Rachelle and Kevin are beautiful people inside and out. This engagement shoot shines with joy, love, and happiness. Not only that but it shows off some of our Northern Michigan landscapes at their best - the peace, the serenity, and the breathtaking natural beauty. Rachelle and Kevin were married here in Northern Michigan just a few short weeks ago and we can't wait to see their wedding photographs. Thank you Weber Photographers for sharing this amazing couple and enchanting shoot with us!
Marlie and Bobby's June wedding at the Elberta Life Saving Station was a day to remember. The weather was ideal - sunny and warm with enough of a breeze to keep everyone cool. The happiness and joy on Marlie and Bobby's faces is beautifully mirrored in all of their guests, captured by the always exceptional Megan Newman of The Weber Photographers.
From Sincerely, Ginger Weddings: Marlie grew up vacationing in Northern Michigan and both of them knew they wanted to be married in the area. They chose the perfect venue for their event - the Elberta Life Saving Station along the Betsie River, only a short distance from Lake Michigan. They were able to accommodate their guests in a breezy open tent along the river. Inside the Life Saving Station they had room to display their personal details as well as keep the many young attendees entertained in their own private "kid's room," complete with toys, games, babysitters, and snacks galore!
The overall feel of the wedding was nautical and beachy. The white and green floral from Victoria's Floral Designs was summery and natural, making the bold navy and gold touches stand out beautifully. However, the true essence of the event was in the personal details. The personalized temporary tattoos, the homemade nautical cookies, the blue, white, and gold striped straws, and the family photos in vintage gold frames. And that DIY driftwood sign is one of our absolute favorites.
It was a pleasure to work with such a kind, fun-loving couple! We were honored to be a part of an event with so much life, love, and pure joy.
Photography: The Weber Photographers / Event Coordination: Sincerely, Ginger Event Design & Production / Ceremony Venue: St. Ann Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Elberta Lifesaving Station / Floral Design: Victoria's Floral Designs / Caterer: Catering by Kelly's / Cake: Potter's Bakery / Entertainment: Mr. Music DJs / Wedding Gown: Robert Bullock, Weddings 826 / Bridesmaids: J. Crew
Today is all about the flower girls and boys who add so much spirit, energy, and spunk to your wedding day. Yes, sometimes they won't go down the aisle, no matter how many stuffed animals or promised slices of wedding cakes you entice them with. But in the end that's all part of the experience and a great memory to embarrass them with at their high school graduation. Having a flower girl, flower boy, ring bearer or multiples of each is a wonderful way to incorporate your beloved nieces, nephews, own children, etc. into your celebration and is something you and they will remember always!
This flower girl is loving life on this sunny day in Frankfort:
Her bouquet may be the size of her head but this girl knows how to pull it off:
An adorable brother/sister team and one of the best flower crowns we've seen:
A flower girl who takes her job very seriously...
...and two who don't! Those toothy grins are adorably contagious.
And finally, a sneak peek from tomorrow's Real Wedding!
On a beautiful, very windy, September day in Leland, Mary and Eric celebrated their marriage, surrounded by friends and family. Though they woke up that morning to find the beach swept away in the fall gales, the sun was shining and temperature ideal for their outdoor ceremony. With a no-look first look, the bride and groom walking down the aisle together, and a medley of three first dance songs, Mary and Eric's wedding was meaningful, unique, and captured their relationship perfectly.
From bride Mary: I knew I wanted to incorporate my Dad where I could in a meaningful way without having to explain anything or feel sad. He passed away when I was in high school and I knew that besides graduation and maybe one day having kids of my own, my wedding would be one of the hardest days.
He was from the UP; we spent summers on Lake Superior amidst white birch trees and freezing cold water. When I met Eric, we started going up north to Good Hart with his parents every year and it was the first time in my life I did something that made me think about my dad and feel hopeful instead of empty.
The decision to get married on the beach somehow came without discussion; one minute we were engaged and the next minute I was on VRBO looking for a northern Michigan beach rental. It was as if that was the only option available and one to which we were quite happy to acquiesce.
After finding the amazing property we realized we also needed to feed and accommodate 150 people (up from the original 80 I had proposed).
Luckily the Lodge was nearby and suddenly we were making the trip up to visit Leland for the first time.
Upon driving into Leland, we saw the sign noting the latitude of the town; half way between the north pole and the equator. It is a widely acknowledged fact that I have what Eric likes to call my 'Goldilocks zone' (I'm always either hot or freezing, starving or stuffed, completely exhausted or magic erases the molding) so the coincidence here was serendipitously comical.
A year and a half later and it was upon us!
Eric and I spent Monday exploring Leland on our own; for as many times as we had been up there, he hadn't seen anything except the beach and the Lodge. That is so far my favorite day of my life.
My favorite elements of the wedding were the handblown glass birds we used for our cake topper (from Boyer Glassworks in Harbor Springs) and tiny vintage bluebird pin on my bouquet to represent the Bluebird of Happiness, something I remembered my dad loving. The navy for the bridesmaids dresses was inspired by the bluebird as well.
I love loved my flowers; white roses, baby's breath, natural greens, and eucalyptus are my favorites because they can be so beautiful in the simplest way.
The chandelier hanging from the arch, the massive amounts of collected crystal, each piece considered and chosen, and our books- I couldn't just choose any book and I took great private satisfaction in knowing all the titles meant something- all these things were like little creature comforts for me; surrounded by little trinkets I had personally selected, each one served as a little grounding element.
Just as each bridesmaid had a different dress, each groomsmen had a different bowtie; letting all of our friends still be themselves.
My favorite moment of the wedding was walking down the stairs, since I was walking alone I knew I had to just go for it, so down I came to MGMT with no idea what was in store; the beach had completely washed away and I had no idea what to expect, but Eric was waiting for me at the bottom and none of it mattered.
Our friend married us and we wrote our own vows and even though they were mostly serious, mine ended with an inside joke and his began with one and it was all so unplanned and so perfect.
Almost everywhere we turned during the planning process something went wrong to allow room for something to go so right.
I let Eric surprise me with our first dance song and he picked 3 that were so different, but so perfect, country for me (huge surprise there), Motown for him, and a contemporary song at the end I'd never heard but immediately loved.
Tim McGraw, she's my kind of rain
Otis Redding, that's how strong my love is
Miguel, face the sun
I liked seeing how pretty my mom looked and how happy she was; we got married on her and my dad's anniversary so it was really special for her I think.
The best part of the reception was when Eric and I left to go walk the dog; we could see the lights and hear the music and just be our little family.
Something old- a gold bangle from my great great grandmother
Something new- the tiny diamond band eric gave me as gift
Something borrowed- the drop pearl earrings I borrowed from Eric's mom
Something blue- my tiny bird pin and my blue shoes
Photography: The Weber Photographers / Event Coordination: Sincerely, Ginger Event Design & Production / Venue: The Leland Lodge / Floral Design: Stems & Sprigs / Hair & Make-up: On-Site Bridal / Catering: The Leland Lodge / Cake: Sweet Baby Cakes / Transportation: Blue Lakes Charters / Videography: Future Focus Media
by Celia Mulder
As we gear up for the vendor guide launch in two days, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek in the form of a vendor spotlight retrospective. Here are all the vendors I've featured on the blog since I took over as editorial director last October. Click on the photos to read more about these incredible vendors, just some of the ones who will be a part of the Simply Blue Vendor Guide!