A Garden Wedding at The English Inn, a Lansing Area Wedding Venue

Garden wedding photos from the English Inn, a bed and breakfast wedding venue in Lansing, Michigan

The English Inn has always been one of my favorite wedding venues in the Lansing area. The gardens out back are such a place of peace and relaxation – they perfectly balance out the potential stress of any wedding day, and I feel like every wedding that I’ve been a part of there has been so joyful as guests enjoy looking out over the gardens, lawn, and river.

Rachel and Josh had a quiet Friday wedding at The English Inn last June, and everything about their day was just exactly what I hoped it would be – perfect weather, sweet couple, friendly family, a helpful wedding party, and amazing live music. We had a lot of fun on that June day, and I know it set the tone for a wonderful marriage between Rachel, Josh, and their new family.

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Outdoor view of cottages at The English Inn, Lansing area wedding venue
Getting ready cottage at The English Inn, a Lansing area wedding venue
A bride getting ready cottage at The English Inn, a Lansing area wedding venue
Portrait of a bride on the back patio of The English Inn, a Lansing area wedding venue
Black and white portrait of a bride on the back patio of The English Inn, a Lansing area wedding venue
Portrait of a bride on the back patio of The English Inn, a Lansing area wedding venue
Bridal portraits with veil in the gardens of The English Inn, a Lansing wedding venue
Bridal portraits in the gardens of The English Inn, a Lansing wedding venue
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Wedding party and family photos in The English Inn gardens, a Lansing wedding venue, by Michigan wedding photographers, Allie & Co. Photography
The English Inn back patio in the summer, one Lansing's wedding venues
Light and dark pink spring bridal bouquet
Bridal portraits in the gardens of The English Inn, a Lansing wedding venue, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Bridal portraits in the gardens of The English Inn, a Lansing wedding venue, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Bridal portraits in the gardens of The English Inn, a Lansing wedding venue, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Groomsmen photos in the gardens of The English Inn, a Lansing wedding venue, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Groom photos in the gardens of The English Inn, a Lansing wedding venue, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Wedding ring photos
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Chair setup at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Bride walking down the aisle at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Groom waiting for bride at the ceremony site of The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Ceremony pergola site at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
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Wedding ceremony photos from The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Wedding ceremony photos with kiss from The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Father and son after the wedding ceremony photos from The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Family photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Family photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
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black and white bride and groom photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
black and white bride and groom photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
bride and groom photos in the gardens at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
bride and groom photos in the gardens at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
family photos at cocktail hour on the back patio of The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
bride and groom photos by the front gate of The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
bride and groom photos with greenery and vines at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
bride and groom photos with greenery and vines at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Reception building at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Reception room at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Reception room flower details at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Reception room flower and menu details at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Reception room flower and head table details at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Reception room flower and head table details at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Reception room flower and head table details at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Reception room details at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Music on the back patio by Karley Davidson during cocktail hour at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Dancing on the back patio during cocktail hour at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Child looking out on the back patio during cocktail hour at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photography
Wedding reception photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Wedding reception photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Wedding reception photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
First dance during the wedding reception photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Father daughter dance at a wedding reception photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Father daughter dance at a wedding reception photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers
Dance floor at a wedding reception photos at The English Inn, by Allie & Co. Lansing wedding photographers

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Classic Maternity Photos in East Lansing, Michigan

Maternity photos in March on the campus of Michigan State University (cold weather)

Cold weather turns a lot of people off from heading out for photos, but since the prime time for maternity photos is around 28-32 weeks pregnant, Lacie was game for heading out into the chilly air to capture the final weeks before the arrival of baby Zelda (Yes! Another Zelda! I was so excited about this).

Plants in Michigan are a little…less than ideal in March, so we sought out clean, classic architectural backdrops in East Lansing for these maternity photos to create a warmer look despite the cold of March.

I’m so excited that our area will have another little Zelda soon! Congratulations, Lacie and Lewie!

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Love Has No Boundaries: An Intercultural Wedding at the Grand Ledge Opera House

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Skyin and Barret were married at the Grand Ledge Opera House. I loved watching their families connect, despite the fact that they live halfway around the world from each other (Skyin is from China, and Barret is from here in Michigan), and they speak different languages.

From Skyin, the bride:

“I love sky, in all kinds of forms, with favorites being clouds in the big blue sky or sunrise or sunset. That’s also I name myself “Skyin” as my English name. Barret sometimes behaves like a bear to me and also his name sounds like bear so sometimes I refer him as my Bear.

Our wedding line is ‘Love has no boundaries,’ and much of our signage and decor [was] travel/world map/postcard themed. It is from the facts that we are from different countries and I work in the international education field, and I am always promoting intercultural understanding and communication. We are a living example that love connects people and breaks barriers. Love is magical…it will translate whatever or whenever we can’t or won’t understand each other.

I want to celebrate our relationship since it is a truly an amazing thing, and we have been through a lot, and I am so proud of us. At the same time, we used this as an opportunity to provide that intercultural experience for some of our guests who otherwise may not have that. Hopefully they will be inspired to travel, to meet someone who are different from them and to be more adventurous, open, inclusive and welcoming.”

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The Grand Ledge Opera House has a great place for a full group photo out back.

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3 Tips for Including Your Dog in Photos

East Lansing engagement photos with dogs

Are you thinking about including your dog in your photos? Here are five quick tips to make sure it’s a success.

East Lansing engagement photos with pet dog

1. Bring a Helper

You probably won’t want your dog or dogs in every single photo, so bring one helper per dog to help out. Start out with the dog, and then have the helper take the dog home while we take photos with the humans.

East Lansing engagement photos with dog

2. Bring Treats

You never know when your dog will need a little encouragement to cooperate.

East Lansing engagement photos with pet dog

3. Set Your Expectations

We’ll likely get some great photos interacting with your dog (doggie snuggles and walking almost always work out great for photos). But if you have an energetic pup, don’t worry if you can’t get him or her to sit perfectly still and smile. We’ll still get great photos.

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East Lansing MSU engagement photos with dog

East Lansing MSU engagement photos with dog

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