Real Wedding: Andrea & Eric

Today's real wedding takes us to the vibrant radiance of Old Mission Peninsula in June. With beautiful photos from Dan Stewart, eclectic, retro decor, and a fresh berry cake from Simply Sweet by Jessica, this wedding is sure to brighten your Tuesday!

From Photographer, Dan Stewart: Andrea & Eric, high school sweethearts, had an extremely gorgeous wedding day. Starting off the day, Andrea got ready with her bridesmaids by her side dressed in matching floral robes, whereas Eric relaxed with his groomsmen enjoying a beer on an outside porch. The two planned a first look, but Eric surprised his bride to be with a sweet, heartfelt note when the two met. Joining the couple, the bridal party made their pictures memorable and enjoyable through all the laughter and silliness, like using small, frosted cookies as props.

When the time came for the ceremony, Andrea was escorted by both her mother and father down an outdoor aisle lined with bird cages holding fresh flowers. Eric was absolutely captivated by her and having to remove his glasses, he wiped some tears. The ceremony was very personal and laughter was a theme throughout the entirety of it. When the couple took their first kiss as husband and wife, they walked down the aisle hand in hand as their guests threw dried flower petals on them.

They headed to the reception in a amazing white, wooden barn where they cut their wedding cake topped with berries and danced under a huge golden chandelier, all the while laughing through the night. It was certainly a day full of joy, love, and great memories. Congratulations Andrea & Eric. May God bless your marriage!


Photographer: Dan Stewart Photography | Bride's Dress: Hayley Paige from Mimi's Bridal Boutique | Bride's Shoes: Ann Taylor | Groom's Suit: Express | Groom's Tie: The Tie Bar | Ceremony & Reception Location: The Fowler Family Farm | Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Memorable Occasions | Florist: Nordlie | Caterer: Catering by Kelly's | Desserts: Simply Sweet by JessicaGrand Traverse Pie CompanyPotter's Bakery | Officiant: Dr. Richard Bates | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Singer: Jetty Rae | DJ: 2Bays DJ's | Photo Booth: MOTION BOOTH

SBW Vendor Spotlight: The Peninsula Room

If you take Peninsula Drive approximately half way up Old Mission Peninsula you'll find yourself staring West into the area of West Grand Traverse Bay called Bowers Harbor.  Nestled within the Bowers Harbor region of the peninsula are a couple of great restaurants- we'll touch upon those later- as well as a fabulous Ceremony and Reception location: The Peninsula Room [TPR].  Located on the same grounds as the historic Bowers Harbor Inn, TPR opened its doors in the spring of 2009.  While TPR may be new to the scene as far as locations are concerned, people caught wind of the space which has since hosted hundreds of weddings and private events.  It features a fabulous outdoor patio that's perfect for your cocktail hour, as well as, a modern indoor reception space.  Did I mention that you can also host your ceremony in the lawn overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay or in the indoor Library? Some amenities of The Peninsula Room include:

  • Seating for up to 150 guests
  • Indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pit
  • China, glassware and flatware
  • Tables and chairs
  • White linens and napkins
  • Delicious menu options, as well as, the option to create a custom menu

Be sure to check out The Peninsula Room's Vendor Profile under the "Ceremony & Reception Locations" section of the Vendor Guide.

More photos of Brittany and Michael's wedding can be seen in the Real Weddings photo gallery!

Photos courtesy of The Peninsula Room and Melisa McKolay Photography