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Classic Kalamazoo Art Institute Summer Wedding

What’s not to love about a museum or art gallery wedding? With beautiful architecture, guaranteed great lighting and gorgeous art all around, it’s the perfect setting for a wedding. And when you add into the equation lovely rose bouquets, an adorable Golden Retriever and this super-sweet couple, it will definitely be a day to remember. See all the beauty captured by Paige Gabert in THE VAULT!

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Summer
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Classic

From The Bride… Evan proposed the night before Thanksgiving. We always go out to the bars with all of our friends who are back in town at this time every year, so he thought it would be a fun night to be able to celebrate with our friends. Evan had made dinner reservations and we were on our way when he pulled over at Bronson Park downtown. I asked him what we were doing and he said we were going to take a walk. I knew he was going to propose, and I know he knew I knew that he was going to propose! I think it made us both weirdly nervous! We just walked around the park in circles until Evan finally got the courage to get down on one knee. It was really perfect. There were a few people in the park that clapped when he was done. Then we walked to the restaurant and had a wonderful dinner, followed by drinks with both of our families! Then the bar with our friends! It was a fun night.

From Paige Gabert… Sarah and Evan were a wedding client dream the moment I met them. We sat outside of Founder’s Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, drank beer, and chatted for hours. They were both such a happy, fun, loving couple. I knew that their wedding day would be nothing but fantastic. And it really was.

Sarah and Evan were married inside of the absolutely beautiful Stanton Chapel, in Kalamazoo. The windows of the chapel were a photographer’s dream, and their family and friends were so welcoming. They had a sweet ceremony, where they both expressed their love for one another, and afterwards they shared a moment in the backroom beside the doors exiting the ceremony.

Their reception was inside of the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, which is a really cool building, filled with art, color, large windows in the ceiling, and sculptures. There was a garden to the side of the building, where there was a photo booth, and a beer tent. Pretty much everything you needed for a great night. They shared their first dance, and dances with their mother, and father’s in the center of the building, under a beautiful glass art piece, surrounded by everyone they loved and cared about. It was truly a magical day.

Photography: Paige Gabert | Floral Design: Dorothy's Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Maggie Soterro | Ceremony Venue: Stetson Chapel | Reception Venue: Kalamazoo Institute Of Art | Rings: Blue Nile | Catering: Cityscapes | Hair And Makeup: Lauren Potter | DJ: Wiser Productions- Tony Sehy | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Pastor Paul Nuechterlein

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English Garden Wedding Inspiration in Michigan

This photo shoot from Blaine Siesser is straight out of a fairytale. Once upon a time, Cotswold Cottage, built in England 350 years ago, was relocated by the Ford family to the heart of Michigan and that’s where our happily ever after takes place. With a gorgeous gown from BHLDN, a sweet cake from Sweet Heather Anne and gorgeous English-inspired blossoms by New Creations Flower Company, this inspiration designed by Luna Soiree is a dream come true. Fall in love here.

 

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Summer
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From Blaine SiesserI had been dreaming of a doing a beautiful shoot in Tuscany or the French countryside for months and when I saw Cotswold Cottage in Greenfield Village I knew that I had found that European charm and feel right in the heart of Michigan. Cotswold Cottage was relocated from its original foundation in England where it was built 350 years ago by the Ford family. With our location as the cornerstone for the inspiration we really wanted rely on the refined taste of a proper English garden wedding as the heart of our vision.

Getting ready, our bride enjoyed a window floral installation by the amazingly talented Kate Schmidt of New Creations Flower Company. Sitting there I imagined she she would have sneaked views of the guests arriving and waited anxiously by candlelight in the historic cottage. In her gorgeous BHLDN gown and hair and make up done by the amazing Aferdita Qafa we were swooning. Outside Kaeli Garcia of Luna Soiree events had styled two tables. The reclaimed hardwood tabletops fit the feel of the cottage and when combined with the beautiful gilded dinnerware we alluded to a royal British vein. She chose linens, florals, and silks that were pinks, creams, and blushes to embrace the beauty of the garden and subtle neutral tones to match the amazing stonework of the property. Sweet Heather Anne made a clean elegant white cake and the most unbelievable macaroons we had ever seen. I wish we could share one of those with you too. Finally, Alisa Bobzien Design came up with an original invitation suite and paper products that featured the elegant feel of calligraphy and beauty of watercolors. We styled these photos with alluring old keys and broaches to add an overtone of history and lineage to the images. The fruit ladder which we brought in and styled with flowers was a charming detail we were completely in love with. The dove release is such a throwback to historical wedding traditions. Besides their symbol of devotion the image and movement of the white birds really connect to movement of our bride in her gown.

Me and the whole team were dying waiting for the film to get back and we are all so happy with the cohesiveness and beauty of the whole shoot.

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Photography: Blaine Siesser Photography | Event Design: Kaeli Garcia | Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Invitations: Alisa Bobzein Design | Bride's Shoes: Monolo Blahnik | Ring: Lo Jolla Fine Jewelers | Hair And Makeup: Aferdita Qafa | Venue: The Henry Ford Lovett Hall | Accessories: Crowning Glory | Doves: Winged Occasions | Model: Jeff Bruins | Rentals: Event Source | Silk: Silk and Willow

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Rustic Elegant Greenhouse Wedding

I have a feeling greenhouses will be getting some new kinds of calls after bride-to-be’s see this rustic wedding before us.  This (ingenious) couple toasted their friends and family at Snow Avenue Greenhouse following their at home ceremony, with Justine Montigny and Alex & Tabitha Blanski capturing it all. Get ahead of what I’m predicting to be the new hotspot to say “I do” with these pretty pics right this way!

From the Bride… Our Wedding Day was everything we could have ever dreamed of & more. Alex and I were engaged June of 2014 at our emotional going away party in front of all of our family & friends. We were leaving Michigan, the place we called home for 20+ years and moving out to Denver, Colorado so Alex could complete his medical residency. Little did we know that we started a proposal movement because shortly after we got engaged 5 pairs of our good friends drank the water & did too! All of us were planning Summer of 2015 weddings and knew it would be a whirlwind year.

I was always the girl who dreamed about her big day but not the girl who had all wedding decisions figured out and had been waiting forever for the proposal. Due to the big move and getting settled in our new home it took Alex & I a long time to make any kind of formal decision in regards to date, venue, let alone any of the details. Thankfully, I had the greatest support system in my event-planning older sister and Maid of Honor, my Mom who couldn’t sleep at night dreaming up all the pretty details, my aunt who worked tirelessly on getting our backyard into ceremony shape and all of the other family & friends who made this wedding happen. It truly takes a village and I was not even remotely prepared for all the decisions to come my way. Fast forward to late September, we still had no date, photographer, dress, nothing. I was visiting my family in Michigan when my mom asked me to run to the local greenhouse with her to pick up some pumpkins and fall greenery to spruce up her house. We pulled up to the adorable Snow Avenue Greenhouse that sat on a bed of rolling hills out in the ‘country’ of Ada, MI. I didn’t think anything of it at first but my amazing mother had the wedding on her mind. It was like a lightbulb went off as she exclaimed “let’s just do the wedding here!” I got behind this idea almost instantly as I looked around the gorgeous glass-roof greenhouse dreaming of all the spring blooms that would soon fill the space. The place was immaculate and even better the owner, Dave VanDeBurg, was so sweet and so willing to make our wildest requests come true. Snow Avenue never had an event of this magnitude but Dave was up to the challenge and we couldn’t have done it without him. We planned our big day on May 24th, 2015, the Sunday of Memorial Weekend. This was the only day that wouldn’t interfere with Dave’s business as he would be closed on Memorial Day so we had the necessary time to transform this working greenhouse into our reception venue.

We would be married in my parent’s backyard overlooking the creek where I spent my childhood. One of Alex’s best friends would be our officiant. Our biggest inspiration was that we had to be unique to standout from the 10 weddings that would occur the following summer. We had our hands in every detail of the day from my Mom & sisters building a custom fairy garden in the backyard to mimic our wedding day to designing every centerpiece to be completely different. My siblings made custom signs out of salvaged barn wood and we had some interesting Pinterest sessions constructing these yarn & glue floating balls that would hang from the backyard trees, although a messy project they turned out beautifully. Our centerpieces were meticulously designed by my Mom & sisters with a burlap runner covered in moss, topped with antiques that were collected over the years by my family who has a serious antique market addiction. The design was very elegant with rustic touches. We really wanted the day to show off our unique style all while highlighting the true beauty of the spring flowers that surrounded all of our loved ones.

The entire day was so emotional with all of the love in the air. We kicked off our greenhouse reception with a touching speech from Alex’s brother, Jimmy, our Best Man followed by a tear-inducing, unique speech my older sister, Kelsey gave filled with favorite songs from over the years that she tied to memorable moments of our relationship as sisters leading up to what shaped Alex & I as a couple. It was absolutely incredible and I am certain there wasn’t a dry eye in that greenhouse. We ate amazing farm-to-table food provided by Chef Roman & the team at Kangaroo Kitchen whose New Zealand accent all the women fell in love with. We danced to the funky fresh beats of DJ, Adrian Butler who was convinced by tipsy guests to breakout in a rap freestyle. Our day was so beautifully captured by story-telling photographer Justine Montigny who delivered the prettiest images of all our hard work & videographer husband/wife power couple Alex & Tabitha Blanski who caught on film all of the happy, emotional fun-loving details of the day. I cry every time I watch our wedding film.

One of my favorite moments was dancing with my Dad at our reception to “The Feather Song” from Forrest Gump, a movie we would always watch together growing up and a song that he hand-selected for me. As soon as Adrian started playing the track I saw my Dad and burst into tears. A wedding is so symbolic for me not only for the life-long union you are making with your soulmate but for the meaning behind your Dad giving you away to the new man in your life. It is like watching life come full circle in the best day ever and sharing that with all of your closest loved ones.

A lot of brides hire some type of wedding planner or day of coordinator to help execute all of the million little things that come up when putting on a wedding. In my opinion I had the best team out there because it was filled with all of the people who supported & grew with our relationship. It was very stressful given my lack of planning but our families never gave up on Alex & I. This wedding was such a hit and we owe it all to their hard work. Knowing they busted their butts for months out of the love they have for us means the world and we could not have put on this fabulous day without them. We love each and every one of you!

Photography: Justine Montigny | Videography: Alex & Tabitha Blanski | Floral Design: Eastern Floral | Wedding Dress: Misdress | Cake: The Cakabakery | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: Snow Avenue Greenhouse | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various Sources | Catering: Kangaroo Kitchen | Makeup: Knockout Agency | Hair: Amanda Masson | DJ: Adrian Butler | Groomsmen's Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Paper Goods: Abby Timmer | Rentals: Cascade Rentals