Kelly + Nathan | Intimate Spring Ceremony | Metro Detroit Wedding Photographer


Heritage Park wedding ceremony in Metro Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.

Kelly and Nathan’s intimate ceremony on a sunny April afternoon was the perfect way to kick off my 2021 wedding season! The couple was joined by their closest family and friends at Heritage Park for a beautiful day celebrating their love together. The day was filled with meaningful moments and I feel honored I was able to be there to document the day for them. Kelly was such a fun relaxed bride too! She made her own flower arrangements and rocked her Converse sneakers with her wedding dress. The ceremony was officiated by Nathan’s high school friend, Mitch. Since Mitch is one of Nathan’s closest friends, he was able to make the ceremony sweet and personalized, just for Kelly and Nathan. Nathan’s Mom, Tammi, held a sand ceremony with white and blue sand to signify Kelly and Nathan’s unity. The couple shared the thoughtful vows they wrote for each other and exchanged rings they made themselves out of wood from a douglas fir tree. How cool is that?! Douglas fir trees are known to live over 500 years, some even living 1,000 years, so the symbolism their rings have for a lasting bond is extra special. After the ceremony, Kelly and Nathan enjoyed cutting their cake from Micaela Cakes Bakery. It looked absolutely delicious! To make the cake cutting even sweeter, the couple used Nathan’s grandparents’ wedding cake knife from over 50 years ago. The theme of family throughout the entire day made Kelly and Nathan’s day that much more special. After some heartwarming toasts and a few photos at the park, Kelly and Nathan snuck back home so we could take some wedding portraits in their own space, just like their engagement session. We didn’t want to leave out the furry family members from the day, of course! With a little bit of spring color starting to bloom and sunshine, it was a beautiful day! It is always so much fun to spend the day with two people just excited for the day they get to marry their best friend! After their wedding, they celebrated their honeymoon with a Traverse City getaway, which is one of my favorite Michigan spots. I am so happy for them and glad they were able to celebrate their day with those closest to them!


All my love,

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Bride and groom hugging on wedding day in Metro Detroit park. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Handwritten vows with homemade wood wedding rings and flower bouquet. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Groom standing at park gazebo on Spring wedding day. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride walking to groom on wedding day at park ceremony.
Bride and groom at Heritage Park wedding under gazebo. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Sand ceremony with bride at groom. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photogrphy.
Bride and groom kiss after vows at park wedding. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Vintage cake knife at wedding. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom cutting wedding cake at park wedding in Metro Detroit.
Bride and groom cutting cake at Heritage Park. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Pouring champagne into flutes at park wedding.
Bride and groom popping champagne for wedding guests.
Wedding day toasts to bride and groom.
Bride and groom receiving family on wedding day.
Bride and groom cheers with sparkling wine on wedding day.
Wedding photos at Heritage Park in Metro Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Bride and groom wedding portraits at Heritage Park.
Bridal portraits on wedding day at Heritage Park in Metro Detroit.
Groom portrait on wedding day at Heritage Park in Metro Detroit
Bride and groom close up on wedding day in Metro Detroit.
Bride and groom laughing during wedding photos in Metro Detroit.
Metro Detroit wedding photography by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Spring wedding portraits with bride and groom in Metro Detroit.
Hand-carved wedding rings made from Douglas Fir wood.
Spring wedding portraits with bride and groom in Metro Detroit.
Metro Detroit wedding photos at Heritage Park. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Carrying bride over the threshold after Metro Detroit wedding.
Bride and groom with cats on wedding day.

Dress | Davids Bridal

Cake | Micaela Cakes Bakery

Sparkling Wine | Michigan By The Bottle


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