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Traditional Elegance at The Royal Park Hotel

This stunning Bride’s handsome Groom had his heart set on a southern soiree, but when plans changed, and they decided to host it closer to their now home – she decided she would bring that southern charm into their traditional ballroom wedding. So with the help of Two Foot Creative and Emerald City Designs, she brought the outdoors in, making all parties (including us) beyond happy. See all the pretty snapped up by The Shooting Gallery here.


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From the Bride…I am so excited to finally share my wedding with you; even though it was seven months ago (time flies), I have decided I want to share it with you because I think it has some beautiful elements that other brides and brides-to-be will enjoy! I know when I was researching and trying to find my own bridal style, I loved seeing real weddings that were lovely and human.

My husband is from Savannah, Georgia and when we first got engaged, we were thinking we would have our wedding in Savannah or Hilton Head. I loved the idea of a Southern wedding with all the fixings and Spanish moss covered trees. After going to look at venues down there, I decided living in Michigan and planning a Southern wedding would be too difficult. I am hands on and did I mention, I am a wedding planner? So yes, I knew myself well enough and what I wanted so we brought our wedding back up to the mitten. My husband, Nick, was a little disappointed; I had raised his hopes and then changed my mind. The next best thing I could do was to bring some of the Southern Charm to Michigan! Even though we had a ballroom wedding, we wanted to basically bring the outdoors, INDOORS without breaking the bank. From that point on, I referred to our wedding theme as ‘Burlap & Bling’ when anyone asked. The burlap brought in the Southern charm and the bling made it slightly more formal since it was still in a ballroom in a fancy hotel.

Our invitations set the initial tone for our guests. They were cream with dark brown ink and had a burlap wrap. We incorporated the same burlap wrap and monogram throughout our entire event for consistency. I wanted to use natural and neutral colors in the ceremony space. We had mahogany chiavari chairs, blooming branches, hanging crystals and lots of natural light. The Conservatory was the perfect space to say our vows. The room is made of Italian glass with an Italian glass chandelier. It was early May and the trees had just bloomed outside, giving us an amazing backdrop.

For our reception, I wanted guests to feel like they were transported outside and down South! We had three different tables with various levels of candles, mason jars, hanging candles, burlap, crystals, blooming branches, green branches and hanging lights. I wanted the tall centerpieces to almost feel like trees. My dream was to have cafe lights hanging over the dance floor and the design team made that happen! Half the tables had a floral appliqué linen that could not have been more lovely. I also knew I wanted round menus to go beneath the crystal beaded charger plates. It was one of my favorite details. I had a burlap banner made for our custom cake table. We didn’t have cake passed…there were four flavors and I wanted guests to be able to choose the flavor of their choice. I also had a grooms cake for Nick; he’s a huge soccer fan and his team is in England. Our baker made him a custom cake we displayed on that table. Another huge part of our reception was our band. I had them learn a few of Nick’s favorite songs to surprise him. He got on stage and sang with the bad, it was awesome! At the end of the night, we went outside to do a few shots with sparklers. The Royal Park Hotel has this gorgeous patio on the river with strands of cafe lights above. As soon as it was dark enough, we headed out there with our photographers and videographer to take a few shots. These were probably some of the best photos we have and I get so many compliments on them.

The Shoes: my shoes were my one accessory most people asked about. I knew I wanted something sparkly and fun, but just couldn’t find the right shoe. Through lots of searching, I found these crystal Christian Louboutin’s. Unfortunately, they were unavailable. I kept searching and found a woman who wanted to same pair for her wedding, but decided she could make them. I offered to pay her to make mine and she happily agreed! I bought a pair of Louboutin’s and had them shipped to her in California. There, she HAND placed each and every crystal. She would send me photos of her progress and then the completed project. I was not only in awe, but had so much respect for her patience and talent. She then sent shoes back to me with extra crystals, a tube of glue in a syringe and a note. The entire process was seamless and worth every penny!

Photography: The Shooting Gallery | Videographer: Mike Staff Productions | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander (custom Straps From Antonio's Bridal) | Cake: Sweet & Savory Bake Shop | Invitations: Write Impressions (assembled By The Bride) | Ceremony Venue: The Conservatory | Reception Venue: The Royal Park Hotel | Shoes: Christian Louboutin (custom) | Rings: Astrein's Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Macy's | Band: Brena | Day-of-Coordinator: Two Foot Creative | Floral, Rentals & Decor: Emerald City Designs | Photo Booth (favor): ShutterBooth | Tuxedo's: President Tuxedo

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Garden Wedding by the Sea

Garden weddings aren’t always tied to garden venues. They can fit in quite nicely with a waterfront affair. Captured by Swanky Fine Art Weddings, this celebration by the sea is ripe with pastel hues and loads of summer flowers woven throughout. It dances the line between garden, tent and seaside and it’s all incredibly lovely. Have a look here for more and be sure to check out the film of the day shot by Wedit below.

 

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From the Bride… Matt and I have always loved spending summers on any of the Michigan lakes, there are so many to choose from. In fact, we hope to one day own a house on a lake. That being said, there was no other choice than the Village at Bay Harbor when it came to choosing where to get married. The Village is a relatively new establishment overlooking Little Traverse Bay off Lake Michigan with countless beauty to offer. Our choice of location for our outdoor ceremony and tented reception was on the Marina Lawn Panel that featured gorgeous yachts docked in the Harbor. The owners of a few of these breath-taking yachts were even kind enough to congratulate us with the honk of their horns at the end of our ceremony.

The Village at Bay Harbor is tailored for convenient wedding planning as it offers on-site wedding planning, photography, salon, and catering services. In addition, there are hotel rooms located above the shops that only give amazing views of the surrounding scenery. One of the great features about having our wedding at the Village at Bay Harbor is that it gave us the freedom to choose any vendors we’d like, which helped us keep to our budget. However, we did choose their on-site catering company called Galley Gourmet and we were not disappointed! The food was outstanding!

Growing up looking at my parents’ wedding photos, I always loved my mother’s dress. Knowing she had it preserved after her wedding, I asked if I could wear it for my wedding. After an excited “yes” from her, the only tailoring that needed to be done was making it a bit bigger and it was ready for it’s second debut. And as if it could not get any more special, my 92 year old grandmother made me a custom veil out of my mother’s old veil and let me borrow her beautiful vintage pearl earrings! But because I needed to fill my requirement for “something new” I bought some adorable vintage feel customs made flats off Esty.com made by Katie Klein from the shop BeholdenBridal.

The wedding decor and flowers (all done by a close family friend) followed theme with the dress and had a vintage feel to it. Our color palette involved lots of pale pinks, grays and green glass scattered around table in the reception tent. Following suit, pearls were draped over the centerpieces and various other decorations. There were a few DIY projects done for the wedding including the seating assignment name board. I took my inspiration for this from Pintrest of course and simply covered a large pinboard with fabric and framed it. Then, I had my cousin with beautiful handwriting scribe all the names on the tags and they were hung with a pearl tipped pin. Another DIY project we did was for the picture display. For this we actually just painted a wooden dog gate silver/gray and hung individual picture frames of us, our parents and grandparents to the gate. Scattered ivy, pink flowers and pearls were added for the finishing touches. One other special DIY project that was done for us by the mother of the groom. She framed an old topography map in one of their old vintage windows she saved from Matt’s childhood home with a small cross placed over Bay Harbor. She then had a small plaque engraved with our names and date of the wedding. It was a beautiful key decor piece at the wedding and is now hanging in our home. All of our flowers were fresh and were arranged by our close family friend. Another great idea we did for the wedding were gift baskets for all the guests made by the mother of the groom. She compiled all Michigan themed products including cherry candies, instant coffee, soup, chocolate, cherry salsa and more. We also had custom wine labels made with our picture and a thank you note placed on the wine we gave to our guests in the gift basket. The wine, supplied by another close family friend, was from Black Star Farms vineyard located in Suttons Bay, MI.

To help our budget, instead of videographer, we used Wedit Videos, a compnay based out of Detroit, MI. Wedit supplied five handheld cameras to record videos mailed to me three days before the wedding. Then anyone of your guests can use these cameras to shoot different perspectives of the wedding events. Once the wedding is over you simply mail back the cameras in the pre-paid box and all the video footage is uploaded on-line to your Wedit account. After that, you may choose to pay a little extra and have Wedit put together a video for you or what I did was I downloaded all the footage to my computer and made my own personal highlights reel video using iMovie and also a ceremony video. It was so awesome and simple. It really gave a cool and personal feel to the videos through our guests eyes. We are so happy we went with Wedit, especially because our wedding events included a whole weekend of events.

Overall, the whole wedding weekend was a dream. We were blessed with the perfect weather for an outdoor, Northern Michigan wedding. With our smaller 100 guest group, many people were able to make a mini vaca out of it, especially since it was Labor Day weekend. After the rehearsal dinner in downtown Petoskey (about 5 min away) friday night, we had an on-site bon fire on the public beach in between the Village at Bay Harbor and the Inn at Bay Harbor. We provided pizza and beverages for our guests there and it gave us another way to be able to spend time with our close friends and family. The wedding took place on Saturday and then to end the weekend we also had a goodbye brunch for all the guests at the Original House of Pancakes located on-site at the Village at Bay Harbor on Sunday morning. Many of our guests stayed at the on-site hotels at the Village at Bay Harbor including us and the rooms were wonderful. Megan and Melinda were two of the main people that work at The Village and helped us with many details of the wedding. They were amazing! Both were very helpful and more than happy to answer all our questions and concerns. If I had to do it all over, I wouldn’t change a thing. It was perfect.

Photography: Swanky Fine Art Weddings | Videography: Wedit | Flowers: Sharon Konop (close family friend) | Caterer: Galley Gourmet | DJ: Mike Staff Productions | Ceremony & Reception: The Village at Bay Harbor | Marina: The Village at Bay Harbor

All Out Classic Vineyard Wedding

This Michigan affair photographed by Kristin La Voie with design by New Fusion Events is so classic, so totally lovely, it sets the bar for Vineyard weddings. And would you believe it rained, like torrential downpour, during the ceremony? Yet not a frown in the place. It’s all love and smiles and happily ever afters. See it all in the full gallery.


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This GORGEOUS vineyard wedding of Aubree & Dave took place at the adorable and beautiful Willow Harbor Vineyard in Michigan. A perfect little destination wedding spot for couples opting for a more localized spot. What’s great about this particular venue is that not only is it incredibly scenic, but they have so many spots for you to utilize, like the great little bridal cottage and the cigar bar for guests. As luck would have it, just as the ceremony began, it started to rain. And I mean REALLY rain! But nothing could stop these two lovebirds from tying the knot, so their love warmed up everyone enough to sit under their umbrellas and watch such a beautiful unity take place. Aubree surprised Dave by arriving in a horse and carriage, which really took his breath away. It seemed like the scene came right out of a movie, like the Notebook. Of course, as they were driven away in the horse and carriage, the rain stopped and sun came out, just in time for some beautiful portraits around the grounds. That evening, their reception took place under the twinkly lit umbrella with beautiful rustic decor. The night concluded with a lantern send off – a true fairy tale ending to a wonderful day.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Floral Design: New Fusion Events | Cake: Arlene's Wedding Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Willow Harbor Vineyards | Reception Venue: Willow Harbor Vineyards | Shoes: Mia | DJ: Odea Entertainment | Dress Boutique: Wolsfelts | Hair/makeup: Heath Salon