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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
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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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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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Rustic Elegant Fall Farm Wedding

This Oscar De La Renta dress caught my attention from the start but I fell even more in love with this wedding, and this beautiful couple, after reading the Bride’s story and learning just how much thought, time and care went into creating their celebration with the help of VLD Events. Don’t miss both clips by 3rd Street Films and Beale & Wittig’s gorgeous gallery so you too can see every beautiful bit of this bash.

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Fall
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Rustic Venue

From the Bride… Our traditional American wedding was held at Cornman Farms in Dexter, Michigan. I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan which is just 15 minutes outside of Dexter. It was important to me to get married close to where I grew up, surrounded by family and friends. My finance – now – husband’s family is mostly from Chicago, IL, so it was only a short four hour drive for them to join us!

When we started planning this wedding, our goal was for everything to be simple! We didn’t want to over-theme, or have too much color coordination. We just wanted the day to be a declaration and celebration of our love for each other. The wedding was a combination of neutrals, metallics, and greenery with chic and sophisticated decor in a rustic setting. Even though we were on an actual working farm, we decided to play up the natural beauty of the environment versus adding in haystacks, burlap, etc. We chose our venue because we wanted our guests to have plenty of space to walk around, explore, and enjoy themselves in a casual and beautiful environment. A farm venue allowed us to have a separate ceremony, cocktail, and reception site, yet kept everything within walking distance. We loved the contrast of having a formal event at a non-traditional non-formal space, and the farm venue provided the perfect backdrop for that.

Going with a clear-top tent was the best decision we made. In the tent, we had long, clean, wooden farm tables, with ivory table runners, and a collection of flowers, vases, brass candlestick holders, and green moss balls made by my mother. The chairs were my favorite. Instead of the chiavari chairs, we chose a woven bamboo chair. It gave a new texture and design element to the overall look. We also had absolutely beautiful lighting installed. Rows and rows of tiny twinkle lights set a magical tone to the entire tent, alongside three rustic chandeliers.

One of the most special touches to our wedding were the flowers. My mother is a floral designer, and she designed the entire concept. The flowers were a variety of whites, ivories, and greens – all different shapes and textures, including succulents, hydrangea, bells of ivory, and kale. We didn’t have formal arrangements, but kept each vase holding a single variety of flower. For vases, my mother, sister, and I collected both new and vintage (starting a month after I was engaged!), from garage sales, antique stores, and flea markets. We wanted an eclectic assortment. We also used my mother’s collection of ivory and white McCoy pottery that she displays at home. It was so special to have such a personal touch at every table!

We did a few DIY projects as well. My mother made a card box covered in beautiful green moss, and we spray painted some mason jars with copper and gold paint. For our favors we gave scratch off lottery tickets, along with pennies (to scratch) that had a heart stamped in them! We added a note that said ‘Wishing you love & riches, from the new Mr. & Mrs.’. My sister made a few signs for seating and the flowers. My groom also made the table numbers out of pieces of wood and copper numbers. He was very proud of them!

I added sleeves to my Oscar de la Renta dress, made out of the extra length from my dress. Loved how they turned out. I asked all my bridesmaids and maid of honor to wear a neutral colored dress – ivory, nude, metallics, patterns, anything was fine! I wanted them to feel comfortable, beautiful, and uniquely themselves. My mom wore pants, which was so her style. She’s just not a dress person, and we wanted her comfortable, so she wore dressy pants and looked beautiful! All the groomsmen wore black suits. Instead of spending money on renting a bad suit they would never see again, we just asked them to wear any black suit they had in their closet. Craig bought them all different gray/black/white bow ties from The Tie Bar (Chicago company).

The best part was that after all this careful planning… it rained. And it didn’t just sprinkle a little bit, it thundered and stormed, and turned the power off on half the lights in the tent. We made our official entrance to the tent under a sea of umbrella’s held by the gracious staff of Cornman Farms. They literally had everyone help with this – from Ari Weinzweig (one of the founding partners at Zingerman’s), all the servers – anyone that could hold an umbrella was helping out! But it didn’t ruin anything, in fact, it was absolutely magical – the sound of the raindrops on that tent, gazing up and not just seeing a dark sky, but seeing thousands of raindrops pouring down at you. We really enjoyed ourselves, and as my father mentioned in his speech, noting the Hindu tradition “We have a very old saying that we believe in, anything important that has to happen, and which is auspicious, it has to rain, and so, this is just like God is smiling up there, and he approves, and he is blessing this couple”.

Photography: Beale & Wittig | Videography: 3rd Street Films | Event Design: VLD Events | Floral Design: Dexter Flowers | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Wedding Cake: Zingerman's Bakehouse | Catering: Shalimar | Food: Zingerman's Roadhouse | Hair And Makeup: Imagine 3 | Lighting: The Lighting Guy | Band: Brena Band | Favors: BKR Water Bottles | Favors: Birchbox | Officiant: James Robert | Transportation: Indian Trails | Wedding Venue: Zingerman's Cornman Farms | Bridal Boutique: Glamour Closet | Caroline's Bridesmaid Dress: En Creme | Ceremony Garland: Carol Jain | DIY Decorations: Carol Jain, Stephanie Metler, Jennifer Bennett | Dinner Chairs: Event Source | Event Coordination: Staci Kennedy Of Who's Got The Time | Giant Balloons: Hearts & Flowers | Groom's Tuxedo: Hugo Boss | Lauren's Bridesmaid Dress: BCBG | Lindsey's Bridesmaid Dress: ASOS | Linens: La Tavola | Maid Of Honor Dress: Eliza J (Embellished Jacquard Shift Dress) | Paper Products: Rock Paper Scissors | Tent: Special Events | Whiskey Barrels & Ceremony Pews: Fancy Fray | Wood Farm Tables: Fancy Fray

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Elegant Woodland Wedding Inspiration

Rustic elegance is what wedded dreams are made of, but add in beautiful berry tones and metallic accents and it’s got SMP written all over it. From gold place cards that double as menus, to floating macaroons that surround a beautiful Sweet Heather Anne cake all amid an autumn woodland, this inspiration from the lens of Sarah Dunn Photography is downright dreamy.

From Kaitlin ParishoThe vision for this shoot was a mix of both rustic and elegant details. These images are full of natural details, and pops of beautiful berry tones, aubergine and metallic accents. We had several amazing vendors participate in the shoot from all over the US, and I am proud to showcase their talents – some new to the industry and others well established.

We have several lovely and unique details that range from gold hand lettered place cards that double as menus when opened, to floating glass orbs filled with macarons that surround a beautiful cake all amid an autumn woodland.

I scouted all over SE Michigan for our location and when I stumbled across the towering pine forest in Wixom, MI where the light flooded so gracefully though the tree canopy I knew it would be perfect location. The photos that Sarah was able to capture are absolutely stunning and clearly show the talent she has. The day of our shoot was a chilly 30 degrees outside (Michigan weather is always keeping us on our toes), and, from the light filled images she captured, you would never be able to guess.

Sarah chose to shoot digitally but, more importantly, also with film. I adore the romantic look that film captures, and it’s not something you see all photographers using. Lastly, our models were a real-life couple named Colleen & Ryan, who were high school sweethearts and had dated for over 9 years before recently becoming engaged! It is visibly clear in the photographs how in love they are and how comfortable they were with each other and in front of the camera!

Photography: Sarah Dunn | Planning, Design/Concept, Florals: Kaitlin Parisho | Wedding Dress: The White Dress | Cake:Sweet Heather Anne | Favors: Riles & Co. | Letterpress: Chelsea Coy Designs | Linens : Luxe Event Linen| Paper: Layers Of Loveliness | Rentals: Rusted Rose Rentals | Ring Box: Chalk Concrete Jewerly | Signage: Paper & Honey

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