06.11.11 – Lauren and Chandu – Inn at Bay Harbor (Bay Harbor, MI)

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In case you are wondering, Bay Harbor is in northern Michigan, north of Traverse City. It is in a sheltered bay on the south shore of the Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. It is on U.S. Route 31, with Petoskey, immediately adjacent to the east along the harbor. It is home to the upscale Inn at Bay Harbor, a Boyne Resort property. It is a jewel of a town, clean, quaint, beautiful.

I had been looking forward to Lauren and Chandu’s wedding for about a year, when I first was commissioned to be their photographer! Northern Michigan, along the Great Lakes, is as beautiful as anywhere in the United States! I have photographed several weddings in this pristine area and many other resort areas around the country, but I still get excited every time I get a chance to go tip of Michigan’s mitten! Lauren and Chandu’s wedding proved to be another unique opportunity. Their wedding would involve bringing two religious traditions, Christian and Hindu, together for a “fusion” wedding. The wedding, or weddings – I should say, took place at the beautiful Inn at Bay Harbor. The day would include three catered meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two ceremonies. The celebration of the Hindu tradition took place in the morning, followed by a lunch, changing from Indian to traditional American outfits for the afternoon Christian ceremony.

My team (David Yarnall – second photographer, and my assistant – Michael Iavasile) and I arrived on Friday evening to meet the couple and to make sure we had a good nights sleep. Saturday’s start time began at 8am to capture photos of the couple getting ready for the Hindu ceremony. We learned quickly that plans had been altered due to rain. Both ceremonies were to take place outside along the scenic coastline, peering out at Lake Michigan. The first ceremony was moved inside, which was probably for the best. Even without rain, upper Michigan can be quite chilly in the mornings. Fortunately, the rain stopped and with the warmer afternoon temperatures, the guests enjoyed a beautiful second ceremony outdoors, as Lauren and Chandu reaffirmed their nuptial vows to one another. The celebration continued back inside the hotel for dinner and toasts, and dancing followed inside a tent that was set up just outside the doors from the dining room. I would be remiss if I did not mention Lauren and Chandu’s videographer, Alex, owner and videographer, of Fifth and Main Productions. We work together a handful of times each wedding season. Every time I get the chance to work with him and his team, I know the wedding day is going to go perfectly! We work together and understand each others’ styles so well and this wedding proved to be no exception!

In addition to Fifth and Main Productions, this beautiful wedding could not have been the success it was without the following five star vendors teaming together:

Ami Klykken, Wedding Event Coordinator of the Inn at Bay Harbor
Roma Sposa – Lauren’s gorgeous dress
Gretel Stecker of Amazing Cakes
Mirchi Indian Cuisine
Kathleen King – Presbyterian Minister
Trillium Strings – Ceremony Musicians
Jennifer Haf of Bloom for floral
Bhumika Mistry of Art of Mehendi
Jos. A. Banks for men’s tuxedos

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