Holland Michigan Photographer

Thy + James - Grand Rapids Michigan Wedding

I am so excited to share this one with you all because Thy and James are a special couple and their wedding day was incredible.  When I first talked to Thy and James about their big day, they told me that they were on the fence about having a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony on their wedding day (some Vietnamese couples do this a separate day).  I was crossing my fingers hoping that they would and was so excited when Thy told me that they were!  They held their tea ceremony at James's house in Wyoming Michigan, which will soon be home to both of them when they return from their honeymoon.  It was an amazing experience to be a part of this tradition that I have never witnessed before.  Eating some yummy roasted pig afterwards was a bonus!  Their church ceremony took place at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Kentwood Michigan; this church was a photographer's dream with natural light flooding in through plentiful skylights.  I was so impressed with their preparation: there was so much intentionality and purpose with all of their decisions.  They came up with a perfect photographer-friendly timeline, put together and organized their decor, chose vendors that were so great to work with and beautiful venues, delegated tasks intelligently to trusted family and friends, thought up the most creative wedding hashtag I have come across so far, and threw such a fun party with great people, surprisingly without help from professional planners although no one would have noticed.  This is a doozy of a blog post, but it was necessary for me to give justice to the entire story of Thy and James’s wedding day.  I have really grown fond of this couple.  I am so happy for you, Thy and James!

Church Ceremony Venue - St. Mary Magdalen Parish

Reception Venue - New Vintage Place

Hair Stylist - Flawless Beauty by Debra

Makeup Artist - Flawless Beauty by Debra

Bridal Gown - Spring Sweet

Bridal Bouquet - Pat's European Fresh Flower Market

Bridesmaid Dresses - JJ's House

Groom and Groomsmen Attire - Combatant Gentleman

Baker - Alpen Rose Restaurant and Cafe

DJ - Moments In Time Disc Jockeys, LLC

Caterer - West Michigan Caterer

Thy + James - Holland Michigan Engagement Photography

I've been looking forward to sharing this engagement session with you all.  When I first met Thy and James for coffee, I was so comfortable being myself thanks to their kind smiles and personalities.  James told me about their proposal story and how he took Thy along with him on a business trip to Colorado and had set up a camera to capture him asking the big question on Mount Evans.  He went on to tell me that the photo ended up noticeably off-center, but their story really warmed my heart because it was so thoughtful of him to plan all of that for Thy.  It revealed to me that he is a very attentive, loving person.  Like I mentioned before, both of their smiles are very reassuring, but their is something about Thy's smile that is just so sweet.  Her presence is very calming and soothing to be around.  She also had a good amount of boba tea recommendations for me that I need to check out ASAP!  These two were such a pleasure to spend a perfect evening with in Holland Michigan.  We started the session off at Kollen Park off of Lake Macatawa, made a stop in downtown Holland, and finished at The 205 Coffee Bar.  Thy and James were pros from the beginning and nailed the model face without any prompts.  I had so much fun with this one, thank you for checking it out!