DoubleTree Bay City Wedding | Kenzie + Brad


Kenzie and Brad’s DoubleTree Bay City wedding was full of sweet and memorable moments! These two’s love for each other was a beautiful thing to witness and very memorable to capture. From the sentimental father/daughter first look to the emotional moments at the end of the wedding aisle, their wedding day was one to remember.

Scroll through the blog post to view my favorite photos from Kenzie and Brad’s Bay City wedding and to read additional details that help illustrate what made their wedding day so sentimental!

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white rose boutonnières styled on top of a blue styling mat
groom adjusting his white tie on his summer wedding day
groom getting emotional as he reads a letter from his bride to be

Kenzie: “Brad and I dated for four years throughout college. He proposed to me by the Sturgeon River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. During a walk along the river, he had a wooden ornament hung in a tree that said “Marry Me?” When I turned around after seeing it, he was down on one knee with a beautiful engagement ring. After that, we had champagne and charcuterie at a spot overlooking the river gorge. It was a very special moment between just him and I.”

This boat belonged to Brad’s late grandfather. It is docked right in front of the house that he use to live in – the house that Kenzie and Brad now live together in.

blue LuLu heels on top of a white lace wedding veil and blue styling mat
bride in a white robe hugging her bridesmaids in their light blue robes
Daisy Dream Marc Jacobs perfume bottle and a blue ring box against a light blue styling mat
cheerful bride smiles at the camera in her white lace wedding dress on her summer wedding in Bay City
bride with her bridesmaids in light blue with a forest tree-line behind them
bride reads a letter from her groom beside a window

As each bridesmaid walked down the aisle, they surprised Brad with a hug before walking over to their side of the church alter. Lots of happy tears were shed!

Kenzie: “My favorite part was seeing my husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle. We did not do a first look and I’m so glad we didn’t. It felt like it was just him and I in the church, and I’ll never forget that feeling!”

father of the bride hugs the bride as he gives her off to her fiance at their wedding ceremony
bride and groom light their unity candle at the front of St. Michael's Lutheran Church

Kenzie and Brad lit their unity candle but wanted to incorporate their guests during this portion. Kenzie and Brad walked down the aisle lighting the candles at the end of each row. Each guest lit the candle next to theirs until the church was full of glowing candles – a symbol of Kenzie and Brad’s love.

bride lights a wedding candle of one of her guests
bride and groom holding hands walking down the church aisle
bride and groom exchange their rings during their wedding ceremony at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Richville
bride and groom share their first kiss after their wedding ceremony at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Richville, Michigan
family photo after the bride and groom's summer wedding at St. Michael's Lutheran Church
bride and groom smile with their ring bearers and flower girl at the alter of St. Michael's Luthern Church

Kenzie: “I got my dress from Infinity Bridal in Bay City and it was such a great experience! I chose a classic fit and flare dress with off-the-shoulders sleeves. My seamstress added over-the-shoulder straps and added small pearls to them, giving it a really romantic look that I loved. I knew I also wanted to incorporate pearls into my jewelry, so I went with dangling pearl earrings, a simple pearl necklace with a backdrop of pearls down my back, and a simple pearl bracelet. I didn’t stress about shoes and went with something comfortable. My veil was cathedral length and really pulled everything together. I felt like a traditional bride!”

bride and groom walking down a sidewalk after their summer Bay City wedding
bridal party in light blue bridesmaids dresses and navy suites
A couple who decided to get married share a kiss at Veterans Memorial Park in Bay City
bride and groom smiling at the camera in front of the trees at Veterans Memorial Park
couple holding hands and walking through the Veterans Memorial Park in Bay CIty on their wedding day
blue and white wedding flower bouquet

Kenzie: “My florals were light blue and white hydrangeas with white roses and greens. The entire inspiration for the style of my wedding came from this arrangement of florals.”

bride and groom smiling at each other on a marina dock

In between the ceremony and reception, one of the locations we went to for photos was the Pier 7 Marina in Bay City. One of the boat owners was kind enough to let us borrow his boat to take photos on!

bride kisses the groom's cheek while they both sit on a yacht with the river in front of them

Dusty blue table runners and drapes, floating candles and tall floral arrangements helped elevate the ballroom.

Reception Decor

Kenzie: “I’m all about florals and wanted that to be the highlight of my decor. Simple and elegant was the look I wanted. Using acrylic dusty blue paint and glass frames, I was able to make the table numbers. I purchased a neon sign with our last name and hung that behind the backdrop. I was so thrilled with how our space turned out, my florist went above and beyond!”

white two layer wedding cake with blue flowers and a silver name sign on top
bride and groom walking into their wedding reception with their bridal party in the background
bride and groom cutting into their two layer white wedding cake
maid of honor gives her speech in the ballroom at DoubleTree Bay City hotel
Classic summer wedding at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City

During the mother and son dance, Brad and his mother invited wedding guests and their mothers to join them during the dance about halfway through the song.

In conclusion, we went outside at sunset by the river to capture romantic lit bridal portraits. These photos are definitely some of my absolute favorite from Kenzie and Brad’s wedding day.

groom dipping back his bride and kissing her in front of a boat and river
Bride and groom portrait after sunset outside the DoubleTree Hotel in Bay City at their August wedding
bride and groom kissing and holding hands in front of the Bay City river

Bay City Wedding

Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this day amazing:

Reception Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City – Riverfront

Cinematography: Jeff Carpenter Studios

Glam: LC Make-Up Artistry

Dress: Infinity Bridal

Invitation Design: Angeline Kay Designs

Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church


Florist: Pam Hanlin

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