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.

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.   


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

Real Wedding: Kristen & Rob | Bay Harbor

Kristen & Rob's wedding in Bay Harbor is the perfect thing to put us in the mood for spring & summer. Wedding season is coming quickly upon on us and frankly, we can't wait for warmer weather! We love the simple but elegant blush pink and gray tones throughout this wedding, and the special touches handpicked by the bride & groom. Also, can we talk about Kristen's dress for a second? STUNNING. To tie it all together, the clear blue water and sky makes the perfect backdrop for this Northern Michigan wedding. Read on to see what Kristen had to say about the day.       


Here's what the Bride had to say about their day:

We wanted to create a fun, easy going yet sophisticated and romantic atmosphere. While we chose a barn as the venue for our reception, we took the rustic atmosphere and transformed it into an elegant, chic party sprinkled with pinks, grays, candles, and peonies. We wanted to take our guests through a progression of chic atmospheres – the day started at The Inn at Bay Harbor with a beautiful ceremony overlooking the blue shores of Lake Michigan where I walked down the aisle to a song that is near and dear to my heart and had figure skated to 15 years earlier, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The day continued at the Dhaseleer Barn where cocktail hour was held on the lawn and guests enjoyed signature blush mojitos (made by the groom on the morning of the wedding!). Everyone then moved to a tent decorated with flowers and candles where guests were seated for dinner at a variety of sized and decorated tables – square, round and rectangular - and were numbered to match pictures of Rob and I from that age. Finally, guests partied the night away on the basketball court floor of the barn with great music, dancing and s’mores! Our favorite moment of the night was when one very special guest joined the party at the reception – our one year old Brittany Spaniel, Tanner who was the hit of the night!

Bride's Dress: Allure Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Coordination and Design: Emerald City Designs / Floral: Emerald City Designs / Hair: Krystal Kerr (Bride) and Shannon Scalici (Bridesmaids) / Makeup: Krystal Kerr (Bride) and Simply Be-YOU-tiful! (Bridesmaids) / Suits: Tommy Hilfiger / Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier (Nordstrom) / Ceremony Venue: The Inn at Bay Harbor / Reception Venue: Dhaseleer Barn / Catering: Graystone Catering / Cake: Vicki Patterson /  Ceremony Music: Mackenzie Lerchen & Eddy Miller/ Reception Music: Lucas Paul Band / Videographer: Larisa Graham / Photographer: Carrie Cathleen Photography


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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


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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!

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


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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!


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Images: Michelle March Photography

Details from Samantha on her pretty DIY wedding floral:

"Rather than spending thousands of dollars hiring a florist we ordered roughly 1,000 stems from Fifty Flowers & spent our bachelorette party night arranging them & drinking whiskey! I highly recommend other brides doing this, it saved tons of money & the flowers turned out to be one of my favorite details! "  -Samantha

Please click here for the full gallery and check back on Friday for more details from Samantha & Donovan's Cherry Basket Farm wedding! Read Monday's Real Wedding feature here.


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Images: Michelle March Photography

Below are details from Samantha & Donovan's Cherry Basket Farm wedding, as written by the bride.

"Growing up in MI, Donovan & I have always looked forward to Fall. It's the time of year when we get to go to the apple orchard for fresh cider & donuts, take nice long drives to explore the countryside & cozy up in plaid throws! 

After searching the midwest for the perfect venue we stumbled upon The Cherry Basket farm in Omena, MI (only five hours North from our hometown). We, including our sheepdog, Otis, fell in love with every aspect of the venue at first sight. We wanted our guests to get an entire "fall weekend" experience during our wedding weekend. Driving to the venue you couldn't help but get butterflies in your stomach while passing rolling green hills, birch trees with falling yellow leaves & pops of orange & vibrant reds. 

To get to the ceremony site you walked down a hill, through a field & sat down on a hay bale with a vintage throw to keep warm. There were cups of cider & donuts for refreshments & a copy of "our story" which acted as the programs. In our story we included details of personal adventures from our 9 year relationship & travels around the world together.  

Favorite memory-

Saying our vows was my favorite memory from our wedding (the bridesmaids & I were all barefoot). It was so magical looking around at the beautiful farm, seeing 70 of our closest friends & family & hearing the bagpipes in the distance. I noticed Donovan was wearing the tie clip I bought him after our engagement with the latitude & longitude of where we got engaged (Rock Creek, Montana); I touched it & he smiled so big… I could see everything from our relationship rush through both of our heads at the same time. Such a surreal moment. 

Random fact-

Shockingly one of the first things we crossed off our list was finalizing the menu. Food was a very important detail to us. We had all of our favorites and everything was local/farm to table. Starting with the most delicious pumpkin soup of all time! "  -Samantha

Please be sure to check back on Wednesday and Friday for more great details from Sam & Dono's wedding, which was also featured on Style Me Pretty. Click here for the full gallery.

Venue & catering: Cherry Basket Farm / Wedding cake & desserts: Chimoski Bakery /  Vintage furniture rental: Fancy Fray / Flowers: Bridesmaids arranged all floral, flowers from Fifty Flowers / Wedding ceremony dress: 1930s from DearGolden / Reception dress: 1950s from Lived In/ Reception Belt: Bhldn / Shoes: Anthropologie / Photography: Michelle March Photography / Custom wedding bands & bridesmaids bracelets: Dallas Maynard / From the bride: "Veil: I found a vintage fascinator in a $1 bin at a rummage sale in Missoula, MT several years ago & knew I wanted to have it made into my wedding veil. My friend Sarah from went to school for hat design & made into my dream veil!"/ Grooms carbon fiber & wood wedding band: Hersteller ./ Brides engagement ring: / Ring box: End Grain Wood Shop / Vintage stamps: Darlingone Custom wedding invitations & guest book: / Grooms suit: Brooks Brothers / Groomsman suspenders: SunMark Studios / Groomsman bow ties & ties: Fox & Brie / Cake topper & bride/groom signs: First Snow Fall / Tie clip: Spiffing Jewelry / Videographer: Lonetree Productions / Pine tree favors: GreenWorldProject / Officiant: Kelly Lambert DJ: Eternal Entertainment Group   / Bagpipes: Jack Fellows