andrew&kaitlyn | grand rapids, michigan wedding

By AlyssaWagner on January 11, 2016 | comments
Happy 2016, everybody! As I sit and write this, there is finally snow falling outside my window, and though it seemed it may never arrive, winter does appear to here in West Michigan! Even as a warm weather girl at heart, there is something about the snow falling this time of year that I deeply appreciate. With the months of September through December always being our fastest and busiest, it’s almost like the slowly falling snow greets me in January with an invitation to slow, to rest, and to start to process of renewing. I hope the new year is able meet you all in that place in some way or another, because boy oh boy is it necessary. *happy sigh*

This past week I wrapped up edits on a wedding that left my heart all kinds of joyful. The two people these photos celebrate are beautiful in so many ways. They are intentional and kind. Gracious hosts and wonderful listeners. They are SO much fun, and laughter is full in their presence. Some of those people who it really is a gift to call them friends – ya know? Well, their wedding followed suit in all these ways. Goodness gracious do they love the people around them well. And somehow, in spite of a full day of shooting, we managed to stay and dance, and that’s always the mark of a darn good party!

A&K, it might seem simple to say it this way, but we are SO happy you’re married. That you found each other and made a beautiful partnership out of it. The gift of shooting a wedding day like yours is what makes our job more than just awesome, it makes it meaningful. Thanks for inviting us into your story. We really, really like you :)

All our love,

Alyssa&Drew

hair + makeup // the Parlour @ CityFlatsHotel
gown // Casablanca Bridal
suit // Men’s Warehouse
floral // GVL Florist
ceremony // Beckwith Hills CRC
officiant // Aaron Gregory
ceremony pianist // Ryan Schultz
reception // the Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel
catering // CityFlats
dessert // donuts by Marge’s Donuts, cutting cake by groom’s grandmother :)
dj // Jordan Stonehouse

…and their first dance was to Take the World by the amazing Johnnyswim. I suggest you listen to that while you scroll. Here’s a LINK.