• Welcome to Beryl Striewski Photography , Striewski Weddings and Heartfarm!!

    HI! Welcome to my blog and my website. I am a Northern Michigan gal, and I spend lots of time photographing people, places and food! I live in Traverse City but, have been known to travel outside of Michigan for just the right shot! I can photograph your wedding... or your table... or your lovely family!
    Traverse City Wedding, Portrait and Food Photographer Beryl Striewski, specializes in Northern Michigan Weddings, Lifestyle assignments, Portraits and Food Photography.

Sometimes a wedding comes along that just makes you happy and filled inside with so many good warm feelings!Justin and Aubrey’s wedding in Kalkaska at the family Otter Lodge is just one of those special miracles.  This was such a memorable celebration! Beginning with a   wedding chapel assembled with tree limbs that  was lovingly constructed by  family in a small little clearing right next to the Manistee River.  This was a special family event.  And it showed.  Even a little bit of rain didn’t spoil a single moment.  Here are some special photos from this wonderful event!  Justin and Aubrey, congratulations!!  May you have a long and happy life…

 

Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis

 

 

 

 

Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis
Aubrey Moody weds Justin James Davis

I started a project for myself that has involved photographing some of the early members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse or  UUCGT.  I began this project in celebration of the 50th anniversary and it involves a photograph and a short bio.  I’m planning on collecting the bio information to use in a “group bio” sort of thing… something that totals the experiences and identities of these individuals.  The thought is to represent the group, not as individuals, but as a collective, a congregation if you will.  I can’t wait to spend a few hours compiling the information; oh, goodness, we have quite the group of individuals.  I have been so moved by the lives of these very accomplished people.  No one is famous, I daresay… but everyone has had a life well lived.  Here , why not meet some of our members…

 

Gary Deavel

Sue and Don Pyne

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Don and Sue Pyne
Mark Gustafson and Solvieg Gustafson

Marcia Ballenger and Irv

 

 

Marcia Ballenger and Irv

 

Emily and Sally Mitchell

A short boat ride across Lake Michigan from Charlevoix and before you know it, the   Emerald Isle ferry is backing into the port on Beaver Island.  Denny and Sarah love the island and decided that this was the perfect place to tie the anchor,  dock the boat, or some other funny euphemism for getting married.   And it’s a lovely place to get married; small, quaint, so personal and very laid back.  The islanders all know each other, and Denny has a second set of parents that live on this island.  In fact, Denny’s best friend, best man, adopted brother  and favorite gigging partner, Stryder grew up on this island.  And it was Stryder’s father that performed the intimate and touching ceremony.  Sarah loves the island too.  It is her second home.  It was so special to be with such a loving family in such a beautiful place, the Emerald Isle of Northern Michigan.  Congratulations to Denny and Sarah and their new family.  What a wonderful weekend! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of you.

To see more of Sarah and Denny’s wedding photos… check out their online gallery here

 

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

 

 

 

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding
Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding
Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding
Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

Sarah Montgomery and Denny Richards wedding

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I know that when you photograph a wedding, and you are the number one shooter, “It’s all about the Bride” is a common expression.  And well, it should be.  This is her big day.  Most likely, she has been thinking about and planning this event for over a year.  I don’t even like it when someone stands in front of the bride!  When I shoot with Melissa Lande from Lux Light Photography , Melissa makes sure to concentrate on the bride.  And her brides are just wonderfully taken care of and Melissa’s photographs are just divine.  My job, however is a little different.  I’m there to capture the other details.  So, this post is about the details from a wedding that we did together at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville.  And there are so many details to a great wedding.  The flowers, the setting, the shoes, the families.  I’m there to make sure to create a flavor for Melissa’s photographs.  Congratulations to the new bride and groom!

Crystal Mountain wedding

 

 

Crystal Mountain wedding

Crystal Mountain wedding

Crystal Mountain Wedding

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French Valley Vineyards, Cedar Michigan

 

One of the wonderful things about getting married in Northern Michigan is all of the lovely Barn Venues.  There are so many to pick from.  I had the very good fortune to second shoot for  Lux Light Photography when we visited one of the loveliest barn venues; French Valley Vineyards.

The barn is centered on a large parcel surrounded by vineyards and cherry orchards.  And there is plenty of room to roam.  There are cherry orchards in the back of the barn that work as a perfect backdrop for a spring wedding and the vineyards in the front, i can only imagine!   For the wedding that I photographed for Lux Light Photography, the bride and groom had also rented an old white vintage truck for photographs. What a great place to put the truck, parked in front of the barn so that guests could photograph themselves by the truck , and the bride and groom had photographs taken there as well. But other fun things made this venue really special.  An old clawfoot bathtub  just outside the barn invited guests to just fall into it: but , perhaps for your wedding, you could fill it with beverages!  This bride and groom also had a large oversized chess board in the middle of the lawn,  that entertained lots of kids and adults too!  tOn a gorgeous blue day, the setting was just breathtaking!  And the venue could be a blank slate for all of your wonderful special ideas!

This venue is a winner!!

Barn Venue in Northern Michigan

Barn Venue in Northern Michigan

 

French Valley Vineyards, Cedar Michigan

French Valley Vineyards

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