Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club Wedding in Clarkston, Michigan

Courtney and Michael’s Gorgeous Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club Wedding at “The Station”!

Congratulations to Courtney and Mike after their long awaited wedding at Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club in Clarkston, Michigan. They just opened a new wedding venue called The Station a few months ago and I’ve got to say… this is my new favorite place to play.

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club in Clarkston, Michigan during an outdoor wedding in July at The Station.

Turns out Mike loves to play golf there, but for me as a wedding photographer, this venue was pure magic. Shepherd’s Hollow wedding photos are here for the taking.

What does this new wedding venue, “The Station” have to offer wedding clients?

Here are the highlights for couples looking for a GREAT wedding venue in Michigan:
1) The space is surrounded by lodge pole pines so the wedding space is surrounded by nature.
2) Great, space with floor to ceiling windows for great light.
3) Huge porch for guests to mingle and might work as a back up for bad weather.
4) The dedicated space for the ceremony is dramatic and set up for photographers to get good lighting.
5) Nice bridal suite where they can hang out with a private, attached area for the bridal party to hang out.
6) The food is awesome!
7) There’s air conditioning which is actually unusual in what is a huge conservatory.
8) Nice and helpful staff.
9) The grounds are amazing, so there are 1.3 billion places to photograph.
10) Did I mention my obsession with lodge pole pines?

 

Now, let’s show you some of my favorite wedding day photos from Courtney and Mike’s amazing wedding day at Shepherd’s Hollow.

First up? The women are getting ready in the new bridal suite where they have a private area (indoor and out) to hang out in.

The bride and groom's rings using a floral arrangement in the bridal suite at Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club in Clarkston, Michigan.

The bride and bridesmaids wore matching wedding PJs just outside the bridal suite for a quick photo before getting ready at Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club.The bride's mother helps her into her dress in the bridal suite at Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club.The bridesmaids react as the bride approaches for her big reveal in her dress at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.The bridesmaids react as the bride approaches for her big reveal in her dress at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.The bridesmaids and the bride at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.The bridesmaids adjust the bride's dress at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.

And then then men arrive to heckle the golfers and fiddle with their boutonnieres.

The groomsmen watch and comment on the golf being played in front of them at Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club in Clarkston, Michigan.Groomsmen adjust the groom's boutinairre at Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club in Clarkston, Michigan.

The groom watching golf at Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club in Clarkston, Michigan.And then the first look. The sweet, private first look that even took Mike by surprise.


The groom waiting for the first look with the bride at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.
The groom tears up after the first look with the bride at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.And now groom and the bride are crying after the first look with the bride at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.The bride wipes tears off the groom’s cheek after the first look with the bride at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.

And back to see their wedding party to start the formal photos at a leisurely pace.

The bride and groom exit the wedding venue to their cheering wedding party after their first look at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.The bride and groom exit the wedding venue to their cheering wedding party after their first look at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.We used the long porch for photos at the beautiful original wedding venue at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.We used the long porch for photos at the beautiful original wedding venue at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.We used the long porch for photos at the beautiful original wedding venue at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.Done with photos, the bride heads off the long porch for photos at the beautiful original wedding venue at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.Using the dramatic lodge pole pines as a backdrop for wedding photos was a no brainer at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan, which even worked with this fairly large wedding party.Using the dramatic lodge pole pines as a backdrop for wedding photos of the bride and groom at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.Using the dramatic lodge pole pines as a backdrop for wedding photos the groom lifts the bride off a ledge at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.Using the dramatic lodge pole pines as a backdrop for wedding party photos of the bride and groom at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.Using the dramatic lodge pole pines as a backdrop for wedding photos was a no brainer at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan, which even worked with this fairly large wedding party.Using the dramatic lodge pole pines as a backdrop for wedding photos was a no brainer at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan, which even worked with this fairly large wedding party.Using the dramatic lodge pole pines as a backdrop for wedding party photos of the bride and groom at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.The groomsmen attempt to pick up the groom several times during this hilarious wedding party photo taken at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.The groomsmen attempt to pick up the groom several times during this hilarious wedding party photo taken at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan.Using the dramatic lodge pole pines as a backdrop for photos of the bride and groom at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan. It was incredibly hard to choose a favorite from these photos.Using the dramatic lodge pole pines as a backdrop for photos of the bride and groom at Shepherd's Hollow's new wedding venue in Clarkston, Michigan. It was incredibly hard to choose a favorite from these photos.The bride heads back into the new venue at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.

And now for the main event: the fabulous wedding at Shepherd Hollow’s brand new wedding venue.

 

The bride and her father stand at the top of the stairs before starting their wedding processional into their beautiful wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.A groomsman places his hand reassuringly on the back of the best man after he struggled to find the rings during the ceremony at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The kiss at the end of the ceremony at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The kiss at the end of the ceremony at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.At the end of the ceremony at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan, their playful parents let loose with rose petals thrown at the bride and groom.At the end of the ceremony at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan, their playful guests let loose with rose petals thrown at the bride and groom.As the bride and groom walked up the steps, they shared a moment at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.As the bride and groom gave their favorite salute and pose after they reached the top of the steps and greeted their guests at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.A funny moment captured from a bridesmaid during her exit after the wedding ceremony at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.

Welcome to cocktail hour out of the veranda (with one small escapee).

 

A little guest tears through the hall after wedding ceremony at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.Guests enjoying themselves during the cocktail hour after wedding ceremony at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.One of the guests helps to move a floral arrangement inside during the cocktail hour after wedding ceremony at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.Guests enjoying themselves during the cocktail hour after wedding ceremony at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.

And here’s your wedding party… or at least a few of my faves.

 

Hilarious grand entrances for the wedding party at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.Hilarious grand entrances for the wedding party at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The bride and groom’s grand entrance at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The cutting of the cake at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.

The speeches. The lovely speeches.

The father of the bride gives a sweet and sentimental speech inducing tears all around during his father of the bride speech at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The father of the bride gives a sweet and sentimental speech inducing tears all around during his father of the bride speech at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.

One of the younger guests just starts to squeal during the father of the bride speech at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan when his father grabbed him.

The father of the bride gives a sweet and sentimental speech inducing tears all around during his father of the bride speech at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.

The father of the bride gives a sweet and sentimental speech inducing tears all around during his father of the bride speech at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.

And back to the woods. Clearly I was obsessed and wanted to play with the waning light while the practiced their first dance with music and all.

 

The bride and groom practice their first dance (with music!) in amongst the lodge pole pines at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The bride and groom practice their first dance (with music!) in amongst the lodge pole pines at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.Sitting on a rock (got tired of climbing on stuff in her mega heels), the bride and groom pose for a photo in the woods at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The bride and groom walk back to their wedding reception with their signature wave in amongst the lodge pole pines at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.

First dances in the middle of the new venue at Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club in Clarkston, Michigan.

 

The bride and groom’s first dance at their wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The bride starts to cry during her “daddy/daughter” dance at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The bride starts to cry during her “daddy/daughter” dance at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The groom joyously grabs his Mom during the “mother/son” dance at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.

And the dance floor is now open with the amazing Chateau Band. They are always amazingly talented and kind.

One crazy couple had a blast on the dance floor at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.One crazy couple had a blast on the dance floor at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.Couples slow dance on the dance floor at a wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.Jennifer from The Chateau Band invited the couple up to the stage to join them for the song “September” during their wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.Jennifer from The Chateau Band invited the couple up to the stage to join them for the song “September” during their wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.The couple’s “fans”, aka family members and wedding guests, cheer the couple on during their stage performance of “September” during their wedding at Shepherd's Hollows Golf Club Clarkston, Michigan.

So I expect this will become THE wedding venue to book in Michigan. Why? Well, it’s cool as heck, super flexible, was built with weddings in mind and in the summer (it was a rare perfect day, but it was still Michigan in July) it has great AC. I’m sure in the winter it will also be toasty and bring the outdoors in much like some other popular conservatories in the area.

The only potential glitch is those high black ceilings and all that glass means it’s a wedding venue that takes a lot of technical know how or all your lights won’t reach the subject and/or all your lights reflections will show up in all those pretty windows. So this isn’t an easy place to light or shoot in (and I was there when there was tons of daylight), but if you’re a photographer reading this, bring everything you’ve got. It’s hard to reach the other side of the room and it they are at full capacity (325, I believe), it will be tough to place your lights any place other than along the edges. Well worth taking a deep breath and figuring it out properly, but who ever has time. That’s why this venue needs to have lighting aficionados only kind of wedding venue.

 

 

 

 

 

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