Friends of ours grew up in St. Joseph, MI and always talk about how beautiful it is down there. I have only seen St. Joe from a train on the way to Chicago or stopping by on our way to a vineyard wedding. What a beautiful location for a wedding and of course we couldn't argue with the day...beautiful blue skies with puffy white clouds. Of course it didn't hurt that Jessica Pennington of Stella Event Design was there to make Yana & Brannon's wedding day a reality. After watching the amount of work that coordinators do just on the wedding day to ensure all goes perfectly, it is hard to image how couples do it with out a wedding coordinator.
Yana & Brannon got married under Shadowland Pavilion and wanted to give it a warmer feeling so Jessica worked with Michael Angelo's to create an environment out of pink fabric. The ceremony site was right on the chanel and right off of Lake Michigan, a beautiful backdrop to a gorgeous ceremony. We shot along side Cindy Corstange of The Open Shutter. We had a great time walking down the beach and boardwalk looking for the perfect location, which seemed to be at every turn. I loved Cindy's energy and how she took on the day. Later I learned that this was her third wedding that weekend...wow, give me a shot of what she has....impressive.
During the wedding preparation I got a chance to hang out with Brannon while he was waiting...which is a typical preceremony tradition for grooms. Brannon talked about how he wanted to be more than just a wedding day where people came and left. So they planned a weekend with their guests, including a day at the beach, wave runners, food, drinks, and a roof party downtown St. Joe....sign me up....and that was before the wedding day. Brannon & Yana truly enjoyed their wedding day and the time they spent with their closest friends and family, and it truly showed in the footage we captured from the day. Until the release of their wedding movie, here is a sneak peek at Yana & Brannon's wedding movie.
Full Service Event Planning: Stella Event Design
Event Decor: Michael Angelo's
Ceremony: Shadowland Pavilion
Photography: The Open Shutter
Reception: The Heritage Center
Catering: Bistro at the Boulevard