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Leigh and Jim

If you were to go to Leigh and Jim’s instagram profiles, you would probably see in their bio that they are travel enthusiasts and fitness junkies. This describes their life perfectly. Both the bride and groom love to explore, celebrate with their friends and family, and are all about staying active. In fact, that is how they met! Leigh and Jim met at physical therapy clinic. This was when Jim was finishing up his pre med degree, and when Leigh was working on her master’s degree. So much has happened between then and now. In this, time, was their Castle Farms Wedding photographed by me, the Michigan Wedding Photographer Smitten Mitten.

Castle Farms Wedding | Michigan Wedding Photographer

Welcome to the blog! If you are new here, my name is Ashley and I am the owner of Smitten Mitten Photography. Located in Michigan, I travel all over the state to photograph wedding days for couples! My style is all about true to color, because it shows your wedding day through my eyes. I believe in photography that really shows who you are as a couple and what your wedding day is all about!

Castle Farms Wedding | Michigan Wedding Photographer

On the wedding day, Leigh and Jim agreed on doing a first look outside in front of the castle farms. Leigh did write a letter to Jim, that really only set the emotions for their first look. Needless to say, even the vendors were in tears over how this played out. The emotion on their faces says it all about this incredible first look.

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bride and groom hugging on wedding day
Castle Farms Wedding | Michigan Wedding Photographer
groom crying when seeing his bride
Castle Farms Wedding | Michigan Wedding Photographer
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bride and groom facing each other with wedding veil over them

Another favorite part from this wedding day was the first dance as husband and wife. Leigh and Jim had this choreographed first dance that left the guest in smiles! It was so beautiful, romantic, and fun! I love seeing first dances like this, for it does bring out a unique side of the wedding day!

Castle Farms Wedding | Michigan Wedding Photographer

Castle Farms Wedding | Michigan Wedding Photographer

Come time for the ceremony, Leigh’s Aunt and Uncle walked her down the aisle, making these moments one of the purest of the wedding day.

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Castle Farms wedding venue
Castle Farms Wedding | Michigan Wedding Photographer
Castle Farms Wedding | Michigan Wedding Photographer

In one of the hardest moments from this day though, is paying tribute to one of the groomsman. It was a few weeks after the wedding that he had passed away. He was a dear friend of the both Leigh and Jim.

The Wedding Details

Looking for inspiration on your deciding you wedding colors? Or, maybe you are looking for reception decoration ideas. Here are some of my favorites from this wedding day that might inspire you for your wedding!

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Castle Farms Wedding | Michigan Wedding Photographer
White indoor reception hall at castle farms in Michigan
White indoor reception hall at castle farms in Michigan
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Castle Farms Wedding | Michigan Wedding Photographer

Castle Farms Wedding Vendor Team

This wedding for Leigh and Jim could not have happened without the help of this incredible wedding vendor team! We all came together and made this amazing day happen! If you are looking for a wedding team that will make your day amazing, you have to check these local businesses out!

Photographer: Smitten Mitten Photography

Venue: Castle Farms

Dress – A’doraBelle Bridal (Waterford Township)

Suits – Wezner’s Tuxedo (sterling heights)

Flowers + Design + Wedding Coordination – Element Event Design

Cake – One Thirty Nine Delights (Stephanie Gillam)

Catering – Grey Gables Restaurant (Charlevoix)

DJ – Pro DJ Services (Jason Parent)

Photo Booth – Mammothbooth

Transportation – Midnight Madness Bus

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