Summer Wedding at 12 Corners Vineyards

Philip & Melissa | Benton Harbor, MI

A rainy wedding day in July, Philip & Melissa were married among the grape vines at 12 Corners Vineyards in Benton Harbor.

Philip & I went to high school together and years later ended up on the opposite side of the state in Grand Rapids. He messaged me well before this day was even planned to see if I would be interested in photographing him propose to his girlfriend, Melissa. Of course I said yes, and some time later I finally got to meet her when he proposed in the downtown our hometown in front of the Civic Theatre.

From there I got to know the two of them better capturing their engagement photos around Grand Rapids, meeting their sweet pup, and of course snapping a few in front of the place where they first met. It was so special to be a part of their journey from proposal to wedding day.

When their day finally came, it was one of those days that wasn’t really sure if it wanted to rain or not to rain - it was so subtle off and on. This changed the plans a little, but it made for moody light and everyone still made the best of it celebrating under the wedding tent.

My most favorite part was that Philip & Melissa wanted to read letters to each other beforehand without seeing one another. We set something up out on the tiny balcony of the hotel, and it was just the two of them and myself. These letters were more so deep heartfelt vows between the two of them, and it was such a private touching moment that I felt so privileged to even be invited into that space. I highly recommend this to couples. Especially those that may not want to share so much in front of everyone at the wedding ceremony. It was so much more than just a sweet photo-op, it was time set aside for the two of them to share with each other.

Seeing these two together and hearing their words, you know that they know each other so very well and love each other deeply. They are also lots of fun, and everyone I met had the nicest things to say about them. I had a such wonderful time documenting their day.

Venue: 12 Corners Vineyards

Design/Planning: 1928 Planning Co.

Florals: Stems Floral

Catering: CK Catering

Cake/Desserts: She's So Sweet

Hair & Makeup: Pomp and Artistry

Bridal Gown: Becker's Bridal