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The 9-Foot Floral Arch At This Michigan Wedding Will Make Your Day

You’re days about to get a whole lot brighter! Leave it to Camryn Brook Events to design a celebration that’s so jaw-droppingly beautiful we can’t help but smile. Just one look at this 9-foot floral ceremony arch in soft, summery hues is sure to sweep you off your feet. Angelica Marie Photography exquisitely captured the special moments, including the bride and her father in a horse-drawn carriage! Asymmetric floral arrangements by Evergreen Flower Company, echoing the feminine color palette of the day, gave an elevated elegance to the space that left guests speechless. You’re going to love every bit of this romantic wedding in the full gallery.



From Camryn Brook EventsHaley and John both grew up in the midwest spending most of their childhoods on a farm, so a wedding under the Michigan sky at Zingerman’s Corman Farms was the perfect setting to join their stories together.



On the wedding day, storm clouds came rolling in minutes before the ceremony started, so we had guests enjoy pre-ceremony cocktails inside while we waited for it to pass. We were so glad we made this last-minute decision! Haley wanted the ceremony outside since the grounds of the Farms are so beautiful and the floral designer created a custom 9-foot floral arch that was too special to be left behind.



As the evening concluded, guests made their way outside for a sparkler exit. As they left the party, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was playing. That was one of many favorite moments from their wedding day!



Photography: Angelica Marie Photography | Florals: Evergreen Flower Co. | Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav | Cake: Zingermans Bakehouse | Stationery: Ciarra Claire Fine Art | Catering: Zingerman's Catering | Makeup: Emily Gray Makeup | Hair: Heather Mendelsohn-Buie | Hair: Danielle at 6 Salon | DJ: Dj Lufru | String Quartet: White Pines Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Cornman Farms | Planning: Camryn Brook Events | Rentals: Detroit Chiavari | Silk Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

Bold Reds, Bright Whites and Butterflies – This Midwestern Wedding Is a Rustic Chic Dream.

There’s always something about every wedding we publish on SMP that absolutely stops us in our tracks! For this one, it’s the stunningly bold contrasting color palette. I mean… that orange and red bouquet against her crisp white gown, it just doesn’t get any more beautiful than that. Sincerely, Ginger Weddings and Events designed every detail of their day flawlessly, from the intimate outdoor ceremony to the sailcloth tented reception. Katie Wachowiak made their organic-chic floral dreams come true with every lush arrangement. See all the pretty unfold at the full gallery – taken by Clary Pfeiffer Photography!

From the Bride… I have been spending summers “Up North” on Lake Michigan since I was a little girl and introduced Grant to this beautiful part of the country when he first started joining my family’s yearly vacations to The Homestead. Once we were engaged, we quickly decided Leelanau Peninsula was the perfect location for our wedding. We couldn’t imagine a better place to gather our friends and family and show off this special part of Michigan to Grant’s California relatives. After touring a few venues, we fell in love with Cherry Basket Farm’s historic white barns, picturesque fields, and delicious food from Epicurean Catering. In addition to having the ceremony outdoors, we really wanted to eat and dance the night away outside as much as Michigan’s unpredictable weather would allow. 

With that in mind, one of the very first things we selected was a beautiful sailcloth tent for the reception. To put our own personal spin on the venue, I knew I wanted a mix of rustic elements combined with an elegant but bold color palette. I love how it all came together – from the farm tables, cross-backed chairs, and bamboo chandeliers to the subtle black striped napkins, butterfly details on the menus, and striking red floral arrangements. I would not have been able to bring my vision to life without an incredibly talented group of vendors including our florist, Katie Wachowiak. She created the most chic organic floral arrangements which felt like they could have been plucked from a nearby field. 

When we arrived in Michigan for the wedding weekend, we hadn’t seen the farm in nearly a year. Since then the adjacent field had transformed from a manicured vegetable garden into a wild meadow. As the sun went down during our reception, the field gave off the most beautiful golden glow. It was the perfect, unexpected backdrop for our head table and golden hour photos. Working with our photographer Clary Pfieffer was such a wonderful experience. Not only does she somehow capture the feeling of a moment, but she is also the most wonderful person to be around. From the moment we met her at our engagement shoot, we were immediately comfortable in front of her camera and couldn’t stop laughing even though it was a very cold, windy day on the beach in Northern California. 

As much time as I spent thinking about the various details of the day, the personal elements in our ceremony are what I’ll treasure most. When our wedding day finally arrived, I truly felt like I was in a dream. Grant and I both really wanted three things from our ceremony – to have that special moment of seeing each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle, to incorporate our families through a handfasting, and to write our own vows to each other. Without question, I can say that reciting my vows and declaring my love for Grant while looking into his eyes as he did the same for me were the most precious moments of the day. Jumping up and down on the dance floor screaming the lyrics to the last song of the night, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, surrounded by the people we love most was a close second!

Photographer: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videography: Timeless Media Productions | Wedding Planner: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Katie Wachowiak | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Ceremony Venue: Cherry Basket Farm | Reception Venue : Cherry Basket Farm | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Shona Joy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Self Portrait Studio Azaelea Red Dress | Catering: Cherry Basket Farm | Hair and Makeup: M. O. Hair and Beauty Lounge | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Bride's Headpiece : Jannie Baltzer | Rentals: 307 Events

A Cottage By The Lake

There’s something about a summer cottage that feels so special. Maybe it’s the simplicity of a cottage itself, or the fact that you only have a few months of the year to use it. But every time I walk into one, I get that same cozy summer feeling. That feeling came right back when scrolling through photos of this blue and white beach house perched upon the shores of Lake Michigan. Take a look at this blue and white abode designed by Margaret Of York Designs and photographed by Paige Winn, and hopefully you’ll get that same feeling.

From Margret York Designs…This blue and white beach house is perched upon the shores of Lake Michigan and has panoramic views of the lake and lighthouse. Refurbished rattan, natural fiber rugs, playful wallpaper, and vintage flags are just a few of the elements that make it so charming. The clients wanted a color palette that reflected the lake and fabrics that could withstand the sun and sandy feet. The floor plan is any but traditional as the bedrooms are on the first floor giving the living space all the views. The white walls allow the fabrics and natural materials to have all the fun giving the summer home perfect pops of texture, blue, and turquoise!





Photographer: Paige Winn Photo | Bathroom Sconce: Circa Lighting | Blue and green wallpaper: Meg Braff | Cold Water Pendant: Vintage | Darlana Lantern: Circa Lighting | Fabrications and Upholstery: Julie Caldwell | Interior Design: Margaret of York Designs | Kazak Suncloth Fabric: Quadrille | Lake toile wallpaper: Serena & Lily | Navy and white spotted pillow: Kravet | Rattan Dining Chairs: Serena & Lily | Rattan Mirror: Serena & Lily | Round Rattan Coffee Table: Serena & Lily | Stripe Rug: Serena & Lily | Wicker Pendant: Serena & Lily | Woven Roman Shade: The Shade Store | recycled glass beads: The Bead Chest

Gilded Wedding Inspiration for the Autumn Obsessed Bride

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. – Jim Bishop … and so does this stunning style shoot from KR Moreno Photo. Ahh how we love Fall weddings, they’re filled with feelings of calmness, warmth and undeniable romance. Today we’re transporting you to everyone’s favorite season with this gorgeous golden-toned inspiration planned by Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events. Violet Rose Floral has us head over heels in love with her asymmetrical floral arch and heavenly arrangements. Keep on reading for all the must-see autumnal details…

From Violet Rose FloralPerched at 1165 feet, The Rove Estate sits at the highest point in Leelanau County overlooking sweeping views of lush Northern Michigan nature. This family-owned Vineyard was the perfect venue to showcase just one of the many beautiful and unique venues that Michigan has to offer for wedding and events.

The color palette was inspired by a gold velvet linen from Fabulous Events which complemented the changing colors of the leaves as Michigan transitioned into the Autumn season. We wanted that to be the focus of the shoot so we chose flowers that primarily consisted of white blooms creating a beautiful contrast between the colors.  Our couple read their vows in front of an asymmetrical floral arch, followed by a portrait session throughout the venues lush grounds. The bride wore a stunning Muse by Berta off the shoulder, soft ballgown with all over lace detail which proved to be the perfect combination of elegant and sexy.

The intimate reception dinner was carefully styled with wooden farmhouse chairs, fine flatware, and delicate menu cards designed by Ciara Claire that adorned each place setting. A lush floral runner was placed down the center of the table intertwined with candlelight for a romantic end to a beautiful day. 

Photography: Kaylea Moreno | Floral Design: Violet Rose Floral | Dress: Berta | Hair & Makeup: M. O. Hair and Beauty Lounge | Wedding Venue: Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery | Dress Salon: L'Amour Bridal | Linen: Fabulous Events | Paper Goods: Ciarra Claire Fine Art | Planning: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events | Rentals: Event Theory | Rentals: 307 Events | Silk Ribbon: Shop Foraged Goods

A Romantic Charlevoix Elopement in the Dunes

We rounded last week out with an elopement shoot and we’re starting fresh this week with a new beautiful elopement, and I’m not mad about it. Because both of them are feet-in-the-sand and totally focused on the love. Today’s shoot, styled and planned by Kelly Sweet and Shanell Photography, will pull you in and hold you there. From the stunning bride (could she be any prettier?) and her flowing dress to the sweet details and intimate dinner—there’s an entire gallery full of pin-worthy goodness!

From Shanell PhotographyShooting at the Dunes or having an elopement there has been a dream of mine for quite sometime, having it executed was simply amazing. This specific vision was not an easy task to execute and came with some obstacles, however having the best vendors and friends in the business helped to make this dream a reality.

Together my friend Kelly (from Kelly Sweet Photography) and I worked to plan and style this shoot, truly coming together for community over competition. With vendors she had relationships with and vendors I had relationships with, we made the most romantic and stunning elopement you could ask for!

From the flowy dream dress by Carol Hannah to the sandy dune filled beaches of Charlevoix, and stunning floral, every detail was perfection. The couple had the most amazing chemistry and couldn’t have been more stunning and great to work with. Each and every vendor came together and added their own special sparkle to this event. 

Photography: Shanell Photography | florist: Bloom Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | cake: Simply Sweet By Jessica | Invitations: Cali O'Rourke Calligraphy | shoes: Bella Belle | hair and makeup : Hanna Wagner Design | tux: 1701 Bespoke | Styling and Planning: Shanell Photography | Styling and Planning : Kelly Sweet Photography | film lab: PhotoVision Prints | hair piece and earrings : Lindsay Marie Design | jewlery : L Priori Jewelry | model: Kev | model : Micalyn | rentals : Gigi & LaClede

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Michigan’s Finest Red, White + Blue Day Ever!

Lexie and Ian’s “Best Day Ever!” was the perfect July send off! These two planned their entire wedding in two short weeks from Hawaii.  Even when the threat of rain dashed their plans for an outdoor ceremony, they didn’t let it ruin their day. With a 14 ft. tall American flag welcoming guests into the reception, this military wedding was full of red, white and blue details. The loose greens and white blooms in the bouquets and centerpieces completed the simple yet elegant look for Lexie’s dream wedding! ~ All Grand Events











Lots more images from Allie & Co. Photography and more of Lexie and Ian’s story over on All Grand Events’ Blog right here!

Hope everyone has a lovely and safe Fourth of July!!


Photography: Allie Siarto Photography | Floral + Event Design: All Grand Events | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Arte Latica | Hair and Makeup: The Standard | Bridal Boutique: Becker's Bridal | Ceremony Trees: Provided by family | Linens and table settings: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center | Reception and Ceremony: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center | Wedding Pies: Whipped Bakery | Wedding Pies: Whipped Bakery

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A Glam Greenhouse Soiree

Sarah + Matt met about three years ago at Detroit’s St. Andrews Hall during a show Matt was playing in. Sarah was on a date with another guy and when Matt set eyes on her, he did everything he could to get her attention. Their relationship was long distance for much of their time dating and August 2016 Matt proposed in a hot air balloon ride. Their winter wedding was on another level!

From E Schmidt Photography… Her vision was described as wild romance, candlelit and tons of flowers and greens and it was exactly that and so much more. Sarah had thought of every single detail down to having hankies in every chair for the ceremony for guests to cry in!

Her dress was honestly the most stunning gown I’ve ever seen – horse hair skirt with a sheer long sleeved low back top by Hayley Paige. The girls started the day poppin’ bottles of champagne in their hotel room and ended the night under the stars of Planterra’s greenhouse. It was just perfection.

The King Proteas on every table wer breathtaking, hand-lettered place cards in every seat, and a seating chart with roman numerals made by the groom’s brother. Their ceremony began just after sunset with personal vows that had the room weeping. Followed by a swanky cocktail hour with their yummy signature cocktail. Lots of laughs, hugs and tons of people “cutting a rug” as the bride says. Just so many intimate details and so much love and design in their day.

Photography: E Schmidt Photography | Floral Design: Planterra | gown: Hayley Paige | Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Planterra Conservatory | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | hair: Christa Lee | calligraphy: MB Calligraphy

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This Wedding Brings Southern California Style to Traverse City

From the artful floral crowns crafted by Darling Botanical to the macrame backdrop at the reception, this Traverse City wedding is full of Southern California’s signature style. We love the effortless, boho vibe, but what we love even more is the playful nature of this adorable couple and their joyful smiles captured by Anna Lord Studio  – they can’t take their eyes off each other!

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From Anna Lord StudioChaise and Michael’s wedding day was unbelievably intimate and filled with tears, laughter, and quality time with their closest family and friends. Their semi-destination wedding in Traverse City, Michigan, brought out some of their oldest and dearest friends from California, which made for an even more meaningful celebration. They both have such great taste, and it definitely reflected their modern, bohemian, and romantic style in their wedding details.

One of my favorite moments was when we were doing their portraits, they had decided to do the famous “dirty-dancing” move in the midst of this beautiful field with horses and rolling hills! Even beyond how fun that was, their love for each other is one of the sweetest and most caring that I’ve ever seen. They concluded their time at the venue by dancing on the deck of the barn under the beautiful night sky. It was a beautiful day!

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Photography: Anna Lord Studio | Floral Design: The Blossom Shop | Wedding Dress: Daughters Of Simone | Invitations: Minted | Makeup: Natalie Harrington | Venue: The Garvey Barn | Floral Crowns: Terrarium Bar

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Although Cold Outside, This Winter Wedding Warmed Hearts Everywhere

This winter-loving couple braved the Michigan cold on their January wedding day with the talented Blaine Siesser Photographer in tow to snap a few photos, and let me tell you, it paid off!  The beautiful Bride looked radiant in her Bill Levkoff gown against the snowy, white backdrop. Bonus: the cold gives you all the more reason to snuggle with your Groom! So if you’re dreaming of a winter wedding, head to the Vault for inspiration that will absolutely warm your heart.

From the Blaine Siesser PhotographerLeading up to Krista’s wedding, I was excited! I knew her wedding was going to be full of love and so beautiful! With Alicia Caldecott from A Day in May leading the way with creative ideas and production expertise, this event was bound to be amazing.

Krista and Jed’s touching grace for each other and their warm hearts were the x factor that really made this one of my favorite events, too. They are a couple that truly values people, and they threw this party for their friends and family. They placed them as their top priority.

About six months before their wedding, Krista and Jed made the trip down to Detroit, and we had a blast taking photos all over the city at their engagement session. They are true adventurers, and exploring Detroit together was a great lead-in to their January wedding. A winter wedding is (always) an adventure too – you just don’t know what Michigan will have for you on any given Saturday in January. That day in Detroit was when Krista first told me she loved the winter! I could hardly believe her, but after seeing her wedding day, it is completely true. Considering that fact, she must have had her perfect wedding. It was 15 degrees with a wind chill and light flurries. Fleece shawls and Ugg boots adorned the bridesmaids while Krista kept warm with only her veil, bouquet, a tailored Bill Levkoff, and Jed’s hugs. He also lent her his jacket in between photos. After a first look at a family friend’s historic farm property, Krista and Jed stopped by the downtown district of Traverse City to take a few photos in front of the kissing wall (now since demolished making that photo even more special) and the theatre.

At the reception, Krista and her guests were greeted with the warm glow of endless candelabras on long tables. It was a perfect winter evening spent staying cozy warm at the Grand Traverse Resort with toasts, dances, and his and her custom cocktails. I was blessed to be there and to know this wonderful couple. If you ever see a couple walking the streets of any snowy winter city without a hat and gloves, you might have found this wonderful duo – say hello! Here’s to more wonderful winter weddings! Stay warm out there!

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Photography: Blaine Siesser Photography | Cinematography: Epic Motion | Event Design: A Day in May, Event Planning & Design | Floral Design: Field of Flowers North | Wedding Dress: Spring Sweet | Wedding Dress: Bill Levkoff | Cake: Aunt Bs | Stationery: A Day in May, Event Planning & Design | Reception Venue: Aerie Restaurant Lounge | Catering: Aerie Restaurant Lounge | Makeup: Impres Salon | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Floral Crowns + Boho Chic Ceremony Sites = Wedding Wonderland

From the ceremony teepee to the lush floral crowns, every single detail of this romantic, boho bash makes my heart sing. Just when you think it can’t get any better… it does. Savan Photography outdid themselves with these images and this gorgeous gallery right here is one for the Pinterest pages if I do say so myself. Dive into these details and dream away!

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From Savan Photography… Savannah and Gavin are the most amazing, sweet and intelligent couple. They held a gorgeous wedding at Savannah’s parents’ summer home in Holly Michigan, where Savannah ran around in the woods and spent endless warm days in the lake throughout her childhood. Savannah looked stunning in a gorgeous gown that was simple, yet had a very playful flare. Their ceremony was held on the beach part of the lake and her father built the wooden tee-pee, surrounded on all sides by friends and family. Their vows were emotional and beautifully-written. The romantic, a touch of boho chic, and that comfort of home theme of their wedding was accented with blush bridesmaids gowns and blush, greens and whites with accents of local blackberries in florals by The Weed lady and gorgeous farm tables displayed in the beautiful “Field House” that her father built for this special event. It was a magical day that had a wonderful heart, Midwest charm, love and an overwhelming sense of family.

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Photography: Savan Photography | Videography: Fairytale Productions | Event Planning + Design: Alex Buchanan Co | Floral Design: The Weed lady | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Cake: Love and Buttercream | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Hair + Makeup: Make up by Beth | DJ: Love Plus One | Venue: The Field House | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Furniture Rentals: 12 Th Table | Invitations + Wedding Programs: Rifle Paper Co. | Welcome Baskets: Marigold & Grey

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The All-Inclusive Venue You HAVE to Meet

If you’re worried that choosing an all-inclusive venue will send you down the path to a cookie cutter wedding: don’t be. Trust us – you can have that glam celebration you’ve always wanted with all of the convenience an all-in-one location has to offer. Need proof? Check out The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center – they can handle it all.

Choosing an all-inclusive venue doesn’t have to mean giving up higher-end options like high-quality invitations, gorgeous linens and stunning table settings. With Hallmark Weddings at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, you’ll be working with a team of talented wedding pros that know how to handle everything, right down to setting up room blocks for all of your loved ones. We’re super impressed with their unique wedding packages – which start with a luxe venue of your choosing and touch on everything from customized menus to makeup + salon time to invites from the Halls Department Store.

Wedding planning shouldn’t be stressful. So if you find yourself struggling with finding the right florist or musician, need help with choosing the perfect pre-wedding event outfits or just want to make sure your guests are completely taken care of, contact The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center to talk all things Hallmark Weddings. You’ll even earn perks on every guest room booked.

Floral-Filled Spring Wedding at this Gorgeous Conservatory

Destination weddings don’t always mean you’re traveling around the world to some tropical or foreign location to say “I do.” Sometimes the destination is in your home country of the US of A but miles and miles away. Such was the case for this darling duo, who traveled from their home in Colorado to where family and friends were in beautiful Michigan to become Mr. and Mrs. And so, their dreamy destination wedding was planned from across the country, but no detail was forgotten, from the fantastic florals at Planterra Conservatory to a pretty perfect cake by Sweet Heather Anne. Kelly Sweet, with assistance by Jen Lynne, captured it all so you brides-to-be planning parties from afar – take note, this is how you do it.

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From the Bride… When Nick and I began looking for a venue for our wedding, we both knew that we wanted to find something unique and special. We didn’t know exactly what we were looking for, but had a feeling that once we found the perfect location, we would know. Although we live in Colorado and would have loved to get married in one of the quaint mountain towns, we knew that getting married closer to where we grew-up would be more suitable for our family and friends. The majority of Nick’s family and friends live in Michigan, so we decided that Michigan would be the place. Upon making this decision, I quickly began researching popular venues throughout the entire state. It wasn’t long before I came across Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield.

I knew immediately after seeing Planterra’s website and skimming through photos from past Planterra weddings, that Planterra Conservatory was it. Nick was equally captivated by the photos and testimonials written by past brides and grooms. Without even visiting the venue in person, Nick and I contacted the wonderful staff at Planterra, picked a date, and put down a deposit to reserve our date. Although we were a little nervous about making such an important decision so quickly, Planterra was that unique and special place we had been looking for.

It wasn’t long before Nick and I planned a trip to West Bloomfield to visit the venue and meet with David DiVincenzo, the event director at Planterra. Our initial meeting with David helped to elevate any worries that Nick and I had previously. He was extremely professional, friendly, and helpful. He provided us with a list of recommended vendors for us to choose from. This list was extremely helpful being that we were planning a destination wedding.

Having been a part of multiple weddings over the years, I knew that finding a talented photographer to capture our day was extremely important. David provided me with a list of about ten different photographers, all of which seemed talented. However, I knew that after seeing photos taken by Kelly Sweet, she was the photographer for us. It was apparent after looking through her gallery and blog that she has the ability to capture a moment in a very intimate and magical way. Kelly took the time to meet with Nick and I a couple of months before the wedding, allowing us to get to know each other. It was during this meeting that we established a friendly and comfortable relationship with Kelly. It was because of this relationship that I believe Kelly was able to capture our personalities, our love for each other, and the fun we, as well as our guests, had at our wedding.

In addition to photography, Nick and I also spent a good deal of time researching the other vendors that Planterra recommended. It was extremely easy when selecting someone to design and make our wedding cake. We chose Sweet Heather Anne from Ann Arbor, MI. Heather is a very talented cake designer and baker, and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to have Heather and her team bake our cake. During our cake tasting, Nick and I provided Heather with an inspiration board. Heather used our inspirations to design the wedding cake of our dreams. In addition to our wedding cake, she also made macarons that paired very nicely with the cake flavors we selected. The final product – our wedding cake with the combination of macaroons was perfect.

Nick and I are very thankful for all of the vendors we worked with. We thoroughly enjoyed working with our officiant, Stephen Hulbert. He made our ceremony extremely special by including details about how Nick and I met. He also provided Nick and I with a good deal of time to read our own vows. Although Nick and I were hesitant about writing our own vows and reading them during the ceremony, we were very happy with this decision. Our DJ, Pro DJ Services, did a wonderful job playing music for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The music played helped create that romantic and fun atmosphere that we were hoping for.

Nick and I decided to splurge when renting a vintage car to transport us to the venue. The 1949 Packard “Hugo” rented through Motor City Vintage Rentals added that extra special touch that we were looking for. The photos with the “Hugo” came out fantastic and our ride in the car was very memorable.

It was because of the amazing staff at Planterra and our wonderful vendors that planning a destination wedding wasn’t at all challenging. Planterra provided Nick and I with all of the necessary tools, timelines, and overall design ideas. Planterra’s beauty helped Nick and I identify what we envisioned for our wedding. We were hoping for a whimsical and romantic garden party, which is exactly what Planterra provided. The plants and flowers already present at the venue helped us select our color palate – different shades of green and pink tied in beautifully with the setting. The staff at Planterra successfully translated our vision through the flowers, table settings, and overall ambience. Nick and I added our own special touches through the many custom signs, table numbers, frames, and favors that were scattered throughout the reception area.

Nick and I, as well as all our guests, were blown away by the entire day. Planterra Conservatory is beautiful and our wedding was an absolute dream. It was unique and special, exactly what we were hoping for.

Photography: Kelly Sweet Photography | Floral Design: Planterra | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Motor City Vintage Rentals | Wedding Venue: Planterra Conservatory | Film Processing + Scanning: The Find Lab | Makeup + Hair Styling: Sara | Photography - Assistance: Jen Lynne Photography | Signage: Sweet Carolina Collective

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Your Key To the Perfect Bridal Shower or Bachelorette Party Weekend

Sure, wedding planning is time-consuming, but don’t let all of those other all-too-important events fall to the wayside. Your bridal shower, bachelorette party and honeymoon are meant to be awesome, and that means throwing on your best heels and finding a space that will totally accommodate you and the ones you love. Get inspired (and find the perfect locale) below.

Finding the ultimate spot to host all of those “other” events may seem a little daunting, but The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center makes it sooo easy with oversized rooms that are totally luxurious AND undergoing a fab renovation that will be completed in 2018. Yep, your fave hotel in Crown Center will be even better, with plenty of space for hosting that bridal shower or bachelorette party. We’re obsessed with their convenient locale for any last-minute shopping and their easy access to airport travel. Not to mention their Bridal Suites are perfect for morning-of festivities, so you can relax with your besties before you walk down the aisle. (Champagne optional.)

When it comes to making it simple for you and your guests, The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center most definitely delivers. Host your entire wedding weekend at the hotel, or set aside room blocks for your off-site celebration. Trust us, you’ll love the beautiful rooms (we mentioned they were renovated, right?) and easy access to dining, shopping and nightlife. Oh, and don’t forget your honeymoon and check out the romantic suites with stunning views.

Contact The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center today to guarantee that every last part of your celebration is in place.

A Engagement in the Lavender Fields of Northern Michigan

On first glance, I thought this engagement session took place in the lavender fields of Provence. But as I looked a bit closer, I found this stunning landscape is actually set right in Midwest – Charlevoix, Michigan to be specific. Jaclyn and Josh took advantage of this Northern Michigan gem and Emily Jane along to capture their dreamy engagement session from beginning to end. More pretty right this way!

From the photographer… Jaclyn and Josh’s engagement session could not have been planned for a more beautiful day in Northern Michigan. We started off at the beach with their pup then headed to a nearby lavender field for golden hour.

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9 Wedding Locations You Havent Heard About Yet

We know that finding the perfect wedding venue isn’t always easy, especially if you’re looking for something that totally speaks to you and yours. So today we’re running through a list of nine (yes, NINE) fab venues we absolutely love, so you can find that dream locale. Scroll for some hidden gems you haven’t even heard of.

THE ST. REGIS WASHINGTON, D.C.

Why we love it: Just steps from the White House, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. is the perfect mix of luxe accommodations and upscale wedding offerings – all with a dash of historical charm. You can opt for a cocktail hour in the Italianate revival lobby, or celebrate your “I do’s” in the Astor Ballroom with its hand-stenciled ceiling (an original 1926 decorative feature) and Palladian windows overlooking The Astor Terrace. This place is beautiful, you guys – and it’s no wonder it continues to be named the “Best Hotel for Small Weddings” by Washington Magazine. It’s just that good.

What you can’t miss: The Astor Terrace. Perfect for ceremonies OR receptions, this gem of an outdoor space features a dreamy fountain. Need we say more?

W SCOTTSDALE

Why we love it: Located smack-dab in the middle of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, W Scottsdale is every modern lovin’ bride’s dream. Think totally chic contemporary spaces (both indoor and outdoor) perfect for celebrating your Big Day, plus amazing accommodations that will make your entire wedding weekend.

What you can’t miss: Their fab W Insider service. It’s concierge plus some with everything you’ll ever need just a push of a button away. Whatever you want, whenever you want it.

LE MÉRIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA

Why we love it: Situated just three blocks from the ocean with great access and breathtaking views, plus offering up some awesome amenities for guests (hey there, Bicycle Programme), Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica seamlessly combines a glam spot to say “I do” with all of that laid-back Southern Cali charm we love so much. We’re obsessed with their Pool Terrace receptions, not to mention their chef-inspired catering menus and views of the Pacific Ocean.

What you can’t miss: Their venues. From the Delfina Ballroom to the Terrazza GardenLe Méridien Delfina Santa Monica has you covered when it comes to celebrating in style.

HOTEL COLONNADE CORAL GABLES, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 

Why we love it: Ideal for those travel lovers who want to say “I do” in complete luxury, the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables has elegant weddings (and accommodations) down to an absolute science. From their 23,000 square feet of event space to their gorgeous venue options (hello, marble-tiled rotunda) to their talented staff that knows everything there is to know about throwing the perfect wedding, you’ll most definitely be making a statement.

What you can’t miss: Their Make a Green Choice Program. Guests receive a $5 food credit or 500 SPG points just for making the choice to conserve natural resources in their room. We love that.

THE WESTIN CHICAGO NORTHWEST

Why we love it: It’s hard not to fall in love with a setting as pretty as Hamilton Lake and when you add in a climate-controlled tent and fully-renovated guest rooms, you have yourselves one of the prettiest wedding locales in all of Chicago. Plus, the Westin Chicago Northwest also offers up a plethora of indoor + outdoor venue options, customizable menus AND your very own wedding specialist.

What you can’t miss: Their 24-hour room service. (Enough said.)

SHERATON SAN DIEGO HOTEL & MARINA

Why we love it: You honestly can’t go wrong with a San Diego wedding, and the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is the epitome of a perfect SoCal soiree with a gorgeous seaside location and deluxe amenities. Now add in a stunning garden ceremony spot (with marina views) and indoor venue options that are just as cool and you have the perfect place to say “I do.”

What you can’t miss: The Culinary team. They’ve been named “Best Caterer” by San Diego Magazine for 15 years running. Yum.

THE EQUINOX, A LUXURY COLLECTION GOLF RESORT & SPA, VERMONT

Why we love it: You know we can never get enough of Vermont weddings and if you’re looking for the perfect destination spot: this is it. From their three unique venues (Pond Pavilion, Colonnade Ballroom and Meadow House) to the amazing views of the Equinox Mountain and the Taconic Mountain Ridge, The Equinox Resort has everything you’ll ever need for that dream wedding… AND can accommodate anywhere from 80 to 250 guests.

What you can’t miss: The activities. This four-season resort offers up a world of fun-filled adventures, from golfing to skiing to fishing to snowshoeing – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

THE ST. ANTHONY, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, SAN ANTONIO

Why we love it: Four words: Open-air rooftop ballroom. Yep, you can literally dance the night away under the stars. Plus, the St. Anthony has been hosting weddings for over a century, so you know you’re in good hands with their talented staff of event professionals. From their gorgeous rooms to their convenient downtown locale, you won’t be missing a thing.

What you can’t miss: The details. From crystal chandeliers to a winding staircase to theatrical lighting and a 19th Century French tapestry, get ready for some non-stop oohing and ahhing.

THE WESTIN GALLERIA & OAKS HOUSTON

Why we love it: If you’re having a celebration with a lot of out-of-town guests, you can’t pick a locale better than the Westin Galleria & Oaks Houston. Its Uptown location paired with its amazing guest amenities and reception space for up to 1,000 makes it the ideal location for those looking to explore the Galleria neighborhood of Houston. Think shopping, dining and spa-ing the days away. It’s perfect.

What you can’t miss: The Monarch Ballroom. With floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city, this 24th floor gem is a reception dreamland.

Visit SPG Weddings to find out even more about these hidden gems AND all of the amazing perks of having an SPG Wedding. You can thank us later, friends.

Looking for a unique space to tie the knot? We found it.

Let’s be honest, no one wants a cookie cutter wedding. But if finding a venue that is the perfect mix of luxe accommodations and totally unique wedding space has left you a little frustrated, we’re here to help. Because today we’re hosting a little meet and greet with The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, a hotel that has everything you’re searching for. Find your dream space below.

Situated in the center of downtown Kansas City, The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center is the type of venue that just makes sense. Surrounded by Hallmark’s Crown Center and more than 85 acres of fabulous shopping, yummy restaurants and entertaining theaters, it’s the perfect spot to spend a weekend with your nearest and dearest, celebrating your big moment. But what really stands out about The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center is the amazing venue options. From sophisticated ballrooms, to the gorgeous panoramic views from The American, to the elegant rooftop locale known as the Games Deck, each venue will truly stun your guests. Which means saying goodbye to a generic, cookie-cutter wedding and hello to an awe-inspiring soiree for the ages. Just like you want.

Ready to host the wedding of the century at a hotel that knows everything there is to know about glamorous nuptials that are as unique as you and your love? Contact The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center today to start planning your dream day. With a talented team of wedding specialists, an amazing downtown location and accommodations that are the definition of luxurious, you honestly can’t go wrong. Oh, and don’t forget to ask about their Hallmark Wedding Packages, because, well… they’re awesome. Happy planning, loves!

Photography: Kelsey Diane Photography | Photography: Wirken Films | Event Design: Craig Sole Design | Event Planning: Quintessential Events | Reception Venue: The American Restaurant | Hotel: Westin Kansas City At Crown Center

All that Glitters is Pink with this Michigan Wedding

From the palest blush to the brightest fuchsia, this Michigan wedding is layered in every shade of pink. Now top that rosy color palette off with a healthy dose of sparkle and a ballroom dressed to the nines by All Grand Events along with imagery by Studio 41 Photography and you get one insanely glamorous celebration. See even more right here.

From the Bride… Scott and I were engaged for a year and half before we tied the knot. Living in Michigan, I had always known I wanted a summer wedding. It took us only one week to fall in love with our venue. We visited the Grosse Pointe War Memorial once before signing on the dotted line. It was everything we had dreamed of in a venue. It was unique, over looked the water, and had a beautiful landscape unlike any venue we had ever seen before. When it came to my vision, I had always dreamed of a princess fairytale wedding. I lack any and all creative genes and therefore knew the perfect person to hire; that is Emily Dawson with All Grand Events. I told her the colors I envisioned and she took care of the rest. Between the absolutely stunning centerpieces, the rose gold sequin table clothes, and the gorgeous floral bouquets, the décor was my dream come true.

The details left every guest stunned in amazement. Emily made it so easy, I never worried about a thing. Scott and I were left free to focus on what really mattered, our love for each other. The day was so magical I could not have asked for anything better. We had our marriage ceremony around 1PM with our family and friends. We took our bridal army (19 groomsmen and bridesmaids to be exact) and spent the afternoon taking photos at some of our favorites spots around Detroit before ending up at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. One of my favorite moments of the day was taking photos with our amazing photographers/videographers from Studio 41 Photography. Majority of our photos were just of Scott and I and in the chaos of the day it was some alone time we had with each other to just take in the day and the moments.

My secondary favorite moment of the day was when the DJ finished playing his last song and our friends and family took it upon themselves to sing “Hey Jude” to Scott and I in synchronized fashion to keep the celebration going. It was such a magical day that I will never forget.

My advice for future brides is to take a deep breath and take in the excitement of the day. The day goes by so fast and things are likely to go wrong but at the end of the day none of the little things matter. I had always dreamed of doing a flying lantern release (like in the movie Tangled) at my wedding. I had everything ready to go, 50 lanterns in total. There happened to be a slight wind on the evening of the wedding and very few lanterns made it up in flight, and the ones that did caught trees on fire! At first I was disappointed things did not go as expected but it provided for some serious entertainment for the guests. I had 100+ guests chasing down these lanterns that were more so dangerous fireballs flying into trees and bushes. (For the record, no one was injured and all fires were quickly put out.) Most guests were laughing so hard they were in tears. It wasn’t the magical release I envisioned but it sure gave us all a laugh and still continues to this day. I wouldn’t have wanted any other way.

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Photography: Studio 41 Photography | Cake : Manninos Bakery | Ceremony Venue: St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Grosse Pointe War Memorial | Makeup Artist : Shayna Paric | Hair Stylist: Andrew Marke Salon | DJ: NightBeat Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Baryames Tuxedo | Transportation : Metro Party Bus | Floral Design & Styling : All Grand Events | Wedding Dress Boutique : The Wedding Shoppe

Meet Your One-Stop Shop for the Wedding of a Lifetime (Hint: It’s Amazing)

We all know Hallmark as THE place to go for greeting cards + gifts for every occasion. But take Hallmark’s knack for making every moment special and combine it with The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center and the results are pure magic. We’re talking beyond luxurious details, amazing accommodations and an all-inclusive wedding destination in Kansas City. This, loves, is how you say “I do” in style. Scroll to learn so much more about Hallmark Weddings.

When it comes to planning your Big Day, narrowing down the perfect venue isn’t always easy. Until now. That’s because with Hallmark Weddings at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, you can host your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony AND reception all in the same locale. Which means saying “goodbye” to a year of stressful planning and “hello” to an easy, streamlined experience with Hallmark’s Wedding Specialists. Think totally unique celebration packages with everything from customized menus, makeup + salon services, spa time and wedding registry + invitations provided by Halls Department Store. They can even help you with your engagement + wedding rings, bridal party gifts, suits, tailoring AND accessories for the Big Day. It’s literally a one-stop shop for everything you’ll ever need, all wrapped up in pretty, pretty packaging. Oh, and did I mention you and your guests will be staying at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center? Amazing.

Contact Hallmark Weddings today to begin working with the talented team of wedding pros that will take your day to the next level… and then some. You’ll receive a complimentary consultation with a sales manager, your very own online portal and complimentary gift packaging + delivery in Kansas City. You’ll even receive a 15% off registry completion discount, a $100 gift card and your very own registry from Halls Department Store. And, obviously you’ll want to check out Hallmark for all things paper goods, like your Save the Dates, wedding invites and day-of stationery. They can even help you with gifts for your guests and bridal party. Contact a Hallmark Wedding Specialist for all of the info at (816) 391-4410 or email hallmarkweddings@starwoodhotels. This is so awesome, you guys.

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*Valid on weddings reserved this year and hosted by December 31, 2018. If you have 10 guests or more visiting from out of town, their stays will also earn you both additional Starpoints, redeemable for your honeymoon.

Venue: Westin Kansas City At Crown Center

Making a Frozen Lake Michigan Look Downright Gorgeous

Get lost in this winter wonderland created by Forever and a Day and captured by Kelly Sweet Photography. Set alongside frozen Lake Michigan, this wedding inspiration session features a layered, flowing Hayley Paige gown and a soothing, icy blue palette, drawing from the beauty of its natural surroundings. Yes, it is as good as it sounds. See it all in the Vault.

From Melissa Mathis of Forever and a DayI was inspired by a photo of a Finland sunrise over the lake. I was captivated by the stillness of the season and the soothing colors that came with it. I wanted this shoot to embody and resemble the calmness that comes with a sunrise. Traditionally, a bride on her wedding day is a reflection of someone who will become the stillness of a family, however large, who has complete control both in slow times and in chaotic times.

For this inspiration, I chose a light blush gown with a large layered skirt to mimic the flowing water. The bride’s hair was styled into a messy fishtail pulled to the side, and her makeup was subtle, made up of red-browns, peaches, and pale pinks. Lastly, I designed the bride’s bouquet to be full of texture with a flowing ribbon, not wanting to overpower her gown. I also wanted the the main focus on the bride, capturing her more as an individual, rather than a pair.

I added a simple tablescape comprised of gold chargers, china, and flatware. A touch of baby eucalyptus was added to each place setting to give it texture. The last added aspect was the hot cocoa bar with several toppings, which blended perfectly with the cold, snowy backdrop.

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Photography: Kelly Sweet Photography | Event Design: Forever And A Day | Floral Design: Forever and a Day Events | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Makeup: Stephanie Schindler | Hair: Cheeky Strut | Bridal Boutique: Bianka Bridal

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A Classic Art Museum Wedding With the Chicest Sparkliest Dresses Ever

What happens when you combine an art museum in a fabulous college town, sparkly bridesmaids dresses and an adorable couple? You get this wedding right here, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Blaine Siesser captured all the pretty pieces, from these fantastic dresses to a stunner of a cake, courtesy of Sweet Heather Anne. See these and more in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride.. Sam and I fell in love in Ann Arbor and had many beautiful dates at the UMMA. We wanted to share our college town and the museum with our guests by creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere that highlighted the special space. I was most excited to marry my best friend and to celebrate with all of our friends and family. We had worked very hard for several months on the planning and we couldn’t wait to share the day with our guests. The best part of the day though was seeing Sam at the end of the aisle. I could feel my heart bursting. My favorite photo is of Sam and I walking together out of the church. I find it to be such a lovely snapshot that captures our relationship so sweetly. He has his hand on my back in a beautiful, supportive way and you can see his ring so clearly. To me it symbolizes us walking into our new future together.

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Photography: Blaine Siesser Photography | Event Design: Jean K. Cote | Event Planning: The China Closet | Floral Design: Bellisario Florist | Wedding Dress: Mira Couture | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Invitations: Arzberger Stationers | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Catholic Church Dexter | Reception Venue: University of Michigan Museum of Art | Shoes: J. Renee | Rings: Ethan Lord | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Forte Belanger | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Cristine | DJ: Chante Cutter | Favors: Dexter Cideo Mill | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Tecumseh Trolley | Beauty: Guerlain