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!
Please click here to view the entire wedding gallery and click here to see Karen & Dave's Real Wedding feature.

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

Check back for more great details on Friday!

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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
Valley Vineyard, Bel Lago
MI Bubbles: L. Mawby
Cocktails: Thatcher’s Organic Vodka, Thatcher’s Organic Liqueurs, Journeyman Distillery Bourbons.

VINTAGE WEDDING GOWN DETAIL

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The Bride wore her grandmother's vintage wedding gown, which was purchased in 1956. Her grandmother and her grandmother's sister wore the dress for their own weddings, and they will both be at the wedding. Amanda had the dress modernized with a tailor in New York, removing the original satin sleeves and bringing in the dress.

NAUTICAL WEDDING ELEMENTS

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Amanda and Dan’s elegant affair had nautical wedding elements that perfectly complimented the event setting surrounding them in Northern Michigan. The Jewish-Catholic ceremony at the Inn at Bay Harbor featured a Chuppah made by Amanda’s parents who used birch trees from their backyard. Amanda’s mother also made the table runners and designed the napkin ties. Small nautical wedding elements (anchors!) at their reception were a nod to the marina in the Village at Bay Harbor.