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Jayme + Mike | A Tropical Paradise Destination Wedding | Detroit Wedding Photographer

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Destination Wedding Photographer based in Northern Michigan | Dayna Mae Photography

My favorite part of these tropical destination weddings isn’t the balmy 90-degree weather when it’s snowing back home, or the white sandy beaches that are the perfect accent to any bridal attire. My favorite part is meeting as a vendor, and walking away feeling like part of the family. Jayme and Mike’s destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta was no different.

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Peninsula Room | Traverse City Michigan | Wedding Photography

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Adam and Melissa, two people with ginormous hearts from the mitten, that life’s paths led them both to the East Coast after college. But, they knew in their hearts that coming home to Michigan for their wedding was something they both wanted.  And not just anywhere in Michigan, but the breathtaking views of Traverse City. Their first look at the Chateau Chantal Winery of Traverse City, gave for the best view, quite arguably, in the entire state. This couple, in essence, had that something that we hope all couples have in front of our camera’s. Them. Their Stories. Their lives as individuals, and the excitement that comes from combining those separate stories, into one on their wedding day.

With storms rated almost hurricane strength just the weekend before, family and friends from all over the Country were happy when there was just a little sprinkle during their ceremony, “for luck”, and not the storms from the weekend before. With damage still being all around the town, uprooted trees, and power lines down, it became a quick “joke” of the day, as the ceremony had an uprooted tree right by it. Melissa was a trooper about the situation, and they both agreed we had to use it in the photos somehow. (hence, the night rain photo when them on the uprooted tree :))

The Peninsula Room in Traverse City, overlooking Lake Michigan was where their reception was held, and where friends and family learned to Polka thanks to Adam and his mom’s first dance. Where they celebrated as the New “Mr&Mrs.” Yorkers. (Melissa and Adam York)

Adam and Melissa, wishing you nothing but the best this life has to offer you back in the East Coast. What an amazing time celebrating with you two! Congrats.

blessings, dayna


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Jamie + Frank: A Snow Moon Ranch Wedding

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Jamie and Frank are THE most superstar couple we know, hands down. If you know Jamie, you know her addiction to glitter and glam, and if you know Frank, well, He doesn’t mind sharing the stage with his now wife, Mrs. Jamie Dusina! The way they compliment each other , is ridiculously adorable, and somewhat nauseating, but in the nicest way + absolute perfection. To read more about the start of their story click here!

This wedding was extremely special to me, not just because it was a GORGEOUS up north Mitten wedding, but because Jamie is family.. She’s my cousin, who I was always excited to see on the holiday’s, especially because she always had the COOLEST stuff, and the best stories! You know, the kind that would make you literally roll on the floor laughing. The entire time of their engagement, brought us closer, and we got to know Frank, laugh with them, and enjoy the planning stages +  everything leading up to their big day.  I couldn’t be more exited for them, and  honored to share this day capturing every moment, and living it, with my family. Especially since this was Father’s day weekend, being surround by my dad’s immediate family was entirely heartwarming, He would have been honored to be there! 🙂

As if this wedding couldn’t be anymore perfect, a gorgeous couple, breath taking venue, Llama’s, Lake Michigan, family + friends, weather that was out of a dream…. AND, we had the joy to work next to two of our favorite friends Brian and Stacey, as they captured the video of the day! 😀 This is one of my longest blog posts, but everything about it was so close to my heart, I wanted everyone to be able to feel it the way I did when working on them!

Jamie + Frank, I can only imagine the big plans that are in store for your future together, as you continue to look at, embrace +  pursue each other the way you did on your wedding day… Love you two, and Matt and I were honored to be there, with you, every step of the way!

blessings, dayna

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A Few shout outs:

Venue:  Snow Moon Ranch, Acres and acres of an intimate farm land, the sweetest owners, and breath taking view of the lake, owner and day of coordinator, Juliet Sprouse

Video: Brian + Stacey: an incredible husband + wife video team with hearts, and minds bigger than the universe!

Band/Live Entertainment: Nine Mile Smile: okay… really… I’m just going to say it! THE ABSOLUTE BEST crowd pleaser, fun, OOBER TALENTED live band, out of Chicago!!

Cake: Lenea Renshaw

Flowers: Elements of Elegance

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