Michigan Wedding : Breanne + Dan


She secretly surprised him up with a surfing excursion on their honeymoon…and then nominated herself for The Best Wife Award. She’d been a wife for one full day, but Breanne was already on a winning streak with Dan. Having been together for so many years, they’ve learned to understand the ebb and flow of their love much how the ocean kisses the coast. Together they pull others into their joy and share their love and happiness in equal parts.

During the wedding ceremony, the couple expressed their desire to be the best. The best versions of themselves, but, moreso, open to becoming even better. Surrounded by hundreds of friends and family, Breanne and Dan could see they had the support to make this happen.

Their love is somewhat circular in that Breanne loves Dan –> Dan loves the ocean –> Breanne surprises Dan with the things he loves –> Dan falls more in love with Breanne. If becoming the best version of oneself is to always think of another, they’re well on their way to a life full of happiness.

Dan and Breanne (BRE!!!)…thank you for the honor of capturing your wedding day in Michigan. Being there was full confirmation that are paths were supposed to cross and I feel incredibly lucky to have played a small part in a truly amazing day. I appreciated your friends, family, and loved ones who made us feel like we belonged in the inner circle and it was a day I’ll never forget (especially the power of your prayers to move clouds in the sky…amen). Much Love and Appreciation… j*

Breanne has impeccable taste, so when she told me she planned to wear a lace dress, I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. Her Watters wedding dress was stunning and when she slipped into a pair of Badgley Mischka heels, Breanne was a vision…

Breanne is a trained dancer, so the afternoon was spent on her toes…in a happy dance…

Oh, Breanne…just go on…

I lovedlovedloved the bridesmaids and the special bond they shared…

And Dan was quite the dapper groom…him against the gorgeous Michigan greenery was something I could get used to photographing! 😉

Breanne and Dan opted to see each other before the ceremony for a First Look and I couldn’t have been happier…his reaction to see his bride was so sweet (and can be seen in the slideshow), but what really got me was his constant attention to his gorgeous bride…he couldn’t take his eyes off her!

One thing that was particularly nerve-wracking element to the day was the bright sun…the day before the wedding it poured (no, really, the Detroit airport was closed due to flooding), but the sun made up for lost time on Saturday. We worked around areas of the church and I’m quite happy with this photo because while the couple looks in love, it doesn’t reveal we were adjacent to the parking lot! 😉

If every wedding in Michigan looks like this, I’m moving toward the GREAT LAKES! 😉

Walking down the aisle with one handsome man (and Jesus, too)…

…and walking up the aisle with another handsome man at her side…

There were so many personal details to the wedding reception but a special shout out to Aunt Jill who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the day flowed smoothly. I asked Aunt Jill if she wanted a new niece, but if it required her to assemble one more handmade paper flower, she might not accept my proposal. And, yes, Breanne and Jill made all those paper flowers for the wedding.

After the First Dance, Breanne and Dan requested photos at sunset, and I was more than happy to oblige…

Breanne and Dan know how to throw one heck of a party. So much so, they added the Hora to their reception timeline…they’re not Jewish, but they’re all about bending the rules, having fun, and making traditions of their own…

To see more of Breanne and Dan’s Michigan wedding, feel free to CLICK HERE for slideshow or you can watch it here with Hannah Miller music provided byThe Music Bed:

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  1. Patty

    August 2nd, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Just BREATH TAKING!!! I check your blog everyday. 🙂

  2. Ernie E

    August 2nd, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Incredibly cool coverage of two guys totally in love! And thanks for explaining the challenges on getting Photo #10 from the top.

  3. Ashley Barnett

    August 2nd, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Jasmine, GIRL. These are divine. My top 5 favorite of yours ever. I feel like when you are put in a new place for a wedding you just shine!! And Jeremy and I have totally talked about including the Hora, jumping a broom, 13 course meals, glass smashing and basically any other awesome wedding traditions that make a wedding a PARTY 🙂

  4. Janelle C

    August 2nd, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I loved this wedding!!! Her hair, dress and wedding is beautiful!!!!!

  5. Tina dela Rosa

    August 2nd, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Really beautiful! Lovely portraits!

  6. Lisa Thomas

    August 2nd, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    OMG! I love that fact that you came to Michigan for a wedding! They were so lucky to book you for their fabulous day!! LOVE the photos of the two of them. Looks like such a magical day!

  7. Whitney Lane Arnett

    August 2nd, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I love your use of simple locations for portraits. So beautiful J*

  8. Jennifer Bates

    August 2nd, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Gorgeous couple and gorgeous photography!

  9. Jenni

    August 2nd, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I am so glad you were able to come to Michigan and experience the greatness of my beautiful state! Beautiful couple as always. It’s great that you have natural models in all your wedding pics!

  10. anouschka

    August 2nd, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    So gorgeous!

  11. Misty Minna Photography

    August 2nd, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    So glad you liked how green it was in MI. I’m sure the Mitten (and my home state) was glad to have you! Beautiful wedding as always!

  12. Julia

    August 2nd, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    It was very awesome hearing you were in Michigan, hopefully you stopped at 336 main for an awesome martini!

    You are one of my photography role models, so I really hope you and your husband loved the state enough to come back and do a workshop here. I would love that!

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Jessica vidmar photography

    August 2nd, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Nice work jasmine! Love the addition of the hora!!!

  14. MiaS

    August 2nd, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Please tell Aunt Jill that I am in LOVE with her paper flowers!!

  15. Meghan

    August 2nd, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    What beautiful, BEAUTIFUL photos, and a gorgeous couple…great job Jasmine!

  16. B

    August 2nd, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Love it!

  17. Mark Potter

    August 2nd, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Jasmine, I love seeing you shoot in different places! It doesn’t matter where you are, what the light is like, whether it’s a church ceremony or outside, you always knock it out of the ballpark!! You are so freakin talented, that it’s not even funny 😉

  18. Rhema Faith

    August 2nd, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Goodness she is just adorable!! and they are so in love! I love all the greenery too!!

  19. Aaron

    August 2nd, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Another great set! Thank you Jasmine.

  20. The New Diplomat's Wife

    August 2nd, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    love those vintage suitcases!

  21. Jennifer

    August 2nd, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!

  22. ilona

    August 2nd, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    i love how you capture the moments! great job!

  23. AmyBinMI

    August 2nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I agree with Julia, come back to MI and do a workshop!! And doing weddings in MI is amazing in the summertime. Winter, not so much of course! But one thing about weddings in the mitten of MI is you can do a sunrise wedding on the eastern side and then head west for a sunset wedding in one day. How cool is that??

  24. May

    August 2nd, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    One word: Gorgeousness!

  25. Mariano

    August 2nd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    The detail shot of the ring is just amazing!

  26. Natalie L.

    August 2nd, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    wow beautiful as always!! quick question, did you use a white reflector for the gorgeous sunset photos! i love how they turned out! 🙂

  27. HeatherA

    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    & Jesus too…. (totally made me smile) I just love you!!!
    Beautiful photos as always!

  28. Gail

    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    West Coast, Mid Coast, any coast, you can rock a wedding day, girl! BEAUTIFUL images (the sunset photos are divine!) And that backdrop for the reception was SO worth all of the hard work. STUNNING!

  29. ashley goodwin

    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    MAN I wish I had of done the horah at our wedding! Gorgeous! And those paper flowers are to DIE!

  30. Meredith

    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Incredibly beautiful, Jasmine!
    Hope you enjoyed your time in the Mitten State, You’re welcome back anytime 🙂 !

  31. Dana Laymon

    August 2nd, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    are they not the most beautiful couple you’ve ever seen?! I couldn’t decide who was hotter. What a fabulous wedding and love their style (especially her hair!)!

  32. dali

    August 2nd, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    You have some madd skills girlfriend. Absolutely love your work!

  33. LEOLAK

    August 2nd, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    GORGE!! All of it!! What a hot couple too! You are welcomed to the Midwest ANY TIME!! I personally prefer Chicago as the first place for you to choose to move lol! 🙂

  34. Hailey

    August 3rd, 2012 at 12:49 am

    That first sunset photo is AMAZING!

  35. Paula Franco FOTOGRAPHY

    August 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Beautiful wedding and great photos to remember it forever! Congratulations!!

  36. Linda B.

    August 3rd, 2012 at 2:04 am

    I just love how natural all of these photos look. They are all just breathtaking! I especially love the ring shot. Very cool.

  37. Tiffany

    August 3rd, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Please Jasmine!!! Please move to the Great Lakes, I would love you here! :o)

  38. Karie Murray

    August 3rd, 2012 at 5:23 am

    If you liked MI with all it’s green, you’d LOVE a wedding here in the fall with all it’s red, golds, and fiery oranges!

  39. nena

    August 3rd, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Unbelievable wedding and these photos are so beautiful it makes me jealous! 🙂

  40. Elizabeth

    August 3rd, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Yes, it did pour in Michigan the Friday before the wedding, we were in Saginaw and we got drenched. so happy you were able to enjoy Michigan, you should see the upper peninsula or the UP you would love it. My husband and I are moving there hopefully within a year I just love the Torch Lake area….gorgeous area. Glad MI did not disappoint you.

  41. Xavier Swanton

    August 3rd, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I loved the photos which are naturally taken…

  42. Natashat @ Vintage Apple Photography

    August 3rd, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    As I started to read your words about their love, my heart started to warm.
    This is my fav. love story so far.

  43. khristina

    August 3rd, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    o, jasmine. this was one of the best weddings i have EVER seen you do! i loved the wedding and your portraits bring it wonderfully! great job!!!

  44. Cancun Studios

    August 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Amazing photography like always! Love the photo of them exiting as husband and wife!
    Keep smiling!

  45. Alaina Bos

    August 3rd, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your sunset pics 🙂 So glad the skies parted ways for you!! Where did you shoot this wedding? I’m from MI so I’m curious 🙂

  46. brittani

    August 3rd, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Jasmine, seriously.. You have such a great eye. love it.. and this wedding came out beautiful. gorgeous couple…

  47. Matthew Donahue

    August 3rd, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Jasmine! I am with everyone else in the post who are down on hands and knees saying, "please come back to Michigan and do a workshop." I would promote the heck out of it!!!! Keep rocking. Love your work!

  48. Surrey wedding photographer

    August 5th, 2012 at 2:14 am

    As always Jasmine, stunning work.
    The Sunset images are beautiful, the light is so buttery.
    Will you be going for a Mk3 or have you already.?
    Take care,

  49. Ashley Christine

    August 5th, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Love this! ::smiling from ear to ear:: =)

  50. Lisa P.

    August 5th, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Great job as usual. I love the fact that you were able to capture unique moments when the bride was getting ready.

  51. Shiraz Chanawala

    August 5th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    These pictures are incredible. Many thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  52. Rose

    August 9th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Jasmine I love the post as always but I do have a technical question that has be haunting me at every single wedding that I shoot inside. How in the world do you get the inside photos to look so good without all the noise? I am really really struggling with this – so much so that I am considering not shooting any more weddings.
    You are always an inspiration to me.

  53. Haley Johnston

    August 9th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I love love LOVE this wedding! They are both beautiful people! Great job, Jasmine and JD!! 🙂

  54. Missy

    August 9th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Your work is beautiful! You should consider submitting your wedding photography !

  55. Patty Luna

    August 10th, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Beautiful Couple!! <3 Great Job Jasmine!!

  56. Becky Male

    August 11th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Beautiful. Your ring shots as ever provide me with inspiration! Love the sunset shots too.

  57. www.sorrentoweddings.com.au

    August 12th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    L O V E this wedding Soo beautiful 🙂

  58. Tatiana Vargas

    August 14th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Great pictures!

  59. Christian Margain

    August 18th, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Amazing as Always!!!!!

  60. Wedding Photographer Essex

    August 20th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photographs, I love the B&W conversions.

  61. Natallia

    August 23rd, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    LOVE the shoe shot!! )

  62. Lucie Zeka

    August 24th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Awesome shots

  63. DeVende Photography

    August 26th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Jasmine, love your style. Classy, clean, elegant. Strong work 🙂

  64. Wedding Photographer Chicago

    August 28th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    These photos are amazing. I love your style, clean, amazing composition and in same time a lot of emotions captured.

  65. Fred

    August 28th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Natural & sweet shots. Love ’em.

  66. Dotun

    August 29th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    very nice coverage

  67. Ashvin Ghisyawan

    September 4th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Great wedding again Jasmine. Kind regards,

    Ashvin Ghisyawan