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!

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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.

REBECCA & BRIAN'S CHERRY BASKET FARM WEDDING

Rebecca & Brian's Cherry Basket Farm wedding was so sweet! There were so many great details, from Rebecca's gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown (swoon!), the sweet paper flower garland for the barn door, and the wedding favors. Scroll down to see all the lovely images from Amy Williams Photography.

Be sure to check back on Wednesday for more details from Rebecca & Brian's Cherry Basket Farm wedding!

Photos: Amy Williams Photography 

Location(s) [City, State; Ceremony & Reception locations]:  Cherry Basket Farm / Accommodations:  Park Place Hotel and Leelanau Chalets / Cakes & Desserts: Aunt B's / Cake Topper: Concarta Studio / Décor & Rentals:  Amy Kate Designs / Entertainment & DJ:  2Bays DJs  / Fashion [Bridal Gown, Tuxedos/Suits, Bridesmaids Dresses] & Jewelry:  Bridal Gown = Monique Lhullier Mila  Suit - was custom made by a local LA tailor / Florist:  Amy Kate Designs / Officiant:  Personal Friend / Photographer:  Amy Williams Photography / Rehearsal Dinner Location:  private residence / Stationer:  Amy Tan, The Treespace Studio / Transportation:  Celtic Shuttles

Any additional personal/special touches:  Other decor such as flower garlands and favor boxes were made by Brian's mom (aka Chief Wedding Elf)

SANDY & STEPHEN'S CHERRY BASKET FARM WEDDING

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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

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!
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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.

MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRED WEDDING FOOD

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Aimee and Benjamin's Mediterranean-inspired wedding food was a rustic, delicious element of the event. The focus of the appetizers was charcuterie, as per Benjamin's request.  Pancettta and coppa were served, along with venison lonza. Grilled artichokes, local goat cheese stuffed pappedew peppers, marinated gigante beans, olives, and handmade crackers from 9 Bean Rows all served as lovely accompaniments. Succulent braised lamb shank with local fried garlic, served on Michigan white beans from Carlson-Arbogast Farm, graced the entree menu. The lamb also came from a fantastic local farm, S & S Lamb. Our climate in Northern Michigan really lends itself to Mediterranean food, so this menu was a perfect choice for a Leelanau County wedding.

Be sure to check back on Monday for another fantastic Northern Michigan wedding.

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AIMEE & BENJAMIN, CHERRY BASKET FARM WEDDING

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Aimee & Benjamin's  Cherry Basket Farm wedding in Omena, Michigan, was a lovely event with such a great vibe! Rich in detail and beautifully laid back, the crowd enjoyed the best Cherry Basket Farm has to offer. I really enjoyed working with Aimee and Benjamin- they knew what they wanted from the beginning of the planning process, which made my job easy. They were looking for an intimate, laid back outdoor celebration, focused on food, friends and family. Many of the guests traveled from afar (Spain!) to attend, and had not met one another. A Friday barbecue featuring house made porchetta from our in ground-oven was a fantastic kick-off event for the guests.  For wedding day, a long cocktail hour and a menu that was designed to promote mingling all aided in the setting the scene. Aimee created beautiful and chic details with her stationary, linen, fashion, and floral choices. Coffee, local fruit pies and a dance party in the barn rounded out the blissful evening. Cheers to you, Aimee & Benjamin! xo

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Accommodations: The Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, and the Baymont Inn and Suites in Traverse City / Cakes & Desserts: Epicure Catering, Omena, MI / Entertainment & DJ: Mr Music DJ / Fashion [Bridal Gown, Tuxedos/Suits, Bridesmaids Dresses] & Jewelry: Gown: BHLDN, Suit: Ralph Lauren, bride maids wore their own dresses / Florist: Field of Flowers Farm / Hair & Makeup: done by bride / Photographer: Brightside Studios, Grand Rapids, MI / Rehearsal Dinner Location: Cherry Basket Farm / Stationer: 3 Eggs Design via Etsy.com / Transportation: Celtics Transportation / Wine: Chateau Grand traverse, Traverse City, MI / Sparkling Wine: L.Mawby