In an enchanted forest setting, this sweet couple’s fairytale wedding came to life. Wearing her mother’s reimagined wedding gown and veil handmade by her mother, the bride walked down the long aisle to meet her groom under a dome of baby’s breath. Clark Brewer and Coastline Studios captured all the magical details in this happily ever after.
From Avery Grace Events and Coastline Studios…This secret garden wedding is an absolute fairy tale. From the floral design to the photography, every aspect and detail was planned and pulled off without a hitch.
One of the most special aspects of Whitney and Bradley’s garden wedding, was the beautiful film photography that they chose to have. Published professional photographer Clark Brewer captured all of the perfect moments, reflecting the couple’s romantic, fun, and classic vibes. The vintage film photos stun in black and white and color, making this wedding one to remember.
Whitney’s vision for her magical Wedding Day, was one of family, friends, and fairytale floral. The enchanting forest and stunning sunshine were the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous couple’s nuptuals. The wedding venue, The International Friendship Gardens, was the perfect place to host Whitney and Bradley’s family and friends on the Michigan/Indiana border near her family’s lake home.
The couple wanted to capture the idyllic feeling of a day frolicking in this beautiful part of the country, which has always been so special to the couple and their families. Elegant and Natural without being stuffy is how Whitney described wanting her wedding to be. With one surprise after another to appeal to all senses, the guests began their day with a casual stroll through the woods to the ceremony site, an oasis under an arch of towering pines.
Keeping it a family affair, the bride remade her mother’s wedding gown, and her mother then made Whitney’s veil. Appease Inc gave Whitney a romantic updo and natural makeup were the perfect match to her minamalist dress. Whitney’s bridesmaids were given full reign in picking their dresses, other than the color pallette of light pastels and blush. While they were getting ready, Whitney and Bradley’s dog Emma was there for all of the excitement and nerves.
When Whitney came down the long aisle through the clearing in the woods, she captured all attention with her proud father on her arm. Under the dome, fringed with baby’s breathe and toile the couple with their attendants and family beside them, faced out to their guests in a very touching exchange of vows. The ceremony was short and sweet, but the perfect celebration of the couple.
With vintage lanterns guiding the way , guests were invited to jump on golf carts or stroll through the enchanting path over an antique bridge to the ceremony site which opened to another stunning vista on a willow lined lake with a clearing for migrating geese. Here, guests were greeted with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The band, with a hip-southern vibe travelled from Athens, GA as a special request from the couple ( this was their favorite band from Nashville, TN, back from the couple’s Vanderbilt days. The tables were graced with vintage brass candlesticks from the bride, her mother and aunt’s collections and the candlelit glow interlaced with the exquisite florals done by renowned florist from Town and Country Magazine, Fleur Chicago. The flowers, set in brass from Refind Joy were mixed with wildflowers which made the setting inside the tent perfectly blend in with the wild forest.
A tearjerking toast from the brides brother and father set the stage for a wonderful evening of celebration, joy and magic, dancing the night away, all the while being filmed by Coastline Studios. The delicious food by Jewell Events and the full moon festivities made this summer evening the perfect start to a lovely marriage.
Photography: Clark Brewer | Videography: Coastline Studios | Event Planning: Tina Anderson From Avery Grace Events | Floral Design: Fleur Inc. | Catering: Jewell Events Catering | Hair & Makeup: Appease Inc. | Band: Trotline | Wedding Venue: International Friendship Gardens | Brass: Refind Joy | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals