Petoskey, Michigan | Fall Wedding at Stafford's Bay View Inn | Leeanna + Colin

staffords-inn-petoskey-michigan-fall-wedding (62).jpg

Leeanna and Colin’s wedding at Stafford’s Bay View Inn in Petoskey, Michigan was such a beautiful and intimate day. We got SO LUCKY that the weather turned out pretty decent for an October wedding; the rain held off for the ceremony but was still a little chilly. You might remember them from their engagement session in the spring, we met up in Charlevoix for a beautiful beach session full of Petoskey stone hunting!

I asked Leeanna about how her and Colin met, “I was supposed to move into his house full of roommates. I didn't end up moving and we just kind of fell into place with each other. I can't remember if we had a true first date but I think we could render Colin's brother's wedding as our first date!”

She then went on and told me about how Colin proposed to her, “We planned a trip with another couple to Traverse City. We were going to go stone hunting but Traverse City really doesn't have a rocky beach. As we were driving by on the way to the hotel, I had said I can tell there aren't any rocks on that beach, I don't want to go. We went to the hotel and everyone convinced me that I really needed to go to the beach and check it out since we were here. Since we had our friends with us, I obliged and we went down to the beach. We were all looking for stones for quite some time because there are no stones on that beach, Colin called me over and said he had found a big one. When I went over there he turned around and was on his knee and proposed. It is so me to have almost ruined his proposal!”

Colin’s brother in law officiated the ceremony, under the arch that Leeanna had been talking to me about for AGES! She wanted a circular arch, and she found such a beautiful one. During their ceremony did a rock ceremony where they placed Petoskey stones in with a succulent. After the ceremony we headed took a big group photo of everyone who attended the wedding and went into bride and groom portraits. Leeanna and Colin always know how to have fun with portraits and just make me laugh, it’s always a blast with them and of course they were happy that the stress of the day was over. After portraits was speeches, dinner and dancing. They danced to a acoustic version of I'm gonna be (500 miles) by Sleeping at Last.

Leeanna and Colin, no one deserves this perfect day more than the two of you. I am so beyond happy that I got to be there to witness the beginning of your next adventure together. Thank you a million times over for being so incredible and never stop spending time together hunting Petoskey stones. Cheers to many more decades of love and happiness together!

Photographer: Sydney Marie Photography

Make-up Artist: Chrysta at Vogue Salon

Venue: Stafford's Bay View Inn

Cake: Johan's Bakery

Wedding dress: Christina Wu from Memories Bridal