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Alyssa and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at Cascade Christian followed by a reception at the Bissell Tree House at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Mich. on September 14. “I picked the Bissell Tree House mostly because it was brand new,” Alyssa said. “When I booked it, there had never been an event in the building. I actually didn’t even get a tour of the inside before I booked it because I LOVED the view of downtown Grand Rapids from the tree tops. I also couldn’t resist the rustic yet industrial look of the outside. The finicular that all the guests had to take to get to the tree house was pretty neat too.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion bateau neckline, accessorized with a white sash, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a black button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple dresses and carried bouquets of green tricks, succulents, scabiosa pods, and fern curls. “My flowers were my absolute favorite detail,” she said. “I love plants and our florist did a fantastic job with all the bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres. She went above and beyond with everything.” During the ceremony, the officiant said a prayer. “It made me realize how blessed I was able to marry Andrew and spend the rest of my life with him,” Alyssa said. “It brought me to sobbing tears, and I don’t think I will ever forget it.” Guests were escorted to their seats via cards atop branches, tables were decorated with birch centerpieces atop wooden slices and burlap numbers, and succulent favors were given out to let love grow. “My favors were another favorite,” she said. “This was a do-it-yourself project. My mom and I grew the succulents all year long and then planted them in mini jelly jars.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Let people help you with the planning and projects,” Alyssa said. “And mostly enjoy your day because it goes by so fast. I know people always say that, but I didn’t realize how fast it would actually go by.”

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Photography: Phrene Exquisite Photography | Ceremony Venue: Cascade Christian Church | Reception Venue: The Bissell Tree House at the John Ball Zoo | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Beckers Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal | Hair Stylist: Abby Leigh Salon | Makeup Artist: Julie Strating | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Ambiance Expressing You | Caterer: Applause Catering | Cake: The Cakabakery | DJ: Party in a Box | Officiant: Jill Forton and Joel Strickland | Ceremony Musicians: Michelle and Lauren Sweers

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Ana and Cliff were married in a traditional church ceremony at Kentwood Community followed by an outdoor reception in the bride’s parent’s backyard on April 26 in Wayland, Mich. “It was my grandfather’s house,” Ana said. “He bought 30 acres and built a house when my mom and her siblings were growing up. After my grandfather passed, my parents bought the house to keep it in the family. I called ‘dibs’ on being able to have my wedding there for a LONG time.” The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown with capped sleeves and keyhole back, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a light brown three-piece wool suit, accessorized with a denim button-up and striped bow tie. “All their suits were thrift store finds with some flare and added personal style,” she said. “We basically gave them the color scheme and told them to do their thing.” Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “But when we said our vows, I was astounded that we got through them without crying,” Ana said. “That moment, when time stood still, and I looked into Cliff’s eyes to profess my love to him — it’s engraved in my heart forever.” Reception tables were decorated with antique vases and vessels centerpieces, picture frames, handkerchief runners, and kraft paper bag thank-you notes at each place setting. “My mom crafted nearly every single decoration,” she said. “Everything was that much more amazing because of the extra love put forth.” In addition to a mini cake that the newlyweds cut, there was also a popcorn bar with all the toppings like M&M’s, peanuts, and cinnamon sugar and Krispy Kreme doughnuts for guests to snack on. Yum!

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Photography: Brandon Shafer Photography | Ceremony Venue: Kentwood Community Church | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Bridal Gallery | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Bridal Gallery | Shoes: David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Ebay | Caterer/Rentals: Adeline Leigh Catering | DJ: Celebration Entertainment | Hair Stylist: Cody Fugate | Makeup Artist: Brandias Baughman | Floral Designer: Greta Gonzales | Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme | Officiant: Ian Nacey | Ceremony Musician: Amanda Smith

Elegant Periwinkle Summer Ballroom Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 11, 2013

Bridget & Jordan

August 16 

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When we first started looking at reception venues, we began with a few of the most common in our area. Although they were all beautiful, we just couldn’t envision ourselves celebrating there on our wedding day. We then decided to go and look around the campus of the University of Michigan where we had met and began dating four years earlier. We walked into the Michigan League ballroom and knew instantly that it would be the perfect venue for our reception! We both had been in the Michigan League many times before for different undergraduate events and the thought of having our wedding take place on the very campus where it all began just seemed too perfect to pass up!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our wedding cake was something we looked forward to seeing from our very first meeting with G.M Paris Bakery. The sketch they drew was just what we had in mind, and the finished product was more beautiful than we ever could have dreamed of! It was a focal point for our cocktail hour and was delicious tasting as well!

2. Bridget grew up Irish dancing, so we planned for an Irish dancing surprise at our wedding for all of our guests. It was so much fun incorporating an important piece of her heritage in to our wedding day and to witness the excitement for all of our friends and family. We also made homemade Irish short bread with an Italian thank you message for our favors and had cannoli filling in the cake to incorporate Jordan’s Italian heritage!

3. When we began planning our wedding, we both really wanted to have live music. We were so excited to find the band Cancel Monday and to have them perform at our reception. They are amazingly talented, kept the dance floor full all night and people are still talking about how great they were!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Bridget- The moment that I can’t stop thinking about is when Jordan and I were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. into our reception with the Michigan fight song! We hadn’t seen the ballroom yet so to finally see everything all come together with all of our friends and family cheering for us was a moment I will remember forever!

Jordan- The one moment I still frequently think about from our wedding day is the look on Bridget’s face when she was walking down the aisle. It was such a special moment and one I will never forget!

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Colorful Black-Tie Summer Backyard Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 08, 2013

Rebecca & David 

September 7

Clinton Township, Michigan  

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We decided on our venue the weekend we became engaged. Dave asked me where I would like to get married, and I told him I despised cookie-cutter banquet halls and the restrictions that are so often laced into contractual agreements and would love to find a private property where we could design our own venue from scratch. He suggested getting married in his parents’ backyard, and to our surprise, his parents agreed to it! It was where we met for our first date seven years ago. Our venue was incredibly special to us; we knew it was the one because it was the only one we even considered!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our flowers were definitely one of my favorite details. While planning our wedding, I went from knowing absolutely nothing about flowers to learning more about flower variations, seasons, and hardiness than I ever would have imagined. While we wanted our guests to feel at ease at our reception, I did not want our garden wedding to look like a garden party. I realized that our flowers would set the tone for the evening, and I wanted them to be whimsical and romantic. They were stunning.
 
2. Another favorite detail was our yay flags. While I’m certainly not the first person to think of this idea, as someone who exclaims the word “yay” on a daily basis, I knew these flags would be perfect for us. My parents and I invested several hours and sacrificed several fingers to the hot glue gun while hand-crafting 150 flags with hand-tied bells for our guests. Before we walked back down the aisle as a married couple, we both couldn’t help but laugh when we turned around to the sound of dozens of tiny bells while little flags flapped in the air.
 
3. I also loved my bridal flats. After realizing that high-heels were not an option for our garden wedding, I spent several months looking for the perfect flats or wedges. I am so happy that I decided to purchase ballet flats because I was on my feet all night conversing with guests, and I was unbelievably comfortable!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
The one moment I cannot stop thinking about is our first look. I knew I would be nervous on our wedding day, but I was far more emotional than I could have ever imagined. I am so happy that Dave and I were able to see each other (and shed a few tears together) before walking down the aisle. It was such an incredible, intimate moment. Seeing each other calmed my nerves so I could soak in the beautiful words spoken at our ceremony. 

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Rustic Gray and Yellow Summer Farm Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 25, 2013

Katie & Andy

June 22

Hanover, Michigan

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We had our reception at the Hoop Barn located on my family’s dairy farm. When it was built years ago, I told my family if I get married the reception will be at that barn. It’s a beautiful setting in a wheat field. I mentioned it to Andy after the engagement and since he is a farmer he was all for the idea!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The draping at the barn. It set the tone for the venue. It gave the barn a dramatic feel and was breathtaking as the guests walked in.

2. The cake display, so cute! The wedding cake was on a wine barrel, and the cupcake stands were on surrounding crates with an adorable backdrop in the colors we used for our wedding.

3. Taking pictures at the original family farm homestead by the old barns and wheat field between the ceremony and reception. The property has been in the family for more than 100 years and to have wedding pictures taken there was meaningful.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

It may sound cliche, but the wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. The church is absolutely beautiful! Seeing the pews filled with family and friends to witness the exchanging of vows still gives me chills.

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