Real Wedding: Erin & Tim | Traverse City

In our opinion, there is nothing better than a vineyard wedding. There is something so 'French Country' about it and we love that we have our own taste of that right here in Northern Michigan. This wedding is what summer in Northern Michigan is all about. The vines, the soft summer light, cherry pie, and of course wine! 

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Erin and Tim are a very intimate couple. They wanted a small, romantic wedding in one of their favorite places, Bowers Harbor Vineyard. Erin spent many summer days visiting her sister, maid of honor, and best friend who spent summers working at the vineyard. Traverse City holds so many special memories for both Erin and Tim that it just seemed like the perfect place to host their wedding. Erin and Tim really wanted good food, good wine (and cider!) and good company. 

Everyone invited to their wedding was able to get into one picture at the reception, which meant to much because to Erin & Tim, that’s what their wedding was all about. According to Erin, “BHV has always been a place we would visit while in TC so after deciding on a small intimate wedding with family and close friends, we knew BHV would be the perfect place to have our wedding. BHV provided a unique setting that we were looking for while allowing family and friends to enjoy all of the natural beauty the winery has to offer”.

They spent the days leading up to their wedding boating in the bay with friends and family that flew in from Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Detroit. Erin and her family traveled along the Leelanau peninsula to find a roadside flower vendor to create unique, whimsical bouquets. The night before the wedding, Erin and her cousins spent the night creating unique, individual bouquets for all of the girls. The morning of their wedding, Tim and the boys went golfing while Erin and the girls got ready at Veneer (Allure Salon), a local boutique and salon owned by one of Erin’s bridesmaids, Melissa. With local flair and flavor, this boutique was amazing at hosting the girls for hair and makeup. From here, they traveled to Bowers Harbor where Erin received a wedding day present from Tim and where the couple also did a first look. 

After the first look, an elegant sunset ceremony took place at The Boat House on the beach. The ceremony was perfect for Erin and Tim as it focused on creating their new family together with all of their loved ones present. After the ceremony, guests headed up to Bowers Harbor to enjoy appetizers, wine and Tim’s favorite -- the hard cider. The evening was spent full of laughter and friendship, all while enjoying a delicious 4 course meal prepared by The Boat House. A beautiful day indeed.  

Ceremony: The Boat House / Reception: Bowers Harbor Vineyard / Photographer: Carrie Cathleen Photography / Floral: Erin & Family (crafted with flowers from a roadside stand in the Leelanau Peninsula) / Dinner & Desert: Bowers Harbor / Gown: Vintage / Hair and Makeup: Allure Salon

Real Wedding: EB & Blake | Northport

We are completely obsessed with this wedding. When you look through these photos you'll see why. You can't look at this wedding and not find yourself smiling. It exudes pure joy and we love that you can see that joy across EB & Blake's faces. We absolutely love the simplicity of this wedding, with the seeming focus on two people so excited in love and to share it all with their nearest and dearest. You can almost feel the warmth of the summer night and hear the laughter of friends who are gathered around the crackling bonfire.   

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We loved hearing Kendra's thoughts (Kendra Stanley-Mills Photographyabout EB and Blake's wedding day. Our favorite moment? When the bride & groom cut off their bracelets. What a beautiful sentiment.   

When I pulled up to the scenic Northport farm where Blake and EB were to get married, I found a guy wearing a straw hat working on getting all the details in place. It was Blake. Right then I figured if the groom was in hot August heat working to get things just so, that this was going to be good. And it was.
Even though Blake and EB now live in Wisconsin, the two chose the farm to get married because it overlooked the Manitou Islands -- the place where they were engaged. The couple said they wanted to share with their closest friends and relatives all the things that they loved about Michigan. They paid special attention to using local food and drink. Their invitation was crafted by a childhood friend of EB’s. The cake made by another and stored in the cellar to stay cool until it was time to cut it.
Before the ceremony, Blake and EB reached through a door to cut off symbolic bracelets they had worn for years -- the bracelets were to be replaced with wedding rings. The evening was a perfect ending to a perfect day -- with a crackling bonfire, people lounging in hammocks and more laughter and hugs then I could count. 

Photography: Kendra Stanley-Mills Photography / Venue: Leelanau County Modern Farmhouse / Flowers: Hooper’s Farm Gardens / Invitations: Chinn Wang / Cake: Lisa Wolf / Rentals: GJ’s Rentals / Caterer: Pigs Eatin’ Ribs / Wine: Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery / Suit: Brooks Brothers / Bride's Dress & Shoes: J.Crew / Cider: Tandem Ciders / Sparkling Wine: L. Mawby

SANDY & STEPHEN'S CHERRY BASKET FARM WEDDING

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Photos: Weber Photography

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

MICHIGAN MADE THATCHER'S ORGANIC COCKTAILS

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Karen & Dave's detail of Michigan Made Thatcher's cocktails was a sweet personal touch.

From the bride:

"Dave and I met when the event marketing agency I worked for was hired to plan a launch event for Thatcher’s. Being from Michigan and a typical Chicago self-proclaimed foodie (only meaning I LOVE to eat and drink) I fell in love with the brand and concept of Thatcher’s immediately. After a successful launch Dave invited me to dinner at Longmen and Eagle to celebrate a great event on behalf of the brand. Nine months later we were on our first “real” date. 

Thatcher’s is a culinary inspired line of USDA certified organic spirits distilled in Michigan and we really wanted our wedding to reflect the amazing product that brought us together. We also were very particular about the food and drink and where it would be sourced. We wanted Michigan products to be reflected not only with Thatcher’s but in all of the food and beverage we served."

- Karen

Please join us next week for another fab Northern Michigan Real Wedding!
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RUSTIC MICHIGAN STRAW BALE SEATING

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Covered in muslin and burlap, this rustic Michigan straw bale seating was such a great touch. Pops of color came into the picture with throw pillows in the wedding colors of coral and navy. Small coffee and end tables made from farm crates rounded out the soft seating areas. The guests loved the straw bale seating and couldn't stop commenting on how sweet they were. Way to go, Karen!

From the bride: "When planning the decor, there was one thing we knew: Haybale Lounge Furniture was A MUST  for me and my mom."  - Karen

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KAREN & DAVE'S CHERRY BASKET FARM WEDDING

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From the bride:

"Dave and I met when the event marketing agency I worked for was hired to plan a launch event for Thatcher’s. Being from Michigan and a typical Chicago self-proclaimed foodie (only meaning I LOVE to eat and drink) I fell in love with the brand and concept of Thatcher’s immediately. After a successful launch Dave invited me to dinner at Longmen and Eagle to celebrate a great event on behalf of the brand. Nine months later we were on our first “real” date. 

Our courtship revolved around food and drink (obviously) and some of the amazing culinary spots around Chicago: Sepia, Maude’s, Girl and the Goat, Sola, The Purple Pig, Boka, The Bristol and The Publican. With full stomachs we traveled to my home state (also where Thatcher’s is distilled) to what Michiganders call “Up North.” Up North for my family is on Crooked Lake which is nestled between Petoskey and Harbor Springs, two charming Americana towns located on Little Traverse Bay. Dave fell in love. We traveled to Belize to get engaged where he asked me “for a favor” to spend my life with him, I obliged.

Our biggest requirement was a farm or a barn in Michigan. Thatcher’s is a culinary inspired line of USDA certified organic spirits distilled in Michigan and we really wanted our wedding to reflect the amazing product that brought us together. We also were very particular about the food and drink and where it would be sourced. We wanted Michigan products to be reflected not only with Thatcher’s but in all of the food and beverage we served.

Our wedding day was amazing and the entire weekend was full of family, friends, love and laughter. EXACTLY what we wanted! It all started the week before at my grandmother's summer home on Crooked Lake in Petoskey, MI where all the ladies of my family gathered the whole week to cluck away at the excitement. From there, the wedding caravan traveled from Petoskey, MI to Omena, MI for the weekend festivities." - Karen
Please view the full gallery here, and be sure to check back on Wednesday and Friday for more details from Karen & Dave's Cherry Basket Farm wedding.
Accommodations: Leelanau Sands Casino, www. VRBO.com / Pie: Grand Traverse Pie Company/ Floral & Decor: Field of Flowers Farm / Invitations: Rock, Paper Scissors / Golf Outting: The Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms / Rehearsal Dinner Location: Gill’s Pier Winery / Rehearsal Dinner Pig Roast Caterer: Ebels General Store / Beauty: Pavlova Salon / Officiant: Daniel Richards, Grace Episcopal Church / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cherry Basket Farm / Catering: Epicure Catering / Photography: Weber Photography / Transportation: By The Bay/ Michigan Food and Beverage:
MI Beers: Bell’s Brewery, Founders All-Day IPA
MI Wines: Black Star Farms, Chateau Grand Traverse, French
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MI Bubbles: L. Mawby
Cocktails: Thatcher’s Organic Vodka, Thatcher’s Organic Liqueurs, Journeyman Distillery Bourbons.

AIMEE & BENJAMIN, CHERRY BASKET FARM WEDDING

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Aimee & Benjamin's  Cherry Basket Farm wedding in Omena, Michigan, was a lovely event with such a great vibe! Rich in detail and beautifully laid back, the crowd enjoyed the best Cherry Basket Farm has to offer. I really enjoyed working with Aimee and Benjamin- they knew what they wanted from the beginning of the planning process, which made my job easy. They were looking for an intimate, laid back outdoor celebration, focused on food, friends and family. Many of the guests traveled from afar (Spain!) to attend, and had not met one another. A Friday barbecue featuring house made porchetta from our in ground-oven was a fantastic kick-off event for the guests.  For wedding day, a long cocktail hour and a menu that was designed to promote mingling all aided in the setting the scene. Aimee created beautiful and chic details with her stationary, linen, fashion, and floral choices. Coffee, local fruit pies and a dance party in the barn rounded out the blissful evening. Cheers to you, Aimee & Benjamin! xo

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Accommodations: The Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, and the Baymont Inn and Suites in Traverse City / Cakes & Desserts: Epicure Catering, Omena, MI / Entertainment & DJ: Mr Music DJ / Fashion [Bridal Gown, Tuxedos/Suits, Bridesmaids Dresses] & Jewelry: Gown: BHLDN, Suit: Ralph Lauren, bride maids wore their own dresses / Florist: Field of Flowers Farm / Hair & Makeup: done by bride / Photographer: Brightside Studios, Grand Rapids, MI / Rehearsal Dinner Location: Cherry Basket Farm / Stationer: 3 Eggs Design via Etsy.com / Transportation: Celtics Transportation / Wine: Chateau Grand traverse, Traverse City, MI / Sparkling Wine: L.Mawby 

VINTAGE BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES

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Images: Michelle March Photography

From the Bride about her choice of vintage bridesmaids dresses:

"Growing up with a love of old things & owning a vintage shop, picking a favorite decade is very challenging for me. I love so many different things about every era & my personal style is very eclectic. It's very common to find me wearing a blouse from the 20s with a sweater from the 70s & a modern skirt. So I wanted incorporate the 20s-70s in our wedding details. I found my 1930s wedding dress at one of my favorite vintage shops, Dear Golden. From the moment I tried it on and the peachy colored lace hit every spot just right, I knew it was the one! I didn't have to have a single alteration made which is really really rare because I'm the alteration queen, everything in my personal closet has little tweaks. My reception dress was the complete opposite of my ceremony dress, It's from the 50s & a super fun little party dress… it was made to dance & twirl! Another one of my favorite details was the bridesmaids dresses, I assigned each of them with a decade that suited them best starting with the 20s-70s & they got to pick they're ivory dresses! It was such a fun process, all the bridesmaids were really happy with their dresses & can wear them again! I styled them with the same shoes & accessories (Swedish Hasbeens & custom gold twig bracelets from Dallas Maynard)." -Samantha

Please click here for the full gallery and read Monday's Real Wedding feature on Sam & Dono here. Be sure to check back on monday for another fabulous Northern Michigan Real Wedding!