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An Autumn wedding in Traverse City

St Joseph, Brys Estate, Garvey Barn

Traverse City, MI

When it comes to Up North weddings, you can’t beat the quantity or diversity of all the available Traverse City wedding venues. Whether you’re planning an outdoor beach wedding on the lake, a Michigan vineyard wedding, or selecting one of the many Michigan wedding barns, TC is an excellent choice for a celebration.

With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to settle on one or two. But then again, why settle at all? H&P asked that very question with their own wedding, electing to visit several fantastic locations around TC and Old Mission Peninsula.

Grand Traverse Resort Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Grand Traverse Resort Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Grand Traverse Resort Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Grand Traverse Resort Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Grand Traverse Resort Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Grand Traverse Resort Traverse City Michigan Photographer

After an exciting rehearsal dinner at Mission Table and Jolly Pumpkin, H&P’s day began at the beachfront Shores Condos at Grand Traverse Resort. With morning prep completed, the couple hopped trolleys to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Old Mission Peninsula. Originally located down the road a bit, the church was recently relocated to its current position, nestled among the rolling vineyard hills that overlook the bay.

St. Joseph Catholic Church Traverse City Michigan Photographer
St. Joseph Catholic Church Traverse City Michigan Photographer
St. Joseph Catholic Church Traverse City Michigan Photographer
St. Joseph Catholic Church Traverse City Michigan Photographer
St. Joseph Catholic Church Traverse City Michigan Photographer
St Joseph Catholic Church Traverse City Michigan Photographer
St. Joseph Catholic Church Traverse City Michigan Photographer
St. Joseph Catholic Church Traverse City Michigan Photographer
St. Joseph Catholic Church Traverse City Michigan Photographer
St. Joseph Catholic Church Traverse City Michigan Photographer

Our first stop after the ceremony was the incredible Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery. With distant connections to the Brys family, H&P explored the vineyard’s Secret Garden for portraits among the lavender fields. Never before have I wished that wedding photos could be scratch n’ sniff, so as to share the scent of lavender that wafted through the air.

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery Traverse City Michigan Photographer

After additional portraits on the vineyard’s “Bridge Above the Vines,” overlooking the East Grand Traverse Bay, we then made our way up to the Mission Point Lighthouse at the tip of Old Mission Peninsula. Although crowded with beachgoers and at least 3 other weddings, I was able to take the wedding party to a hidden spot to make some additional portraits before heading to the reception.

Mission Point Light Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Mission Point Light Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Mission Point Light Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Mission Point Light Traverse City Michigan Photographer

H&P chose Garvey Farm and Wedding Barn for their reception, which is easily one of the most beautiful wedding barns in Michigan. My favorite thing about Garvey Barn is how secluded and well-maintained everything is. If you’re looking for a private affair on a pristinely manicured property, look no further than Garvey Barn.

Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer

The weekend of H&P’s wedding was one of the most idyllic in recent history, with the Northern Lights even making an appearance. The decor that H&P chose, and that All Buttoned Up Events produced, complemented the perfect weather, offering a classy, rustic chic atmosphere for the day. Combined with the magic of A+ Entertainment, the the guests kept the dance floor busy all night long.

Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer
Garvey Barn Traverse City Michigan Photographer

There are countless Traverse City wedding venues, all of which offer endless opportunities for a picturesque wedding. If you’re thinking about your own rustic chic Michigan barn wedding, you’ll love Garvey Farm and Wedding Barn.

Bonus Northern Lights photo from Northport:

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Officiant: Fr. James Bearss ·
Wedding Planning: All Buttoned Up Events ·
Photography: Justin Hankins Photography ·
Catering: Catering by Kelly’s ·
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Catholic Church ·
Portrait Location: Secret Garden / Brys Estate Vineyard ·
Reception Venue: Garvey Family Wedding Barn ·
Floral Design: Hooper Farm Gardens ·
Entertainment: A+ Event Entertainment ·
Wedding Cake: Aunt B’s Cakes & Desserts ·
Hair & Makeup: Memorable Occasions ·
Gown: Bella Bridal Gallery ·
Rentals: Taylor Rentals ·
Second Shooter Extraordinaire: Crystal VanAntwerpen ·
Colors: Blush and rose gold


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