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Country Chic Summer Farm Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 05, 2013

Hilary & Justin

August 18

Beal City, Michigan

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

We had our wedding at my parents’ home, which is a small farm. It is a beautiful property, with the perfect intimate location for a ceremony by a large spring-fed pond. We had considered a few other venues so my family could avoid the stress of having a large wedding at their house, but we knew it had to be at my parent’s house when, during a family meeting on the issue, the future groom stated: “When I proposed, I intended to marry Hilary at the pond.” How could you say no to that?!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The Queen Anne’s Lace, which grows wild, and looked lovely in many of our pictures.The bolo ties that the groom, groomsmen, and father of the bride sported for the wedding.
  2. The groom’s bolo tie was a family heirloom, and the rest of the bolo ties were handmade by the groom’s mother. So handsome!
  3. The bride’s father and brother had been arguing for weeks about lawn care and the optimal day to do a final mowing of the lawn before the wedding. We can’t remember who ended up winning the argument, but on the day of the wedding the lush, green lawn was striking!

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

Our ceremony was so amazing and meaningful, and it contained the one moment of the wedding day I (the bride) cannot stop thinking about: Holding the groom’s hands while the officiant was discussing all the ways his hands would support me in our future life together, I noticed that my tough-as-nails groomsman brother was crying.

 

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Rustic Fall Ranch Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Kim on Mar 18, 2013

Elizabeth & John

September 29

Cedar, Michigan

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

While we saw other nice venues in northern Michigan, the Crooked Creek Ranch was the most charming and the most well thought out venue. You could tell that the owners had paid attention to the small details that can make or break an event.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The stationery, invitations, and favors. I run a letterpress shop in Detroit, and it was very important for me to design and produce everything.
  2. The beer & cocktail hour. John is a chef and a craft beer lover, so it was important to have beer from our favorite northern Michigan brewery, an Oktoberfest from Short’s, along with delicious charcuterie.
  3. The doors that acted as the entrance to the ceremony. My father found them at a resale store, and built the frames. It was an extra detail that helped make a dramatic entrance.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Learn to let go, and to let other people help you. Your wedding is your day, but it’s your family’s day too. There will probably be details that will be important to your parents that you won’t care about, so let them take care of those things.

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Unique Purple and Black Fall Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Kim on Jan 10, 2013

Jessica & Jason

October 13

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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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.

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Bright Yellow, Fall Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 28, 2012

Laura & Kevin

October 6

Traverse City, 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?

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.

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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.

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