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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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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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