Dante + Ruth | Engagement Photos at Gerald R Ford Airport

Engagement sessions can be as unique as couples want them to be. 

Take Dante and Ruth for example. 

They emailed and asked if we were open to using the Gerald R. Ford Airport as the location for their engagement session. 

We said, "Why not!?!" 

And off we went contacting the airport's administration for permission to film in the public areas of the airport. (Yes, you need to communicate with them, fill out paperwork and provide a few other things in order to be approved).

Dante and Ruth's wedding day will be photographed by our associate photographers, Jason and Tara Massey. So it only made sense to have them meet up with Dante and Ruth for the engagement session as well.

The session was scheduled for early in the day on a Saturday. And when I say early, I mean early. Like before the sun was up. 

Which means they had the chance to photograph Dante and Ruth before sunrise and then as the sun came up over the horizon and provided beautiful light for the soon to be husband and wife. 

What other cool and unique locations can you think of for an engagement session in the Grand Rapids area? 

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.

Justin + Julie | Wedding at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids

We love photographing weddings at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids. It is our home church after all. It gets even better when we can photograph the wedding celebrations of people we have known for a while. 

We have known Julie for a while. We met through her parents, Chuck and Brenda who attend Calvary as well. 

Julie is a sweetheart of a woman. She is an elementary school teacher, which means you know she's pretty much a saint. 

She and Justin met online several years ago and through the years their relationship blossomed. She became a second mom to Justin's son, Lucas and they now live in the greater Detroit area. 

The wedding day that Justin and Julie planned was simple.

Less than 60 guests.

Ceremony at Calvary Church. Family and wedding party photos following the service.

Travel down to Charley's Crab for dinner and drinks (who doesn't like filet and lobster tail for dinner, right?).

Have a horse drawn carriage pick up Justin and Julie, taking them to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

When we are part of smaller weddings like Justin and Julie's, it reminds us that fewer guests means the bride and groom can greet everyone in attendance and have meaningful conversations with their closest family and friends. 

It was a blessing to be a part of Justin and Julie's wedding day and if you would like to view all the photos from Justin and Julie's wedding day, be sure to click the link below.

Wedding Vendors: 
Ceremony Location: Calvary Church, Grand Rapids
Reception Location: Charley's Crab, Downtown Grand Rapids
Wedding Dress: David's Bridal
Groom's Suit: The Suit House
Flowers: Jodi Bazuin
Ceremony Musician: Cynthia Haas & Jenn Brown
Wedding Officiant: Dan Kregel
Wedding Day Coordinator: Sarah Staal

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.

Patrick + Kari | Ada Covered Bridge Engagement Photos

Engagement sessions in the winter can be tricky. The forecast could call for 6 inches of snow, light rain or beautiful sunshine and 60 degrees.

That's what happened for Patrick and Kari's engagement session in Ada, 60 degrees and sunny! 

We have had the pleasure of knowing these two since they were first setup on a blind date at an event for Saint Mary's Foundation. This is yet another reason to go to the Saint Mary's Foundation events -- you might end up meeting your future spouse!  (Join the Saint Mary's Foundation event list by clicking here! )

We have been able to stay in touch with them over the past few years and were able to photograph their engagement in September 2016 at the Up on the Roof event at the Lacks Cancer Center. 

Engagement photos at the Ada Covered Bridge are always a fun time as there are so many different perspectives with the bridge as the backdrop. 

You will notice how many different spots we covered during the engagement session below.

Be on the lookout for their wedding photos later in 2017 and in the meantime, enjoy getting to know these two who we are so excited to work with! 

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.

Downtown Grand Rapids Wedding Reception Venues | Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer

Looking for a list of places to host your wedding reception in downtown Grand Rapids

You've found the post that will help you make sense of your options!

We live in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. We have photographed over 300+ weddings in the past few years.

Being downtown, we thought, "Why not create a post to help future brides know where they can have their wedding reception in downtown Grand Rapids?"

First of all, there are MANY more reception options around Grand Rapids, you are not limited to these. 

These reception options are
"in the city center and walkable". 

What does this mean?

It means you will find venues that are located within the red box below.

In addition, you will see another section that are considered "downtown", but are not within walking distance (guests will have to drive from downtown hotels).

The venues below are not ranked in any specific order & if you have questions, be sure to reach out and let us know how we can help you with your wedding photography needs! 

If you have questions about "favorite venues",
all you have to do is ask.

Bridgewater Place - Grand River Ballroom

This is actually where my wife and I held our wedding reception in 2002. The views overlooking the river might be the best in town as you look south toward DeVos Place, the Amway Grand Plaza, etc. The atrium for cocktails is stunning as well. (No you will not be seeing a wedding photo from our wedding because we didn't hire a good photographer and the photos turned out badly. Click to learn more about our wedding story.)

Amway

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is one of the most versatile locations in Grand Rapids. Josh and Megan held their Amway wedding in one ballroom and moved to another for their reception, both with different layouts and designs. It is the "original" skyline hotel in Grand Rapids. Or you can head up to the Sky Rooms that overlook all of downtown Grand Rapids.

See Amway Grand wedding photos

City Flats

City Flats is a beautiful space located inside the former Michigan National Bank lobby. Marble floors and a collection of pillars dominate the room that has built in uplighting to create different "moods" throughout the night. 

See City Flats wedding photos

Grand Rapids Art Museum

The GRAM has several spaces for receptions both large and small. Perhaps the main theater will be best for your large party or perhaps the upstairs lounge with access to the terrace will be a better bet for your smaller wedding.

Tre Cugini (La Scala)

Located in the atrium of the Ledyard Building, it is housed just across the street from Rosa Parks Circle. If you love exposed brick walls with high ceilings, the 4 story open atrium will be a dream come true for you. 

Ballroom at McKay Tower

The former Grand Rapids National Bank lobby inside the McKay Tower (across from the Amway Grand) is a 2nd floor reception facility that is a great choice for your wedding reception. The space is longer than it is wide, allowing you to have a "dining" space on one end of the room and a "dance" space on the other end. (Or think ceremony on one end of the room and reception on the other).

The BOB

The BOB (Big Old Building) has  two options on floors 3 and 4 that are very different. The 3rd floor offers exposed brick feel while the 4th floor (EVE) is built more like a nightclub in New York City with furniture to match.

University Club

The original "members" club located at the top of the 5/3 Building has great 270 degree views of the city's landscape from 11 floors above ground. The University Club is one of the most longstanding venues in the downtown area (and my wife says the best wedding meal she's had in a long time). 

See University Club wedding photos.

Eberhard Center

A favorite for Grand Valley State University graduates because GVSU gives alumni a discount for hosting their receptions in their facility. It's next to the Grand Rapids Public Museum and is closest facility to downtown's famous "Blue Bridge".

See Eberhard Center wedding photos.

Conference Center at WMU

Western Michigan University has a presence in downtown Grand Rapid and their main floor conference center is great for receptions. The rest of the building is a photographer's wonderland with long hallways, exposed brick and no foot traffic during your event. 

The Waldron

Kitty corner from the world famous "HopCat", it's owned by the same company, BarFly Ventures. It is a former restaurant and club, but was recently transitioned to an "event only" space. It's a great solution for folks calling HopCat asking "Can you host my wedding reception?" They can now say, no we cannot, but right across the street we have The Waldron.

St. Cecilia Music Center

A combination of an auditorium for your ceremony and then a banquet room on the upper level means your guests do not need to leave between ceremony and reception time. 

Grand Rapids Public Museum

An iconic building along the riverfront with the option of "dining and dancing under the whale and riding the carousel..." The narrow, but long main floor space allows you and your guests to enjoy the wonder of the Public Museum.

See Grand Rapids Public Museum wedding photos.

JW Marriott

The newest addition to the Grand Rapids skyline, the JW Marriott has a large ballroom to accommodate large receptions. As the high end hotel on the river, many couples stay here on their wedding night. 

See JW Marriott wedding and event photos.

Downtown Market

Though about 5 blocks south of the Van Andel Arena, the Downtown Market is still a walkable destination in our eyes. The second floor of the Downtown Market gives you a glimpse back toward downtown. Access to the greenhouse is wonderful for your ceremony while the reception hall is just across the hall. 

See Downtown Market wedding photos.

Just outside of downtown...

These venues are not within walking distance, but are close.

New Vintage Place

The former site of the American Seating Company, New Vintage Place renovated the space for weddings up to 240 people on the west side of Grand Rapids.

Waddell Center

Just north of downtown Grand Rapids, the Waddell Center can host up to 300 people for receptions and is owned by local restaurant owners Brann's Steakhouse. 

Cheney Place

A former warehouse at 1600 North Monroe means it's not within walking distance of downtown, but it's still close. The venue has facility has space for both ceremonies and receptions and can accommodate 350 people. 

Goei Center

A former furniture factory, Eastern Floral purchased the space and renovated two different spaces for your wedding. The spaces can accommodate up to 400 people and if you love wood floors and exposed brick, this might just be your place.

See Goei Center wedding photos.

Bissell Tree House

If you're looking for a view of Grand Rapids, the Tree House might be your place. The space can host up to 200 people, has a wrap around deck and is set in the trees of John Ball Zoo. Add to the fact that guests arrive via the "Funicular" rather than driving, it's a touch that few places can top. 

Ross + Lisa | Little Point Sable Church Wedding on Lake Michigan

A wedding day at your parents home on Lake Michigan with 31 guests, including the bride and groom. What could be better for a late October wedding? 

We met Ross and Lisa last year when we photographed the Kremers family at their cottage near Shelby. The family came together from across the country for Thanksgiving, but Ross and Lisa traveled the furthest from California. At the time they were not engaged, but Lisa was included with the family photos, so I thought it would only be a matter of time until Ross asked Lisa to be his wife. Little did I know their engagement would mean a small, family focused wedding back in Michigan in October. 

Getting ready began at two cottages on the shores of Lake Michigan. Ross and his father, along with friends helping setup for dinner later in the day. Lisa, her mom and other family members at a separate cottage making sure Lisa looked stunning for the day. 

Getting to know the Kremers family, I knew the family is very close. So close that Ross' father was his best man and Lisa's brother stood up for her during the wedding. The ceremony was held at The Little Point Sable Church in Shelby, which is part of the lakefront association the family belongs. Both sets of parents walked Lisa and Ross down the aisle as they said vows to one another and became husband and wife. 

With family being so important, we made time for portraits following the ceremony and then sent everyone back to the Kremers' home so Ross and Lisa could have some time together for photos. The fall colors were spectacular and these two are a joy to be with. They are encouraging and thankful for all they've been blessed with.

Below, I included one of my favorite sequences of images below where you'll see Lisa laughing at something Ross said to her. These two get along so well, it was a blessing to be a part of their wedding day. 

Then it was back to the family cottage where dinner was served by Ryke's catering in Muskegon, who served a fantastic meal. Toasts were given by both fathers and were extremely moving. Then it was cake cutting and a first dance for Ross and Lisa before everyone was able to enjoy family time at the cottage.

If you're interested in Ross and Lisa's complete wedding gallery, be sure to click to view their wedding on Lake Michigan.

Wedding Vendors: 
Ceremony Location: The Little Point Sable Church
Reception Location: Private Home, Shelby, MI
Hair & Makeup: Katherine Schneider, Hair Culture Salon
Flowers: Weddings by Weesies
Ceremony Musician: Molly Grettenberger
Wedding Officiant: Pastor Sarah Samuelson, Trinity Lutheran Church
Catering: Ryke's Catering
Reception Coordinators: Mary Nemetz, Sally Vukits, Vicki Howard
Wedding Cake: Woodland Farm Market & Bakery
Chair Cover's: Statewide Rentals
Linen Rentals: Oceana Builders
Maple Candies: White River Sugar Bush (Hesperia)

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.

Andrew+ Megan | Proposal at the Ada Covered Bridge

We have known Megan for several years and she has become one of my wife's closest friends. When she began talking about Andrew, we knew something was different. 

For most couples, we've found that for one person falling in love was like a lightning bolt, it struck them and there was no turning back. That's how I was with my wife. For the other person, the progression is slower.

For Megan, we knew as soon as she began talking about Andrew, it was her lightning bolt moment. She was different. If you'd asked me was anything missing in Megan's life before Andrew, I would have said no. But, after seeing these two together, I now see that something was missing and it was Andrew.

Andrew contacted me to let me know he had asked Megan's dad for her hand in marriage and her dad had said yes. He was off to look for a ring, so we sent him to the Grand Rapids jeweler we use, Almassian Jewelers, where he found a beautiful ring. 

We then worked out the details of the proposal at the Ada Covered Bridge. We talked about timing, were he should ask if he wanted great photos, etc. 

I realized it's not everyday you get to photograph your friend's engagement, so I thought I should shoot a couple of videos as I was nervous for them. I can't imagine what the butterflies were doing inside Andrew's stomach! 

Enjoy the video below and I have included a few images from the video so you can see Megan's amazing reaction! 

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.

Jeff + Emily | Downtown Holland Engagement Photos

Emily was referred to us by a co-worker. The co-worker was nice enough to send Emily the wedding photos from Eric and Andrea's Cascade Hill Country Club wedding earlier this year and after looking through our work connected with us. 

During our initial phone call I was able to find out that she and Jeff had their first date at Butch's Dry Dock in downtown Holland. They were hoping to use that specific location along with the downtown area as the backdrop for their engagement photos. 

We were happy to travel out to meet them and during our time together, we realized how fantastic these two are together. They met while at work, went on a lunch date and now are getting married in September 2017. 

Their session was very personalized for these two as they spent quite a bit of their relationship in Holland when first dating (though they now live in the Grand Rapids area). It even included a final stop to Skiles Tavern in downtown Holland where they serve some of the best thin crust pizza we've had to date! 

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.

Andrew + Becca | Engagement Photos at Blandford Nature Center

Engagement photos at Blandford Nature Center is what Becca requested because she attended Blandford's Nature School back in the day. She took us on a tour of the woods and picked some breathtaking spots for intimate portraits and found dramatic backdrops. 

Andrew and Becca are so very, very cute together. They have known each other for a long time. In fact, they dated many, many moons ago. But as life goes, they broke up and went on to live separate lives (for a while). However, the powers that be brought them back together; and to say they are happy and joyful together would be an understatement. 

We are excited for their June 2017 Grand Rapids wedding. We hope looking at the photos brings you as much joy as it did us while making them. 

Thank you Andrew and Becca for entrusting us with your wedding photography memories! 

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.

Peter + Emily | Roselle Park Engagement Photos

Engagement photos during Michigan's fall season are a highlight of our photo year. We are all about intimate portraits and dramatic backdrops when it comes to engagement and wedding photography and Roselle Park did not disappoint. 

Peter and Emily chose the location and we scheduled photos at just the right time! Getting to know these two has been a pleasure and we know their 2017 wedding will be amazing as well! 

If you'd like to see their complete gallery, simply click through to view their entire engagement session at Roselle Park.

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.

Jon + Angela | Grand Rapids Wedding at Kroc Center

Angela first contacted us about their wedding day this past summer. She told us about their fall wedding in Grand Rapids and how they chose to have their wedding ceremony at the Salvation Army Kroc Center's Outdoor Amphitheater. The location was new to us, but on their wedding day, we quickly learned that weddings at the Kroc Center are world class. From the getting ready areas, to the guest's experience, to the beautiful ceremony location, the Kroc Center knows how to host weddings. 

Below you'll even find some of the family portraits following the wedding. I don't normally include family portraits, but you simply have to see how amazing the location and the light were for their afternoon October ceremony. The portraits below might be my favorite family portraits I've taken. 

Following the ceremony, Affordable Limo's Party Bus took the wedding party over to Noto's, where we planned time for group and individual portraits in Noto's famous Wine Cellar. The ambiance of the space makes you feel like you're in Italy and Jon and Angela wanted to capture that with their wedding party. 

Then just a quick trip to the upper level at Noto's for a wonderful dinner, drinks and music provided by Rick Reuther's Music Host Entertainment. The dance floor was full after a Madonna's "Like A Prayer" and the party rolled on late into the evening. 

If you're interested in seeing Jon and Angela's complete Kroc Center wedding gallery or photos from the wedding reception at Noto's, be sure to click here and visit their full gallery! 

Wedding Vendors
Ceremony Location: Kroc Center
Reception Location, Catering & Cake: Noto's Old World Italian Dining
Bride's Dress: Alfred Angelo
Bride's Shoes: Bagdley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: JCrew
Hair & Makeup: Design1 Salon & Jerry at Aura Cosmetics
Groom's Attire: Dunhill Tuxedos
Officiant: Tim Dieffenback
Flowers & Boutineers: Andylous Flowers
DJ: Rick Ruether's Music Host Entertainment
Limousine: Affordable Limousine

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.