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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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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.

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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