Cassandra & Joe - A Bay Harbor, Michigan, Wedding

Last weekend I photographed Cassandra and Joe’s wedding at Bay Harbor Resort in northern Michigan. I can’t say enough great things about this resort or about the lure of a “destination wedding” right in this bride and groom’s home state. It’s so very cool for couples from the Detroit area (or anywhere in Michigan!) to be just a few hours from white-sand beaches and clear blue waters that have the glamour of the Caribbean, but are only missing the palm trees. Cassandra and Joe chose Bay Harbor because it is seriously one of the very best locations along the lake. Absolutely stunning.

Here are some of my favorite photos from their day:

Cassandra has such a fun, sincere happiness about her. I certainly didn’t have to work very hard to catch her smiling!

And Joe is quite simply Cassandra’s true match: one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met!

Seriously, look at this gorgeous bride and her genuine smile!

They opted for a “first look” moment before the ceremony which meant for some GREAT images of sincere, expressive, adorable interactions between them. Here they are at the very moment they saw each other for the first time.

I’m not kidding when I say this one’s a match made in heaven. :)

With all the smiling they were doing, you might not have noticed it was a rainy, chilly day.

The lake was pretty rough and the wind was blowing strong … but all I saw was the perfect opportunity for a beautiful, warm, vintage-style image and a couple totally in love!

The ceremony was held under a tent because of the rain, but I was really digging the light that still made it into these photos! The white made these flowers pop and I love this little guy’s expression as he walked in. :)


I just love that Joe appears to be showing off his new ring in this shot!

The bridal party was truly a group of super-happy people.

Cassandra and Joe performed a choreographed first dance that was a little jazzy and very fun. I loved how they looked completely lost in this moment … like no one else was in the room but them.

The dip. :) I was really loving the glossiness of the floor and their reflection.

Dad and daughter … Mom and son …

And then the ring bearers got the party rolling!

We took a few moments near sunset to grab a few more romantic portraits.

Hot, hot, hot!

I had such a great time at this wedding!! Cassandra and Joe, thank you so much for having me!


Oh, and I wanted to give a little sneak peek to the groom’s brother’s family … I did a family session with them the day before the wedding. Here’s a little teaser for now! :)

I’m also enjoying a fabulous time visiting with some family while I’m here (I grew up in Michigan!) and even photographing old friends’ families and children. It’s not completely typical for me to be doing so many extra portrait sessions during wedding season, but I’m finding it hard to pass up such great opportunities as to photograph on Lake Michigan or to do portraits of my college roommate’s newborn baby! I’ll post an image or two of those in a few days, too.


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Nicole Haley - What a gorgeous couple, Sarah! They are radiating happiness. Beautiful!July 24, 2009 - 8:17 pm

Liz Tymoc - What beautiful photos! I can’t wait for them all. I miss Bay Harbor..
Awesome work!July 26, 2009 - 3:25 pm

Michaelene Sackerson - Breathtakingly BeautifulJuly 27, 2009 - 9:07 am

johnwaire | photo - great coverage sarah!July 27, 2009 - 9:27 am

Jen: JK Photography - Beautiful work Sarah! Love that resort! I was just shooting a wedding on Saturday and met your parents, what a great couple they are! They told me about your work and that you were in town shooting a wedding so I thought I would check it out! Lovely images, you do good work :)July 30, 2009 - 7:16 pm

Sarah - Thanks to all for the comments! I love hearing everyone’s take. Jen, isn’t it a small world?! My parents mentioned a fabulous photographer at the wedding they were at last week! Awesome.July 30, 2009 - 11:28 pm

clint - THESE ARE AWESOME!!! nice website too!July 31, 2009 - 1:05 pm

Sarah - Thanks, Clint! Cassandra and Joe are pretty fabulous! :)August 3, 2009 - 3:57 pm

Kyle Burnell - Great photos Sarah! Looks like everyone had a lot of fun :)August 10, 2009 - 3:03 pm

Sarah Postma Photography Blog » Summer Sunset - [...] of the season. These were shot on July 17, from the shores of Lake Michigan, the evening before Cassandra & Joe’s wedding. Nothing beats a Lake Michigan [...]September 18, 2009 - 8:44 am

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