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: Marissa & Jonathan, Northport, MI

The September 5, 2009, wedding of Marissa and Jonathan was a little bit different in that, well, it wasn't a wedding at all!  The couple had chosen to elope to Maui in March and wanted to throw an awesome party in September for all of their family and friends.  The event took place at the couple's private residence in Northport, a mere 4,300 miles from the Four Seasons where they were married.  Taking inspiration from "The Valley Isle" the reception of Marissa and Jonathan brought a slice of the tropics to their Northern Michigan home.  Head on over to the Real Weddings page to see the photo gallery from Marissa and Jonathan's wedding, and be sure to see below, for all the talented vendors that took part in their big day.

Photo by Jen Kroll Photography

Cake: Celebrations Cake Design- Cupcakes/ Caterer: Epicure Catering/ Reception Location: Private Residence/ Decor & Rentals: Special Events Rental and A Day In May, Event Planning & Design/ Entertainment & DJ: Me, Myself and I/ Fashion: Bride's Gown- Butter by Nadia, Bridesmaid Dresses- Butter by Nadia, Groom/ Groomsmen Attire- Polo Ralph Lauren/ Florist: Flowers by Marla Courtney Wood/ Health & Beauty: Cheeky Strut/ Photography: Jen Kroll Photography/ Planner: A Day In May, Event Planning & Design/ Stationer: A Day In May, Event Planning & Design

Real Wedding: Jessica & Andrew, Acme, MI

Today we launch a new addition to Simply Blue Weddings!  You may have noticed within the last week or so that the Real Weddings page of SBW underwent a complete overhaul.  As we have received many comments and suggestions from both readers and vendors alike, it has always been our goal to give the people what they want.  So today, SBW delivers!  This is our first of many Real Weddings that we will launch on the blog and provide you with a complete photo gallery on the Real Weddings page.  We hope that the Real Weddings will provide our readers with inspirational ideas, as well as, a list of many talented wedding vendors.  Be on the lookout for the launch of other Real Weddings in the future.

Chances are, if you've opened any bridal magazine in the last two years, you've probably seen this event once or twice, but we here at SBW can't get enough of it!  The wedding of Jessica and Andrew took place on July 4th, 2009, at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.  The event, designed by our very own Alicia with A Day In May, Event Planning and Design, began to come together when the lovely bride asked Alicia if she could design a Moroccan wedding.  After that initial conversation, all of the details began to fall into place.  From the vibrant and luminous linens, to the lush floral and jaw dropping color, no detail was left untouched.  Head on over to the Real Weddings page to see the photo gallery from Jessica and Andrew's wedding, and be sure to see below, for all the talented vendors that took part in Jessica and Andrew's big day.

Cake: Aunt B's Cakes & Desserts/ Caterer: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa [GTRS]/ Ceremony & Cocktail Musicians: Andy Six and Courtnee Draper (friend of the bride)/ Ceremony & Reception Location: GTRS- the Pavilion and Michigan Ballroom/ Decor & Rentals: Special Events Rental and A Day In May, Event Planning & Design/ Entertainment & DJ: Mike Staff Productions- DJ Andrew Neer/ Fashion: Bride's Gown- Lazaro, Bridesmaid Dresses- Vera Wang, Groom/ Groomsmen Attire- Captains Quarters/ Florist: Flowers by Marla Courtney Wood/ Health & Beauty: Escape Salon/ Photography: Jen Kroll Photography/ Planner: A Day In May, Event Planning & Design/ Rehearsal Dinner Location: Park Place Hotel- Top of the Park/ Stationer: A Day In May, Event Planning & Design