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Are Palm Leaves the New Peony? For This Chic Celebration, They Are!

After seeing endless celebrations as a wedding photographer herself, this Bride-to-be knew she wanted something a bit different for her own big day. Think chic and modern, and with palm leaves and stylish black and white decor, she got just that. This urban loft wedding is a breath of fresh air for those Pinterest boards of yours all thanks to Emilia Jane for capturing every bit! See it all this way!

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Summer
Settings
Urban Space
Styles
Modern

From the Bride… Brian and I are originally from Bay City, Michigan but currently live in Chicago. When we walked into Loft 310 in Kalamazoo, Michigan (halfway between our two homes) we gasped. The first thing I noticed being a wedding photographer was the beautiful sunlight coming through the windows and I could instantly envision our wedding there. It very much had that Chicago loft feel and the rooftop overlooking downtown Kalamazoo was perfect for cocktail hour. Not to mention a gorgeous penthouse space in the same building that you can rent for the weekend. Once we saw that, we were sold! Nothing like taking the elevator up a quick two floors after your wedding.

As a wedding photographer who has seen dozens and dozens of weddings, I knew I wanted our decor to be a little more bold than the traditional wedding. We had decided on a black and white theme early on, but the inspiration started flowing when thinking about the florals… or really lack there of! I wanted the centerpieces to be a focal point when you walked into the room, as well as have some vertical height. As our guest list was only 115 people, I worried that without tall centerpieces the room would feel too large. We ended up using a mix of banana leaf palms and large ferns as our centerpieces and I loved the big visual impact they had on the room. When someone mentions seeing our wedding photos, they almost always comment on the palms! They were such a fun element to our summer wedding and fun surprise to our guests. Fond of Florals really made our vision come to life! There were however flowers in my bouquet – white ranunculus, white garden roses, sword fern, and of course palms. For the bridesmaid bouquets, they used hostas and geranium leaves, with a little sprinkle of white lilac.

In addition to the palms on the tables, we also placed potted ferns around the room to help make the space feel more full. Our florist kindly planted two of them in gorgeous gold pedestal vessels that anchored each end of the bar along with two candelabras. It made the bar feel so dramatic! My mom added some fun and unexpected accents to the bar. I’m a huge lover of dachshunds (Brian and I got our sweet dachshund pup Millie about eight months after the wedding) and it was a fun surprise to see a gold dachshund figurine amongst the bar decor.

To carry the black and white theme throughout the room, we purchased handmade black and white striped chargers from a previous bride, which we layered with a black napkin, menu card, and a fern spring to accent. We also purchased black and white striped runners for the tables, and had gold candelabras and candles throughout.

As for the dress, well, at one point I thought I wanted a black dress! I was looking for a dress that was elegant and stylish. But ultimately I knew I just wanted something that I felt absolutely amazing in. Once I put on my Blush by Hayley Paige dress I knew it was the perfect fit – classic yet modern. I loved the romantic waves of the skirt and the matching veil with the horsehair hem completed the look. I also purchased an adorable strapless white jumper from ASOS that I changed into after the first dance. The belt I wore with my bridal gown was the perfect addition to my jumper to make it feel more bridal. I had high hopes of also showcasing my gorgeous Badgley Mischka heels with the jumper, but by the time I changed I was ready to kick off my heels and dance. The jumper gave me more freedom to move and my guests loved that I had an outfit change!

One of the smallest, but most important details of the day, were the rings. Brian decided to wear his dad’s wedding ring, who passed away from cancer when he was 15. His parents, Jan and Fred, had a beautiful marriage and one to be admired. I know having a piece of his Dad with him not only on our wedding day, but everyday, was really special to him and myself. The ring is classic – a yellow gold band that has some light etching to it. Between the original etching and the slight scratches from the years of wear, the ring has so much character. As for me, I love the look of stacking rings, so I decided on two wedding bands – a skinny diamond band and a yellow gold band. I love being able to switch up the order of the stack or wear just the bands or the engagement ring some days.

Emilia captured the day so beautifully and we feel extremely lucky to have had such a talented photographer, and close friend, capture our day. Our wedding day was everything we hoped for and so much more, and we are so thankful to our friends and family for celebrating with us!

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Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Floral Design: Fond Of Florals | Wedding Dress: Birmingham Bridal Couture | Cake: Mackenzie's Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Bauble Bar | Hair + Makeup: Pomp and Artistry | Venue: Loft 310 | Bridal Boutique: Birmingham Bridal Couture | Day-Of Coordination: Julie Gregory-Cupps | Menu Cards: Wedding Paper Divas | Rentals: Events By I. Candy

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An All White Wedding That’s Truly Timeless

If there was ever a wedding that would have me begging for a vow renewal, it would be this piece of pretty captured by Blaine Siesser. A day complete with the sweetest pups, a decadent cake a la Sweet Heather Anne, one stunning floral arch, and a few bottles of bubbly, it’s enough to have any and every Bride inspired and/or asking for a reception re-do. See it all for yourself in The Vault!

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Seasons
Summer
Settings
Mansion
Styles
Classic

From Blaine Siesser Andrea & Brandon celebrated their nuptials at Meadowbrook Mansion. It was a beautiful event designed and styled by Kehoe Designs. Sharing her favorite wedding memory she said: “Walking down the aisle. Seeing my groom looking at me like I was the only person in the world. Seeing our parents beaming, our friends hysterical. We both always felt everyone was always rooting for us, but at that moment we felt it.” Surprisingly, getting ready at her home was one of her favorite parts of the day. She said, “Getting ready in our home was very important to me. It felt so special to be close to all the memories that Brandon and I have shared there; to be with my sister, friends, and of course our dogs. It was the most serene wedding morning I could ever have imagined.” Her favorite photos where of “…. Us on the bridge in front of the mansion. These three photos exude exactly how we both felt about planning a big wedding. Of course we enjoyed some parts of the planning process, but in our case we actually didn’t expect all of the heightened emotions, compromises, and tensions that a big wedding could create. At the end of the day, all that mattered was that we loved each other and that was all that mattered to us. These photographs remind me of that.

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Photography: Blaine Siesser Photography | Event Coordination: Party Assurance | Event Design: Kehoe Designs | Floral Design: Kehoe Designs | Wedding Dress: Elie Saab | Wedding Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Invitations: Lee's Specialty | Rings: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Elle Zeitoune | Makeup: MarioMax Salon | Hair: Michael Maxim | DJ: DJ Matt | Band: Your Generation in Concert | Tuxedo: Sam Michael | Officiant: Temple Israel | Wedding Venue: Meadowbrook Hall | Bride's Veil: Elie Saab | Linens: Luxe Linen | Transporation: Rochester Limousine

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Elegant Yacht Club Wedding with a Dreamy Designer Dress

Any wedding at a lakeside yacht club is destined to be pretty, but Aaron and Bianca’s Michigan day is next-level gorgeous. With a dramatic Galia Lahav wedding dress, playful polka dot suits, stunning ceremony decor and a reception decked out in La Tavola Linens, there’s nothing not to love about this day. See it all, photographed by Clane Gessel Photography, in The Vault!

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Seasons
Summer
Styles
Al Fresco

From Clane Gessel PhotographyAn elegant Bay Harbor Yacht Club wedding in Petoskey, Michigan. The bride chose soft colors for her outdoor ceremony. The bridesmaids were dressed in a variety of light pinks and champagnes; the groomsmen in classy navy suits with subtle polka dots a black collar and matching black bowties, but don’t miss out on their snazzy yellow polka dot dress socks too! The ceremony had white petals down the aisle and a wooden cross at the alter. The reception was inside the yacht club decorated with gold candle holders, lit white candles, white roses to match and a variety of greens. The inside had a rustic feel with wooden signs and antique tables.

The couple met through mutual friends during their time at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Bianca’s sorority sister was dating one of Aaron’s teammates at the time. The proposal took place in Lake Tahoe, CA during a hiking trip. Aaron planned a surprise picnic on the beach. The nuptials took place on June 18, 2016 at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Petoskey, Michigan.

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Photography: Clane Gessel Photography | Cinematography: Everly Films | Floral Design: BLOOM Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Invitations: Rosey Calligraphy | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik| DJ: Double Trouble DJ | Favors: Ghirardelli Chocolate | Transportation: Bay To Bay Shuttle | Venue:Bay Harbor Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Bergdorf Goodman | Cake + Cupcakes: Simply Sweet By Jessica| Event Coordination + Design: Sealed With A Kiss Events | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: A Touch Of Whimsy Events

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