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Traverse City / Leelanau Peninsula Wedding | Kathleen and Carey

traverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographerThe Leelanau Peninsula, which juts out into Lake Michigan north of Traverse City, is a popular vacation destination in Michigan. It’s a gorgeous strip of land known for it’s vineyards and wineries, and it provided a beautiful backdrop for Carey and Kathleen’s wedding day. We started where we would later end up for the reception, a charming farmhouse near Northport, in the northern part of the peninsula.
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traverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographerThe ceremony was at First Congregational Church in Traverse city. Kathleen and Carey have three German shepherds which were part of the ceremony.traverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographerI love the look on Carey’s face as he sees his bride for the first time.traverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographer

The chapel where the ceremony was held is a unique space with brick walls and a huge window featuring a stained glass cross.traverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographertraverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographertraverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographertraverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographer

Carey’s dad owns a classic Pontiac Trans-Am which he and Kathleen used to make their getaway from the church.
traverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographerWe stopped at the marina in Suttons Bay for some bride and groom portraits before continuing north to the reception.traverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographertraverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographertraverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographertraverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographerBack at the farmhouse, it was time to celebrate with some champagne!LutheranWeding400traverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographertraverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographertraverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographerNext we took some time to photograph the wedding party in the beautiful natural surroundings.
traverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographerThis small barn would serve as the hub for reception activities later on, but for now it was a perfect stage for a classic Vanity-Fair style portrait of the wedding party.
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traverse city leelanau penninsula wedding photographerAfter dinner, the toasts were set to be given on top of the hill overlooking the vineyards in the distance. As the sun dropped low in the sky we head up to the lovely spot that had been prepared.
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