WeddingDay Magazine - Detroit Fall/Winter 2021 Issue

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the best best guide for the midwest bride

FALLING IN LOVE

OUR GRAND RAPIDS PHOTOGRAPHER COLLABORATIVE STYLE SHOOT EVENT

FIND YOUR DREAM GOWN AT THESE MIDWEST BRIDAL SALONS!

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

A COVER SHOOT AT HIGHLANDS DETROIT

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Sara Sutherland Photography

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Smitten Mitten Photography* Farmington Hills, MI smittenmittenphotography.com

PLANNING & FLORALS Element Event Design* Detroit, MI element-eventdesign.com

VENUE

Highlands Detroit* Detroit, MI highlandsdetroit.com

VIDEOGRAPHY Refracted Film

STATIONERY

DRESS & HAIRPIECE

Pretty Petal Papers* Grand Rapids, MI shop.prettypetalpapers.com

HAIR & MAKEUP

MI Great Lakes Cakes* Fenton, MI migreatlakescakes.com

The Wedding Shoppe* Berkley, MI theweddingshoppe.net Valor Salon* Oxford, MI valorsalonmi.com

*WeddingDay preferred vendor

CAKE

RENTALS

Event Theory

MODELS

Savannah & Kyle Heintz

SMITTEN MITTEN PHOTOGRAPHY // About the Photographer Smitten Mitten Photography is a Detroit wedding photography business, owned by Ashley Auger. Born a Michigan native, Ashley has spent nearly two decades helping couples like you, from all over the United States, celebrate the day they add another branch to their family tree. Spending her time in the industry first as a wedding planner and coordinator, she gained meticulous attention to detail and expert awareness of all the things that make a wedding day flow. Since transitioning into preserving those moments behind a camera, she has become even more passionate about all the delicate details and irreplaceable love of family that happens on a wedding day.

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FROM THE EDITOR Despite the fact that your wedding day will be one of the happiest days of your life, the planning to get you to that day can be very stressful. From picking your theme to hiring vendors and pulling everything together the day of, there are many bumps in the road that can cause couples a lot of anxiety. Luckily, WeddingDay is here to assist you every step of the way, and this issue is packed with ideas! With diverse weddings and style shoots ranging from colorful and fun to whimsical and boho and all the way to classic and elegant, we have whatever you're looking for with vendors to make your dreams a reality. As your wedding day approaches, we aim to keep your planning on track and help you know what to expect! So we're excited to share planning timelines and advice in this issue, as well. We love helping our Midwest brides and look forward to an exciting future. Happy reading!

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THE WEDDING STORY OF Emily & Justin at Waterview Loft at Port Detroit

FALLING IN LOVE Our Grand Rapids Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event

PRO SPOTLIGHT Kara Hanes, Kara Hanes Photography

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THE BEST BRIDAL SALONS & DESIGNERS to Shop For Your Dream Gown

HAPPINESS & FUN A Sunny Detroit Style Shoot

THE WEDDING STORY OF Gabrielle & Derek at Venue One Eleven

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SIMPLICITY & GLAMOUR An Earthy Detroit Style Shoot

MID-CENTURY CLASSIC MEETS MODERN BOLDNESS A Detroit Cover Shoot at Highlands Detroit

ENGAGED IN THE MIDWEST 6 Midwest Couples Ready to Tie the Knot!

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Lola Grace Photography

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Look Book

2022

the best guide for the midwest bride

This could be your business!

The ultimate planning resource

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FEATURED WEDDING

The Real Wedding of EM ILY S C I R I H A & J UST I N UR I C H

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TH E M E :

Casual Boho S E AS O N : Summer

VENUE:

Waterview Loft at Port Detroit Detroit, MI

Emily and Justin wanted a casual yet unique wedding, and their venue supported this vision. “My biggest pet peeve is when guests sit at their table while everyone is dancing,” Emily explained. Their venue came with the perk of deconstructing the ceremony décor while everyone ate upstairs. Once the meal was over, the guests moved back downstairs to celebrate and dance!

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WHAT WE

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For their unity ceremony, Emily and Justin placed an engraved lock on the fence in Parker’s Alley and threw the key in the Detroit River. Emily says, “Our first date was at a Detroit Red Wings game so it was a full circle moment to connect everything.”

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PHOTOGRAPHY: STINTOGRAPHY VENUE: WATERVIEW LOFT AT PORT DETROIT COORDINATION: MELISSA MARIE EVENTS CATERING: CONTINENTAL CONNECT VIDEOGRAPHY: FAIRY TALE PRODUCTIONS FLORALS & RENTALS: EMERALD CITY DESIGNS DRESS: ALEXANDRA GRECCO FROM BELOVED BRIDAL VEIL: ALYSSA KRISTIN ALTERATIONS: UNVEILED BY BRITTANIE HAIR: DISTRICT 308 SALON & BOUTIQUE (DISTRICT308.COM)* MAKEUP: KELLY BUCHANAN JEWELRY: UNTAMED PETALS MENSWEAR: SAM MICHAELS MENSWEAR SIGNAGE: WILD HORSE DESIGN BAND: FREE LANCE BAND TRANSPORTATION: DREAM LIMOUSINES REHEARSAL DINNER: DETROIT BEET COMPANY *WeddingDay preferred vendor WEDDINGDAY 11


Photo: Stintography

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2021 STYLE SHOOT EVENT

Falling in Love Our Autumn Grand Rapids Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event


HETLER PHOTOGRAPHY

Our Grand Rapids WeddingDay Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event offered a chance for Midwest photographers to gain style shoot experience and grow their connections with other experts in the wedding industry. Working with lead photographer, Kellie Hetler, and Greenville, Michigan venue, Frugthaven Farm, this team was truly top-notch! With tips and tricks from industry experts, a question and answer session with the WeddingDay team and follow-up publication on our platforms, there is so much to gain from these fun events. Take a look at the results from this dreamy day, and read on to see how you can get involved in our next collaborative style shoot!

The Vision

A colorful fall was the theme of this Grand Rapids style shoot. Our planner, Brittany Chesney of 1945 Event Co., staged two weddings to show that small and intimate weddings can be just as stunning as large ones with extravagant décor! “The natural fall elegance wedding was literally a dream come true,” Brittany gushes. “And using colorful fruits and veggies, a mix of metallics and rich florals, the jewel tone harvest theme was brought to life.”

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HETLER PHOTOGRAPHY

The Decor '

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Both shoots were fall themed, but they each had their own color palette. The jewel-toned wedding was full of rich gemstone colors like purple and red with touches of yellows. On the other hand, the natural fall wedding was filled with warm fall colors like yellow, orange and brown. “Copper and Lace's items fit right in with the vision for this shoot,” Brittany says. The team also tried to utilize pumpkins, fall florals and wood accents with glassware and candles to bring in the elegant side of the shoot. Special Occasions' chairs and linens tied everything together in this stunning shoot, while the stationery and signage by Pretty Petal Papers accented each theme perfectly!


The Venue Frugthaven Farm was the perfect locale for this shoot due to its multiple spaces all in one venue. “We showed how the venue can showcase two completely different size and style weddings in various locations on the farm,” Brittany explains. The spaces showcased were perfect for the themes selected. The jewel-toned shoot takes place in an open air tent with the sprawling field as a backdrop, which makes the celebration seem endless. Our team utilized the venue's smaller barn for the natural fall look, making the setup cozy and intimate!

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The Looks Our brides look absolutely gorgeous in both of their America’s Bride gowns! We love how both dresses not only tie to the themes of the shoot but also to each other. The floral lace detailing on the gowns exude elegance and blend with the floral décor in the shoot. The tuxedo from SuitShop is classic with a modern twist. Beauty by Ashleigh, Brittany Andring and Glammed by Samm styled our brides' hair and makeup in laid-back, but elegant styles, perfect for this autumn setting!

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HETLER PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Florals Alex Nazar Floral curated the most stunning floral designs for our shoot! From the deeply colored flowers in the jewel-toned theme to the autumn flowers in the natural fall theme, the floral pieces are an integral part of this shoot. Each table, arch and bouquet is overflowing with flowers that bring each look together!

The Cake & Desserts Two cakes from Sugar and Spice Bakeshop LLC were used to blend with the two visions Brittany had. The blue-frosted confection goes perfectly with the jewel-toned shoot. From the richly colored flowers at the top to the metallic section keeping the two tiers apart, this cake is pure elegance. The fall cake is a stunning burnt orange frosting that exposes its chocolate cake. And we are living for the flowers scattered around the cake! Each wedding also has various pastries that fit the theme and accompany the cakes beautifully.

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LEAD PHOTOGRAPHY: HETLER PHOTOGRAPHY (HETLERPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)* VENUE: FRUGTHAVEN FARM (FRUGTHAVENFARM.COM)* PLANNING, COORDINATION & DÉCOR: 1945 EVENT CO. (1945EVENTCO.COM)* FLORALS: ALEX NAZAR FLORAL (ALEXNAZARFLORAL.COM)* VIDEOGRAPHY: UNNAMED FILMS DRESSES: AMERICA'S BRIDE (AMERICASBRIDE. US)* HAIR & MAKEUP: BEAUTY BY ASHLEIGH (NICOLE'S HAIR & MAKEUP), BRITTANY ANDRING: MAKEUP ARTIST (JESSICA'S MAKEUP) & GLAMMED BY SAMM (JESSICA'S HAIR) SUIT: SUITSHOP (SUITSHOP.COM)* CAKES & DESSERTS: SUGAR & SPICE BAKESHOP STATIONERY: PRETTY PETAL PAPERS (SHOP.PRETTYPETALPAPERS. COM)* RENTALS: COPPER & LACE WEDDING RENTAL AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS LLC (SPECIALOCCASIONSMI. COM)* MODELS: NICOLE LAFLECHE AND JESSICA & GRIFFIN TOMASIK *WeddingDay preferred vendor

SEE BEHIND T H E scenes View the video at: youtu.be/ kLTYKzvuQdk

HETLER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Are you interested in joining us at our next Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event? LEARN MORE HERE: WEDDINGDAY-ONLINE.COM/YOURE-INVITEDWEDDINGDAYS-PHOTOGRAPHERCOLLABORATIVE-STYLE-SHOOT-EVENTS

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2021 PHOTOGRAPHER COLLABORATIVE STYLE SHOOT EVENT Attendee Spotlight:

Kai Davis Photography

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THE ONLY

the best guide for the midwest bride wedding planning ch ecklist

PLANNING TOOL

the only wedding planning checklist you need

YOU WILL EVER NEED

9 to 12 Months Before Discuss and determine a budget with your partner Document budget in WeddingDay’s budget checklist

2 to 4 Months Before Book your makeup artist and hair salon for bridal party and yourself

Gather “ideal” guest list from partner’s family and your family

Choose a hairstyle and book a consultation and trial run appointment

Narrow down the guest list as needed to determine venue size and cost estimate

Pick a bakery, attend a cake tasting or two, and order your cake

Choose a date and reserve a venue Select a ceremony site and an officiant Choose the members of your wedding party Hire a wedding planner or wedding coordinator if desired Create an email folder for wedding-related correspondence, a Pinterest board for inspiration, and an actual folder for receipts and vendor contracts Book your main vendors (florist, photographer and DJ/band, etc.) Have an engagement party to celebrate with friends and family

Buy wedding favors for guests and gifts for wedding party Organize your information to obtain marriage license Purchase your wedding bands Order tuxes for groom, groomsmen and/or ushers Mail invitations!

6-8 Weeks Before Send invites for rehearsal dinner to family, wedding party and select guests Attend food tasting with caterer or venue and finalize menu

6 to 9 Months Before Go wedding dress shopping for your dream dress and order immediately Hire a catering company if the venue does not cater in-house

Meet with florist to finalize flowers Begin beauty treatments (teeth whitening, facials, etc.) Send DJ and photographer list of songs and list of musthave photos

Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses with the bridal party Design your wedding website with pertinent information

2-6 Weeks Before

Decide on a honeymoon destination and renew passport

Color and trim your hair

Book your wedding day transportation (limo, bus, carriage, etc)

Have a trial run of your formal hair and makeup

Create gift registry

Schedule meeting with all vendors to plan and finalize details Create seating chart and wedding-weekend itinerary

4 to 6 Months Before

Print guest name cards, programs, menus and extra stationery

Finalize guest list using WeddingDay’s guest list checklist

Have your final dress fitting

Gather postal addresses of invited guests

Write down your vows and reception speech

Design, print and send save-the-date announcements

Send finalized guest counts with menu choices to caterer

Shop for and rent necessary rental items such as decor, chairs, tables, etc.

1 Week Before

Purchase wedding invitations or hire designer to create invites

Re-confirm all plans and times with vendors and wedding party

Start planning your ceremony with music selection and readings

Create an envelope tipping system for vendors

Meet with your officiant regarding ceremony and required premarital counseling

Inform wedding party of any required duties

Finalize honeymoon travel plans

Pack for the honeymoon

Implement workout regiments and diet, if desired

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PRO SPOTLIGHT

Kara Hanes

KARA HANES PHOTOGRAPHY

You will look back at your wedding photos for years to come. Though they should always bring back happy memories and feelings, having a great photographer who truly cares about you and your spouse can ensure those memories get captured. Nothing makes the wedding photography process run smoother than knowing that your photographer is a friend and makes you feel comfortable. With the main goal of making your wedding about you and not just the photos, Kara Hanes from Kara Hanes Photography wants to focus on you and your expectations. Kara isn’t afraid to go out of her way to get to know you and even help alleviate stress in the process. Candid moments are truly her favorite, and she loves to share laughs while she takes her beautiful photos. We got a chance to talk with Kara and learn more about what drives her as a photographer.

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inspired your business? What WD: What keeps you motivated? as long as I can remember, I KH: "For would be at family events or small

trips to restaurants, and my Grandma would pull out a camera to save memories. When I graduated high school, I received a book full of the photos she saved over the years. Now that she’s gone, all I have left are the memories I have of her through pictures she gave me, and I cherish each and every one of them. The photos she took remind me that what I’m doing as a photographer matters to someone, and if not, the photos I take will someday."

WD: Tell us about your experience and skills. funny thing is, I did not do KH: "The any formal training on how to be a

photographer. I spent years of trial and error with my camera, lighting, location and so on, and also learning a lot from others. It wasn’t until the last couple years when I stumbled across nationallyknown photographers who provide online courses that I discovered my creative outlet for photography is more about me and what I see than what things are supposed to look like from someone else’s perspective or opinion. I’ve learned the technical side of things through YouTube and online courses, and still value anything that helps me learn something new."

WD:

As a business owner, what do you wish to accomplish with your customers? What can a couple look forward to when booking you? "My main goal is to make sure my couples truly have a wonderful wedding experience. I want them to walk away from their wedding thinking that it’s truly the best day ever and not just all about pictures. The best way for me to make this happen is to properly prepare my clients with information on what to expect and to communicate a lot prior to their wedding. This is one reason why I really value an engagement session—engagement sessions not only provide beautiful photos but help clients and me get to know one another. In engagement sessions, clients can get a feel for how I work so when I show up on their wedding day they have a friend and not just a photographer. Additionally, what we learn from each other at an engagement session will save so much time on a wedding day."

KH:

WD: KH:

Give us an overview of your services. What makes your business unique? "From the outside my services might seem like any other photographer’s services. However, I like to meet with my couples either by phone, in person or video chat to make sure we are the perfect fit. I like to get to know them, hear their relationship story and become friends. I like to check in with them during the wedding planning process to see how they

are doing with the stress and give advice, tips or suggestions. After the wedding, I want to continue celebrating with them when they have kids, get a new pet or start a new job." us about your favorite part of WD: Tell your job. What keeps it fun for you? favorite part of my job is meeting KH: "My new faces. There are always guests

I become quick friends with at a wedding, and I get to hear about them, their life and how they know the couple. These could be friends from college, a family member, or even co-workers. I love hearing all about their point of view of the relationship. I also love to laugh and create art, so finding opportunities for candid moments that are fun, funny or even sad are so fulfilling."

WD: KH:

What do you love about the industry you work in? "I love the community that is created. These days photography is a very popular industry and there are so many of us just wanting to talk about it, share it and learn from one another. I have made some really great friends through my profession and I don’t think our paths would have crossed otherwise."

MY MAIN GOAL IS

TO MAKE SURE MY COUPLES TRULY

HAVE A WONDERFUL

WEDDING EXPERIENCE. I WANT THEM TO

WALK AWAY FROM THEIR WEDDING THINKING THAT IT ’S TRULY THE

BEST DAY EVER AND NOT JUST ALL

ABOUT PICTURES. the most common question WD: What’s you get from couples? What’s your answer to it? most popular question I KH: "The get is 'How long have you been a photographer?' This is such a hard question

for me, and I think a lot of it is because I felt like such a “fauxtographer” for so long. I purchased my first DSLR (a digital camera where you can change the lenses) when my son was born in 2008. I took photos of family and friends for fun and then realized I could get paid for it. It wasn’t until 2012 when I officially registered my business that I really considered myself a photographer. I spent years doing this business on the side while working full time. I captured a lot of families, but I photographed my first wedding solo in 2013 and absolutely loved it. I decided to take the leap in 2020 and go full-time, upgraded my equipment, and I’m absolutely loving every minute of it." are the best tips you have for WD: What helping couples prepare for their big

day? Any other words of wisdom to share? "My biggest piece of advice I give couples is to enjoy being together during the engagement and to try not to spend so much time focusing on the wedding. Once you begin wedding planning, it can be allconsuming. Remember that weddings are about being together, so focus on each other more than the event"

KH:

a moment to brag about WD: Take something you’re proud of! so proud of the fact that I get to KH: "I’m be a part of people’s lives and make

their moments into memories. When I went into this business I didn’t want to do it just for the money (yeah. a girl’s gotta eat!), but I wanted to be fulfilled in some way. By creating lasting relationships I feel that I’m doing much more than taking pictures." do you calm the nerves of WD: How anxious clients? What do you do to

make them feel comfortable? "I’m a full believer that anxiety can be caused a lot by not knowing what will happen next. I love to communicate expectations of the day and ways we can work around problems if they arise. This could mean finding alternate photo spots if it’s raining or putting your uncle so-and-so on the opposite side of family formals to keep the tension from building up. If the timeline is getting smaller and smaller, I can work creatively to make things happen in a tight schedule while still keeping the atmosphere light."

KH:

are your future goals for your WD: What business? How do you see it growing in the future? I love working with all sorts KH: "While of clients, creatively one of my top goals is to serve primarily wedding clients and high school seniors. I see my business growing in a direction where more and more clients become not only aware of what I can offer them as a photographer but of the lasting connections that can be made when they choose my services."

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T his is such a n exciting ti me for you! I’m sure your mind is racing w ith a l l that needs to be pla nned . It’s a l l ver y exciting , but it ca n a lso be somewhat over whel ming. You’re pla nning the day that you’ve been a nticipating your whole l i fe a nd yet you on ly get one shot at it! By the ti me you get the ha ng of it, the pla nning is over! My goa l a s a wedd ing photog rapher is to ma ke this one a spect of the pla nning process si mple . Photog raphy is more tha n just i ma ges, it’s a rea l pa r t of your day. Not on ly do you deser ve beautif u l images, you a lso deser ve a n a ma zing photog raphic experience. W hen you leave your wedd ing a l l you have lef t is your spouse a nd your photos a nd I’m here to ma ke sure you remember ever y thing.

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Complimentary Engagement Session Second Photographer 8-10 Hours of Wedding Day Coverage Digital high resolution edited images Unwatermarked Online Viewing Gallery WEDDINGDAY

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2021 PHOTOGRAPHER COLLABORATIVE STYLE SHOOT EVENT Attendee Spotlight:

Kara Hanes Photography

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Vilma Maria Photography

THE BEST MIDWEST BRIDAL SALONS & DESIGNERS TO SHOP FOR

your dream gown The day you find your perfect wedding dress is one of the happiest days in your life, but the process to get you to that dress can be stressful. Luckily, for Midwest brides, there are some fabulous salons that can help guide them to that gorgeous dress while limiting the anxiety that comes with it. All the big cities in the Midwest have something new and unique to guarantee you can find the dress that best reflects your personality and makes you feel like the most beautiful person in the room.


Michigan

Known for its natural beauty, the dresses that fill the boutiques and salons in Michigan reflect that breathtaking scenery. While boasting an elegant collection of wedding dresses, the true bragging point is the people that fill these gorgeous shops. Obviously, comfort is everything when shopping for a dress. You won't feel beautiful if you don't feel comfortable. All the skilled experts in these shops help you feel comfortable as they listen to what you want and need to make your wedding dress dreams come true!

DETROIT BELOVED BRIDAL Jenna Knott Photography

BECKER'S BRIDAL 155 S. Main St., Fowler, MI 48835 (989) 593-2595 • beckersbridal.com BECKER'S BRIDAL OUTLET 410 Frandor Ave., Lansing, MI 48912 (517) 708-0808 • beckersbridal.com/collections/outlet/ BELOVED BRIDAL 122 S. Main St., Suite 320, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 834-4696 • belovedbridal.com

BECKER'S BRIDAL Johnson Photography LLC

THE WEDDING SHOPPE 2186 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, MI 48072 (248) 541-1988 • theweddingshoppe.net

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GRAND RAPIDS AMERICA'S BRIDE 3165 Alpine Ave Walker, Michigan 49544 (616) 224-0056 • americasbride.us ANNIE LANE BRIDAL ALLEGAN 137 Brady Street, Allegan, Michigan 49010 (269) 479-1500 • annielanebridal.com ANNIE LANE BRIDAL ZEELAND 152 E Main Ave, Zeeland, Michigan 49464 (616) 439-1001 • annielanebridal.com BIANKA BRIDAL 125 Ottawa Ave. NW., Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 235-9300 • biankabridal.com DEARLY LOVED BRIDAL 101 E Main St, Middleville, MI 49333 (616) 987-0060 • dearlylovedbridal.com

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As a state that was once known as the crossroads of America, Indiana has so much to offer, especially when it comes to wedding gowns. Even with such unique and glamorous dresses, the experts in these stores are who stand out most. Each and every person is dedicated to listening to what you want and need to help you find "the one". If you're looking for a boutique or salon to meet and exceed your expectations, you can't go wrong with any of the ones below!

NORTHERN INDIANA BLUSH BRIDAL & BEAUTY BOUTIQUE 821 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 (260) 760-5857 • goaheadandblush.com ELEGANCE WEDDING & EVENING WEAR 2820 Highway Ave, Highland, IN 46322 (219) 923-0977 • elegancewedding.net

ELEGANCE WEDDING & EVENING WEAR Tushona Monét Photography

Indiana

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JESSICA'S ON MAIN Abbey Elaine Photography

THE WEDDING STUDIO Kristen Bowen Photography

TRUDIE'S BRIDAL & FORMALWEAR Jasmine Norris Photography

CENTRAL INDIANA BLYE'S BRIDAL LOFT 321 N Main St, Kokomo, IN 46901 (765) 452-1219 • blyesbridal.com JESSICA'S ON MAIN 101 E Main St, Ladoga, IN 47954 (765) 366-8750 • jessicasonmain.com SOPHIA'S BRIDAL & TUX COLUMBUS 544 Washington St., Columbus, IN 47201 (812) 375-2223 • sophiasbridalandtux.com SOPHIA'S BRIDAL & TUX FISHERS 8966 E. 96th St., Fishers, IN 46037 (317) 288-2903 • sophiasbridalandtux.com SOPHIA'S BRIDAL & TUX INDIANAPOLIS 2025 E. Southport Rd., Ste. A, Indianapolis, IN 46227 (317) 222-5465 • sophiasbridalandtux.com THE WEDDING STUDIO CARMEL 14250 Clay Terrace Blvd., #120, Carmel, IN 46032 (317) 815-2000 • theweddingstudios.net THE WEDDING STUDIO GREENWOOD 997 E County Line Rd, Suite AA, Greenwood, IN 46143 (317) 743-8000 • theweddingstudios.net TRUDIE'S BRIDAL & FORMALWEAR 53 S Center St, Flora, IN 46929 (765) 414-7636 • trudiesbridalandformalwear.com

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Nationwide

The Midwest expands from the Great Lakes to across the Mississippi River. So many bridal boutiques and salons expand across that large chunk of land. All of them are bursting with professionals ready to help brides feel as beautiful as possible on their special day. But you don't always need an in-person salon to find what you're looking for. Some designer's websites are great tools for finding exactly what you want and where you can buy it. We've added one of our favorite salons outside of our tri-state area and two wonderful designers that will truly help you get that perfect dress to round out our list!

WISCONSIN BUCCI'S BRIDAL 617 Ryan St #210, Pewaukee, WI 53072 (262) 691-9963 • buccisbridal.com

NATIONAL DESIGNERS BADGLEY MISCHKA Available online and at various nationwide retailers hello@badgleymischka.com • badgleymischka.com

CALLA BLANCHE

BUCCI'S BRIDAL Stephanie Sanchez

CALLA BLANCHE Available at various bridal salons across the US & Canada admin@jtaafashiondesign.com • callablanche.com

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Johnson Photography, LLC

Experience the Magic BECKER’S BR I DA L

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Within walking distance to many dining & nightlife options, we will be sure to offer great entertainment nearby while staying in our vibrant city!

Contact our Group Sales Manager (317) 261-1200 or sales@hamptondt.com

Host your wedding block at the Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis and receive a discounted rate!

Ask about a complimentary suite upgrade!

Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis 105 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225 | (317) 261-1200 | www.hamptondt.com

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Creating custom wedding stationery • Invitations • RSVP’s • Save the Dates • Name / Table Settings • Wax Seals, Ribbons, Wraps

Darling Design Co Cameron Martin 765.210.7701 DarlingDesignCo.765@gmail.com FB: Darling Design Co IG: DarlingDesignCo.765

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THE ULTIMATE

PLANNING TOOL

the best guide for the midwest bride

wedding glam guide the ultimate wedding glam guide

9 TO 12 MONTHS BEFORE

2 WEEKS BEFORE

Print this checklist and start a Pinterest beauty board

Confirm beauty appointments

See a dermatologist or esthetician to address any skin concerns

Color, highlight or touch up your hair

Start experimenting with hair colors and growing out hair

Attend facial appointment and/or exfoliate skin

Sign up for a gym membership and commit to going 3x week

Prepare envelopes to tip your beauty team

Set weight-loss goals if desired and launch program

Wear sunscreen at all times outdoors

Begin to research or ask for recommendations on salons

Get lash extensions if desired

Experiment with beauty and skin care products

Change your contact lenses

6 TO 9 MONTHS BEFORE Design skin care routine with selected products Add strength training to workout plan Commit to drinking 5 glasses of water each day Purchase vitamins for energy, hair growth, healthy skin and immune system

4 TO 6 MONTHS BEFORE Secure stylist and makeup artist Begin brow rehab: grow them out and have them professionally shaped Settle on hair color Narrow down hairstyles to top 3 Hit the gym 4-5 days a week with a mix of cardio and strength training

1 TO 2 MONTHS BEFORE

1 WEEK BEFORE Spray tan with at-home product or professional application Get a manicure and pedicure Attend waxing appointments: brows, bikini line, legs, etc. Pack beauty emergency/touchup kit for the big day Go to bed and wake up around the same time each day

DAYS BEFORE Drink water continuously Wash your hair two days before the wedding Sleep at least 7-8 hours each night Get your engagement ring cleaned Clean your ears Touch up manicure and pedicure

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Whiten teeth

Drink a full glass of water when you wake up

Get a hair trim

Begin the morning with meditation and stretching

Schedule facial for two weeks before the wedding

Go for a walk alone

Stop shaving if you plan to get a wax

Eat breakfast and pack snacks for the day

Have a trial run of your hair and makeup

Rinse off in the shower; make sure to keep your hair dry

Have a trial spray tan

Attend hair and makeup appointments Take photos of hair and makeup to send back to vendors

FIND MORE WEDDINGDAY PLANNING TOOLS ON WEDDINGDAY-ONLINE.COM!

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Ask for lip color sample for touchups Spray light perfume SMILE!


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STYLE SHOOT

Happiness & Fun A SUNNY DETROIT STYLE SHOOT

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tephanie Crasiuc of Styled by Stephanie wanted to design a style shoot inspired by one of the 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year, Illuminating. The all-white aesthetic of the venue allowed the bright palette to pop! You can’t miss the boldness and joy that this yellow-centered shoot brings to life. And we love how carefully every detail was picked to create this glamorous yet playful theme.

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WHAT WE

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Each dress worn by the model brings out a different theme of the shoot. One lends to the whimsical side, one exudes elegance and the other brings some moodiness to this bright day!


PHOTOGRAPHY: HOLD THE MOMENTS COORDINATION, PLANNING & RENTALS: STYLED BY STEPHANIE VENUE: TRIBE DETROIT FLORALS: THE LOVELY PETALS DRESSES: THE WEDDING SHOPPE (THEWEDDINGSHOPPE.NET)* HAIR & MAKEUP: TEAM GLAM DETROIT JEWELRY: LACE BOUTIQUE STATIONERY: INVITATIONS BY CAITLIN RENTALS: BIJOUX *WeddingDay preferred vendor

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George Street Photography

Distinctive Designs for Today’s Brides Crystal Springs Florist 1475 Pipestone, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022 269-925-1167 crystalspringsweddings.com

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Gaska String Quartet

Music for all your memorable occasions Martha Bradberry: 574.229.0422 | Candy Thomas: 574.323.7969 | Joyce Davis: 574.229.3147 | Emilie Grondin: 574.229.6070

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Gabrielle Cheikh Photography

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40 E St Clair St | Indianapolis, IN 46204 | (317) 275-4200 | events.imcpl.org

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FEATURED WEDDING

The Real Wedding of GABRIELL E & D E R E K KR U E G E R

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Gabi and Derek were able to combine rustic and industrial themes to create a wedding full of elegance. Most of the décor was actually made by the couple themselves! “I feel like because just about everything was handmade by us it made it even more special. Not just the time that we got to spend together working on it all, but seeing it there all set up was just a great feeling of accomplishment together,” Gabi gushes.

TH EME:

Rustic Industrial SEA SON : Fall

VEN UE:

Venue One Eleven Holly, MI

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Instead of having wedding favors, Gabi and Derek took the money they saved and donated it to charity. “Derek’s brother has Down Syndrome so we decided to donate to the National Down Syndrome Society,” Gabi explains.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: MULBERRY & SAGE PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: VENUE ONE ELEVEN CATERING: CHOWHOUND GOURMET VIDEOGRAPHY & DJ: FALCON FILM STUDIOS FLORALS: KROGER DRESS: BELLISSIMA BRIDAL SALON BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES: AZAZIE HAIR: RENEE BREAKIE MAKEUP: JESSICA AURORA NAILS: POLISH NAIL BAR MENSWEAR: MEN'S WEARHOUSE BRIDE'S RINGS: DIAMOND DAVES CAKE: PAM KRIER

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Photo: Heather Sherrill Photography, Planning: Meg McCormick & Lilly Krambeck

WEDDING STATIONERY BY PSR DESIGNS OF INDIANA PAULINE S. RAY PSBR.DESIGNS@GMAIL.COM 317.759.0625. PSRDESIGNS.COM/WEDDING-INVITATIONS FB: WEDDING STATIONERY BY PSR DESIGNS IG: @WEDDINGSTATIONERYBYPSRDESIGNS 64

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TRUE BEAUTY BY DANA

Lexie Moneta Photography

DANA SHIELDS ON-LOCATION MAKEUP ARTIST 219.765.5938 TRUEBEAUTYMAKEUPARTIST.COM DANA@TRUEBEAUTYMAKEUPARTIST.COM

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Cynthia Boyle Photography

From rehearsal to reception...

We’re always at your service!

T E N T S & S T R U C T U R E S | TA B L E S & C H A I R S | L I N E N S | C H I N A & F L AT W A R E | G L A S S W A R E | B A R S & B A R B A C K S | C O N S U LTAT I O N & M O R E !

805 W Edison Rd, Mishawaka, IN

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Tushona Monét Photography

INDIANAPOLIS, IN | LOVELIGHTEVENTSLLC@GMAIL.COM | (317) 319-5163 | LOVELIGHTEVENTSLLC.COM 68

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STYLE SHOOT

Simplicity and Glamour AN EARTHY D ETROI T STY L E SH OOT 70

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arm and earthy colors are just what a free-spirited wedding needs! The orange and green colors pair so well with the natural theme, and the plants and florals match beautifully with the wooden elements. And we are living for that charcuterie board! This simple shoot is every boho lover’s dream!

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Having the ceremony in a greenhouse is such a unique idea! Nothing screams bohemian more than simplicity and nature. The gorgeous greenhouse set-up is an effortless way to evoke the boho atmosphere!

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PHOTOGRAPHY, COORDINATION & HOST: M.K.R. PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: THE OAKLEY DAY-OF COORDINATION: WHITE FLAMINGO EVENTS FLORALS: THE OPAL EXCHANGE DRESS: THE DRESS SHOP HAIR & MAKEUP NICOLE LYNN ARTISTRY MENSWEAR: DUNHILL TUXEDOS JEWELRY: MY MELLOW MOSS CAKE: MI GREAT LAKES CAKES (MIGREATLAKESCAKES.COM)* STATIONERY: JOMARIE DESIGN & STATIONERY SIGNAGE: LETTERING BY EK CEREMONY DÉCOR: CLINK & CO DESIGNS TABLE & CHAIRS: SHEANDOAH RENTS RENTALS: PAIRA-DOCS WEDDING RENTALS MOBILE BAR: OFF THE WAGON MOBILE BAR CHARCUTERIE: THE PERFECT BITE PHOTOBOOTH: STUNNING SHOTS PHOTOBOOTH *WeddingDay preferred vendor

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Tushona Monét Photography

Creating Unmatched Experiences For The Client Who Likes To Impress! (317) 602-6886 | INFO@TORILEIGHEVENTS.COM | TORILEIGHEVENTS.COM 74

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© JL Media

“…the picture perfect day I had always dreamed of” Amanda F., June 2019 Bride

MORE THAN FOUR WALLS AND A CHANDELIER

574-235-9714 • studebakermuseum.org 201 Chapin St., South Bend, IN 46601

© Scott Tibbles Photography

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Top Left: Amy Straka Photography, Top Middle & Bottom: Scott Tibbles Photography, Top Right: Matthew Whitlock Photography

No dream too big... No budget too small.... Planning, Coordination, Design and Wedding Officiating Michigan, Indiana and beyond (269) 363-6597 • www.simplyunforgettableoccasions.com 76

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Abbey Elaine Photography

indysanctuary.com | (317) 602-3264 | 701 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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CAPTURING ALL THE MESSY, PERFECTLY IMPERFECT, UNPOSED, MOMENTS OF LIFE IN IMAGES.

"Ashley worked with us along the way and when the time came she made sure our day ran smoothly, and it ended up being absolutely amazing. You don’t just get a photographer you get someone who truly cares about her clients, her work and making sure you have the absolute best day no matter!" -2020 Couple

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WEBSITE: WWW.SMITTENMITTENPHOTOGRAPHY.COM INSTAGRAM: WEDDINGDAY SMITTENMITTENPHOTOGRAPHY


planning, floral, and design made unique by you

@elementeventdesign element-eventdesign.com

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COVER SHOOT

Mid-Century Classic MEETS

Modern Boldness W EDDI NG DAY ’ S EXC LU SIVE DE T ROIT DIG ITAL COVE R SH OOT 80

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THE VISION A chic, mid-century modern style full of late fall or winter vibes was the main idea behind our exclusive Detroit digital cover shoot. Taylor Schepper from Element Event Design brought this stunning theme to life. “I really wanted to honor the natural space of the venue,” Taylor explains. “We used a lot of neutrals with pops of deep burgundy, orange, red and mauve.” The end results were stunning and captured perfectly by Smitten Mitten Photography!

THE VENUE “Highlands was the first venue to come to my mind,” Taylor admits. “It was the right environment to play with dark tones and brighter neutrals.” Another major pro to shooting at this venue was the view! The venue is equipped with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Detroit Metro area with a stunning view of the Detroit River and Canada. Plus, it makes a gorgeous backdrop for couples’ portraits!

SMITTEN MITTEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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THE DÉCOR Taylor wanted to include some trendy rental items in her design, but did not want to go overboard with them. “I believe the design for a look should reflect your taste and the space itself. So yes, we did use some trendy items like the black matte stands, a long stem bouquet and a bold napkin look,” Taylor says. Another great addition was the stationery from Pretty Petal Papers! The main goal was to utilize the paper to bring out more of the soft, neutral details. 82

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THE FLORALS The goal with the florals was to keep them simple with clean lines but allow the blooms to bring some of the brighter fall tones to life in the shoot. “We leaned on some classic rose looks to build our base. Anthurium and orchids added some unique dimension and are very trendy choices right now in the floral world. Our filler flowers featured scabiosa pods, painted plumosa, and dried nigella pods,” Taylor explains.

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THE LOOK To not distract from the venue, our bride wore a minimalist dress from The Wedding Shoppe with a straight neckline, illusion top and low back. Taylor gushes, “The sleeves brought in my favorite element with a pouf sleeve coming to a tight cuff around the wrist. It suited the style with the classic strong lines indicative of the mid-century modern looks.” Valor Salon accented the bride’s natural beauty with the hair and makeup styles. However, they did incorporate some bold touches—such as white eyeliner—to blend with the rest of the shoot's modern aspects! SMITTEN MITTEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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SMITTEN MITTEN PHOTOGRAPHY

SEE BEHIND T H E scenes View the video at: youtu.be/ bvxxnJZGfAg

THE CAKE Kaitlin from MI Great Lakes Cakes created a show-stopping cake for this equally as dramatic cover shoot. We think she did an amazing job fitting the theme while designing something unique that everyone can enjoy! Taylor raves, “Kaitlin's design for the cake was a masterpiece. I LOVED the accents she drew in with the sugar leaves. It emphasized the pinks and reds in the palette and played up the neutral textures as well.” 86

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Smitten Mitten Photography* Farmington Hills, MI smittenmittenphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHY

Highlands Detroit* Detroit, MI highlandsdetroit.com

VENUE

DRESS & HAIRPIECE

PLANNING & FLORALS

VIDEOGRAPHY

HAIR & MAKEUP

Element Event Design* Detroit, MI element-eventdesign.com

Refracted Film

RENTALS

Event Theory

The Wedding Shoppe* Berkley, MI theweddingshoppe.net

STATIONERY

Pretty Petal Papers* Grand Rapids, MI shop.prettypetalpapers.com

CAKE

Valor Salon* Oxford, MI valorsalonmi.com

MI Great Lakes Cakes* Fenton, MI migreatlakescakes.com

MODELS

*WeddingDay preferred vendor

Savannah & Kyle Heintz

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Look beautiful & feel confident in your wedding dress.

2186 Coolidge Highway Berkley, MI 248.541.1988 www.TheWeddingShoppe.net 88

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40 S WASHINGTON ST OXFORD, MI 48371 | (248) 572-7124 | INFO@SALONVALOR.COM | VALORSALONMI.COM

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Meet the Cover Team THE WEDDING PROS BEHIND THE SHOOT

Taylor Schepper E LE M E N T EVENT DES IGN Taylor is the head planner and designer of Element Event Design. She loves to focus on the engagement experience, creating one-of-a-kind looks that suit her couples' styles and tastes. She says, "We're here to make all the ideas floating around in your head cohesive and unforgettable."

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Gen Ryan + MiChele Basemore HIG HL AN DS DETRO IT Meet Gen Ryan, Private Events Director and MiChele Basemore, Private Events Coordinator at Highlands Detroit. Gen, mom to an incredible 5-year-old, has honed her experience over the last two decades in NYC, and is now elated to be doing what she loves on the top floor of the tallest building in Michigan. MiChele worked as a wedding planner for 34 years, helping hundreds of couples begin their happily ever after. She loves love and joining the Highlands Detroit team allows her to provide quality in-house wedding coordinating along with the best food and view in town.


Michelle McFarland

Amanda McFarland

THE W EDDING S HOPPE

VAL O R S AL O N

Michelle McFarland is one of the leading experts in the bridal retailer industry. She founded The Wedding Shoppe over 20 years ago, and it has grown to be the largest bridal boutique in Metro Detroit. Michelle feels that every bride deserves to have a special experience while finding her wedding dress. As the President of the Better Bridal Group, she spends time training over 200 other bridal boutiques all over the world on how to provide the best experience for their brides as well. Michelle is also the President of the National Bridal Retailers Association. The mission of the NBRA is to consolidate the voices of all independent bridal store owners to effect change in the industry. NBRA also works to strengthen the public image of shopping in brick and mortar bridal stores.

Amanda McFarland is the owner of Valor Salon, an upscale salon deeply rooted in the Oxford, Michigan community. They offer an extensive list of services including coloring, waxing, hair extensions, lash extensions, makeup applications, cutting and styling. Contact them today to schedule a complimentary consultation with any of their talented stylists.

Ashley Auger S MITTEN M ITTEN PHO TO G RAPHY Smitten Mitten Photography is a Detroit wedding photography business, owned by Ashley Auger. Born a Michigan native, Ashley has spent nearly two decades helping couples like you, from all over the United States, celebrate the day they add another branch to their family tree. Spending her time in the industry first as a wedding planner and coordinator, she gained meticulous attention to detail and expert awareness of all the things that make a wedding day flow. Since transitioning into preserving those moments behind a camera, she has become even more passionate about all the delicate details and irreplaceable love of family that happens on a wedding day.

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Kaitlin Gallemore MI GREAT L AK ES CAK ES Kaitlin is the owner and cake designer at MI Great Lakes Cakes, based in Fenton, Michigan. She is a self-taught cake designer and baker that loves to create pieces of edible art. She says, “There is no greater honor than creating a beautiful (and edible!) centerpiece for couples on such a special day in their lives!”

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Sharon Fleurissaint

Corbin Blake Laparl

PRETTY PETAL PAPERS

REF RACTED F IL M

Sharon is the owner and designer of Pretty Petal Papers. She says, "I absolutely love creating unique, one-of-a-kind, custom invitations for brides. I enjoy creating hand drawn sketches or watercolor art for invitations to create a design you’ll love, for moments you’ll remember."

Corbin has been working in video and film production for over a decade. From movie sets and special events, to weddings and small and large business promotion, he's had the privilege to tell stories of all kinds. He says. "I appreciate and value the unique needs of each client and challenge myself to portray those needs in a creative format."

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Creating unique, artful centerpieces for the special event in your life. Specialty Custom Wedding Cakes • Dessert Spreads • Confections 5 8 6 - 6 1 0 - 5 5 6 0 | KA I T L I N @ M I G R E AT L A K E S CA K E S . CO M | W W W. M I G R E AT L A K E S CA K E S . CO M FA C E B O O K : M I G R E AT L A K E S CA K E S | I N S TA G R A M : @ M I G R E AT L A K E S CA K E S

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The Fourniers Fine Art Photography

We create custom designs for brides who are looking for something unique and beautiful for their big day. Whether you’re looking for something classic, modern, romantic, elegant, or even a custom watercolor, we can bring your vision to life. One big day, one pretty bride, one designer for all your stationery needs. We’ll work with you to create a design you’ll love for moments you’ll remember!

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Engaged in the Midwest CONGRATS TO OUR RECENTLY ENGAGED COUPLES! Nicole + Joe

Brey + Nate / Marissa Rae Photography

Chantel + Blaise / Rachel Nessia Photography Ryleigh + Jesse / Boulder Creek Photography

Tiffany + Cody / Latosha Pollard Photography

Molly + Tim / Kylie Hinson Photography

DID YOU RECENTLY GET ENGAGED? WE WANT TO FEATURE YOU! Submit your engagement story to us at weddingday-online.com/submityour-engagement and we may feature you on our social media channels or in the next issue of WeddingDay!

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MIDWEST WEDDING

Vendor Guide BAKERIES & DESSERTS Bert's Bakery Kalamazoo, MI, 269.349.2091 bertsbakery.com

BÜK Weddings & Co. Kalamazoo, MI, 269.491.7603 bukweddings.com See ad on page 14.

Cakes by Madonna Indianapolis, IN facebook.com/ CakesbyMadonnaINDY

District 308 Salon & Boutique Howell, MI, 517.618.7838 district308.com See ad on page 12.

Flour House Cakes & Co. Grand Rapids, MI, flourhousecakes.com

Hair by Morgan Warsaw, IN hairbymorgan.wixsite.com/ hairbymorgan

Gabby's Cakes & More Indianapolis, IN, 317.440.7720 gabbyscakesandmore.com

WEDDINGDAY MAGAZINE // MIDWEST WEDDING VENDOR GUIDE

Gracey's Goodies Cedarville, IN, 260.627.2771 graceysgoodies.com

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MI Great Lakes Cakes Fenton, MI, 586.610.5560 migreatlakescakes.com See ad on page 93. Sweet T's Cakes & Confections Richland, MI, 269.615.8021 sweettscakesandconfections.com Tameka's Cakes & Desserts Fort Wayne, IN, 260.305.1748 tamekascakes.com Two Sons Cakery Springville, IN, 812.727.0323 twosonscakery.com BEAUTY & SPA 614 Beauty Serving Ohio, 614.563.7141 614beauty.com Alea Beauty Columbus & Cleveland, OH, 614.721.9609 aleabeauty.co

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Hairpins and Happiness East Lansing, MI, 517.449.5643 hairpinsandhappiness.com LoveBloomMakeup Indianapolis, IN, 765.337.6877 facebook.com/lovebloommakeup Rare Bird Beauties Chicago, IL, 773.407.1610 rarebirdbeauties.com True Beauty by Dana Valparaiso, IN, 219.765.5938 truebeautymakeupartist.com See ad on page 65. Valor Salon Oxford, MI, 248.572.7124 valorsalonmi.com See ad on page 89. BRIDAL SALONS & DESIGNERS America's Bride Grand Rapids, MI, 616.224.0056 americasbride.us See ad on page 36. Annie Lane Bridal Zeeland, MI 616.439.1001 annielanebridal.com Badgley Mischka Serving USA & beyond, badgleymischka.com

Becker's Bridal Fowler, MI, 989.593.2595 beckersbridal.com See ad on page 43. BIANKA Bridal Grand Rapids, MI, 616.235.9300 biankabridal.com Blye's Bridal Loft Kokomo, IN, 765.452.1219 blyesbridal.com See ad on page 35. Calla Blanche Serving USA & beyond, callablanche.com Sarah Kolis Custom Designs Novi, MI, 248.842.4551 sarahkolis.com Sophia's Bridal & Tux Indianapolis, IN, 317.222.5465 sophiasbridalandtux.com See ad on page 44. The Wedding Shoppe Berkley, MI, 248.541.1988 theweddingshoppe.net See ad on page 88. BRIDAL SHOWS Bridal Spectacular South Bend, IN, 574.243.4060 indianabridalspectacular.net See ad on page 57. Engaged Indiana Throughout Indianapolis area engagedindiana.com See ad on inside back cover. Midwest Rentals Bridal Affair Lafayette, IN, 765.423.5543 midwestbridalaffair.com See ad on page 69. CATERERS & BARTENDING Distinctive Catering Wyoming, MI, 866.802.7266 distinctivecatering.com Fork It Foods Chicago, IL, 779.994.7190 forkitfoods.com/grazing

ENTERTAINMENT Absolute Entertainment Northern Michiana, 574.202.8467 djmichiana.com Anna Hagen, Harpist Serving Michiana, 574.538.9396 annahagenharpist.com Bee Entertainment Serving Michigan, Northern Indiana & Chicago, 989.415.0616 michigansbestdjs.com DJ Joe Sheets Indianapolis, IN, 765.586.3818 djjoesheets.com Gaska String Quartet South Bend, IN, 574.229.0422 facebook.com/gaskastringquartet See ad on page 55. Meg Rodgers, Harpist Saint Joseph, MI, 269.429.6377 megrodgers.net FLORISTS Alex Nazar Floral Oakland County, MI, 609.920.3319 alexnazarfloral.com See ad on page 15. B. Petal Company Pierceton, IN, 260.591.0789 facebook.com/b.petalcompany Crystal Springs Florist Benton Harbor, MI, 269.925.1167 crystalspringsflorist.net See ad on page 54. Flowers for Dreams Detroit Detroit, MI, 313.230.0393 flowersfordreams.com Lopshire Flowers Fort Wayne, IN, 260.493.1581 lopshireflowers.com Rubia Flower Market West Lafayette, IN, 765.743.3597 rubiaflowermarket.com Thrive Floral Designs Chicago, IL, 630.770.1070 thrivefloraldesigns.com


Truer Design Byron Center, MI, 616.460.8776 truerdesign.com JEWELERS Diamonds Direct Indianapolis, IN, 317.575.8555 diamondsdirect.com Impress Jewelry Creations Granger, IN, 574.855.4491 impressjewelers.com MENSWEAR SuitShop Chicago, IL, 773.303.6006 suitshop.com See ad on back cover. OFFICIANTS At-the-Altar Serving Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin & the East Coast 847.908.5399 at-the-altar.com See ad on page 34. PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS Aubrey Lynn Photography Indianapolis, IN, 317.401.6650 aubreylynnphoto.com See ad on page 46. Ben Ramos Photography Chicago, IL, 773.776.9443 benramosphotos.com Courtney Carney Photography Indianapolis, IN courtneycarneyphotography.com See ad on page 66. Dave Thompson Photography Elkhart, IN, 574.238.9890 davesphotoworld.com ElishaKPhoto Indianapolis, IN, 317.513.1984 elishakphoto.com Heather Sherrill Photography Indianapolis, IN, 317.864.0632 heathersherrill.com

Hetler Photography LLC Sparta, MI, 231.519.0165 hetlerphotography.com

Zoe Jane Studios Indianapolis, IN, 317.840.1790 zoejanestudios.com

Thoughtfully Designed Co. Indianapolis, IN, 517.581.0060 thoughtfullydesignedco.com

Jacquelyn Taylor Photography Northern Indiana jacquelyntaylorphotography.com

PLANNERS/COORDINATORS 1945 Event Co. Bath, MI, 517.488.2720 1945eventco.com

Unveiled Weddings & Events Valparaiso, IN, 219.512.5620 yourunveiledevent.com

Jessie Silva Grand Rapids, MI, jessiesilva.com JNAvisuals LLC West Central Indiana, 765.307.8710 jnavisuals.com Kai Davis Photography Detroit, MI, 248.508.3229 kdpwedding.com See ad on page 26. Kara Hanes Photography Grand Rapids, MI, 616.835.6143 karahanesphotography.com See ad on page 32. Kimberly Kinder Photography Fort Wayne, IN, 260.705.1795 kinderimages.com See ad on page 58. Nicole Bates Photography Saint Joseph, MI, 269.861.9010 nicolebatesphotography.com PeaceMade Photography Chicago, IL, 312.561.6224 peacemadephotography.com Scott Tibbles Photography Niles, MI, 269.357.1648 scotttibblesphoto.com Simply Seeking Photography Bluffton, IN, simplyseekingphotography.com Smitten Mitten Photography Farmington Hills, MI, 734.606.9721 smittenmittenphotography.com See ad on page 78. Tushona Monét Photography Indianapolis, IN, 317.825.8668 tushonamonet.com

All in the Details Indianapolis, IN, 317.821.7526 detailsindy.com See ad on page 28. Becoming Designs Events Chicago, IL, 574.529.3570 becomingdesignsevents.com Chastain Charm Weddings + Special Events Michigan & surrounding areas, 269.205.3135 chastaincharm.com Element Event Design Detroit, MI, 248.396.1017 element-eventdesign.com See ad on page 79. Emily Sara Events Carmel, IN, 317.850.1283 emilysaraevents.com Grove & Co. Design Allendale, MI, 734.223.1400 groveandcodesign.com

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel Indianapolis, IN, 317.818.9900 crateandbarrel.com Williams Sonoma Indianapolis, IN, 317.848.1431 williams-sonoma.com RENTALS/LINENS & DÉCOR AAYS Event Rentals Mishawaka, IN, 574.256.1110 aaysrental.com See ad on page 67. Burns Rent-Alls, Inc. Special Events Mishawaka, IN, 574.259.4807 burnsrentals.com See ad on page 49. Midwest Rentals, Inc. Lafayette, IN, 765.423.5543 midwestrentalsinc.com See ad on page 69. Simply Stunning Creations Indianapolis, IN simplystunningcreations.com

LoveLight Events LLC Indianapolis, IN, 317.319.5163 lovelighteventsllc.com See ad on page 68.

Special Occasions, LLC Serving Michigan, 616.826.7082 specialoccasionsmi.com

Love Story Weddings and Events Dyer, IN lovestoryweddingevents.com

Tipsy Burro Ada, MI, 616.204.1018 thetipsyburro.com

Magpie Weddings Bloomington, IN, 812.929.0164 magpieweddings.com

STATIONERY & ART Art by Elise Kate Indianapolis, IN artbyelisekate.com

Ryan Abney Event Design Detroit, MI, 248.821.1128 ryan-abney.com See ad on page 6. Simply Unforgettable Occasions Kalamazoo, MI, 269.363.6597 simplyunforgettableoccasions.com See ad on page 76.

Darling Design Co. Marion, IN, 765,210.7701 facebook.com/ DarlingDesignCo765 See ad on page 47.

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Tori Leigh Events Indianapolis, IN, 317.602.6886 torileighevents.com See ad on page 74.

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Grimes Occasion Design Elburn, IL grimesodesign.com Pretty Petal Papers Serving worldwide, shop.prettypetalpapers.com See ad on page 94. PSR Designs of Indiana Indianapolis, IN, 317.759.0625 psrdesigns.com See ad on page 64. Zé Design Studio Hammond, IN, 219.776.4031 zedesignstudio.com TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown Indianapolis, IN, 317.261.1200 hamptoninn3.hilton.com See ad on page 45.

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Blue Heron Barn Kalamazoo, MI, 269.377.3564 blueheronbarn.net Coppes Commons Event Centers Nappanee, IN, 574.354.7455 coppescommons.com Frugthaven Farm Greenville, MI, 616.754.9223 frugthavenfarm.com See ad on page 25. The Grand LV Niles, MI, 269.591.0334 thegrandlv.com The Hall at Oakland Park Nappanee, IN, 574.773.1001 oakland-hall.com See ad on page 59. Hawks Point Acres Anderson, IN, hawkspointacres.com

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Highlands Detroit Detroit, MI, 313.877.9090 highlandsdetroit.com See ad on inside front cover. The Indianapolis Public Library Indianapolis, IN, 317.275.4200 events.imcpl.org See ad on page 56. The Ivory Foundry Wedding & Events Indianapolis, IN, 317.370.7472 ivoryfoundryevents.com See ad on page 13. LM Studio Chicago Chicago, IL, 312.995.0134 lmstudiochicago.com Meadow Brook Hall Rochester, MI, 248.364.6200 meadowbrookhall.org See ad on page 7. Nagelkirk Gardens Harvey, MI, 906.228.7441 nagelkirkgardens.com The Sanctuary on Penn Indianapolis, IN, 317.602.3264 indysanctuary.com See ad on page 77. The Silo Banquets & Catering Allegan, MI, 269.686.8383 silobanquet.com The Sixpence Whitestown, IN, 317.296.8200 thesixpence.com Stonegate Manor Benton Harbor, MI, 269.930.0617 stonegatemanorevents.com Studebaker National Museum South Bend, IN, 574.235.9714 studebakermuseum.org See ad on page 75. Zingerman's Cornman Farms Dexter, MI, 734.619.8100 zingermanscornmanfarms.com See ad on page 4.

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