Northern Michigan is where Kara and Matt’s friendship grew stronger, their hearts grew fonder, and life became much better because of both. Deciding to get married in Petoskey was a natural choice as they knew it would capture the beauty they love and turn their wedding day into a memory that would last forever. And with photography by Dan Stewart Photography, the beauty was captured indeed!
Matt and Kara were full of emotions the morning of the big day. Kara spent the time with her mom and bridesmaids, who helped take her mind off of everything for a little while. But, Kara found herself in tears every time she thought about how long she had dreamed of the day; the day her father would give her away, and the day she had imagined since she was little.
When the nerves faded away the day began to set in, Kara and Matt found themselves in the happiest moment of their lives. Following the ceremony, Matt and Kara embarked on a magical boat ride to their reception. As soon as they were on the boat, popping champagne, and enjoying a break from the busy day, they settled right into relaxation and pure joy. Looking into each other’s eyes, and soaking in all that had just happened. Kara was ecstatic when their first dance was the most fun and “love-filled” dance of her life. She and Matt had plans to rehearse something special but didn’t have time. However, when they began, their feet fell into harmony, and it was as if Matt had twirled her a thousand times. Their energetic, magical, and romantic day was nothing short of extraordinary.
From the bride:
“My dad couldn’t even look at me at first trying to fight back the tears, and when he did, I melted. As we started walking and I was able to take in the beautiful church, the sound of the bagpipes, and the faces of all the people I love most, I found myself beaming and couldn’t be happier.”
“I loved the first look as we were both incredibly wound up with nerves, but the moment we saw each other, they all seemed to melt away. ”Matt and Kara’s whole day was full of special moments like their first look, walking down the aisle, and arriving at their reception by boat! After reading their vows to each other, there was a new level of excitement and love that made them more than ready to say “I do.”
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Photographer: Dan Stewart Photography | Reception Venue: Bay Harbor Yacht Club | Shoes: Mischka Badgley | Floral Designer: Monarch Garden and Floral | Cake Designer: Simply Sweet by Jessica | Dress Designer: Tadashi Shoji | Band: The Groove Party | Hair Stylist: Vogue Salon | Submitted via Two Bright Lights