Steve and Catrina had such a fun wedding day in Houghton, MI.   They were married at the beautiful St. Ignatius Church in Houghton with their reception at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn.

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Steve and Catrina opted not to see each other before the wedding but they still took a few moments to exchange a gift and spend a few moments together.

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Married!!

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First time getting photo bombed by a boat!

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This was also a first!  Catrina’s dad took us out on his boat for a quick spin!

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Always a good time when the Michigan Tech Pep band shows up!  Steve and Catrina are MTU grads and Catrina was part of the cheer team.

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Second Photographer:   Rylie Store
Ceremony:  St. Ignatius, Houghton, MI
Reception:  Magnuson Franlin Square Inn, Houghton, MI
DJ:   Double Trouble
Cake:   Roy’s bakery (decorated by the bride and groom)
Linen rental:   Superior Rental
Flowers:   The Flower Shop, Hancock

 

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Dylan and Jenni were married on a rainy Saturday a few weeks back.  Rainy wedding days can still be beautiful and fun!   We had a little bit of time in the afternoon where the rain held up just enough to get outside for some photos.    They were married at a historic church in Calumet with their reception at the Franklin Square Inn in Houghton.

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Reception:  Magnussen Franklin Square Inn, Houghton, MI
Photographer:   Emily Dennis Photography
Second Photographer:   Janelle Johnson

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Brent and Emily’s Keweenaw Mountain Lodge wedding was a gorgeous one despite the gloomy rainy day.   These two were surrounded and supported by such wonderful large families and you would never guess the weather was the way it was by their happy and joyful demeanor throughout the day.  🙂

This ring shot pretty much sums up the rainy weather 😉

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Imageemilydennisphotography_3251________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3248________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3246________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3247________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3249________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3253________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3252________P I NSite ImageBrent and Emily brought their outdoor wedding inside and it was still just as beautiful.  emilydennisphotography_3255________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3254________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3256________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3257________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3258________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3259________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3260________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3261________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3262________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3263________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3265________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3266________P I NSite ImageWould you believe it was pouring when we got into the trolley but sunny by the time we got out of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge driveway!   Talk about lucky!  emilydennisphotography_3267________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3268________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3269________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3270________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3272________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3273________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3274________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3275________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3276________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3277________P I NSite ImageEMILY_DENNIS_PHOTOGRAPHY-1-2________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3279________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3280________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3281________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3282________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3283________P 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Imageemilydennisphotography_3305________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3306________P I NSite ImageThe reception was held inside the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor.   Emily and Brent had it decorated beautifully.  emilydennisphotography_3307________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3308________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3309________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3310________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3311________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3312________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3313________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3314________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3315________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3316________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3317________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3318________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3319________P I NSite Imageemilydennisphotography_3320________P I NSite ImageThe toasts were on point!  And this is what happens when your best man 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Breck and Lauren were married at the top of the Porcupine Mountain ski hill a few Saturday’s ago.   What an amazing place to be married!   Their reception was on site at the ski lodge at the bottom of the hill.   Riding the chairlift up and down the hill was a fun experience especially considering the amazing view over Lake Superior.

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Ceremony and Reception:  Porcupine Mountain Winter Sports Complex
Florist:  Jen Ghellar
Band:  Dig Deep

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Jesse and Alicia’s wedding day was a perfect day in the Keweenaw.   The day started off at their historic church in Calumet.   Alicia’s blush colored lace dress was so gorgeous!

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Second Shooter:   Dylan Peterson
Ceremony:   Faith Lutheran Church, Laurium, MI
Reception:   Memorial Union Building (MUB), Michigan Tech, Houghton, MI
Flowers:   Calumet Floral
Cake Artist:  Shelby Turnquist
DJ:   Keweenaw Tunes
Make Up artist:   Gisele Ryan of Makeup by Gisele

  • August 3, 2016 - 2:45 pm

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EMILY_DENNIS_PHOTOGRAPHY-9________P I NSite ImageI spent the past week in Maui, Hawaii with the family and it was a dream vacation!  We started planning this trip almost a year ago, so the excitement and anticipation for it was high.   Maui delivered in a big way and left us with many happy memories.   The number one reason I would consider going back to Maui is for the crazy number of beautiful beaches.  We started each morning on a different beach and each one was great for swimming and completely gorgeous.

If you ever plan a trip to Maui I highly recommend the Maui Revealed Book.   We used it so many times and it never let us down.
Believe it or not, this was one of our cheaper vacations!  We used airline miles for plane tickets and booked a condo off Airbnb.  (Use that link and we will both get Airbnb credits)  We opted to save money by staying across the street from the ocean rather than right on it.   We tend to explore and drive a lot on our vacations so this worked out just fine for us.  We didn’t do any excursions or extras on this trip since there is so much to see and do on your own.  Our one splurge was spending the last night at a resort on Ka’anapali beach (which I wouldn’t recommend).   Matt and I preferred the quiet condo but the kids had fun.

We stayed in Kehei which we found to be a great choice because it was so central.  We thought nothing of driving any direction on the island from there.

I almost considered not bringing my camera along (seriously!!) because it is so heavy.  But in the end that was just crazy talk so I did bring my secondary camera body (Nikon D700) with just the Nikon 24-70 2.8 lens.   That ended up being a great choice because I never felt like I was lacking a focal length.   An alternative for a lighter carry might be a 35mm and a 50mm or 85mm.   That’s my recommendations.  I’m suggesting this because I seriously struggled with what equipment to bring.

The first day in Maui was a chill day to try to adjust to the new time zone.   I think we all woke up around 4:30am!  We hit Makena Beach the first day.   The waves were so fun to swim in and boogie board in. 🙂

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This massive lava rock was so cool!

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Ho’okipa Beach is one of the few places I remember from my visit to Maui 15 years ago.   It’s a good place to catch surfers.   It was extremely windy and quite cloudy the day we were there.  I don’t think the surf was particularly high either.

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We spent an afternoon in Lahaina and ate dinner (lunch?) on the water.   It was a nice break from all of the swimming and really pretty there.   There were a lot of people but not half as many as I was expecting from everything I had read about Lahaina before going.
This Banyan tree was pretty amazing!

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Not a bad lunch view 🙂

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Of course we would get a kick out of this school sign.

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We took a day to do the road to Hana.   I vaguely remembered it from my prior trip and wasn’t overly excited about it because of the long winding narrow road.   It wasn’t as bad as I remembered, at least until Hana.   Past that point, it’s crazy narrow.   We got a little bit of a late start around 8:30am.   We didn’t stop really at all for the first hour.   I highly recommend the gypsy app for the road to Hana!   It was very informative and told you when and where to stop.

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My kids loved all of the wild cats and chickens on the island.

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I gotta be honest and say I’m not really into waterfalls.  If I see one, I’m happy.   I don’t need to see 30.  And I’m certainly not willing to deal with crowds of people to see them.   We didn’t go out of our way to see too many.

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We also got a kick out of these ferrets.. (mongooses?).

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My very favorite part of the road to Hana is the Wai’anapanapa State Park just before Hana.   This place is like something out of a fairy tale.  The colors were so incredible and didn’t even seem real.   My only complaint was the crowded beach ;).   But the waves were big so we didn’t swim much anyways.

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We stayed and swam in Hana for a few hours after eating lunch.

EMILY_DENNIS_PHOTOGRAPHY-68________P I NSite ImageEMILY_DENNIS_PHOTOGRAPHY-67________P I NSite ImageWe continued past Hana to the 7 sacred pools.   That drive was a bit sketch with a narrow almost one lane road most of the way.   The pools were pretty though and Matt and kids took a swim.  EMILY_DENNIS_PHOTOGRAPHY-70________P I NSite ImageEMILY_DENNIS_PHOTOGRAPHY-72________P I NSite ImageEMILY_DENNIS_PHOTOGRAPHY-73________P I NSite ImageEMILY_DENNIS_PHOTOGRAPHY-71________P I NSite ImageWe opted to not continue around the island and instead went back the way we came.   We started back kind of late and hit sunset along the way but the roads were empty at this point which we much preferred.   EMILY_DENNIS_PHOTOGRAPHY-75________P I NSite Image

Haleakala Crater

One of my favorite things we did was the drive to the Haleakala Crater.  Instead of doing sunrise (and waking up in the middle of the night) we just went during the day.   We loved this drive during the day.   It was so pretty and way less busy and a whole lot warmer.

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At one point you actually drive through the clouds.   so cool!

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This part of the island certainly didn’t look or feel like Maui.   I think that’s what makes it so unique and cool!

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So many rainbows on the way back down the mountain.

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On one of the last days, we hit up Ka’anapali beach in west Maui.   While it was pretty crowded, it sure was a beautiful beach!   The last few days had high surf warnings pretty much everywhere so swimming was a bit risky.   The waves were scary big this day so we did very little swimming.

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  • July 15, 2016 - 2:48 pm

    Kristy - Maui looks beautiful! How fun for the kids too!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2016 - 8:39 pm

    Lori Seppanen-Valima - Love the pictures!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2016 - 8:53 pm

    Sherry Tulkki - Beautiful pictures, gorgeous scenary – absolutely loved the tree pictures and those Banyan trees you shared are outta this world cool =) Looks like you all had a great time! Sending much love and many hugs, Sherry T.ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2016 - 12:21 am

    Karen Kokko-scholie - Absolutely gorgeous pics, super memorable moments captured!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2016 - 6:23 am

    Bryana - Ahh! Emily this looks like it was amazing!
    Some of the photos from Haleakala Crater look fake because they are so perfectttt!ReplyCancel

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