Two days before Beth & Tommy’s April 1st wedding I got a text from Beth that included a photo of her car windshield covered in a snowy/icy MESS! Yes folks, I know that snow in Michigan at the end of March is not a terribly huge surprise, but it certainly was not what we were hoping for on their big day. (And considering we managed to score a 60 degree day in FEBRUARY, whew, we were testing our luck!)
One day before the Blinstrub wedding bash, Sebastiaan and I got into our cars at 72 degrees and got out when it was 38 with on again/off again freezing rain. BRRRR!
When we woke up on the morning of April 1st, the skies were blue, sunny, and a we both let out a sigh of relief when we saw that it was truly going to be a beautiful day!
After a quick drive around our old stomping grounds (Midland, Michigan is where Sebastiaan and I met at Northwood University) we started the day at Beth and Tommy’s home close-by.
Their house is comfy, cozy, and speckled with adorable Michigan “things.” Their Michigan theme carried right through; from their engagement session, throughout their home decor, and into their wedding details. Beth found the most adorable silver Michigan bracelets to give her bridesmaids as part of their gift. They were adorable and the Mitten was the same as the one hanging on the wall in their home and adorning their tasty cake.
Beth and her girls had an old school slumber party the night before, chock full of way too much laughter and the best part—-Disney movies! They were still giggly the next day when we arrived to photograph her getting ready and details.
We continued to Messiah Lutheran Church in Midland, Michigan for a traditional wedding ceremony with their closest friends and family members. I must say that the staff at Messiah was some of the most pleasant with whom we have had the pleasure of working, and Pastor’s message about the tree and taking roots and growing in their marriage was beautiful!
After the deed was done. The brand new Mr. and Mrs. Blinstrub boarded their party bus and we headed to see a very special person—Beth’s grandma. Grandma lit up when she saw her girls! There were smiles, tears, and the opportunity to capture three generations of wedding rings in one photograph. To say that this part of the day was special is an understatement! Beth incorporated her other grandparents into her day as well. She had a single peppermint attached to her bouquet for Grandpa, and wore two bracelets from her other Grandma and Grandpa. She had each of them close to her heart in one way or another.
Well, the music was turned up and the beverages began to flow. It was party bus time! We stopped in downtown Bay City near the Shell to squeeze in some wedding party portraits before joining the rest of the guests at Lumber Baron’s Brewery for the reception.
Lumber Barons is such a multi-faceted venue and it was a great place for Tommy and Beth’s celebration! After dinner we were even able to sneak down to the brew room to snag a few shots. We noticed that the light outside was magical and decided to take full advantage before dusk.
Tommy and Beth have both been dancing for YEARS, and after dinner they wow’d their guests with a beautiful first dance routine. It was the perfect combination of sweet and upbeat. Tommy twirled his bride around that dance floor with grace and poise!
At the end of the night, upon request of our bride, the four of us went outside for that “last shot of the night.” Or as Beth has officially coined it, “The Ashley Special.” (I cracked up when I read this request on her Bride & Groom questionnaire. It sounded pretty darn inappropriate how she had written it…) The glow of downtown Bay City and the flashing street lights gave us great ambiance and we ended the perfect day in a perfect way!
Without further adieu…..Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Blinstrub! #tommany2017