Michigan Ballroom Wedding from Allie Siarto Photography
December 12, 2012
Classic WeddingsBallroom Weddings
Are you ready for an entire day of inspiration, lovelies?  We sure hope so, because it's time for another Wedding Wednesday and that means hours upon hours of drop-dead gorgeous details and heartwarming moments are coming your way.  Kicking it all off?  A stunning Michigan affair that is all kinds of crazy wonderful with a fab ballroom setting and an entire gallery of pretty captured by Allie Siarto Photography.  See it all here.
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From the Bride... We met working at a summer Shakespeare Festival (he's a musician/band conductor, I'm a dancer/choreographer) in Flint, Michigan where we both grew up. Even though he was about to start graduate school in Montana and I was only in my second year of college in Florida, we decided to give things a try and never really looked back. Eventually, we ended up in New York, and five years after we met, Eric proposed at home on a quiet morning in February- simple, understated, and completely perfect!

We were really excited that we were able to have our wedding in downtown Flint and showcase the city in a way many people never get to experience it. We fell in love with the energy downtown, which is currently having bit of a revival, and when we first visited The Durant, we knew right away that it was the perfect location. The old-world elegance came through in all the details maintained from the 1920s - the big, beautiful windows, the original black and white tiled floors, even the gold silk wallpaper. It was perfect for us! Once we chose our venue, the rest of the planning took off. We decided we wanted to stay true to this image of The Vehicle City in the 1920s, with a little extra touch of fairy-tale romance. We raided my grandparents' antique store and chose antiques around which to build our centerpieces, then we paired them with old books as homage to my love of reading (and as a nod of thanks to literature, since we met at a Shakespeare Festival). I also loved the dreamy quality that all the baby's breath gave our entire venue. They were simple, fresh and lovely, and made an appearance everywhere you turned. We tried to put a personal touch in everything we could - from the photo backdrop featuring a favorite poem by Pablo Neruda, to the antique washstand displaying wedding portraits of many generations of our families. Our wedding was almost entirely DIY - including the paper goods (menus, programs, etc.) that I designed and printed myself, the wire sculpted cake topper of a dancer and trumpet player and the large door-turned-chalkboard seating chart.

All of the time and effort definitely paid off - our wedding day was truly the happiest (and surprisingly stress-free!) days of my life! I was very lucky throughout the planning process to have a husband-to-be who actually liked being involved in the decision making (and not just when it came to staying within budget). There were quite a few personal touches that he was determined we should include (like the beautiful trees we brought into the ballroom and strung with lights) that wound up making the day even more special.

Wedding Photography: Allie Siarto Photography / Wedding Venue: The Durant in Flint, Michigan / Floral Design: Vogts Flowers & Gifts / Wedding Catering: Fandangles / Wedding Cake: Tasty Layers / Wedding Dress: Alyne by Rivini via The White Gown / Bride's Shoes: J.Crew / Jewelry: The Iron Grate / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor / Groom + Groomsmen's Attire: JC Penney