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Justine Montigny is a wedding and portrait photographer living in the Midwest.

Intimate Low Key Wedding at Watervale Inn

Intimate Low Key Wedding at Watervale Inn

I spent six hours with Lydia and Ben and their guests at a 100+ year old summer resort situated on a lake next to Lake Michigan.

It was an idyllic Northern day - windy, sunny, somehow foggy, toasty, chilly. Flowers were arranged by family and friends (peep the hummingbird that zipped into the frame and sampled from the arch arrangement). Dinner was informal, but special. Everybody was seated at an intimate table, split across several different rooms inside the inn. The party later moved into a minimally decorated hall a short walk down the road, where people gathered around for toasts and dancing.

We ended our time by zipping out on a golf cart lovingly titled Party Bus to Lake Michigan, experiencing intense winds and moody skies. Lydia and Ben skipped around the dunes without my prompt and I just stood back and documented it all. After, we revisited the long dock stretching out in front of the Inn where the day began and said our goodbyes. I left for my car, they left for their party.

This is the type of celebration I feel most at home in - when people are really connected to their location and let the space speak for itself. When things are done a bit more intuitively and not preoccupied with a formal timeline. It was six hours of coverage, but full of so many beautiful, moving moments. I had a hard time culling down, so have just decided to jam pack this post with images. Each one is dear to me.

Enjoy.

Venue: Watervale Inn in Arcadia, Michigan
Lydia's Attire: Tara Lauren
Ben's Attire: Bonobos
Flowers: Sourced from Ball Park Floral and Victoria's Floral
Summery Portraits on the Dunes of Lake Michigan

Summery Portraits on the Dunes of Lake Michigan

Anniversary Portraits at Dusk in Nichols Arboretum

Anniversary Portraits at Dusk in Nichols Arboretum