Early January, well, you remember what it brought us. A lot of snow, and the beginning of the Polar Vortex. But what it also brought us was yet another beautiful winter wedding.
This day belonged to Nicole & Shawn, and the celebration with their closest friends & family. We started out with Nicole as she got ready for her wedding – just her, close friends, and some tasty mimosas to get their day started. It was so lovely & relaxed – so much so that Dan wandered off into the woods in search of a pileated woodpecker. I got to hang out with Nikki and Sommar, her cousin, and one of my former brides. Always a good time with these two!
Right from there we slugged through the snow to the ceremony, which was beautiful, personal, and so touching, and the way the priest interacted with everyone really made it a very special time. Seeing Nikki and Shawn pledge their love for each other was beautiful – and there were a number of not-so-dry eyes in the crowd!
After their ceremony we found a beautiful spot in the woods for some beautiful snowy portraits (there has been a theme in the last few weddings!). It was magically beautiful. From there, a little wine tasting for the two of them, because sometimes, your wedding day should just be about celebrating each other!! From there, it was off to the reception at the Century Club Ballroom in Muskegon, where guests enjoyed tasty appetizers, drinks, and a little bit of the polka. Ok, these guys LOVE their polka.
Having gone through a very busy year of weddings, it was lovely to start 2014 with such a relaxed day with an amazing group of people.
As the rest of us shoveled our way home, Nikki & Shawn headed out to start their new life in Southern California, drenched in sunshine and love. I’m still jealous of the sunshine part, but still, wish you both all the best!
– Lynell & Dan