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Lansing wedding: Jessica & Christian

7.2.19 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

I was super pumped to shoot this wedding because the couple is not only super gorgeous but they’re also super nice and have great attitudes, which came in handy because things definitely did not go their way on their wedding day but they kept the best attitudes about it. Not only did they have a frustrating issue with the church they originally booked causing them to have to change to a different one, but Jess’ hopes for an outdoor sunny wedding fell through as dark storm clouds loomed just before the start of the ceremony.

They started the ceremony 10 minutes early in hopes of getting it in before the rain started, but the sky opened up and started pouring during their ceremony and umbrellas did little to keep anyone dry. It was all quite chaotic, but in my opinion, it was wonderfully unique and beautiful. I loved how the best man held an umbrella above the couple, the guests remained in their wet seats to see the vows rather than taking shelter indoors, and the outpouring of emotion and hugs right after the ceremony was more amazing than usual. And somehow, despite being totally rained on, Jess still looked perfect.

Their officiate orchestrated everything remarkably well and regrouped everyone indoors so they could say all of the things they had hoped to say during their ceremony. It was as if they had two ceremonies, each wonderful in their own way, and definitely memorable. And their reception was awesome as well.

Their venue, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center provided a white modern blank slate for them to decorate, and decorate they did! The soft tones of the flowers by Michael B. Anthony Floral & Event Design were absolute perfection, matching perfectly to the succulents Jessica and her mother placed themselves. Bella e Dolce did an incredible job with the traditional cake, while Designed by Daddy Custom Cakery created such a cool groom’s cake made into a golf bag (he played golf for the University of Indiana). The evening was filled with beautiful moments, Jess' dad gave an adorable toast, and Christian played a song on the piano for Jess just before their first dance.

Kudos to Touch of Elegance Events & Designs for doing such a great job on the planning (along with Jess’ mom who I know did a ton of work), and congratulations to this wonderful couple!

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