Xueting and Runhao’s wedding will forever hold a special place in my heart for two main reasons: the people and the setting. Xueting and Runhao said their vows on the lawn of The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI. Mackinac Island is an island that sits between the Lower and Upper Peninsula’s of Michigan. It is a place that you can reach only by boat and when you set foot on the island, you are taking a step back in time. There are no cars, only bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. When I was younger, my family would travel to the island on our sailboat and we would stay in the marina. We would wake up to the sound of cannons firing from Fort Mackinac and we would explore every inch of the island over our visits stretched throughout the years. When Xueting and Runhao contacted me to capture their special day here, I was so excited they had chosen such a standout location.
Now for the people that stamped this wedding on my heart. Xueting and Runhao are both from China and hosted their closest family and friends who traveled from China to join them. It was an intimate affair. I was one of a few that spoke english and for their dinner and Xueting and Runhao were gracious enough to invite my team to join them. I was honored. While I couldn’t understand the words being said, I could see and feel the joy, the tears, the laughter, the emotions that connect us all as humans. It was an experience I will never forget. Xueting and Runhao, I wish you both the best life has to offer and thank you for your kindness and hospitality on your very special day. Congratulations!!