SIDNEY BAKER-GREEN

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding by Sidney baker-green

Simeon & Jess | Downtown Grand Rapids Goei Center Wedding

August 2, 2017

Simeon & Jess | Downtown Grand Rapids Goei Center Wedding

Bruno Mars loves songs softly played softly as Jess sat in the kitchen getting her hair done. This was it. This was her wedding day. The day every little girl dreams about: it was finally her turn. She laughed and smiled surrounded by her best friends as her hair masterpiece came together. Extra laughter followed as the girls recalled their hot yoga adventure just hours prior to preparation. Jess was focused. She was determined to have a stress free day by simply letting go. She didn’t care about her manicure that go smudged the day before, she didn’t care about the unexpected bumps in the road. She cared about what mattered: her friends, her family, her dogs, and most importantly, her husband to be.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goei Center Wedding

As Jess was getting her hair done, I snuck away to photograph the details.

Grand Rapids Wedding Detail Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Jess & Sim’s wedding bands are beyond elegant.

Grand Rapids Wedding Detail Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Their invitation suite is beyond adorable. Jess is a dog lover, and rumor has it, she would rescue any animal she saw if she could.

Grand Rapids Wedding Detail Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

An engagement band that is to die for.

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I asked Jessica if it was okay if I photographed her dress outside for the best lighting…

Grand Rapids Wedding Detail Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

She replied with, “Dude, do what ever you need to do, I do not care. I’m getting married, and that’s all that matters!” I love when brides allow me to move delicate items outside for the best lighting if needed. Needless to say it payed off!

Grand Rapids Wedding Detail Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Jess, opted for a pair of gorgeous Nine West heels!

Grand Rapids Wedding Detail Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Nothing compares to being surrounded by your best friends on your wedding day.

Grand Rapids Wedding preparation Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Speaking of best friends, let’s talk about how Jess’s dogs stole the show outside.

Grand Rapids Wedding preparation Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

We always talk about having your best friends be a part of your wedding, but I often find brides forgetting to incorporate their most loyal friends…

Grand Rapids Wedding preparation Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

You’re going to be surrounded by the smiles of all your two legged friends…

Grand Rapids Wedding preparation Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

But make sure you invite your four legged friends too…

Grand Rapids Wedding preparation Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Because although they may not be able to verbally say it…

Grand Rapids Wedding preparation Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

They love you. They live for you. You are all they know. And they are sharing this chapter of your life too.

Grand Rapids Wedding preparation Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Jess’s bouquet was beyond gorgeous.

Grand Rapids Wedding preparation Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

And her bridesmaids were a killing it along side her.

Grand Rapids Wedding preparation Photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

As we arrived at the Goei Center, guest poured in both big and small.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

As Jess walked down the aisle, the guest rose and tears fell.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

“When you get married, you’re going to grow together. The person you’re marrying now is not going to be the same person a year from now… or even 5 years from now. So you have to submit… to each other… for the greater good.”

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

It’s more than just a vow…

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

It’s a promise.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

The flower girls with flower hair.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Those “I just married my best friend” smiles!

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

The light was dreamy, but these two were dreamier.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

It makes my job easy when my couples are just head over heels for each other.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

“By night one way, by day another. This shall be the norm, until you find true loves kiss, then take true loves form.”

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

So Jess & Sim have this inside joke type language that they speak to each other…

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Now I must say, I had no idea what they were saying; however, by the looks on their face, it was beyond funny.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

Can we take a second to talk about how cute this embroidery is?!?!?!

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

We headed back inside after the ceremony, where her bridesmaids bustled her dress.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

After a few finishing touches, she was ready to party!

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

They shared their first dance, and many more smiles.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

They have the cutest wedding cupcakes!

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

And the cutest personalized centerpieces!

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

The maid of honor & best man gave their speeches with a toast to follow!

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

After everyone ate, I pulled Jess & Simeon away from all the chaos so they could have a moment to themselves. I like to call it the sneak away.

Downtown Grand Rapids Goie Event Center wedding photo by wedding photographer Sidney Baker-Green

I posed a question, “Simeon, there are about 3.5 billion fish in the sea. I want you tell Jess why you chose her.” I’ll let the photos speak for themselves..

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After the sneak away, they danced the night away!

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Venue, Catering, and Bar: The Goei Center

DJ: Opus Events LLC

Hair & Make Up: The Standard

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