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We are Mark & Noelle McCoy, a husband & wife photography team serving couples who care deeply about their wedding pictures and who want vibrant and classic imagery that documents their day.  We locally photograph weddings on Mackinac Island, Traverse City, and the Metro-Detroit area.  We have also shot weddings internationally in beautiful places like Guatemala and Italy, not to mention a handful of beautiful places across our own country from North Carolina, to Texas, Tennessee and Ohio!

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Wedding at The Inn at Stonecliffe, Mackinac Island

Really, so much about life has to do with balance.  It’s about keeping the main things, the main things.  It’s about accepting that you can’t please all the people, all the time. It’s about understanding that sometimes you will feel excluded from things, you desperately want to be a part of.  It’s about knowing that life can get messy.  And I mean like “throw a plate of my Grandma Giannola’s Mostaccioli on the wall” messy!  But you know what, it all cleans up.  And while it may end up looking different then what you’d planned on, everything does eventually work out.  If you put your heart into all you commit to, you will come into a season of reaping and reward.  I LOVE my job.  I am always honored when someone puts their trust in me and Mark, to photograph their precious memories.  I put my ENTIRE HEART into what we do, and this little business we have created.  Does it get messy?  For sure it does.  Do I get my feelings hurt?  All the time.  Will I keep pushing forward, even if the Mostaccioli is currently stuck to the wall?  ABSOLUTELY!!  Because I love my job, and I love hearing peoples stories about how they love the photographs we have created for them and the memories we have preserved.   See, it’s all about balance my friends.   

Most brides don’t picture their perfect outdoor wedding day to be in a monsoon of rain. But you know what, if it rains on your wedding day at the end of your day you’ll still be married.  As a wedding photographer, I don’t have any magical answers for what to do if it rains.  Can we take beautiful portraits inside, or under an awning?  Of course!  But I personally say, embrace the rain, get wet, and have fun with it!  That’s exactly what Lori & Justin did last week for their wedding day at The Inn at Stonecliffe.  And it was amazing!!!!  Fabulous smiles were everywhere, true love and supportive families celebrated, a marriage license was signed… and we got some beautiful photo’s, in the rain.  

I’m raising my coffee up and clinking all those out there who have seen the Mostaccioli hit the wall, but laugh it off and dance in the rain anyway. Happy Tuesday my friends!


A beautiful wedding in the rain, at The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island!


Mackinac Island Wedding Carriage

ON A PERSONAL NOTE:  When you’re a photographer on Mackinac Island, you can expect to spend your work days #sweatydirtyhappy.  Not everything will go as planned, you will never feel as neat and pretty as the wedding party you are photographing, and you’ll always wonder how those Hackney horses trot uphill so fast while I peddle my bike so slow.  But you know what I love?  I love starting out a wedding work day as “just the photographer”, and ending up feeling like I’ve made 30 new friends.  And that’s when you realize that #sweatydirtyhappy is really a thing. And it’s the best. 

ABOUT THE PHOTO:  The horses. The wedding carriage. A fabulous couple. The Mighty Mac. The water. Sunshine.  Check, check, check… What more could we pack into this photo to describe a perfect Mackinac Island wedding!?

The weekend is fast approaching… so I’m drinking the coffee, cleaning the camera’s, and gearing up for a big double header weekend. Coffee cup cheers to everyone ready to tackle the next few days right along with me!

Wedding Coordinator: Mackinac Event Planning

Venue: Windermere Point & Hotel Iroquois, Mackinac Island

Wedding Carriage: Gough Carriages



Mackinac Island Wedding Carriage Ride


Mackinac Island Wedding at Mission Point Resort

ON A PERSONAL NOTE:  One thing I’ve been really trying to focus on, is the now.  Remember this friends, our days are numbered.  Whatever you do with your day today, you have exchanged it for one of your numbered days.  Don’t waste it, because you are one stop closer to your numbers running out.  Do the things. Take the risks.  Drink the coffee.

ABOUT THE PHOTO:  Her favorite flower is the lilac.  So what better time to get married on Mackinac Island then lilac season!!! This couple goes down in my books as one of my favorites to photograph, because they never stopped smiling, and at one point I caught the bride whispering to her groom, “ I am so happy!”. For my photographer friends: shot with the Canon Mark lll, zoom lens, f/5.6, auto white balance.

It’s Tuesday and it’s coffee o’clock. Let’s let today's adventure begin!

Mackinac Island Lilac WeddingMackinac Island Wedding during Lilac Festival, at beautiful Mission Point Resort!

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