The longer I live in Traverse City, the more I hear one thing. “This is where we go when we need a break” or “Northern Michigan is our favorite place to go when we want to relax.” Because of that so many of the couples that I get to work with keep coming back to this amazing place time and time again. It’s only natural that they then want their precious moments together in these places to be captured and remembered for years to come.

A Special Place

This was the case with Amanda and Patrick. They call Grand Rapids home but decided to have their wedding in Traverse City. It was here that they would often come when they wanted a break from city life. They chose to get married under the willow tree, one of their favorite spots up here. A place they can come back to together and relive that special day for years to come.

A Classic Love Story

Amanda and Patrick met in a conference room at their work, Amanda had recently moved from DC to start the job and well, the rest is history. A classic love story! Since then they’ve bought a house together and traveled to amazing destinations. And of course, have had an epic wedding under a willow tree followed by some of the best dance moves I’ve seen in a while.

When they come up to Northern Michigan Amanda likes to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes and Fishtown. While Patrick is more of a foodie and likes to spend his time at Little Fleet and Chateau Chantel. Their pass times may be slightly different, but always have fun when up in Traverse City.

A Life of Love

I asked them what they are looking forward to now they are married and they have one of my favorite responses yet:

“We are really just excited for the little moments because we believe they are the individual bricks that eventually make the whole building. We are excited to look for opportunities to keep serving each other. Laughing through the obstacles we face, and raising children that will make the world a better place.”

You can see the love and happiness between them in every photo from the wedding. Not just between them but among their friends and family as well. It was such a joy to be there on their special day and help document their love story.

Josh Hartman – Traverse City Wedding Photographer