There are so many details to get excited about when planning your wedding but I doubt that the first thing you think about when it comes to your decor is how you are going to add some style to your aisle! The first glimpse your guests have into your wedding day is your wedding ceremony and it is the most important (in fact the main reason!) they are all there to celebrate with you. But enough about your guests, this is one of the most important walks as a bride, groom, Father of the Bride, and many others that you and they will ever take; so why not dress it up a bit! Anna and Joe were married at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa's Pavilion Tent overlooking the golf course. It was the perfect garden setting- budding rose bushes around the perimeter and oversize floral baskets lined the walk way setting the scene for their Versailles inspired sculpture garden wedding ceremony. Just as the Orangerie at Versailles is know for its grandeur, we wanted to bring a few special touches into this ceremony that could support the majesty of the beauty and love this couple embody. Enter, the drop dead gorgeous hand painted fabric aisle runner.

We worked with an artist to incorporate the decorative elements from their custom stationery along with their names to signify the entrance for their ceremony aisle. A clean lined gold border paired with additional elements from the couple's branding was the perfect balance of structure and elegance. The luscious floral garland tightly packed with open roses, bright blooms and local hops, carefully guarded the aisle while the stately gold guest chairs anchored the space. Guests had ample views of the couple and their wedding party including the shortest ring bearer- the couple's golden retriever.

Looking for a way to add some custom touches to your runner? Add your initials, wedding date, a favorite quote or scripture, icons from your hometowns and travels, an all over pattern or a modern decorative edge. Personalizing your ceremony with killer aisle style is a great way to enhance your wedding ceremony and make your day that much more your own! Happy planning!

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Photos by Jen Kroll Photography A Day in May, Event Planning & Design, Field of Flowers Farm

To see Anna and Joe's full wedding click here!

Crafty Preparations: Part One

Now that our vendors have been selected and appointed, it’s time for the extra-fun stuff: wedding decorations! As a crafty lady, I can sometimes take on a few too many projects at a time. In order to stop myself from doing just that, I’m staging my decorations in steps, and the first step that I’ve started to tackle is ceremony decor.

Our beautiful location for the ceremony is nothing short of moving. It will be in one of two possible places (pending weather): surrounded by birch trees and on the edge of Lake Leelanau, or nestled under an apple tree close to the reception barn. With either location, I’ve been researching innovative décor to create a soft and natural setting.

For Below: I love the idea of a burlap walkway. I’ve been seeing different methods of creating a walkway, and being that burlap is a theme within my other décor plans, I loved the idea! I also love the simplicity of petals on either side of the walkway.

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For Seating: I’d like to line walkway chair sides with string and flag banners of greys and yellows. These sweet little bursts of color will help create strong lines from walking down the aisle to the saying of the vows.


For Above: Birch Trees - Since there are beautiful trees surrounding the seating and vow area, I’d like to interweave twine or string amongst them with attached pom-poms (or flags) of yellows, greys and creams along the line. This would translate a natural ceiling to enclose the space, creating intimacy. I've had experience in making these poms and they're so easy, and pretty low in cost!

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For Above: Apple Tree – By stringing hanging pom-poms and ‘glue-globe chandeliers’, I think it would be a stunning and cheery tone. I've found a great tutorial source for the creation of these, and although it seems a bit messy, a little 'disarray' never hurt anyone! I look forward to gathering my girlfriends and having a creation night.

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Pieter and I would really like to have a type of arch to be married under or in front of. It's a beautiful way to enclose our moment together as a personal focal point. Although we're still exploring for the perfect design, I'd like to include flowers, reclaimed wood and possibly fabric.

I'm so excited to sit down and begin to create my crafty pieces. I have a wonderful support system of friends and family who have volunteered to gather together and get to work with me. You may have everything planned and prepared for, but you can never have enough help! Happy crafting, couples!