Real Wedding: Erin and Scott

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Erin and Scott’s summer wedding was a perfect representation of who they were. Married at Erin’s family summer home in Free Soil, the day was filled with so much love and happiness, which poured out of the couple the entire weekend. With rustic touches of birch wood and stones picked from the beach, details were focused on complimenting the local wooded surroundings. Bright sunshine yellow and hot pink were the perfect compliment, with farm fresh flowers filling the tent. The night was filled with lots of laughs, happy tears and dancing! A Beatles tribute band was the surprise of the night and got every guest on the dance floor until the early hours of the morning, a perfect way to celebrate Erin and Scott!

To see more photos from this special day, take a look in the full gallery!

Cake: Le Serving Spoon / Catering: Catering By Kelly’s / Ceremony, Cocktail Musicians: Great Lakes Chamber Musicians / DJ: 2Bays DJs / Event Planning & Design: A Day In May Event Planning & Design / Florist: Field of Flowers Farm / Hair & Makeup: Escape Salon / Photographer: Kara Purtell Photography / Reception Band: Cavern Beat / Rentals: Special Events Rental / Transportation: Compass Coach

DREAMY CEREMONY DECOR

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Jackie & Asif had a great vision for the dreamy ceremony decor for their Omena wedding, which was implemented by the team at Field of Flowers.  Gorgeous organza curtains hung in the doorway of the barn. The fabric adds a softness and some movement to the angular doorway. Large, cheery arrangements graced either side of the barn door. Yellow was the signature color, and pretty vases were hung on the chairs on the ends of the rows for an added pop of color. Large white globe lanterns complimented the overall feel and added geometric elements.

From the bride:

“I was looking for a rustic chíc feel with the decor, and love the juxtaposition of ornate elegance with clean simplicity. For example, our table runners were made of detailed lace overlay on natural burlap. I love big lighting elements, and thought the retro feel the paper lanterns imparted was a statement, big illumination, and nostalgia together. My Mom made the blue Ball Jar centerpieces by hand, and Christina from Field of Flowers filled them with seasonal blooms native to Northern Michigan. I think it was a welcoming combination of the elegance and simplicity that is Northern Michigan.” -JS

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HANDMADE BRIDAL FASHION

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Jackie and Asif’s wedding also had some lovely bridal fashion details. Jackie’s bridal gown was handmade by Mignonette Bridal (Chicago, IL). She wore her hair in a low, loose side bun accented with a white feather hairpiece. A stunning necklace and fur stole rounded out the look of Jackie’s handmade bridal fashion. So chic!

From the bride:

“The dress was repurposed from a floor sample that I purchased at a great price. Kpoené, my seamstress, wanted to give it a “bursting forth with joy” feel, and I was involved in all steps of the process, including meeting her at a local fabric supplier’s store and selecting the fabric and beadwork. I wanted something different, so I chose an ethereal pale gray organza. The fabric was so beautiful in it’s natural state, we decided to par down the dress design to something more simple to really let the free flow of the organza shine. Kpoené, Anne, and the other ladies at Mignonette we’re too good to be true, and really felt more like girlfriends (in fact, a visit to them is overdue!).” – JS

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JACKIE & ASIF’S CHERRY BASKET FARM WEDDING

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Jackie and Asif’s Cherry Basket Farm wedding was so gorgeous!

Details from the bride:

“Having lived in Michigan for most of my life, I knew I wanted to be married in its beautiful “Up North.” My husband and I vacation in Northern Michigan and have always loved its simple elegance and warm people. Planning a Northern Michigan wedding from Chicago was a scary thought, but Cammie, and the staff at Cherry Basket Farm and Epicure Catering, made it easy as pie! We wed at Cherry Basket Farm site-unseen, and were instantly swept away by its majestic, romantic, and “real” feel. We were so happy to have our guests experience the best of Northern Michigan, with the perfect blend of food-and-wine-destination modern and Up-North nostalgia.”-JS

What a great time! Click here for the full gallery and be sure to check back Wednesday and Friday for more Northern Michigan Real Wedding details!

Location: Cherry Basket Farm, Omena, MI / Accommodations: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa / Cakes & Desserts: Celebrations Cake Design and Epicure Catering / Décor: Etsy / Entertainment & DJ: DJ Dave and Tony G Productions (friend of the Bride and Groom) / Fashion: Handmade bridal gown by Mignonette Bridal (Chicago, IL), Groom’s suit by Banana Republic / Florist:Field of Flowers Farm / Hair & Makeup: Hair by Michelle at Salon Elan Vital, and make-up by the Bride / Officiant: Father of close friend of the Bride / Photographer: Alicia Magnuson of Alicia Magnuson Photography / Rehearsal Dinner Location: Paesano’s Pizza (Traverse City) / Stationer: Wedding Paper Divas / Transportation: Arranged by Wedding Planning staff at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa / Videographer: Filip Kojic of Studio Q Productions (Chicago, IL) / Dance lessons provided by Ballroom Dance Chicago

OUTDOOR WEDDING STRING LIGHTS

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The strings of lights draped from the tree branches were the perfect lighting for Rachel and Chris’s outdoor wedding in Northport.

Great music played while conversations, dinner and the whole celebration carried on into the night under the glow of strings of lights and candles.  Rachel and Chris had always envisioned a wedding small enough where they could talk to and enjoy everyone. The romantic glow of the string lights kept this wedding feeling intimate and allowed the celebration to last long after the sun had set.

 

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MICHIGAN-MADE FAVORS

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It’s no secret that Michiganders are very proud of their local breweries and wineries.  That’s why Rachel and Chris had a whole array of local options from which their guests could choose.  Tied with a personal thank you from the bride and groom, who wouldn’t want this memorable taste of Northern Michigan to take home with them?

 

Rachel and Chris’s Michigan-made favors featured beer from Short’s and Bell’s, wine from Leelanau Cellars, and fudge from Murdick’s.

 

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Rachel and Chris wanted their wedding to be an intimate experience for their guests.  They rented a home on the water in Northport and that’s where they held the ceremony and the dinner that followed.

 

The weather allowed them to enjoy dinner outside at one long table set with vintage plates and linens tied with jute string.  Great music played while conversations, dinner and the whole celebration carried on into the night under the glow of strings of lights and candles.  Rachel and Chris had always envisioned a wedding small enough where they could talk to and enjoy everyone. They invited their closest family and friends in order to create the close knit atmosphere where the guests could truly be part of the day, rather than just be “at a wedding.”

 

Be sure to check back on Wednesday and Friday for more Michigan wedding details from this event, and click HERE to see the full gallery.

Photography: Megan Newman, Weber Photography / Venue (ceremony & reception): private residence in Northport / Floral design: bride & groom / entertainment: Chris Smith / invitations: Lemon Square Designs on Etsy / hair artist: Dorte, Bayside Salon / dress: bride’s mother’s dress altered

SWEET MIXED DESSERT DISPLAY

Another lovely detail from Rebecca & Brian’s wedding was the sweet mixed dessert display. The mix of small cheesecake bites, chocolate truffles and dried cherry turnovers allowed the guests to have a sweet bite while waiting for the full sized cakes, displayed at different heights on stainless steel risers, to be cut.

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BOLD, RUSTIC WEDDING FLORAL

Check out these gorgeous images from the bold, rustic wedding floral at Rebecca & Brian’s wedding!

These fab designs are the work of Amy Kate Designs. I’ve asked Amy for details on the stunning arrangements.

For the bouquet:

“Open Juliette garden roses and coral sunset peonies, fragrant white stock & vitality garden roses along with white eustoma and my favorite, white lysmachia! For foliage I used chartreuse alchemilla, rosemary for remembrance, scented geranium, and variegated hosta leaves all bound together with a champagne dupioni silk ribbon.” -AKD

As for the boxes:

“The boxes resting on the guest tables were made up of some of the same flowers as the bouquet, but I did add lavender, blue eryngium thistle, along with English ivy, spray roses, and chartreuse bluperum.” -AKD

And the galvanized urn arrangements for the barn posts:

“I filled your galvanized floral buckets with extra tall snapdragons, larkspur and thistles, bells of Ireland, open garden roses, and lemon leaves.” -AKD

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REBECCA & BRIAN’S CHERRY BASKET FARM WEDDING

Rebecca & Brian’s Cherry Basket Farm wedding was so sweet! There were so many great details, from Rebecca’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown (swoon!), the sweet paper flower garland for the barn door, and the wedding favors. Scroll down to see all the lovely images from Amy Williams Photography, and click here to view the full gallery.

Be sure to check back on Wednesday for more details from Rebecca & Brian’s Cherry Basket Farm wedding!

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Location(s) [City, State; Ceremony & Reception locations]:  Cherry Basket Farm / Accommodations:  Park Place Hotel and Leelanau Chalets / Cakes & Desserts: Aunt B’s / Cake Topper: Concarta Studio / Décor & Rentals:  Amy Kate Designs / Entertainment & DJ:  2Bays DJs  / Fashion [Bridal Gown, Tuxedos/Suits, Bridesmaids Dresses] & Jewelry:  Bridal Gown = Monique Lhullier Mila  Suit – was custom made by a local LA tailor / Florist:  Amy Kate Designs / Officiant:  Personal Friend / Photographer:  Amy Williams Photography / Rehearsal Dinner Location:  private residence / Stationer:  Amy Tan, The Treespace Studio / Transportation:  Celtic Shuttles

 

Any additional personal/special touches:  Other decor such as flower garlands and favor boxes were made by Brian’s mom (aka Chief Wedding Elf)

STAFFORD’S PERRY HOTEL | PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN

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The bride described her wedding as the quintessential simple Northern Michigan outdoor garden wedding. Many of the out of town guests were exploring Northern Michigan for the first time and rented homes for the week.  They wanted the wedding to be a nice finale for the guests and Stafford’s Perry Hotel in downtown Petoskey was perfect!  It’s a favorite destination for weddings in the Northern Michigan area especially for couples that are hoping to have a wedding with a garden party atmosphere.  The Rose Garden at the Perry is ideal and overlooks Little Traverse Bay.  The wedding coordinating team at the Perry is wonderful too and does a phenomenal job helping to plan every last detail.

 

Click HERE for the full gallery and read Monday’s Real Wedding feature on their big day HERE.  Make sure to return on Monday for another Northern Michigan Real Wedding!

SILVER PLATTER GUEST BOOK

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Angie and Chris had a unique guest book idea that will last for generations.  They chose to engrave their names on an antique silver serving tray and then use that as their “guest book.”  A special pen allowed each of their guests to sign the tray so that Angie and Chris would always have a special record of the friends and family members that joined them for their big day.

 

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Angie and Chris returned to Angie’s hometown of Petoskey for their wedding and all of the festivities that surrounded the big day.  Both were super excited to share the beauty of Northern Michigan with many of their guests that would be traveling here from out of town.  The Rose Garden at Stafford’s Perry Hotel was the perfect place to host their outdoor wedding and share local favorites like white fish, cherries, Fustini’s oil, and Kilwins chocolates. Once again the sunset on the Little Traverse Bay was spectacular!

 

Be sure to check back on Wednesday and Friday for more Stafford’s Perry Hotel wedding details from this event, and click HERE to see the full gallery.

 

Venue: Stafford’s Perry Hotel / Floral design: BLOOM Up North / Ceremony/Reception Papery: Tableau Events / Entertainment: Moments in Time DJs / Hair & Makeup: Talulu Beauty Lounge / Gown: Sincerity / Bridesmaids: J. Crew

Custom Logo

To create a truly personalized event, a custom logo was created for the bride and groom by Gourmet Invitations to be used in special details throughout the wedding. A buck, to represent the Northern Michigan location, was the main component in the personalized logo that made its way on to different pieces throughout the entire wedding. From the stationary suite, to monogrammed pillows, the new Mr. and Mrs. Brunette not only had a special logo to use for the evening, but a personalized logo that they can use for years to come in their own home.

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Hand Rolled Cigar Bar

With its amazing outdoor location at Snow Moon Ranch, Landon Caroline and Jason’s reception was the dream summer evening. While guests mingled and gawked over the surrounding alpacas, they also could choose to smoke hand rolled cigars. Even if not a smoker, guests loved watching Tom Petrie of HavaTropic Premium Cuban Style Cigars as he hand rolled the custom cigars throughout the evening. Sealed with the couple’s personal logo, custom matches were also close by to help light up with. A perfect match indeed!

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Real Wedding: Landon Caroline and Jason

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For the Martin and Brunette families, seeing Landon Caroline and Jason’s big day come together was truly magical. With the Martin family residing in Glen Arbor during the summer, they couldn’t imagine anywhere more perfect than Northern Michigan to see their daughter say i do. The ideal August day started with the ladies getting their hair and make-up done on the wrap around porch at the Martin cottage, “Summersbee” while the boys and guests spent the day enjoying the sun and water. Married in the Leland Community United Methodist Church, the church was exploding with love for the stunning couple as they became Mr. and Mrs. Brunette. The celebrations then continued at Snow Moon Ranch in Maple City where guests were blown away by the views of Lake Michigan and spent time hanging out with the residing alpacas of the ranch. Landon Caroline and Jason’s day was not short of unique and personalized touches, from signature cocktails served in mason jars to a custom logo used throughout the event. With pops of hot pink in the romantic tent, guests were sat at dark wood farm tables filled with vibrant flowers and hundreds of candles to create an elegant, rustic feel. The live band brought the party to the dance floor where guests danced under the stars late into the night. For a couple like Landon Caroline and Jason, dreams really do come true!

Be sure to check back for more details from this stunning wedding on Wednesday, and click HERE to see the full gallery.

Catering: Epicure Catering / Event Floral: Field of Flowers Farm Music: Ceremony, Cocktail Musicians: Sylvia Norris / Music: Reception Music: Black & Blue Band / Officiant: Dr. Scott Walker / Photographer: Kate Krueger Photography / Rentals: Special Events Rental / Graphic Designer and Invitations: Gourmet Invitations / Ceremony Location: Leland Community United Methodist Church / Reception Venue: Snow Moon Ranch / Event Planning & Design: A Day in May Event Planning &  Design / Hair Stylist: Douglas J Salon / Makeup: Escape Salon / Trolley: Houdek’s Trolley / Cigar Roller: HavaTropic Premium Cuban Style Cigars / Dessert: Everything Gal

DELICIOUS DIY WEDDING FAVORS

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Sandy and Stephen’s delicious DIY wedding favors were a sweet personal touch. The couple met in culinary school and decided to use their collective talents in the creation of their wedding favors.  The couple made handmade vanilla extract, then bottled it themselves for each guest.  So beautiful! 

Please view Monday’s Real Wedding feature here , Wednesday’s detail here and view the full gallery from Sandy & Stephen’s wedding here. Check back on Monday for another great Real Wedding!

UNIQUE MICHIGAN WEDDING GUESTBOOK IDEA

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Sandy and Stephen’s Cherry Basket Farm wedding was so gorgeous! There were so many details that added a personal touch to each element. Sandy’s father created a beautiful and timeless Michigan wedding guest book for the big day.  A puzzle in the shape of the Mitten- the outline of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, with separate pieces for the guests to sign.

From the bride:

“My Dad (Ken Koehler) created a very special guest book for us, a Michigan map puzzle. This piece meant so much to us, a unique way to display our day.” -Sandy

Please view Monday’s Real Wedding feature here and view the full gallery from Sandy & Stephen’s wedding here

SANDY & STEPHEN’S CHERRY BASKET FARM WEDDING

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Details from the Bride on Sandy & Steven’s Cherry Basket Farm wedding:

“My husband and I met in culinary school, so what better way to celebrate our passion for food and love of Michgan than a farm to table wedding? Everything down to the alcohol was local. All of our vendors were truly amazing and created the most perfect day including the weather and sky!” – Sandy

Please check back on Wednesday and Friday for more details from Sandy & Steven’s Cherry Basket Farm wedding, and click here for the full gallery.

Ceremony: St. Wenceslaus Church / Reception :Cherry Basket Farm / Accommodations / Grand Traverse Resort & Spa  / Cakes & Desserts: Everything Gal / Rentals: American Rentals / Decor: Father of the Bride , Bride, family & friends and Etsy / Entertainment & DJ: Main Street Dueling Pianos / Fashion: Gown: Marisa Bridal, Earrings: Fire & Ice, Wedding Band: Achikian Jewlers, Bridesmaid Dresses:Light In The Box,  Flower Girls:Nordstrom, Suits: Joseph A. Banks / Catering: Epicure Catering / Florist: Field of Flowers Farm / Hair & Makeup: Chicory Dodge and team at Style North Salon and Spa / Officiant: Father Zeljko Guberovic of St. Philip Neri  / Photographer: Weber Photography / Rehearsal Dinner Location:  Harbor 22 (Traverse City, MI) / Stationer: Arlene Lebowitz of Paper Talk US / Transportation: Crystal Limo Service and Blue Lakes Charter

BAY HARBOR YACHT CLUB

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Hannah and Joey both agree that there really is nothing like Northern Michigan and both love the area so the Bay Harbor Yacht Club was a perfect venue for their destination wedding.  For couples that are hoping to have a wedding with a stunning view and a classy feel, the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is ideal.  The wedding coordinating team at the yacht club is wonderful and does an outstanding job helping to plan an unforgettable event.

 

Click HERE for the full gallery and read Monday’s Real Wedding feature on the big day HERE.  Don’t forget to return on Monday for the next Northern Michigan Real Wedding!