WeddingDay Magazine - Southwest Michigan Fall/Winter 2021 Issue

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the best guide for the midwest bride

FIND YOUR DREAM GOWN AT THESE MIDWEST BRIDAL SALONS! FALLING IN LOVE

RUSTIC MOODY ROMANCE

OUR GRAND RAPIDS PHOTOGRAPHER COLLABORATIVE STYLE SHOOT EVENT

A COVER SHOOT AT BLUE HERON BARN

F A L L / W I N T E R - 2 0 2 1 / / SO U THW EST MICHIG A N EDI TI ON

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Scott Tibbles Photography

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on the cover PHOTOGRAPHY

DRESS, ACCESSORIES, VEIL & TUXEDO

Scott Tibbles Photography* Niles, MI scotttibblesphoto.com

Annie Lane Bridal* Zeeland & Allegan, MI annielanebridal.com

VENUE

HAIR & MAKEUP

Blue Heron Barn* Kalamazoo, MI blueheronbarn.net

COORDINATION, PLANNING & DÉCOR

BÜK Weddings* Kalamazoo, MI bukweddings.com

Simply Unforgettable Occasions* Kalamazoo, MI simplyunforgettableoccasions.com

VIDEOGRAPHY Kaylie Ray Creative

FLORALS

Truer Design* Byron Center, MI truerdesign.com

NAILS

Allure Nails *WeddingDay preferred vendor

CAKE

Sweet T's Cakes & Confections* Richland, MI sweettscakesandconfections.com

CATERING

Creative Catering Services

STATIONERY

Sweet Letters Calligraphy

RENTALS

Delicate Dishes

UPLIGHTING & FOG MACHINE JMH Productions

MODELS

Melissa & Benjamin Chapman

SCOTT TIBBLES PHOTOGRAPHY // About the Photographer Scott loves capturing timeless memories for his couples throughout Southwest Michigan, Northern Indiana and beyond. He's a self-proclaimed craft beer snob, who is happily married to his patient wife, while juggling three daughters and three miniature dachshunds at home. He strongly believes that ketchup should NEVER be put on a Chicago hot dog.

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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 edgy and boho and all the way to moody and rustic, 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 Ella & Josh at Cherry Barc Farm

A REGENCY ERA DREAM A Whimsical Southwest Michigan Shoot

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

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THE WEDDING STORY OF Kayla & Collin at Sundance & the Secret Garden

FALLING IN LOVE Our Grand Rapids Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event

PRO SPOTLIGHT Kara Hanes, Kara Hanes Photography

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BRIGHT & EARTHY A Playful Style Shoot at Silver Lake Sand Dunes

RUSTIC MOODY ROMANCE A Southwest Michigan Cover Shoot at Blue Heron Barn

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

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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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Cynthia Boyle Photography

From rehearsal to reception...

We’re always at your service!

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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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FEATURED WEDDING

The Real Wedding of ELLA & J O S H VA I L L A N CO U RT

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Bohemian D.I.Y. S E AS O N : Summer

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Cherry Barc Farm Vermontville, MI

Postponing their wedding completely transformed the theme Ella had in mind for her and Josh's wedding. Instead of springing for pink with hints of burgundy, Ella chose autumnal colors like burnt orange, yellows and tan! “I took a lot of risks with colors and D.I.Y. projects, but it turned out pretty well, I’d say,” Ella explains.

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Ella decided to have photos of her family members around her bouquet. Of all the photos, the two of her grandparents stood out the most. “It’s a special reminder to me that they were with me the whole time,” Ella gushes.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: MEGAN VALO PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE & COORDINATION: CHERRY BARC FARM CATERING: FINLEY'S GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE VIDEOGRAPHY: KENZIE WARNER FLORALS: PETRA SMITH EVENT DESIGN DRESS: MIKAELLA BRIDAL FROM RENEE AUSTIN WEDDING BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES: LULU'S, REVELRY, SHOW ME YOUR MUMU, BALTIC BORN BRIDE'S HAIR: QUINTORIA SIMPSON BRIDESMAIDS' HAIR: MEGAN PHILLIPS, ARTISTRY LOUNGE HAIR STUDIO MAKEUP: BEAUTY BY ASHLEIGH NAILS: NAIL STUDIO LASH EXTENSIONS: ERICKA EMILY DYER SPRAY TAN: GOLDEN GLOW HAIR COLOR: EMMA HUTTON MENSWEAR: BARYAMES TUXEDO & SUIT RINGS: SWEET CUSTOM JEWELRY & SUNDANCE JEWELERS BRIDE'S JEWELRY: UNTAMED PETALS CAKE: AGGIE MAE'S COOKIES: WILDFLOUR COOKIE CO. PIES: CRANE'S WINE & CIDER MILL MUSIC: HOT BEATS TRANSPORTATION: LIGHTHOUSE PARTY BUS & LIMOUSINE REHEARSAL DINNER: LOG JAM HONEYMOON: DIVI & TAMARIJN ARUBA


Main Photo & Lower Right: Megan Hannon Photography, Gowns: Becker’s Bridal // Top Right: Lauren Heath Photography, Gown: Brides and Tailor // Middle Right: Alex & Tyler Reese, Gowns: Pierre’s Bridal

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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

SERVING METRO DETROIT & BEYOND!

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Look Book

2022

the best guide for the midwest bride

This could be your business!

The ultimate planning resource

TO FIND YOUR MIDWEST VENDORS INTERESTED IN BEING A PART OF THE 2022 LOOK BOOK? DON’T MISS OUT ON GETTING YOUR BUSINESS IN FRONT OF OUR EXTENSIVE MIDWEST AUDIENCE! SECURE YOUR SPOT BY CONTACTING JORDAN@WEDDINGDAY-ONLINE.COM 14

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STYLE SHOOT

A Regency Era Dream A WHIMSICAL SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN SHOOT

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f you have a taste for the finer things in life, this style shoot is for you. On the luxurious grounds of this manor, every wedding will look elegant and romantic. The crystal glassware and lace detailing on the tablecloth create a refined tablescape fit for a king and queen!

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Deciding to use the metal structure as a cake room provides the happy couple with some privacy for their special moment while still giving the guests a good view of the cake cutting. The flowers also provide a beautiful backdrop for that gorgeous cake!


PHOTOGRAPHY: SHANELL PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: GREENCREST MANOR PLANNING & FLORALS: MODERN DAY COLLECTIVE DRESS: CLAIRE PETTIBONE HAIR & MAKEUP: ASHLEY MACPHERSON SHOES: BELLA BELLE SHOES RINGS: COUGHLIN JEWELERS STATIONERY: CIARRA CLAIRE EARRINGS & HAIRPIECE: LINDSAY MARIE DESIGN CAKE: BELLA E DOLCE PLATES: GIGI & LACLEDE CHAIRS & CHARGERS: RENTALEX RENTALS: NUAGE DESIGNS

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Roy Serafin Photo Co.

Planning Made Simple, Designs Made Personal

Fresh floral design • Full, partial & day of planning/coordination Specialty linens, ceiling drapery and drapery backdrops Crown Point, IN | yourunveiledevent.com | michelle@yourunveiledevent.com | 219-512-5620 20

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Alexus Stephens Photography

321 NORTH MAIN STREET KOKOMO, IN 46901 | (765) 452-1219 | INFO@BLYESBRIDAL.COM | BLYESBRIDAL.COM

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Your Happily Ever After, Starts Here 3165 Alpine Avenue NW, Walker MI 49544 | AmericasBride.us | (844) USA-GOWN 22

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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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BIANKA BRIDAL Chrystin Melanie Photography

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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

SOPHIA'S BRIDAL Tushona Monét Photography

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BLUSH BRIDAL & BEAUTY BOUTIQUE Vilma Maria Photography WEDDINGDAY


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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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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Want an unforgettable experience? Add a harp to your wedding! Scan to hear a sample

Meg Rodgers | harpist www.megrodgers.net | 269.429.6377 Available for weddings, receptions, and parties.

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FEATURED WEDDING

The Real Wedding of KAY LA & CO L L I N KR AUS E

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As soon as Kayla and Collin saw their venue, they knew it was the one for them. Kayla raves, “The owner is an artist with multiple unique event spaces, so we took a day to see all three and instantly fell in love with Sundance Studios because it seemed so ‘us’.” Their coordinator helped the happy couple nail down all the rest of the vendors for their big day. The décor team was another big help to pulling off the MidCentury yet modern theme of their wedding!

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Mid-Century Modern S E AS O N : Summer

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Sundance & the Secret Garden Millburg, MI

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Instead of the traditional exchange of vows, Collin chose to write and sing his to Kayla. “It was such a sweet surprise that turned me into a blubbering mess of tears. I was still crying by the time we walked down the aisle as a married couple,” Kayla admits.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: HINTERLAND STILLS VENUE: SUNDANCE & THE SECRET GARDEN COORDINATION & PLANNING: OHANA EVENTS CATERING: TRUFFLEBERRY MARKET VIDEOGRAPHY: LEAP WEDDINGS FLORALS & RENTALS: REVEL DECOR DRESS: SUMAROKOVA ATELIER BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES: SHOW ME YOUR MUMU HAIR & MAKEUP: ELANA DARRUS GROOMSWEAR: HUGO BOSS GROOMSMENS' ATTIRE: ASOS BRIDE'S RINGS: ALEXIS RUSSELL JEWELRY GROOM'S RING: STAGHEAD DESIGNS BRIDE'S SHOES: SEVILLA SMITH STATIONERY PRINTING: MINTED CAKE: SWEET MANDY B'S ICE CREAM: DIPSY DESSERTS DJ: BIRDS & B-SIDES TRANSPORTATION: INDIAN TRAILS REHEARSAL DINNER: SILVER HARBOR BREWING CO.

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2021 STYLE SHOOT EVENT

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

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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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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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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

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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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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 54

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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:

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PLANNING TOOL

THE EASIEST GUIDE TO changing your last name

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our newlywed bliss can quickly come to an end when it comes time to endure the dreaded task of changing your last name. The legal process can often take the romance out of taking your significant other’s last name. If you get yourself organized with the proper documents, the process can be less strenuous, allowing you to continue to revel in your newlywed happiness.

1. GET THE ORIGINAL

3. APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE

5. UPDATE YOUR BANK

Getting a new license from the local Bureau of Motor Vehicles office requires a few documents, namely your old license, the original marriage license and your new Social Security card. Remember to change your address if you have moved after the wedding.

The easiest way to do this is to visit your local branch in person. Take your new license, your marriage license and your new Social Security card, and ask for your name to be changed on your account. Request new checks, debit cards and credit cards with your new name.

2. REQUEST A NEW SOCIAL

4. CHANGE YOUR LAST NAME

6. UPDATE YOUR LAST NAME

If you visit the Social Security Administration’s website, you can find an application for a change of name here. This is a free service. Print the application, fill it out, and include any required documents. You can either take your application to a nearby Social Security office or mail it in. You should receive your new card with your new last name in approximately 10 days.

When your new Social Security card comes in the mail, meet with your HR manager at work to switch your name over. This includes payroll, 401k, your insurance benefits, stocks etc.

MARRIAGE LICENSE FROM THE CLERK’S OFFICE The original license should come from the clerk’s office where your license was filed. One should automatically be sent to you a couple weeks after the wedding. The original document should have a raised seal and your new last name. Also, it’s a good idea to request copies.

SECURITY CARD

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AT THE BMV

WITH YOUR HR DEPARTMENT

ACCOUNT INFORMATION

ON OTHER MISCELLANEOUS ACCOUNTS As time goes on, you will remember more accounts that your last name must be changed on. Remember to keep all of the necessary documents within reach to easily change your name.

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Abbey Elaine Photography

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STYLE SHOOT

Bright & Earthy A PL AYF U L S TYL E S HOOT AT SILV ER LAKE SAND DUNES

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un, unique and bright was Devon Humphrey's vision for this beachy shoot. She says, "I wanted something very sleek and elegant with very little detail as the florals were the staple!" We couldn't be more on board with how it all turned out, including the whimsical, show-stopping cake from MI Great Lakes Cakes!

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WHAT WE

love

We can't get enough of these sweet, carefree details! How perfect is this setup for a beachside elopement?

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PHOTOGRAPHY, COORDINATION & PLANNING: M.K.R. PHOTOGRAPHY LOCALE: SILVER LAKE SAND DUNES DRESS: THE DRESS SHOP FLORALS: JOY & BLOOM DESIGN CO, HAIR & MAKEUP: NICOLE LYNN ARTISTRY MENSWEAR: THE RUSTIC TUX JEWELRY: ASH FROM NASH CAKE: MI GREAT LAKES CAKES (MIGREATLAKESCAKES. COM)* SIGNAGE: LETTERING BY EK RENTALS: PAIR-A-DOCS WEDDING RENTALS *WeddingDay preferred vendor

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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

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


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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!

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

Ask about a complimentary suite upgrade!

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WEDDINGDAY HAS BEEN A GREAT RESOURCE IN HELPING BURNS RENT-ALLS GET OUR NAME AND BRAND OUT TO FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS.”

- LAUREN KREMPEC Special Events Designer Burns Rent-Alls, Inc. Special Events Mishawaka, IN

Real People. Real Results.

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

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COVER SHOOT

Rustic Moody Romance W E D D I N GDAY ’ S E XC LUSI V E S OU THWES T MICHIGAN COVER S H O O T

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THE VISION Samantha Ham of Simply Unforgettable Occasions wanted to incorporate recent trends when she set out to design our Southwest Michigan cover shoot. “I started researching popular trends for the upcoming fall/winter season, and I ran across the dark and moody trend. I decided to put a romantic spin on it,” Samantha explains. We think she beautifully balances the moodiness while keeping the style romantic, and we have Scott Tibbles Photography to thank for the gorgeous photos from this shoot!

SCOTT TIBBLES PHOTOGRAPHY

THE VENUE After doing some research, Samantha thought the western side of Southwest Michigan was utilized more with weddings and style shoots. Wanting to shift the focus closer to central Michigan, Samantha and her team selected Blue Heron Barn in Kalamazoo. “We were looking for a venue that would work well with a dark moody palette and that had a more industrial feel without being overly rustic like some of the other barns we looked at,” Samantha admits.

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THE DÉCOR “As I was researching the dark and moody trend, I saw a lot of different color combos that we could have used as our palette, but I really liked the idea of using black alongside darker red colors,” Samantha gushes. “We also incorporated a shade of blush and touches of gold to really give it some depth and texture.” Much of the décor was provided by Delicate Dishes. We are in love with the vintage touches including the candelabra and the antique gold mirrors! 82

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THE FLORALS Despite being amidst a flower shortage, Truer Design was able to create some truly dreamy floral designs! Samantha says, “I wanted the florals to communicate excess and luxury, so I chose blooms with high petal counts, statement shapes and plenty of variety.” The combination between dark and light flowers is stunning!

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THE LOOK “When designing the shoot, we knew that we wanted to go with a dress that was not stereotypical,” Samantha raves. “We started looking at dresses that had black in them as well as blush dresses.” The bride tried on four dresses during her session at Annie Lane Bridal. The team decided this unique and shimmering gown with black accents was a perfect fit. Christina Wright and her team at BÜK Weddings styled our bride with moody and show-stopping hair and makeup!

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SEE BEHIND T H E scenes

SCOTT TIBBLES PHOTOGRAPHY

View the video at: youtu.be/ S11AvxjSOIc

THE CAKE From the moment we laid eyes on this cake, we knew it was perfect for this shoot! Sweet T’s Cakes and Confections matched the theme beautifully using black buttercream and fondant. We also love the edible lace and floral embellishments! Talk about a statement-making combination of moody and romantic touches! 86

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PHOTOGRAPHY

FLORALS

CAKE

Scott Tibbles Photography* Niles, MI scotttibblesphoto.com

Truer Design* Byron Center, MI truerdesign.com

Sweet T's Cakes & Confections* Richland, MI sweettscakesandconfections.com

VENUE

DRESS, ACCESSORIES, VEIL & TUXEDO

Creative Catering Services

Blue Heron Barn* Kalamazoo, MI blueheronbarn.net

COORDINATION, PLANNING & DÉCOR

Simply Unforgettable Occasions* Kalamazoo, MI simplyunforgettableoccasions.com

Annie Lane Bridal* Zeeland & Allegan, MI annielanebridal.com

HAIR & MAKEUP BÜK Weddings* Kalamazoo, MI bukweddings.com

CATERING

STATIONERY

Sweet Letters Calligraphy

NAILS

Allure Nails

RENTALS

Delicate Dishes

UPLIGHTING & FOG MACHINE JMH Productions

VIDEOGRAPHY Kaylie Ray Creative

MODELS

Melissa & Benjamin Chapman *WeddingDay preferred vendor


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

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Photography: Scott

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Josh and Andrea

Lux Light

Mae Photo Co

A high end floral boutique offering highly curated, fine art floral design for clients who want something that is uniquely them.

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Jen Palmer Photography

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Meet the Cover Team THE WEDDING PROS BEHIND THE SHOOT

Team SUO SIMPLY UN F O RG ETTABL E O CC AS IO N S SUO consists of planners, coordinators and designers from all different walks of life. Individually, they all bring something different to the table. As a team, they have a passion for weddings and events that makes them a valuable asset to their clients. SUO provides full and partial planning, coordination and design throughout Michigan, Indiana and beyond. With Team SUO, no dream is too big, and no budget is too small. They can help bring your vision to life beyond your wildest imagination and turn your dreams into reality. SUO aims to give you the best experience possible, all while making sure the details are taken care of on your big day. They strive to give their clients peace of mind leading up to their event and make each experience as seamless and worry-free as possible. Because of this, they ensure their client's events are "simply unforgettable occasions."

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Scott Tibbles SCOT T TIB BLES PHOTOGRAPHY Scott loves capturing timeless memories for his couples throughout Southwest Michigan, Northern Indiana and beyond. He's a self-proclaimed craft beer snob, who is happily married to his patient wife, while juggling three daughters and three miniature dachshunds at home. He strongly believes that ketchup should NEVER be put on a Chicago hot dog.

Bob + Tiffany Overbeek BL U E HERO N BARN Bob and Tiffany are a couple of empty nesters who met on a blind date 16 years ago and married on a Friday afternoon at the county courthouse. Together, they share a passion for improving their 100+ year old wedding barn and property, taking walks, sitting on the front porch listening to the sand cranes and enjoying the company of their family and friends.

Laura Truer

Madison Wright

TR U ER DES IGN

AN N IE L AN E BRIDAL

Laura has been creating wedding floral for almost 15 years now! As a trained interior designer, she has an eye for the whole vision, not just individual floral pieces. She specializes in highly custom and detailed fine art floral and loves to help brides with seemingly impossible visions bring them to life!

Madison Wright runs Annie Lane Bridal's Allegan, Michigan location. Annie Lane Bridal is a boutique bridal shop without the boutique prices. Madison is also the mother of nine year old twins, Bentley and Isabella.

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Christina E. Wright, Andrea Zerilli, Paige Clare Johnson + Ashlyn Alexander BÜK STUDI O S & C O ./ BÜ K WEDDIN G S A studio is where an artist creates, and BÜK Studios & Co./BÜK Weddings is definitely a studio! Their team is made up of artists of all different types and skill sets, most of them being cross-trained in various areas. Their offerings include hair and makeup services, engagement and wedding photography bundles and bridal shower spa skincare packages.

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Tenia Waters

Kaylie Gallaher

SWE E T T'S CAKES & CONF ECTIO N S

K AYL IE RAY CREATIVE

Tenia has owned and operated Sweet T's Cakes and Confections since October 2010. She is a self-taught Cake Artist who recently graduated from the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Baking and Pastry program where she sharpened and elevated her skills. She says, "I love to create joy for every customer I get the honor of creating for. My goal is to teach children and young adults the joy of creating from the heart."

Kaylie Ray Creative is a professional photography and videography business based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She believes there is nothing more transformative, treasured or timeless than the warmth of a well-captured memory, and subsequent story. Kaylie says, "I would love to help you tell yours!"

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Jerry Clark

Sweet T’s Cakes and Confections If you have an idea, I can create it!!

Sculpted Specialty cakes, Party Cakes, Confections, Pastries, Cookies, Desserts, Cupcakes, Breads or anything you desire for any occasion. RICHLAND, MICHIGAN | SWEETTSCAKES2010@GMAIL.COM (269) 615-8021 | SWEETTSCAKESANDCONFECTIONS.COM

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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

WEDDINGDAY MAGAZINE // MIDWEST WEDDING VENDOR GUIDE

Vendor Guide

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

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

Cakes by Madonna Indianapolis, IN facebook.com/ CakesbyMadonnaINDY

Hairpins and Happiness East Lansing, MI, 517.449.5643 hairpinsandhappiness.com See ad on page 12.

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

LoveBloomMakeup Indianapolis, IN, 765.337.6877 facebook.com/lovebloommakeup

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

Rare Bird Beauties Chicago, IL, 773.407.1610 rarebirdbeauties.com

MI Great Lakes Cakes Fenton, MI, 586.610.5560 migreatlakescakes.com

True Beauty by Dana Valparaiso, IN, 219.765.5938 truebeautymakeupartist.com See ad on page 7.

Sweet T's Cakes & Confections Richland, MI, 269.615.8021 sweettscakesandconfections.com See ad on page 95. 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 BÜK Weddings & Co. Kalamazoo, MI, 269.491.7603 bukweddings.com See ad on page 89. WEDDINGDAY

Valor Salon Oxford, MI, 248.572.7124 valorsalonmi.com BRIDAL SALONS & DESIGNERS America's Bride Grand Rapids, MI, 616.224.0056 americasbride.us See ad on page 22. Annie Lane Bridal Zeeland, MI 616.439.1001 annielanebridal.com See ad on page 91. Badgley Mischka Serving USA & beyond, badgleymischka.com Becker's Bridal Fowler, MI, 989.593.2595 beckersbridal.com See ad on page 29. 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 21.

Bee Entertainment Serving Michigan, Northern Indiana & Chicago, 989.415.0616 michigansbestdjs.com

Calla Blanche Serving USA & beyond, callablanche.com

DJ Joe Sheets Indianapolis, IN, 765.586.3818 djjoesheets.com

Sarah Kolis Custom Designs Novi, MI, 248.842.4551 sarahkolis.com

Gaska String Quartet South Bend, IN, 574.229.0422 facebook.com/gaskastringquartet See ad on page 54.

Sophia's Bridal & Tux Indianapolis, IN, 317.222.5465 sophiasbridalandtux.com See ad on page 30. The Wedding Shoppe Berkley, MI, 248.541.1988 theweddingshoppe.net BRIDAL SHOWS Bridal Spectacular South Bend, IN, 574.243.4060 indianabridalspectacular.net See ad on page 38. 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 71. CATERERS & BARTENDING Distinctive Catering Wyoming, MI, 866.802.7266 distinctivecatering.com Fork It Grazing 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

Meg Rodgers, Harpist Saint Joseph, MI, 269.429.6377 megrodgers.net See ad on page 33. FLORISTS Alex Nazar Floral Oakland County, MI, 609.920.3319 alexnazarfloral.com See ad on page 41. Crystal Springs Florist Benton Harbor, MI, 269.925.1167 crystalspringsflorist.net See ad on page 4. 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 Tori Leigh Events Indianapolis, IN, 317.602.6886 torileighevents.com See ad on page 96. Truer Design Byron Center, MI, 616.460.8776 truerdesign.com See ad on page 90.


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 32. PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS Aubrey Lynn Photography Indianapolis, IN, 317.401.6650 aubreylynnphoto.com See ad on page 61. Ben Ramos Photography Chicago, IL, 773.776.9443 benramosphotos.com Courtney Carney Photography Indianapolis, IN courtneycarneyphotography.com See ad on page 72.

Jacquelyn Taylor Photography Northern Indiana jacquelyntaylorphotography.com

Zoe Jane Studios Indianapolis, IN, 317.840.1790 zoejanestudios.com

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

Jessie Silva Grand Rapids, MI, jessiesilva.com

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

Unveiled Weddings & Events Valparaiso, IN, 219.512.5620 yourunveiledevent.com See ad on page 20.

All in the Details Indianapolis, IN, 317.821.7526 detailsindy.com See ad on page 39.

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel Indianapolis, IN, 317.818.9900 crateandbarrel.com

Becoming Designs Events Chicago, IL, 574.529.3570 becomingdesignsevents.com

Williams Sonoma Indianapolis, IN, 317.848.1431 williams-sonoma.com

Chastain Charm Weddings + Special Events Michigan & surrounding areas, 269.205.3135 chastaincharm.com

RENTALS/LINENS & DÉCOR AAYS Event Rentals Mishawaka, IN, 574.256.1110 aaysrental.com See ad on page 6.

Kimberly Kinder Photography Fort Wayne, IN, 260.705.1795 kinderimages.com See ad on page 40.

Element Event Design Detroit, MI, 248.396.1017 element-eventdesign.com

Nicole Bates Photography Saint Joseph, MI, 269.861.9010 nicolebatesphotography.com

Emily Sara Events Carmel, IN, 317.850.1283 emilysaraevents.com

Burns Rent-Alls, Inc. Special Events Mishawaka, IN, 574.259.4807 burnsrentals.com See ad on page 15.

PeaceMade Photography Chicago, IL, 312.561.6224 peacemadephotography.com

Grove & Co. Design Allendale, MI, 734.223.1400 groveandcodesign.com

JNAvisuals LLC West Central Indiana, 765.307.8710 jnavisuals.com Kai Davis Photography Detroit, MI, 248.508.3229 kaidavisphotography.com See ad on page 52. Kara Hanes Photography Grand Rapids, MI, 616.835.6143 karahanesphotography.com See ad on page 58.

Scott Tibbles Photography Niles, MI, 269.357.1648 scotttibblesphoto.com See ad on page 79.

LoveLight Events LLC Indianapolis, IN, 317.319.5163 lovelighteventsllc.com See ad on page 76.

Simply Seeking Photography Bluffton, IN, simplyseekingphotography.com

Magpie Weddings Bloomington, IN, 812.929.0164 magpieweddings.com

Heather Sherrill Photography Indianapolis, IN, 317.864.0632 heathersherrill.com

Smitten Mitten Photography Farmington Hills, MI, 734.606.9721 smittenmittenphotography.com See ad on page 13.

Ryan Abney Event Design Detroit, MI, 248.821.1128 ryan-abney.com See ad on page 5.

Hetler Photography LLC Sparta, MI, 231.519.0165 hetlerphotography.com

Tushona Monét Photography Indianapolis, IN, 317.825.8668 tushonamonet.com

Dave Thompson Photography Elkhart, IN, 574.238.9890 davesphotoworld.com ElishaKPhoto Indianapolis, IN, 317.513.1984 elishakphoto.com

Simply Unforgettable Occasions Kalamazoo, MI, 269.363.6597 simplyunforgettableoccasions.com See ad on page 88.

Midwest Rentals, Inc. Lafayette, IN, 765.423.5543 midwestrentalsinc.com See ad on page 71. Simply Stunning Creations Indianapolis, IN simplystunningcreations.com Special Occasions, LLC Serving Michigan, 616.826.7082 specialoccasionsmi.com STATIONERY & ART Art by Elise Kate Indianapolis, IN artbyelisekate.com Darling Design Co. Marion, IN, 765,210.7701 facebook.com/ DarlingDesignCo765 See ad on page 70.

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Grimes Occasion Design Elburn, IL grimesodesign.com Pretty Petal Papers Serving worldwide, shop.prettypetalpapers.com PSR Designs of Indiana Indianapolis, IN, 317.759.0625 psrdesigns.com See ad on page 77. TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown Indianapolis, IN, 317.261.1200 hamptoninn3.hilton.com See ad on page 73.

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The Indianapolis Public Library Indianapolis, IN, 317.275.4200 events.imcpl.org See ad on page 60. The Ivory Foundry Wedding & Events Indianapolis, IN, 317.370.7472 ivoryfoundryevents.com See ad on page 55. LM Studio Chicago Chicago, IL, 312.995.0134 lmstudiochicago.com Meadow Brook Hall Rochester, MI, 248.364.6200 meadowbrookhall.org Nagelkirk Gardens Harvey, MI, 906.228.7441 nagelkirkgardens.com

Blue Heron Barn Kalamazoo, MI, 269.377.3564 blueheronbarn.net

The Sanctuary on Penn Indianapolis, IN, 317.602.3264 indysanctuary.com See ad on page 63.

Coppes Commons Event Centers Nappanee, IN, 574.354.7455 coppescommons.com

The Silo Banquets & Catering Allegan, MI, 269.686.8383 silobanquet.com

Frugthaven Farm Greenville, MI, 616.754.9223 frugthavenfarm.com See ad on page 51.

The Sixpence Whitestown, IN, 317.296.8200 thesixpence.com

The Grand LV Niles, MI, 269.591.0334 thegrandlv.com

Stonegate Manor Benton Harbor, MI, 269.930.0617 stonegatemanorevents.com

The Hall at Oakland Park Nappanee, IN, 574.773.1001 oakland-hall.com See ad on page 78.

Studebaker National Museum South Bend, IN, 574.235.9714 studebakermuseum.org See ad on page 69.

Highlands Detroit Detroit, MI, 313.877.9090 highlandsdetroit.com

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