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Scheltema Barn Wedding in Caledonia, MI | Katelynn and Michael

The Scheltema Barn in Caledonia was perfectly suited for the country theme that Katelynn and Michael had planned for their wedding. It was built in 1837 and the rugged rough-hewn beams and floorboards exude rustic charm. The day began with Katelynn getting ready at her parent’s house, just up the road from the barn.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIAfter Katelynn’s first look with her dad, I headed over to the barn to photograph the Michael and the guys.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIMichael’s mom pinned his boutonniere on his vest.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIOf course, I had to get a little dramatic with the groom portraits as well.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIHow cute are these two?Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MINext it was time for the ceremony.
Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIThe flower girl decided to go for a jog during the ceremony!Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIThe following photos really showcase the unique rustic interior of the Scheltema Barn.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MII thought this rope cross was nice twist on the “unity _____” tradition.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIThe the whole wedding party went for a ride on a hay wagon following the ceremony, pulled by Katelynn’s cousin on his tractor.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIThe field of tall corn next to the barn provided a unique backdrop for some wedding party photos.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIThe Scheltema Barn has a unique structure that I wanted to showcase, and so I decided to use it as a background for a photo of the wedding party. To make sure the people in the image remained the focus, I did the this shot as a flash composite, giving each couple their own spotlight and combining the images after the fact in Photoshop.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIFor comparison, here’s what the shot looked like with no flash. Without the appropriate lighting, the three dimensional feel of the image is lost and the wedding party just fades into the background.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIWith the portraits completed it was time for the reception!Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIPhotography is all about using light to direct the viewer’s eye to the important parts of an image. In these shots of the reception space I used my flash to spotlight certain details that I wanted to emphasize while maintaining the overall feel of the ambient light in the room.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIKatelynn’s dad gave the welcome speech and prayer, followed by toasts from the best man and maid of honor.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIAfter the cake cutting we ducked out of the reception for a few minutes to take advantage of the beautiful sunset light.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIThe sun quickly dipped down below the horizon. If I was only shooting with natural light, that would have been the all the photos we got, but since I brought my flash with me we were able to cross the road and get a few more shots with a totally different look and feel.
Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIBack inside the barn, the bride and groom had their first dance. I used a wide angle lens to show the rugged architecture and emphasize the vastness of the space.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIAfter Katelynn’s dance with her dad, I was honored to capture these touching photos of Michael’s grandparents dancing, followed by Michael dancing with and embracing his grandma. She had been having health problems and they weren’t sure if she would be able to make it to the wedding, but thankfully she was able to be there and share the day with him and the rest of her family.
Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIAfter we all dried our eyes, Michael and his mom took to the dance floor.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIThe mother-son dance transitioned into general party time.Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIScheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MIAfter the garter and bouquet, we ended with a night portrait of the bride and groom.
Scheltema Barn Wedding Caledonia MI

 

Special thanks to the vendors who made this wedding possible:

Hairstylist: Macy Neinhuis

Bride’s Dress: Becker’s Bridal

Cake: Sue Heath

Flowers: Luedemas Floral

Catering: Nighthawk Catering

DJ: DJ the DJ

Officiant: Pastor Marcus Schmidt

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