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Relaxed Mackinac Island Wedding Photography

Leah, the Bride, is a planner.  That is what she does for her career and that is what she also did on her Wedding day.

Leah and Stephen came from downstate Michigan to have a destination Wedding on Mackinac Island.

They chose the Mission Church for their Wedding ceremony location.  They liked the intimate feel of the church and the historic features that worked well with their details.

The Wedding accommodations and Wedding reception were all located at Mission Point Resort.

Leah and Stephen had a suite at Mission Point Resort that had a nice walk out.  It was perfect.  Her friend came to the room to do her hair and they just opened the door to get natural light.

I was only commissioned for four hours of the 10+ hour Wedding day.   I photographed from just before the first look through the the Bride and Groom entering the outdoor reception on the patio, cutting the cake, and doing a dance.

Leah hired a bagpiper to surprise Stephen after they were introduced as husband and wife.  Look at Stephen’s face when he heard the bagpiper start as they were having their first kiss.  The bagpiper led them out of Mission Church to a HUGE crowd that had backed up Main Street to watch.  It was really cool!

Leah and Stephen did a carriage ride around Mackinac Island.  We stopped along the way to capture images.  I rode along on bike, as I always do, and photographed them with beautiful landscapes, architecture, flowers, and more.  They will cherish those horse carriage images forever!

Leah had vendors shipping in details from all over the World.  She had linens shipped in, jewelry from etsy, details from amazon, and more.


The vendors all did an amazing job working together and making this the perfect day for Leah and Stephen.

Wedding Reception at Mission Point Resort

Wedding Ceremony at Mission Church

Star line ferry transportation to Mackinac Island

Tuxedos by Jack Armstrong

Mackinac Island Wedding flowers by Margaret’s Garden

Wedding piano by John Kissane

Arrowhead Wedding Carriage

Northern Entertainment DJ

Wedding cake by TasTCreations

Wedding Photography by Paul Retherford


If you would like to see the whole set of photography from Leah and Stephen’s four hour Wedding Collection you can visit this link


Congratulations Leah and Stephen!



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Mission Point Resort Wedding Photography Mission Church

Frankfort, Michigan beach Wedding Harbor Lights Resort Fusion Restaurant Photography Jessica + Shade

Lake Michigan Beach Wedding Photography

Harbor Lights Resort in Frankfort on Lake Michigan overlooks the Frankfort and Elberta lighthouses with sweeping views of Lake Michigan and beautiful dunes along the coast.  Weddings are located above the sandy shoreline with a beach grass backdrop that is both private and also a pleasing for photography.

If you are looking for a Northern Michigan beach Wedding Ceremony or Reception, Frankfort and Elberta, Michigan are nice choices.

The Bride and Groom, Jessica and Shade, have a house in Elberta, Michigan area across Lake Betsie from Frankfort, Michigan.  They love the Frankfort area and the gorgeous beach, restaurants, and overall personality of the Frankfort area.

They chose Harbor Lights Resort for their Wedding Ceremony because of the stunning backdrop of Lake Michigan, two lighthouses, beach grass, dunes, boats, and the lovely blue sky.  It was a perfect day in Northern Michigan, not too hot, and not too cold.

All of the flowers were designed by Victoria’s floral design of Frankfort.  They designed the amazing bouquets which smelled so good.  The birch arch was also designed by Victoria’s of Frankfort, Michigan.  If you are looking for the perfect florist in Frankfort or Elberta, Michigan visit Victoria’s floral design and Petals and Perks to see their options.

The Bride arrived via Wedding Carriage to the Frankfort beach on Lake Michigan at Harbor Lights Resort.  The Wedding Carriage was provided by Abraham’s Carriage Service.  They always do a wonderful service with their horses and carriage.  They travel anywhere in Northern Michigan too.

The Wedding ceremony was short and super sweet.  They had a sand ceremony with sand from all over the World.  Shade’s daughters were included in the sand ceremony to unite the new family.

Jessica and Shade wanted images on the Elberta overlook with their Jeep prior to arriving at the Fusion Restaurant in downtown Frankfort on the back deck where the Wedding reception and dinner would be held.

There happened to be a 150 foot yacht parked right outside the Fusion Restaurant that we used as a backdrop for some of the images. Shade would like you to think that it is his yacht.:-)

The Wedding reception was very low key with a couple of toasts and dinner.  We captured some group images and the cake cutting.

The evening was very intimate with close family and friends.  The Wedding images show the relaxed feel of the entire day.  Just like Jessica and Shade had planned.

All Wedding Photography by Paul Retherford Photography.

If you would like to see the entire set of images from Jessica and Shade’s Frankfort, Michigan beach Wedding and reception at the Fusion Restaurant please visit the link

Congratulations to Jessica and Shade!

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Intimate Mackinac Island Grand Hotel Porch Wedding Photography Jessica + Nickolai

Wedding Photography Grand Hotel Porch

Jessica and Nickolai are past Professional ballet dancers that run a dance school.  Jessica wore a gorgeous, sleeved, lace Vera Wang wedding dress for their Grand Hotel porch Wedding on Mackinac Island.  Her two girls were precious in their lovely dresses and tiaras.

They chose the Grand Hotel for their ceremony because of the ease of planning the entire event with the coordinator at the Grand Hotel, Marty Davis.  Everything that you need is located right at the Grand Hotel for your Wedding day.  Everything is also top notch.

Jessica got her hair and makeup completed at Astor’s Salon in the Grand Hotel.  Her flowers were from Margaret’s Garden in the Grand Hotel.  Her cake was a Grand Hotel wedding cake.

Minister Marie Steensma married Jessica and Nickolai.

Paul Retherford Photography was the Wedding Photographer.

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours was the Horse Carriage company.

Look at the stunning Wedding images of Jessica and Nickolai.  I wish them the best of luck in their future!

If you would like to see all of the images from their intimate Wedding day visit


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Grand Hotel Wedding Photographer Paul Retherford



The Inn at Stonecliffe Wedding Photography Mackinac Island Jenna + Brendan

Mackinac Island Wedding The Inn at Stonecliffe

Jenna and Brendan’s Romantic Mackinac Island Wedding at the Inn at Stonecliffe Grotto and outdoor Reception tent was just perfect!

With their friends and family all in attendance, they had a gorgeous Mackinac Island day in the sun.

The wedding colors for the day were navy blue and petal pink.  The theme was classic.

Jenna started out early in the morning with Vintage Glam on Market doing on location hair and makeup at The Inn at Stonecliffe.

Our time together started as she finished in the salon room at The Inn at Stonecliffe.  The girls prepared in The Straits Suite which has a front and a back room with exposed plumbing.

The bride, bridesmaids, and mother all had embroidered Wedding day robes with their initials.  They wanted a nice shot in them before changing into their Wedding dresses.

I took some time with Jenna’s Wedding dress which was made by Maggie Sottero, capturing front and backlit images.  Such a beautiful dress that fit Jenna perfectly.

The ladies relaxed and I found the guys getting ready in Jenna and Brendan’s suite for the evening.  Brendan was tying all of the groomsmen’s bow ties for them.  Brendan knows his bow ties.

After capturing some great shots of the guys, I went back to the Bride’s room to photograph her getting the last of her dress on.

We photographed Jenna’s family images prior to the Wedding ceremony on the front lawn of The Inn at StoneCliffe.

The Wedding Ceremony was in the Woodland Grotto, which is a sunken wooded area with a fountain, that is very scenic and beautiful. The best part, in my mind, is the meandering aisle coming down to the Woodland Grotto.  Watching brides walk with their father through the wooded area makes my hair stand up, and the Groom’s too.

Tom Marx officiated the ceremony with Jenna and Brendan writing their own vows.  It was beautiful.

Even though it was REALLY hot outside, the Woodland Grotto was fairly cool and refreshing.

Following the Wedding Ceremony we signed the marriage license on a table up the path, and continued up to The Inn at Stonecliffe for a complete friend and family photograph with everyone.

We captured the family images quickly before catching their horse carriage ride to downtown and back with Gough Wedding Carriages.

Upon returning after the one hour tour, the Bride and Groom were introduced into the Wedding reception tent behind the The Inn at StoneCliffe by one of DJ Brevin’s associates.

The first dance was immediately after entering the tent, and then the cutting of the gorgeous cake by Tas T Creations.

The dance floor was packed all night long.

We snuck away for some sunset images at Sunset Rock close to the Inn at Stonecliffe.


The vendors all did a wonderful job at Jenna and Brendan’s Wedding.


Wedding Ceremony and Wedding Reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe

Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero

Wedding flowers by Margaret’s Garden

Wedding hair and makeup by Vintage Glam on Market

Wedding officiant Tom Marx

Wedding transportation by Gough Carriages

Wedding cake by Tas T Creations

Wedding dj by DJ Brevin associate

Wedding Photography by Paul Retherford Photography


If you would like to see all of the images from Jenna and Brendan’s Mackinac Island Wedding at The Inn at StoneCliffe feel free to visit


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Wedding Photographer Mackinac Island Paul Retherford