Gretchen + Ryan | Exquisite White Barn Wedding | Etre Farms | St. Joe, Michigan

November 9, 2022

Love can be shown in so many different ways. Sometimes it’s a romantic letter, a sweet kiss, or a simple memento of that love like a bracelet or a special lock and key. But sometimes, you meet those people who don’t just settle for showing love in one way, but instead show it in all ways. As our minds drift back to Gretchen and Ryan’s wedding day, we instantly think of a couple who effortlessly showed their love for each other in a beautiful myriad of ways all throughout the day. From beautiful vows and stolen kisses, to simple gifts and unity locks, the love these two have for each other left its fingerprints on their entire day!

After we spent time with Gretchen and Ryan at their Etre Farms engagement shoot this past summer, we kept finding ourselves noticing their adventures on social media and thinking about how these two truly know how to make life an adventure that they get to experience together. That ability to turn life into an adventure was perfectly displayed throughout their entire day, as each and every aspect of the day was carefully thought through and planned so that everyone could truly celebrate Gretchen and Ryan becoming husband and wife! The venue and the decorations, gorgeous as they were, could not hold a candle to how beautiful Gretchen looked, and when Ryan saw her for the first time, his reaction could only be described as “speechless.”

As the beautiful Etre Farms ended out their first year of serving brides and grooms with Gretchen and Ryan’s wedding, one could almost call it “poetic” when they realize that Gretchen and Ryan unknowingly brought together a few of the same vendors who had served and worked together at Etre’s first wedding of the year all the way back in May 2022! Etre has become a beautiful staple in southwest Michigan, and after spending three different wedding days at this beautiful white barn, we’ve seen the team at Etre grow and become truly exceptional.

Gretchen and Ryan, you both have created such a beautiful balance of love and fun in your relationship. From the first moments we met you, we could see that your sense of adventure, fun, and laughter truly makes you two unique; and after seeing how you can so easily draw others into that beautiful life, we can’t imagine the joy and fun you are now going to bring to others as husband and wife! You said it best when we were leaving, “Let’s get together for some fun and laughter next time we are in Michigan!” Simply put, we can’t wait!

All our best!

J + A

All photos are property of Josh and Andrea Photography LLC.

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