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Josh and Ashley | Meijer Gardens, MI | Grand Rapids Elopement Photographer

Ashley and Josh had the most gorgeous intimate Meijer Gardens Elopement! I love being a Grand Rapids elopement photographer, especially when I get to go to one of my favorite venues in the area! These two also did their engagement session at Meijer Gardens in the winter so coming back and seeing how different it is during the summer is a real treat!

The Couple 

These two met online and after dating for 4 years decided it was time to start their lives together as husband and wife! Ashley has such a sweet and caring personality and Josh is so level headed and calm. Getting to know them was so fun, especially since Ashley has an art background and went to Kendall College with me! Both of them said how important it was to keep the ceremony and celebration small and all about family!

The Elopement

Everything was kept simple, about 15 people attended, most of which were close family. Ashley’s dress was simple and elegant, form fitting without being too tight! She looked absolutely incredible with her formal updo and bouquet from Stems Market. Josh rocked the dark gray suit and was definitely one of the most dapper grooms I’ve worked with! 

We did a first look with the two of them but also a father first look which if you ask me was the greatest thing ever! I wish every first look was as incredible and emotional as this one, but quiet intimate moments are amazing too. We headed to the Japanese garden for the ceremony who was officiated by the groom’s brother, something he was very proud to do. After that we got a chance to explore the grounds and even did a secret first dance in the conservatory. 

Groom and Groomsman at Meijer Gardens during an elopement

photos of groom in gray suit and glasses during formal portraits

groom and best man photographs

classic groom photos during formal photos

liv lyszyk photography a grand rapids wedding and elopement photographer captures intimate first look in greenhouse in grand rapids michigan

bride and groom first look in greenhouse

father daughter first look at meijer gardens at beginning of elopement

father daughter bridal first look with lots of emotion and tears

bride with maid of honor and groom in meijer gardens tropical conservatory

bride and groom at their elegant greenhouse grand rapids michigan elopement

moody wedding and elopement photography

elopement ceremony in summer

first kiss from bride and groom

family hugging after michigan summer elopement

Grand Rapids wedding and elopement photographers Liv Lyszyk

bride and maid of honor hugging in japanese garden

bride and groom at their elegant greenhouse grand rapids michigan elopement

bride and groom at their elegant greenhouse grand rapids michigan elopement

black and white and color photographs of bride and groom walking up hill at meijer gardens

viewing hill with bride and groom

Viewing hill at Meijer Gardens during summer elopement and intimate wedding

Josh and Ashley in the Japanese Garden at Meijer Gardens Elopement

Bride and groom with veil at golden hour in Grand Rapids MI

bride at meijer gardens for grand rapids wedding photographer liv lyszyk photography

bridal portraits against dark leafy background

bride and groom portraits in greenhouse at meijer gardens

First dance photographs for bride and groom

Bride at her elopement taken by Liv Lyszyk Photography

This gorgeous day was such a fun time! If you are looking for a Grand Rapids elopement photographer check out Liv Lyszyk Photography  and contact for more info! To see more from Liv check out the blog posts below! 

Winnie and Eric’s Adventurous Michigan State Engagement Session! https://livlyszyk.com/winnie-and-eric-michigan-state-university-east-lansing-mi-michigan-engagement-photographer/

Erica and Nathan’s Intimate Backyard Wedding https://livlyszyk.com/michigan-backyard-wedding-photographers/

T and R’s Traditional LGBTQ Wedding https://livlyszyk.com/t-and-r-mason-mi-lgbtq-wedding-photographer/

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