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Northern Michigan Engagement Photography Mackinac Island Mission Point Resort

Congratulations Lauren and Ricardo!

What comes to mind when you think about Mackinac Island?  Maybe a relaxed bike ride around the island loop, shopping downtown, visiting the Fort, ice cream, fudge, dinner on the town, or hiking.  How about a private horse carriage ride around Mackinac Island for an hour?

Lauren and Ricardo were visiting Mackinac Island and staying at the beautiful Mission Point Resort with family.  They set up a Engagement/Family photography session in advance to capture their memories on Mackinac Island.  Originally they wanted a shoot at Mission Point Resort only and I suggested Arrowhead Carriage Service to transport them around Mackinac Island and shoot in multiple locations.    Although the day was very windy and overcast, the images turned out to be magical.

Lauren and Ricardo got images taken with their future flower girl and ring bearer, as well as, Ricardo’s family.

Lauren and Ricardo are getting married in 2016 and plan on using the images for their Save the Dates.

They will cherish these Engagement images forever and always remember their unique carriage ride with Arrowhead Carriage service on Mackinac Island, Northern Michigan.

When you come to Mackinac Island why not have a photography session with your love, family, baby, or pet?  These are images that you can print and hang anywhere in your house so that they will bring you back to the gorgeous Mackinac Island!

Enjoy these images and the video show that I made for Lauren and Ricardo.  Congratulations Lauren and Ricardo!



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Family Photography Bay Harbor Yacht Club Northern Michigan Photographer

Bay Harbor Yacht Club Family Photography

Whether you are on vacation or have a permanent or Summer home in Northern Michigan, consider having a family photography session by Paul Retherford Photography, LLC.  Your images will turn out beautiful and you will cherish your images forever.   You can contact me via my website at or call 231.445.1793

Here is family photography session I captured last weekend at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Northern Michigan near Petoskey, Michigan.


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Castle Farms Spring Wedding Photography Knights West Garden Room Leigh + Mike

Wedding Photography Castle Farms Northern Michigan

Weddings at Castle Farms in Northern Michigan come in all shapes and sizes.  One thing that is common to many of the Weddings is that people come from long distances to celebrate a destination Wedding in a real castle in Northern Michigan.

This was the case with Leigh and Mike who traveled from Midland for their Northern Michigan Wedding at Castle Farms.  Their family and friend came from Southern Michigan and Wisconsin, for the most part.

With only about 50 guests, the Wedding was intimate and family based.  Since most of the people don’t drink, they elected to have no alcohol at their Wedding too.

Their Wedding details were very simple.  Leigh did DIY invitations and Wedding papery.  She elected for simple bouquets and table arrangements with tulips and irises.  They had one awesome arrangement with flowing orchids on the seating card table.

Leigh wore a beautiful Mori Lee Wedding dress that had these cool flower blossoms on it.  She wrapped her purple iris flower bouquet with a necklace from Great Grandma, a piece of her Mom’s Wedding dress, and a family pin.

The Wedding colors were cornflower and Sapphire Blues.   The first dance song was Come Away with Me by Norah Jones.  The chicken dance was on the agenda for 8pm and their 92 year old Grandmother danced, a family tradition.

The dinner was plated salads, buffet, and then a late night smores bar by BJ’s Catering.

Castle Farms Wedding vendors included:

Wedding Venue Castle Farms Knights Courtyard and West Garden Room

Wedding flowers by Thyme Hill Designs

Wedding Dress by Mori Lee

Wedding Hair and Makeup by Up North Perfection

Wedding Accommodations by Edgewater Inn

Wedding DJ by Razor Entertainment

Wedding Ceremony Harpist Sylvia Norris

Wedding Cake by Cre8tive Cupcakes

Wedding Photographer Paul Retherford Wedding Photography


Here are a selection of images from this Castle Farms Wedding in Northern Michigan:


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Isla Mujeres, Mexico Post Wedding Photography featured on Bridal Beauty Magazine online

Mexico Wedding feature Bridal Beauty Magazine online

When I suggested a post Wedding sunrise shoot with my beautiful Bride and Groom in Isla Mujeres, Mexico near Cancun they jumped on the thought.  I was a bit surprised since it was early, and it was right after their Wedding, well, two days after.

We had a bit of cloud cover which added to the drama in the images.  I used my knowledge of off camera lighting to help bring in the sky and balance the couple. It was an amazing shoot and I didn’t want it to end.

The complete feature on Just Bridal Beauty which is Bridal Beauty Magazine online is at


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