Ten years following their wedding in the Domican Republic, Elssy and Brian decided to exchange their vows at Ste Annes Church on Mackinac Island. Inviting Brian's parents and of course involving their 2 wonderful children, we took off for a perfect day of fun, photos and freedom!
Having the freedom to do this again, without the pressure of 10 years before, made for lots of smiles, laughter and beautiful photos.
Grand Hotel supplied the amazing honeymoon suite, and the colorful Geranium Bar was the setting of their reception. The beautiful flowers were designed by Grand Hotel's Margaret's Garden.
A private carriage from Mackinac Island Carriage Tours picked up the bride, groom and family from Grand Hotel. It was a great time as I rode my bicycle, hailing the carriage to stop at several unique and beautiful locations for photos, as we made our way to the church. The August weather was perfect...not too warm and certainly not too cool.
A simple ceremony at Ste Anne's Church united the couple in a Catholic Ceremony, having not been able to do this 10 years prior, everyone was exuberant as they knew that the nuptials were done right this time.
Grand Hotel's "bus" arrived to take them all back to the Grand, and this carriage is rarely used for weddings, I quickly took out several lens to capture this interesting carriage with the family smiling in delight.
Back to the Grand Hotel, cake and champagne toasts to the couple and the family, and a delightful dinner in the main dining room and a dip in the Terrace Room ended our time together.
Weddings on Mackinac are so unique...sometimes it is the perfect place to do it all again, in the style you have dreamed of!