Lauren and Derek’s wedding day was one huge party in East Lansing! Both are Michigan State graduates and massive fans. The entire day was filled with stories and reminiscing about their days on campus. Fortunately, there were plenty of Spartan fans in attendance to bolster the spirit of the celebration and it permeated the feel of the entire day.
The ceremony was held at the always perfect Hawk Hollow Chapel on a breezy, warm August Saturday. Lauren chose gorgeous color combinations of pale and dusty pink, ivory and gold. Hawk Hollow is one of my favorites, as I know I’ve mentioned before… and part of that reason is because of the ease in preparations for the bridal party. They have a bridal suite, as well as a grooms room, with neutral colors and natural light throughout. It makes those fun prep photos so much more appealing and gives the bridal party room to spread out a bit.
Once they were declared Mr. and Mrs., we headed to Michigan State for those must-have Spartan wedding photos. We took the quick celebratory tour: Sparty statue, Beaumont Tower, Spartan Stadium and a few others. And this bridal party knew how to make the most of their time- they thoroughly enjoyed every stop. 😀 Michigan State’s campus is always an easy solution for bridal photos… even if you aren’t a die-hard fan, there’s something gorgeous around every corner. Lauren and Derek built in some extra time to just hang out with their friends and each other… I think that time makes a huge difference in the flow of the day. If it’s possible (and it isn’t always), planning some “blank space” into the timeline is usually one of the best decisions. The wedding day runs fast enough and is gone in a flash. But if there’s extra time here and there, it can change the pace from fast-forward to nice and easy. I think nice and easy yields the best photographs, while at the same time providing more time for FUN! It’s a definite win for everyone.
Here are a few favorites… come back soon for part two! And for plenty more Lansing wedding photography, head over here. Can’t wait to see you! xo