Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Our Fall Wedding featured in the Traverse City Record Eagle.

Purcell Photography was fortunate to be a part of the wedding celebration for Diane and Andy at the Traverse City Resort on October 6th.

And as if luck would have it, we got a call the following Monday from the local Newspaper about doing an interview for Fall Weddings. We then told the reporter that we had just photographed a spectacular wedding the past Saturday and had many great photos. We sent a photo to them that we thought captured the ambiance of the day and they loved it!!

Fall is a perfect time to get married in Northern Michigan. With great weather and beautiful fall colors, the 55th Hole, nestled among the turning trees at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa made a perfect ceremony site.

Diane and Andy were a great couple to spend the day with...they did not stop smiling the whole day and seemed to enjoy every minute of their celebration.

Diane chose fall colors through out her wedding, carrying a beautiful bouquet of deep maroon,reds and orange leafs. Fall fruits such as apples and baby pumpkins decorated the Michigan Ballroom at the resort where the reception was held.

Andy and Dianne had a truly memorable day. Thank you for letting Purcell Photgraphy be part of it.

Cathy, BlogMaster

To view a slide show of the wedding double click the Play button.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Recent wedding in Traverse City

Purcell Photography recently photographed a beautiful event at Timberlee Resort, the wedding of Amanda & Mike. The reception was later held at the Park Place Hotel.

Best Wishes to a great couple.

Click below to view a slide show of the event.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

A Castle Wedding!

On June 24th Purcell Photography joined Crystal and Dan as they said their vows at Charlevoix's Castle Farms. Castle Farms is a very unique venue for a wedding. It was originally built as a dairy farm, and has been many things over the years, even a concert venue for such groups as Aerosmith and Ozzy Osborne. Today, after extensive renovations, it offers couples the opportunity to get married at a medival castle.

Dan and Crystal came from southern Michigan to have such a wedding. The beautiful Knights Courtyard was the setting for the outside ceremony. With help from her attendants, big and small, the bride prepared for her ceremony. The couple exchanged their vows under a stone arch that leads to one of the many towers.

Guests were treated to a cocktail hour on the courtyard lawn and we used this area for shots of our bride and groom and many of the wedding guests. The reception was held in the adjacent Knights Hall. With its stone work and high timbers, you never lose the feeling of being in a castle.

After enjoying dinner the guests helped the couple celebrate their marriage with their first dance, then everyone enjoyed an evening of dancing and entertainment at the Castle.

As always, our very best to Crystal and Dan.

~~~ Cathy, Purcell Photography

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Is June 7, 2008 your wedding date? 6-7-08

This is the big date for 2008. If your wedding is planned for this date, you will want to secure your vendors as soon as possible. Don't wait, check out traverse city weddings and make plans to visit with these vendors.

Friday, July 6, 2007

A romantic spot on Lake Michigan!

Purcell Photography got back on the road and traveled to north Emmett County on June 16th.

Wilderness State Park, located in northern Michigan, takes in a large area of forest and Lake Michigan shoreline. This rustic setting was the site that Shannon and Brent choose for their beach wedding on June 16th. The weather was just ideal for a beach wedding.

The guests followed a sandy path through the trees, down to the beach where the couple had set up their ceremony site. With a quartet playing the bride and her father walked down an aisle lined with seashells to meet her groom.

After the ceremony, guests traveled to the Historic Bay View Hotel which was built in 1886. It is located in the Historic Landmark District of Petosky.

This location provided us with beautiful views of Little Traverse Bay and was a perfect setting for photos of family and our wedding party.

After dinner we escorted the bride and groom from the banquet room to take shots as the sun started to set. This gave the bride and groom a much needed break, and us an opportunity for some great photos.

The rest of the evening was devoted to just having lots of fun. One of the highlights of the night was the father-daughter dance where dad showed he could still cut a rug!!

Our best to Shannon and Brent.

~~~Cathy, Purcell Photography Blogmaster

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

True Story . . . The True Value of Video

We had something like this happen to us a few years ago, when a family lost their daughter, sister, friend, grand daughter, today that wedding video is worth so much more.

This touched me so much, I got permission to reprint & share it. This was from a few weeks ago in its entirety. The company that shared this operates on the East Coast.

You never know who you will impact or when. Let me tell you a true story. Four years ago I sent an unsolicited email to a potential bride. I know I was wrong and I don't do that sort of thing now - but that was then. The bride calls me to ask me to remove her from my email list - I was super friendly and apologetic - we actually talked for over an hour we clicked so well. I talked her into coming in - she booked us to cover her wedding. At the time I was also toying with photography and she volunteered to be my guinea pig and photograph her wedding as well. She loved all we did for her that day. We grew closer, her and her husband and me and mine became close - dinner, dancing, movies, bowling - friend stuff.

Two years later we asked them to be a part of our bridal party when Rob and I renewed our wedding vows and we had a big ole wedding.

Last year they had their first child a baby girl.

Today I get a call from my friends husband telling me that his wife is dying. She has about a week to ten days he says. They didn't tell anybody (friends) because she didn't want her friends to feel sorry for her and to watch her wither away - it all started about 3 months ago. Today I am told she asked for us.

Her husband in tears says "we value your friendship so much. I wouldn't trade it for the world. But it's what you did for us on our wedding day being our videographers that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Because of you, my daughter will see and know her mother. Because of the video I thought I could not afford, Olivia will hear her mothers voice. Her memories will be forged with your video".

My God, I lost it. Sometimes we get caught up in the business of being in business. Climbing ladders that don't matter, or trying to be at the top. Today I realized that what we do with video cannot be be measured with a price tag or a plaque on the wall. It's value is in the legacy's we protect everyday - and we don't even realize it.

My heart is breaking. But I know that what I did four years ago for a woman who didn't even want me emailing her, is the priceless gift she gave to her child.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Events By The Bay Goes Tropical!

Believe us, Events By The Bay believes Northern Michigan is one of the most beautiful places on the planet for a white wedding...and many couples agree with us as long as the "white" means the color of the dress and not the foot of snow on the ground! While Winter Wonderland Weddings are a magical event, the fact remains that the wedding business in Northern Michigan drops off dramatically come late fall and into the following winter months. Therefore, Events By The Bay has GONE TROPICAL!

We are thrilled to introduce Events By The Bay - Florida! Please visit our web site - - for details on our Sweet and Simple Ceremony Package offered on the sugar sand beaches of Anna Maria Island and at a variety of lakeside and tropical garden settings in the Orlando area. kick things off in style, Events By The Bay presents an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be married at exclusive Bella Collina near Orlando on 07/07/07 - the luckiest date of the century! Only 7 couples will be able to take advantage of this special engagement...and, while time is of the essence, there are still a couple spots remaining and still time to get a Florida Marriage License. With that said...don't delay! Visit and click on the Bella Collina link for more details.

So, whether you choose Northern Michigan or one of two great locations in Florida, always choose Events By The Bay!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

7-7-07 Big day for weddings?

July 7, 2007 must be one of the biggest days in history for a wedding. A lot of couples must of had the same idea in selecting a date of 7-7-07. There are 38,000 weddings scheduled in the US for that day. We can probably forcast the plans of a lot of people on that day, are you attending a wedding?

Friday, June 8, 2007

Memorial Weekend Peninsula Wedding

On May 26th Purcell Photography traveled to Mapleton on Old Mission Peninsula. Our couple, Kristy and Joe, planned a wedding that was rich in local history and landmarks. The ceremony was at St. Joseph's Mapleton Catholic Church.

After the ceremony the wedding party traveled to the Old Mission Lighthouse photos. This landmark, with its unique beach setting, is one of our favorite sites to visit when we have a wedding on the peninsula.

The couple chose another historical landmark for their reception, Bowers Harbor Inn. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the front patio area that incorporated wonderful views of the bay and the beautiful grounds .

The Bride and Groom received their guests in the backyard of the Inn under a large , beautifully decorated tent. Beneath the tent, guests were protected from the rain that finally came that evening. Everyone gathered around the couple for the cutting of their very impressive cake. Later our Groom and his groomsmen serenaded our lovely bride to music provided by Aardvark Sound.
~~Cathy,Purcell Photography BlogMaster

Monday, June 4, 2007

Happy Anniversary Kyle & Emily!

One year ago today, TV 7&4 held their dream wedding promotion which selected Traverse City Weddings as the official vendors for the dream wedding. The wedding took place on the Tall Ship Manitou set asail on West Grand Traverse Bay. The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. The weather couldn't have been nicer, mid 70's and lots of sunshine.

Photos by Purcell Photography.

Below is a Highlight Trailer Produced by Bay Area Video.