Summer and Jared

Grand Rapids, Michigan



Photography | Apaige Photography | @apaigephotography

Venue | Venue3Two | @venue3two

Floral Designer | Playne Jayne

Gown | Caella Scott Bridal | @csbridals

Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie @azazieofficial

Hair | Locks and Lashes | @locksandlashesgr

Caterer | Adeline Leigh Catering | @adelineleighwed

From the Photographer

Jared lost his brother years ago – and as we all go through something hard, there are lows – and there are new lows – but the beauty of strength and growth is because of those lows we really find our highest highs. Jared and Summer have this strength and bond that pull them together because of this loss. They both challenge each other and really lift another up – and they included his memory in their wedding day and service as well – which was super thoughtful and left no dry eye in the crowd.


When Summer was getting ready we were talking about their relationship, and one of my favorite things she said was that she doesn’t think she would be weird and goofy without Jared, but with him she isn’t scared or reluctant to be goofy and she can just let go and be herself, and that is so beautiful. They did a first touch, and vow reading to one another in private, but Jared never opened his eyes to see her, even when she hugged him. Their vows to one another were beautiful… tear jerking for sure, as they talked about their lows, their highs and who they have become because of these things.


I made fun of them for being so dang beautiful and joked and told them they could pick noses and it’d still be cute, and they did it, and it was.. still sickening cute. Jared made a few dark jokes during the reception but it honestly fit him well and I wont repeat them but if you know you know. Every groomsmen and Summer’s dad gave Jared supplements during the ceremony when they hugged him and it was hilarious.


My last rambling thoughts are these types of wedding really are refreshing to see couples – the ones who have been through some hard stuff, but depend on each other in the best way. The photographs don’t seem forced, but feel fun. The day goes fast but there are specific moments that just feel slow – in a good way.