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Glamorous Estate Wedding in Rochester Michigan

Estate venues bring gravity and opulence to your special day. Especially if it’s the 110-room mansion of Matilda Dodge Wilson whose husband, yes, founded Dodge. The automotive industry is etched into the fabric of Detroit, so if you’re going to incorporate it, this is one classy way to do it. There’s a full gallery of lavish details like florals from Flourish Event Design, all through the lens of Blaine Siesser Photography.


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Summer
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Estate
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Glamorous

From Blaine Siesser PhotographyOpen air ceremony; Natural ivy chuppah; flowers in stained mason jars; Succulent boutonnieres bound in rustic rope twine; antique books on table as center pieces; classic glass bottle sodas; guest book: well wishes written on polaroid selfies, clothes-pinned to rope; vintage suitcase holds guest place cards on flowers – another for “dancing shoes”; all African-American Jazz band, afternoon in classic tuxedos, evening in fun, sequined shirts and dresses; burlap table coverings and “love” pennant; hora, breaking the glass, chuppah.

Flourish event design did all print work, floral work (including chuppah), and general design work.

Photography: Blaine Siesser Photography | Videography: 3rd Street Films | Bakery: Pinwheel Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Meadow Brook Hall And Gardens | Make-up: Jenny Hill, Lead Makeup Artist At Nars Cosmetics | Hair: Jackie Hill | Band: Gentlemen Of Leisure | Band: Gentlemen Of Leisure | Officiant: Miriam Jerris | Event Design, Florals, Print Work: Flourish Event Design | Hotel - Getting Ready Shots: Royal Park Hotel - Presidential Suite | Rentals: Special Events Rental | Transportation: Aristocat Transportation

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Northern Michigan Destination Wedding

Exotic locales are always fun, but a change of scenery can also be closer than you think. Take this Chicago couple who decided to hold their nuptials at The Bay Harbor Yacht Club in northern Michigan. The result was a stunning and laid-back getaway for them and their guests. Weber Photography was there to captured some lovely moments, and make sure to catch the video from Epic Motion at the end.

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Summer
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Romantic

From The Bride…Jay proposed the day he and I moved in together. There were moving boxes everywhere and one of the boxes held the ring. I had no idea until I saw him get down on one knee in the kitchen. Our engagement was a little over a year before our big day.

The vision of our wedding came from 3 places: attending countless friends and families’ weddings, hundreds of visits to StyleMePretty.com  and the help of our talented, professional vendors. Jay and I attended 9 beautiful weddings the year prior to ours and found that our true excitement and passion would be memorable food, a band that could keep the dance floor full all night and a talented team that could capture our special day.

Jay had spent his childhood vacationing in Northern Michigan and we both really found that area special. Although we live in a great city, we wanted a wedding location away from home that was fun, laid-back with a sophisticated vibe, surrounded by nature, water and sunset views. Picking Northern Michigan came naturally after we visited the Bay Harbor Yacht Club and the charming town of Charlevoix. The Bay Harbor Yacht Club view provided ambiance, class and an amazing outside terrace to enjoy cocktail hour and a Northern Michigan sunset. As an extra bonus it was away from a big city, traffic and crowds, which gave it a ‘destination-like’ feel without getting out your passport and still feeling homey.

We made the drive from Chicago on Thursday along with almost all of our guests to take full advantage of the luxury of time and a full weekend with our friends and family. On Friday, the men had a golf tournament while the ladies went to brunch, spa and relaxed at the hotel pool with live music. The wedding party reconnected at the rehearsal dinner that night to prepare for the wedding on Saturday. We were married by our priest who made the 7 hour drive from Chicago. It was very special to have a piece of home with us. Saint Mary’s was very inviting and helpful to allow us to bring our own priest.

The ballroom was a charming, open, bright space. We created a warm, romantic, inviting atmosphere by using whites, grays, metallic, and metals with a slightly rustic and eclectic look. I love mixing mercury glass and metallic with different candelabras heights, bowls and candles.

Our flowers were blush pink and ivory garden roses, with eucalyptus, white anemone, dusty peonies, hydrangeas, white freesia with a touch of accents of greenery.  StyleMePretty provided our inspiration to layer gray linens with lace. Our wedding planner and florist helped us find an amazing, fun, chic sequence linen to use for the highboy tables around the dance floor.

For a special touch we got 8 huge balloons for fun props in our wedding party pictures. The balloons were also a hit with the kids! At the reception we had an interactive candy station and late night food which was a lot of fun. Everyone got to create their own candy goodie bag for their drive home the next day. The wine and food was handpicked and created with local vendors. The catering team and head chief used all local food and produce which we loved supporting local vendors.  

We had an amazing wedding weekend and loved every minute of it. Our vendors were truly talented professionals that I would recommend over and over. They made planning from a long distance a piece of (wedding) cake!

Photography: Weber Photography- Cory Weber | Videography: Epic Motion | Wedding Coordinator: Merry Makers | Floral Design: Monarch Garden & Floral | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Bella E Dolce | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Hair & Makeup: Ilaria Hair Studio | Band: Joyride | Bridesmaids Dress Shop: Bella Bridesmaid In Chicago | Candy Table: SugarBritches | Church: St. Mary Of The Assumption, Charlevoix | Groomsmen Attire: Zeglio Custom Suits In Chicago | Groomsmen Ties: Hugo Boss | Papery Designs: Tableau Events | Stationery Design: Spark Print Solutions | Stationery Store: Paper Doll In Chicago | Transportation: Mackinaw Trolley Company | Veil: Nordstrom | Yacht Club: Bay Harbor Yacht Club

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Bliss Weddings & Events + A Discount

As a former Windy City resident, I’ve been following (and swooning over) stunning events and weddings crafted by Bliss Weddings & Events since forever. With over 20 years of experience in luxury event planning, floral design + interior design, the creative geniuses behind Bliss will make sure your big day is totally unique and perfectly planned from start to finish!

Made up of a group of uber-talented planners and designers, the Bliss Weddings & Events team is as stylish as they are creative and fun! And that, my dears, comes shining through in each and every one of the high-end events they design and orchestrate. With a focus on personalizing every event with impeccable style, clever touches and creativity, not a detail is left behind. Guiding couples through the sometimes overwhelming process, Bliss will design every last detail of your event, from florals to lighting to paper goods. Chock full of inventive ideas and contemporary charm, a cookie-cutter event is simply not an option when working with Bliss.

Offering both full planning as well as month-of planning by their fabulous Month-Of Mavens, the Bliss team helps couples create streamlined and specialized events that will have your guests in awe. SMPers, the Bliss Belles and Beau are simply the answer to your event design + planning worries! Ready to get started on your big day? Now’s the time, because Bliss is offering $150 off  contracted month-of planning packages! Simply mention SMP in your email inquiry to redeem discount. 

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