Kristiana and Garrett – Wedding at Coole Park

When Kristiana and Garrett approached me about shooting their wedding at Coole Park on Madeline Island, I was very excited to take part!  Though they now live in New York City, Garrett’s family has owned a cabin on the island for years.  Madeline Island is a place close to both Kristiana’s and Garrett’s hearts, so they decided it would be special to tie the knot outdoors here over Labor Day weekend.

Both Kristiana and Garrett got ready with their wedding party at the Brittany Cottages.  Despite the slightly cool weather, everyone was game for outdoor shots around the cottages both before and after the ceremony.  I was able to keep both bride and groom from seeing one another beforehand, and we got some really great shots!

The ceremony itself took place in the gorgeous gardens of Brittany Cottages with around seventy-five of Kristiana and Garrett’s family and closest friends.  Garrett’s uncle presided over the ceremony, giving the already beautiful ceremony an additional personal touch.

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After the ceremony, Kristiana and Garrett snuck away from their guests for a few quick shots at Brittany Cottages and Coole Park.  We got a great picture of her dress and several fantastic ones of both Kristiana and Garrett together.  They look so in love – it’s easy to believe they’ve been together since high school!

The reception took place at Coole Park, which is a set of gorgeous formal and English gardens next to the Brittany Cottages.  Guests walked into a wonderland under the tent, with every last detail from the flowers to the lanterns overseen by Kristiana and Garrett’s intrepid wedding planner, Sylvan Island Events.  The delectable nibbles were by Washburn’s own Good Thyme Catering.

Under the fantastically decorated tent, the guests dined, drank and partied the night away.  There were seven toasts to the new couple, and everyone was in stitches – especially Garrett!

Kristiana and Garrett had a beautiful first dance – it was wonderful to see the smiles they both had for one another!

Kris & her dad’s dance was fantastic as well – I’ve never seen such emotion in a father’s eyes – this is one of my new favorite photos!

I also got some great shots of Garrett and his mom – they were both having a great time during their dance.  Kristiana got lots of hugs from her mother and father, and everyone really did dance the night away!  It looked like everyone had a great time celebrating a wonderful wedding!

Thanks for letting me be part of your big day!

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