Erika and John were originally going to get married last year, but like so many other couples, their plans were thrown for a loop by the pandemic. Instead of simply choosing to postpone, though, Erika and John literally had to- living in Spain, they weren't even allowed to travel together to the United States last year to get married! These two made the best of tough circumstances though, and opted to legally marry in Spain while postponing their religious ceremony and celebration in Michigan until this year.
I met Erika and John through a mutual professor whom Erika and I shared at the University of Michigan, and I immediately hit it off with them both (in Spanish!) After graduating from Michigan, Erika traveled to Spain on a Fulbright scholarship and met John, who is from Colombia, in their mutual singing group for church. They now live in La Rioja, but Erika's family remains in Grand Haven, Michigan. I don't often get to use Spanish or travel more than a few hours for weddings, and Erika and John's wedding was such a fun opportunity to do both!
My assistant Abel and I began the day at Grand Haven Church of the Nazarene as Erika and John got ready separately. We then did portraits outside the church with each side of their wedding party before their ceremony began in the early afternoon. During the ceremony, Erika and John included a song they performed themselves, since music was such an integral part of how they met! After their ceremony, we did family portraits in the church before heading to North Beach Park for portraits on the shores of Lake Michigan. We then headed to Trillium Events for Erika and John's evening reception.
Below are a few favorites from Erika and John's day. Congratulations to these two!