are the most well-managed events that I have photographed.  Marty, the coordinator at the Grand Hotel, is awesome.  Sometimes I think she has psychic powers, or maybe it is just the power of a wonderful staff.

Yes, Grand Hotels are not inexpensive.  But, you do receive a GRAND Wedding.

Beginning at the Masco Cottage at the Grand Hotel, I meet the Groom with his family.

We make gorgeous images for about fifteen minutes prior to the Bride at the Masco Cottage for her pre-Wedding photography.

The Bride looks amazing!  Astor’s Salon does the best job with her makeup and hair piece.  The hair piece is part of the floral design by Margaret’s Garden.

Margaret’s Garden at the Grand Hotel knows how to design amazing pieces.  In addition, the flowers are ALWAYS fresh.  I have never had a Bride who was disappointed with her flowers from Margaret’s Garden at the Grand Hotel.

We walk around the Grand Hotel and use the incredible colors and themes to highlight the beauty of the Bride and her daughters.  Where can you find this amount of variety in one location.  Granted, the Grand Hotel is not small but it does have variety everywhere.

The Grand Hotel designer has a style of his own.

The couple takes a short break prior to West Porch Wedding at the Grand Hotel.

West Porch Grand Hotel Wedding Ceremony

What I, and most people love, about Grand Hotel West Porch Weddings is the fact the Wedding aisle is insane.  In addition, the views of the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac are magnificent.  Add in the fact that everything is perfect and GRAND too.

Most porch Weddings are relatively short.  This is the case with this Grand Hotel Wedding too.  A friend marries them while their children are standing by their sides.

Really touching ceremony.  They do a garland ceremony where they wrap garland around themselves, and the kids, and have a blessing.  Very nice touch!

Following the rings, kiss, and pronouncement, the couple recesses down the Grand porch.  The tall pillars make it appear as if they are in roman times.  Love this look!

The happy couple comes back and captures a group photo with everyone on the porch, then a first dance, and the cake cutting.

Guests have a cocktail hour while we photograph family and the couple around the Grand Hotel grounds.

My day ends as we end up at the Jockey Club entrance where the intimate and relaxed Wedding meal is taking place.

Here is a small portion of the images from our three hours together.  Enjoy!

You can find more Grand Hotel Mackinac Island West Porch Wedding Photography at http://www.printsbypaul.com

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island West Porch Wedding Photography

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Paul Retherford Photography captures Weddings all over Mackinac Island.  Paul has been photographing on Mackinac Island for over 8 years or his 16 years of Wedding Photography service.  Here are some Mackinac Island Weddings by Paul Retherford Photography:  Mackinac Island Wedding link 1 ~ Mackinac Island Wedding link 2 ~ Mackinac Island Wedding Link 3

Grand Hotel Wedding Photography by Paul Retherford

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