08.02.12 Weddings

Michigan Wedding : Breanne + Dan

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he secretly surprised him up with a surfing excursion on their honeymoon...and then nominated herself for The Best Wife Award. She'd been a wife for one full day, but Breanne was already on a winning streak with Dan. Having been together for so many years, they've learned to understand the ebb and flow of their love much how the ocean kisses the coast. Together they pull others into their joy and share their love and happiness in equal parts.

During the wedding ceremony, the couple expressed their desire to be the best. The best versions of themselves, but, moreso, open to becoming even better. Surrounded by hundreds of friends and family, Breanne and Dan could see they had the support to make this happen.

Their love is somewhat circular in that Breanne loves Dan --> Dan loves the ocean --> Breanne surprises Dan with the things he loves --> Dan falls more in love with Breanne. If becoming the best version of oneself is to always think of another, they're well on their way to a life full of happiness.

Dan and Breanne (BRE!!!)...thank you for the honor of capturing your wedding day in Michigan. Being there was full confirmation that are paths were supposed to cross and I feel incredibly lucky to have played a small part in a truly amazing day. I appreciated your friends, family, and loved ones who made us feel like we belonged in the inner circle and it was a day I'll never forget (especially the power of your prayers to move clouds in the sky...amen). Much Love and Appreciation... j*

Breanne has impeccable taste, so when she told me she planned to wear a lace dress, I knew it wouldn't disappoint. Her Watters wedding dress was stunning and when she slipped into a pair of Badgley Mischka heels, Breanne was a vision...

Breanne is a trained dancer, so the afternoon was spent on her a happy dance...

Oh, Breanne...just go on...

I lovedlovedloved the bridesmaids and the special bond they shared...

And Dan was quite the dapper groom...him against the gorgeous Michigan greenery was something I could get used to photographing! ;)

Breanne and Dan opted to see each other before the ceremony for a First Look and I couldn't have been happier...his reaction to see his bride was so sweet (and can be seen in the slideshow), but what really got me was his constant attention to his gorgeous bride...he couldn't take his eyes off her!

One thing that was particularly nerve-wracking element to the day was the bright sun...the day before the wedding it poured (no, really, the Detroit airport was closed due to flooding), but the sun made up for lost time on Saturday. We worked around areas of the church and I'm quite happy with this photo because while the couple looks in love, it doesn't reveal we were adjacent to the parking lot! ;)

If every wedding in Michigan looks like this, I'm moving toward the GREAT LAKES! ;)

Walking down the aisle with one handsome man (and Jesus, too)...

...and walking up the aisle with another handsome man at her side...

There were so many personal details to the wedding reception but a special shout out to Aunt Jill who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the day flowed smoothly. I asked Aunt Jill if she wanted a new niece, but if it required her to assemble one more handmade paper flower, she might not accept my proposal. And, yes, Breanne and Jill made all those paper flowers for the wedding.

After the First Dance, Breanne and Dan requested photos at sunset, and I was more than happy to oblige...

Breanne and Dan know how to throw one heck of a party. So much so, they added the Hora to their reception timeline...they're not Jewish, but they're all about bending the rules, having fun, and making traditions of their own...

To see more of Breanne and Dan's Michigan wedding, feel free to CLICK HERE for slideshow or you can watch it here with Hannah Miller music provided byThe Music Bed:

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Ashvin Ghisyawan - Great wedding again Jasmine. Kind regards, Ashvin Ghisyawan  09.04.12 - 8:07am
Dotun - very nice coverage  08.29.12 - 11:37am
Fred - Natural & sweet shots. Love 'em.  08.28.12 - 12:03pm
Wedding Photographer Chicago - These photos are amazing. I love your style, clean, amazing composition and in same time a lot of emotions captured.  08.28.12 - 10:13am
DeVende Photography - Jasmine, love your style. Classy, clean, elegant. Strong work :)  08.26.12 - 4:21pm
Lucie Zeka - Awesome shots  08.24.12 - 4:07am
Natallia - LOVE the shoe shot!! )  08.23.12 - 4:27pm
Wedding Photographer Essex - Absolutely beautiful photographs, I love the B&W conversions.  08.20.12 - 11:55am
Christian Margain - Amazing as Always!!!!!  08.17.12 - 8:46pm
Tatiana Vargas - Great pictures!  08.14.12 - 2:27pm - L O V E this wedding Soo beautiful :)   08.12.12 - 5:31am
Becky Male - Beautiful. Your ring shots as ever provide me with inspiration! Love the sunset shots too.  08.11.12 - 2:20am
Patty Luna - Beautiful Couple!! <3 Great Job Jasmine!!  08.09.12 - 8:56pm
Missy - Your work is beautiful! You should consider submitting your wedding photography !  08.09.12 - 3:42pm
Haley Johnston - I love love LOVE this wedding! They are both beautiful people! Great job, Jasmine and JD!! :)   08.09.12 - 10:24am
Rose - Jasmine I love the post as always but I do have a technical question that has be haunting me at every single wedding that I shoot inside. How in the world do you get the inside photos to look so good without all the noise? I am really really struggling with this - so much so that I am considering not shooting any more weddings. You are always an inspiration to me.  08.09.12 - 6:03am
Shiraz Chanawala - These pictures are incredible. Many thanks for sharing and inspiring.   08.05.12 - 9:49am
Lisa P. - Great job as usual. I love the fact that you were able to capture unique moments when the bride was getting ready.  08.04.12 - 11:17pm
Ashley Christine - Love this! ::smiling from ear to ear:: =)  08.04.12 - 8:07pm
Surrey wedding photographer - As always Jasmine, stunning work. The Sunset images are beautiful, the light is so buttery. Will you be going for a Mk3 or have you already.? Take care, Andy.  08.04.12 - 7:14pm
Matthew Donahue - Jasmine! I am with everyone else in the post who are down on hands and knees saying, "please come back to Michigan and do a workshop." I would promote the heck out of it!!!! Keep rocking. Love your work!  08.03.12 - 11:23am
brittani - Jasmine, seriously.. You have such a great eye. love it.. and this wedding came out beautiful. gorgeous couple...   08.03.12 - 10:04am
Alaina Bos - I absolutely LOVE your sunset pics :) So glad the skies parted ways for you!! Where did you shoot this wedding? I'm from MI so I'm curious :)  08.03.12 - 7:34am
Cancun Studios - Amazing photography like always! Love the photo of them exiting as husband and wife! Keep smiling!  08.03.12 - 6:54am
khristina - o, jasmine. this was one of the best weddings i have EVER seen you do! i loved the wedding and your portraits bring it wonderfully! great job!!!  08.03.12 - 6:27am
Natashat @ Vintage Apple Photography - As I started to read your words about their love, my heart started to warm. This is my fav. love story so far.  08.03.12 - 5:38am
Xavier Swanton - I loved the photos which are naturally taken...  08.03.12 - 5:20am
Elizabeth - Yes, it did pour in Michigan the Friday before the wedding, we were in Saginaw and we got drenched. so happy you were able to enjoy Michigan, you should see the upper peninsula or the UP you would love it. My husband and I are moving there hopefully within a year I just love the Torch Lake area....gorgeous area. Glad MI did not disappoint you.  08.03.12 - 3:00am
nena - Unbelievable wedding and these photos are so beautiful it makes me jealous! :-)  08.02.12 - 10:53pm
Karie Murray - If you liked MI with all it's green, you'd LOVE a wedding here in the fall with all it's red, golds, and fiery oranges!   08.02.12 - 10:23pm
Tiffany - Please Jasmine!!! Please move to the Great Lakes, I would love you here! :o)  08.02.12 - 9:57pm
Linda B. - I just love how natural all of these photos look. They are all just breathtaking! I especially love the ring shot. Very cool.  08.02.12 - 7:04pm
Paula Franco FOTOGRAPHY - Beautiful wedding and great photos to remember it forever! Congratulations!!  08.02.12 - 6:54pm
Hailey - That first sunset photo is AMAZING!  08.02.12 - 5:49pm
LEOLAK - GORGE!! All of it!! What a hot couple too! You are welcomed to the Midwest ANY TIME!! I personally prefer Chicago as the first place for you to choose to move lol! :)   08.02.12 - 4:06pm
dali - You have some madd skills girlfriend. Absolutely love your work!   08.02.12 - 3:31pm
Dana Laymon - are they not the most beautiful couple you've ever seen?! I couldn't decide who was hotter. What a fabulous wedding and love their style (especially her hair!)!  08.02.12 - 2:58pm
Meredith - Incredibly beautiful, Jasmine! Hope you enjoyed your time in the Mitten State, You're welcome back anytime :) !  08.02.12 - 2:56pm
ashley goodwin - MAN I wish I had of done the horah at our wedding! Gorgeous! And those paper flowers are to DIE!  08.02.12 - 2:47pm
Gail - West Coast, Mid Coast, any coast, you can rock a wedding day, girl! BEAUTIFUL images (the sunset photos are divine!) And that backdrop for the reception was SO worth all of the hard work. STUNNING!   08.02.12 - 2:26pm
HeatherA - & Jesus too.... (totally made me smile) I just love you!!! Beautiful photos as always!   08.02.12 - 2:16pm
Natalie L. - wow beautiful as always!! quick question, did you use a white reflector for the gorgeous sunset photos! i love how they turned out! :)  08.02.12 - 1:52pm
Mariano - The detail shot of the ring is just amazing!  08.02.12 - 12:40pm
May - One word: Gorgeousness!  08.02.12 - 11:42am
AmyBinMI - I agree with Julia, come back to MI and do a workshop!! And doing weddings in MI is amazing in the summertime. Winter, not so much of course! But one thing about weddings in the mitten of MI is you can do a sunrise wedding on the eastern side and then head west for a sunset wedding in one day. How cool is that??  08.02.12 - 11:40am
ilona - i love how you capture the moments! great job!  08.02.12 - 11:26am
Jennifer - Beautiful pictures!!  08.02.12 - 11:17am
The New Diplomat's Wife - love those vintage suitcases!  08.02.12 - 11:14am
Aaron - Another great set! Thank you Jasmine.  08.02.12 - 11:02am
Rhema Faith - Goodness she is just adorable!! and they are so in love! I love all the greenery too!!  08.02.12 - 10:35am
Mark Potter - Jasmine, I love seeing you shoot in different places! It doesn't matter where you are, what the light is like, whether it's a church ceremony or outside, you always knock it out of the ballpark!! You are so freakin talented, that it's not even funny ;)  08.02.12 - 10:19am
B - Love it!  08.02.12 - 9:43am
Meghan - What beautiful, BEAUTIFUL photos, and a gorgeous couple...great job Jasmine!   08.02.12 - 9:36am
MiaS - Please tell Aunt Jill that I am in LOVE with her paper flowers!!  08.02.12 - 9:36am
Jessica vidmar photography - Nice work jasmine! Love the addition of the hora!!!  08.02.12 - 9:33am
Julia - It was very awesome hearing you were in Michigan, hopefully you stopped at 336 main for an awesome martini! You are one of my photography role models, so I really hope you and your husband loved the state enough to come back and do a workshop here. I would love that! Thanks for sharing!   08.02.12 - 9:32am
Misty Minna Photography - So glad you liked how green it was in MI. I'm sure the Mitten (and my home state) was glad to have you! Beautiful wedding as always!  08.02.12 - 9:27am
anouschka - So gorgeous!  08.02.12 - 9:18am
Jenni - I am so glad you were able to come to Michigan and experience the greatness of my beautiful state! Beautiful couple as always. It's great that you have natural models in all your wedding pics!   08.02.12 - 9:13am
Jennifer Bates - Gorgeous couple and gorgeous photography!  08.02.12 - 9:08am
Whitney Lane Arnett - I love your use of simple locations for portraits. So beautiful J*  08.02.12 - 9:03am
Lisa Thomas - OMG! I love that fact that you came to Michigan for a wedding! They were so lucky to book you for their fabulous day!! LOVE the photos of the two of them. Looks like such a magical day!  08.02.12 - 8:45am
Tina dela Rosa - Really beautiful! Lovely portraits!  08.02.12 - 8:31am
Janelle C - I loved this wedding!!! Her hair, dress and wedding is beautiful!!!!!   08.02.12 - 8:18am
Ashley Barnett - Jasmine, GIRL. These are divine. My top 5 favorite of yours ever. I feel like when you are put in a new place for a wedding you just shine!! And Jeremy and I have totally talked about including the Hora, jumping a broom, 13 course meals, glass smashing and basically any other awesome wedding traditions that make a wedding a PARTY :)  08.02.12 - 8:15am
Ernie E - Incredibly cool coverage of two guys totally in love! And thanks for explaining the challenges on getting Photo #10 from the top.  08.02.12 - 7:51am
Patty - Just BREATH TAKING!!! I check your blog everyday. :)  08.02.12 - 6:40am