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

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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