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GRACE PULVER PHOTOGRAPHY // About the Photographer Originally a New Zealand resident, Grace Pulver has a passion for traveling and photography. Her photography style can be described as romantic and modern using a unique mix of romantically styled poses and her candid documentary style. Grace's favorite part of wedding photography is documenting the sacred union between soulmates and capturing moments of true emotion.
FROM THE EDITOR “Winter is an etching, spring is a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn is a mosaic of them all.” -Stanley Horowitz An Internet search of this lovely poem returns over 1,600,000 results, and according to the New York Public Library’s website, has been referenced in many ways, from grief counseling to public parks, politics to a Philippine newspaper. His words are obviously quite inspirational! Well, I’m not sure if I’m the first to use his poem in reference to wedding planning, but here you go! The beauty of the seasons, as Horowitz describes, is visually narrated throughout much of this issue! As they say, there’s something for everyone, in whichever season you choose for your own wedding. Best wishes,
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THE WEDDING STORY OF Livia & Ryan at CityFlatsHotel
BACHELORETTE PARTIES How to Throw an InstagramWorthy Celebration
"TIE THE KNOT" A Harbor Grand Style Shoot
4 SEASONS OF WEDDINGS Wedding Inspiration for Any Time of the Year
RUSTIC & ROMANTIC 10 Vineyards for Your Wedding
66 COVER SHOOT
A Whimsical, Watercolor Fairytale
THE WEDDING STORY OF Karlee & Kerry Renz at The Brick 27
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LIVIA & RYAN COOK
Ryan and Livia Cook found their forever after meeting online. Planning an event of epic proportion proved to be a challenge as Livia was finishing law school and the couple was living in Arizona while planning a Michigan wedding. Face-to-face vendor meetings and appointments were difficult to set up so the couple sought the assistance of Cassie Celestin of White Dress Events, an event planning firm in Grand Haven, Michigan. Livia desired a “Secret Garden” theme and trusted her planner to connect with vendors to bring her vision to fruition.
May 23, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE JON HARTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY CO.
enchantment meets elegance IN A SECRET GARDEN WEDDING
THE FLORAL Posh Petals truly designed the mystique and elegance for the garden theme. Enchantment was found at every turn with arrangements of cherry tree branches, hydrangeas, stock, lavender, ivy, coral charm peonies, soft pink spray roses, apricot parrot tulips, blush pink astilbe, silver brunia and Vuvuzela garden roses.
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SEASON // SPRING STYLE // ELEGANT, WHIMSICAL FLOWERS // HYDRANGEAS, PEONIES, ROSES COLORS //
ENCHANTMENT MEETS ELEGANCE // Featured Wedding
THE VENUE Both Ryan and Livia liked the location and the historic feel of the CityFlats Ballroom in Grand Rapids. The historic architecture paired with modern style attracted the couple with marble flooring, brick accent walls and sky-high ceilings. 12
Upon arrival, guests were greeted with seating cards tucked into miniature topiaries and with the coupleâ€™s signature drink. The signature drink was called Caipirinha which is the national cocktail of Brazil, where the bride was born and raised. Another personal touch was the homemade cookie favors that were laid on the plate chargers. The brideâ€™s grandmother used an old family recipe to make each and every cookie!
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THE DĂ‰COR Tables were set with coral and rosette linens and Elizabeth from Posh Petals was enlisted to turn each guest table into a garden experience. Each one was designed to be its own little garden with fluffy peonies, lavender topiaries, chunky moss pieces, branches and tiny rose buds. Each place setting became complete with a plate charger, a custom menu and homemade cookie favor topped with a vintage key. Events by I Candy provided accent pieces throughout the reception including moss-covered butterflies, miniature chairs, table numbers, menus and other special touches.
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THE CAKE A weathered arbor framed the three-tiered cake from The Cakabakery. Posh Petals hung tiny vases of flowers and vines, accompanied by moss-covered butterflies. The display took on a presence of its own as it was placed on a rosette linen-covered table and adorned with a “Happily Ever After” topper. 14
wedding team CEREMONY LOCATION Immaculate Heart of Mary Grand Rapids, MI
HAIR & MAKEUP Salon Re Grand Rapids, MI
RECEPTION VENUE & CATERER The Ballroom at CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids, MI
TUXEDOS Artful Tailoring
WEDDING PLANNER/ COORDINATOR White Dress Events Grand Rapids, MI PHOTOGRAPHER The Jon Hartman Photography Co.
FLOWERS Posh Petals Grand Rapids, MI TRANSPORTATION Affordable Limousine & Party Bus Grandville, MI CAKE The Cakabakery Grand Rapids, MI
RECEPTION DJ Party in a Box STATIONERY 56 & Co. RENTALS & LINENS Elegant Linen Design Grand Haven, MI DÃ‰COR RENTALS & MENUS Events by I Candy Grand Rapids, MI REHEARSAL DINNER Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, MI
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HOW TO THROW THE ultimate BACHELORETTE PARTY
by Jenna Nelson
Bachelorette parties have evolved considerably in recent years—especially when it comes to stereotypes. The bachelor party used to be referred to as a “stag party,” while the bachelorette party was called a “hen party.” But gone are the traditions of commemorating one last night of singleness with copious amounts of alcohol, a venue with poles, and ridiculous games that make me blush just thinking about them. A bachelorette party is really a rite of passage, but for some who envision selling sucker bouquets, doing 1-2-3 tequila shots and wearing flashing LED light tiaras, it can become a night to endure rather than to enjoy. Many brides have opted out of having a bachelorette party altogether in order to avoid the “guess who bought the lingerie” game or the drink-til-we-drop tradition. But as more and more brides deviate from wedding traditions and instead embrace personalization throughout their wedding, we
see the same shift with bachelorette parties. More and more brides are looking for ways to bond with their best girls by planning engaging and memorable activities. And while alcohol can certainly be involved, it doesn't have to be the main event. There are plenty of opportunities to indulge in a few refreshing takes on bachelorette parties. Our collection of ideas are guaranteed to make it a night to remember and for your whole group to own that whole #squadgoals thing. Maids of honor, take note! First things first, a great night out requires great hair. That's non-negotiable—trust me, your Instagram feed will appreciate it. Getting a blowout for the night out is our favorite way to get glammed up for girls' night. Most salons have blowout services, but there are even blowdry bars that specialize in pampering ladies for a night out. Plan to spend about $30 to $50 on a blowout. You can also get your makeup done here. We recommend requesting contoured makeup (because who can possibly figure that out on their own?!) and adding some fake eyelashes for a nighttime look.
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Next, an itinerary is essential to the bachelorette party. Now if your group and the bride are up for crazy scavenger hunts, taking shots and dancing, go for it! But if you're looking to plan something a little out of the ordinary, consider one of these ideas:
You can sign up for a food tour or even create your own! The concept is that you visit a few dining establishments in one night tasting different things on the menu. It works best if you choose restaurants that are in close proximity to one another. Don't forget to eat light at each place—it's a marathon, not a sprint.
You know how to drink 'em, but do you know the actual craftsmanship that goes into mixing a cocktail? Sign up for a class in your area and learn how to make your own signature drink. You can even make a competition out of it by creating a contest to see who makes the best cocktail—this is education at its finest.
ATTEND A MIXOLOGY CLASS
TAKE A DANCE LESSON
Obviously, this classic bachelorette event had to make our list. Taking a seductive dance lesson is designed to be more empowering and entertaining than it is risqué and sexy. You can find classes that offer private group lessons in pole dancing, salsa, hip hop or burlesque.
GO ON A PEDAL PUB
Hopefully you have experienced the wonder that is the pedal pub by now. Pedal pubs are crowd-size bicycles that are built to move about cities while the cyclists drink and bar hop. It's the perfect way to burn off those beer calories.
BUY TICKETS TO A COMEDY SHOW
If the bride doesn't necessarily enjoy being the center of attention, attend a comedy show where all eyes are on the stage. It's a great way to entertain the girls without the responsibility of being the entertainer!
THROW A SPA PARTY
SIGN UP FOR A PAINT AND DRINK EVENT
Paintbrush in one hand and cocktail in the other—it's the ideal recipe for a laid-back girls' night that incorporates both activity and social drinking. Most painting party facilities accommodate for private parties so you and the ladies can have a room and instructor to yourselves! Plus, you get to choose the canvas you'd like to paint so everyone walks away with a memorable keepsake of your night.
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Most bachelorette parties are about a girls' night out, but don't overlook throwing a girls' night in. Stock up on wine and appetizers and hire spa professionals to come to your door. These spa professionals come equipped with pampering products, bath robes, music and all the other spa essentials. Several services are available from pedicures to makeovers to massages to facials. You can also save a little money by throwing a D.I.Y. spa party.
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Tie the Knot
A HA R BOR GR A ND S T Y L E S H OOT
Jodi Bodtke of Giving Tree Photography was stirred by visions of an earthy, nautical wedding. The colors, flowers, décor and overall theme of this style shoot were inspired by a small town near the marina and by the beach glass that is commonly found buried in the Lake Michigan shoreline. She collaborated with Marco Alexzondra of Marco Alexzondra Floral and Event Services, and together with the addition of several other vendors, they designed a stylized wedding that made use of pale blue, green and brown tones, succulents, driftwood, beach glass and heart-shaped rocks. The marina at Harbor Grand in New Buffalo, Michigan provided a gorgeous backdrop with sailboats, a willow tree and Michigan blue waters.
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VENUE: THE HARBOR GRAND PHOTOGRAPHY: GIVING TREE PHOTOGRAPHY FLORALS & DESIGN: MARCO ALEXZONDRA FLORAL & EVENT SERVICES CAKE: FROSTED BLISS CAKES DÈCOR & PLATES: SUSAN FREDMAN DESIGNS & AAY'S RENTAL BEACH GLASS JEWELRY & CHANDELIERS: ANGIE HAUCH INVITATIONS: DREAM TREE DESIGNS MODELS: MEGAN KEHOE & DAN ALDEN
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PHOTOGR APH Y
M AT T H E W P R O V O A S T. C O M
seasons of weddings
come and seasons go. We have ceremoniously decided that all four seasons are equally S easons as perfect for your wedding day. The sky’s the limit, loves—whether it’s filled with rain, snow or shine! It’s time to
embrace each season for its uniqueness and loveliness, opening the door for infinite potential, originality and creativity. A. PHOTOGRAPHY: 604 Studios, DRESS: Brides by Demetrios, SUIT: Men's Wearhouse, FLORALS: Lilly Lane B. PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Mittlestedt Photography, HAIR: Clip N Tan, FLORALS: Rose’s Bouquets, ARBOR: Taylor Rental, VENUE: Salomon Farm Park C. PHOTOGRAPHY: Kate Touzel Photography, DESIGNER: Forever & A Day Events and Design, FLORALS: Damsel Floral Co., RENTALS: The Rental Company and Gigi & LaClede Vintage Rentals, DRESS: Spring Sweet, HAIR: Abigail Blystra, MAKEUP: Dawn Petzak with BeautiControl D. PHOTOGRAPHY: Niki Marie Photography, FLORALS: Floral Sense, HAIR & MAKEUP: Ashley Macpherson
A. A. PHOTOGRAPHY: Bailey Elle Photography, HAIR: Lola Hair Artistry, FLORALS: Dogwood & Twine, EVENT PLANNING & STYLING: Heartâ€™s Arrow Events B. PHOTOGRAPHY: Ester Cobe Photography, CAKE: Sweet Heather Anne C. PHOTOGRAPHY: Samantha James Photography, VENUE: Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn, FLORALS & TREE INSTALLATION: Hey Gorgeous Events D. PHOTOGRAPHY: Alisa Sue Photography, INVITATION DESIGN: Blu3 Designs, PLANNING: Aisle Ready Events C.
G. A. PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Mittlestedt Photography, INVITATION: Minted B. PHOTOGRAPHY: Stacy Able Photography, FLORALS: Wild Heart Blooms C. PHOTOGRAPHY: Amanda Dumouchelle, HAIR ACCESSORY: Passionflower D. PHOTOGRAPHY: Gabrielle Cheikh Photography E. PHOTOGRAPHY: Bradley Productions, VENUE: Fifth Third Ballpark F. PHOTOGRAPHY: Tifani Lyn Photography, FLORALS: Wildwood Family Farms G. PHOTOGRAPHY: Gem Photography
A. PHOTOGRAPHY: Kate Touzel Photography, DESIGNER: Forever & A Day Events and Design, FLORIST: Damsel Floral Co., DRESS: Spring Sweet B. PHOTOGRAPHY: Yaro Photography C. PHOTOGRAPHY: Jasmin Pickens of Sugar & Lace Studio, BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: The Wedding Studio, HAIR & MAKEUP: Evie Riviere & Kristina Baker, STYLED FOR: Ladies Nite In by Natalie Slater D. PHOTOGRAPHY: Jenna Borst Photography E. PHOTOGRAPHY: Giving Tree Photography, FLORALS: Bloomin’ Buckets F. PHOTOGRAPHY: Jenna Borst Photography 30
A. A. PHOTOGRAPHY: Niki Marie Photography, FLORALS: Floral Sense, HAIR & MAKEUP: Ashley Macpherson B. PHOTOGRAPHY: The Colagrossis, FLORALS: Be Married, STYLIST: Savage Design Co., DRESS: One Fine Day Bridal and Gown Boutique C. PHOTOGRAPHY: Alyssa McElheny Photography D. PHOTOGRAPHY: The Colagrossis, CAKES: Sassie Cakes, FLORALS: Be Married, STYLIST: Savage Design Co. E. PHOTOGRAPHY: Alora Rachelle Photography, FLORALS: Department of Floristry, STATIONERY: Jordana Fine Art F. PHOTOGRAPHY: Jenna Borst Photography
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9 TO 12 MONTHS BEFORE Discuss and determine a budget with your groom 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 groom, groom’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 and groomsmen/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
WEDDINGDAY 33 WEDDINGDAY
THE EASIEST GUIDE TO changing your last name
AFTER THE WEDDING
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.
AT THE BMV
WITH YOUR HR DEPARTMENT
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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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
THE WEDDING DAY
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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Rustic & Romantic 10 VINEYARDS FOR YOUR WEDDING
Rustic wedding spaces continue to be in high demand and while barns have lingered in the spotlight, more and more brides are looking for that perfect rural space for their outdoor wedding. Most barns offer acres of picturesque scenery for outdoor events, but there is also something exceptionally romantic about saying â€œI doâ€? surrounded by sprawling vineyards. After all, a bottle of wine is the official emblem of romance, isn't it?
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Vineyard weddings are the solution for those who are after that rustic vibe, but are looking for something a little different beyond barns.
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Couples may have their hearts set on an outdoor affair with perhaps a rural feel, but shy away from hosting at a barn venue. Vineyard weddings are the solution for those who are after that rustic vibe, but are looking for something a little different beyond barns. And like we have seen with barn weddings, vineyards can be transformed into whatever style the couple is afterâ€”from laid back and casual to Napa Valleylike and luxurious. Have we talked about the wine yet? Wine is a classic fundamental in almost every wedding, but drinking it at the vineyard where its grapes were grown creates an experience in a glass. Couples can create the ultimate experience by incorporating a wine tasting for guests during social hour and serving light bites for food and wine pairings. Many venues allow guests to stroll through the vineyards and even offer vineyard tours as part of the wedding package.
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Drinking wine at the vineyard where its grapes were grown creates an experience in a glass.
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A Few Things to Keep in Mind Consider the season of your wedding. Depending on the region, early summer may be the season for greenery and grapes while autumn produces those beautiful fall colors on the vines. Also, be aware of planning your wedding during harvest season. Many wineries or vineyard venues carry a license to serve wine and beer onlyâ€”not liquor.
Hosting an outdoor wedding comes with responsibilities. You should plan on extra expenses like microphones, linens, chair and table rentals, sound equipment, etc. Many of these places are open to the public. Find out from the venue if the entire facility and grounds can be rented privately. Otherwise your intimate vineyard wedding will be a little less intimate!
Don't forget to let guests know how to dress for this kind of wedding. In other words, they are not high heel-friendly. It will greatly benefit you to find vendors that have either worked with the vineyard before or have experience with vineyard weddings.
Provide transportation if the ceremony is offsite or if the hotel is not nearby. These venues are often far out into the country, making it difficult for guests to find. If you're hosting at a vineyard (not a winery), find out what the restroom accommodations are. You may need to rent portable bathrooms.
Indiana ELK RIDGE VINEYARDS AND LAVENDER FARM There are plenty of options for hosting your wedding at Elk Ridge. The venue has indoor options like a banquet hall that can hold up to 120 guests or a covered deck that can hold 50. Outdoor spaces include pavilions, gardens, gazebos and more, situated near a pond, lavender field and six acres of rolling vineyards. 8785 Ridge Road, Shoals, IN 47581 (812) 709-0827 • elkridgeranch.net OLIVER WINERY AND VINEYARDS Special events at Oliver Winery and Vineyards include tastings and tours for guests! The tasting room and patio holds 75 guests seated or 150 for a standing reception. There is also the Cellar and Tank room available for rent as well as a smaller banquet room. The nearby Creekbend Vineyard features 54 acres of grapes. 200 E Winery Road, Bloomington, IN 47404 (812) 876-5800 • oliverwinery.com CHATEAU DE PIQUE For outdoor ceremonies, this winery has its own amphitheater and is able to house up to 350 guests. As far as the reception goes, a 6,500-square foot, outdoor tent on the vineyard grounds can entertain 450 guests. There is also an indoor space in the main facility (a 19th century horse barn) that can hold smaller gatherings. 6361 N County Road 760 E, Seymour, IN 47274 (812) 522-9296 • chateaudepique.com
Southwest Michigan HUBER'S ORCHARD, WINERY AND VINEYARDS Huber's Plantation Hall features five different rooms that can be arranged individually or as one large room that can accommodate up to 750 guests! Individual rooms can hold 250-450 guests. There is also a large patio that offers expansive views of the surrounding vineyards. 19816 Huber Road, Starlight, IN 47106 (812) 923-9463 • huberwinery.com WHYTE HORSE WINERY For a set price, Whyte Horse Winery offers a rental of the vineyard, grounds, banquet room and two cases of wine. Couples must rent a tent for the ground for weddings with more than 65 guests. 1510 S Airport Road, Monticello, IN 47960 (574) 583-2345 • whytehorsewinery.com SHADY CREEK WINERY Although Shady Creek is not surrounded by vineyards, the winery does offer 20 acres of expansive views. The winery facility is available to rent and the grounds can easily accommodate a large outdoor tent with views of a charming pond and fountain. 2030 Tryon Road, Michigan City, IN 46360 (219) 874-9463 • shadycreekwinery.com THE SYCAMORE AT MALLOW RUN The Sycamore is a brand-new venue that offers three different spaces amongst their vineyards. The Sycamore's largest room has 4,700 square feet of space with a patio and panoramic views of the estate. Two smaller rooms offer options for an intimate reception or cocktail hour.
HIDDEN VINEYARD WEDDING BARN Hidden Vineyard is nestled in the heart of a working farm that produces grapes, soybeans, maple syrup and honey. The grounds boast a 10-acre vineyard which can be enjoyed by guests from the large covered deck attached to the barn. The 1870s barn has recently been renovated to offer over 2,000 square feet of space, restrooms, air conditioning and heat, and an attached deck offering an additional 1,111 square feet. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests. 6337 Snyder Road, Berrien Springs, MI 49103 (269) 408-6082 • weddingbarnmi.com THE VINEYARD AT 12 CORNERS Deemed one of Southwest Michigan's most popular wedding venues, 12 Corners specializes in tented weddings encompassed by vineyards. The venue provides rentals, catering, bar service and reception coordination onsite. The tent is permanently placed and can hold around 250 guests. 1201 N Benton Center Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 (269) 927-1512 • 12corners.com WILLOW HARBOR VINEYARDS Willow Harbor sits upon 40 acres of grape vines, horse pastures, a polo field and ponds. The venue offers a 4,000 square foot-outdoor tent with views of Tuscany-style fountains, gazebos and pergolas located throughout. The large tent has a guest capacity of 300. 3223 Kaiser Road, Three Oaks, MI 49128 (269) 369-3900 • willowharbor.com
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KARLEE & KERRY RENZ
Karlee and Kerry Renz first met back in February of 2008, during Karlee’s sophomore year at Saint Mary’s College and Kerry’s senior year at Notre Dame, when their paths crossed at an off-campus get-together at the house of a mutual friend. By the end of the night they had exchanged phone numbers, and the rest is history. Following graduation they both moved to Morristown, New Jersey where Kerry is from, but it was a trip back to South Bend in the fall of 2013 that set their journey toward “I do” in motion…
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THE PROPOSAL It was the weekend of the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State game and Karlee’s parents, who live on Diamond Lake in Cassopolis, Michigan, had invited Kerry and his parents to join their family for a Friday afternoon barbecue at their home. As evening approached, Karlee saw that Kerry had wandered down toward the water’s edge and she went to join him, completely unsuspecting that he was about to pop the question. Both of their families were able to watch the proposal from the deck just a few dozen yards away—far enough to be out of earshot, but close enough to snap some priceless photos for them.
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SEASON // SUMMER STYLE // INDUSTRIAL, ELEGANT FLOWERS // ROSES, HYDRANGEAS, LILIES COLORS //
THE PLANNING Since Karlee and Kerry lived in New Jersey, they had to do most of the planning for their South Bend wedding remotely. Luckily, having a wedding coordinator from Merry Me Events as well as a mom and twin sister who lived in town put Karlee’s mind at ease. “I knew I was in good hands with Merry Me helping to coordinate everything,” she says. A little modern technology came in handy too: Karlee joined her mom and sister via FaceTime for the initial vendor meetings, and she was able to use her Pinterest boards to share her vision and ideas with her wedding coordinator as well.
THE FLORAL Merry Me also designed and created all of the floral arrangements, using white roses and hydrangea to create a classic allwhite bridal bouquet for Karlee. The bridesmaids’ bouquets added a cheerful pop of color with green hydrangea, blue thistle, yellow craspedia, blue bachelor buttons, green trick, succulents, and orange pincushion protea. They used predominantly white blooms for the reception centerpieces, creating a mix of high and low arrangements featuring hydrangea, Ecuadorian roses, oriental lilies, dendrobium orchids and mini calla lilies accented with hanging crystals and lots of candles.
Karlee chose a strapless, fit-and-flare Justin Alexander gown with lots of lace and just a touch of sparkly beaded and sequined detail. She found the dress at I Do, I Do boutique in Morristown after visiting a few other salons. “I am not much of a shopper and though wedding dress shopping was definitely exciting, I was happy to have found the dress quickly!” she says. She fell in love with the silhouette, the low cut back, and especially the long train that would trail behind her as she walked down the aisle.
Not long after the proposal, Karlee was home visiting again and went to check out a few reception venues with her mom. She knew she wanted a casual, fun, and unique space to balance out the formality of a traditional church ceremony. Their second stop was The Brick in South Bend, and Karlee knew right then that they could call off the search. “We loved everything about it, from the concrete floors to the exposed brick and ductwork. It was the perfect blank canvas that we could make our own,” Karlee says.
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THE COLORS & DÉCOR Blue is Karlee’s favorite color, so she chose a short one-shoulder cerulean blue dress for her bridesmaids, while Kerry knew that he wanted his groomsmen in gray suits rather than formal tuxedos. They incorporated the blue and gray color scheme into the table linens while keeping almost everything else very clean and unfussy. “I found myself pinning elegant yet simple all-white floral arrangements accented with candles and crystals,” says Karlee. They amped up the drama with sparkly crystal accents and sequined linens on the cake table and king’s table. The focal point of the room was a dazzling crystal-draped chandelier, a romantic complement to The Brick’s industrial-chic atmosphere.
Though Karlee and Kerry now call New Jersey home, South Bend is clearly a special place for the couple. Kerry’s dad and two brothers are fellow Notre Dame alums and Karlee has been a lifelong ND fan herself, so the Guglielmino Athletics Complex on campus was a perfect spot for their rehearsal dinner—and they got plenty of bridal party photos on both the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campuses the next day. Their wedding hashtag, #Smarried71815, is a reference to the nickname Karlee and her college friends liked to use for their beloved alma mater, “Smary’s.” The wedding favors were a mix of South Bend Chocolate Co. chocolates and New Jersey salt water taffy, complete with a sticker they designed themselves reading “The Sweet of South Bend + The Salt of New Jersey.”
wedding team CEREMONY LOCATION Holy Spirit Chapel, Le Mans Hall, Saint Mary's College Notre Dame, IN RECEPTION VENUE The Brick South Bend, IN PHOTOGRAPHER Josephiney Photography PLANNER & FLORIST Cher Goggins, Merry Me Events Edwardsburg, MI CATERER Chic Eats Union, MI CAKE Macri's Bakery South Bend, IN BRIDE’S GOWN I Do I Do Morristown, NJ
HAIR & MAKEUP Nicholas J. Salon & Spa
PHOTO BOOTH Fun Zone Photo Booths
NAIL SALON Elite Nails
CHANDELIER ProShow DJ
INVITATIONS & PHOTO BOARD Julie Hanan Design
RINGS Aires Jewelers Morris Plains, NJ
WEDDING PARTY TRANSPORTATION B & W Charters
BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES J.Crew
GUEST TRANSPORTATION Royal Excursion
BRIDE'S SHOES Kate Spade
CEREMONY MUSICIAN & SINGER Jeremy Hoy & Ally Hickey
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RECEPTION BAND Blammo
BRIDESMAIDS' JEWELRY Charming Charlie & Courtney Bock Designs
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Don’t forget the transportation! Securing a limousine, small bus, or larger one to transport your wedding party, parents, grandparents and/or shuttling guests to and from the wedding and reception, will make your day so much more enjoyable. Visit us online to view all of our vehicles to choose the right one for your needs. And of course, don’t forget about making the rehearsal dinner, bachelor and bachelorette parties care-free. You choose the location and time and we’ll provide the vehicle, driver, and safe travels.
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e know your wedding is the most important day of your life. So whether you’re dreaming of an intimate gathering or an extravagant celebration, we’re committed to every detail. From our unique nine-story glass atrium, to our well-appointed ballroom, we can cater to the wedding of your dreams. And with our exciting downtown location, the DoubleTree by Hilton™ offers you and your guests countless choices for dining and entertainment on your wedding weekend. Let our experienced and dedicated staff take care of every detail. After all, it’s your day!
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Whimsical Watercolor A F AI R Y T A L E - L IKE CO VE R S H O O T
V E NUE Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Valparaiso, IN PHOT OG RAP HE R Grace Pulver Photography PL ANNER & DE S IG NE R In My Red High Heels FLO RIS T Marco Alexzondra Floral & Event Design CAKE Designer Desserts DE S S E RTS Wildflour RE NTALS Burns Rent-Alls WEDDI NG G O WN Here Comes the Dress HAIR Under the Veil MAKE UP Bethza Professional Makeup Studio JE WE LRY Albert's Diamond Jewelers ST AT IO NE RY & WAT ERC OLO R ART Love Shalmai MO D E L Katelyn Carr 66
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THE VISION All it took was a quick glance at a watercolor wedding invitation and we fell head over heels proving that love at first sight is quite possible. What was once simply a method of painting has transformed into an artistic direction for weddings and it's not just limited to the stationery, either. The watercolor trend has seeped into wedding cakes, flowers, table dĂŠcor and even linens. Once our editorial team started exploring the possibilities of watercolor, it turned into one of those can't-stop, won't-stop ordeals.
Our minds were made up: the whimsical, watercolor inspiration deserved a place in our hearts and on our cover. We enlisted the creative direction of planner and designer Jenah Pfeiffer of In My Red High Heels, a creative design company in northern Indiana. A collaborative effort was established between a team of wedding vendors who rose to the challenge of designing watercolor elements that would be complementary, yet not competitive with one another. The end result was a bursting kaleidoscope of pastels in every direction.
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THE FLORAL The flower details, designed by Marco Alexzondra, were an essential element as they had to accent the watercolor tones while being careful to not overtake them. The floral rings, bouquet, centerpieces, and the bride's headpiece were carefully created using pink, white and lavender larkspur, snapdragons, a variety of special roses, poppy pods, lisianthus, peonies, air plants, and many, many more.
THE DRESS The model wore a Watters Starla gown from Here Comes the Dress that showed off the runway's hottest dress trend at the moment: rose gold. It featured lovely blush tones that blended effortlessly with the soft color theme and showed off a full skirt adorned with floating rosettes adding drama and texture to the gown.
WHIMSICAL WATERCOLOR // Cover Shoot
THE DĂ‰COR Pretty details were evident every which way you turned throughout this cover shoot. Each of these details, large and small, were important to the overall look. The tablescape was created with the intent to bring the color palette full circle and to add dimension and texture. This was done with baby blue plates paired with gold chargers, gold silverware, the table cards, a tulle table overlay, and duo-toned wine and water glasses. The napkins were also hand-dyed using watercolor paints. A watercolor backdrop embellished with floral rings was added behind the cake table offering an artistic element. The other showstopper was the dainty bar cart that held charming cocktails with rock candy stir sticks, fruit slices and flower petal ice cubes.
THE HAIR & MAKEUP The bride's hair was actually done by her sister. The model and her sister own Under the Veil, a traveling salon offering onsite hairstyle services. To match the fairytale look of the shoot, the bride's hair was styled in a messy, side-swept fishtail braid. Meanwhile, the makeup by Bethza Professional Makeup made use of nude tones and a bold lip color.
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THE CAKE & DESSERTS
The impressive dessert displays stole the spotlight in this cover shoot. Designer Desserts created a five-tiered, watercolored cake with cupcakes that demonstrated authentic artistry while Wildflour Bakery fashioned a monumental macaron tower along with other bite-size desserts.
To welcome the whimsical feel, a natural open setting was necessary. That environment was found in Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, a natural preserve in Valparaiso, Indiana. Taltree boasts gorgeous grounds of formal gardens, prairies and woods. This shoot made use of the Joseph E. Meyer Memorial Pavilion, surrounded by gardens and a sprawling lawn featuring vibrant and native plants all around.
THE STATIONERY Watercolor prints were the inspirational foundation for this cover shoot, so the expectations were high for how the print elements would turn out. As fate would have it, we located a local artist who specializes in watercolor art. Shalmai Keim, owner of Love Shalmai in Goshen designed the invitation suite, menu cards, escort cards and table numbers using an array of light pastels and gold foiling.
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SIMPLY ELEGANT YET FABULOUSLY AFFORDABLE. Whether your wedding plans include hundreds of guests, intimate nuptials with family and friends, or something in-between, we can make it happen. With a variety of flexible spaces, top-tobottom catering capabilities, an overachiever as our wedding planner and our spectacular downtown location, we can not only accommodate, we can customize a plan thatâ€™s perfect for youâ€” all without breaking the bank. Contact Aubrey Williams, Wedding Planner at: 616.242.6631 | email@example.com
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Let Gigi’s Cupcakes create a one-of-a-kind cupcake arrangement that will capture the beauty of your day. Whether it’s a bridal shower, a rehearsal dinner or the big day itself, we offer a large variety of boutique cupcakes from which to choose. From the traditional Wedding Cake to more exotic flavors like Chocolate Salted Caramel, we can create the perfect complement to your special event. Schedule your own private tasting and see why more and more brides are now saying “I do” to Gigi’s Cupcakes.
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Hourglass Bridal & Boutique.................................. 73
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Sanctuary on Penn, The......................................... 40
Fast Booth............................................................... 60
Sodus Blossom, The............................................... 61
Fernwood Botanical Garden................................... 65
Sorg Jewelers ........................................................... 6
Forever & a Day Events and Design....................... 63
Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council................ 53
Friendship Botanic Gardens..................................... 6
Studebaker National Museum............................... 61
Gallery Forty-Two..................................................... 39
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens.................................. 8
Gaska String Quartet.............................................. 49
Tippecanoe Place...................................................... 7
Gigi’s Cupcakes....................................................... 74
University Catering.................................................. 61
Gillespie Conference & Special Event Center, The...... 78
Villa Macri Ristorante..................... inside back cover
Goei Center........................................................................ 49
Wedding World........................................................ 50
Henderson Castle........................... inside front cover
Windsor Park........................................................... 60
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LEXIE WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY
The Morris Estate offers couples a variety of venuesâ€¦natural outdoor backdrops along with elegant indoor spaces. Modern amenities embraced by vintage charm ensure comfortable accommodations amid picturesque surroundings.
NICOLE MEHL PHOTOGRAPHY
The Chapel | historic, white chapel with ceremony space and dressing lounges The Supper Club | glamorous reception venue with full dining, bar, and dance floor The Tent Venue | outdoor reception space surrounded by wooded scenery The Estate | luxurious overnight accommodations and scenic grounds for photos
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The perfect recipe for a customized catering experience. Villa Macri Ristoranteâ€™s expertise in fine dining, delicious food, and exceptional service, gives you an awe-inspiring experience with you in mind. Sit back, relax and let us do the work!
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Ceremony Site, Matt Bigelow Photography
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Bridal Suite, Jennifer Van Elk Photography
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