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Mackinaw Trail Winery Wedding Photography warm tones outdoor Petoskey, Michigan

Wine, warm tones, elegance Petoskey Wedding

What a gorgeous, new Wedding venue in Petoskey, Michigan at Mackinaw Trail Winery!

Whittney and Michael loved the idea of a Wedding amongst the vineyard with the ceremony overlooking the pond, gazebo, and vines.

Whittney’s mother and family designed the warm details and arches and it all looked stunning.

The banquet hall was completed, literally, a couple days prior to the Wedding, and it looked great.

Whittney and Michael had about 200 guests and opted to rent a tent from Taylor Rental in Petoskey to cover the outdoor patio seating in case of rain.  It was a wise decision since it poured rain prior to the Wedding Ceremony.  This kept all of the tables dry.

The rain only lasted less than one hour and the sun came out.  All the grass and vines were happy and green.  The nice breeze kept the day comfortable for all the guests.

Whittney and Michael’s vision all came together beautifully.

What a great way to celebrate a gorgeous couple and a first for the Mackinaw Trail Winery.

Whittney and her bridesmaids started the day at Vogue Salon in downtown Petoskey, Michigan getting hair and makeup professionally designed.

Michael and his guys were helping out at the reception getting the last minute details in place for the day.  The groomsmen met later at the Michigan Inn to get dressed for the day.

Whittney and Michael hired Above the Bay limousine service with their Hummer limo for transportation to the Ceremony for both the ladies and boys, and after the ceremony to Lake Michigan.


The Professional Wedding vendors for the day include:

Mackinaw Trail Winery for Wedding Ceremony and Wedding Reception in their new banquet hall

BJ’s catering and rental for their buffet style dinner and appetizers during cocktail hour

Flowers from Sky’s the Limit in Petoskey, Michigan

Vogue Salon in downtown Petoskey styled hair and designed makeup

Wedding day Hummer limousine by Above the Bay

Wedding cake by Scovies of Charlevoix, Michigan

Wedding band by The Remedee from Gaylord, Michigan

Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero

Groomsmen shoes by Tom’s

Wine and Beer by Mackinaw Trail Winery

Photobooth by Paul Retherford Photography

Wedding Photography by Paul Retherford Photography



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Mackinaw Trail Winery is a new Wedding venue in Petoskey, Northern Michigan.  They finished their brand new banquet hall in July 2015 and will be taking reservations for Weddings and Events in the future.  Ralph and Laurie told me that they will be doing no more than 10 Weddings a year.  Get your date booked at the Mackinaw Trail Winery before you miss out!


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Family Portrait Photography at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan

Family Vacation Photography Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

Are you traveling to Northern Michigan with your family for vacation?

Why not have a Family Photography session captured that will remind you of your wonderful time Up North.

This family was renting Masco Cottage at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and they called for a relaxed family photography session around the Grand Hotel and on the shoreline.

It was a beautiful evening on Mackinac Island and we captured images for about an hour around the Grand Hotel.  Here are a few images from our family photography shoot on Mackinac Island.


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Gorgeous outdoor Summer Mackinac Island Wedding Mission Point Resort Photography Megan + Steven

Mackinac Island outdoor Wedding venue

Mission Point Resort is a relaxed, dog-friendly Wedding venue on Mackinac Island that is both laid back and beautiful.  From the outdoor Wedding location at the gazebo or Tranquility Point to the adirondack chairs to the Round Bar and the Summit and Cypress Rooms.  Everything about Mission Point just screams vacation.

Whether you enjoy the active life or the lounging lifestyle, Mission Point Resort will cater to your needs.

Megan and Steven loved all that Mission Point Resort has to offer for their destination Wedding.

They blocked rooms for their family and friends, and they also stayed for almost of week themselves.  It was a vacation/Wedding/mini-honeymoon, before the bigger honeymoon later on in the year.

Megan and Steven have a beautiful 13 month old daughter, Sophia.  She was in and out of the Wedding images when she was happy.

Yes, Megan had a baby 13 months prior and look how awesome she was.  She was just glowing the entire day.  There were a few snags, as with every Wedding, but Megan was too happy to care.

Megan and Steven came from southern Michigan for their Northern Michigan destination Wedding.

Megan wore a beautiful Maggie Sottero Wedding dress.  Her colors for the day were lilac and grey.  The theme was Mackinac Island.

Professional Wedding Vendors for Megan and Steven’s Mission Point Resort Mackinac Island, Michigan Wedding:


Wedding outdoor Ceremony and Wedding Reception Mission Point Resort

Wedding Coordinator Pat from Mission Point Resort

Wedding hair and makeup by Vintage Glam on Market

Wedding flowers by Margaret’s Garden at the Grand Hotel

Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaid dresses by David’s Bridal

Wedding officiant Minister Tom Marx

Wedding Ceremony music by Roger Humphrey Classical Guitar

Wedding Carriage by Gough Livery Wedding Carriages

Wedding Reception DJ MICA Entertainment with Patrick

Wedding cake by Tas T Creations

Wedding ferry transportation by Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry


If you would like to see all of the Wedding images you can visit this link


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Mackinac Island Surprise Proposal Engagement Photography Bridget + Ryan Northern Michigan

Surprise Proposal Engagement Mackinac Island

Ryan called me a couple of weeks prior to his visit to Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan.  He had a plan to propose to his girlfriend, Bridget, while they were vacationing at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island.

Ryan had been to Mackinac Island many times, but this was the first time for Bridget.

Ryan loved Sunset Rock at The Inn at Stonecliffe.  He wanted to have a surprise Proposal on the rock with the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac in the background.

His plan all came together on July 16, 2015.

I arrived out to Sunset Rock about an hour early to set up and make sure that all my metering was correct.   I set up my light stand and clipped my GoPro to capture the audio.  I also used my recorder to help capture better audio for the show.

I told Ryan to interact with me when he arrives to Sunset Rock, and I think he did a nice job.

What you don’t hear is Bridget say to Ryan, “He is taking our picture.” :-)

After the surprise Proposal we jumped on our bikes and toured around Mackinac Island for an Engagement Photography session.  What a great way to remember your Engagement, Proposal, vacation, and just have fun.

Here is the fusion show that I put together and some images from the Photography session as well.


Mackinac Island surprise Proposal and Engagement at Sunset Rock by Paul Retherford Photography,, with Ryan + Bridget. Northern Michigan suprise Engagement Photographer


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Cathy Button Benscoter -

Wonderful job!

Jim Button -

Very nice

Cross in the Woods Baptism Photography Indian River Northern Michigan

Baptism Photography Northern Michigan

Last week I received a call from Dan who was having his daughter baptized at Cross in the Woods in Indian River, Michigan.

He wanted to capture the event so that they would all remember.  I’ll be delivering around 150 gorgeous images from their baptism and family photography session at Cross in the Woods.

They had Bobbi, his wives, Wedding dress made into a Baptismal gown and bonnet for their beautiful daughter.  They also had two gold rings that were their Great, Great Grandma’s rings when she was baptized.  They thought the rings were around 150 years old!

It was a beautiful Baptism at Cross in the Woods with a very friendly family.  Here are a few images from the photography session.


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Northern Michigan Wedding, Family, Baby Photographer