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South Haven Summer Wedding, Black River Barn | Brianna & Matthew

Brianna and Matt were married at the Black River Barn in South Haven, Michigan on a beautiful Friday afternoon. Everything went prefect! The venue was amazing, Black River Barn thought of everything when it comes to weddings! Bri looked stunning in her strapless wedding gown with a deep V and sweetheart neckline from Becker’s Bridal and Matt looked very dapper in his dark burgundy suit from Brighton Tux Shop

Bri wanted to do a first look with her father so we set him up at the top of the grand staircase and had Bri tap him on his shoulder. He looked at Bri, who already had tears in her eyes and gave her a big hug! It was very emotional. Then Bri and Matt wanted to do a first touch. We set them up on either sides of the wall and had them hold hands. They then read their vows to each other. They were so sweet and were both in tears by the end. An amazing moment to be a part of! 

The ceremony was at four and held outside with a backdrop of trees and a pond with a fountain to the side of the ceremony. The setting was very serene and welcoming. The ceremony was very special. It was officiated by a family friend and he did an amazing job! 

After the ceremony we took photos of the bridal party then portraits of the couple by the woods. Then it was time to party! 

The reception was held inside the gorgeous Black River Barn! Everything was decorated very well and on the tables the couple had put pictures of them selves at the same age as the table numbers! We thought that was such a fun idea! They had dark red runners and candles as centerpieces. Dinner was served by Distinctive Catering. The guests had an option to choose chicken or steak. I chose the steak and it was cooked perfect with a side of potatoes and green beans. It was delicious! For dessert they had several different kinds of cupcakes from Stud Muffin Cupcakes. I chose the Samoa flavored one and again, delicious! 

The DJ (Spectrum Entertainment) did a great job and also set up a fun photo booth outside for the guests. Everyone looked like they were having an amazing time! At the end of the night the couple wanted to do a sparkler exit. The DJ announced for everyone to go outside and line up. There were A LOT of guests at this wedding so we had quite a few sparklers to light but with the help of the guests and the DJ it turned out perfect! Just like Bri and Matt’s wedding day! 

Congratulations Brianna and Matt! We wish you guys nothing but the best for your future together!