Inn at Bay Harbor Northern Michigan Wedding

Picture this: The Inn at Bay Harbor, up in the woods and lakeshore of northern Michigan. Anna + Cory were married during a weekend celebrating their love and the support of their family and friends at The Inn at Bay Harbor. There was no lack of gorgeous scenery and meaningful moments to capture. Anna + Cory’s wedding was defined by a classic elegance and I enjoyed filming it all. It’s always a pleasure teaming up with one of my favorite photographers, Breanne, with Breanne Rochelle Photography. We work well together and have a lot of fun in the process.


Anna + Cory on the shores of Lake Huron at The Inn at Bay Harbor.

photo credit: Breanne Rochelle Photography


The ceremony was held at the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods in Indian River, Michigan. It was really special to film in this beautiful setting. The large sanctuary featured floor-to-ceiling windows highlighting the beautiful woods and the cross in the distance. The ceremony was simple, yet elegant. Anna looked stunning in her sleek mermaid-cut wedding dress, and Cory paired perfectly in a formal tuxedo.

We snuck in some pictures and more filming between the ceremony and reception on a bluff above Lake Michigan. The color of the water made for a beautiful setting, and the light breeze gave just enough lift to Anna’s veil for some great filming.


Photo session before Anna + Cory's wedding reception at The Inn at Bay Harbor.

photo credit: Breanne Rochelle Photography


The reception was held at Inn at Bay Harbor in Bay Harbor, Michigan. It was about a 40 minute drive from the ceremony, but completely worth it because the Inn at Bay Harbor is an incredible location. It boasts a 45-hole championship golf course, impeccable accommodations and endless views of Lake Michigan. The reception was in a light-filled tent on the grounds and Anna + Cory were greeted with their guests waving Terrible Towels, the signature of a dedicated Pittsburg Steeler fan, and a nod to their heritage. From there the guests ate a lovely dinner, there was dancing and celebrating, and meaningful toasts. Anna + Cory’s four-layered cake was unique and told a story of their relationship in colorful fondant.


Anna + Cory's Wedding Film from The Inn at Bay Harbor.

Wedding Cinematography: 97 Films


I enjoyed the unique aspects of Anna + Cory’s wedding. Every detail was attended to, and the setting made for beautiful filming and cinematography.


We asked Anna + Cory a few questions about their wedding. Read below.


What are requested shots you'd like us to capture?

Cake - we did a sort of montage of our relationship. Each tier is a different location that's meaningful to us. The bottom tier is Michigan and Pittsburgh (where we each grew up). The middle tier is Phoenix/AZ (where we met and have lived for the past 6+ years). The next tier is Hawaii (where we got engaged and will be honeymooning). The top tier and a few other details in the cake are a subtle shot out to our favorite TV show, Game of Thrones.

Anna + Cory cutting their cake at The Inn at Bay Harbor.

photo credit: Breanne Rochelle Photography


What's the #1 thing people should know about your wedding?

We are bringing friends and family from all over the country, from all stages of our lives, to spend a weekend in Northern Michigan to celebrate with us. We're hoping that they feel how appreciative we are of the love and support they've given us. We're excited to show off how beautiful Northern Michigan is and we hope everyone has a blast!


Cinematographer: 97 Films

Photographer: Breanne Rochelle Photography

Ceremony: Cross in the Woods

Reception: Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection

Hair & Makeup: M.O. Hair & Beauty Lounge

Cake: Bella e Dolce

Florist: 307 Events

Linens: Luxe Event Linen

Wedding Dress: Mori Lee from Bridal Gallery

Bridesmaids Dresses: Birdy Grey

Bride/Groom Suit Designer: Men's Wearhouse

Bride Shoe Designer: Vince Camuto

Veil: Blanca Veils

Grooms Suits: The Black Tux

Trolley Transportation: Northern Michigan Trolley

Entertainment: Pluister Entertainment


We love traveling north! Are you getting married in Northern Michigan? We'd love to be there to capture your wedding celebration! Send me an email [katie@97films.com] or fill out the contact form and let’s chat about how AMAZING your wedding day will be and how I can capture every single detail!


Check out these other blogs about Northern Michigan:

Wedding Season in Michigan | Four Wedding Seasons is Better than One

Inn at Bay Harbor - A Spectacular Venue for your Petoskey, Michigan Wedding

Island House Hotel Mackinac Island Wedding



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