Goei Center Wedding
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sarah and Travis, a truly delightful couple, recently tied the knot in a picturesque wedding ceremony at the Goei Center this past weekend. They chose this industrial wedding venue located in the vibrant city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. As their wedding photographer, I couldn’t help but be amazed by their love and the beauty of the venue’s surroundings. In this blog post, I will take you on a journey through their wedding, highlighting the charm of the Goei Center, the appeal of Grand Rapids as a wedding destination, and the unforgettable moments shared by Sarah and Travis.
Situated in the heart of Grand Rapids, the Goei Center offers a one-of-a-kind wedding experience with its industrial chic atmosphere. The venue’s exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and large windows create a captivating backdrop for any couple’s special day. Sarah and Travis were captivated by the venue’s aesthetic appeal and versatility, as it provided ample space for both their intimate ceremony and lively reception, perfectly accommodating their guests.
The day began with Sarah and her ladies gathered by the coy pond, where the talented team at Hanna Wagner Design worked their magic, ensuring that every bride, bridesmaid, and important mother looked naturally beautiful. As the excitement filled the air, I carefully photographed their invitation suite from Truly Engaged, capturing all the finer details.
Time seemed to fly by, and soon it was time for Sarah to get dressed in the bridal suite while Travis was preparing in a nearby hotel. Before sharing their own first look as a couple, Sarah took a few extra moments to have a special first look with her father, cherishing the support and love of her parents. Capturing these heartfelt moments was a true joy.
After Sarah and her father shared hugs and tears, the anticipation built as Sarah prepared to see Travis for the first time. I distinctly recall watching Travis taking deep breaths, eagerly awaiting the moment he would turn around and lay eyes on his beautiful bride. The excitement between them was palpable, and I had the privilege of capturing their genuine emotions through my lens.
Sarah looked absolutely radiant in her exquisite wedding dress, adorned with delicate beading from Becker’s Bridal. The addition of a light, cathedral-length veil added an ethereal touch to their couple’s portraits. Travis looked equally dashing in his sharp grey suit from Generation Tux, exuding sophistication and style.
As we embarked on their portraits, we were joined by their incredible wedding party, who were up for some fun and unique poses. It was evident that Sarah and Travis had chosen the best of the best to accompany them on their special day.
The wedding ceremony, though brief, was filled with heartfelt and personal moments. Having shared private vows during their first look earlier in the day, Sarah and Travis were able to fully immerse themselves in the present moment during the ceremony. The love and connection they shared left a lasting impression on everyone in attendance.
As the reception unfolded, the dance floor became a joyous celebration of love. From energetic hits like “To the Windows to the Wall” to crowd-pleasers like “Sweet Caroline,” the atmosphere was electric. The music seamlessly transitioned between line dances and slow country songs, ensuring that everyone had an opportunity to revel in the joyous festivities. Photographing the pure bliss and exhilaration on the faces of Sarah, Travis, and their guests was an absolute delight.
Being chosen to document Sarah and Travis’ wedding was an immense honor for me as their photographer. Their love, the enchanting setting of the Goei Center, and the vibrant spirit of Grand Rapids combined to create an unforgettable day. From the breathtaking moments during the ceremony to the exuberant dance floor, their wedding was filled with genuine happiness and cherished memories. As a witness to their beautiful love story, I am deeply grateful to have
Venue | Goei Center
Main Photographer | Stephanie Parshall Photography, LLC
Flowers | Lings Moment
HMUA | Hanna Wagner Design
Wedding Dress | Beckers Bridal
Engagement Ring + Wedding Band | James Allen Rings
Wedding Band | Manly Bands
2nd Photographer | Nicole Dingman Photography
Suits | Generation Tux
Invitations | Truly Engaging
Day of Coordinator | Taryn Ashley Design LLC
DJ | West Michigan D.J. Services