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Miss Lyss Photography LLC specializes in adventurous fine art wedding photography based in Clarkston, MI

Nate and Mariah's Cozy Rainy Day Wedding| Byron, Michigan

Nate and Mariah's wedding was such a wonderful day. I have known Mariah for years and to see her in her wedding dress almost made me cry I was so happy for her! 

It was full of warm and cozy vibes as it was pooring rain the entire day.  Mariah's grandma unfortunately passed away not long before her wedding day but you could feel her presence throughout the entire day. Everyone made their way into the tent in the yard surrounded by twinkling lights and candles. Mariah and Nate grinned ear to ear as they finally tied the knot and the rest of the night was filled with joy, laughter, food, and fun. The rain had brought everyone close together that day. 

Shout out to Milkweed Flora and Bombshell bridal for making Mariah and Nate's day that much more special. 

"Have your Cake and Eat it too." Gabrielle and John's two Part Mackinac Island and Port Huron Wedding

So many couple's have this dilemma do you have a small intimate wedding with close family and friends or do you have a huge wedding and reception with more people? What if we told you that you could do both Have your cake and eat and too? Well John and Gabrielle did both one weekend they had their ceremony on Mackinac Island with close family and friends and then the weekend immediately following had a big reception in  Port Huron with all their friends and family. It was one of the most stress free magical weddings we had the pleasure of being apart of.  Join us February 12th at 7:30pm for a Facebook live interview and Q&A with the couple to chat about the pros and cons of having your wedding day set up like this. 

Part 1 Mackinac Island:

It was a perfect sunny day we arrived at the Historic Mission Church to a bride and groom beaming with joy. When the bride walked into the sanctuary there wasn't a dry eye in the room the room. The entire ceremony with filled with laughter and tears.  After I do's were said a horse and buggy waited outside and the two walked out of the church with their friends and family cheering to wave them good bye. It was a true send off one that every bride dreams of.

As most of you know or may not know  Mackinac Island does not allow cars so most get around on horse and buggy or bicycle so it was in true fashion that we were doing to ride around in the horse and buggy to get to go to some amazing spots to take photos. When we rode downtown everyone cheered and congratulated Gabrielle and John it felt like being in our own personal parade. The bride felt like a true princess. The views were spectacular and there was no stress of a specific timeline except when pictures ended and we met up with their family and bridal party to take a few formal pics. We left and Gabrielle and John began their week long honeymoon in northern Michigan. 

Part 2 Port Huron Reception

The weekend following their ceremony Gabrielle and John read their reread their vows to each other in front of the rest of their friends and family in a tent next to a beautiful lighthouse. There was yet again not a dry eye in the whole place. We all went up to take photos in the lighthouse all while the bride tried not to trip on her dress but it well worth it the view was out of this world and there was blue lake to see for miles. The night ended with heartfelt toasts and dancing the rest of the night away not a care in the world. 

Amy and Cody's Intimate Wedding at Mission Table | Traverse City, MI

Northern Michigan has a special place in my heart and as I made the drive up to Mission Table to shoot Amy and Cody's wedding the drive was along the beach the entire way from my hotel and it took my breath away. I sat in the car in almost tears before I walked in it truly sunk in how blessed I am to have such an incredible job. Amy and Cody entrusted me to capture one of the most important days of their lives and I imagined all of the beautiful photos I was going to capture that I hope they would treasure forever. 

Amy was a bit nervous as most brides are on their wedding day, and insisted she had to hold her groom's hand before the wedding to calm her nerves and her and Cody's hands touched Amy began to cry. All of their hard work planning this wedding had come together, and it was time for her to walk down the aisle. Everyone was in tears as she walked down this was it the moment every bride and groom dream of. It was incredible to witness how much they loved each.

Afterwards a beautiful candlelit dinner followed with some amazing food and toasts. We then all made our way to this beautiful house Amy and Cody rented for everyone to hang out and dance in. I may have gotten lost trying to find it but when I finally did it did not disappoint.

It was decorated adorable and cozy with tons of candles and Amy and Cody did their first dance surrounded by friends and family with sparklers lit. Amy and her brother danced together since her dad has passed and I began to cry trying not to sob it was such a powerful  moment. After the dances everyone did a shot in Amy's dad's honor they had carried the latern with his photo on it throughout the day. It was such a beautiful way to incorporate his memory.  

Amy and Cody thank you for choosing us and we wish you many happy years to come! 

Josh and Haley's Dance in the Rain Wedding Day at Hilltop Memory Makers

 I have known Josh since elementary school he's probably one of the most likeable guys you will ever come across his smile can be seen for miles. So when he messaged me telling me he was going to marry Haley and he wanted me to be apart of that I was over the moon excited for them!

I didn't know Haley prior to the wedding day and one of the small correspondences we exchanged was her concern about the time of day the lighting would impact on her ceremony. Which made my photographer heart so happy that she was so aware of wanting to give me the best scenario possible with her photos. Of course I said it doesn't matter whatever lighting or situation their day brought that they should embrace it for all that it was and we would make gorgeous photographs. Little did I know that we were in for an epic treat from mother nature!

Josh and Haley's day was absolutely perfect! The owners were gracious enough to grab a ladder to create this amazing image of Haley's dress and everyone seemed to be glowing and on cloud nine about Haley and Josh becoming husband and wife. The speeches brought me to laughter and tears as they talked about how kind and amazing Haley is. I realized that my childhood friend had truly met his other half and pictured them laughing alongside each other in rocking chairs as they grow old together. 

After the formalities it was time to party and not long after it began to down pour. I figured everyone would hide in the barn but they all kept dancing in the rain. I snagged a few photos of Haley and Josh while everyone kept dancing and then proceeded to take photos of them dancing in the gazebo. Just as we were doing that the wedding guests made their way over to dance with them!! The music went out and they proceeded to keep on dancing and singing! Josh and Haley joined their friends on the open dance floor and danced the night away soak and wet and of course I kept clicking away.

This wedding really went to show that none of the little stuff matters, just enjoy your day however it goes down and focus on your love for each other that is really all you need to make your wedding day amazing! 

Lisa and Anthony Saginaw Valley State University Wedding

Lisa and Anthony's wedding was just so perfectly imperfect! Two days prior to their big day the church they were suppose to get married in flooded. Now when I first heard about it I was thinking something along the lines of a roof leak or sub-pump malfunction went down. A back up location was found quickly but as myself (Alyssa) and my second Erika drove to the new location it was clear to see everything was literally flooded. The river had overflowed near and around the Bay City area and there were houses and cars under 6in of water or more. We initially could't make it to the new ceremony location because the road was flooded that the GPS wanted to go on and had to call the bride to figure out an alternative route. I thought for sure once we got there the bride would be frantic but she totally kept her cool. The backup location was a tiny church called, St Valentine, although getting ready in a cramped church kitchen wasn't ideal there was nothing but smiles and joy coming from the bride and groom. 

This wedding really goes to show it truly does not matter what happens on your wedding day your attitude sets the tone of how awesome it can really be. Let's be honest 9 times out of 10 something will go wrong whether it be little or pretty big, like having to find a new ceremony location 2 days before, all that matters is that you are about to take on the rest of your life with your forever friend, partner, and lover. As long as you have each other that is all that matters. Embrace the day and the bumps in the road that you overcome will just make it unique and that much more amazing! 

Chloe and Steven Packard Proving Grounds Wedding

The rest of the day was full of laughter and tears and although I could go on and on about how amazing everything was you can just feel the love through all of the photos. 

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Beauty and the Beast Inspired Bridal Shoot

Ever since I was a little girl ,like many of us, loved Beauty and the Beast. So when the newest movie came out I was inspired to bring all of my little girl dreams to life to inspire brides to plan their future weddings.

The male model, Vlad was perfect for the beast with his epic dread locks and his girlfriend Meghan is a fellow photographer friend of mine that made for the perfect Belle. It was a yucky rainy day when we shot this but the weather cleared up just in time to shoot the outdoor part in my friend's backyard. The rest was shot in her attic and the videographer (Captured 4 Life Cinematography https://www.samklos.com/) was awesome enough to make the infamous rose and below the photos is the wonderful video he put together and captured. Milk Weed Organic Flora did all of the flowers for the shoot (http://lauralynmcintosh.wixsite.com/milkweed, Haleigh Mcvety of HM Hair did hair and make up for the shoot  (https://www.facebook.com/haleighmstyles/), and Nom Nom Sweeties (http://www.nomnomsweeties.com/ ) did the amazing stain glass cake. A big thanks to all the vendors and the models that made this shoot possible! 

If you are wanting to add the Beauty and the Beast vibe to your wedding day without it being more subtle little details like adding a vintage clock, candlestick, teapot, and tea cup to your head table is a great way to do that. Also the gold gloves instead of wearing the literal gold dress is a nice touch too! We got a lot of these things from ebay and amazon!

Hayley and Ryan Christmas Star Wars Themed Wedding

Hayley and Ryan are such a sweet and loving couple both engineers that have been so much fun to work with! Hayley got ready at her aunt's adorable home while the guys got ready at the church and got a bit silly with some food. When Hayley and the ladies finally arrived at the church Hayley insisted on a first look with her dad. As soon as her dad walked in she began crying and it was such a beautiful moment to be apart of. Meanwhile the groom, Ryan, was prepping by saying some last minute prayers and then made his way to marry the love of his life. 

After the ceremony we went to a residential house that goes above and beyond to decorate at Christmas time and it was so much fun! The day couldn't have been more perfect and I just love the little hints of incorporating their love for Star Wars. The rest of the night was magical and their family couldn't have been more overjoyed! 

Kelsey and Joe Michigan Wedding at Cherry Barc Barn

I met Kelsey and Joe back when I first started my business in Michigan they were pregnant with their first child, Carter, and ever since then I just adored the love and family they have built. So when Kelsey was dead set on having us be apart of her day I was overjoyed! 

It ended up being a perfect June day for a wedding at the Cherry Barc barn but before we got there the limo decided not to work and I thought I left my phone at a gas station once we did get going. After all of that we still managed to start the wedding on time. The lesson to be learned here is to always keep your cool on a wedding day because you never know what hiccups can happen, and you don't want those things spoil the day. 

The rest of the day was absolutely wonderful and I cannot say enough how honored I was to be apart of it!