Amidst the golden hues of a sun-soaked summer day, Emily and Jamie orchestrated a stunning lakeside wedding at the charming Loeks Retreat Center in West Olive, MI.
The couple’s celebration was a perfect blend of style, joy, and laid-back laughter, surrounded by the picturesque beauty of Lake Michigan. From the heartfelt vows exchanged on the deck by the water to the enchanting sunset dancing, every moment was infused with love and togetherness.
As I witnessed Emily and Jamie throughout their special day, I couldn’t help but admire how effortlessly they stayed present and relaxed. They really GET each other. They really GROUND each other. As the bubbles floated in the breeze, I was reminded of life’s fleeting nature and the significance of these cherished summer nights.
The Loeks Retreat Center at Camp Blodgett provided the perfect backdrop for this intimate wedding. (Check out their website for a digital tour and the chance to clear your event date!) Nestled by the lake, the venue boasts a stunning deck overlooking Lake Michigan, a glassed-in porch, and a cozy lodge for guests to stay. The facility offers an idyllic setting for intimate gatherings, allowing couples to exchange vows against the breathtaking backdrop of the water. In the words of an old proverb, “A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” For Emily and Jamie, the lake is a symbol of their journey—a place where they found solace and deeper connection.
As their photographer and a neutral party, can I just say–aren’t these two stunning? And I love their humor and laid-back vibe together.
If you’re dreaming of a lakeside wedding like Emily and Jamie’s, I’d be honored to be part of your special day. Check your wedding date availability with Chantal Elise Photography using the contact form (https://chantalelise.com/contact/) or simply reach out via text/call (231) 203-3360. Let’s create beautiful memories together, just like we did with this stunning couple.
Love is a journey, and a wedding is a monumental step. Emily and Jamie’s love story by the lake reminds us all that love is meant to be celebrated and cherished, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the warmth of loved ones. Cheers to a lifetime of love and adventure for this incredible couple and all the other love stories waiting to unfold by the water’s edge!