- The light while Amanda was getting ready was perfect
- Billiard room for guys portraits, along with a fantastic office for David - yes please!
- The walk down to the lake and the ceremony location is one of the best we've seen
- Cool breeze on a warm wedding day, no bugs and the sun shining - what more could a couple ask for!
- The architecture and design of the house and landscaping of the property
- The dining room was formal, but warm and inviting, like you might host Thanksgiving dinner there.
It turns out that Kellogg Manor on Gull Lake is a dream wedding venue. And they helped make David and Amanda's wedding day dreams come true by providing an amazing setting for them to become husband and wife.
We met David and Amanda through friends of another wedding from 2016, Josh and Megan who held their wedding at the Amway Grand Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. Amanda's mother reached out to us and we put together a photo package that met their needs.
We discovered their wedding day would be a shorter day, with ceremony and reception both at the Kellogg Manor on Gull Lake, where about 65 guests would attend their ceremony and enjoy a meal together afterward.
We focused our photo time on David, Amanda and their 4 year old daughter Alyana, who was a joy to meet and photograph. Her sense of humor and intellect at 4 years old is beyond compare and we hope the images capture the love David and Amanda (and their extended families) have for her.
Getting ready, David and Amanda used upstairs bedrooms in the house. They were told to use the house as if it were their own. It gave the getting ready portion of their day an intimate feel as if they were at home.
But just a few steps downstairs and outside the front door, you are transported to a completely different location. One filled with great architecture, a home with character and a little history.
The walk down to the lake is a series of steps and a path that is perfect for the reveal of the bride to her soon to be husband. Amanda and her father enjoyed the additional few moments hiding as the ceremony was about to begin.
The lakefront ceremony location is beautiful. Though the day was hot (above 85 degrees) the wind kept guests cool and who doesn't enjoy sitting by the lake in the summer?
Following the ceremony we captured family portraits and then used all the landscape elements and design to create portraits of David, Amanda and the wedding party before heading back up the path to the house for dinner.
Heading back up to the house, guests were seated in the formal dining room for cake cutting, toasts and a meal that was one of the best we've ever had in 300+ weddings.
Dancing started just off the dining room on the porch and as David and Amanda danced together for the first time as husband and wife, their daughter joined them as well.
The night was finished off with portraits of the wedding party near the Kellogg Manor home along with David and Amanda on the beautiful staircase inside.
How could we not take advantage of such a beautiful location and a great couple like David and Amanda.