Here are some images from S&E’s Jenison wedding at Ridgewood CRC and Fairway CRC outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. Between the “I dos” and the “Let’s dance,” we also made a bonus stop at Wallinwood Springs Golf Club, another one of the loveliest Jenison wedding venues.
So much goes into the planning of a wedding and, understandably, stress levels rise when things begin going off-script. But from the love that filled this day, and the incessant, contagious laughter throughout, you never would have guessed that one of West Michigan’s most intense summer storms was powering through the middle of it.
The day began at Ridgewood CRC, where the couple got ready in the spacious accommodations. Originally, we’d planned some outdoor wedding portraits at Hager Park. But as the powerful front began looming overhead, we quickly organized a first look moment between the bride and her father and then between the bride and groom.
Then, just as the couple had a chance to breathe, the sky opened up and it began pouring. Fortunately, Ridgewood CRC had so many nooks for photos and we were able to take some beautiful portraits — even transforming the gymnasium into a romantic little setting.
After the ceremony, during a brief respite of rain, the couple and I stopped for some additional Wallinwood Spring wedding photos. The club’s long drive, lined with trees, is reminiscent of southern aesthetics. And the three of us were feeling quite grateful for the opportunity to utilize the outdoor location despite all the rain.
After Wallinwood Springs, we met the wedding party and guests for the couple’s Fairway CRC wedding reception. Between games and dancing, the night was full of an abundance of warmth and laughter. And as the evening concluded, the couple danced the final dance alone to everyone’s applause.
It’s a privilege to photograph such an important day in the life of a family, and when that family (and their friends!) are as delightful and gracious as S&E’s, it fills my heart to the brim with love.
Wedding Coordination: Vicki Vande Streek ·
Photography: Justin Hankins Photography ·
Catering: Van Skoglund ·
Ceremony Venue: Ridgewood CRC ·
Portraits: Wallinwood Springs ·
Reception Venue: Fairway CRC ·
Floral Design: Christy Start ·
Wedding Cake: The Alpen Rose ·
Hair & Makeup: The Rouge Salon ·
Gown: Becker’s Bridal ·
La Gingère: Lauren Steele ·
Stationery & Coffee #Selfies: Erika Wells ·
Colors: Wine & Gray