All Saints Chapel Howell Wedding | Amee & Justin

September 30, 2020

There’s been many events over the last few years that make me realize I’m getting older. Things like photographing my little sister’s senior photos in 2012, seeing my birth year on those signs at the store that says you need to be born on or before that year to drink or buy alcohol, and now photographing my childhood neighbor’s Howell wedding. All the “kids” I knew growing up, now are married and/or have kids of their own. It’s crazy to think of all of us as adults, but time truly flies faster the older you get.

COVID Had Other Plans

Originally Amee and Justin were supposed to get married in June, however with all the COVID restrictions they had to start from scratch with their reception plans. They moved from an indoor hall to a tented reception on her mom’s gorgeous property. After all the rearranging of plans and everything, Mother Nature tried her best to interfere. The forecast had called for thunderstorms starting at my arrival and lasting the rest of the evening, however only a handful of sprinkles fell towards the end of the reception.

For the first half of the day, I got to hang with Amee and her wedding party. When I arrived Amee was getting the finishing touches done on her make-up. The wedding party were all hanging out in their custom robes and slippers, even the flower girl! The cohesive “getting ready look” of matching robes always looks SO good in photos.

Howell wedding bride getting ready
Bridesman poses with one of the flower girsl
Bride getting hair done while nursing her daughter
Countertop full of hair products for their Howell wedding
Custom navy bridesmaid robe
Navy invitations and details for Amee and Justin's Howell wedding
Bride and daughter share a tender moment before finishing getting ready for her Howell wedding
Bride's wedding party sitting on the couch
Custom wedding slippers
Bride's dress in front of French doors
Amee getting zipped up in her wedding dress
Bride's gown and her daughter, the flower girl's dress
Bride poses in front of French doors
Amee's wedding party aboard the party bus before their Howell wedding ceremony

Historic All Saints Wedding Chapel in Howell

Once everyone was dressed the party bus came to pick them up and take them to the historic All Saints Wedding Chapel in Howell. If you’re having a smaller wedding, this is adorable! It will hold up to 120 guests and has a balcony as well. The chapel opened in 1880 and has a stunning brick exterior. The front of the building has double wooden doors and steps. It’s shaded in the afternoon and is a prime location for any family or wedding party photos. The inside has been updated a little bit and AC added, which was a lifesaver since it was so humid on Saturday.

Wedding party waiting outside before the Howell wedding
Groom's parents walking down the aisle
Justin seeing Amee for the first time
Bride's parents walking down the aisle for the Howell wedding
Amee walking down the aisle in All Saints Chapel in Howell
Amee and Justin standing at the altar
Exchanging of the rings at their Howell wedding
Justin signing their wedding license
First kiss at All Saints Chapel Howell wedding
Amee signing their wedding license
Bridesmaid getting geared up for the reception
Groomsmen outside of All Saints Wedding Chapel in Howell
Full wedding party after the downtown Howell wedding
Bridesmaids outside of All Saints Wedding Chapel in Howell
Amee and Justin outside the chapel in downtown Howell
Magenta wedding shoes at their Howell wedding
Necklace detail on Howell Michigan bride
Groom outside of All Saints Chapel in Howell
Gorgeous tattooed Michigan bride
Recreating famous Beatles album cover downtown Howell

Downtown Howell Wedding Photos

After the wedding party is done, I like to take the couple off by themselves to get a few images and let them enjoy each other before they get to the reception. Downtown Howell has so many great spots to stop for a quick photo or two. We decided to walk a couple blocks over to the Alley District to capture some sweet moments between them. Amee and Justin warmed up quickly in front of the camera and rocked their photos! The juxtaposition of the historical brick buildings and their loving embrace, is nothing short of magical. And do you see those paper lanterns in the background?! How freaking cute!

Couple poses in the Alley District in downtown Howell
Justin and Amee cuddle together
Tattooed bride Howell Michigan wedding
Couple poses in front of wall covered in ivy

A Familiar Face

After the party bus picked up the couple, Shawna and I made our way back to our cars. We grabbed the most delicious mango smoothies from Uptown Coffeehouse to help us cool down and headed to the reception.

Back at the house, they had a huge tent set up in the backyard and parking marked off for all their guests. A rose petal walkway guided the way from the base of the deck stairs to the tent. While I was waiting for them to get announced, I overheard a woman talking nearby. Instantly I recognized the voice, it was my bus driver from middle school through high school! Mrs. Patty was THE coolest bus driver ever, I mean she drove a motorcycle to work and listened to classic rock on the bus. It doesn’t get much cooler than that. It was so nice to see her after all these years and catch up for a minute.

Lage tent for the backyard wedding reception
Mr and Mrs Solo cups
A photo wall in memory of family and friends that had passed before the wedding
Skeleton key wedding favor
Shot glasses at Howell wedding
My childhood bus driver
Flower girls running through the yard
Wedding party getting announced
Amee and Justin getting announced at their wedding reception
Bridesman getting carried by two groomsmen
Couple walking into their wedding reception
Best man speech at backyard wedding
Maid of Honor speech at backyard wedding reception
Bride hugging sister

First Dance

Under the tent there was plenty of room for everyone to move around and it was all open air. Enzo’s Catering had a delicious buffet set up across the dance floor. After dinner was over Amee and Justin cut the cake then had their first dance. This is one wedding tradition that always makes me emotional. I just love the way the parents watch their children dancing, unaware of the smile across their faces and tears running down their cheeks. It’s like in that moment, they truly realize they aren’t their round faced little babies anymore. Gosh, I couldn’t even write that without my eyes watering, I’m such a sap in my old age!

We ended the night getting funky to the Cupid Shuffle. As we walked back to our cars, the Edison lights came on inside the tent and set the whole yard aglow.

Howell wedding cake
Couple feeding each other cake
Amee and Justin cutting the wedding cake
Cut cake at Whitmore Lake wedding reception
First dance between bride and groom at their backyard reception
Howell couple's first dance
Amee and Justin's first dance
Couple kisses at the end of their first dance
Groomsmen pose for a photo
Girlfriend's of the groomsmen pose together
A quick dip in front of the photo backdrop
Bride and groom pose in their photobooth
A group of guests play a game
Groomsman and his girlfriend dancing
Proud mom looks on as her young daughter dances across the dancefloor
Little girls dancing at the wedding reception
First dance
Bridesmaids dancing at the backyard reception
Howell wedding rings
Howell wedding rings atop a rusted tractor
Bride's mom dancing at the wedding reception
Groom's parents dancing
Guests gather for a photo

Natalie was an amazing photographer for our wedding day! She captured all the right moments and you could truly tell she loved what she was doing! She is also so adapting to any changed plans and brought a fun personable energy to our day. Our photos came out great and had to go get some printed immediately!! I will definitely be recommending to any friends that need a photographer!!

Amee & Justin

Vendors

Ceremony Venue: All Saints Wedding Chapel in Howell, MI
Reception Venue: Amee’s mom’s backyard
Officiant: Judge Mike Hatty
Amee’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Justin’s Tux: Brighton Tux Shop
Catering: Enzo’s Catering
Cake: Wedding Cake Art & Design
Pies: Grand Traverse Pie Co.
Invitations: Shutterfly
Hair & Make-Up: Rylee Heyza & Jamie
DJ & Photobooth: The DJ Guy

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This is such a fun and laid back wedding!

I love how casual this weddig was. Amazing job on the photos! Such an inspiration!

Great documenting style! I am sure they loved all the moments and details you captured for them with your patient eye!

Love the way you’ve captured their story! Masks in the ceremony – a forever reminder of the strange year of 2020!

I love you you broke up the photos with words describing their story all throughout! Looks like it was an awesome wedding day! Great job telling their story.

Wow it looks like it was such a full and lovely day – look at the groom’s emotional face when she entered ! I absolutely love how the bride was colorful and her shoes!! I’m sure they had a wonderful time ^^

Such gorgeous details, and proof that COVID can’t cancel love! Beautiful work.

Ohhh you really captured the entire day perfectly! Love all the details and emotions!

Loving all of the details!! Their day looks perfect

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