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Mackinac Island Elopement Ste Anne Church Arrowhead Carriage Margaret’s Garden Photography

Northern Michigan Elopement Mackinac Island

Congratulations Mark and Patty!

Mark and Patty came from Southern Michigan for their relaxed Elopement on Mackinac Island, Northern Michigan at Ste Anne’s Church.

They had a 1/2 hour Wedding Ceremony in St Anne’s Church followed by a wonderful Wedding horse carriage ride with Arrowhead Carriages and driver Jeremy. The horse carriage ride included stops at the Is it You tree and the Somewhere in Time gazebo.  Patty is a big fan of the Somewhere in Time movie.

On the horse carriage ride we drove by a home that rang a bell with Mark.  He asked if Bill was home and his wife said “Yes.”  Bill came out and Mark introduced himself.  Bill and Mark’s father are friends from Southern Michigan.  We were invited in to their yard to take a few Wedding images.  It was really cool!  And the view that they have at this house is AWESOME!  Unobstructed view of the Mackinac Bridge, and an underground pool in their yard!

Flowers were created by Margaret’s Garden at the Grand Hotel.  They look incredible, and smelled even better!


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If you would like to see all of the Mackinac Island Northern Michigan Elopement Wedding Photography by Paul Retherford please feel free to visit Mackinac Island Elopment Photography.

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Stafford’s Perry Hotel Summer Wedding Petoskey, Northern Michigan Jennifer + EJ

Northern Michigan Wedding Stafford’s Perry Hotel

Jennifer and EJ come from Southern Michigan for a destination Wedding overlooking Lake Michigan at the Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey, Northern Michigan.

It was a mid June Wedding and the weather was overcast with some wind and a bit of rain too.  The light was just beautiful for photography. :-)  Most Brides want those blue skies but I will take overcast days anytime.

Jennifer and EJ had lavender and lime green for their Wedding colors.  The colors looked wonderful on the Perry Hotel lawn.  They really popped with the blooming flowers that the Perry Hotel had planted.

DJs North and Shawn Peterson supplied the entertainment for the evening.  Jennifer and EJ danced to “All of Me” by John Legend.  DJs North has this sweet Bose system that projects the sound equally allowing them to not have to turn the music up too loud.  They also have a wireless system to project the audio for the toasts in the big tent at dinner.  Works out great.

The Wedding Ceremony and Reception were both in the Garden Veranda at the Stafford’s Perry Hotel overlooking Lake Michigan.

Jennifer had her hair done early in the morning by Talulu Beauty Salon and her good friend, who just happened to have introduced the Bride and Groom, designed her makeup.

Jennifer looked stunning, and EJ looked dapper too.

A perfect Wedding day at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey, Northern Michigan!


The talented, Professional Wedding Vendors for this Stafford’s Perry Hotel Wedding included:

Wedding Ceremony and Reception at the Stafford’s Perry Hotel

Wedding Flowers by Nature’s Garden in Petoskey, Michigan

Wedding DJ by DJs North and Shawn Peterson

Wedding Cake by Simply Sweet by Jessica

Candy and Sweets table by Stafford’s Perry Hotel

Wedding Officiant Glad Remaly

Wedding Photobooth by Paul Retherford Photography

Wedding Photography by Paul Retherford Photography


Here are some of the images from the gorgeous Wedding day at Stafford’s Perry Hotel.  If you would like to see them all please visit


Fusion Wedding video with Jennifer and EJ at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey, Northern Michigan.




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Northern Michigan LGBT Wedding Photography Petoskey, Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs, Traverse City, Mackinac Island

Weddings in Northern Michigan LGBT

With the new Supreme Court ruling allowing LGBT Weddings I wanted to invite all loving couples to Northern Michigan for their Wedding, and also extend my offerings to include the LGBT community.

Since LGBT Weddings were not legal in Michigan during my career, I have not had the opportunity to photograph one.  I have had some requests from other states but they never worked out in the end.

Now that it is legal, there will be a number of LGBT Weddings in Northern Michigan.  I am truly looking forward to these LGBT Weddings.

A little story about me and the LGBT community, I lived on the edge of “Boystown” in Chicago, Illinois for almost four years.  My wife and I would attend the Pride parade annually and have a wonderful time.  We loved celebrating diversity.  It was one of the safest places that I have lived.  We loved the area and all the friendly people that lived there.

Fun story, my wife and I were attending a friends Halloween party in Boystown.  We dressed as Sonny and Cher.  The kicker was that I was Cher and my wife was Sonny!  Good times!

Speaking to Professional Wedding vendors this past week, we are all excited to welcome the LGBT community.  We hope that you feel welcome when you inquire regarding your Wedding planning.

If you are having a Northern Michigan LGBT Wedding, Engagement, Elopement, Proposal, Party, or any Event in any of our great Northern Michigan cities including Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, St. Ignace, Petoskey, Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, Traverse City, Elk Rapids, Glen Arbor, Northport, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Elberta, Gaylord, Cadillac, Alpena, and more please consider Paul Retherford Photography.

Please let me know if I can help with your planning or suggest vendors that will do a Professional job at your Wedding and/or event.

Paul Retherford Photography’s phone number is 231-445-1793.



LGBT Wedding Photographer Northern Michigan

Family Photography Northern Michigan Petoskey State Park Summer Portrait

Portrait Family Photography Petoskey State Park

Northern Michigan Family Photography with Amy and Tom’s beautiful family at Petoskey State Park with Paul Retherford Wedding Photography.  Evening Family Photography session on the beach in Petoskey.   This family combined family photography with their oldest daughter’s Senior Photography to make a complete package that they will cherish forever.  If you are vacationing in Northern Michigan be sure to capture the pure Summer beauty of Northern Michigan with Paul Retherford Photography.  Family Photography, Senior Photography, Lifestyle Photography, Pet Photography, and more.  Call Paul today at 231-445-1793.


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Indian Hill Golf Club Wedding Photography ~ Winnetka and Glenview, Illinois Fusion Photographer

Wedding Fusion Photography Indian Hill Club


Congratulations Molly and Keith!  Your Indian Hill Club Wedding was just perfect.

Here is the fusion Wedding Photography from your Wedding day.  Feel free to go to the direct link at to download the show to your computer or smartphone.

Here is the Fusion Wedding Photography show.




Indian Hill Club Wedding Photography