Laura & Kevin
Traverse City, Michigan
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The view for the on-site ceremony was breathtaking. It encompassed everything I wanted people to LOVE about Northern Michigan–the water, the changing colors of the leaves and everything surrounding us. It also uses all local food along with its own spirits, wine and beer. Its outdoor space was perfect for our outdoor games, fireplace and cocktail hour. It felt perfectly casual.
2. Which four details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. The place settings: I had a good friend of mine help me design each person’s place seating with their name and plated dinner they were getting (tying in the invitation graphics). These were accented with two billy balls that pulled the entire theme together.
2. The blankets and pillows by the fireplace for folks to stay warm: The blankets were knitted by Kevin’s 90-year-old grandmother, and the pillows were decorated by Laura’s mom and sewn by a close friend. Each were made with so much love.
3. The leaves on the aisle leading up to the altar: I love the fall, and I love walking on leaves when they fall from the trees. It has always made me so happy, and to have those on the aisle walking towards my groom with my dad next to me made the most perfect moment!
4. The centerpiece boxes: They were made by my father from an old farm in Michigan where we used to visit and play in when we were kids. The florist filled those with flowers, and they looked wonderful.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.
When our best man was finishing his speech he said, “There was a great philosopher who once said, ‘Whoop, whoop whoop.'” And 30+ of our closest friends and cousins busted out with a flash mob to a choreographed Gangnam Style dance. I had not cried all day because I was just so excited and overly happy to marry my best friend, but this display of how many great people we had in our lives put me over the edge, and it’s something we will NEVER forget. I still watch the video whenever I need a pick me up! People approach me telling me how amazing it was.
All this week, we’ve been inspired by the Fourth of July holiday. We shared red, white, and blue wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses, as well as a super-patriotic real wedding. To kick off the weekend, we thought we’d share one more piece of red, white, and blue wedding inspiration in the form of this style shoot which took place on the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. We love the preppy, whimsical details – particularly the striped table runners, the “sign-in oar,” and the message in a bottle decor.
Rebecca & Danny
“Rebecca & Danny’s wedding was super creative and inspired, with vintage touches of romantic florals, hobnail milk-glass vases, antique birdcages, and heirloom lace doilies. It was such a wonderful contrast with the industrial Crofoot Ballroom, built in the 1830s. Their ceremony was officiated by a good friend and they were surrounded by happy family and friends. Danny’s band, The Strangers, played at the reception, and he serenaded his new bride, as guests turned into dancing fans. It was such a great celebration and everyone had an amazing time!”
Anna & Josh
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
From the Photographers: “Anna and Josh were married at the historic Grosse Pointe Academy in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Anna’s creativity and DIY spirit showed through in everything, from the personalized Jones Soda bottles to the bouquet she made of vintage brooches that she collected at antique stores and flea markets over the past year. Their tandem Schwinns were adorable- vintage green and blue bicycles built for two! The theme carried through to their cake topper and cute little charms on their favors. All of the details were colorful and fun, and really represented the couple’s unique style. The fantastic Sun Messengers played in the tent outside the Academy and had the whole crowd dancing all afternoon. Anna’s brother John played a solo of Dave Matthews song You & Me. The cake was delicious- made by Royal Oak’s Pronto! Restaurant. Everyone had a ball, and even the storm that came through later that afternoon didn’t get anybody down- Anna & Josh had a wonderful day and we are so happy we got to share it with them!” ~Tracy and Riva
Kim & Kevin
Front the Photographer: “Kim and Kevin first saw eachother at a cafe in Northville- the rest of the story is too long to share here. 🙂 Kevin proposed to Kim on their 10th anniversary on a beautiful secluded beach in Hawaii after a casual picnic. It was just the beginning of their charming romance! There is so much I ADORE about this wedding that looks like it is from the pages of the best in wedding magazines. From happy guests to gorgeous details, this wedding is everything a romantic girl dreams her wedding would be! Inspired by the Cotswolds of England, Kim and Kevin chose Meadowbrook Hall on the Campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI to exchange their vows. With rolling hills, gorgeous gardens, and a classic mansion it was the perfect location to fulfill their vision. The Parsonage created amazing centerpieces and bouquets that continued the theme of garden elegance throughout the event. The bridesmaids were stylish in their JCrew dresses and perfectly paired with the pashmina’s Kim gave each as a gift. The entire event was beautifully classic with just a hint of modern romance. Kim and Kevin danced the night away with a live orchestra band (Rhythm Society Orchestra) and everyone had an amazing, magical evening! Desserts were served in the mansion and it was an amazing candlelight spread in addition to their gorgeous cake. Everything about this wedding was perfection.” –Jennifer Grant