This wedding at Bay Harbor was a very special one that I was looking forward to, you could say, from the very beginning. And when I say “beginning,” I mean THE beginning. Nick called me up with the plan to surprise Julian by picking her up from the airport as she was coming home from a girls trip. Little did Julian know, he wasn’t there to surprise her with the pick up; he was there to surprise her with a proposal. If you haven’t seen the photos, you really should. There photos are filled with emotions. On that day, Nick was a man on a mission. He did such a great job pulling of the proposal, I can’t help but still smile when I see the photos.
A few months after the proposal, Julian reached out to me for some engagement photos. She looked stunning during her shoot with her white dress previewing the beauty of her wedding dress. The proposal, naturally, was a bit of a whirlwind. However, during Nick and Julian’s engagement session, I got to see a bit more of their dynamics and relationship. Julian is gregarious, charismatic, and has a huge heart. Nick is a bit more reserved; however, he is completely at ease with Julian. I left their engagement session knowing they were going to make a stunning bride and groom.
Soon, their wedding at Bay Harbor was upon us. With everything taking place near downtown Petoskey, I knew it was going to be a beautiful and memorable day. Julian got ready at the Inn at Bay Harbor while Nick got ready at his parents’ cottage nearby.
With the bride and groom ready and looking their best, it was time for the ceremony. Guests filled the pews. Considering this was an out-of-town wedding, the amount of guests who filled the pews is a testament to how much these two are loved and cherished by friends and family.
After the ceremony, we headed to one of my favorite spots in downtown Petoskey for wedding photos. Despite it being quite chilly out, Nick and Julian looked great and didn’t mind snuggling up to keep each other warm.
Meanwhile, guests slowly began to make their way to the wedding at Bay Harbor reception that was waiting for them. Nick and Julian snuck in the ballroom for a few photos before the doors opened.
Once guests took their seats, it was time to party! Nick and Julian made quite the entrance! Following their grand entrance, they went straight to the dance floor to share a first dance.
The speeches were instant classics. Julian’s sisters had plenty of hilarious yet heartwarming stories from their childhood to share; stories that highlighted Julian’s personality and had everyone dying of laughter. Nick’s brothers also roasted him a bit; however, everyone who spoke of Nick also described the man of integrity he is. It was a touching acknowledgement and nod to his humble nature.
Once the formal dances were complete, the Simone Vitale Band kept everyone on the dancefloor all night.
Planner – Tableau Events
Film: Coastline Studios
Beauty: Beauty by Brianna
Church: St. Francis Xavier Church
Reception: Bay Harbor
Entertainment: Sykes International LLC
Entertainment: Simone Vitale Band