We had such a blast capturing Lauren and Mike’s wedding festivities in July! They were married at the pavilion at NMU and their reception was the first we got to shoot at the newly renovated NMU Ballrooms. Mike and Lauren were surrounded by many loving friends and family - you could feel the joy everyone felt to be a part of their day. The newlyweds ended the night with a sparkler exit and fireworks!
DJ: Double Trouble DJ's
Venue:Northern Center at Northern Michigan University
Hair and Makeup: PüR salon
Josh and Saydi had a beautiful wedding at Rib Mountain State Park. The weather was perfect and you couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. Josh and Saydi were High School sweethearts who have loved each other for most of their lives. That really showed in their day and in how much joy they had to be marrying each other. It was a pleasure to celebrate the day with them and capture their Wedding Film.
Some of the amazing vendors we worked with!
Laura Schmitt Photography
Rib Mountain Ski Resort
evolutions in design
Studio E Salon and Spa
This May, we had the opportunity to travel to New Jersey to document Brad and Brittany’s wedding day! It was easy to see how loved these two are by the amount of people who traveled from near and far to be there in support of their marriage. Brad and Brittany are in love, plain and simple, you can tell it by the words they wrote to each other, the vows they pledged to each other, and the way they look at each other! It was a joy to be there with them as to take the next steps of their lives together!
Here are some of the fantastic vendors we got to work with:
Barbara Gabrielle - Photography
Raritan Valley Country Club - Reception Venue
Ultimate Entertainment - DJ/MC
We first met John and Margaret when they were visiting Marquette to do some wedding planning during the winter. They are the kind of people who always have a big smile on their faces and that joy that they share is contagious!
The ladies got ready at the Penthouse of the Landmark. They had a beautiful view of the city as they prepared for the day! The men got ready at an AirBnB that was perfect for their group. Everyone was transported to the Presque Isle Bandshell for the wedding ceremony by the trolley.
John and Margaret’s ceremony was so perfect. They wrote their vows together which were beautiful. Our favorite part was the Blessing of the Hands in the ceremony where their parents placed a cloth on their hands and a beautiful blessing was read while the parents placed their hands on their children.
After the ceremony, the group took a little hike through Presque to some quieter cliffs than Black Rocks for portraits. Then the trolley took them all to board the Pelican, a private yacht that took them around Lower Harbor. Their reception was at the Yacht Club and the wedding party arrived on the Pelican! We even got some drone footage of the boat arriving.
From there, all the people that love John and Margaret partied through the evening. When quiet hours began, everyone headed to the Delft Bistro for snacks and to watch the Michigan State game. John and Margaret’s happiness was felt by all throughout the day. We absolutely loved being a part of it all!
Some of the he amazing Vendors we got to work alongside:
Photos: Sabrina Leigh Studios
DJ: Double Trouble DJs
Planning and Flowers: Knots and Kisses
Catering: Delft Bistro
Venue: Landmark, Presque Isle, Lake Superior Yacht Yard, Delft Bistro
Cake: Joe’s Cakes
Matt and I (Lauren) have been eager to announce that our team is expanding (in more ways than one)! We are expecting our first child in early July! This has been something we’ve been hoping and praying about for some time now, and we are excited that this dream is becoming a reality.
Some may be wondering, “What does that mean for Matthew Hill Creative? Aren’t most of your weddings in the summer?” I will continue to handle the paperwork and correspondence side of things through the summer. I’ll be back filming weddings with the team in August, September, and October. Noah, who has been a part of our team since the very beginning will continue to be a big part of wedding day filming. We’ve also brought on Elliot Kennedy to film with Matt and Noah in May, June, and July. We are so thrilled to have him be a part of the team. Be sure to check out his work on Instagram @elliotjkennedy (he’s awesome!).
This summer is shaping up to be fun and exciting! We can’t wait for Elliot (and Cece) to join the team!
John and Nicole’s day was so beautiful from start to finish. John and the boys started their day off hiking at Roxborough State Park while the girls enjoyed a relaxed morning getting ready in their hotel suite. The celebration was all located at Sanctuary Golf Course near Denver, Colorado. This venue was stunning in all respects, with the mountains as a backdrop for all the events. John and Nicole included so many thoughtful details in their day. They wrote letters to each other and shared their handwritten vows under a beautiful pavilion. John’s grandpa and Nicole’s grandma were the ring bearer and flower girl. Their first dance, father-daughter dance, and mother-son dance were all choreographed and beautiful (with fun surprises, too)! The night ended with a sparkler exit after a closing down the dance floor! We had such a blast spending time with John and Nicole and being a part of their special day!
Photographer: Jamie Beth Photography
Venue: Sanctuary Golf Course
We were super excited to work with Michelle and Craig after we initially chatted on the phone about doing their wedding film. We were even more excited after getting the opportunity to spend some time with them at Iron Bay while they were visiting Marquette a couple months prior to their wedding day! Their wedding day and festivities did not disappoint. They were wonderful people and their day was glorious!
We first met up with Michelle at hair appointments. Her crew was having a great time snacking and getting dolled up for the big day ahead. After Michelle’s hair was done, we snuck her away to this cute little staircase in one of the buildings on Washington Street to have her read her beautiful letter to Craig. Then, we headed to the Holiday Inn to catch Craig and the guys getting ready.
St. Louis the King was such a gorgeous church to be married in! It had so much light and the ceremony. The grounds were the perfect place for Michelle’s dad to have his first look. The ceremony went off without a hitch.
Portraits were done at Presque Isle. A lot of people have their wedding portraits done there, but few are lucky enough to have the perfect and unique conditions that Michelle and Craig had on their day. The fog was rolling in and it made for the dreamiest portraits ever!
Festivities continued at the Holiday Inn - Marquette. The whole crew danced the night away and celebrated Michelle and Craig so well!
Vendors for the day who we worked alongside were:
📸 Boy Girl Beauty World
🎤 Double Trouble DJ's
💇🏻♀️ Jessica & Co.
🎉 Holiday Inn Marquette
🌹 Weddings by Jeff Heidtman
🎊 Knots & Kisses
🚌 Elite Limousine, LLC
Where do we even start with Amanda and Pat’s wedding? There was so much to love about how they planned their day. They got married in Amanda’s parents yard, surrounded by beautiful trees, a really cool wooden arch covered in greenery, and the people nearest and dearest to them! You could feel the love between them in every glance they cast in each other’s direction, the thoughtful words they shared with each other, and the way they held each other close. We were so excited to shoot with Amanda and Richard of Root and Arrow Photography for this wedding!
It was a hot day but everyone was in good spirits for all the outdoor portraits. This was one of the few weddings where we ended up finishing pictures ahead of schedule and the bridal party got a chance to relax at Ore Dock Brewing Company prior to the start of the reception. The reception was at Barrel + Beam. It was the first reception they hosted and they did an AMAZING JOB! We highly recommend this venue for any engaged couples out there. After a delicious meal catered by Rollin’ Smoke BBQ, we got to sneak Pat and Amanda out for some beautiful sunset portraits!
It was a glorious day and it couldn’t have gone more smoothly!
At the beginning of August, we had the pleasure of shooting the wedding film for Jessica and Justin. We first met up with them in late January at a local coffee shop and quickly realized we shared a love for Star Wars and books. They got married at Kaufman Auditorium, it was an awesome venue to tie the knot! This was also our first time shooting along side Dylan and Marisa of Boy Girl Beauty World! They were truly wonderful people to work alongside and we were excited that we had another chance to work with again them later in the summer.
Jessica and Justin’s wedding day was absolutely beautiful! We loved how they were true to themselves and incorporated the things and people they loved in their wedding day. Jessica is a local librarian and read a book as a part of her vows (we LOVED that they wrote their own!). Their family dog Anthem was the ring bearer. Their cake, done by Midtown Bakery, was made to look like a book and all of their tables were assigned a book rather than a number. Jessica is also a part of the Borealis Dancers and the troupe performed prior to the ceremony and during the reception. They danced the night away at the Holiday Inn - Marquette and it was a fantastic evening!
Congrats again to Jessica and Justin!
The OK Factor is a string duo based out of Minneapolis, MN. They released their education initiative, ATLAS, on August 1st! Back in July, we shot a music video for them to promote ATLAS at Bareback Ridge, or as some call it the “Top of the World” in Marquette. For those who have never taken the time to head there, it’s a gorgeous alternative to Sugar Loaf and Hogsback if you only have a little time to make the trek and have a car that can handle the dirt road out there.
The night we shot the video was absolutely beautiful! We had a stretch of hot weather the week, but when we reached the ridge, there was a beautiful breeze. Olivia and Karla were fantastic sports, as they hiked carrying their instruments on their backs and didn’t skip a beat (get it?).
We love doing films about couples in love, but it was fun to do something a little different! We hope you enjoy the music video for “Imaginary Friend” by The OK Factor! Be sure to check out The OK Factor on facebook or visit www.theokfactoratlas.com