Northern Michigan real estate Photography
This is the second time out to Wildwood lake for a real estate photo session for a VRBO rental home. The owner wants images from the four seasons of his rental home. Wildwood Lake Wolverine Northern Michigan rental home real estate Photography by Paul Retherford.
Wildwood lake is a man-made lake in Wolverine, Northern Michigan.
The lake is developed and has a small island with houses.
Wildwood Lake is an all sports lake.
This home is a rental home on VRBO year-round. If you are interested here is the link to Wildwood lake home.
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Paul Retherford real estate photography on Wildwood Lake in Wolverine Michigan link here
Oh my! Look at this Bride and Groom, and those orchids! Walloon Lake Country Club Wedding Photography Northern Michigan by Photographer Paul Retherford.
Yes, this couple is gorgeous, the venue is amazing, and every vendor is doing an incredible job.
Luckily, I am the Photographer chosen to photograph their day!
Not only do I photograph the Wedding day, but I was also invited to be at their rehearsal dinner. The rehearsal is waterfront Walloon Lake too. Insane views!
First of all, lets talk about the flowers. William from Monarch Garden and Floral Design is the man. His design and floral skills are insane. If you are looking for someone to mirror your dream Wedding, well, William is your man.
This orchid bouquet is wonderful. It goes down in the top three bouquets of my career. Keep in mind that I have photographed over 600 Weddings! Why is it so amazing? The simplicity and freshness of the flowers, all while designing a cohesive piece.
Yes, it is orchids. But they are not just bound together.
There is an art in the design of even just stems of orchids. If I took these stems of orchids and bound them they would look nothing like this.
Kuddos to William and his eye for design.
Next I would like to mention Kim from Bella e Dolce cakes. This cake mirrored the floral design to a tee. Not only is it scrumptious, the design is simple and elegant.
The whole day is elegant from the dress, flowers, to the tuxes, the tiaras, cake, and the order of events.
First look Walloon Lake Wedding
The bride and groom choose to have a first look at the Brides parent’s house on Walloon Lake.
I love this first look! Not only is the Bride’s gown amazing, but the environment around them is stunning.
The Bride walks out of the house and says, “Let’s do this.” She has energy and her vibe is wonderful. This sets the stage for the remainder of the day.
We decide on the dock for the first look. Why not? It is Walloon Lake which, if you haven’t been, looks like a tropical paradise in the summer. The tranquil blue and turquoise waters are caused by deep, clean, sandy bottom fed by springs.
Of course the images of the first look are amazing. The lead up to it, back of the dress, the emotions…everything.
They jump in the speed boat and take a few turns around the area for some pics before doing a few more around the grounds.
Chris Riley Productions is videoing this day too.
Everyone travels over to the Walloon Lake Country Club.
Walloon Lake Country Club Wedding ceremony
Time for the ceremony at Walloon Lake Country Club. This venue is insane. The ceremony setup is on the base of the docks with the beautiful floral arch making the entrance to the Walloon Lake Country Club dock.
The guests make their way down from the club via a paved and winding path. There is a gazebo, some really nice birch trees, soft music playing, and a panoramic view of Walloon Lake.
On this bluebird day, oh my.
The men all arrived via the ski boat from the Brides parent’s house.
Again, the Bride looks just stunning in her gown!
An uncle marries the couple in a beautiful and personal Wedding ceremony.
The couple has some of the traditional Jewish events during the Wedding day.
With the breaking of the glass and the first kiss everyone cheers as the Bride and Groom walk arm in arm, and the ceremony is complete.
Walloon Lake Country Club Wedding Photography Northern Michigan reception
Right after the ceremony, the guests make their way to the outdoor Wedding reception, cocktail hour. The cocktail hour is on the deck of the Walloon Lake Country Club overlooking the ceremony location. Everything is so close and convenient. Even the parking lot is only a couple hundred yards away.
The Walloon Lake Country Club bring out hors d’oeuvre, and drinks are available at the bar.
During this time, we make beautiful family images at the ceremony location for about 15 minutes. Since we had a first look we didn’t really need to do too many images following the Wedding. Just family images.
The couple wanted more candid images with friends anyways.
Probably a half hour of mingling with the guests before introductions into the reception by Shawn Peterson of DJ’s North.
What I like about Shawn and his setup is that he has the Bose system which projects the sound all over the room. What this offers is consistent noise levels whether you are right next to him, or on the other side of the venue.
In addition, Shawn is a DJ at Odawa Casino and owns his own business.
Every vendor for the day owns their own business and runs it themselves, with the exception of the Walloon Lake Country Club. 🙂
One of the things I tell all of my Brides is owner/operator businesses will be your best decision. If you have the owner of the business at your Wedding, typically, you have the most knowledgeable and professional vendor. This is a bonus in my mind.
Upon being introduced, the couple cuts their cake and dances their first dance.
This allows for the cake to be served anytime, and people can get up and dance when they wish.
Toasts are provided by a host of people during the evening. They are spread out as to not hold up the evening.
Then it is dance, dance, dance, drink, dance, dance, dance the night away.
A noteworthy story, the Groom has a daughter and he raised her himself while going through college. His sister told a story about how he would google how to do things and watch videos. There wasn’t a dry eye in the venue. By the way, cutest daughter ever award!
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Sometimes I don’t meet a couple until their Wedding day. It could be for a number of reasons. This particular Wedding the Mother of the Bride planned the day and the Bride and Groom enjoyed. Nothing wrong with that! Intimate Stafford’s Perry Hotel Wedding Photography Petoskey Michigan by Paul Retherford.
Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey, Michigan is known for its historic presence and charm.
Couples love the ease of getting married at the Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Not only is the Stafford’s Perry Hotel close to downtown, but the views of Lake Michigan and proximity to other towns is a huge bonus too.
Furthermore, the staff at Stafford’s Perry Hotel is wonderful.
You can tell that Stafford’s takes pride in their brand and employees.
The couple decides to have a first look on the porch of the Perry Hotel in Petoskey.
The gorgeous florals from the Wedding day are provided by Flowers from Sky’s the Limit flower shop in Petoskey, Michigan.
Stafford’s Perry Hotel outdoor Rose Garden ceremony
The tea garden on the lawn of the Perry Hotel overlooks a wonderful panoramic view on Little Traverse Bay, part of Lake Michigan.
Angled rows are set up, facing Lake Michigan, so guests are looking out at the lake during the ceremony.
Arguably, one of the most beautiful venues in Northern Michigan.
The couple’s friend received his license to marry online and married them.
Following the short wedding ceremony, the entire Wedding walked across the street for a photo with Lake Michigan in the background.
The guests all make their way to the outdoor cocktail hour in the Rose Garden while we make some more images around the grounds/town.
Perry Hotel Rose Garden outdoor reception
The outdoor Rose Garden reception is set up under a tent. The tent can hold hundreds of people if you wish. There are a number of various styles of tents including sidewalls to protect from the weather.
Tom of Pluister Entertainment sets up in the dance floor area right next to the bar. What I like about this venue is the fact that they do have ceiling heaters, if needed, and they are very comfortable. I have photographed in November, outdoors, at this venue and it was comfortable.
The beautiful sweets table is by Jane’s Sweet Creations in Alanson, Michigan.
A introduction, a cake cutting, and a champagne bottle top slice started the festivities in the Rose Garden Wedding reception.
That ends my night. The couple did not want dancing or mingling images.
Another beautiful day at the Stafford’s Perry Hotel! Enjoy this Intimate Stafford’s Perry Hotel Wedding Photography Petoskey Michigan by Paul Retherford.
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