Christian + Madelyn | Grand Rapids Wedding Photography
There are so many things I want to say about Christian, Madelyn, and their beautiful families, but it's tough to know where to begin. They have this fantastic joy about them, which I immediately noticed at their engagement session. It's unquenchable. They love big, they laugh big, and they seize life at every turn. The very fabric of who they are is simply...joyous. All of them. And they aren't afraid to show it, which is a photographer's dream!
Arriving to Madelyn in the morning, she was grinning ear to ear, her bridesmaids doing just the same. The excitement and genuine love from every single bridesmaid was so real, that I simply couldn't help but laugh. The comradarie and love that Madelyn shares with her friends was such a fun thing to capture, and the same went for Christian.
And oh, Christian. Seriously, this man is hilarious. When I found him surrounded by his groomsmen, and he broke out into the prelude of Lord of the Rings books as I photographed the rings falling into his hands, I couldn't help but laugh. Christian's playful nature is infectiously fun to be around, and again, his groomsmen were exactly the same. This group was truly one of the most fun bridal parties I've had the pleasure of working with, and even now, thinking of their shenanigans brings a smile.
But the love of their friends wasn't the only thing amazing from their day. Their families are also warm, caring, and endlessly inviting. Their joy and excitement for Christian + Madelyn was so evident, and it was a blast getting to photograph a group of people who were so genuinely happy, and they couldn't help but wear their joy right on their sleeves!
With ties to Scotland, Christian + Madelyn chose to implement a few Scottish wedding traditions into their wedding day, beginning with a hand tying ceremony, a live bagpipe player, Christian donning a kilt for the reception, and culminating in a traditional Scottish dance, called a Cèilidh. Every piece of their wedding was beautiful, and to see the culture they have grown to love be included in their monumental day was fantastic!
Christian + Madelyn, thank you so very much for entrusting your wedding day with me. It was truly a joy to be a witness to the start of your adventure together, and thank you for allowing me to give you 110%. It was an absolute blast, and I hope your married lives are as fun, adventure-laden, and joyful as you can handle!