Brooke + Burke | Milestone Barn Wedding

milestone barn wedding john ransomBrooke and Burke were married on July 14th, with a ceremony and reception at the Milestone Barn in Bannister, Michigan.

These two met during ROTC at Central Michigan University and have seen each other through tours with the Army before getting engaged on December 22nd last year. What a great early Christmas present!

Molly and I arrived on a beautiful Michigan day at Milestone Barn a little earlier than we expected, but that ended up being perfect. We were able to walk around the grounds and spot a few places for excellent photography opportunities, and that also meant that we started out with a more relaxed pace—it’s always better to go into a wedding feeling like you’re not rushed.

Brooke and her girlfriends were already deep into makeup and hair prep when we arrived, and Burke was having a good time with his groomsmen. We were able to photograph the details—like Brooke’s necklace, which belonged to Burke’s grandmother—while a few early guests explored the barn ahead of the ceremony.

Once everyone was ready, we staged a first look between Brooke and her father, which was my favorite part of the whole day. The raw emotion in Brooke’s father’s expression when he saw her for the first time in her dress was breathtaking—and it carried through as he walked her down the aisle in the ceremony itself as well.

Burke also had a great moment with his father and grandfather celebrating three generations of Burke Cueny men. It was clear to everyone who saw them that family came first.

The view as the bride and groom said their vows to each other was awesome. Burke’s cousin, Michael, officiated the wedding, giving the whole thing an intimate feeling and a personal flair.

The barbecue reception immediately followed the ceremony, and the DJ had the guests dancing all night. It was exactly what a barn wedding should be—full of life, joy, and celebrations.

Thank you, Brooke & Burke, for asking us to be your wedding photographers. We were truly honored to share in your special day and have the opportunity to capture your wedding memories.

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