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Romantic Frederik Meijer Garden Wedding

When it comes to weddings we try not to play favorites, but Blaine Siesser Photography just gets us. Because when we see out-of-this-universe beautiful weddings like this one (complete with pretty pastels and one madly in love couple), it’s impossible not to fall head-over-blooms in love. Filled with sentiment in meaning, this gallery is one you’re going to need to see first hand. Witness it all in THE VAULT!


From The Bride…Our wedding day was about bringing two families together in a place that holds so much meaning to me and my family. We got married at the Frederik Meijer Gardens at a farmhouse that is a replica of my grandmas childhood home. The farmhouse reflected mine and Alex’s love, fun, comfortable and relaxed. We wanted our day to be filled with love and to be surrounded by our family and friends who have been supporting us since we started dating freshmen year in high school. The farmhouse grounds made the perfect setting for our rustic but still elegant accents. All the details from my grandmas pearls my late grandpa gave to her on their wedding day wrapped around my bouquet, to the welcome bags with Michigan made items (Vernors ginger ale, Steenstras windmill cookies, Cherry Republic candy etc.) to the monogrammed copper mugs the guests took home and the flower filled arbor we said our vows under made our wedding day special. Marrying my best friend and becoming his wife made it the day of our lives.

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Photography: Blaine Siesser Photography | Cinematography: Coastline Studios | Floral Design: Flora Design | Cake: Hunter's Bakery | Catering: Frederik Meijer Gardens | Catering: The Gilmore Collection | Hair + Makeup: Tanaz Salon | DJ: Moments In Time | Band: The Jerry Ross Band | String Quartet: Clifford Music Group | Transportation: A White Knight | Venue: Frederik Meijer Gardens | Coordination + Design: Amanda Masson | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Special Events Rental | Trolley: Grand Rapids Trolley Company | Vintage Rentals: Fancy Fray

DIY Pallet Escort Card Display

I absolutely adore all the sweet ways people display their escort cards, and thanks to Spark And WildflowerBloom Calligraphy and Dionel Photography we have yet another display to swoon over. It’s a totally doable DIY, and is a surefire way to impress your guests. 

From Spark And WildflowerThis escort card display was originally inspired by the beautiful blue and white patterned drawer knobs I ended up using as escort tag hangers. I knew I wanted to create something centered around a classic, elegant style with just a touch of weathered and rustic charm, thus the pallet escort card display was born.

I chose a worn pallet that I painted grey, followed by a layer of dry brushed white paint to create a distressed look. My gorgeous, mismatched knobs served perfectly as hangers for the escort tags that were so beautifully penned by Linda of Bloom Calligraphy. When considering signage, I wanted something that would communicate it’s message while contributing to the variety of textures and the soft color palette that this display exudes. I selected romantic serif letters that I tied on using the loveliest powder blue velvet ribbon, to simply spell the words, “find your seat.”

This display’s soft airiness, antique, worn appearance and feminine touches make it perfect for wedding decor, and can easily be customized to fit a variety of styles and color palettes. My friend Dionel, the talent behind Dionel Photography, did an impeccable job of portraying the style and feel I was hoping to achieve through her stunning photos.


wood pallet
power drill
drawer knobs
ribbon for tying on your letters
escort tags, hole punched
ribbon for your tags



Find your pallets. You’ll more than likely need multiple pallets to accommodate all of your escort tags (my pallet is 3 feet by 3.5 feet and contains 30 knobs, with about 10 inches of space between each) so consider your number of tags and the spacing you want before shopping. I went with a used pallet to achieve a worn, distressed look for my display, but you can purchase brand new pallets from any hardware store for a cleaner look. You can often acquire used pallets from flower shops, farmer’s markets, and other small businesses that are willing to give away their old ones, however some businesses hire pallet removal companies, so it’s important to ask permission before taking any pallets you see.


Sand. It won’t need a ton, but sand your pallet just enough to remove the larger wood splinters.


Paint. I chose a warm charcoal grey for the base layer, followed by white paint which I lightly dry brushed on to create a worn, antique look, allowing my dark grey to show through.


Measure + Drill. Once you know how many knobs you can fit on each panel (and have reserved a couple of panels for your letters) measure and mark a point for each knob to achieve even spacing and straight lines. Drill your holes and erase all pencil marks.


Attach your drawer knobs. Select the knobs you want for your display (all of mine were found at Hobby Lobby!) and decide how you want to arrange them. I found it useful to lay mine on the floor and map out what order I’d like them in before attaching them. This way, you can play around with the arrangement until you have it just right – I also took a picture of my ‘map’ as a reference.


Tie on your letters. The letters I selected were 4 inches tall (from Hobby Lobby) and required two panels of my pallet to fit the words, “find your seat,” comfortably. Using ribbon (I adore my powder blue ribbon, also found at Hobby Lobby) cut strands approximately 10 inches long. Tie one end to the top of your letter, wrap around the panel until it ends in the back, and tie the ribbon to itself. This will cause some letters to be crooked – an aesthetic element you may or may not prefer – so if you want all of your letters to be straight, simply loop the ribbon around the panel only once, tying the second end to the bottom of the letter.


Escort Tags. Once you have your hole punched escort tags, select a ribbon to go with them (this cream ribbon was found at, yes, Hobby Lobby) and cut into strands. String and tie to create hanging tags, which puts the finishing touch on your pallet escort card display. Voila!

Photography: Dionel Photography | Calligraphy: Bloom Calligraphy | DIY: Spark And Wildflower

Glamorous Pink Garden Wedding at Cascade Hills Country Club

The vibrant hues of pink layered into this lush garden soiree? They’re delicious and glam, and fit for the chicest of weddings like this one from K. Holly Photography. From the stunning bridesmaids to the luxe florals by Modern Day Floral And Event Design, this gallery is filled to the brim with pink goodness that’ll give you a happy little jolt on this hump day afternoon.


From K. Holly PhotographyA glamorous lush garden theme with varying tones of deep and light pink. Marielle and Rob planned an incredibly gorgeous wedding, and everything went flawlessly. The day started with a warm-up celebration in the backyard of Marielle’s family home. The couple said their I-do’s at Central Reformed Church, and celebrated with their friends and family at the exclusive Cascade Hills Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The look was tied together with luxe pink flowers, linens, and details by Modern Day Floral, invitations and papers by Gwyneth Paige, and of course, the grand backdrops of their chosen venues. It felt like the event of the season, and yet there was a very intimate connection with family and faith.

Photography: K. Holly Photography | Event Design: Modern Day Floral and Event Design | Floral Design: Modern Day Floral and Event Design | Wedding Dress: Belle Vie Bridal | Invitations: Gwyneth Paige | Ceremony Venue: Central Reformed Church | Reception Venue: Cascade Hills Country Club | Band: Gold Coast All Stars