Another week, another blog recap! We are getting closer to rounding out my incredible 2019 weddings with Jackie & Charlie’s Frederik Meijer Gardens fall wedding! Frederik Meijer Gardens is a photographer’s dream to shoot at! With so many meticulously landscaped areas, both inside and out, it’s the perfect setting for any event! And Jackie & Charlie’s day was no exception! They had a few favorite spots picked out, but for sure knew they wanted to have their first look in the arid garden! I was so excited for this, because I love the southwestern vibe all of the succulents, cacti, and grasses give the room! Their ceremony took place under the breathtaking Chihuly chandelier, and was also the perfect backdrop to their reception! Scroll through below to check out their beautiful day!
Jackie and her girls got ready together at a nearby hotel. Wedding day tip: rent a large suite like Jackie did so there is extra clean space for getting dressed!
Jackie’s flats were SO cute! I told her to leave them on around me or they might go missing ????
Meanwhile the guys were in another room. Check out Charlie’s super cool Batman cufflinks! I love personal touches like this!
A good wedding party should always have your back!
I love the rocky archway, which leads from one area of the garden to the next!
This is one of my favorites from the whole day!
My second shooter caught the guys skipping on the way to the portrait spot!
Even when I first met with Jackie, she knew she HAD to get her wedding party in front of the horse!
Since their wedding was in the middle of October, the colors were nearing peak brightness!
Thanks to my second shooter for nabbing this behind the scenes shot…keep scrolling to see the result!
As much as I loved the southwestern vibe of the arid gardens, I was near TEARS when we got to the tropical conservatory! It was so warm and lush!
Look at how excited Charlie is to marry the love of his life!
Jackie & Charlie made their table numbers out of Legos – that were actually kits that turned into little cars or monsters!
Even their cake topper had Legos on it!