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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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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: Shopbop | Catering: CK Catering | Makeup: Arch Apothecary | Hair: Ashley Young Styling | Band: Hello Weekend | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | 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 PIZZA | Rentals: The Rental Company | Stationery, Signage + Calligraphy: Pixie Chicago | Website Design + Development: Chante Cutter

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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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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 Sottero | 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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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: Manolo Blahnik | Ring: Lo Jolla Fine Jewelers | Hair And Makeup: Aferdita Qafa | Venue: The Henry Ford | Accessories: Crowning Glory | Doves: Winged Occasions | Model: Jeff Bruins | Rentals: Event Source | Silk: Silk & Willow

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