Melissa + TJ : Petoskey, Michigan Wedding : Double K Estate

August 4th, 2018

Melissa and TJ. Their kindness is only matched by their beautiful model faces. I seriously don’t know how these amazing people keep finding me in this huge internet sea, but I am so glad these two did. Their love for each other is quiet and sweet. If you spend any amount of time with them, you’ll see how deep it runs. They are so genuinely caring and kind that being around them puts you at ease. They were concerned about one thing on their wedding day: that their friends and family had an amazing time. And we all did! This was my first time visiting Petoskey and I’ll never forget it. Melissa and TJ, thank you for having me at your beautifully moving day of love!
Welcome to this breezy wedding. Grab a s’more, splash your feet in the creek, and enjoy the ride.

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We began our journey at the Boyne Mountain Resort. What an amazing place, it’s like its own little village! There’s skiing and shops and restaurants and beautiful people getting ready for their wedding.

Boyne mountain resort 

Can we talk about the gorgeous details on Melissa’s wedding dress?

Lace wedding dress

And that sleeeeeve. Seeing hers made me seriously consider getting my own.

lace wedding dress

And this black on black on black wedding suit? Choice.

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groom getting ready Black suit
groom getting ready Black suit

Melissa’s life is an enigma to me. She’s a flight attendant and travels all over the world. For such a fast-paced life, I’m amazed at her calm and reflective soul. She has a great eye for art and documents her travels on the gram. You’ll also meet her hilarious cats.

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Time for the first look!

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first look Petoskey wedding
First look by barn
first look barn wedding
first look barn wedding
first look barn wedding
bride with tattoos
bride with tattoos

Next, we hopped on a trolley and drove to the Petoskey shoreline.

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Wine wedding party 
Wine wedding party

Then we drove to the ceremony spot at the magical Double K Estate.

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Welcome to the ceremony spot! This was a HOT summer wedding. We were all thankful for this angel.

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Wine and pink bouquet
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groom ceremony
wine bridesmaid dress
wine bridesmaid dress
Red wedding suit
Groom black suit 
bride walking down aisle

When I can, I love getting this shot, with the mother of the bride taking it all in.

bride walking down aisle
Ceremony lace wedding cape
Ceremony lace wedding cape
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TJ’s dad married them and he was hilarious.

Ceremony lace wedding cape
Ceremony lace wedding cape

With all of the tears and sweat, I don’t think there was a dry eye to be found.

Ceremony lace wedding cape
Ceremony lace wedding cape
Ceremony lace wedding cape
Ceremony lace wedding cape

Right after the ceremony we snuck away, along the creekside, so that they could have some time alone (with me, lol!).

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I got to stand in the middle of the creek for this shot. It felt so gooood.

Lace wedding dress by water

And here we have an unsung hero. XD Thanks, Leesa.

Lacey wedding cape dress
Lace wedding cape dress
Lace wedding cape dress Bride with tattoos

Taking a moment of silence for this gorgeous red boutonniere.

Wine red boutonnière 

And this stunning red and sage bouquet.

wine red bouquet
Lace wedding dress by water
Lace wedding dress by water Bride with tattoos
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pink wedding table setting
Pink and green table setting
Pink and green table setting

It’s party time.

bride and groom first dance
bride and groom first dance
bride and groom first dance
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Eucalyptus wedding table setting

YES… Give me all the tears!

father daughter dance
Mother son dance
tent wedding reception

A couple after my own heart: CAKE.

Bride and groom cutting cake
Eucalyptus wedding cake

One thing I loved was how relaxed their wedding day was. The Double K Estate was so big and had so many twists and turns along the creek that people could wander and just enjoy themselves. As the sun set, people cracked out the s’mores and stuck their toes in the water.

Double k estate
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S’mores wedding reception
S’mores wedding reception
S’mores wedding reception

I couldn’t resist these two.

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TJ is an amazing photographer, so I handed him one of my cameras and he went to town! I loved the sass she gave him, lol.

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Bride and groom by water