Sarah and Jake’s Mackinac Island Adventure

When Sarah an Jake first got in touch about their plans to hold a wedding on Mackinac Island, they explained how they wanted it to feel like an experience, an adventure for their wedding guests. Mackinac Island is a little slice of 19th century paradise in Northern Michigan that not many of us get to see too often. There are no cars on the island, and it remains much as it was in the 1800s. I, for one, had never set foot on the island, but had heard tell of it’s horse drawn carriages and fudge ever since I became a Michigander in 2005. Needless to say, this was an adventure I was up for. Four of us, My husband (Mike), Justine (second shooter extraordinaire), Dave (her boyfriend), and myself piled in a car and drove the 5 hours north to forsake our automobile and hop on a ferry to the island. We were greeted by the smell of fudge and, quite frankly, horse sh*t, a mixture I believe one will only find on Mackinac. The entire weekend was a blast, from exploring the Island, sampling the local fare, and teaching the bridesmaids how to Wobble. Here are some photographs of our adventure, and more importantly, some photographs of Sarah and Jake’s matrimonial adventure at The Inn at Stonecliffe.

(All square shots are film, photographed on a Rolleiflex T, on either Ektar 100 or Portra 400).

Photograph of the Mackinac Bridge by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Photograph from the ferry on the way to Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Photograph from the ferry on the way to Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Photograph from the ferry on the way to Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The entrance to Mackinac Island from the Ferry Dock by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Ektar 100 Film photographs of Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Ektar 100 Film photographs of Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Portra 400 Film photographs of Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Portra 400 Film photographs of Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Portra 400 Film photographs of Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A horse carriage on a dirt road at the Inn At Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A horse carriage on a dirt road at the Inn At Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A groom prepares for his wedding at the Bicycle Inn on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A groom prepares for his wedding at the Bicycle Inn on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A groom and his groomsmen visit Fort Mackinac before his wedding at The Inn At Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A wedding dress waits for the bride before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride is helped into her wedding dress by her bridesmaids before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride is helped into her wedding dress by her bridesmaids before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride is helped into her wedding dress by her sister before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride walks through the grounds before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride walks through the grounds before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A groom poses at Fort Mackinac before his wedding at The Inn At Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A groom and his groomsmen pose at Fort Mackinac before his wedding at The Inn At Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The canon is fired at Fort Mackinac before a wedding at The Inn At Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A groom and his groomsmen pose with guards at Fort Mackinac before his wedding at The Inn At Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride poses amongst trees before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride holds her yellow bouquet as she and her bridesmaids pose amongst trees before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride and her bridesmaids walk amongst trees before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride poses on a vintage couch before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride poses with a horse and carriage before her wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride walks to see her groom for their first look at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A groom reacts to seeing his bride for the first time during their first look at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride shows off her wedding dress to her groom during their first look at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride and groom pose amongst trees before their wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride and groom pose in the bowling alley at the Woods before their wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A brenizer method portrait of a bride and groom in the bowling alley at the Woods before their wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A bride and groom pose in the bowling alley at the Woods before their wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Portra 400 Film photographs of a bride and groom at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Portra 400 Film photographs of a bride and groom at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Portra 400 Film photographs of a yellow bouquet at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bridal party poses in dining room at the Woods before a wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bridal party poses amongst trees before a wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bridal party poses amongst trees before a wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bridal party poses in front of The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A yellow and grey wedding reception is held in a tent at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Details of a yellow and grey wedding reception, including vintage desert plates, in a tent at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Details of a yellow and grey wedding reception, including pies from Traverse City Pie Company, in a tent at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Details of a yellow and grey wedding reception, including vintage desert plates, in a tent at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Details of a yellow and grey wedding reception, including vintage desert plates, in a tent at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Details of a yellow and grey wedding reception, including vintage desert plates, in a tent at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Vintage bells to be rung during the first kiss await wedding guests at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Yellow and grey streamers decorate chairs for a wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Michigan Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and her father await the start of a wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A groom hugging his mother before the start of a wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The flower girl wearing a tutu and the ring bearer wearing suspenders come down the aisle at a wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride is given away by her father at a wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A photograph of a wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bridesmaids and groomsmen watch their friends get married during a wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and groom hold hands during a wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and groom share a laugh during a wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The entire scene of an outdoor wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride smiles at her groom during an outdoor wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and groom exchange rings during an outdoor wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and groom share their first kiss while bells ring during an outdoor wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and groom smile as they leave their wedding hand in hand during an outdoor wedding ceremony held outside at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Detroit Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Photos of wedding rings with sapphires and an inscription that rings Eternity, Bitch.Wedding guests play lawn games including corn hole during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom laugh while being toasted by the sister of the bride during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom clink glasses while being toasted by the sister of the bride during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The father of the bride shares an emotional toast during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom laugh while being toasted by their closest friends during their outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom share a first dance during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom share a first dance during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom share dances with their parents during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom pose with bicycles on the front lawn during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom pose with bicycles on the front lawn during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A view of the reception tent and the back of the Inn during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride dances the night away during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Wedding guests dancing during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Wedding guests dancing during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride belts out a tune on the dance floor during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride dancing during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom share a celebratory cigar during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom share a quiet moment at night on the back lawn during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom pose at night with the lights of the Mackinac bridge in the background during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom pose at night with the lights of the Mackinac bridge in the background during an outdoor wedding reception at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Ektar 100 Film photographs of Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Ektar 100 Film photographs of Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Ektar 100 Film photographs of Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Portra 400 Film photographs of Mackinac Island shot on a Rolleiflex T by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A view of the Mackinac bridge from the ferry as we return home from a wedding on the island.A wind flaps in the wind on A view of the Mackinac bride from the ferry as we return home from a wedding on the island.We disembark from the ferry and prepare to return home from a wedding on Mackinac island.A view of the Mackinac bridge from the mainland before we return home from a wedding on Mackinac island.

Danny - Your killing it with these film photos! It looks awesome there. Great wedding Heather.

/mariahedengren - I love how you started the post with images of the location. Nicely curated.

Johnboy Wilson - I loved looking throuh these and got lost in a daydream about their wedding! Best ring engraving – ever!

dylan - The portraits in the forest.. oh em gee. and the night shots.. blowin’ my mind girl!!

Alicia Adamopoulos - So not only do you have fantastic photos of this wedding, you’ve made me want to visit Mackinac! This post is great. This wedding is stunning. You’re photos are beautiful.

kong wai - Amazing set. love the tone

small - Lovely location and wedding! That ring shot made me LOL.

Brian Kraft - Super classy, elegant photos! They are going to love their wedding photos for an eternity, bitch.

Kristi Wright - These are so beautiful, Heather!

Lisa Novakowski - Beautiful images of a beautiful wedding! The colors and details are awesome, and the portraits are stunning! So well done.

Serena Severtson - Heather, these are stunning! Loving every frame here, especially those film shots!

Oh, and that ring shot is hands down awesome.

Tomasz Wagner - Such a strong set of images, Heather! Photographers like you keep inspiring me to shoot more film.

Joseph Hall - Love the one of the two of them with her head resting on him – gorgeous

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Delia - Such beautiful photography!

Emanuelle - Un reportaje muy bonito, me han gustado particularmente las primeras tomas, me encantan los colores…muy buen trabajo!!

Kat Forsyth - How much fun is this? And a fab location!

Sarah & Chris’ Lion’s Bridge Engagement Session

In August, I got the chance to head back home to Virginia. It was a chance to visit with family, see my niece, ride some roller coasters, and catch up with Sarah & Chris. I met Chris back in high school, when I was just a young girl going to local shows, in the beginning stages of my courtship with photography. Chris played bass in my favorite local band. His band even played a show in my living room at my 16th birthday party. Yes, I was that cool. Many of the first photographs I took, were photos of his band playing shows, so I guess I owe a lot to Chris.

In May, I’ll be headed back below the Mason-Dixon, to the land of sweet tea and chicken pastry, to shoot their wedding. Until then, here are some photographs of their engagement session.

A couple embraces in the woods during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A couple embraces in the woods during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Black and white portrait of a couple during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Black and white portrait of a couple during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A couple poses with their dogs during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A couple poses with their dogs during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A couple poses outside of Hilton Elementary School during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A couple poses outside of Hilton Elementary School during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A couple poses on a dock behind of Hilton Elementary School during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A couple embraces in the woods during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A couple embraces in the woods during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.A couple embraces in the woods in this Brenizer method portrait during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Black and white portrait of a couple in Hilton Village during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Black and white portrait of a couple in Hilton Village during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Portrait of a couple in Hilton Village during a Newport News Virginia engagement session by Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Portrait of a couple at LionPortrait of a couple at LionPortrait of a couple at LionPortrait of a couple at LionPortrait of a couple at LionPortrait of a couple at LionPortrait of a couple at LionPortrait of a couple at LionPortrait of a couple at Lion

Joseph Hall - Love the tree and the light shot – lovely

Sidney Morgan - Ahhh Heather, these are all so gorgeous!!

Denis Adonis - Me gustan muuuucho estos retratos, el brenizer method te quedo la raja, y tu edición me parece genial! Saludos from Valparaíso

Jessica Schilling - So much gorgeousness! Beautiful couple, light, and scenery.

Johanna - I can’t stand all this cuteness going on. I made some really squeaky sounds when seeing that cute little dog and that tongue. SO adorable. Beautiful work, Heather! :)

Albert Palmer - Stunning use of light Heather – quite jealous!

Heather Kanilopoolos - Beautiful use of light and shadows. Gorgeous!

naomi - the light, the light! but seriously, the light. love the second and third frames

tobiah - love the shot in the woods – the depth of field is brilliant! lovely light throughout and that dog is lovely

/mariahedengren - Oh this is really beautiful, Heather. Loving it!

Brittany - I would like her dress please and thank you. These are uber lovely. The light in those last shots – well I die, and turn a touch green with jealousy.

belinda - Beautiful imagery! Love the art in all of them. :)

Emanuelle - I love the picture with so much light, gorgeous

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