Kara & Jordan’s Michigan Wedding


Wow, again it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. Hopefully I really will have time to keep up with it one of these days. I absolutely must blog Kara and Jordan’s wedding though.

Kara and Jordan attend Bible college together in Cleveland, TN. They met here, fell in love, and decided to get married on June 6, 2009 in Cleveland, TN. When Kara went home to Michigan for the holidays and was showing her engagement photos to her father, who has Multiple Sclerosis, she decided that she couldn’t get married without her Dad at her wedding. The only problem being – her dad can no longer leave his home except via ambulance. So, Kara decided to move the wedding date up and move it to Michigan. I agreed to take the 1700 mile road trip to photograph her wedding there. I’m so glad that I did.

The drive was long but thankfully my dear friend, Andrea Waters, agreed to accompany me. I couldn’t have made it without her! When we arrived in Schoolcraft, Michigan we went straight to Kara’s parents house where we were warmly welcomed by her family and friends. We scoped out the house, worked on some wedding plans, then headed to the hotel for the night.

The wedding was on Sunday. It was chilly, but beautiful as Jordan and Kara were married in the living room of her parents house. The ceremony was small, intimate, and beautiful. I can’t begin to list all of the touching moments where I almost broke down in tears. A moment following the ceremony, when Jordan leaned over to Kara’s father and said, “Don’t worry Sir, I’ll take good care of her” – still brings tears to my eyes.

It was an amazing reminder to me, and hopefully will be to others – that amazing weddings aren’t all about the perfect venue, the perfect caterer, the perfect band… they’re about the people, the emotion, two lives coming together while surrounded by family and friends who love them.

Kara & Jordan’s wedding was beautiful, emotional, and unforgettable.I could literally post a hundred images here… but I’ve narrowed it down to a very small sneak peek in to their wedding day.

Big thanks to the wedding party for happily freezing for photos in the cold Michigan twilight. I also want to give a huge thanks to Zach King for helping hold my gigantic reflector on a very windy day.

Jordan & Kara: Thank you for allowing me to experience your wedding day with you, to capture the love you both share, and to get to know many of your family and friends. I wish you both all of the love and happiness in the world. I’ll see you at your reception in June, if not sooner!

Melody Hood


  1. Christina on July 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    stellar images, melody! thanks for leading me to your blog!

  2. Lisette price on July 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Melody. Seriously. Wow. These shots outdoors are jaw dropping!!! What a beautiful story and a blessing for the bride to have her father at the wedding.

  3. Debbie & Matt Reams on July 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Such a wonderful collection of moments for everyone to share – thank you for capturing the love and showing all of us who could not be there in person to hug and wish them all the best! A real treasure for all of us in Atlanta! Thank you!

  4. Autumn Thomes: on July 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Wow… so many wonderful images that I want to comment on but I can’t see straight because of the tears in my eyes!!! Gorgeous work, Melody… and what a beautiful wedding. Too often everyone forgets what a wedding is truly about – nice to see that there are still plenty that remember! What a wonderful couple!

  5. Richard and Barbara Tully: on July 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    What a beautiful collection of pictures from Kara’s wedding. We have known Kara’s dad and mom for 40 years but because we spend three months in Florida during the winter months, we were unable to be at the wedding, much to our disappointment. Thank you for sharing with us!

  6. Kim Baty on July 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I love the country road pictures and the barn pictures and the field pictures. I love all the pictures! You are an awesome photographer! Can you post more pictures of Kara, please!

  7. Angela Hayward on July 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    You are a great photograoher! Beautiful pictures! Thanks for posting them!

  8. Kerri Banyas on July 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    you are AMAZING! I love how beautifully you captured their day! I so need to meet you one day! Next time you are in MI or I am in TN we need to hang out!

  9. Nessa on July 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    unbelievable. you are so gifted. what a beautiful couple, beautiful story. i think this is my favorite set of photos i have seen in a while!!!!

  10. Jana Kunz on July 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Okay, you made me tear up. So not fair and unprepared sitting at work. These are so touch and so beautiful. You are such an amazing photographer.

  11. John crozier on July 28, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    These are nice. I love you choice of locations. Awesome light. I love the last one. great framing and exposure. I am guessing you used some sort of umbrella. Good work.

  12. Tessa on July 28, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    These are BEAUTIFUL! And that barn is to die for!

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  15. Elaine Gates on August 5, 2009 at 10:06 am

    love the group photograph in the barn and super cool mirror shots!