Posts Tagged ‘michigan weddings’

Nov
24
Anna + Travis: Handmade Intimate Backyard Michigan Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Dan and Melissa Photography; Gown: Alec Milano from The Wedding ShoppeHead Piece: Twigs and HoneyHair: Ellie at Basic Black SalonGroom’s Attire: Banana Republic, Gap, and The Tie BarFlowers: Lasting Expressions; Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew; Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A Bank,Gap, and The Tie BarFavors: Sanpedrocactus on Etsy; Caterer: The Fresh Palate; Chairs, Tables, and Linens Rental: JJ’s Rental; Venue: Private Residence; Reception Music: Lyle Tucker; Cake: Groom’s Grandmother, Rhonda Mundt

Anna and Travis were married in the bride’s parents’ backyard in Alpena, Mich. on July12. The bride looked radiant in a beaded cap sleeve gown with a side braid and a beaded crystal hairpiece. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses, two-tone chrysanthemums, waxflower, and bay leaves. Her ‘maids donned short sage green chiffon dresses with various necklines. The groom looked dapper in a dark suit and a navy blue tie, and his men looked handsome in gray vested suits with blue-checkered shirts and navy neck ties. “Getting married at my childhood home in northern Michigan was the most meaningful decision I made while planning this wedding,” Anna said. “I had had so many wonderful memories in my life with growing up in the woods, and this would be another one to add.” Anna and Travis’ ceremony was filled with sentimental homemade touches. The path leading to the ceremony was lined with wooden signs that denoted how close they were to the ceremony site, which was on the front lawn overlooking Thunder Bay River. When guests arrived they were encouraged to pick a seat, not a side by a framed chalkboard sign. They were given ceremony programs which served double-duty as fans. The 100 guests took their seats in white folding chairs, and watched as an adorable flower girl and ring bearer made their way down the aisle. Anna and Travis exchanged vows under a beautiful birch arbor that the groom and his father made together. “Standing on the river’s edge with the breeze blowing, the birds chirping, and even some canoes riding by while I stared into my husband’s eyes was probably my favorite part of the day,” Anna noted. After they officially tied the knot, guests were occupied by lawn games and cocktail hour as the bridal party went off to take pictures. Guests were given mason jars to fill up with mock mojitos, peach bellinis, or iced tea. At the reception, guests picked up succulent escort cards, and were given individual lunchboxes with a gourmet sandwich and other sides inside. They sat at round tables with white linens and burlap table runners. Each table featured a mercury glass vase with wildflowers and blue mason jars. “I had decided to make this amazing pinwheel backdrop for behind the head table at the reception…the end result became one of the most talked about pieces at our wedding. It was totally worth the effort,” Anna said. For dessert, the groom’s grandmother made three different flavored cakes including a carrot cake, adorned with a topper featuring the couple; a lemon-thyme cake, topped with lemon slices; and a naked cake, topped with berries. The night ended setting off fireworks and sparklers, an appropriate touch for the weekend right after July 4. Anna’s best planning advice? “Don’t over do it. Sometimes simple is better,” Anna said. See the full board here.

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Nov
11
Christina + Joe: Intimate Pastel Summer Beach Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

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Photo by Dan and Melissa Photography; Gown: Monique LhuillierHair: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa; Groom’s Attire: Express; Shoes: Vera WangJeweler: Tiffany & Co.; Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew; Rentals: JG Rental Co.; Musician: Brian NolfCake: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa; Venue: Private Residence

Christina and Joe were married on the bride’s parents’ beach, with the reception following in their backyard in Traverse City, Mich. on June 27. The bride looked classic with a hint of vintage in an all-lace strapless fit ‘n flare gown accessorized with a jeweled belt and a birdcage veil. She wore her hair in a delicate updo and carried a bouquet of garden roses and lamb’s ear. Her ‘maids donned pale green short chiffon dresses with various necklines. The groom and his men opted for gray suits with matching ties. The couple tied the knot on the beach under a birch tree arch in front of just 40 guests who sat in wooden folding jars marked with floral mason jars. “We wanted to have a small, personal ceremony and reception with just a few close family and friends,” Joe said. An acoustic guitar player and violin player provided the music for the ceremony, as well as the reception, which followed under a tent. Guests dropped notes for the couple into a wish jar, played games such as cornhole and Jenga, and claimed their chalkboard tag escort cards which were clothespinned to a wired display board. “The weather for our wedding day was great – lots of sunshine,” Joe said. The reception featured a summer beverage station with iced tea and lemonade. Guests enjoyed a three tier white cake adorned with pink flowers along with an assortment of brightly-colored macaroons. The couple’s getaway transportation? A subaru decked out with “Just Married” bunting. “The night was capped by a send-off in which we walked out under the glow of sparklers held by our family and friends,” Joe said. What a magical exit! See the full board here.

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Aug
05
Clare + Bryce: A Boho Chic Spring Michigan Farm Wedding By Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Dan and Melissa PhotographyVenue: Bare Knuckle FarmDress Designer: Rebecca SchoneveldGroom’s Attire: Bindle and KeepFloral Designer: Wendy Welch Garden DesignOfficiant: Chava Bahle; Ceremony Musicians: Katie Van Dusen and Chris DupontRentals: GJ’s Rentals

Clare and Bryce were married at Bare Knuckle Farm in Northport, Mich. on May 25. They first met on OkCupid.com, an online dating website, almost two years ago.  “It was one of those things where we just clicked and everything fell into place with zero fuss,” Clare said. The bride wore an a-line wedding gown with lace capped sleeves, accessorized with a floral wreath in her loosely curled hair, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a boutonniere wrapped in leather. “We got so lucky with gorgeous weather leading up to the wedding and the day itself,” she said. “The ceremony was outdoors, on hay bayles, overlooking the farm. We each wrote our own vows, and we managed to make everyone cry, which was totally our goal!” Drinks were served in wheelbarrows during cocktail hour as animals roamed the nearby fields. “After the ceremony, we took 10 minutes back in the orchards on our own, to take in the moment, take in each other, and realize we were married!” Clare said. The reception was held underneath a pole tent. “If the weather had been cold, considered it was one of the worst winters on record, we wanted to make sure it felt warm – not just the temperatures but the visual feel too,” she said. Tables were decorated with “mango” runners made by Bryce’s mom, mason jar centerpieces, and heart-punched, handwritten thank-you notes attached to favor bags at each place setting. Paper lanterns hung from the ceiling too! “The flowers came from a local farm where they gave us what was in season – mostly colorful flowering branches, which we rounded out with just a few other flowers from a flower shop,” Clare said. The newlyweds’ first dance was a surprise. “”We like to have a dance party with out family and friends – we dance party all the time,” she said. “So, we got everyone on the dance floor as soon as possible. The first song played was Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back.'” See the full board here.

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Jul
07
Erin + Matthew: A Preppy Navy Blue and Pink Summer Waterfront Michigan Inn Wedding By Jennifer Weems Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Jennifer Weems PhotographyVenue: The Inn at Bay HarborEvent Planner: Emily’s EventsFloral Designer: Flowers from Nature’s GardenHair and Makeup Artist: The Salon at The Inn at Bay HarborDress Designer: Oleg Cassini from David’s BridalBridesmaid Dresses: David’s BridalShoes: Kate SpadeGroom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s WearhouseJewelry: Kay JewelryCeremony Musician: Ethan Young; DJ: A+ Digital DJs

Erin and Mathew were married at The Inn at Bay Harbor in Petoskey, Mich. on July 6. “From the moment of the proposal in northern Michigan, we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding in this special place where we have vacationed with family, and as a couple for the past four years,” Erin said. The bride wore a strapless tea-length wedding gown with a floral appliques, accessorized with a birdcage veil and glitter peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a striped tie and Sperry Topsider boat shoes. Bridesmaids wore short satin dress in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath and dusty millers. “The ceremony was very intimate, as a great friend of ours officiated the wedding, and we were very involved in planning the entire ceremony,” she said. “I think our guests would agree with us that the best part was the ‘I love you because’ statements. Before the wedding, each of us wrote down the top 10 reasons why we loved the other, and gave it to our officiant. They were read aloud for the first time then.” In addition, there was a wine box and knot-tying too! Reception tables were decorated with navy blue linens, pink napkins, tall topiary and succulent birch slab centerpieces, and a custom favor box filled with a shot glass at each place setting. “After our introduction,we had planned the dance from Napoleon Dynamite (‘Canned Heat’) to perform, however, since we had not rehearsed for the week leading up to the wedding, the routine was far from perfect,” Erin said. “Nevertheless, it is still one of my favorite memories.” See the full board here.

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