travis and monica | mackinac island wedding

This couple and their story is so very special in so many ways. I know Monica from when I photographed the wedding of Matt and Alethea (Monica’s sister) five years ago, and have continued to photograph them over the years. Alethea told me last year that her sister, Monica, was getting married on Mackinac Island and that she was interested in having me photograph their wedding. Then she told me that Monica was battling breast cancer and that they were considering putting off the wedding until after treatments, but that they just wanted to be married and were going to do it as soon as possible. When I met with Monica and Travis and heard the whole story, my heart was touched forever and I not only knew their day was going to be more special than words can describe, but that I saw the deepest of love and respect between them, and I knew it would be amazing to photograph their day.

Enter Mackinac Island. An island in northern Michigan where cars do not exist. Green foliage, lilac trees, flowers everywhere, horse drawn carriages, quaint era themed streets, bicycles everywhere, and of course, Mackinac fudge. The place is a dream. Straight out of a movie.

So, combine Mackninac Island with Travis and Monica…two of the most in love people I have ever met…and the day was magical.

You can read more of Monica’s story here.

It’s a long post…enjoy 🙂


Travis’ detail shots photographed by my second shooter, Laurel.jeansmith_monica4

The next two are fabulous detail shots by Laurel…

ADORE this shot by Laurel.

To me, this photo sums them up. I mean, you don’t understand how in love these two are, people!!! It was beautiful to watch.



  1. Belva says:

    You did an amazing job shooting this wedding! You have a great eye for photography and really captured some great moments. You tell the story beautifully through photos. Very impressed!

  2. Erik Hennigan says:

    What an amazing story told by your pictures!

  3. Alethea says:

    -Alethea 🙂

  4. Judita says:

    Completely agree with Belva! Great artistic eye. Would it possible to learn what lens did you use during this shot? Thank you! <3

  5. Jenn Sawtelle says:

    Oh how I adore these! Such a beautiful story told with priceless photographs. What a perfect setting, too! I got engaged on Mackinac Island and if we wouldn’t have put out so many family/friends we would have gotten married there. . .I love the way you and Laurel captured it and those beautiful Michigan skies!

  6. Meg Lafferty says:

    Such a beautiful story of love conquering all! The picture of Monica hugging Travis made me cry, it’s beautiful. You’re amazing Jean!

  7. colleen says:

    absolutely stunning…beautiful couple….I wish them all the best in the future and prayers for good health….

  8. John & Blanca says:

    I’m very impressed with your pictures and can’t wait to see the rest!!! Thank you for capturing our daughter and new son in these magnificent pictures. These will always remind me of “Somewhere in Time”

  9. Karen says:

    Absolutely amazing. I feel like I just read a book about your wedding day and your love story past, present and future.

  10. Lisa McCully says:

    These are besutiful and so are they. Blessings to her!

  11. Kerri says:

    Such a beautiful wedding and touching story. You have a real eye for capturing those connections that make a viewer “feel” the image. Adore these. Beautiful work.

  12. Monica & Travis says:

    As Travis and I both looked at these pictures our eyes filled with tears. We will look at these pictures for years to come and remember the beauty of that day. Cancer would not dictate our lives and these pictures show that. Jean you are remarkable! We knew you were the right person to paint the picture of our love. Thank you for capturing our raw emotions and joy!

  13. Monica & Travis says:

    We both were teary eyed looking at all of your photos and reliving our wedding day! You captured such a day of triumph for us after a year of sadness and fear. You painted the most perfect story of our wedding with your beautiful photos showing our raw emotion. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us something that we can look back at with joy and fondness forever.

  14. katrina says:

    I love the moments that are captured in these photos! Tender, sweet, hopeful, cherished…

  15. Laura Williams says:

    I too am goosebumped now!!! Gorgeous photos and what a beautiful wedding!!! Love you guys!!

  16. Larry & Marsha says:

    You have captured the “Miracle of the Moment” as Monica &Travis express the love they have for each other. I, too, had tears as I see my son full of joy, happiness and love. Thank you, Monica.

  17. Maki says:

    *rubs dust out of eyes* this was such a lovely, beautiful post….it’s what all girls should dream of when they’re kids for their ideal wedding. Amazing story and can I just say how much I adore her yellow shoes too?!

  18. Larry & Marsha says:

    You have captured the “Miracle of the Moment” as Monica and Travis express the love they have for each other. I, too, had tears as I see my son full of joy, happiness and love. Thank you, Monica, for being you and thank you, Jean, for these beautiful pictures they will value forever.

  19. This is a lot of fun!

  20. kaeli says:

    Congratulations Monica and Travis. You look stunning, Monica.. The images are flawless and the sentiments perfectly captured. Cheers!

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