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the best guide for the midwest bride

WHERE IN THE

WORLD SHOULD YOU GET MARRIED?

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INVITATIONS YOU'LL WANT TO KEEP ON YOUR FRIDGE (FOREVER)

A ROMANTIC BLUSH & GOLD

WEDDING IN FORT WAYNE

A REAL WEDDING THAT RANG IN

THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE

+ PLANNERS PREDICT

2017 TRENDS

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VENUE

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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COORDINATION & PLANNING

HAIR & MAKEUP

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STATIONERY

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CALLIGRAPHY Lief Design Grand Rapids, MI liefdesign.com

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Amber Allen is the photographic artist behind the lens at Allen & Company Photography, based in South Bend, IN. Her specialty is natural light wedding and portrait photography. She also loves to explore new places and is available for worldwide travel. Her photographic style is modern with a rustic, industrial vibe. She documents raw emotions as they happen and incorporates natural light, textures and the beauty of nature into her photographs.

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FROM THE EDITOR As I was reviewing all of the beautiful wedding photo submissions from our recent “Best of Wedding Photography” Facebook contest, it affirmed to me the dramatic changes that have taken place in wedding photography over the years. It is clearly now considered a dramatic art form vs. the posed shots of wedding parties of the past. I was amazed by the beauty of each work, and am thankful that the decision was not ours this time in choosing the winner! As we prepare this issue of WeddingDay, we are also preparing for another season of new brides embarking on their own wedding planning! As with the many brides of the past who have relied on WeddingDay in print, online and social, we hope you too will visit us frequently for inspiration, advice, and access to the very best vendors. Best wishes,

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WeddingDay is a fully integrated marketing program designed to reach local engaged couples planning their wedding, utilizing a number of tools such as magazines, bridal shows, website, e-marketing services, direct marketing, sponsorships and contests.

The publisher makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information published but cannot be held liable for any consequences arising from omissions or errors. Any claims or opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers are not necessarily the opinions of WeddingDay. For advertising information, call (574) 256-2055. Advertising and Editorial Offices: 742 S. Eddy St., South Bend, IN 46615. For permissions and reprint requests, please call or fax (574) 217–8698 or e-mail to info@weddingday-online.com. Readers interested in having their wedding considered for publication in WeddingDay may submit a brief paragraph about the wedding to: WeddingDay Magazine, 742 S. Eddy St., South Bend, IN 46615, or e-mail to info@weddingday-online.com. Please note that due to volume we are unable to respond to all submitted requests. WeddingDay copyright 2016.


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THE WEDDING STORY OF Whitney & Sean at The Ballroom at McKay

PRETTY PAPER PRINTS 8 Invitations We're RSVP'ing "Yes" To

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2017 TRENDS 5 Planners Reflect & Predict

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS Where in the World Should You Get Married?

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COVER SHOOT

WANDERLUST WEDDING A Countryside Style Shoot for the Gypsy Soul 10

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THE WEDDING STORY OF Morgan & Zack at Fort Wayne Country Club 44

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When Sean and Whitney met on match.com®, they knew it was a—excuse the pun—match made in heaven. Whitney says the connection was instant and the two became inseparable. Sean went on to propose while the couple was visiting his parents' cabin. He began his proposal by handing Whitney a glass of wine, so he obviously already knew how to prepare to ask a woman an important question!

December 31, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATE MORROW PHOTOGRAPHY 10

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cheers!

A GLAMOROUS NEW YEAR'S EVE WEDDING

THE FLORAL Posh Petals designed a celebration in each centerpiece using ombre patterns from dark burgundy to champagne. Peonies, roses, amaryllis, smoke bush, white orchids and berries were the main event in the flower arrangements.

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A GLAMOROUS NEW YEAR'S EVE WEDDING // Featured Wedding

KATE MORROW PHOTOGRAPHY

THE PLANNING Whitney is an event manager in Grand Rapids so she had a clear vision of what she couldn't live without and what she could do without right away. She shied away from a summer wedding because of the heat and was considering fall when she nonchalantly mentioned the possibility of a New Year's Eve wedding. “I thought he [Sean] would HATE the idea, but he loved it!” says Whitney. “We are always scrambling to make NYE plans and they never live up to our expectations, so we thought 'why not throw a huge party?!'” And that was the beginning of #midnightwiththemooneys. 12

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Sean and Whitney consulted with Whitney's friend Kelly who also happens to be a planner at All Buttoned Up Events, a full-service planning company in west Michigan. Whitney credits Kelly for making her vision a reality, while keeping her grounded throughout the planning process. Since Whitney is in the event planning business, she had already networked with plenty of vendors making her selections a rather simple decision.


THE DRESS

THE VENUE

Whitney wore a Casablanca Bridal gown from Renee Austin's bridal shop in Grand Rapids. The gown featured champagne-colored satin and a white organza overlay. The fitted bodice and pleated organza offered the romantic look that Whitney was looking for. She especially loved the crystal and pearls that adorned the bodice. The finishing touch was a veil by designer Erica Koesler.

The next venture for the couple was to locate a venue that matched Whitney's over-the-top, glitzy vision. It was, after all, a New Year's Eve celebration! They set up a tour at The Ballroom at McKay, a brandnew venue in downtown Grand Rapids. Whitney says as soon as the elevator doors opened, she knew her wedding would take place there. A mirror wall, marble pillars, amazing lighting—the venue simply wowed both her and Sean.

THE DÉCOR The New Year's Eve holiday set the tone for the reception décor thanks to Grand Rapids vendors like Fancy Fray, Events by I Candy and RSVP Events. Whitney chose champagne sequins, ivory, gold, dark burgundy and a mix of lighter burgundy shades for her color palette. To add dimension, the reception had both long and round tables for guests, and each tablescape featured its own unique centerpiece using both mercury glass and gold containers. The rectangular tables held tall candles of varying heights. The table numbers included the couple's New Year's resolutions.

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KATE MORROW PHOTOGRAPHY

WHAT WE

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Having weddings on a holiday can either be the best idea or the worst idea. It all depends on how the couple chooses to acknowledge it. In this case, Sean and Whitney went all out and threw a party for their guests making sure the night was just as memorable for them as it was for the couple. Champagne, sparkle, midnight kisses and resolutions were embraced wholeheartedly at the Mooney wedding. And as Whitney summarizes it, “what happens at the Mooney wedding, stays at the Mooney wedding.”

SPECIAL TOUCHES As a nod to the holiday, the couple created a resolution board so guests could write resolutions for them. They took two gold frames and stapled strings of sequins along them with spray painted mini gold clothespins, and made little cards where guests could write down resolutions and pin them up on the board. Sean and Whitney also included the typical New Year’s Eve must-haves like noisemakers and “Happy New Year’s” hats to help guests get in on the dual celebration. 14

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wedding team CEREMONY LOCATION Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Grand Rapids, MI

BRIDESMAIDS' GOWNS & BRIDE'S JEWELRY Rent the Runway

STATIONERY Kate Disbro Design Chicago, IL

RECEPTION VENUE The Ballroom at McKay Grand Rapids, MI

HAIR SALON Outer Image Salon & Spa

LINENS RSVP Events

MAKEUP Hanna Wagner Design

FURNITURE RENTAL Fancy Fray

NAIL SALON A Charmed Life Nail Salon

TRANSPORTATION Affordable Limo & Party Bus

TUXEDOS Jos. A. Bank

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RINGS Fred Meyer Jewelers

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REHEARSAL DINNER Grand Rapids Brewing Company

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Pretty Paper Prints 8 Invitations We’re RSVP’ing “Yes” To

We can’t get enough of the pretty prints that find their way into our mailbox (and our hearts!). These 8 wedding invitations by some of our favorite designers prove that first impressions really are everything. A.

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planners reflect on 2016 trends

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AND PREDICT WHAT'S TO COME IN 2017

WHAT TREND DID YOU LOVE MOST IN 2016? The Jon Har tm

“One of the 2016 trends that I really love is metallic color palettes and mixing metals. It used to be that you chose one metal accent...gold or silver. Now there are more options.... rose gold, copper, bronze....and you don't have to choose just one, you can mix and match with a stunning effect.”

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“We have seen all those great black chalkboard signs with white lettering that brides DIY or have custom made. These signs are here to stay however, my prediction for 2017 is that we will see more brides think outside the box by creating custom signage made on backgrounds of varying colors and materials such as wood and plexiglass. These new choices will compliment the modern and urban vibe that brides are striving to create.”

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WHAT TREND DID YOU LOVE MOST IN 2016? “2016 was full of different styles. I always love the real rustic weddings. But I would say use of creative lighting was my favorite.” Ly n e t t e W e b e

WHAT TREND DO YOU PREDICT FOR 2017? “From the brides we are working with, lots and lots of greenery will be used. More boho than rustic.”

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“We loved the laser-cut details in 2016. From invitations, to escort cards, cake toppers even down to the 'Mr. and Mrs.' sign on the back of the chairs. Blush also made a huge comeback, and we did not hate it!”

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“Moody is in. There is a big rise in dark jewel tone palettes, mixed with a soft blush or cream. Bold visuals, bold lips and deep jewel tone suits for the guys. Braids are still in for hairstyles - brides are getting creative on how they are incorporating braids into their hair!”

- Tara Steele, Tara Nicole Weddings and Events

WHAT TREND DID YOU LOVE MOST IN 2016? “I absolutely loved mixing different metallics like silver, gold, rose gold and copper. This was seen on everything from gowns and bridesmaids dresses to decor and stationery.” Allen & Co mp

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WHAT TREND DID YOU LOVE MOST IN 2016? G r a c e P u l ve r

“I am loving the personal touches couples are getting excited about. Gone is the “common” look, schedule or structure of every wedding. Couples are finding ways to incorporate their personality on every front of their wedding—starting as early as their social media engagement announcements. We saw such a movement in popular trends that we saw repeated over and over in 2014 and 2015. Couples are now taking those basic ideas and running with them. It's so refreshing!”

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WHAT TREND DO YOU PREDICT FOR 2017? “I think we are going to see less color palettes and more overall 'looks' and 'feels.' I don't think brides are going to rely on a certain color combination but will find more inspiration in looks, ambiance and concepts. I'm excited to see “blush and gold” become more “romantic and organic.” It started with moving away from matching bridesmaids dresses. I'm confident it's going to overflow into all design aspects of wedding planning.”

- Jillian Keller, Frame Worthy Events

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Where in the world should you get married? Just because you want a destination wedding, doesn't mean you're destined for the tropics or the Mexican border. From the sun-kissed shores of Lake Michigan to the coasts of the Carolinas and from mountains to rainforests, your destination wedding possibilities and places are as infinite as oceans. There's a reason why fairytales start with "in a land far, far away" and end with "happily ever after."

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Seaside Soirée

EAST COAST // HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA

Mackenzie & Ted tie the knot in a waterfront wedding.

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IVAN & LOUISE

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Amy & Colin wow with a winery wedding.

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Alexa and Dylan exchange vows in the great outdoors.

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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

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THE EASIEST GUIDE TO changing your last name

AFTER THE WEDDING

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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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THE ULTIMATE

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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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STYLE SHOOT

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WHEN BETHANY TIBBLE, OWNER OF BETH JOY PHOTOGRAPHY AND RICHELLE STEWART, OWNER OF POTS FLORAL PUT THEIR HEADS TOGETHER TO DESIGN A STYLE SHOOT, THEY HAD HOPED TO DELIVER A LITTLE BOHEMIAN INSPIRATION TO BRIDES PLANNING A LOCAL MIDWEST WEDDING. WHAT THEY ENDED UP WITH WAS GORGEOUS COLLISION OF RUSTIC AND LUXURY WITH HANDCRAFTED DETAILS BY LOCAL ARTISANS. Bethany says they envisioned an intimate wedding or even an elopement in the quiet countryside where a couple could celebrate with a relaxed-yet-chic affair. “This look is perfect for a bride who wants a backyard bash, both wild and rustic, but also contrasted with some luxe details,” says Bethany. 44

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THE LOCATION As the details of the shoot fell into place, Bethany thought of the most fitting location: her parents' land filled with meadows, sprawling fields, a huge oak tree; it had all of the essentials of a Midwest countryside.

THE COLOR PALETTE Given the natural but lush surroundings, the team chose a neutral palette with accents of merlot, gold, blush and greenery. Since the scene was set in late autumn/early winter, the deep reds from the floral, fruits, paper goods and bride's shawl pulled the details together.

BETH JOY PHOTOGRAPHY

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THE SWEETS & TREATS Bethany and Richelle (women who clearly have many talents!) designed, baked and created the fruit-covered naked cake themselves. Mini cupcakes from Jefferson Market and frosted cranberries were added to dress up the vintage dessert table.

THE FLORAL Richelle of Pots Floral in Detroit was the other “dreamer” in this style shoot and her flower details are what took this entire concept to another level. The bouquet was arranged with peonies, cabbage roses, anemone, snapdragon, carnations, eucalyptus, amaranthus, proteas and an artichoke! The tablescape went from vision to execution with greenery, pears, pomegranates and frosted cranberries. Bethany and Richelle loved the idea of using edible fruit as part of the décor concept. Even the bride wore a string of cranberries in her floral crown which was intended to provide a pop of color and a subtle welcome to winter.

THE DÉCOR The decorative touches were simplistic in nature, yet added such vibrancy and beauty throughout the shoot, thanks to rentals from Meadow & Moss and A Touch of Whimsy Events. The scene was set to depict a picnic-style spread complete with a D.I.Y. pallet table set for dinner. The boho vibe was strong with a teepee covered in ethereal drapery and vintage rugs for cozy cuddling, in addition to the tree swing which added an element of fun.

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THE PAPER GOODS Paper and Honey created the stationery to reflect the bohemian energy. Owner Laura created a rough-edge invitation suite designed to match the hand-designed paper, designed by Brittany of Two if By Sea Studios. Laura's chic calligraphy graced the paper goods with a romantic touch.

BETH JOY PHOTOGRAPHY

THE DRESS(ES) The bride and groom used in the shoot are actually married and when the vendors saw the bride's J. Crew gown, they decided to use it as the main dress in the shoot. But since life is really just too short to only wear one wedding dress, they selected a second option! The vintage gown was borrowed from The Brides Project, an organization and bridal boutique that donates 100 percent of their proceeds to the Cancer Support Center in Ann Arbor.

THE VENDORS SAY “We put our own unique spin on the 'bohemian style' and hope that this shoot will provide brides with a chance to see intimate weddings in a new perspective, especially for those living in places where beaches and deserts are replaced with meadows and forests!�

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FEATURED WEDDING

MORGAN & ZACK MARTIN

The love story of Zack and Morgan begins with a classic tale of little sister meets big brother's teammate on the football team. Zack was a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame and played football with Morgan's older brother Tyler. Tyler would often bring Zack to the family lake home on weekends where Zack and Morgan (a high school senior) became good friends. However, it wasn't until she graduated when the two decided she could be more than “Tyler's little sister.”

July 2, 2016 FORT WAYNE, INDIANA PHOTOGRAPHED BY GEM PHOTOGRAPHY

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a country club celebration IN FORT WAYNE

THE PROPOSAL The lake became a tradition for Zack and Morgan and it was only fitting that Zack propose there. He asked Morgan to take a boat ride with him and then got down on one knee with a ring in hand. Since it was nighttime, the lake was quiet with only the stars to witness the occasion. When Zack took Morgan back to the shoreline, their friends and family were waiting to celebrate with champagne!

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SEASON // SUMMER STYLE // ROMANTIC, ELEGANT FLOWERS // PEONIES, ROSES, HYDRANGEAS COLORS //

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THE DRESS Morgan wore a Pronovias Marimar gown that she bought from Lace Bridal Couture in Ohio. She ruled out a Cinderella-like ball gown right away because she's 5'10 and felt that it was “too much poof for a 5'10 girl!” She knew she wanted a criss-cross open back and a gown that was form fitting. Morgan found the dress of her dreams after trying about 20 others of varying styles. It was actually the dress that her mom had picked out—mothers really do know best!

GEM PHOTOGRAPHY

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THE PLANNING

THE FLORAL

The pair booked their ceremony and reception locations right away before asking their wedding party to be a part of the big day. Morgan had thought she wanted a rustic wedding, but ended up with a glamorous and classic vintage wedding! “It's amazing how one year can change your whole vision!” says Morgan.

The floral scheme is what really tied the room to Morgan's vision. Be Married Events designed a downright lovely blend of tall and short centerpieces using flowers like peonies, pink O'Hara garden roses, gem spray roses, pink Veronicas, Queen Anne's Lace, Blushing Bride proteas, lisanthus, hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus and Jacksonvine.

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WHAT WE

love

Zack and Morgan went extra lengths to include their grandparents in their wedding. Morgan had her bouquet created with her great grandmother's rosary and her grandfather’s cufflinks. For the ring pillow, Zack's grandfather’s shirt and lace appliques from both of his grandmothers' wedding gowns were sewn together to make up the pillow's exterior.

THE VENUE Zack and Morgan selected the Fort Wayne Country Club for their reception. The classic feel and character of the entire facility is exactly what they had in mind and Morgan says she did not want to have to dress up the venue too much. However, it was the veranda that overlooks the entire golf course that really sealed the deal for the couple.

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A COUNTRY CLUB CELEBRATION // Featured Wedding

THE DÉCOR Morgan's colors of choice were blush and pale pink. She envisioned having a light color to complement the other summer elements of having a July wedding. The tables were decorated with mix-andmatch votives, blush napkins, gold flatware, gold-rimmed glassware, candelabras, and both tall and compote dish floral centerpieces. The gold chairs were the final finishing touch. The couple hired Sweet Paperie, a design and coordination boutique in Fort Wayne to help with the day-of logistics of their fairytale wedding.

SPECIAL TOUCHES Since the wedding took place over the Fourth of July weekend, the couple wanted to honor their family members who have served in the military, including Morgan's cousin who recently deployed. Morgan collected photos of family members who have served. She then asked Hedgehog Press who designed her invitations to create tribute boards for their families. The tribute boards included photos of the military members in uniform, their name, honors, and when and where they served. The night concluded with fireworks over the golf course to celebrate the holiday.

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wedding team CEREMONY LOCATION St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Fort Wayne, IN

HAIR Jessica Ryland, Abbey Taylor & Michaela Smith

RECEPTION VENUE & CATERER Fort Wayne Country Club Fort Wayne, IN

MAKEUP Kendra Giant & Sandra Benitez

PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER Gem Photography PLANNER Sweet Paperie + Event Design FLORIST Be Married WEDDING DRESS Lace Bridal Couture Redding, OH BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids TUXEDOS Christopher James

NAIL SALON Sarah's Nail Salon BRIDE'S RINGS Diamond Doctor Dallas, TX

CAKE Sassie Cakes RENTALS A Party Apart FURNITURE RENTAL Violet Vintage CEREMONY MUSICIAN Tony Andorfer CEREMONY SINGERS Tom Didier & Pam Seila

GROOM'S RING Bailey Banks and Biddle Plano, TX

COCKTAIL HOUR BAND Oferle

BRIDE'S SHOES Badgley Mischka, Nordstrom

RECEPTION BAND Leonard Brothers Band

BRIDE’S JEWELRY Givenchy, Von Maur

TRANSPORTATION Club Car Limo

BRIDESMAIDS' JEWELRY Francesca's

REHEARSAL DINNER Pine Valley Country Club

INVITATIONS Hedgehog Press

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COVER SHOOT

melodramatic & moody

A C OV E R SHO OT AT JOU R N EY M AN D ISTILLERY

V E NUE Journeyman Distillery Three Oaks, MI P HO TO G RAP HY Allen & Company Photography CO O RD INATIO N & P LANNING Lauren Elisabeth Events FLO RAL D E S IG N & RE NTALS Modern Day Events & Floral CAKE C'est La Vie Cakes WEDDI NG GO WN & S HO E S Paris House of Bridal HAIR & MAKE UP Nicholas J. Salon & Spa JE WE LRY Albert's Diamond Jewelers S TATIO NE RY Centennial Avenue CALLIG RAP HY Lief Design V ID E O G RAP HY Ever After Studios CHINA RE NTALS Gigi & LaClede C HARG E RS , P LATE S & NAP KINS Special Occasions CHAIR S IG NS Z Create Design MO D E L Cassondra Rudlaff, 2016 Cover Model Search Winner

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THE VISION As more and more brides are trading in pastel and bold color palettes for neutral shades, we decided to take a step in the opposite direction and pursue a cover shoot that bordered on moody and melodramatic. Think the Guilded Age with Mark Twain, sprinkled with inspiration and mystery from Edgar Allen Poe. Lauren from Lauren Elisabeth Events, an event planning company in southwest Michigan, broadened the initial vision and introduced pops of modern glam into the cover shoot.

THE VENUE To set the scene for the moody atmosphere, we sought an industrial venue with ample natural light to offset the darker décor. Journeyman Distillery is a former featherbone factory that used to make buggy whips and corsets. It is now a distillery, restaurant and event space with wooden floors, enormous windows and stringed lights overhead. The history and sacred feel of the venue paired perfectly with the tone of our shoot. The openness of the room translated into a blank slate for the vendor team to transform. “You can make it modern, chic, vintage or whatever style is you,” says Lauren. “You're not having to fight the deep red carpet or colorful wallpaper that you may find at other venues.”

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THE LOOK

COVER SHOOT

Our model wore an alluring and romantic gown from Paris House of Bridal. The dress featured a low, swoop back with etched detailing and a front slit. Stylists from Nicholas J Salon gave the model a tousled windswept look with soft curls and intentionally placed her hair to the side so it did not compete with the back of the gown. Accessories from Albert's Jewelers were the finishing touches to complete the glamorous look.

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THE DÉCOR Lauren chose to go with a moody-meetsmodern vibe for the décor in the shoot. Deep colors such as black, purple and indigo represented the moody look while pinks, creams and greenery portrayed the glam and modern side of the concept. The decorative concept was brought to life through rentals from Modern Day Floral, Gigi & LaClede and Special Occasions—all Michigan-based vendors. Geometric shapes were also introduced throughout to represent a current trend. Geometric lines were incorporated in the stationery, vases, glasses and plates and geometric terrariums held candles to give off a sense of romance. The tablescape was stunning with gold beaded chargers with matte black dinner plates and geometric salad plates. Taper candleholders, geometric vases, votives and terrariums were added to the table. The final touch were the bride and groom signs for the chairs from Z Create Design.

THE FLORAL Modern Day Floral captured the dramatic look using deep colors for flowers. Roses and dahlias accented the pops of glam while large proteas gave the décor a modern feel.

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MELODRAMATIC & MOODY // Cover Shoot

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THE CAKE C'est La Vie Cakes designed a showstopping threetiered wedding cake with heavy floral. The cake featured a gray top tier that faded into a deep indigo color with pops of gold.

THE STATIONERY Lief Design and Centennial Avenue collaborated to create a stationery suite that used heavy calligraphy, geometric shapes, and a rich indigo, teal, gold and blush color palette.

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From gala events for 2,000 to intimate cocktail parties in your own home, CK Catering is renowned for its exquisite food, spectacular presentation, and unfailing service since 1972. Whether a ballroom, boardroom or an intimate outdoor setting, allow CK Catering to make you the consummate host of your next event.

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2430 PLAZA DRIVE, BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN 49022 • 269-849-0693 • WWW.CKCATERING.BIZ WEDDINGDAY


The premiere outdoor wedding venue

www.taltree.org 450 West 100 North Valparaiso IN | (219) 462-0025

Custom catering and events at the University of Notre Dame. catering.nd.edu

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574.631.7859

Images courtesy of OMG Photography

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Gaska String Quartet

52890 IN-933, South Bend, Indiana (574) 272-5220 | waterfordestateslodge.com

Music for all your memorable occasions Martha Bradberry Candy Thomas Joyce Davis Emilie Grondin

574.229.0422 574.323.7969 574.229.3147 574.229.6070

All Packages Include: Unlimited Sessions Up to 6 Prints per Session Full Size Scrap Book Custom Design Work Social Sharing Upgraded Props GIF Booth USB Drive Online Gallery Open or Enclosed Booth B&W, Color or Sepia Pics

Ask About Slow Motion Booth, Light Painting, Morphing and Animations!

The Most Awarded Photo Booth in Michigan!

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616.406.9772 • Info@fastbooth.com


Beiger

The

Make a grand entrance!

Banquets * Receptions * Weddings

317 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN | 574–255–6300 | beigermansion.com Facebook: Beiger Mansion Inn | Twitter: @BeigerMansion | Instagram: @BeigerMansion

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Allen & Co. Photography

Now open and accepting reservations for weddings, parties and other events for 2016, 2017 and 2018!

Our 1800’s barn is fully restored to its natural glory and offers breathtaking views of yesteryear • Central air and heat throughout the facility • Private bride’s and groom’s quarters with separate bathrooms • Custom-made wood spiral staircase leading to the loft • Two hanging crystal chandeliers • Full food prep area and a beautiful, rustic bar area for full service capacity • Grand patio with views of our waterfall, Koi pond and fields

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Three Oaks, Michigan | blissfulbarn.com | blissfulbarn@gmail.com | (269) 759-4682

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Full service catering for the greater Grand Rapids & Lakeshore areas

616-558-6518 or 231-798-4591

www.above-beyond.com

find us on Facebook: Above & Beyond Banquets, Catering, Events

LET YOUR FLORAL ADVENTURES BEGIN WITH

The Sodus Blossom!

269-921-4477 | WWW.THESODUSBLOSSOM.WEEBLY.COM

Your happily ever after begins in the Garden!

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THE

GILLESPIE

CONFERENCE & SPECIAL EVENT CENTER

Designed For Any Event... Dedicated to Your Event

GILLESPIECONFERENCECENTER.COM | KRISTA GRIFFEY 574-323-2467 | 53995 INDIANA SR 933 SOUTH BEND, IN 46637

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ADVERTISER INDEX / / I SSUE 4 - 2016

A Party Apart............................................................ 26

Henderson Castle........................... inside front cover

Above & Beyond Banquets, Catering, Events........ 77

Hilton Garden Inn, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph...... 77

Allen & Company Photography............................... 24

Holiday Inn Fort Wayne........................................... 40

Allen County Fairgrounds........................................ 26

Honeymoon Dreams............................................... 26

Allure, The.................................................. back cover

Hourglass Bridal & Boutique.................................... 9

Be Married............................................................... 20

Hyatt Place................................................................. 6

Bed, Bath & Beyond................................................ 34

Impress Jewelry Creations...................................... 39

Beiger Mansion, The............................................... 75

Josephiney Photography......................................... 49

Bethza Professional Makeup Artist Studio.............. 6

Journeyman Distillery.............................................. 51

Blissful Barn............................................................ 76

Lakeside Occasions................................................ 21

Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa........................... 8, 50

Louie's Tux Shop...................................................... 25

Blushing Bride on 17.............................................. 60

Matthew Provoast Photography............................. 16

Boulevard Inn & Bistro, The.................................... 65

Matzke Florist.......................................................... 65

Bridal Spectacular & Beyond................................. 24

Meg Rodgers, Harpist............................................... 6

Bridal Superstore.................................................... 41

Nicholas J Salon & Spa............................................. 1

Bride Blu.................................................................. 50

OMG Photography................................................... 61

Burns Rent-Alls, Inc................................................. 17

Palais Royale & The Morris Performing Arts Center....... 7

Century Center........................................................ 64

Rentalex Professional Events................................. 21

CK Catering.............................................................. 72

Riverside Terrace, The............................................ 42

Comfort Suites, South Bend................................... 51

Royal Excursion......................................................... 2

Country Bake Shop................................................. 16

Ruth’s Chris Steak House....................................... 48

Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown - Marriott...... 52

Ruthmere Mansion................................................. 60

Crystal Springs Florist.................... inside back cover

Saint Joseph's Farm................................................ 43

Deb Potis Photography............................................ 41

Sodus Blossom, The............................................... 77

DoubleTree by Hilton South Bend.......................... 49

Sorg Jewelers ......................................................... 60

EZTravelPad............................................................. 63

Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council................ 62

Fast Booth............................................................... 74

Studebaker National Museum............................... 49

Fernwood Botanical Garden................................... 63

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens................................ 73

Forever & a Day Events and Design....................... 65

Tippecanoe Place.................................................... 80

Friendship Botanic Gardens................................... 61

University Catering.................................................. 73

Gaska String Quartet.............................................. 74

Villa Macri Ristorante.............................................. 53

Gigi’s Cupcakes....................................................... 61

Waterford Estates Lodge........................................ 74

Gillespie Conference & Special Event Center, The...... 78

West View Florist..................................................... 41

Glass Slipper Weddings...................................................... 9

Windsor Park........................................................... 52

Goei Center........................................................................ 73

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Distinctive Designs for Today’s Brides

Crystal Springs Florist 1475 Pipestone, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022 269-925-1167 crystalspringsweddings.com

Crystal Springs Florist

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the charm. the enchantment.

the Allure

Ceremony Site, Matt Bigelow Photography

Ben Pancoast Photography Lady and the Lens Photography

Jamie and Michelle Photography

Bridal Suite, Jennifer Van Elk Photography

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www.allureone.com 301 B. Street, LaPorte, IN 46350

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219-369-6456

Ben Pancoast Photography

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