Over the course of 3 and a half years, and without breathing a word of it to his own mother, Joseph learned to dance. A son’s heartfelt tribute to his mother’s courage and strength. On the evening of their wedding, as Nancy watched Joseph spin, twirl and dip Lindsay, his dazzling bride, her face lit up the room and everyone else in it. I can’t begin to explain what an extraordinary privilege it was to be a part of this wonderful weekend celebrating Lindsay + Joseph. While Lindsay had originally contacted me to photograph their California wedding this July, plans had developed for another wedding this December, a more intimate exchange of vows, this time in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in order to include Joseph’s mother. It broke my heart to hear of Nancy’s passing just 3 weeks after their wedding, but knowing that this incredible woman was able to witness her son’s most special day makes every moment of my work worth it. It was a day full of family, of laughter, of love and of life, and I hope these photos tell their story.
Lindsay wore her mother’s wedding dress. A dress worn 31 years ago on the shores of Hawaii as her parents exchanged their own vows, now donned by Lindsay in the VERY different climate of Kalamazoo, Michigan in mid-December. Lindsay also used bits of her mother’s wedding veil as accents on her shoes and wore her maternal grandmother’s ring – all in honor of 3 generations of family.
Joseph, too, paid homage to his family through his formal accessories, including his father’s wristwatch, bow tie and cummerbund, and his grandfather’s cuff links.
Down to every last detail, this wedding was a tribute to family.
The amount of adorable little ones at this wedding was almost too much to take!
As another unexpected surprise for Nancy, the Michigan Fight Song played as Lindsay + Joseph were announced as husband and wife.
A quiet first moment as husband and wife.
And then we were off to the SNOW!! It was snowing as I arrived the night before and brutally cold overnight, but by the time we were set to go outside for their portraits, we had a fresh layer of snow and slightly warmer temperatures! I’m not lying when I say that we were LITERALLY in a winter wonderland!
Then it was time to go inside for a delicious dinner, heartwarming toasts to the bride and groom, and one very special first dance.
The wonderful vendors:
Catering | Gull Lake Country Club | Richland, Michigan
Cake | Mackenzie’s Bakery | Kalamazoo, Michigan
Videography | Ashleigh Houska
Thank you to the Martin Family, for opening your beautiful home to such a special event.
To Patty, for being an incredibly supportive sister and wonderful officiant.
To Lindsay+ Joseph’s family, for coming from as far as California, Oklahoma, New York and Florida to celebrate this heartfelt day.
And to Lindsay + Joseph, for trusting me with such unbelievably treasured memories. From the bottom of my heart.