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Lake Michigan Wedding from stephanie n. baker + Larisa Graham

This next little number simply gives me the warm and fuzzies. And although I can’t pin point the precise detail that is charming up my Monday morning, I’m pretty sure it’s the combination of all the lovely nestled in this Lake Michigan soiree from stephanie n. baker. It’s the type of party where you can just tell people hugged a bit tighter and smiled a bit wider, and it all made for one delightful day. Click here for more.

And there is more lovely to be had thanks to Larisa Graham Videography

From stephanie n. baker… Meghann and Dylan got married on a brisk, fall day in Bay Harbor, located in northern Michigan. Their ceremony took place on the breezy shoreline of Lake Michigan where they nixed the traditional sand ceremony for a joining-of-waters ceremony to reflect their love of the outdoors. They gathered water in mason jars from their four favorite lakes and joined them with the help of family members (the moms did the first joining.) After the ceremony, we drove to the event’s barn, but on the way we stopped and got some fun shots on the shoreline as well as a few fun shots in downtown Charlevoix on the drawbridge (which opened for us!)

The reception was an awesome event! There were plush couches for people to sit comfortably, bocce ball, corn hole, all the food served was locally raised and organic, the drinks were creative, and instead of doing a traditional wedding cake, they had pies! After dinner, the party began with FABULOUS music from the fun and energetic Lucas Paul Band. These guys were a good time!

From Larisa Graham Videography… Meghann and Dylan’s wedding started on the amazing shoreline of Lake Michigan at Bay Harbor. The absolutely picturesque ceremony took place outside with waves and a perfect fall day in the background. Meghann and Dylan are a truly genuine couple who are so obviously in love, they were the perfect couple to shoot and made my job so easy since they are so comfortable with one another and in front of the camera. The reception continued in Charlevoix, Michigan at a farm set around a barn that was surrounded by white tents, chairs, a bar and some lawn games for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour. Dinner was held in the tent outside the barn and everyone moved inside for music and dancing where the details inside the barn were just as beautiful as they were at the wedding and cocktail hour.

Wedding Photography: stephanie n. baker / Ceremony Venue: The Inn at Bay Harbor in Bay Harbor, Michigan / Reception Venue: Dhaseleer Events Barn in Charlevoix, Michigan /  Wedding Design + Planning: Nicole Beaudoin of Emerald City Designs / Floral Design: Emerald City Designs / Wedding Cinematography: Larisa Graham Videography / Music: The Lucas Paul Band / Wedding Dress: Lis Simon Bridal / Bride’s Sash: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump / Bride’s Jewelry: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Hair: Ilaria Hair Studio / Makeup: Emily Jones / Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Men’s Ties: Nordstrom

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Door County, Wisconsin Wedding from Emily Steffen Photography

Working at SMP, my eyes have been opened to some of the prettiest places on the planet all via the weddings that show up on our screens – and Door County, Wisconsin is my newest hidden travel treasure. It’s beyond easy to see why this lakeside heaven hosted this breathtakingly beautiful Bride’s favorite childhood memories, and why it simply had to be the place where she said yes to her Mister. And when that day came, I’m pretty sure it turned out beyond her wildest childhood dreams (complete with the most perfect lace up booties I ever did see), because it only takes one look at the images in the gallery from Emily Steffen to see that this wedding was an absolute treasure in itself. See it all here!

From Emily Steffen PhotographyKate and Connor LOVE Door County, so OF COURSE they had to plan their dream wedding in their dream location! Kate’s family owns a house in Door County so one of her fondest memories is waking up to the waves of Lake Superior crashing against the rocks of the shore. They wanted to feature some of their favorite surroundings to some of their favorite people attending the wedding!

The colors were intentionally subdued and monochromatic to give a casual elegance to the affair with strong hints of vintage. Kate spend a lot of time incorporating personal details such as custom “Door County” totes that greeted guests as they arrived, family-heirloom type bagpiping music at the ceremony, mini cake toppers painted to resemble the Kate and Conor and the array of family photos of mothers’/grandmothers’ wedding!

The day began with giggling ladies filling Kate’s family’s home on the shores of Lake Michigan…mimosas in hand and Door County chocolate covered cherries in the other! Followed by some photos and a ride in the famous Door County trolly. It dropped everyone off at the ceremony site, where guests were greeted by the sounds of the waves crashing against the rocky shores and the view of the beautiful, sunny picturesque backdrop as Kate and Connor promised their lives and hearts to one another! The reception soon followed with a live jazz bank, old fashioned drinks, amazing cocktails, funny stories from family and friends as well as tasty food and good company! The night proceeded with dinner, dancing with another LIVE band, drinks, photoboothing, an AMAZING chocolate bar and a surprise fireworks display that had everyone oooo-ing and awweee-ing! It was the night of a lifetime!

Wedding Photography: Emily Steffen Photography / Ceremony Venue: Beach Park in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin / Reception Venue: Woodwalk Art Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin / Floral Design: Flora / Wedding Coordination: Carrie Baldwin of Door County Meeting & Event Planners / Wedding Cinematography: Miller Studios / Wedding Catering: Mission Grille / Wedding Stationery: Sarah Drake (invitations) / Ceremony Music: Allegro String Quartet (band) + Michael Sommers (bagpiper) / Cocktail Hour Music: Mar Caribe / Reception Music: Bumpus / Door County Totes: FLS Banners / Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta / Bride’s Shoes: Something Blue via BHLDN (ceremony) + Jimmy Choo (reception) / Bride’s Hair, Bride’s Makeup + Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Toni Scott / Bridesmaids’ Hair: Door County Wedding Stylists

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Lake Michigan Wedding by Justine Gunneson

Who isn’t just a wee bit inspired by a gorgeous, glowing sunset? Well this couple took that inspiration with their talented hands and made it into the prettiest of sun-inspired fêtes. From the intricate invitations, designed by the Mr. & Mrs. to the all the decor – everything was touched by a pretty ray of sunshine allowing Justine Gunneson to fill the full gallery with SO much gorgeous for us all to soak in!

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From the bride… The prospect of rain threatened the Labor Day weekend events, but by the time the rain finally fell on the dancing guests around 10 p.m. that wedding night, it was the perfect end not just to the beautiful day but to the summer. Since our venue was located right on Lake Michigan’s beach, our inspiration for both our color scheme and design was the sunset. (The sunset also has sentimental value for us — my husband’s family has a cottage right on the lake, and it is a family tradition to watch summer sunsets.) The “sunset” motif informed our invitations (my husband and I are both architects — we designed, laser cut the paper as well as laser cut the stamps for the text, and glued together the invites), the lantern décor, flowers, and even the bridesmaid’s umbrellas. The overall “look” was retro, especially the wedding party attire, but I certainly mixed and matched different eras. Some highlights of the day were incorporating our 1 year old daughter’s baptism into the ceremony as well as a custom “sunset” piñata made for us by close friends that was enjoyed by guests during the cocktail hour (though my husband made the critical hit–oops!). All the lights, lanterns, flowers were DIY, so we had a busy day before guests arrived. The joyful result made the hard work all the more satisfying.


Wedding Photography: Justine Gunneson / Wedding Venue: Camp Blodgett on Lake Michigan in West Olive, Michigan / Flowers: Mother of the Bride / Wedding Cake: Justin Raha of Grand Finale Desserts & Pastries / Wedding Dress: Alix & Kelly (Now Closed) / Veil: BHLDN / Bride’s Necklace: J.Crew / Bride’s Earrings: Vintage / Bride’s Shoes: Alfani / Hair: Lindsey Norton of Salon Re: / Makeup: Rebecca Gohl / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: White House/Black Market / Flower Girl Dress: Baby Gap / Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella / Lanterns: Paper Lantern Store / Pinata: Friends of the Bride + Groom / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride + Groom

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