Castle Farms, Michigan Fall Outdoor Wedding: Melissa + Kirk

Melissa had always dreamed of saying, “I do!” in a castle. Living in lower Michigan, she didn’t think that would be possible, until she came across Castle Farms in Charlevoix. It was the absolute perfect venue, and the canvas on which she could create the perfect wedding day.

Melissa and Kirk’s love story has been evolving for a number of years. They met, briefly dated, went their separate ways, and then found their way back to each other. They realized how great they were together, and the beautiful family they could have together. So on a misty fall afternoon, Melissa and Kirk prepared for the first day of the rest of their lives.

Wisconsin Wedding Photographer, Castle Farms, Michigan | KLEM Studios

Kirk found the perfect Airbnb to rent for their wedding festivities. Located on a gorgeous, wooded golf course with brilliant fall colors, the log cabin comfortably fit the bride and groom as well as all of their guests. Melissa was hidden away in one of the suites, excitedly getting pampered and prepped for the big day. Children’s laughter rang out inside the cabin, and guests lounged and watched the latest football game. Melissa and I snuck out to her grand chariot (my trusty Ford Fusion) to arrive at Castle Farms before Kirk, keeping her out of sight before the ceremony.

Wisconsin Wedding Photographer, Castle Farms, Michigan | KLEM Studios

The guests were seated in the castle courtyard, and Kirk anxiously stood at the front of the aisle, waiting for Melissa to descend down the stairs. When she did, she was a gorgeous vision to behold. They exchanged heartfelt vows with their closest family and friends bearing witness. Their guests welcomed them into the reception hall, blowing bubbles as Melissa and Kirk made their way in to cut the cake and celebrate with their loved ones. They shared their first dance as everyone looked on, and twirled away into the night to continue the fun at their Airbnb with their nearest and dearest.

Melissa and Kirk, I wish you a lifetime of happiness. May your days be filled with continued friendship, adventure, and endless love. Thank you for choosing me to document one of the best days of your lives.

Much love and appreciation,


This beautiful wedding day wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of these amazing vendors:

Ceremony + Reception: Castle Farms |  Dress store: Miller Bridal and Sewing  | Dress designer: DaVinci Bridal | Suit: Men’s Wearhouse |  Makeup: ALH Beauty