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Blue Dress Barn Wedding in Michigan | Morgan & Justin

The Blue Dress Barn wedding venue in Michigan shot by Andi B Photography.

If I had to describe Morgan and Justin's wedding day in 3 words it would be, heartfelt, genuine, and sincere. Not only did they pick one of the most gorgeous wedding venues in Michigan (The Blue Dress Barn.) Their day was laced with special details and touching moments.

I didn't know them prior to booking, but we immediately hit it off. I was lucky enough to shoot not only their wedding day but their engagements and a special Christmas session where Justin surprised Morgan with a puppy! I am incredibly honored to have captured not one, but three huge milestones for the Giola's, and can't wait to see what their future holds!

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Morning Details

Their gorgeous wedding day took place on October 2, 2021. We were blessed with warm temperatures and slightly overcast skies that created stunning light and shadows throughout the day (A.K.A. a photographer's dream.) The grounds of The Blue Dress Barn feature a beautiful backdrop of mature trees and lush landscaping, along with a unique, eclectic bridal suite.

The morning was relaxed and the vibes were high as Morgan got ready with her trusted crew of bridesmaids. They wore matching taupe rompers alongside Morgan in white. On the other side of the venue, Justin and the boys poured drinks and shared toasts in honor of the soon-to-be newlyweds. We snapped a few photos before I headed back to Morgan for a pop of champagne and the final dress change.

Flat lay photography of morning details by Andi B Photography.
Wedding dress hanging on a white gazebo at the Blue Dress Barn wedding venue in Michigan.

Getting Ready & Champagne Toasts

Bride and bridesmaids in matching taupe rompers sharing a toast.
Groom getting ready photos at the Blue Dress Barn in Michigan.
Michigan groom and groomsmen sharing a toast by the water.

Emotional Bridal Suite Moment

Emily's sister stepped in to help Morgan into her wedding dress as unfortunately, their mother had passed away a few years back. It was a beautiful, emotional, and very touching moment for the two of them. I was holding back tears behind the camera. It was important to everyone to make sure that their mother's presence was felt that day. And both families contributed amazing efforts to honor her memory.

Bride and bridesmaid crying having an emotional moment in the bridal sweet of the Blue Dress Barn in Michigan.
Bride bouquet with family pin and photo of her late mother in a locket.

First Looks

After everyone was in their wedding attire and the final touch-ups had been made, it was time for Morgan to reveal herself as a bride. First looks are one of my favorite parts of a wedding day because each reaction is unique and priceless. Morgan looked absolutely beautiful and her dress was jaw-dropping, to say the least! We did a first look with the bridesmaids, Morgan's father, and then with Justin. We also did a first look with the groom and his mother which was incredibly sweet!

Bridesmaid First Look

Bridesmaid first look photos shot by Andi B Photography.

Father-Daughter First Look

Emotional father-of-the-bride first look.

Mother-Son First Look

Bride and Groom First Look

I always recommend that my couples do a first look because it helps to ease any nerves, gives you a private moment together before the ceremony, and allows us to capture bride and groom portraits while your hair and makeup are fresh.

Bride and groom first look photos at the Blue Dress Barn in Michigan.
Touching bride and groom first look photos by Andi B Photography.

Bride and Groom Portraits

The Blue Dress Barn wedding venue in south Michigan.
Bride with long lace train standing on a staircase surrounded by trees in Michigan.
Bride and groom wedding portraits walking hand-in-hand.


The ceremony was beautiful perfectly orchestrated by their pastor. Morgan and her dad have a special handshake that they performed just before walking down the aisle which was such a fun addition to the ceremony. Everyone stood and was smiling ear to ear as they gracefully walked towards Justin. Each of them exchanged personal vows and locked them in a box before officially being announced, husband and wife. It was such a sweet moment for everyone involved as these two have been together for nearly 10 years!

Wedding ceremony setup at the Blue Dress Barn in Michigan.
Bride and her dad doing a handshake before walking down the aisle on her wedding day.
Bride and groom first kiss at the altar.
Custom wood letter box.

Honoring Morgan's Mom

As mentioned previously, there were many ways that Morgan's mom was honored throughout the day. She attached a small family pin and locket-sized image of her mom on her bouquet and displayed photos of her at the ceremony and reception. I also secretly reached out to Morgan's sister before the wedding for photos of their parents on their wedding day and tried to replicate some of those images for Morgan to treasure.

Wedding Party

Wedding party photos with black and white groomsmen with suspenders and bridesmaids in long pink dresses.
Wedding party photo inspiration.

Reception Details

The Blue Dress Barn wedding venue dinner and reception hall.
Wedding table tribute to loved ones who have passed away.


After the ceremony, everyone made their way into the barn for dinner and drinks. Morgan's dad surprised them with funny and meaningful gifts and gave an incredible speech. He had everyone laughing and tearing up as he gave tribute to his late wife. She loved Justin and Morgan together and mentioned how proud she would be of them.

The reception featured a barbecue-style buffet with donuts in lieu of cake. There was lots of dancing, singing, drinking and just a good time celebrating with all of their loved ones. Morgan and her dad the dancing with a slow song that turned into an upbeat choreographed number. It was epic! The DJ had everyone up out of their seats with all the best early 2000's songs like, "Hey Now Hey Now" from the Lizzie McGuire movie.

Bride and groom holding up their hands as they enter their reception.
Father-daughter wedding dance wearing leis.
Bride and groom first dance on their wedding day.
Bride and groom sitting by the campfire on their wedding day.

I'm so honored to have captured Morgan and Justin's wedding day and wish them all of the love and happiness moving into this next phase of life!


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