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Whimsical Mackinac Island Destination Wedding

What comes to mind when you marry the genius of Clary Pfeiffer with the mastery of LoLo Event Design? Just one thing, utter perfection. A charming day awash with island-inspired whimsy, the gallery is chock-full of minty green wedding details galore. Beginning with the Bride’s jaw-dropping JLM Couture LWD gown and ending with a romance filled evening, you can see it all unfold here!

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Summer
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Hotel
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Elegant

From Clary PfeifferToday I’m submitting a wedding with a really fun bride and groom that wanted something different for their guests. They selected Mackinac Island where there are only horse drawn carriages for transportation and a landscape of quaint houses. My favorite is the ceremony where the guests sat in rocking chairs overlooking the river. Below is more for the couple.

Sara and Aaron’s love story crisscrossed multiple cities and countries so when they decided to say “I do” it was only fitting that they host a destination wedding. Sara, who grew up in Illinois, spent her childhood summers vacationing on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan. The quaint island has held onto its charm by forbidding cars of any kind. All transportation is, very romantically, via horse-drawn carriage. Given Sara’s love of horses and the outdoors Mackinac was a dream destination to host their closest friends and family.

To unveil their wedding location LoLo Event Design partnered with stationary designer Lynn Graham Designs and Toile illustrator, Denise Spoenlein of Custom Illustrations to create a custom invitation suite. Denise created a custom toile pattern that told the story of how Sara and Aaron met, dated, came to be engaged and ultimately be married. Even their beloved dog True was featured in the design. The toile pattern was ultimately featured on the save the date, invitation, ceremony program, menu card and welcome gift.

As guests arrived to Mackinac Island they were welcomed with a canvas tote bag filled with local Michigan goodies and adorned with a luggage tag featuring the toile pattern. Family and friends explored the island before departing via horse –drawn carriage to the rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents at a restaurant deep in the woods.

Come wedding day Sara and Aaron enjoyed a private carriage ride around the island before walking down the aisle. The intimate ceremony took place on the infamous front porch of The Grand Hotel. Guests were seated in rocking chairs with views of Lake Huron. Sara walked down the aisle in a JLM Couture gown carrying a custom bouquet constructed by LoLo Event Design of a leather horse lead.

Following the ceremony Sara removed the long skirt of her JLM Couture gown to reveal a knee length look. Guests were invited to a private dinning groom within The Grand Hotel where they were welcomed by a jazz pianist. The kelly green and robin’s egg blue tabletop was designed to compliment the eccentric interior of the dinning room. Custom candelabras finished with gold tapper candles became the focal point of the table. The place settings featured a menu card designed around the couple’s toile pattern, which was wrapped with a personalized leather engraved belly band place card. Guests lingered over their choice of a vegetarian or meat tasting menu. Sara and Aaron shared a love seat at the head of the table. For dessert everyone was invited to the hotel’s ice cream parlor for their choice of sundae, Sara’s personal favorite.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Event Design: LoLo Event Design | Floral Design: Margaret’s Floral Garden | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Attire: Black By Vera Wang | Wedding Venue: The Grand Hotel | Bridal Gown : JLM Couture LWD | Bridal Hair Piece : Richard Designs | Bridal Veil : Ellen Marie Design | Brides Leather Bouquet: LoLo Event Design | Ceremony And Dinner Music: The Grand Hotel | Custom Toile Design : Denise Spoenlein Of Custom Illustrations | Dessert: Sadie's Ice Cream | Linens : Table Toppers Of Newton | Paper Goods: Lynn Graham Designs | Place Cards: LoLo Event Design

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Romantic Blush Pink Michigan Wedding

Admittedly, it doesn’t take much for me to fall in love with a wedding. Show me a happy couple, and I’m smiling from ear-to-ear. But there’s something about this wedding captured by K. Holly Photography that I absolutely adore. Maybe it’s the lush, romantic flowers or maybe it’s the Groom’s teary reaction to seeing his Bride for the first time, but to be honest, it’s a bit of everything. Take a peek at all the gorgeous images and you’ll see why I’m swooning.

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Summer
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Country Club
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Romantic

From K. Holly PhotographyMid-summer along the water. Warm bright sun, with the outdoor ceremony shaded under the trees. A palette of blush pink and soft whites, the tiniest hints of peach and lavender, and just enough silver to sparkle. And joy in everyone’s eyes, smiles and cheers on everyone’s lips.

Some weddings have the most incredible venue as a backdrop, and some are full of magazine-worthy details. Some weddings have the most adorable couple you’ll ever see. Some are blessed with perfect weather. Some receptions have the most fun and crazy dance parties you’ll ever shake your groove thing to.

And then there are days like Amanda and Trevor’s. Where the stars align and everything comes together like a storybook. The kind with gilded edges, pop-up pictures, and an ending that sweeps you off your feet. The kind where your photographer twirls in the middle of the dance floor with you, just as blissed-out as the rest of your guests as the sun slowly dips below the tree line and makes the whole world glow.

Amanda and Trevor met in 6th grade, and new this day was in their future. They planned a picture-perfect country club wedding, and celebrated under the sunset with friends and family from all across the country.

Photography: K. Holly Photography | Videography: Coastline Studios | Floral Design: Dorothy's Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Becker's Bridal | Hair And Makeup: A. Davis Brown Salon | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A. Bank | Venue: Kalamazoo Country Club

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Northern Michigan Romantic Autumn Wedding

Adorned with perfectly pink blooms and autumn air, this Northern Michigan affair is chock-full of lovely. From the Brides cute yet comfortable shoes, to the newlyweds autumn-hued portraits, the gallery is the definition of perfection. Straight from the lens of Kelly Sweet with assistance by Jen Lynne, see the entire day unfold here!

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Fall
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ChurchMill
Styles
Rustic

From The Bride… We decided the Leelanau Peninsula was the perfect location for our timeless, classic, romantic wedding. It just had the perfect amount of character we desired.

Tim had proposed to me on the Sleeping Bear Dunes overlooking Lake Michigan roughly a year before our big day so we had a tie to the area. We also thought it would be the most lovely place to getaway every year for our anniversary.

Both romantics at heart, we loved the thought of having an intimate and quaint wedding. The Willowbrook Mill was the first place we visited after getting engaged and just fell in love with the venue! The rustic yet elegant-feel had us swooning! To add to the classic elegance we were going for, a sweet couple from the Leland area offered to drive us from the wedding to the reception in their 1946 Cadillac Limo (!!!!).

Having a fall wedding, I’m sure everyone expected to see deep tones of reds, oranges, and browns but we took a completely different route based on our personal style and taste; romantic, airy, and light. Lush greens, ivory and blush tones with a mix of silvers and golds, were accompanied by small fall tie-in’s such as pinecone name tag holders, and a coffee bar serving warm caramel apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes. The cocktail hour was entertained by a 2-piece classical band playing the keyboard and saxophone.

With all the wedding details aside, this was the most perfect day we could have ever hoped for, or imagined. Being surrounded by our family and friends that we love so dearly, as we committed our lives to one another, was so special and will be treasured all the days of our lives.

Photography: Kelly Sweet Photography | Videography: Coastline Studios | Event Planning: The Day's Design | Floral Design: The Day's Design | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Cake: Aunt B's Cakes And Desserts | Ceremony Venue: Emmanuel Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: The Willowbrook Mill | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Grandview Catering | Makeup: Erick Gerson | Band: Paul Vornhagen | Bridal Shoes: BHLDN | Photography - Assistance: Jen Lynne Photography | Tenting: Party Plus Tents + Events

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Preppy Gold Michigan Vineyard Wedding

Not only can this bride rock a topknot bun like nobody’s business, but she makes planning the cutest of cute weddings (in five months flat!) look like a total walk in the park. Set at a gorgeous vineyard venue, it’s one part glam and one part rustic with a dose of preppy stripes thrown in for good measure. More pretty from Amanda Crean’s lens sitting here.

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Summer
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Vineyards
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Rustic

From The Bride…Brian and I met at the wedding of two of our very best friends in the summer of 2012. He quickly went from my wedding dance floor partner, to my long-distance boyfriend, to my fiance in the January 2014. I have to admit, before we got married, I had planned just about every theme of wedding in my head. An outdoor fall wedding, a beach destination, even a New Year’s Eve bash. It wasn’t until Brian brought up the idea of having a summer wedding in the same town as my family’s lake house that I felt like the dream wedding started to become a reality.

I tasked our extraordinary wedding planner (my mom) with finding an unforgettable venue and boy, did she deliver. I still remember her calling me at work to tell me the date options that were open: June 28 or July 5 of 2014. I laughed at the idea of both. Planning a wedding in 5 months? There was no way. Little did I know this was my first glimpse into how married life is done – jump right in with both feet and figure out the small stuff together along the way. So we booked the date, 5 months to plan, and slowly July 5 started to feel like it was meant for us all along.

Our vineyard venue was off the beaten path, so I loved the thought of having guest feel like they had stepped out of the country and into a summer soiree. I picked gold as our main color to give a touch of glam to the rustic surroundings and used the pops of coral and greenery to highlight the natural colors in the vineyard. As for the navy, I have to give credit to my now husband, who’s only request for our big day was to wear a “really cool” blue suit.

Before we got married, I prepared for all the small details that I thought would define our big day. And while those details turned out beautifully, I must say now what defined our day was the love that was put into making all those details come together. My sister and sister-in-laws surprised me by painting the 300 gold vases and candles we used as our center pieces because they knew I had a lot on my plate at the time.

My mom won the blue bicycle at an auction because she knew it would be the perfect accessory for the beach and in the vineyard. She even asked for a bike basket as her Mother’s Day present so she could fill it with flowers for pictures. My dad let me stretch the wedding budget just a little bit further to get the white bulb lighting of my dreams and then patiently screwed in the 500 light bulbs while checking to make sure each one worked. And Brian stayed up with me until 3:00am making the stop-motion video we played during our reception, allowing me to ask him for “just one more picture” over and over again.

No matter the theme, colors, decorations or dress, the most important part of our wedding was the people who came to support us. We ended our first night as husband and wife in our big white tent on the dance floor surrounded by the best family and friends two people could ask for. I couldn’t have imaged starting our new lives any other way!

Photography: Amanda Crean Photographers | Cinematography: Wooten Media Co | Coordination: Lauren Kelleher | Floral Design: Lauren Kelleher | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Ceremony Venue: Willow Harbor Vineyard | Reception Venue: Willow Harbor Vineyard | Hair And Makeup: Blend Beauty Studio | Band: Toast And Jam | Programs/signage: Adam Anderson

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Traditional Ballroom Wedding at Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum

This loving couple chose to be wed halfway between their two homes: Cleveland and Grand Rapids at the historic Henry Ford museum in Detroit. This intimate affair, captured by Lauren Gabrielle Photography oozed sophistication. Every detail from 3-tiered cake draped in lush florals from Sweet Heather Anne to mad libs on each table created a sense of comfort the bride and groom hoped for on their special day. See every detail here!

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Summer

From the beautiful Bride… I met my husband in a hospital in Cleveland. He was my clinical instructor, and I told him I wasn’t interested in dating anyone in the medical field. A few months later, I graduated and moved to Grand Rapids, but he managed to keep hold of my heart. After a year and a half of long distance dating, he completely knocked me off my feet with a surprise proposal. We chose to get married in Detroit, halfway between Grand Rapids and Cleveland, because that’s where the majority of my friends and family lived. Two weeks after getting engaged, we met up in Detroit and set out on a slew of appointments to find a venue and church.

We were just in awe as soon as we stepped foot into Lovett Hall and First Congregational Church. The Henry Ford Museum inspired the feel of our wedding. We both wanted something classic and traditional without being stuffy. I planned the wedding in a hectic 8 months, and I couldn’t have done it without some serious help. We hired a day of coordinator and it was one of the best choices I made. If there was anything amiss at the wedding, we had no idea because she made everything run smoothly. I’m not the craftiest person, and I’m so grateful for my dear friends that helped me make beautiful invitations, place cards and a website.

I’m eternally thankful for my childhood friend and wonderful photographer Lauren who captured the magic of our day. My husband was my calming voice of reason when I would get carried away on impractical elaborate ideas and my biggest supporter to get what needed to be done. Together we planned the biggest party of our lives and we were so thrilled to celebrate our marriage with the people we love.

Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Coordination: Beautiful Beginnings | Floral Design: Emanuela Candrianu | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Ceremony Venue: First Congregational Church Of Detroit | Reception Venue: Lovett Hall | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair And Makeup: 6 Salon | Bridal Salon: Antonio's Bridal | Photobooth: Strike A Pose

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