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Rustic Elegant Wedding at the Forest Dunes Golf Course

I adore this Bride’s approach to planning - she said, “I simply chose elements we liked, and it seemed to work.” And boy did it all work. With the help of Parsonage Events, all of the pretty little pieces fell perfectly into place, so when Lux Light Photography stepped behind the camera to capture it all, magic happened. It leaves us with a gallery too fabulous to miss, and you can see it all here.

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From The Bride…For Dane and I, the great thing about dating for 13 years before getting married is that we had subconsciously already started thinking alike and had merged our two styles. You know, that thing that thing that usually happens after you’ve been married awhile…This, along with my event planning background, gave way to swift and painless decision making.

Our fabulous florist and design consultant, Parsonage Events, coined our wedding style as “Rustic Elegance”. Conscious that sometimes following a theme can come off a little too contrived, I simply chose elements that we liked, and it seemed to work. For example, Dane is an avid deer hunter, along with a number of guests at our wedding. Being that our wedding date was during MI bow season, and that the Forest Dunes logo included a deer with antlers, I chose an antler motif for the letterpress invites, by Something Fabulous, and engraved pint glasses (favors). We also chose venison as an appetizer and walleye as one of the dinner options, both indigenous to Northern MI. Inspiration for the ceremony came from our shared love of fishing, kayaking and camping on the Ausable River, as well as an image of the large cross I found on SMP. My design obsession of combining different materials was evident throughout our reception. To maximize space and for cost efficiency, we used both existing wooden tables and rented rounds. A combination of tablecloths, runners and place mats gave the room depth, and all linens were sewn by my mom, as a true labor of love! Soft feminine floral was housed in a mix of clear and colored vintage glass and pewter pedestal bowls; and they were balanced by the dark wood and masculinity of the room. Each setting included a vintage metal napkin ring, which I collected for months before the big day. Because we love a good bonfire, and Forest Dunes has a great bonfire pit on their back patio, we had to include smores. True to our childhood, the sticks had to be found in the woods and whittled down (thanks to my brother, Luke)! Inspiration for the traditional cake from Bella e Dolce, came from the lace detail of my dress. Proud and excited by our new monogram, seen on the cake, I painted the large wooden letters that hung from the loft and my mom surprised us by having it embroidered on the head table runner, which we now use in our home. Afterwards, many of our guests commented that they could really “see Dane and Emily” in each of the special touches of that day. To us, this meant success!

For love of early to mid 20th century fashion, I was drawn to the Ivy and Aster Collette gown, and the Elizabeth pumps by Emmy Shoes. A pearl necklace and bracelet were passed down to me by great grandmothers on both my mom and dad’s side. The costume broach seen on my bouquet was once Dane’s great aunt’s, accompanied by a hankie that was tatted by yet another of my great grandmothers. The satin clutch I used was made by my mom, using fabric from my grandmother’s wedding dress. Bridesmaids chose their own dress and color, which happened to be from both JCrew and Ann Taylor, necklaces by JCrew and Bagley Mischka pumps. Guys suits were custom Joseph Abboud from Nordstrom and sage trout ties from Buffalo Jackson.

Photography: Lux Light Photography | Wedding Planner: Something Fabulous | Flowers: Parsonage Events | Dress: The Gown Shop | Cake: Bella E Dolce | Invitations: Something Fabulous | Reception: Forest Dunes Golf Course | Band: Sweet J Band | Getting Ready: Forest Dunes Gold Course | Limo: By The Bay Transport

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Trouvaille Workshop Wedding Inspiration

M’dears, what you’re about to feast your wedding-loving eyes on is complete gorgeousness. And of course, it would be coming from our darling friend Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events. Her recent Trouvaille Workshop was an explosion of pretty to say the least… diving into every aspect of the wedding planning industry from biz advice and creating client relationships to styling, design & florals, it’s packed with more lovely than you can dream up, captured by Bradley James. And the best part? She’s hosting another this fall! See all the details below—if you can ever get through the loveliness!

From Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous EventsIn my nearly five years of business as the owner of Hey Gorgeous Events, I’ve found that conferences and workshops are some of the best ways to learn and network with colleagues and vendors. Early last year, I was searching around for a conference to attend here in the Midwest because most of the ones I’ve attended (and loved) involve a lot of travel. I had a list of three things I was looking for in my dream workshop and those things included; hands on learning and advice from industry professionals I could take home and apply to my business, an engaging and stylized environment where I could feel taken care of and even be treated to little gifts and offerings, and lastly I wanted more than anything a place where I could find intimacy with other like minded pro’s and a sense of community that felt genuine. When I couldn’t find what I was searching for I decided the workshop I so craved was something I would have to (and really wanted to!) create for OTHERS. This was my opportunity to give back. And with that the Trouvaille Workshop was born.

The workshop consisted of three content filled days designed to focus on the back and front end of a multi-faceted wedding planning and design business. From pricing strategies and learning to make a profit in this industry, legal advice and trademarks, and creating lasting relationships with your vendors and working as a team, notable speakers flew in from all over the US to touch on these subjects. Attendees were also able to focus on the front end of their business (and more creative side of their craft) with hands on styling, design, and floral sessions that weren’t just about the details but about the sourcing, planning, renting, designing and pricing of these items. On top of that the intimate group of nearly 30 attendees and speakers facilitated many amazing friendships and connections made amongst the plated meals, themed dinners, sweet gifts from some remarkable small businesses and exercises and opportunities infused to Trouvaille to drive home what I think we all need more of; love for not only what we do but for one another. It was a three day adventure that changed the way I view learning and inspiring in this industry, and one I hope I can host again and again for years to come.

*Please note many of the photos of floral arrangements held by the attendees are of their own creations!

Trouvaille Workshop 2.0
October 5–7, 2014
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The October Trouvaille Workshop 2.0 is set to offer the same hands on learning and intimate environment as the last with a slight twist on the speakers attending and the content being shared. It promises to be as wonderful and inspiring as the last. I can’t wait to meet the 30 new (and some returning!) attendees from all over the country who feel as passionate as I do about learning to better serve our deserving clients, and supporting and raising one another other up as powerful and purposeful business women. Registration for tickets can be found here. I will gladly extend the early bird rate to June 9th so SMP readers may have the chance to snag a spot! Check out the workshop hashtag on Instagram #trouvailleworkshop

Host/design/florals: Hey Gorgeous Events | Photography: Bradley James Photography | Videography: Gorilla Pictures | Make Up: Rosana Machiela | Attendee Corsages: Pixel And Hank | Calligraphy/paper: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Clay Medallions:Paloma’s Nest | Clipboards: Idieh Design | Floral Assistance: Bows And Arrows | Gold Prints: Lara Casey| Headbands: Plum Pretty Sugar | Initial Necklaces: Bip And Bop | Linens/accessories: Nuage Designs | Macarons: Sweet Heather Anne | Mugs: Ashley Brooke Designs | Notebooks: B Is For Bonnie | Notepads/coasters: Emily Ley | Personalized Coffee Sleeves:Oatmeal Lace Design | Prayer Journals: Val Marie Paper | Rentals For Entire Event: The Rental Company| Shirts: Cake For Breakfast | Stationery : Lemon And Lavender | Vintage Furniture : Fancy Fray | Welcome Dinner: San Chez Bistro | Workshop Venue: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel | Workshop Logo Design: Molly Jacques

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Classic Tented Estate Wedding

When it comes to this Michigan affair, traditional elegance is the name of the game. Think all-white blooms, a tented reception and chandeliers plus sparkle everywhere you look. It’s the kind of day that’ll make any classics lover go weak at the knees and Laurie Bailey captured each and every bit. Click here for more, plus Epic Motion’s beautiful film below!

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From Laurie Bailey… Meredith and Oren were introduced three years ago, by close friends and family. Despite nearly 3,000 miles of distance between them (Meredith was based in LA; Oren was in NY), Meredith and Oren soon realized they shared not only a handful of close people in their lives, but they had so much more in common. Soon after they began talking, Oren pulled at Meredith’s heart strings when instead of sending a typical gift such as flowers, Oren sent a gift basket to Meredith’s family’s two Portuguese Water Dogs. He knew the way to her heart. A month after their phone conversations began, Meredith and Oren finally met in LA, and have been inseparable ever since. Meredith moved to NY a year later, and an engagement shortly followed.

It only seemed fitting for two people who were introduced by friends and family to celebrate their wedding at home in an intimate outdoor wedding. The wedding took place at Meredith’s parent’s home, outdoors in the gardens.

Guests made their way from the cocktail hour held on a custom built clear floor above the pool through an archway of trees that led to the ceremony site. The ceremony was held under a traditional Jewish chuppah, a canopy which symbolizes the home the couple will build together. The chuppah was adorned with orchids, roses, and greenery and blended in with the natural surroundings. The reception was held at the other end of the garden under a tent with open sides, which allowed the beauty of the garden to be a part of the wedding.

From the ceiling, eclectic chandeliers created a warm light over tables decorated with antique silver vases and candelabras. Little touches of detail from the monogrammed napkin rings, to the silver rimmed glasses, to the imported French chargers brought together the space which was filled with neutral colored fabrics and flowers, and most importantly lots of love. Songs played by Party on the Moon filled the air and Oren’s special performance on the drums capped off a magical night.

Photography: Laurie Bailey | Videographer: Epic Motion | Flowers: Gerych's Flowers | Wedding Dress: : Monique Lhuillier In Collaboration With Mark Ingram Atelier | Cake: Townsend bakery | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids: Amsale | Catering: Palate Pleaser | Hair: Tod's Room | Band: Party On The Moon | Cocktail Ring: Buccellati | Father of the Bride: Zenga | Flower Girls : J.Crew | Groom Shoes: Ferragamo | Groomsmen Ties : Ralph Lauren | Makeup:: Ruby's Balm | Mother of the bride: : Carolina Herrera | Mother of the groom and Father of the Groom:: Armani | Party Planner: Dee Dee Hoffman Party Design | Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Wedding Bands & Bride's earrings: Manfredi Jewels

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