Marquette is a breathtaking place anytime of the year — it has miles of Lake Superior shoreline, a welcoming and charming downtown, and boundless accessible nature. But when it comes to the season of winter, Marquette is truly spectacular. Nothing quite beats a blanket of freshly fallen snow on our fresh coast, a windchill that hovers just above zero, and that lose-your-breath-when-you-step-outside feeling. Sure, 150 inches of annual snowfall may seem daunting to some, but to Yoopers (those who reside in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula), the snow isn’t something you have to endure, it’s something you get to embrace.
Though most Upper Peninsula residents have some level of appreciation for the snow, the recreation opportunities it affords, and the season of winter in general (it does take over our region for nearly 5 months after all!), not everyone is willing to schedule their wedding in a month where the average temperature is 20 degrees. Saying “I do” at the beginning of January in this Northern town takes a special, adventurous and incredibly close couple who is prepared to put their relationship first, make decisions that suit them, and who isn’t afraid of the challenges life may present them. Emily and Josh were one of the bold couples who exchanged their vows in the midst of a U.P. winter this year, and I am incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to photograph their special day.
Emily and Josh are two of the sweetest and most genuine people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I had the opportunity to meet the bride and groom several months before their wedding at The Crib, a local coffee house that they frequent. At our first meeting, the amount of love and respect they had for one another was so evident, and I felt instantly at ease with their welcoming and approachable personalities.
On the day of the couple’s wedding, they were surrounded by their family and community of friends. Emily wore a classic, form-fitting white gown, accented with a beautiful wrap that provided warmth in the cold January air. Her bridesmaids were in a dusty blue hue and carried bouquets of greenery that the bride personally assembled. Josh and his groomsmen were in classic gray suites that looked so crisp against the white snow, and they adorned handmade boutonnières that coordinated with the bouquets and decor.
From their first look where they were able to spend some time alone prior to becoming husband and wife, to their wedding ceremony in the church where they met, to their wedding reception at Barrel + Beam, every aspect of Emily and Josh’s wedding day was intimate and personal. It was thoughtful, sincere and most certainly memorable, both for me and for all of the guests who joined. Emily and Josh – thank you for allowing me to photograph your wedding day. I hope your shared faith and love for one another continue to grow with each new adventure, and I wish you my very best in your new chapter as a married couple!