Elise and Chris called us hesitantly because they really didn't feel that having a wedding photographer was for them. They are both quiet and shy people and are very uncomfortable being the center of attention. Their family encouraged them to speak with us after hearing about how we work. After a long Skype conversation (they live in beautiful Colorado) they were semi-convinced that we would respect their wishes and not make them the center of the universe on their wedding day.
Their ceremony was in the beautiful Grand Rapids backyard of Elise's parents. Heavy rains flooded the yard days before the wedding, but a little straw on the ground fixed that quickly. Family members hand built a birch archway to stand behind them during the quiet outdoor ceremony. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Elise and Chris shyly shared their vows.
Their incredible reception was at the John Ball zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan in their Bissell Treehouse venue. The building has a very outdoorsy feel with a wood and glass construction. The dancefloor was packed all night with the live band playing requests.