Madonna + Scott | Elegant, Destination Wedding | Etre Farms | St. Joseph, MI
As he walked to the side of the white barn, the slightest whisper of her veil showed from around the corner. Although he wasn't going to see her until the ceremony, Scott knew that his beautiful bride was right around the corner, waiting to hold his hand and spend a few precious moments with him before they went back inside for the final preparations. The past few years seemed to flood back as all of the choices and sacrifices they had both made now culminated in this day, their wedding day. He squeezed her hand one last time, knowing that the next time he would see her, she would become his wife.
Our adventure with Madonna and Scott was more unique than most of our couples, especially since we weren't able to meet them in person until three days before the wedding! Since they were coming in from out of state, the four of us decided it would be much easier to have their engagement shoot and wedding all at the same time, which turned out to be the perfect way to book-end our triple header wedding weekend! The two days we spent with Madonna and Scott revealed to us two people who are the epitome of humility and grace, and from a wedding ceremony perfectly led by Madonna's brother Eddy to a magical sparkler send off, the team at Etre perfectly captured these two traits for their wedding day.
Southwest Michigan has been a buzz with the new Etre Farms opening up this year, and now that we have had the chance to visit not once, or twice, but three times, we can confidently say that this exquisite venue absolutely lives up to the reputation. Madonna and Scott wisely used Etre to fullest for their wedding by using the intimate upstairs for their ceremony and the outside veranda for cocktail hour, allowing the reception space to remain pristine and untouched for some of the most stunning indoor photo locations in all of Michigan! Thankfully, the beauty of the outside matches the inside perfectly, as the grounds of Etre allowed Madonna and Scott to have a beautiful variety of portraits while never having to leave the venue campus.
Madonna and Scott, we feel like just a few words about you two are simply a disservice to who you both are, but if we have to keep it short, we just have to stay that we are both honored and humbled that we not only got to meet you both, but also capture your beautiful wedding day. The sacrifices and choices you both have made for each other are simply inspiring and we feel blessed to have gotten to meet both you and the amazing families who have made you who you are today! Although home is far away from Michigan, we can't help but hope that your travels and adventures lead you back to Michigan some day in the future!
All our best!
J + A