Chrissy & Ben | City View Wedding | Grand Rapids, Michigan

/Chrissy & Ben | City View Wedding | Grand Rapids, Michigan

Chrissy & Ben | City View Wedding | Grand Rapids, Michigan

Chrissy & Ben

07.14.18 | City View Wedding | Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Studio D2D News   •   July 27th, 2018

bride and groom kissing on the walkway next to a green bridge

Chrissy + Ben

These two were so sweet together! Our entire staff enjoyed working with them and the bridal party was just as fun! We beat the rain and humidity during photos outdoors, and welcomed them into our City View venue for a gorgeous reception that lived up to the months of planning! Read on for more details of their beautiful event!

Getting Ready at Clyde Park Church of the Nazarene

Our photo team, Nic and Molly, met up with Chrissy and Ben at Clyde Park Church of the Nazarene to document everyone getting ready and all the wedding details! Chrissy’s mom, Jane, was there before everyone else, setting up all the ceremony decor. Our floral team also arrived about the same time to deliver the gorgeous bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages! Chrissy and the bridesmaids arrived shortly after from the salon, and between dancing, laughing, and lots of Starbucks, it was a pretty great morning! Ben and the groomsmen came in around noon to get tuxes on, and it was time for the First Look!

beautiful bridal bouquet with pink roses, white hydrangeas and greens
black and white image of wedding dress hanging from arbor at the altar
black and white image of wedding dress hanging from arbor at the altar
black and white image of wedding rings on an iron spike
image of bridal necklace hanging
bride helping bridesmaid get ready before ceremony
bridesmaids holding up their gowns as they get ready
mother fasteing the back of a brides dress
mother helping bride put on her wedding jewelry
mother helping bride put on her wedding jewelry
friend excited to see how beautiful the bride looks
bride getting ready in a mirror
bride ready for ceremony, laughing in dressing room
bride ready for ceremony, laughing in dressing room
black and white image of bridesmaid and flower girl looking at the bride
black and white image of the groom putting on his tie
groom putting on his tie
black and white image of groomsman helping groom with tie
black and white image of groomsman tying the grooms shoes
Groomsman putting on boutonniere on the groom
groomsman putting a boutonniere on another groomsman
groom tying his shoes

An Outdoor “First Look”

Finding a spot for Chrissy and Ben’s First Look was tricky, as the church sat on the corner of a busy road. But with the help of a few shrubs and a big spruce tree, the photo team was able to set up a beautiful background for this special time!

black and white image of the groom waiting for his bride during their first look
black and white image of the bride walking to the groom during the first look
black and white image of the bride walking to the groom during the first look
the bride walking to the groom during the first look
groom turning around and kissing the bride during first look
bride and groom talking during first look
bride and groom talking during first look
bride and groom talking during first look
bride and groom talking during first look

Pre Ceremony Photos at the Church and the Sixth St Bridge

Chrissy and Ben’s wedding was a bit unique in the way that they wanted most of their photos completed before the ceremony. They left plenty of time for it, and we were able to shoot a few images around the church before heading to the Sixth St Bridge just north of the Grand Rapids City Center. We were able to just beat the rain before heading back to the church for family photos.

black and white image of a bride and groom
bride and groom kissing outdoors
bride smiling outdoors during photos
black and white image of a groom smiling during photos
black and white image of groom and groomsmen by a bridge and river
bride and bridesmaids by a bridge
bridal party in front of a green bridge
bride and groom kissing and walking away on a green bridge
bride and groom kissing on a green bridge as the veil blows around them
bride and groom kissing on a green bridge as the veil blows around them
bride and groom kissing on a green bridge as the veil blows around them
bride and groom kissing on a green bridge as the veil blows around them
close up of the brides hand and wedding ring
bridal party having fun in front of a green bridge
bridal party having fun in front of a green bridge
bridal party having fun in front of a green bridge
bridal party having fun in front of a green bridge
bridal party having fun in front of a green bridge
bride and bridesmaids in a stairwell
groom and groomsmen in a stairwell
black and white image of the bride and groom in a stairwell

A Touching Ceremony with Communion

Chrissy’s church was the perfect spot for their wedding; a warm and inviting location for friends and family to gather together. They had a unity rope with three strands that symbolized the marriage of themselves and their faith. They also had communion with their guests, and then they were pronounced man and wife!

father of the bride fixing her dress before heading down the aisle
father and daughter walking down the aisle towards the groom
father and daughter walking down the aisle towards the groom
father and daughter walking down the aisle towards the groom
bride and groom standing in front of the altar at their ceremony
view of a wedding through a window
family members in the front pew at a wedding
bride and groom walking across stage at church
bride and groom during unity ceremony
bride and groom during unity ceremony
groomsman giving rings to the pastor
bride and groom laughing during ceremony
bride and groom exchanging rings
bride and groom exchanging rings
pastor leading communion
bride and groom during communion
bride and groom standing before the altar during ceremony
bride and groom's first kiss
bride and groom's first kiss
bride and groom walking down the aisle after the ceremony
bride and groom walking down the aisle after the ceremony
bride and groom walking down the aisle after the ceremony

A Few Photos at Studio D2D

With a few extra minutes before the ceremony, the photo team was able to spend some time with Chrissy and Ben alone taking photos around the venue.

black and white image of a groom leaning on a brick wall
bride and groom together in a brick room
bride with her bouquet up close to her face
black and white image of a brides hand with her wedding ring
black and white image of a bride and groom with their foreheads touching
bride and groom under the veil, he is kissing her forehead
black and white image of a bride and groom in a room with brick walls

A City View Reception with Rustic Wood & Floral Accents

Under the soft light of the huge windows in the City View, the tables were wonderfully decorated with a simple elegance. From our floral design team’s centerpieces with gorgeous hydrangeas, roses and rustic wooden boxes, to the wooden accents of the cake topper, all the pieces worked beautifully together!

Distinctive Catering served a delicious meal, and did a great job running the bar service. Connie’s Cakes created simple and delicious cupcakes and the bridal cake. Thanks to these amazing vendors and our D2D team for another fantastic reception!

tablescape with pink napkins and centerpieces of hydrangeas and wooden boxes
tablescape with pink napkins and centerpieces of hydrangeas and wooden boxes
mason jars with baby's breath and wooden rounds as centerpieces at a wedding
head table decorated with pink napkins and flowers
bride and groom grand entrance at wedding
bride and groom grand entrance at wedding
family members in the front pew at a wedding
speeches and toasts at a reception
speeches and toasts at a reception
speeches and toasts at a reception
speeches and toasts at a reception
speeches and toasts at a reception
pic of a cupcake on a plate that says mr and mrs
close up of wedding cake and topper
close up of wedding cake and topper
close up of wedding cake and topper
bride and groom during cake cutting
bride and groom during cake cutting
bride and groom during cake cutting
bride and groom during cake cutting
bride and groom walking down the aisle after the ceremony
bride and groom during cake cutting
bride and groom during cake cutting
bride and groom during cake cutting
wedding cake with one slice cut out
bride and groom during first dance
bride and groom during first dance
bride and groom during first dance
bride and groom during first dance
bride and groom during first dance
father daughter dance at a wedding
father daughter dance at a wedding
mother son dance at a wedding
mother son dance at a wedding
dancing at a wedding reception
dancing at a wedding reception
dancing at a wedding reception
dancing at a wedding reception

All the Best from Studio D2D!

Chrissy and Ben, you were wonderful to work with, and the sweetest couple! We wish you all the best!

~ Team D2D

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