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Katie & Joel // A Traditional Wedding in Grand Rapids, MI

Updated: Mar 4, 2022


Mr. & Mrs. Gravelyn


Wedding Day Prep

Katie and the girls enjoyed their morning getting hair and make ready at the church. Once everyone was dressed and ready we headed to out to the church property for bridal and group portraits.

Wedding day hair <3 Loving these hair pins!
Soft blue and white bridal Party Robes.
Katie's stunning bridal gown at the entrance of the sanctuary.

Katie had so many beautiful wedding day details!

Katie's mother and sister helping her into the wedding dress. We love capturing moments with parents before the ceremony.

at the messiah Lutheran Church
Katie made the most beautiful bride!
Veil and Floral details!
A close up of this beautiful bride

Katie and her bridesmaids


Joel had a relaxing morning with his groomsmen at his brothers residence. Then later headed to the church for a first look with Katie.

A great portrait of the groom
Close up shot of the groom
Joel's brother praying over his wedding day
Joel and his groomsmen

The first look was held at the Messiah Lutheran Church. We found quiet spot under the trees for Katie and Joel to enjoy this moment.

Joel waiting patiently to see his bride

Katie made her way through the trees and tapped Joel on the shoulder. We think his reaction was so sweet and priceless.

Katie had a letter for Joel to read after the first look.

The Ceremony:

Katie and Joel planned a traditional ceremony held at Messiah Lutheran Church. The church held meaning for Katie as it was the church her grandmother attended.

Katie and Joel had the sweetest flower girl and ring bearer. The flower girl needed a little extra help making it down the aisle.

Katie's mother and father escorting her down the aisle

Joel's reaction to Katie walking down the aisle was such a special moment.

Katie and Joel at the start of the ceremony

Katie and Joel sharing their first kiss as husband and wife and celebrate before exciting their ceremony.


Right after the ceremony the wedding party headed to Riverside Park near downtown Grand Rapids for a few photos! It was a beautiful summer afternoon and the group was upbeat and ready to have a good time.

Katie and Joel make their way to the limo after the ceremony
The bridal party arriving to the Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, MI
The Full Bridal Party at Riverside Park
Katie and Joel on the bride at Riverside Park

The Reception

After a few photos in the park with the bridal party everyone headed to The English Hills Event Center in Grand Rapids, MI. They made their grand entrance to the reception then went straight into toasts and prayer before dinner. The guests enjoyed the open dance floor after the first dances and we finished the evening off with sunset photos in the English Hills garden.

The bridal party in the limousine on the way to The English Hills Event Center

It was wonderful working with Katie and Joel and wish them a lifetime of love and happiness <3

Vendor Love <3

Wedding Cake: Cakes By Stephanie

Wedding Dress: America's Bride

Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse

Hair and Makeup: Pomp and Artistry

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