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Engagement Michigan State University Photography

Ashley and Travis were in town from their home of North Carolina for the week to see their family.

They both had recently graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing.

They wanted to capture their love for MSU where Travis proposed to Ashley, and where they first met too.

We did not expect to have so much snow for the photography session.  A major storm hit lower Michigan the day before the Engagement photography session.

It turned out beautiful and the cold weather was not too horrible.

Check out Ashley’s gorgeous Emerald ring that messes with their love for Michigan State University!

I look forward to working with Ashley and Travis next year at their Wedding in Northern Michigan.

Here are a few images from the Engagement photography session at Michigan State University campus.



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Bellaire Michigan Family Photography

Christmas is coming soon and families are calling for their photo for their Christmas card this year.

I was lucky to have this family hire me to photograph at their vacation home in Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan.

We had hoped for a bit of snow but it was not meant to be during this day.

We used the colors from the foliage to make up for the lack of snow on the ground.

It was a great shoot in Bellaire, Northern Michigan at Shanty Creek Resort.

Here are a few images from the family photography at Shanty Creek Resort.


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Queen’s Courtyard East Garden Room Wedding

A November Wedding in the outdoors in Northern Michigan.  That statement might seem crazy to those of you who have experienced Northern Michigan in November.

At this time last year we had two feet of snow on the ground.

Jordyn and Matt had a plan, and El Nino helped them execute their dream Wedding.

The week of November 7th the temperatures were getting into the 60s in Northern Michigan.  It was unheard of to have such mild temperatures.  Everyone up here was loving it.

Then comes the Wedding day.  Forties and hail in the morning.

Everyone was inside and getting ready for the big day at Castle Farms.  The guys were warming up with beers and scotch.  The woman chose mimosas.

The guys were at a nice rental house in Charlevoix and the woman prepared in a condo at the Edgewater Inn on the water in Charlevoix.

The weather moved through and when the ceremony arrived it was forty-five and breezy.

All the guests knew that it was an outdoor event and that they should dress warm for Northern Michigan weather. In addition, Jordyn and Matt had blankets, hand warmers, and hot chocolate available for all of the guests on arrival to the Queen’s Courtyard.

The Queen’s Courtyard at Castle Farms is surrounded on all sides by walls.  The walls helped block the winds too.

Jordyn and Matt had their day and they both looked stunning.  It was exactly as they had planned and everyone came together to make it perfect!

The other Weddings that I knew that were happening were all indoors.  Kudos to my tough Bride and Groom!

Some of the details for the day included hand picked gifts for both the Bride and Groom from each other and parents too.  A cigar table at the reception put together by the father of the Bride.  Fun signs throughout the day put together by the Bride.  A cute flower girl in her princess dress.  Fudge treats for everyone!

The light was incredible.  The overcast skies acted as a huge diffuser and created milky white light.

All of the vendors came together and offered a wonderful service to Jordyn and Matt.

Castle Farms Wedding Ceremony in Queen’s Courtyard

Castle Farms Wedding Reception in the East Garden Room

Wedding Planner Johanna Alexander

Woman preparation location Edgewater Inn

Hair by Ann Kerrigan

Makeup by Muscles and Mascara by Rachel

Dress by Allure Bridal

Shoes by Nina

Flowers by Thyme Hill Designs

Wedding officiant Glad Remaly 

Wedding transportation Midnight Madness

Wedding DJ A+ Event Entertainment with Patrick

Wedding Catering and rentals by BJ’s Catering and Rentals

Wedding dessert by Grand Traverse Pie Company

Wedding Photobooth by Paul Retherford Photography

Wedding Photographer Paul Retherford Photography

Congratulations to Jordyn and Matt!  Enjoy a selection of images from their day.

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Northern Michigan Event Venue Elvyn Lea Lodge

The Elvyn Lea Lodge is located in Boyne City just up the road from Walloon Lake village about a mile.  The Elvyn Lea Lodge is a rustic venue with an Up North feel.  It is a large lodge that can be used for parties, weddings, events, or any celebration.

Here are some fall exterior images of the grounds from October of 2015.  Photography by Paul Retherford Photography


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Here is a show with more images and video of Elvyn Lea Lodge in Boyne City near Walloon Lake



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