Michigan Wedding on the Lake / Melanie & Matt

 
 Couple sits on a dock of Elk Lake after just getting married.

Melanie and Matt knew they wanted to get married on the lake no matter what the forecast said. The cluster of cottages there, forming the community of Wabigama tucked back in the woods outside Traverse City, was started by her great-grandfather decades ago and has been passed down through the generations. It’s where she spent her childhood summers sleeping on the “girls’ porch” and taking baths in the lake.

So they loaded up on umbrellas and prepared to say their vows in the rain. Matt’s brother officiated, opening with memories of Melanie’s mom who passed away a few years ago and everyone was in tears. Matt’s parents’ read a bible verse and interpreted its meaning and significance on this special day, and each bridesmaid said something as well. It was a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony and not a drop fell from the sky.

At the reception the toasts were both hilarious and touching. We all ate cherry pizza and pie and danced in the rain.

I loved how everyone came together from all over the country to celebrate these two, and the importance of that wasn’t lost in the details, decorations, or weather. It all worked out as it should and I’m so honored to have been a part of it all.

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 Bride and groom walk through tall pine trees beside Elk Lake in the summertime.
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 Bride and groom on a dock on Elk Lake, Michigan.
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 Newlywed bride and groom walk through a tall field of grass in northern Michigan in July.
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 Couple walks through the rain with an umbrella after just getting married in Traverse City, Michigan.
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WeddingAmelia FletcherComment