Michael + Aubrey

Grand Rapids, Michigan

There are always things at every wedding that touch me. I’m realizing I should jot them down because by the time I get to blogging a wedding, many of those small moments leave me. However, I think there were so many things about Michael and Aubrey’s day that left an imprint that remembering this wedding won’t be a problem. It all started with the gift that Michael gave to Aubrey: a stack of letters each sealed in a separate envelope for her to open on special occasions. And then, I can’t even begin to describe how sacred the wedding ceremony was from the singing, the sound of the harp, the golden iconography, the smell of the incense and even the surprise bagpiper (a nod to Michael’s Scottish heritage.) I loved arriving to the reception to see favorite assorted desserts baked from relatives and a height chair pushed up to the bridal party table so the young nephew was seated along with his dad — one of the groomsmen. They danced to special traditional ethnic songs as the guests sang and encircled the newly married couple. Everything felt alive and the faint thunder of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day seemed to be meant for Aubrey and Michael, too.



Ceremony: St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church // Reception: New Vintage Place // Flowers, invitations and decor: Events by I. Candy // Caterer: New Vintage Place // Cake: Wealthy Street Bakery  // Bridesmaids gowns: Adrianna Papell // Groom’s suit: Men’s Warehouse // Hair and makeup: Tanaz // Bridal gown: Hayley Paige  // Band: Bluewater Kings // Second photographer: Carrie Turner

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