Real Wedding: Kate & Phil | Omena

Cherry Basket Farm is one of our favorite venues in Northern Michigan. The white barn, the rolling fields, and the delicious food that accompanies every event. It also was the perfect venue for this true DIY wedding. The bride, Kate (with the help of many family & friends), planned the entire wedding and incorporated special touches into each part of the day. You must read on about all the amazing details from Kate herself!


Since the wedding was outside, Kate wanted it to be rustic with a touch of the classics. Also, the wedding day fell over 4th of July weekend, so she chose Americana inspired colors with a twist. There was gold in her shoes, cake, napkins, the grooms tie, and candles on the table. Red in the matron of honors dress, and pops in the bouquets. Various shades of blue in the bridesmaid dresses, and turquoise in jewelry and the centerpieces. She was able to accomplish the vintage feel by having her mother and sister search high and low collect vintage plates and champagne glasses from antique stores, resale shops, and yard sales during the year and a half engagement. A lot of friends and family showed up during the rehearsal to help hang stained glass windows in the barn that her father had made, and everyone who attended the wedding was given a handmade glass star with her colors. Her husband was charged with building an arch the morning of the ceremony so he and the groomsmen found downed trees to tie together in a tripod with a love knot at the top. The officiant was a friend and also doubled down as the DJ known as Amy Dreamcatcher. Amy made a dreamcatcher to hang above the couple, from the arch while they got ready. The nuptials were based around Prince's Purple Rain lyrics. It was a whimsical day and everyone had a little hand in helping out.

Here's what Kate had to say about the day:

Growing up I was not the typical girl that day dreamt about my big day. My parents are wed for life and I didn't think it would be possible to find that kind of love. I was literally gobsmacked when I met Phillip and felt that 'love at first sight feeling.' When we got engaged I knew I wanted to get married outside and amongst close friends and family. The months leading up to the big day were stressful since I had to think of every detail because it was a destination wedding. With all the careful planning I was oddly calm on the day of. I was placing flower centerpieces an hour and half before the wedding until the makeup artist insisted that I take a seat and get ready. Time was literally flying and the 'hen house', where all the maids and ladies got ready, was buzzing with activity. Then there was call for everyone to line up and when I wrapped my arm around my fathers and looked into his teary eyes I took a deep breath and I knew it was time to walk down the aisle and into my future husband's arms. I think I held my breath behind a smile until we commenced the ceremony with a kiss. Everything was a blur thereafter, we managed to drive away in a vintage car and find a cherry orchard to take some photos and there was a fantastic view of Grand Traverse Bay. When we got back to the celebration everyone was seated and ready to feast on the delicious food that Epicure Catering had prepared. Then came the speeches. My father rocked it, my sister brought tears to everyones eyes, my Father-in-law sang Irish tunes, and my brother-in-law had jokes. We proceeded to the barn where we cut the cake and then some rug. We had our friends play in a 5 piece band and sing Purple Rain for our first dance, albeit karaoke inspired. We danced and danced until dusk and looking back at pictures all I see are big smiles on our guests faces. Cherry Basket Farm and the peninsula are magical. I wish I could re-live that day, because it was the best day of my life, but perhaps someday we will do a slimmed down version on our anniversary. I just have to convince my husband of it, and since he loves me so much I think he will say yes (again).


Event Coordinator: Kate Bordine (bride) / Venue: Cherry Basket Farm & Epicure CateringPhotographer: Jose Infante / Floral Designer: Megan Stojcevski / Cake: Sarah Harlen / Gown: Augusta Jones; Mimi's Bridal, Ann ArborInvitation Designer: Kate Bordine Cooley, Suzanne Bordine Ediem, & Daron Simon 

Most vendors were friends of the couple.