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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 | Event Design: Luna Soiree | Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Invitations: Alisa Bobzien | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Ring: La Jolla Fine Jewelry | Hair And Makeup: Aferdita Qafa | Venue: Henry Ford Museum | Accessories: Crowning Glory | Doves: Winged Occasions | Model: Carly Francavilla | 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: Stephanie Belanger | DJ: Adrian Butler | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Paper Goods: Abby Timmer | Rentals: Cascade Rental

Elegant Ann Arbor Michigan Backyard Wedding

If you can think of a better way to begin a marriage than with a sentimental celebration in your parent’s backyard (complete with anemonesSweet Heather Anne and rustic touches), I’d love to hear it. Because as far as I’m concerned this Ann Arbor fete is downright divine. Kelly Sweet captured at home elegance and with Hey Gorgeous Events behind the day, and it’s a gallery that gives meaning to home is where the heart is.

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From the beautiful Bride… I have always held a special connection to my parents house. It’s not only where I grew up, but it symbolizes an innate sense of comfort and support. Holidays and events at home have always been so special to me. Knowing this, Matt proposed to me on Christmas Eve of 2013 at my parent’s, surrounded by my family. Matt and I had been together for 7 years prior, so after the excitement of taking this next step together had settled, it didn’t take long for us to decide that the wedding should be held at my parent’s home. Convincing my parents to host 200 people in their backyard took a bit more time… Enter Rhiannon.

Rhi entered our lives and immediately brought a sense of calm to the whole event. I had a vision of what I wanted the night to look like, but Rhi truly brought it all to life. We envisioned a unique, elegant affair that our guests would still feel perfectly comfortable at. A subtle color palette, rich textures, and a touch of rustic materials came together perfectly for the day of. We worked with our paper company to create a black and white floral motif for our invitations, which translated perfectly through the whole event. Rhi even had a custom linen created for our cake table with the pattern.

I asked my bridesmaids to pick a gown in a shade of cool gray, veering towards blue. I hadn’t seen all of the dresses together until the morning of the wedding (which is SO unlike my Type A self) but I couldn’t be more impressed with how they all came together. We kept the guys classic with black tuxes and bowties. Rhi was able to bring in a soft blue tone in our florals, and was even able to find black centered anemones for my bouquet, which had been previously unavailable.

Looking back at our amazing photos from the day, I am so pleased to see how Kelly captured everyone’s pure joy. Matt and I are grinning ear to ear in every photo, and it’s a true testament to how perfect the day turned out. We are so grateful for such a special memory that we will always cherish.

Photography: Kelly Sweet Photography | Event Planning: Hey Gorgeous Events | Floral Design: Hey Gorgeous Events | Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Catering: Katherine's Catering | Band: Newsmaker | Men's Attire: Vera Wang | Bridal Shoes: Joie | Photography - Assistance: Amy Hartman | Wedding Dress Boutique: Mimi's Bridal | Wedding Gown Designer: Watters

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Rustic Chic Estate Wedding in Northern Michigan

After deciding to tie the knot in the tiny Northern Michigan town where they fell in love, this darling duo let nothing stop them from having the “I Do’s” of their dreams — from having La Tavola linens flown out from CA, to buying the silverware and decor they couldn’t rent, to DIYing ceremony signs from old barn doors! Tec Petaja captured it all to perfection, and you won’t be able to get enough in the gallery here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Jonathan and I were living in NYC when we met through mutual friends at a Christmas party. He grew up in Manhattan and went to school in Philadelphia, I grew up in Michigan and went to school in Arizona, so when we got engaged the biggest decision was…where? We had a specific vision for what our wedding would be and our number one priority was choosing a meaningful location. I grew up spending summers in northern Michigan and took Jonathan there to meet my family shortly after we started dating. That weekend was the first time he told me he loved me, and in the 6+ years we’ve been together it has been a place of nothing but happy memories. It became even more sentimental after my father passed away in 2012, because it was one of his favorite places to be. Getting there is not easy and the reaction of most of our friends was … “You’re making me fly to Michigan?” But we knew once they were there it would be worth it.

This is dedicated to all of the Brides out there who want to throw a stylish, personal and unique wedding on a budget in a small town. I live in New York City where you can rent or buy pretty much anything you want at any time. When we started our research every venue and rental company we found in Michigan felt generic, cheesy or expected. Even at the risk of giving my mom a nervous breakdown, we had our hearts set on having everything outdoors. We were close to accepting that we might not be able to do what we want “up north” when we came across photos of an outdoor wedding at a home in Boyne Falls, just minutes down the road from my family’s cottage growing up. The perk of a small town is that everybody knows everybody, and that photographer was nice enough to connect us with the owner of the private property. As soon as we saw it in person we knew nothing else would compare.

Being a Graphic Designer and Art Director, I’m a bit of an aesthetic control freak. The first decision I made was our photographer, Tec Petaja. He shoots film, has an amazing eye and when you look at weddings he has photographed you feel like you were there. I wanted someone who would capture the authentic moments of our day, and he did not disappoint! As a bonus, he lives in Nashville but is from the area and appreciates it as much as we do.

Having an outdoor wedding on private property means you bring everything in, and when we started calling rental companies I felt discouraged. We wanted our decor to feel inspired by the venue: natural, rustic and the perfect balance of casual and elegant. Every company seemed to have the same options and nothing felt unique. So what we couldn’t find, we bought (silverware, napkins, runners, miscellaneous decor) or had made (the ceremony arbor), which is not as extravagant as it sounds when you get resourceful and creative.

We found wood from old barns that had been knocked down and made all of our signage, and bought chalkboards with coupons from Hobby Lobby for menus. My mom and aunt sourced vintage mismatched silverware and coordinated each and every place setting to be the perfect mix of patterns. We searched all of Michigan for farm tables before connecting with Ben at Fancy Fray who had just started building 20 of them. We called every rental company in Michigan to find chairs that looked rustic. (“Those old ones you have in the garage that you don’t even advertise? Yes, that’s exactly what we’re looking for.)” Linens for our serving and cocktail tables came from La Tavola in California, which we assumed would be over budget but was comparable to some of the options we found locally. My advice to Brides is to make as many phones calls and do as much research as you can, because these days there are no limits to your options. We also had a number of rental companies interested in expanding their assortment because we insisted that updated options would be worth the investment. I was able to sell most of what I purchased to our vendors. You never know until you ask!

Jen Haf at Bloom Floral Design was our florist and so much more. We immediately connected and she really made sure she understood our style and vision. She was reassuring about the ability to pull it all off in an unconventional venue and went above and beyond to partner with us on decor choices and coordination with other vendors. We went with a neutral palette that beautifully complemented the venue; lots of greens and textures arranged organically. We mixed wooden boxes with interesting small vases in different materials, and did tons of simple votives for candlelight. Jen also worked with the caterer to decorate the food display with mixed vases of leftover flowers from our welcome party on Friday night. If you find a vendor that you really connect with don’t be afraid to ask them if they can help you in other aspects beyond what they do. These people have worked on hundreds of events, seen it all and therefore are your best resource.

We talked to a number of caterers who warned us about the complexities and costs of serving food at an outdoor location, and at one point considered pulling the plug because it seemed like too much. Dan Kelly on the other hand told us we could drop him in the middle of a corn field and he’d be able to feed 500 people. He helped us build a unique and non-traditional menu for the cocktail hour and dinner buffet that included things like grilled cheese bites with tomato soup, mini BLT’s, local whitefish, a baked potato bar and fresh veggies. The food display was important to me and Dan was incredibly accommodating, allowing us to provide dishes and serving pieces of our own even though they all weren’t the most functional. Boyne County Provisions helped us complement the vibe with a mix of wine, liquor and craft Michigan beers. We weren’t interested in the traditional things like bouquet toss or wedding cake, and instead opted for individual key lime pies for dessert from our favorite local cafe.

We exchanged hand-written vows under a custom made arbor and were married by a dear family friend, which made our ceremony special and personal. Our music was simple and beautiful, played by a Spanish Guitarist, and two of my cousins sang a song together. One of my favorite parts of the day was hearing speeches from my Mom, MOH and our best man. Later in the night our caterer served grilled pizzas and guests warmed up by the bonfire with s’mores and sparklers after the sun went down. Our band played mostly Motown and we danced until 1am.

All Brides know that planning a wedding can be like a full time job, and with a different budget I might have opted to pay to have a lot of it done for me. But as we looked around us that day it felt that much more special knowing all of the love that went into making it happen. It was a lot of work, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. While planning I looked at blogs and couldn’t get over how idyllic so many of them look in photos. You don’t see pictures of the bathroom trailer that had to be parked behind the tent, or the tire tracks that one of your vendors carelessly left in the mud. It’s important to realize that there are things you won’t be able to control, and letting go of some of those will allow you to enjoy your day.

As perfect as ours was for us, a lot did go wrong. We lucked out with the weather but it was questionable in the days leading up as an electrical storm blew through Wednesday and Thursday. The ground was very wet, but as some friends put it, that only added to the fun because people had to go barefoot. (Those are the kinds of guests you want at your wedding!) Because of the rain we had to swap our layout and a bunch of family ended up at the wrong tables. We lost power in the tent for about ten minutes before dinner was served. But those aren’t the things that people remember, so don’t sweat the small stuff. The imperfections are sometimes the best part. Prepare as best you can, make it personal and let go of the rest on your wedding day, because you only get one shot and it is over before you know it.

Photography: Tec Petaja | Videography: This Is Practical | Floral Design: Jen Haf of Bloom Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Catering By Kelly's | Makeup Artist: Mari At Talulu | Band: Soul Xpress | Ceremony Music: Music By Gael | Transportation: By The Bay | Bartending & Spirits: Boyne County Provisions | Ceremony Chairs: GJ's Traverse City | Day-of Coordination: A Moment In Time | Farm Tables: Fancy Fray | Invitations, Hand Lettering And Signage: Ashley Meyers Design | Linens: La Tavola | Maid Of Honor's Dress: Joanna August | Private Property: Double K Estate | Reception Chairs: RentalEx | Silverware, Napkins And Runners: Ashley Meyers Design | Tent And Dishes: Rental Express

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Whimsical Mackinac Island Destination Wedding

What comes to mind when you marry the genius of Clary Pfeiffer with the mastery of LoLo Event Design? Just one thing, utter perfection. A charming day awash with island-inspired whimsy, the gallery is chock-full of minty green wedding details galore. Beginning with the Bride’s jaw-dropping JLM Couture LWD gown and ending with a romance filled evening, you can see it all unfold here!

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From Clary PfeifferToday I’m submitting a wedding with a really fun bride and groom that wanted something different for their guests. They selected Mackinac Island where there are only horse drawn carriages for transportation and a landscape of quaint houses. My favorite is the ceremony where the guests sat in rocking chairs overlooking the river. Below is more for the couple.

Sara and Aaron’s love story crisscrossed multiple cities and countries so when they decided to say “I do” it was only fitting that they host a destination wedding. Sara, who grew up in Illinois, spent her childhood summers vacationing on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan. The quaint island has held onto its charm by forbidding cars of any kind. All transportation is, very romantically, via horse-drawn carriage. Given Sara’s love of horses and the outdoors Mackinac was a dream destination to host their closest friends and family.

To unveil their wedding location LoLo Event Design partnered with stationary designer Lynn Graham Designs and Toile illustrator, Denise Spoenlein of Custom Illustrations to create a custom invitation suite. Denise created a custom toile pattern that told the story of how Sara and Aaron met, dated, came to be engaged and ultimately be married. Even their beloved dog True was featured in the design. The toile pattern was ultimately featured on the save the date, invitation, ceremony program, menu card and welcome gift.

As guests arrived to Mackinac Island they were welcomed with a canvas tote bag filled with local Michigan goodies and adorned with a luggage tag featuring the toile pattern. Family and friends explored the island before departing via horse –drawn carriage to the rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents at a restaurant deep in the woods.

Come wedding day Sara and Aaron enjoyed a private carriage ride around the island before walking down the aisle. The intimate ceremony took place on the infamous front porch of The Grand Hotel. Guests were seated in rocking chairs with views of Lake Huron. Sara walked down the aisle in a JLM Couture gown carrying a custom bouquet constructed by LoLo Event Design of a leather horse lead.

Following the ceremony Sara removed the long skirt of her JLM Couture gown to reveal a knee length look. Guests were invited to a private dinning groom within The Grand Hotel where they were welcomed by a jazz pianist. The kelly green and robin’s egg blue tabletop was designed to compliment the eccentric interior of the dinning room. Custom candelabras finished with gold tapper candles became the focal point of the table. The place settings featured a menu card designed around the couple’s toile pattern, which was wrapped with a personalized leather engraved belly band place card. Guests lingered over their choice of a vegetarian or meat tasting menu. Sara and Aaron shared a love seat at the head of the table. For dessert everyone was invited to the hotel’s ice cream parlor for their choice of sundae, Sara’s personal favorite.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Event Design: LoLo Event Design | Floral Design: Margaret’s Floral Garden | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Attire: Black By Vera Wang | Wedding Venue: The Grand Hotel | Bridal Gown : JLM Couture LWD | Bridal Hair Piece : Richard Designs | Bridal Veil : Ellen Marie Design | Brides Leather Bouquet: LoLo Event Design | Ceremony And Dinner Music: The Grand Hotel | Custom Toile Design : Denise Spoenlein Of Custom Illustrations | Dessert: Sadie's Ice Cream | Linens : Table Toppers Of Newton | Paper Goods: Lynn Graham Designs | Place Cards: LoLo Event Design

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