Mackinac Island Wedding from Kelly Sweet Photography
November 4, 2011
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Before we dive into this beyond beautiful Michigan wedding from Kelly Sweet Photography, I just have to say - prepare for the summer wedding to jump top to your "Favorite Summer Weddings" list. Set on the quaint Mackinac Island, the wedding took full advantage of the charming Michigan setting. The island does not allow cars, so in true Mackinac fashion, the bride planned a wedding centered around horse-drawn carriages and, of course, yellow tandem bicycles. Without even considering that this bride has the genes to be the most gorgeous bride ever, this wedding scores top marks in every one of the pretty categories. Click here to see the rest of this bike-centric affair!

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Robbie and I wanted to be married at a place that was truly unique to Michigan, a place where our families from out of town could enjoy a vacation, and experience a place they have never been before.  The first time Robbie and I went to Mackinac Island we knew it was the perfect place for us.  We fell in love with the relaxed life style, surrounded by water with no cars, it was a place we could enjoy the outdoors and truly escape time.

Robbie and I love to bike ride together, and the Island is full of bike shops and bike paths, so we decided to create a bike theme for our wedding.  We really wanted to have fun on our big day and make the most of our time with friends and family. The day of the wedding we did a morning bike ride with all of our guests. We biked around the 8 mile long Island and enjoyed some fresh air before saying “I do.” It was so much fun!

On the day of the wedding, it was great to see all of the details come together. Robbie and I spent countless hours at Michaels Arts and Crafts.  It took a year of tears and smiles and a living room full of scrap paper. We created all of the invitations, save-the-dates, thank you cards, ect. for the big day. We spent a lot of time on the internet looking for ideas and other weddings for inspiration. Robbie’s mom handmade all of the tote bags for the arriving guests and we filled them with trail mix, taffy, and homemade cookies. We printed cards to welcome and thank our guests for coming, and also included an invite for the morning bike ride.

Robbie and I chose wedding colors that we loved to wear, and that would match our outdoor theme. The guys wore brown suits and the girls were in fun yellow summer dresses- my favorite color! I asked the florist to create bouquets that were soft and romantic, full of big white garden roses with a touch of coral. We really tried to keep the theme for our wedding as fun as possible, and we had a blast!

After the ceremony we jumped on a horse and buggy, and popped open a bottle of champaigne. The bridal party followed us on bikes to the downtown salon where we enjoyed a  drink to celebrate. Robbie and I then took the bikes down to the water and spent some time together laughing and playing around before joining the reception. It truly was the most fun we have ever had together. It couldn’t have been more perfect!

Location: Mission Point Resort / Photography: Kelly Sweet Photography, Second Shooter Paul Retherford / Dress: Paloma Blanca / Flowers: Weber's Floral / Cake: Bella e Dolce / Invitations & Stationary: DIY by Bride / Event Planning & Design: DIY by Bride