Jessica & Jason
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Q & A with the couple:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
When we first started searching for a venue we looked at a lot of country clubs. We realized that we love Grand Rapids and we really wanted something unique that would show our out-of-town guests why we love it so much. The Goei Center still features its original character and charm. We felt that it was a unique location that expressed our personalities and styles as a couple
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. The venue.
2. Jason’s grandmother baked our wedding cake and Jessica’s close friend Kasi created the cake’s decorations. Jessica featured photographs of her grandmothers and great-grandmother on their wedding day on the cake table.
3. We had an accordionist play during the cocktail hour. It was a highlight for our guests.
We could go on and on, it’s hard to pick just three.
Give us the one moment from your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Jessica: We chose not to see each other before the ceremony. We know that it is popular to do photographs before the ceremony, but for us it was important to keep that first view down the aisle authentic. We chose to have photographs done with the two of us on opposite sides of a brick wall, holding hands and exchanging cards. It was so exciting knowing that he was just around the corner but it still left an element of surprise and romance.
Jason: The entire ceremony. The humor of getting the microphone stuck on my grandmother’s outfit. The constant reminders to myself to keep calm, and hoping that everyone couldn’t see my legs quivering. To that first glance of seeing Jessica, the woman that was going to be my wife, escorted down the aisle with her parents. Those are images I will never forget and will always be able to replay again and again in my mind.
Laura & Kevin
Traverse City, Michigan
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The view for the on-site ceremony was breathtaking. It encompassed everything I wanted people to LOVE about Northern Michigan–the water, the changing colors of the leaves and everything surrounding us. It also uses all local food along with its own spirits, wine and beer. Its outdoor space was perfect for our outdoor games, fireplace and cocktail hour. It felt perfectly casual.
2. Which four details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. The place settings: I had a good friend of mine help me design each person’s place seating with their name and plated dinner they were getting (tying in the invitation graphics). These were accented with two billy balls that pulled the entire theme together.
2. The blankets and pillows by the fireplace for folks to stay warm: The blankets were knitted by Kevin’s 90-year-old grandmother, and the pillows were decorated by Laura’s mom and sewn by a close friend. Each were made with so much love.
3. The leaves on the aisle leading up to the altar: I love the fall, and I love walking on leaves when they fall from the trees. It has always made me so happy, and to have those on the aisle walking towards my groom with my dad next to me made the most perfect moment!
4. The centerpiece boxes: They were made by my father from an old farm in Michigan where we used to visit and play in when we were kids. The florist filled those with flowers, and they looked wonderful.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.
When our best man was finishing his speech he said, “There was a great philosopher who once said, ‘Whoop, whoop whoop.’” And 30+ of our closest friends and cousins busted out with a flash mob to a choreographed Gangnam Style dance. I had not cried all day because I was just so excited and overly happy to marry my best friend, but this display of how many great people we had in our lives put me over the edge, and it’s something we will NEVER forget. I still watch the video whenever I need a pick me up! People approach me telling me how amazing it was.
All this week, we’ve been inspired by the Fourth of July holiday. We shared red, white, and blue wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses, as well as a super-patriotic real wedding. To kick off the weekend, we thought we’d share one more piece of red, white, and blue wedding inspiration in the form of this style shoot which took place on the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. We love the preppy, whimsical details – particularly the striped table runners, the “sign-in oar,” and the message in a bottle decor.
Rebecca & Danny
“Rebecca & Danny’s wedding was super creative and inspired, with vintage touches of romantic florals, hobnail milk-glass vases, antique birdcages, and heirloom lace doilies. It was such a wonderful contrast with the industrial Crofoot Ballroom, built in the 1830s. Their ceremony was officiated by a good friend and they were surrounded by happy family and friends. Danny’s band, The Strangers, played at the reception, and he serenaded his new bride, as guests turned into dancing fans. It was such a great celebration and everyone had an amazing time!”
Anna & Josh
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
From the Photographers: “Anna and Josh were married at the historic Grosse Pointe Academy in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Anna’s creativity and DIY spirit showed through in everything, from the personalized Jones Soda bottles to the bouquet she made of vintage brooches that she collected at antique stores and flea markets over the past year. Their tandem Schwinns were adorable- vintage green and blue bicycles built for two! The theme carried through to their cake topper and cute little charms on their favors. All of the details were colorful and fun, and really represented the couple’s unique style. The fantastic Sun Messengers played in the tent outside the Academy and had the whole crowd dancing all afternoon. Anna’s brother John played a solo of Dave Matthews song You & Me. The cake was delicious- made by Royal Oak’s Pronto! Restaurant. Everyone had a ball, and even the storm that came through later that afternoon didn’t get anybody down- Anna & Josh had a wonderful day and we are so happy we got to share it with them!” ~Tracy and Riva