Photography by Paquette: Blog en-us (C) Photography by Paquette (Photography by Paquette) Fri, 16 Apr 2021 22:16:00 GMT Fri, 16 Apr 2021 22:16:00 GMT Photography by Paquette: Blog 80 120 Ricki & Brandon's Wedding In Ricki's own words: 

Mary, we can't explain what a blessing you've been to us. You were a joy to work with and the photo preview absolutely lit my heart on fire. You captured the special moments perfectly. I LOVE the photo of Isaac running toward you with the bridal party in the background, and can't wait to print it out and gift it to everyone involved!

Brandon and I met at the University of Florida when he was a sophomore and I was a freshman.  We knew we wanted to be married almost immediately, but dated for six years while we grew together and found a time and place in our lives where we were ready to have a wedding. He proposed to me in our Airbnb in downtown Savanna last September while on vacation. He meant to do it in a park but he was too excited to wait and it was a moment I'll never forget. Flash forward one year later and we had our absolute dream wedding in the Northern Michigan hills outside my hometown of Petoskey, surrounded by our closest friends and family.  The weather was a gift from God and the sheep bleating in the background during the ceremony seemed placed there to celebrate us. 

We picked Northern Michigan because my entire extended family lives there, and I grew up there before my parents moved with me and my sisters to Florida when I was nine. We love the views and the weather and it was exactly like we imagined. Dhaseleer (Barn) was our venue choice because of the beautiful chandelier-lit rustic barn, the sunflower fields, and rolling hills. For tabletop flowers, we picked wildflowers from the property, and for bouquets we chose custom dried floral arrangements by Rebekah @TheBlaithinBlairShop on Etsy for a rustic and timeless feel.  Our DJ, Al Uryga from Lakeside DJs (Lake Michigan DJs), was brought on board because of his glowing reviews and ability to read a crowd. He did not disappoint, playing every song we requested and shifting the music as the mood evolved throughout the night but always bringing his unique positive energy to the vibe. Finally, we chose Vernales in Harbor Springs to cater because of their experience, incredible reviews, and the flawless professionalism and kindness of their owner/manager Joe Guthrie. They crafted our entrees independently and we were blown away by the autumn vegetable pasta with pesto cream sauce. For dessert, they delivered fresh house-made cannoli. We went this route as a nod to the groom's Italian heritage, and because cannoli are delicious. 

Planning the wedding during a pandemic was certainly a challenge, but the undying positivity of all of our vendors, friends, and family made it happen. The biggest hurdle was the constant uncertainty about whether the event would be possible due to travel and gathering restrictions. Ultimately, we moved the event outdoors to a beautiful tent setup, provided masks and pumpkin scented hand sanitizers, and the event unfolded beautifully.


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Nate & DeeDee's Wedding Nate & DeeDee chose to have their Northern Michigan wedding in the backyard of Nate's boyhood home in Petoskey, MI.  The lush, wooded setting was idyllic and looked like something out of a fairytale.  After the ceremony, the bride & groom strolled hand-in-hand into the woods along the paths that Nate had built as a teenager.  It was the most perfect, magnificent setting for romantic after the wedding photos. Best wishes to you both, Nate & DeeDee!

(Photography by Paquette) Nate & DeeDee's Wedding Northern Michigan Outdoor Weddings Northern Michigan Weddings Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:35:19 GMT
Kassie & Jose's Wedding

Even the pouring rain couldn't dampen the fun and beautiful wedding day that Kassie and Jose had this fall! It's said that rain on your wedding day is good luck, so they definitely had many blessings showered upon them on their very special day on Mackinac Island!

(Photography by Paquette) Mackinac Island Weddings Mission Point Resort Weddings Northern Michigan Weddings Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:56:36 GMT
Michael & Lindsey's Wedding

Michael & Lindsey had a spectacular wedding reception in Petoskey, Michigan at the beautiful, historic Stafford's Perry Hotel.  It was a steamy, hot summer day, but the bride and her wedding party were looking fabulous as they partied with family and friends into the evening at the Rose Room at the Perry!

(Photography by Paquette) Michael & Lindsay's Wedding Northern Michigan Weddings Stafford's Perry Hotel Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:36:12 GMT
Peter & Rebecca's Wedding  

Despite having to change some of their outdoor plans because of rain on their special day, Peter and Rebecca looked great and their wedding was absolutely beautiful! They had the most spectacular, wild sunset that night on Mullet Lake! 

(Photography by Paquette) Mullet Lake Weddings Northern Michigan Weddings Peter and Rebecca's Wedding Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:06:33 GMT
Brooke & Spencer  


Brooke & Spencer had a fabulous, spring beach wedding at Bay Harbor, Michigan.  The weather was absolutely perfect with sunny blue skies and perfect temperatures.  It was SO romantic and the bride and groom looked amazing as their families joined them to celebrate their love on their special day!

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Travis & Miriam's Wedding

We're excited to be publishing our first wedding blog post on our newly designed website!  The temperature this past Saturday, March 22, 2014 was freezing, but the love that was between this couple and their families was so incredibly warm!  Travis & Miriam came all the way to Northern Michigan from Washington State for their beautiful Northern Michigan destination wedding at Stafford's Perry Hotel in Petoskey, MI.  They are both such fantastic people--here are a couple of our favorite shots from their special day.

(Photography by Paquette) Petoskey, Michigan Weddings Stafford's Perry Hotel Travis & Miriam's Wedding Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:20:33 GMT