The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is just over a year old and it happens to be one of our favorite places in downtown Grand Rapids. So to say we were excited for Ben and Dana’s Downtown Market wedding is somewhat of an understatement. As we met and got to know Ben and Dana, we found out that Dana has another young man in her life that is extremely important to her, her son Carter. It was priceless to watch Carter walk his mom down the aisle toward his new step dad, Ben. Later in the evening, Carter was able to steal the show on the dance floor as well.
With a first look scheduled at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, we worked with these two and decided the best place would be on the staircase, with its striking windows and fantastic architecture. With Ben at the bottom of the stairs, we coordinated Dana coming down to see him for the first time. They were later joined by their wedding party at the JW for a few portraits before heading over to the Downtown Market for additional portraits at the wedding location.
After arriving at the Downtown Market and checking over the ceremony and reception site, we spent additional time photographing Ben and Dana, even taking them down into the shops to photograph the ‘hustle and bustle’ that is Saturday at the market. Needless to say, these two stopped most of the traffic.
With a ceremony surrounded by friends and family, these two spoke beautiful vows to one another in the Greenhouse at the market. The sun was shining through the glass building on top of the market and created some of the images of the day. Following the ceremony and family photos in the Greenhouse, it was time to mix and mingle with the wedding guests. The wedding party was announced and dinner was served, but we were able to sneak these two back over to the greenhouse as the sunset on a beautiful fall evening.
Ben and Dana had wonderful formal dances and the evening was stolen, as I said, by Carter who not only danced his way around the floor, but eventually serenaded his mom (along with all the other guys).
Below are just a few images from the fantastic wedding day and if you would like to view the full gallery, be sure to visit Ben and Dana’s wedding website by clicking here.
In addition, if you want to help these two love birds earn a few free photos from us, be sure to leave a comment below. Let them know which part of their day you enjoyed the most!