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Unplugged Nautical Lake Michigan Wedding

There are so many things I love about this wedding, but first and foremost? I love that they chose to unplug. With the most darling signage they instead invited their guests to be fully present and enjoy the beauty brought to life by Sincerely, Ginger and The Day Design. The one and only Clary Pfeiffer beautifully documented as these high school sweethearts tied the knot, and inside THE VAULT you’ll find so much more.

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Summer
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Al Fresco

From The Bride…John and I met when we were 14 years old in our freshman English class. On the day we got married, we’d known each other for exactly half of our lives. It’s special when you share a common history with someone and pledge to share your future with them too. Although we didn’t start dating until the senior year of college, we’ve always shared something special. At first, I would ride my bike over to his house and we’d order deep dish pizza with friends. We took bike rides down to Lake Michigan and relaxed at the beach. During our senior year of college, our romantic relationship began. As they say, the rest is history.

Our wedding vision was centered around our ceremony setting, the dunes of Lake Michigan in St. Joe. Indeed, there was a half built home behind us…his parent’s retirement home. This wedding was about family, about the traditions that have shaped us into the people we are today. John and I got engaged at that very spot the year before. His parents were married in town. My great grandmother used to ride the ferry across the lake to spend the day at the amusement park that used to be at Silver Beach. The family’s contractor built us a platform to make our dream to get married on the beach a reality. All of the wood from that platform will be placed in the beams of the family home. We are so grateful for the history of our wedding site, and its future.

The aesthetics of the day tied the beach and St. Joe Lighthouse into everything. At the Heritage Center, we brought dune grass and lanterns in the room’s grand windows. A wonderful family friend designed a sketch of the lighthouse that we used throughout–in our invitations, cocktail napkins, and place cards. We hoped our guests would feel at home at the lake. It is our favorite place to be.

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Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Coordination: Shelby Lynn Ferguson With Sincerely Ginger | Floral Design: The Day Design | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Gilmore Catering | Hair And Makeup: Affinity Salon | Band: Blue Water Kings | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Venue: Dunes Of Lake Michigan | Cupcake Truck: Mimi's Cupcakes | Custom Rope Monogram: MDB Weddings | Paper Goods: Yellow Bird Store | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Romantic Frederik Meijer Garden Wedding

When it comes to weddings we try not to play favorites, but Blaine Siesser Photography just gets us. Because when we see out-of-this-universe beautiful weddings like this one (complete with pretty pastels and one madly in love couple), it’s impossible not to fall head-over-blooms in love. Filled with sentiment in meaning, this gallery is one you’re going to need to see first hand. Witness it all in THE VAULT!

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Summer
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Outdoor
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Rustic

From The Bride…Our wedding day was about bringing two families together in a place that holds so much meaning to me and my family. We got married at the Frederik Meijer Gardens at a farmhouse that is a replica of my grandmas childhood home. The farmhouse reflected mine and Alex’s love, fun, comfortable and relaxed. We wanted our day to be filled with love and to be surrounded by our family and friends who have been supporting us since we started dating freshmen year in high school. The farmhouse grounds made the perfect setting for our rustic but still elegant accents. All the details from my grandmas pearls my late grandpa gave to her on their wedding day wrapped around my bouquet, to the welcome bags with Michigan made items (Vernors ginger ale, Steenstras windmill cookies, Cherry Republic candy etc.) to the monogrammed copper mugs the guests took home and the flower filled arbor we said our vows under made our wedding day special. Marrying my best friend and becoming his wife made it the day of our lives.

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Photography: Blaine Siesser Photography | Cinematography: Coastline Studios | Floral Design: Flora Design | Cake: Hunter's Bakery | Catering: Taste Of The Gardens | Catering: The Gilmore Collection | Hair + Makeup: Tanaz Salon | DJ: Moments In Time | Band: Rumplestiltskin | String Quartet: Clifford Music Group | Transportation: A White Knight | Venue: Frederik Meijer Gardens | Coordination + Design: Design Effect | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Special Events Rental | Trolley: Grand Rapids Trolley Co. | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Vintage Rentals: Fancy Fray

Rustic + Romantic Michigan Beach Wedding

First I fell for the Bride’s dress – an Amsale masterpiece – then I caught a glimpse of the bridesmaids’ bouquets followed by these pics of the newlyweds dancing on the beach, and oh well, my whole morning was out the window as I dove into Katie Kett’s pics in our VAULT. They’re packed with prettiness and bursting with smiles that can’t help but make you fall in love with these cuties – see what I mean!?

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Summer
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Elegant

From the Bride… Ben’s family beach house in New Buffalo, Michigan, fondly known as “Camp Holland,” had been a special place for Ben and his family for nearly 30 years. Many of Ben’s childhood memories were spent on that same beach, swimming in the lake, watching sunsets, and playing in the backyard. When I came into the picture, Ben quickly introduced me to Camp Holland, and our relationship flourished there. We built many memories at Camp Holland together – hosting our friends for long holiday weekends, sharing stories around the bonfire, walking on the beach, and falling in love.

When we got engaged, having a weekend-long, Labor Day celebration in New Buffalo, Michigan at “Camp Holland” was a no brainer. And since one of our favorite things to do together is host events and entertain friends, we simply envisioned our wedding to be the best party we could possibly throw for our friends and family at a place that carried so much meaning for both of us.

Our design vision was to let the beautiful setting – Lake Michigan, the beach, and its gorgeous sunsets – speak for itself. We selected a neutral, organic color palette of blush pink, sage green, soft whites and touches of gold. I wanted to keep my dress simple, classic and elegant – lending a swatch of my dress fabric for Ben to wear as a pocket square in his suit. Bridesmaids selected their own dresses in the same neutral, blush pink color palette for a cohesive look that still showcased their individuality. The floral complemented the natural aesthetic with blush pink roses and astilbe, white hydrangea, and seeded eucalyptus. Green garlands spanned the length of the wood farm tables with rustic candelabras and bud vases filled with single blush roses.

Since Ben and I both love to ride bikes in Chicago, the basket on my Linus beach cruiser held a floral arrangement, while escort cards were loosely tied to the spokes of antique bike wheels. Ben is also a bird aficionado, so antique bird cages served as the place for guests to drop wedding cards, and a handmade wood bird-shaped cake topper complemented our wedding cake. My favorite Wisconsin beer, Spotted Cow, was served throughout the night, while guests enjoyed a dessert bar from Ben’s favorite Chicago bakery, Sweet Mandy B’s.

With an entirely outdoor wedding, our planner advised that we tent our backyard reception. While we originally dreamed of a completely open-air, “California-style” wedding, we knew Midwest weather might have other plans. And boy, were we right. Two days prior to our wedding, two huge frame tents that covered the entire backyard were loaded in and set up. The following day, massive thunderstorms blew over the lake, literally lifting the tents out of the stakes, tearing them apart and throwing them on top of the house. After a little cry and a bigger laugh, Ben and I realized we’d get exactly what we wanted after all – an open-air wedding under the string lights and stars. The amazing night of speeches, eating, drinking and dancing was topped off with an incredible fireworks show, a late-night wood burning pizza truck, and a bonfire “after party” on the beach.

For future brides and grooms, our advice is to allow yourself to laugh and not take anything too seriously. Not everything goes as planned, but life is much more fun that way.

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Photography: Katie Kett Photography | Event Planning: Penny & Lulu Studio Florist | Event Planning + Design: Stella Event Design | Floral Design: Stella Event Design | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Variety Of Designers | Catering: CK Catering | Makeup: Arch Apothecary | Hair: Ashley Young Styling | Band: Hello Weekend | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Groomsmen's Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Venue: At Home | Bartending: Beverage Specialists | Bride's Dress: Amsale | Desserts: Sweet Mandy B's | Fireworks: RKM Fireworks | Late Night Pizza: Rollin Stone Wood Fired Pizza Truck | Rentals: The Rental Company | Stationery, Signage + Calligraphy: Pixie Chicago | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Website Design + Development: Ben Adelt

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