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I was so excited to be able to come back to The Vintage Rose Barn in Gobles Michigan to photograph Alex and Stephen’s romantic rustic barn wedding. Their wedding had a very romantic feel with the backdrop of the gorgeous barn and outbuildings. Photographing weddings at the The Vintage Rose Barn is just down right easy and fun!

Stephen and Alex were so excited about their wedding day. You could feel the eagerness, the nervousness and the anticipation. One of my favorite moments of the day is when they were back to back reading each other hand written letters before they turned around to see each other for the “first look”. It was such a sweet moment and one I am sure they will never forget and always cherish from their wedding day.

It was suppose to be a hot day and it was….and it was suppose to rain….it did not! Honestly, it was a perfect sunny Summer Michigan Saturday to get married on!

We love to make our wedding blog posts all about the couple and so we asked them to share their story and their memories about their wedding day….enjoy reading all about them  below. 🙂


  • Steven and I met at a wedding in February 2015. We hit it off right away and he asked for my phone number. All week we talked on the phone getting to know one another. The next weekend was Valentine’s day and he asked me to come over to his house and stay the weekend with him. We have been inseparable ever since!


Stunning dress displayed at the vintage rose barn

Special Mother daughter moment as they get ready at the Vintage Rose Barn

Bridesmaids have all the fun in their cute floral robes at the vintage rose barn

Family jewelry and heirlooms documented in the bridal bouquet

Steven and I dedicated 2017 to our bucket list where we created new goals as a couple.   We took on a big fall project by building our basement and our dream home.  Two weeks after ground broke, and all we were left with was a huge, empty whole in the middle of the earth.  We both pretended not to be terrified adults!  On October 6, 2017 Steven walked me to the top of the dirt hill and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Together we built a life we love and everyday has been a victory celebration.  We even filled a glass jar with the sandy dirt that he proposed to me on that’s in our new home. 

Beautiful bride walking to her groom for the first look at the ceremony site at the vintage rose barn

  • My best memory from our wedding day was seeing Steven for the first time standing underneath the tree.  I was walking towards him and the view was breathtaking.  I remember the bright green grass, polished white chairs and feeling the sunshine on my arms, it was pure bliss.  I was walking towards my future husband and he looked so damn handsome! We stood back to back and read our letters we wrote to each other.  We counted to three and turned around and it was true closeness and raw emotion while we had our private moment to reflect, soak each other in, and truly remind ourselves what the day is all about.  His favorite memory from our wedding day was marrying me and having our first kiss as husband and wife. Woohoo!!

Bride and Groom Sharing hand written letters before they see each other for the first time

The characteristic I love most about Steven is his generous and enthusiastic persona for everything he does in life.  He is cheerful, humble and doesn’t take life too serious. The characteristic he loves about me is my originality.  I’m not afraid to hop off the bandwagon and host a shindig on my own!

 the joy of the first look of the bride and groom

Bride and groom under the trees at the vintage rose barn

We love to go on new adventures! Anytime we can take time off work, we enjoy going up north to go camping, kayaking, rafting, hiking, etc. In the summer’s we love to stay on Mackinac Island and wander are way north to Pictured Rocks. The Upper Peninsula holds a special place in our hearts. Our biggest and most dearest journey is chasing waterfalls in Michigan. 

Black and white photograph of scrunchy nose smiles with bride and groom

Romantic moments with the rustic backdrop of the vintage rose barn

  • If there was one thing I could change about the day it would be that I wish I didn’t have a moment of being to some extent, “bridezilla-ish” before getting into my wedding dress. (I panicked because I left my wedding dress belt at home, the room was small/hot, and I felt rushed and overwhelmed).  But being at your own wedding can feel like you’re in a dream.  The experience is honestly surreal it’s like, “OMG.. I’m wearing a wedding dress and I’m going to be somebody’s wife!” 

Fun wedding parties make the best photographs with the rustic barn in the background

Bridal party laughing at each other and having fun at the vintage rose barn

My best advice is don’t worry or stress about any of the details on your big day!! Things might go wrong but that is why you should have a wedding coordinator/friend to minimize the cluster. Everyone want’s their big day to be perfect so if you’re going to worry, make sure you get all of your worries/pressure/stress out a couple of days before, so you can enjoy your wedding week and all the fun events leading up to the big day.  Stay grounded by taking deep breaths and reminding yourself to be in the moment.  But remember that it’s perfectly okay to feel a bit in awe of everything and everyone around you.

Breathtaking bride on her one and only wedding day off the shoulder dress with long cathedral veil


Million dollar grin from the groom looking at his bride

Wedding ceremony site at the vintage rose barn with rustic barn doors and barrels

First kiss as husband and wife under the chandelier in the trees at the vintage rose barn

  • Camping! – Go figure 🙂 We went rafting down the Pine River.

Smiles and kiss from the bride and groom at their Vintage Rose Barn Wedding

Bride and groom kissing in front of rustic old barn

  • Our biggest accomplishment together was deciding to tear down our old double wide trailer, and live in a camper on our property for 3 months while our house was being built. We would wake up in the mornings and didn’t have running water because the pipes would freeze overnight. There’s something about being in love and creating magical monuments that can get you through anything! It’s all about embracing each and every day !

Rustic burlap Wedding reception details at the Vintage Rose Barn in Gobles Michigan

First dance under the chandeliers in the Vintage Rose barn

A wonderful special memory from our wedding was being able to honor my Dad during our wedding ceremony. He is not here to walk me down aisle because he passed away in 2000.  We had a special dedicated song the celloist played for him in his spirit. Also, my amazing and strong momma walked me down the aisle and that was wonderful too!! 

Bride and groom photographed with Sunset light and chandeliers

The top three priorities in our life as a couple is to keep God the center of our relationship and to always know that we have something to be grateful for. The second priority is to always strive to give each other the very best of ourselves; not what’s left over after we have given our best to everyone else.  The third priority is to not sweat the small stuff!!! Life is too short to get upset at the little things. 

Wedding rings and flowers are a great match to photograph

Bride and groom walking through a cornfield with bare feet at the vintage rose barn

Bride and groom kissing at sunset on their wedding day at the Vintage Rose Barn

Bride and Groom dancing at sunset on their wedding day in a corn field

Any last words???

Melissa, your photography and creativity for photos is absolutely stunning and fairy-tale like. I am SO happy you do what you do!!! Thank you!!

Ending the perfect wedding day being photographed under the sunset



Venue: The Vintage Rose Barn-

Caterer: Q It Up-

DJ: DJ Magnum Services.

Florist: Vandersalm’s-

Wedding cake/dessert bar: Cousin’s Creations-

Portable Restrooms: Plumber’s Toilet Services-