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for the modern romantic bride

Most days you can find me going for hikes along the beach with my three puppies (and coincidently, company mascots) Charlie, Pineapple & Esmay! I love to be outside as much as possible, and enjoy going on adventures, looking for the best locations possible to bring my clients. 

I am most passionate about helping my brides, to the best of my ability. I know that planning for your wedding can be a stressful and yet, exciting part of your life. But it can often be confusing too - where to start, how to progress, what to do at what time? These questions can be endless, but that’s where I truly excel! I find so much joy helping you, as much as possible! Whether that is creating a custom timeline from start to finish, deciding what time your florist needs to deliver your bouquet, I am here!

I am mostly known for my energetic spirit, my passion for turning something ordinary into extraordinary, and finding the beauty in all things.

 I’m Melissa

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"She just makes you feel so comfortable and has a great eye for creative photos for everlasting memories"

As soon as I contacted Melissa via email… I knew she was the one! She was sincere in her response and I could sense her passion for photography and weddings before ever even meeting her. We loved her so much! If you are looking for a sincere photographer with a passion for what she does, Lux Light Photography is where it is at. Melissa is wonderful, relaxing and creative. She just makes you feel so comfortable and has a great eye for creative photos for everlasting memories.

Hayley, LuxLight Bride, Traverse City Michigan

"Thank you, Lux Light Photography, for helping make our big day perfect and beautiful in every way!"

Wow, is all I can say! Lux Light Photography, Melissa Lande, is AMAZING! My husband and I are beyond thrilled with the beautiful photos this talented photographer took at our wedding in Michigan! Melissa was great to work with and made us, our bridal party, our family and guests feel completely at ease and comfortable. She was able to capture all the emotions of the day!! We adored them! Thank you, Lux Light Photography, for helping make our big day perfect and beautiful in every way!

Kallie, Lux Light Bride, Traverse City Michigan

"People said that they were the best wedding photos that they have ever seen."

Leading up to the wedding, Melissa would send me helpful tips to prepare myself for the big day. She seemed like the genuinely was excited for my wedding and really wanted to help make it the best experience ever. I would consider Melissa a friend now. She treated me like one. I would recommend her services to anyone who is looking for the best pictures ever for their engagement or wedding. You will not be disappointed. She is simply the best!

Michelle, Lux Light Bride, Traverse City Michigan


THE BEST ONE EVER!!! Melissa was so patient, considerate, very pleasant and happy to work with and indescribably talented at her job! She is just too amazing for words.

Sophie, Lux Light Bride, Traverse City Michigan


the real lux light experience

Want to see the REAL experience you will receive when choosing Lux Light Photography for your special day! Tune in below for some fun, behind-the-scenes footage and imagine your dream wedding along the way!

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1. cory, my husband, is for sure my better half!! we have breakout dance parties in our kitchen on a regular basis! My signature move is the lawn mower, which he assures me is not dorky at all!!!

2. My idea of cooking is making a frozen pizza (jacks only) without setting the house on fire (which has totally happened)

3. lululemon (leggings really...) are my love language!!

4. Cory and i have rescued 3 pups named charlie, pineapple & esmay!! They are employees of the month, every month!!!!

5. if i could sleep in a tutu, i would!

6. sometimes cory is embarrassed to take me out in public...i have no idea why...

7. when i was in 7th grade, i wrote my diary in elvish. trust me, i was reeeeeally cool :)

8. if i could live in pottery barn, i would!!!

9. ariel has always been my fav disney princess and last year i got an adult mermaid tail!!

10. i have dreams of one day owning one million rescue dogs (like those crazy cat ladies, except i want to be surrounded by pups!)

10 Quirkiest things about me!



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I photograph brides who:


help with planning their destination wedding in Michigan from afar

Are yearning

for romantic, golden images that showcase their authentic

Are looking

for someone who likes to give input and help as much as possible, during the planning process and the day of the wedding


to have wedding portraits that can forever bring them right back to that moment on their special day

Are totally

into taking time out of their wedding day, to secure beautiful, golden images of just the two of them, to preserve that intimacy that is so often forgotten on their day


Schedule a free consultation, so I can make sure I align with exactly what you envision

to wedding day perfection

our 4 step guide


Booking is super simple - just sign an online contract + deposit & your date is saved!

Next - expect a custom Bridal Guide mailed to you, plus guidance & hands-on guidance, timelines, shot lists to make sure the wedding day is stress-free for you!

to wedding day perfection

our 4 step guide


On your wedding day, sit back and relax - knowing that I can handle everything for you!

All you need to do is relax and enjoy - I will take care of the rest (from handling people, other vendors, collaborations, and keeping everything on time!)

to wedding day perfection

our 4 step guide


After your wedding day, you can expect to be stunned and awed, as you receive continued support, friendship and of course, the curated gallery of images that will leave you (and your friends) talking about for years to come!

to wedding day perfection

our 4 step guide


ready to book? have questions?

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Please note that office hours at 12-4pm, M-F. I will respond to your email within that time frame. If you email me on the weekend, I will respond the following Monday. Thank you!

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