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Winter Wedding Inspiration in Leland, Michigan

Winter Brides, rejoice! Eliza Jean PhotographyThe Day’s Design and Sincerely, Ginger Weddings are serving up a heaping dose of seasonal pretty below, and trust me, you’ll want to take notes. With the prettiest paper from Gatlin Paper Co., stylish rentals from Gatherings Vintage Rentals and a drool-worthy cake from Traverse City Wedding Cakes - this gallery is winter wedding perfection. 

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From Sincerely Ginger WeddingsMy friend Shelby and I, both wedding planners, wanted to join forces and show the power of collaboration in the industry. We are big believers that a strong vendor team will pull together a magical wedding day. Working alongside Shelby, the girls from Eliza Jean photography, and other local vendors to show off our amazing spot on the mitten was so much fun.  Leelanau Peninsula is Michigan’s small slice of heaven. From picturesque wineries to miles of gorgeous lakeshore, the charming & historic town of Leland is an ideal spot for destination weddings. When Shelby (a fellow wedding planner and friend) and I started to work on this editorial shoot together, we knew we wanted to showcase the unique area of Fishtown. We were lucky to have one of my real couples model for us for the day! Aren’t they adorable? Margaret wore the “Ruth” gown from BHLDN with the Pearly Primrose Sash. We imagined a small destination wedding starting with the couple getting ready together. I love the idea of the bride securing her groom’s boutonnière, and he taking extra care zipping her dress. How romantic! First we ventured into downtown Fishtown, which, according to the Fishtown Preservation Society, is a collection of weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, overhanging docks, fish tugs and charter boats along the Leland River in Leland, Michigan. We used vintage minnow buckets, wooden oars, and candles to set the mood for a private ceremony. Our color palette for the day was inspired by a winter sunset here in Michigan, gentle lilac that moved into a more bold blue with classic ivory accents. We loved the unexpected blooms in winter that hinted at spring that will surely, eventually come. White peonies, purple stock, and rich thistle were some floral elements that we paired. We also foraged cedar and evergreen the day before to bring in a hint of winter greenery. Our table was set simply with wooden produce boxes filled with bud vases for an open cluster of flowers. The couple toasted with a local bottle of bubbly, our favorite L. Mawby, Blanc de Blancs, produced right here on Leelanau Peninsula. The amazing stationery suite was dreamed up by our friend Nicole at Thistle and Bur. She hand designed and letter-pressed the whole suite inspired by the natural vibe here in Michigan (her home state!). I especially love the menu with items inspired by the little fishing village. Local raclette cheese, whitefish pate, pretzel bun sandwiches from the Cheese Shanty? Count us in! The last detail that sealed the deal was the cake! We installed a vintage toboggan from the ceiling and adorned it with a garland made from local, foraged greens and candles. Michigan is such an incredible and unique place for destination weddings, even in the winter!

Photography: Eliza Jean Photography | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Traverse City Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Gatlin Paper Co. | Reception Venue: Leland Lodge | Bride's Veil: The Day's Design | Bubbly: L. Mawby | Creating Direction, Styling & Floral Design: The Day's Design | Creative Direction, Styling & Floral Design: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings | Model: Margaret | Vintage Rentals: Gatherings Vintage Rentals

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Weddings & Events at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)

Take just one step inside the doors at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) and one thing will be certain… this is the place you’ll host your wedding.  Because The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) isn’t just any wedding venue, it’s the perfect combo of breathtaking beauty (hello, Grand Ballroom) and top-notch service… all wrapped up in one dream-worthy locale.

Located just steps from the amazingness that is North Michigan Avenue and nestled amongst some of the world’s coolest landmarks (think the Museum of Contemporary Art and the John Hancock Building), The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) is not only a seriously stunning place to say I do, it boasts a team of Wedding Experts that will handle every last aspect of your big day, from providing those much needed vendor recommendations to customizing yummy menus to organizing the guest accommodations.  And speaking of guests, they’re going to love sampling the crazy culinary skills of Executive Chef Martin Knaubert, the floor-to-ceiling skyline views of Chicago and the 400,000 crystal chandelier located in the ballroom.  It’s basically a wedding paradise.

So what are you waiting for, lovelies?  Head on over to The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) (and their blog!) to start planning your dream wedding… you’ll even receive a guest room stay the night prior to the wedding day and complimentary lunches for the men’s and women’s changing rooms on the day of the wedding!

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Springtime Greencrest Manor Wedding

Pink peonies make my heart happy, especially when they’re paired up with a sweet Greencrest Manor love story beautifully captured by Harrison Studio and Coastline Studios. With layered hues of pink, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, sweet creations by Sweet Heather Anne, and wildly romantic Hey Gorgeous Events blooms, this gallery is officially too good to miss.

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From The Bride… My grandmother started visiting northern Michigan almost 40 years ago. Since then, the entire Schutz clan has grown up vacationing on Point Betsie Beach. With every passing summer, my long love affair with the area has only intensified. So, when Doug and I started dating it was important to me that he shared the same appreciation.

When Doug proposed, six summers and many memories later, a Michigan destination wedding wasn’t difficult to agree on. The logistics, however, threw us for a loop. We wanted a wedding that we could share with all of the people we love, but being six hours up the coast, Point Betsie didn’t offer that option. After doing a little searching, we found the perfect compromise in Greencrest Manor.

Greencrest Manor is a beautiful bed and breakfast originally constructed as a private home overlooking St. Mary’s Lake in the early 1900′s. Designed in the French-Normandy style, Greencrest is surrounded by extensive formal gardens and provided a beautiful backdrop for our ceremony. Guests were invited to enjoy the spectacular first floor during the cocktail hour, and the reception was held under a tent on the lawn. Doug and I enlisted Rhi with Hey Gorgeous Events to help us shape a wedding day that was personal, warm, and reflective of us as a couple. Being a third generation equestrian, I wanted to infuse a classic countryside feel to our day, while Doug, an avid golfer, wanted plenty of preppy details. And, of course, we tried to incorporate as many personal details as possible.

Boutonnieres of Lilly of the Valley grown in the garden of a close family friend honored my grandma. Petoskies collected by my entire family over the years at Point Betsie were used in the centerpieces. Dried rose petals from Doug’s proposal were tossed by our flower girl. A handmade sign by my MOH directed guests where to turn, and we cut our cake with the same cake server used by Doug’s grandparents on their wedding day. My favorite details of the wedding, however, were the ones that honored my mama, who passed away from inflammatory breast cancer a month after Doug and I were engaged. Guests were given yellow tulips upon arriving to honor her. A necklace I’d given her was tied around my bouquet, and I wore her favorite ring as my something blue. Planning the wedding without her was truly a nightmare for me, but she was there with us that day. She must have been pulling some strings, in fact, because the weather changed from hail to sunshine just in time for our ceremony!

The details of our wedding were wonderful but, those closest to us made our wedding weekend truly meaningful. I had a giggly, fun-filled morning with my closest friends. Our pastor helped us create a traditional, yet intimate ceremony. One of my talented classmates from medical school provided the music during our ceremony and cocktail hour, and then another family friend took over as emcee and DJ for the reception. In the end it was a weekend filled with friends, family, and love, just as we had pictured.

Photography: Harrison Studio | Videography: Coastline Studios | Stationery: Sarah Drake Design | Bride's Shoes: J. Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: The Farmhouse Deli | Hair: Lola Hair Artistry | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Bride's Gown: Ulla Maija | Cake And Macarons: Sweet Heather Anne | Earrings: Kate Spade | Linens: La Tavola | MOH Belt: BHLDN | Makeup: Morgan Myers, MoMichelle Makeup Artistry | Planning, Design And Florals: Hey Gorgeous Events | Tent And Rentals: Special Events Rental | Veil: La Jeune Mariee | Venue: Greencrest Manor | Wood Sign: Made By MOH

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