I can’t wait to share this next wedding with you! From the moment I met Rachael and her mom at Biggby’s in Lansing, I felt like we were old friends. We sat and talked all things wedding for two hours and it seemed like no time passed at all. Before we left, I went to shake Rachael’s hand (as I do with all of my new clients) and she went in for the hug. And that’s exactly her: warm, down-to-earth and genuine. I knew her wedding day would be some kind of wonderful.
They were from Ithaca, smack in the center of our state, where the ground flattens and the sky gets bigger. I’m from Ohio- cornfield country- and definitely feel very at-home in Ithaca. It’s so similar, the way you can see for miles and miles. Well, except for those wind turbines, we didn’t have those back home. I’ve driven past them on the northbound highway and always stare out the window, transfixed at how unusual they are. Rachael and Trevor’s wedding day was my first up-close view- there’s wind turbines all around the Ithaca area. They’re really cool. The wedding was to be held at Rachael’s parent’s home, which was a restored farmhouse where Rachael grew up. They planned an outdoor wedding in their backyard- and it was one of the hottest days of the summer. Unfortunately, the turbines don’t help diffuse the heat. You’d think they would help, right?! We headed for any shade we could find and thankfully found a row of pines at one of their favorite parks. God bless those pines. July in Central Michigan doesn’t mess around.
Their ceremony was sweet and intimate under a white tent, with their daughter in the first row. They included lots of country-chic details, which were completely planned by the bride and her mom. Pulling off a wedding at home is no small feat and everything was flawless and beautiful. After, guests milled around their property… old friends reunited and new friends getting acquainted. It was so relaxed and comfortable and I think, just the type of wedding day Rachael and Trevor hoped for.
Here are a few favorites from their warm wedding day… writing this in January makes me wish for July and all that heat! Be sure to come back for part two! For more Ithaca wedding photography and Lansing wedding photography, click here. See you soon!