We are completely obsessed with this wedding. When you look through these photos you'll see why. You can't look at this wedding and not find yourself smiling. It exudes pure joy and we love that you can see that joy across EB & Blake's faces. We absolutely love the simplicity of this wedding, with the seeming focus on two people so excited in love and to share it all with their nearest and dearest. You can almost feel the warmth of the summer night and hear the laughter of friends who are gathered around the crackling bonfire.
We loved hearing Kendra's thoughts (Kendra Stanley-Mills Photography) about EB and Blake's wedding day. Our favorite moment? When the bride & groom cut off their bracelets. What a beautiful sentiment.
When I pulled up to the scenic Northport farm where Blake and EB were to get married, I found a guy wearing a straw hat working on getting all the details in place. It was Blake. Right then I figured if the groom was in hot August heat working to get things just so, that this was going to be good. And it was.
Even though Blake and EB now live in Wisconsin, the two chose the farm to get married because it overlooked the Manitou Islands -- the place where they were engaged. The couple said they wanted to share with their closest friends and relatives all the things that they loved about Michigan. They paid special attention to using local food and drink. Their invitation was crafted by a childhood friend of EB’s. The cake made by another and stored in the cellar to stay cool until it was time to cut it.
Before the ceremony, Blake and EB reached through a door to cut off symbolic bracelets they had worn for years -- the bracelets were to be replaced with wedding rings. The evening was a perfect ending to a perfect day -- with a crackling bonfire, people lounging in hammocks and more laughter and hugs then I could count.
Photography: Kendra Stanley-Mills Photography / Venue: Leelanau County Modern Farmhouse / Flowers: Hooper’s Farm Gardens / Invitations: Chinn Wang / Cake: Lisa Wolf / Rentals: GJ’s Rentals / Caterer: Pigs Eatin’ Ribs / Wine: Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery / Suit: Brooks Brothers / Bride's Dress & Shoes: J.Crew / Cider: Tandem Ciders / Sparkling Wine: L. Mawby