A Wedding Review of Connor Bayou Park
By Jamie May Photography: One of the little secrets we learned during wedding photography, is that the county parks offer rentals for weddings.
In Ottawa County alone there is: Connor Park Bayou, Weaver House at Pine Bend Park, Spring Grove Picnic and Trellis, Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing, Grand Ravines Lodge and Tanglefoot Park. These facilities usually are really reasonable to rent. In the summer county parks can be a really great option for your outdoor wedding.
I am going to focus today on a wedding review of Connor Bayou Park.
Connor Bayou Park is a beautiful outdoor space with views of The Grand River.
It has a quaint log cabin that features a kitchen and a couple bedrooms, bathrooms, and living space with a downstairs level. It is really cute to get ready for the wedding in this space. I have been here for other occasion as well such as graduation open houses.
The log cabin itself can only accommodate 50 people or less, but the outdoor area states 150. So if in the event there was a rain storm, it would be hard to get into that cabin if you had a lot of people. However, I have been there for a wedding when it rained. They had tents set up and it worked out perfect. That day the rain came and went, so I could not tell you how the outdoor venue would be if it rained all day for your wedding and reception.
Reception? Yep! You can hold your reception here as well as they have a beer and wine permit. They also have some tables and information on their website to whom to rent tents from, etc…
As a wedding photographer, I am all over West Michigan photographing weddings.
Connor Bayou Park and Harbourfront Grand Hall are local to me, and I love to help local couples. This couple was extra special because they are so sweet and my neighbors over in Grand Haven ( I live in Spring Lake). I moved to the Lakeshore about 25 years ago and absolutely love it. I appreciate these local parks because they display the beauty I see every day with the lush green trees, grass and beautiful water views. If the park isn’t directly on the water, water is nearby!
After the wedding at Connor Bayou Park, we stopped at the beach of Grand Haven State Park.
Ashley and Wyatt share my love for the local beaches. Harbourfront Grand Hall is also a staple in Grand Haven. This is actually where the couple met! This space can hold over 275 people. It has majestic views overlooking the city of Grand Haven and the channel of water. It is in walking distance to a lot of photo opportunities for your wedding. Inside has exposed wood and brick and stringed lights for a warm, comforting vibe.
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