Dylan and I traveled back to the Upper Peninsula a few weekends ago to photograph Nora and Jared's wedding in the north woods. And when I say "in the north woods," I very much mean in the north woods--we had to drive for miles on a logging road just to get to where the wedding was being held, and where it was being held was wild. It was a piece of land outside of Marquette, Michigan that Nora's brother owns. He has been slowly constructing a house on the top of a small rise in the forest, which slopes gently down to a creek that ran along side the wedding site. Jared and Nora have been best friends since they were kids, and though they live in Oregon these days, it seemed that they wouldn't have even thought of getting married anywhere but their native Michigan. With the help of family and friends, they came home and cleared a little patch of forest for their ceremony and another section along the creek in which they pitched a wedding tent. Multiple forest paths covered in hay connected it all. It was down those paths that the bride and groom led a brass band recessional (with the bride on tambourine and groom on baritone) like a New Orleans second line through the forest from the ceremony site to the wedding tent. They had a margarita bar across the creek from the tent for cocktail hour, a hand-built bridge to get there and lights strewn in the trees. Music was everywhere, starting with friends and family to ending with (at least for some) the traditional Irish music duo Bohola.
I could go on and on about this wedding, the beautiful location and people, but I'll wrap it up by saying that Jared and Nora's day was one I'll never forget, and I hope we all meet again someday.
- Kat & Dylan