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the best guide for the midwest bride

#GIRLSQUAD FUN GROUP EXERCISES TO DO WITH YOUR BRIDESMAIDS

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW WHY WE LOVE MANSIONS, ESTATES & HISTORIC VENUES

+ WIN A FREE HONEYMOON

TO MEXICO!

FIND YOUR COLOR PALETTE INSPO INSIDE!

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You should be both relaxed and beautiful on your wedding day. Nicholas J Salon & Spa, with its convenient location in Eddy St. Commons at Notre Dame, is the ideal choice for all of your wedding needs. We offer pre-wedding mani/pedi parties and wedding day hairstyles and make-up. Let our experienced staff get your special day off to a perfect start. - Nicholas J Salon & Spa

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Transportation for your Wedding Day, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bachelor & Bachelorette Party!

Choose from…

Luxury stretch limousines (16 passengers) Limo buses (10, 22 passengers) Mini-coaches (29, 30 passengers) Large motor coaches (38, 46, 56 passengers)

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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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The Inn at Harbor Shores* Saint Joseph, MI innatharborshores.com

PLANNING & COORDINATION

Froehlich's* Three Oaks, MI shopfroehlichs.com

MAKEUP

Forever and a Day Events and Design* Grand Rapids, MI foreverandadayevents.com

PHOTOGRAPHY

Carrie House Photography

FLORALS

Park Place Design

HAIR

Krystle Waivio Hair

True Beauty by Dana* Valparaiso, IN truebeautymakeupartist.com

DRESS, SHOES & JEWELRY Ali Nicole Bridal

TUXEDO

RENTALS

The Rental Company* Holland, MI wmrentalco.com

HARPIST

Meg Rodgers, Harpist* megrodgers.net

STATIONERY & SIGNAGE

Jamie Lynne Creative

ROCK CANDY Sweet Temptations

Dunhill Tuxedos

MODELS

*WeddingDay preferred vendor

Haeleigh Peterson & Trey Sommers

CARRIE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY // About the Photographer Carrie House is a fine art film photographer based in Mid-Michigan. She specializes in natural light wedding and portrait photography and her work can be described as timeless, romantic and elegant. Carrie is a worldwide photographer and is available for travel anywhere in the country or abroad. Carrie loves photographing weddings and being able to document your love story to pass down for generations to come.

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FROM THE EDITOR Nothing warms our hearts more than hearing from a bride and/or groom about how much they utilized and appreciated WeddingDay as a resource throughout their wedding planning. I am so proud of our hard-working WeddingDay team, who every day are scouring blogs and social media posts in search of the incredibly beautiful, unique and creative work of our Midwest wedding professionals to then share with WeddingDay readers via our many channels. Don’t get me wrong, as much as it is considered their “work” I often hear that there is an element of fun for these creatives! As I write this, we are in prime wedding season and I know that our Midwest wedding professionals are working hard themselves, producing more beautiful content for us to share for future brides. We can’t wait to see yours!

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CONTRIBUTOR

Eric Woolridge - Style Consultant

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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 2017.


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THE WEDDING STORY OF Tiffany & Levy at The Riverside Terrace

GO, CUBS, GO! A Style Shoot 108 Years in the Making

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IT'S A GIRL THING How to Use Fitness to Meet Your #SquatGoals & #SquadGoals

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THE WEDDING STORY OF Sarah & Michael at Hidden Vineyard

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VENUES WE LOVE Mansions, Estates & Historic Venues

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TWO'S A CHARM A Second Marriage at The Brick 24

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COLOR TRENDS Inspiration for Your Wedding Palette

68 COVER SHOOT at The Inn at Harbor Shores 54

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Windsor Park Conference Center 4020 Edison Lake Pkwy Mishawaka, IN 46565

phone: (574) 271-8060 website: windsorparkevents.com email: sales@windsorparkevents.com

Special Moments. Unique Experiences. Memories Created.

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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.

2430 PLAZA DRIVE, BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN 49022 • 269-849-0693 • WWW.CKCATERING.BIZ WEDDINGDAY 9


FEATURED WEDDING

November 12, 2016 MISHAWAKA, INDIANA PHOTOGRAPHED BY REBEKAH ALBAUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

TIFFANY ROGERS-RANDOLPH & LEVY RANDOLPH What‘s sweeter than a friendship that began outside the Rose Bowl game? Coming full circle to one epic engagement that would take place right where it all started! With Tiffany hailing from Michigan and Levy from California, the two former national officers and facilitators with the National FFA Organization found themselves planning a large Indiana wedding while living in Florida. With friends and family scattered throughout the country, they would later have over twenty-nine states represented at their nuptials. #FromRoseBowlToRandolphs, this couple found their perfect forever with each other.

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as sweet as roses

AN ENCHANTING RIVERSIDE WEDDING

THE PROPOSAL A little visit to California turned into one very special day for Tiffany and Levy. Though it was months in the making, Levy pulled off one memorable and special proposal for Tiffany. “As I was getting ready for the day, Levy told me he was going to grab a couple things out of the car. Then the doorbell rang. I opened it to find my sister and one of my childhood friends from Michigan, followed by a film crew. They handed me a card that said there was a day full of surprises ahead and it would conclude with Levy asking me a ‘big question,’” Tiffany recalls. “After a day full of loved ones, limo rides, mimosas, nail appointments and a shopping spree, the next time I saw Levy was after my dad had walked me onto the field of the Rose Bowl stadium.”

REBEKAH ALBAUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

SEASON // FALL STYLE // ELEGANT, D.I.Y. FLOWERS // ROSES, DAISIES, DAHLIAS COLORS //

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THE DRESS Like they say, when you finally find the one, you just know! For Tiffany, it may have taken awhile, but she stopped at nothing to get it. “My mom, sister and I had spent about two weeks visiting every bridal salon we could find in Michigan and Indiana. I probably tried on 80 to 90 dresses,” Tiffany recalls. After turning to Pinterest, her beloved “Catherine” gown from Lovely Bride’s The Lovely One collection stopped her in her tracks. “I had to dig through layers of links to even find out the dress designer and model, but eventually I was able to track down the only one left in the country,” she says.

THE PLANNING Planning an out-of-state wedding is no doubt challenging. However, thanks to a ton of online research, several trips home and local friends and family, the couple pulled off their vision beautifully. Another helpful resource for this bride was WeddingDay! Tiffany says, “I found WeddingDay to be very helpful in finding local vendors by seeing examples of their work."

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Three of the couple’s key vendors also fell perfectly into place. Tiffany explains, “Our wedding videographer, Candlelight Films, was the same team that filmed our engagement. Levy had surprised me with having them film our proposal. I was able to fly them to Indiana and surprise Levy with them filming our wedding. I stumbled upon our photographer’s website online and fell in love with Rebekah Albaugh’s work. A friend of the family owns our florist, The Flower Cart. The rest of our vendors were found through online searches."


AS SWEET AS ROSES // Featured Wedding

REBEKAH ALBAUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

THE VENUE For this couple, size was the biggest factor in deciding their venue, as they had to accommodate 300 guests. Their venue of choice was the Riverside Terrace, located in Mishawaka, Indiana. A cozy fireplace, patio (perfect for beer pong!), vendor flexibility and a scenic location along the St. Joseph River were just some of the attractive draws this fantastic venue had to offer.

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FEATURED WEDDING

REBEKAH ALBAUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

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This couple continued the theme of thoughtful, heartfelt planning that began with their engagement, far into their nuptials as well. They surprised each other by writing their own personal vows, kept until the very end. “They were full of fond memories, laughter, tears of joy, love, and our hopes and promises for our future,” Tiffany says. “They just fit our relationship so perfectly.”

Not happy with your color scheme? Don’t be afraid to change it! Tiffany did just that before she settled on her vibrant, berry-toned hues. “Throughout the wedding planning process, we went through so many variations of a color scheme,” she says. She finally landed on a theme six months prior to the wedding. Tiffany took charge of several D.I.Y. projects herself and the results were impressive. She designed all the paper materials for the wedding, including the invites and programs, table numbers and signage— and everything in between! She also designed their wedding website, while Levy constructed the personalized beer pong tables for the reception. 14

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love


wedding team RECEPTION VENUE & CATERING The Riverside Terrace* Mishawaka, IN theriversideterrace.com

REHEARSAL DINNER & PHOTOS Tippecanoe Place* South Bend, IN tippe.com

CEREMONY LOCATION St. Paul’s Memorial United Methodist Church

FLORALS The Flower Cart

PHOTOGRAPHY Rebekah Albaugh Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Candlelight Films DRESS Lovely Bride TUXEDOS Bernardo's *WeddingDay preferred vendor

CAKE SugaRush Desserts BRIDESMAIDS' GOWNS Bella Bridesmaids

HAIR & MAKEUP Something Blue Stylists* somethingbluestylists.com HAIR PIECE LottieDaDesigns, Etsy BRIDESMAIDS' JEWELRY Bauble Bar CEREMONY SINGER Alexis Callis

NAIL SALON Elite Nails

DJ, LIGHTING & DRAPING ProShow Professional DJ Service & Specialty Rentals

RINGS Zales

TRANSPORTATION Enterprise Rent-A-Car

BRIDE'S SHOES Badgley Mischka, Shopbop

RENTALS Tablescapes Event Rentals

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Hourglass Bridal & Boutique

Gaska String Quartet

Specializing in size 14W and up. Call to book your appointment and for selected store hours

Music for all your memorable occasions 716 E. Jefferson Blvd. South Bend, IN 574-215-2550 | angielps@aol.com

Martha Bradberry Candy Thomas Joyce Davis Emilie Grondin

574.229.0422 574.323.7969 574.229.3147 574.229.6070

Off Premise Bar Services & Catering Available!

The R iverside T errace Elegant Banquet Facilities & Catering

Grand Ballroom accommodates 300 • Saint Joseph River Room accommodates 500 426 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN 46544 www.theriversideterrace.com • cindy@theriversideterrace.com 16

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www.debpotis.com | 219-670-7193

A Member of the ClubCorp Family

Your Dream Wedding Starts Here

Arielle Peters Photography

St Joe Farm

HOPKINS STUDIO

All-inclusive menu options, customizing for your budget, memorable experiences.

St Joe Farm Est. 1852

Experience an event destination rich in history.

Anderson Photography

You’ve waited a long time for

this day, let us make it truly yours Exclusive Catering and Bar Services provided by Navarre Hospitality Group

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Now Offering Ceremonies on the Green

Indoor & Outdoor Rece ptions for 275 Contact Private Events Director, Lieren Lorenc

16633 Baywood Lane • Granger, IN 46530 www.knollwoodclub.com • 574-271-4828

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STYLE SHOOT

Go, Cubs, Go!

A STYLE SHOOT 108 YEARS IN THE MAKING

PHOTOGRAPHY: FOREVER INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNING: ORCHID WEDDINGS & EVENTS FLORALS & PIPE/DRAPE: ANEMONE CREATIVE SUIT: ESQ CLOTHING DRESS: VICTORIA SDOUKOS COUTURE INVITATIONS: YOUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER HAND LETTERING: DELAINAJDESIGNS MACARONS: SUGAR FIXE CUPCAKES: SWEET N’ DAINTY CUPCAKERY MAKEUP: MEGHANA PRASAD LINENS: CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS JEWELRY: LOVEEMILYD CUFFLINKS & BOUQUET CHARM: BALLHAWKNET HONEYMOON RING: METALHEARTBYRENEE SIGNAGE & GLASSWARE: DOUBLE DEE DESIGNS MODELS: WILLOW STAR & CHRIS MAHER 18

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FOREVER INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY

The Chicago Cubs. Just uttering their name brings so much joy to the hearts of millions of loyal fans who rooted for them to finally make their long-awaited dream come true—winning a World Series Championship. In 2016, they officially ended their 108-year drought, as their name became synonymous with World Series Champs. This epic win, making headlines and history, was certainly an inspiration for many here in the Midwest— even in the wedding industry! As a loyal Cubs fan herself, Carla Stehman of Forever Incredible Photography envisioned a World Series Champion Chicago Cubs Styled Elopement. Wanting to showcase her “Cubbie love,” she gathered a team of other talented Chicago-area vendors she knew would be more than happy to support their winning team. The result? A fun, yet elegant wedding that truly hits a homerun. Filled with tons of Chicago pride and Cubbie blue, the creative mix of color and nods to the beloved team is nothing short of impressive. From the one-of-a-kind Victoria Sdoukos Couture gown and charming jewelry to the inviting Your Happily Ever paper suite and bright, Sugar Fixe macarons, the talented team brought the love of the ballgame— and the amazing spirit of Cubs fans—to this #OnceInACentury elopementinspired style shoot.

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Photo by Sonya Byer Photography

Putting Your Dreams Within Reach

Let us help make your day

Petal Perfect.

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The Country Venue Where Anything Is Possible

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It’s Your Day. Make it Perfect! Let the Holiday Inn at IPFW make your wedding day the most beautiful and unforgettable day of your life.

6,000 Square Foot Banquet Facility All-Inclusive Wedding Packages Beautifully Appointed Bridal Suites Special Guestroom Rates for your Guests For more information and to schedule a tour of the facility

Please call: 260.482.3800

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University Ballroom


Your Reception, Your Way!

Your caterer, your decorator, affordable prices

Bridal SuperStore - an indiana tradition

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Bridal Superstore The BEST in Bridal Be Beautiful Family-owned and -operated for 35 years, we know how to make a bride feel special. Make an appointment and find the largest bridal selection in Indiana and skilled consultants to help you find your perfect gown.

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Our 1800’s barn is fully restored to its natural glory and offers breathtaking views of yesteryear 4706 Watson Rd , Three Oaks, Michigan blissfulbarn.com | blissfulbarn@gmail.com | (269) 759-4682

Call 317-849-9980 for your appointment today! 5447 E. 82nd St. Indianapolis, IN 46250 317-849-9980

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IT’S TRUE. DECIDING ON YOUR WEDDING COLORS CAN BE AS DIFFICULT AS IT IS FUN! WITH SO MANY GORGEOUS COLOR COMBOS OUT THERE, WE THOUGHT WE’D PUT TOGETHER SOME PRETTY PALETTES SURE TO INSPIRE. FROM THE BOLD AND BRIGHT TO THE LIGHT AND AIRY, THESE THEMES REFLECT HOW VERSATILE A SINGLE PALETTE CAN BE AND HOW— WITH A LITTLE COLOR—YOU CAN MAGICALLY CREATE ANY VISION YOUR HEART DESIRES.

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Bold & Bright

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A. PHOTOGRAPHY: Blackbean Photography, FLORAL & DESIGN: Unveiled Weddings & Events, CAKE: Designer Desserts, CONCEPT: The Boho Barbie B. PHOTOGRAPHY: Bailey Elle Photography C. PHOTOGRAPHY: Jade Sharp Photo, FLORALS: Pomp&Bloom, DRESS: B.loved, HAIR: Allison Deckard, MAKEUP: Leslie Hair and Makeup (lesliehairandmakeup.com)* D. PHOTOGRAPHY: Betsi Ewing Studio, PLANNING & DESIGN: K2 Event Production, FLORALS: Perfect Petal by Maria E. STATIONERY: Blu3 Designs 24

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A. PHOTOGRAPHY: Jill Devries Photography, DESIGN, STYLING & BACKDROP: Kenley Event Design, FLORALS: Damsel Floral, DRESS: Spring Sweet, HAIR & MAKEUP: Cheeky Strut, RENTALS: The Rental Company (wmrentalco.com)* B. STATIONERY: Twig and Juniper C. PHOTOGRAPHY: Bailey Elle Photography D. PHOTOGRAPHY: Evangeline Renee E. PHOTOGRAPHY: GEM Photography, FLORALS: Be Married Events, DRESS: One Fine Day Bridal and Gown Boutique, HAIR & MAKEUP: Something Blue Stylists (somethingbluestylists.com)* F. PHOTOGRAPHY: Katie Whitcomb Photography, VENUE: St. Joseph Conference Center, FLORALS, DÉCOR, DESIGN & COORDINATION: Merry Me Events G. PHOTOGRAPHY: Emily Hary Photography, FLORALS: Snapdragon Designs

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A. PHOTOGRAPHY: Samantha James Photography, PLANNING & FLORAL DESIGN: The Day's Design B. STATIONERY: Athena Street Creative (athenastreet.com)*, PLANNING: Boldly Chic Events, CALLIGRAPHY: Calligraphy with TLC, STAMPS: Verde Studio C. PHOTOGRAPHY: Tifani Lyn, DESIGN & FLORALS: Forever and A Day Events and Design (foreverandadayevents.com)*, RENTALS: The Rental Company (wmrentalco.com)*, VINTAGE DISHES: Gigi & LaClede, CALLIGRAPHY: Lief Design D. PHOTOGRAPHY: Blaine Siesser, CAKE: Sweet Heather Anne E. PHOTOGRAPHY: Tiffaney Childs Photography, RINGS: James Allen Rings & Weft & Whimsy, STYLING BOARD: Heirloom Bindery, RIBBON: Honey Silks & Co., MACARONS: Dear Macaron, PARTY SUPPLIES: Meri Meri, FLORALS: House of Fabian F. PHOTOGRAPHY: Cory Weber Photography, STYLING & FLORALS: Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations, HAIR & MAKEUP: On-Site Bridal G. PHOTOGRAPHY: Kelly Sweet Photography, DESIGN & FLORALS: Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations, DRAPING & RENTALS: The Rental Company (wmrentalco.com)* 26

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*WeddingDay preferred vendor


A. PHOTOGRAPHY: The Willows, PLANNING: Ashley Thunder Events, VENUE: Journeyman Distillery (journeymandistillery.com)*, CAKE: Dana Thorndyke, FLORALS: Sugarfield Flowers B. PHOTOGRAPHY: Dan Stewart Photography, PLANNING: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events, FLORALS: Stems & Sprigs, DRESSES: Lovely Bride, VENUE: Black Star Farms, Makeup: Jessica Haze, Hair: M.O. Hair and Beauty Lounge C. PHOTOGRAPHY: Jennifer Van Elk Photography, VENUE: Ritz Charles, STYLING: Savoir Faire Events, FLORALS: CS Accoutrements D. PHOTOGRAPHY: The Willows, PLANNING: Ashley Thunder Events, VENUE: Journeyman Distillery (journeymandistillery.com)*, HAIR: Ashley Wells Hair Artist, MAKEUP: True Beauty by Dana (truebeautymakeupartist.com)*, DRESS: Something Blue Bridal A.

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EXPERIENCE

the latest wedding trends

the finest cuisine

the best musicians and DJs

the top area vendors, one-on-one

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Are you a vendor interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring this event? Contact Jennifer Bobelenyi at 574-303-4057 or info@weddingdaybridaltour.com.

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it’s a girl thing HOW TO USE GROUP EXERCISE TO MEET YOUR #SQUATGOALS & #SQUADGOALS

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hen you’re busy taking care of the countless things that will make your big day come together flawlessly, you hardly have time to think about your triceps or thighs. In fact, you’re probably dreaming, researching, scheduling, planning and pinning your way to creating the best wedding ever as we speak, but that leaves one pretty important thing out, and that’s you, lovely! While all the other things do matter and have their place in the world of wedding planning, how you are feeling and taking care of you is priceless. We mean, how else are you going to keep all that pre-wedding energy up and, ultimately, look and feel your best when the big day arrives? Whether your wedding day is in a year, a few months or a few weeks, it’s never too late to take a serious look at your weekly exercise regimen, while adding in some stress-busting fun! If you’re already on the right track, congrats and get it, girl! But if you’re looking for some serious (and fun) exercise inspo, we’ve got you covered right here. Grab some H2O and your maids of honor because there are many different options for putting those #squatgoals to action, all while having a blast and bonding with your #girlsquad! Because what’s better than a good old endorphin-pumping exercise session? Toning up and slimming down with some of your besties by your side, of course!

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group yoga

Nothing brings Zen to your life like yoga. From Bikram to Vinyasa to Power Sculpt, there are many types of yoga sure to bring a smile (and glow) to your face. In addition to leaving your worries at the door for an hour, you will have the opportunity to bond with your girls in a peaceful setting and fully embrace your overall health and wellness. After breathing deeply and strengthening and lengthening your muscles (and possibly muscles you didn’t know you had!), you will experience a total overhaul of your mind, body and spirit.

pure barre

Want to burn extra calories and create lean muscle? If your answer is “yes, please!”, sign yourself and your girls up for this muscleelongating, low-impact class. Utilizing the ballet barre and small isometric movements, this technique can bring tone to the areas women tend to need a little extra help in the most: arms, abdominals, glutes, hips and thighs. Enjoy some upbeat music, inspiring instructors and zero pressure to be at a certain level. Bonus: Some studios even offer private sessions for brides and their friends!

dance classes

If flirty fun sounds like a better fit for you and your group, you can have some crazy memorable times and laughs at a pole fitness class, belly dance class or lap dancing class. Designed for those who love something truly girly and out-of-the-box where you can enjoy a unique experience while getting a quality workout (seriously, you may be unable to get off the floor the next day), these places are a perfect match for a bride and her bridal party.

nature hikes or bikes

A pretty powerful remedy to combating any type of stress is getting out in nature and breathing in some fresh air. Add some dear friends to the mix and a walk becomes a joyous time spent enjoying each other’s company and the beautiful outdoors. You can make it as leisurely or challenging as your heart desires. Another idea? Add bikes to the mix! Many cities have different bike routes or state parks that offer scenic treks as well.

pilates

Kind to your joints and killer for your core, Pilates can do wonders for your strength, focus and flexibility. Three magical words alone make this type of exercise enticing for any bride-to-be: long, lean and toned. Research the different studios in your city and see what they have to offer. They might host a bridal bootcamp or special for you and your girls.

spin classes

These classes can be total motivators and calorie-kickers. Not to mention, fun! Led by an instructor sure to guide you and your girls to a music-pumped ride, you can really challenge yourself—and each other! And we know you would rather have your BFF by your side to keep you motivated, instead of a sweaty stranger! Be prepared to leave this class super-sweaty but super-euphoric!

kickboxing

Keep in mind ladies, martial arts-inspired exercise classes aren’t just for the guys! This high-energy, full-body workout might be just the thing you need to get your blood pumping, while getting a little stress relief. There’s no doubt this interactive workout could be a blast for you and your girl squad, too and—bonus—you’ll be burning fat, enhancing muscle and increasing endurance all at once! Another plus? You might walk away with some moves you could use in a selfdefense situation, too. Have a ton of fun with this type of class (and don’t blame us for those sore quads or calves!).

5k, 10k & beyond

Finding out which races are taking place in your local city is just a quick Internet search away. One idea to consider is turning a scheduled walk or run activity into a weekend trip by signing up for one in a nearby city or—if any of your bridesmaids live in another state entirely—in their neck of the woods. It’s a great way to have a weekend getaway with your squad, get in some quality girl time and have some muscletoning fun! The actual types of races available these days run the gamut. From charity walks, 5K runs, mini-marathons, and marathons to triathlons and specialty challenge events (think Mud Run, City Challenges and Rugged Maniac runs), the options are limitless. Not to mention, you’ll get some pretty great photos to ‘gram about!

While this is by no means an all-encompassing list, it’s a great place to start. It’s important to remember that it is possible to have a gorgeous wedding and bod! Like everything, you simply need to carve out the time. Seek some extra support and motivation from the best motivational coaches on the planet—your girlfriends—and you’ll be photo-ready and feeling great in no time.

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Only 10 minutes from Shipshewana!

Also available for: Engagement Parties, Bridal Showers & Rehearsal Dinners

Say ‘I Do’ beneath the gazebo with panoramic views of the lake. Then dine and dance the night away at The Guernsey, a historic barn that serves as the centerpiece of the property: from country chic to formal elegance, the barn can be transformed to your taste.

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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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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 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

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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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Stonegate Manor is an elegant 19th century Victorian Estate situated on 27 acres in the heart of Lake Michigan Wine Country. This gorgeous setting provides the perfect ambience for your wedding or special occasion. The ample indoor and outdoor spaces are able to accommodate 175+ guests for a fairytale event.

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Something Old, Something New WHY WE LOVE MANSIONS, ESTATES & HISTORIC VENUES

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When it comes to wedding venues, choosing a place that’s the right fit for your nuptials can certainly be challenging. After all, you want something that meshes with your style, budget and what you envision overall. Add to that the fact that there are so many different types of venues out there and you have a real weddingcake flavored pickle on your hands. Take note that one niche of venues that has always stood out are those that have been around for a long, long time or offer a unique, one-of-kind space. And when it comes to seeing why these locales will surely satisfy your taste for something unique, timeless or just plain stunning, it usually takes less than a glance.

The character or stories behind their walls serves as a reminder of days gone by or grand affairs... If you haven’t guessed it yet, historic estates and mansions are these very venues—the rich spaces we love to love! They had us at their grand staircases, ivy-cloaked stone, alluring chandeliers, wrap around porches, and delicate fountains. The character or stories behind their walls serves as a reminder of days gone by or grand affairs, and we can’t help but smile thinking of the weddings that have graced their floral-covered gazebos, candlelit parlors or marble floors. Read on for more of what makes these stunning locations a perfect pick for dream weddings, large or small, and why they take our breath away.

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Historical buildings, mansions and estates rely on dedicated and skilled staff members to ensure these beautiful landmarks continue to do what they seem to do best—accommodate guests and host special events. Whether it’s a staff member, an in-house planning professional or an entire event design team, you will have all the assurance and resources you need in executing your dream wedding. For venues where outside vendors are permitted, venue staff will be happy to make any needed recommendations while being available throughout all stages of the planning process.

Historic Charm The allure of a gorgeous old home or building is something that just can’t be duplicated. It is an authentic feeling that will give your wedding a very unique vibe and wow factor. Whether it’s the stunning details, antique furnishings, elegant ballrooms or enchanting grounds that make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, the charm and beauty of an aged space lends itself to a quite lovely experience for a couple and their guests.

Unmatched Service When it comes to high-quality fare and service, these venues are often as fancy as their buildings and grounds. Equipped with expert wait staff and chefs, some venues even tout use of their own fresh, garden-grown ingredients. Gourmet cuisine prepared on-site is just another way this category of venues will ensure your day is as tasty as it is memorable.

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Feel Like Royalty

All in the Atmosphere

If there’s one time in your life you should feel pampered and on a pedestal, it’s your wedding day. With historic estates and mansions, you are assured the utmost privacy for you and your guests and, in some cases, you are offered an exclusive experience and enticing packages—fit for a prince and princess, of course! From complimentary bride and groom spa treatments to free breakfast for your guests, these venues want you to feel as special as the place you are surrounded by!

If you look at old estates, it’s evident the original inhabitants were in the business of entertaining. These homes, after all, were often built in a time when modern conveniences didn’t exist and favorite pastimes included dinners, social gatherings and celebrations. When you book an event in one of these venues, the same sense of opulence and celebration seeps from all the fine details, layout and overall atmosphere. What better place to host a special event than in a place designed to welcome and host family and friends?

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MANSIONS, ESTATES & HISTORIC VENUES // Venues We Love

Sprawling Gardens & Manicured Lawns There’s nothing better than a lush, green backdrop filled with flowers and fountains. With historic estates and mansions, their charm and elegance is typically carried through to the outdoors as well, giving a bride and groom an extended space to entertain in, while building on the lovely ambiance the space already exudes. Consider that an outdoor space so pretty also needs less decor as Mother Nature has already equipped it with everything it needs to shine.

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Bed & Breakfast Option For buildings and estates in which room rentals are an option, having the opportunity to stay on-site and for an extended period is certainly an added bonus. Not only is this convenient for you and any of your guests, you can immerse yourself in the luxury and special nature of the entire experience. Love that gorgeous old veranda and private pool? Imagine enjoying a quiet cup of morning coffee poolside with your new husband or wife!

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9 Mansions, Estates & Historic Venues to Host Your Reception BEIGER MANSION* This gorgeous venue comes with a rich 100year history and over 40 years of experience. Offering unique event space and a luxurious bed & breakfast, a one-of-a-kind experience awaits you here! In-house support includes food, floral, coordination, table decor and assistance with every aspect of your event. 317 Lincolnway E., Mishawaka, IN 46544 574.256.0365 • beigermansion.com HENDERSON CASTLE* Looking for amazing cuisine prepared by an in-house French chef, quality service and luxury fit for a king and queen? Stunning banquet rooms and on-site lodging make this Southwest Michigan venue a perfect choice for your big day. 100 Monroe St., Kalamazoo, MI 49006 269.344.1827 • hendersoncastle.com STONEGATE MANOR* This gorgeous riverside 1847 establishment sits on 27 acres. As the first large estate in Benton Township, it exudes classic elegance and country charm. Among many unique, fairytale offerings, it features a 19th century stable and carriage house and The Riverside Room—formerly the House of David museum, now used for indoor receptions. 2251 Riverside Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022 269.930.0617 • stonegatemanorevents.com

MORRIS INN* Located on the beautiful Notre Dame campus, the Morris Inn is a spectacular place for your special day! With its excellent service, one-of-a-kind amenities, talented event planning team and stunning grounds rich with history, nothing beats Morris Inn. 130 Morris Inn, Notre Dame, IN 46556 574.631.2000 • morrisinn.nd.edu TIPPECANOE PLACE* Immerse yourself in the richness of tradition and charm at Tippecanoe Place. Offering exceptional cuisine and service and dedicated staff to support you along the way, you will find this is an impeccable historic setting to inspire your dream wedding! 620 W Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601 574.234.9077 • tippe.com

INDIANA LANDMARKS* Indiana Landmarks is a picturesque, spectacularly-restored events venue, offering understated elegance and charm for its guests. Retaining the allure of its original ornate features and details, this historic masterpiece is sure to be the perfect backdrop for your special day! 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202 800.450.4534 • indianalandmarks.org PIPERS AT THE MAROTT* Pipers at the Marott exquisitely combines historic elegance, charm and modern-day amenities. Gorgeous chandeliers, marble floors and other unique features welcome you to the space, while a creative culinary team is in place to meet your every need. 2625 N Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208 317.926.2600 • pipersIndy.com

BALMORAL HOUSE* This stunning venue offers 10,000 square feet of space. Once a private residence, it has been transformed to accommodate the wedding of your dreams. Nestled within a gorgeous golf course setting and open seven days a week, you have the luxury of renting all or parts of this lovely home.

SANCTUARY ON PENN* Built within an 1875 church with an interior made to look like a Roman ruin, this space has all you need to plan your ultimate dream wedding. Available to assist you with as much as you need for your big day, the Sanctuary on Penn caters to a couple’s every wish.

10101 Hamilton Hills Ln., Fishers, IN 46038 317.288.8741 • thebalmoralhouse.com

701 N Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 317.602.3264 • indysanctuary.com *WeddingDay preferred vendor

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Banquets * Receptions * Weddings

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WeddingDay congratulates Ron Montandon & Dennis Slade, owners of the Beiger Mansion in Mishawaka, Indiana, for their recent commitment of lifelong love to each other. FEBRUARY 14, 2017

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CELEBRATE YOUR DAY Our beautiful and unique setting is perfect for your wedding events, offering an all-suite inn with picturesque lake views, a full-service restaurant and personalized service from a dedicated staff.

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SARAH & MICHAEL MCAULIFFE

We all know them. Those stunning weddings that, with so much as a glance, have the power to take your breath away. Sarah and Michael McAuliffe's wedding is certainly one of those. As you ooh and ahh over the fresh flowers, romantic outdoor setting and fine details, you can’t help but wish you had been a guest.

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one fine day

Rhiannon of Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations, the talented designer and planner behind these nuptials, was part of a larger team of talented, local vendors that brought the couple’s dreamy vision to fruition—a kind, gracious pair that, as Rhiannon fondly remembers, exuded as much radiance as their big day. “While Sarah and Michael shared their dreams with me, they also made sure to share their gratitude and excitement in a way I’ll always remember,” Rhiannon says.

A RUSTIC, FAIRYTALE WEDDING AT HIDDEN VINEYARD

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SEASON // SUMMER STYLE // ROMANTIC, TIMELESS FLOWERS // ROSES, SWEET PEAS, DAHLIAS COLORS //

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THE VENUE Venues truly are key to a wedding’s design but, in some cases, they are a showstopper. In this case, the sprawling grounds and picturesque vineyard, sweet, rustic barn and on-cue sunset were jaw-dropping. And the shining gem? Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn’s signature Catalpa Tree. As if cradling the intimate nuptials below in its adorned, outstretched arms, it was the perfect natural focal point for a stunning, outdoor ceremony.

THE LOOK Sarah looked to The Gown Shop, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for her romantic dress. Featuring an intricate, lace bodice with beaded detail, embellished belt and a delicate, champagne-colored lace panel, its flowing tulle skirt allowed for elegant movement and flow. The bride’s classic, yet airy look provided just the right amount of polish and whimsy—a perfect blend for the rustic setting. Hanna Wagner Designs completed the bride’s look with soft hair and feminine makeup.

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ONE FINE DAY // Featured Wedding

THE DÉCOR Elegantly dressed Fancy Fray farm tables were the perfect rustic backdrop for the light and airy tablescape designs. Layered with neutral La Tavola linens, gold-rimmed china and flatware, greenery and delicate vases of florals, the place settings welcomed guests with a glowing softness. Varying textures also brought depth and interest to the overall design.

THE FLORAL Sarah’s single wish was for her Labor Day weekend wedding to feel like a floral fairytale— and fairytale it was! Her wish was granted using hundreds upon hundreds of garden roses, sweet peas, snowberry and Michigan-grown dahlias. Rhiannon ensured she delivered a soft and romantic atmosphere using a palette rich in texture and infused with pinks and purples. The property’s breathtaking Northern Catalpa Tree was a true labor of love as it took the team six hours to complete the floral feature on its branch.

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ONE FINE DAY // Featured Wedding

WHAT WE

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This end-of-summer wedding just exudes beauty and celebration. From the stunning florals to the mesmerizing setting and all the details in between, nothing was left unturned. It’s not hard to see the love this couple shares and the same love and passion that everyone around them had in making their wedding day dreams come true!

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wedding team VENUE Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn

CAKE Sweet Heather Anne

ENTERTAINMENT The Sarah Sherrard Band

PHOTOGRAPHY Samantha James Photography

BEVERAGES The Liquor Locker

LINENS La Tavola Linens

PLANNING, DESIGN, FLORALS & EXECUTION Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations

WEDDING DRESS The Gown Shop, Ann Arbor

RENTALS Tablescapes Event Rentals

BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES Jenny Yoo

VINTAGE PEWS & FARMHOUSE TABLES Fancy Fray

VIDEOGRAPHY Coastline Studios CATERING Classic Catering

HAIR & MAKEUP Hanna Wagner Designs STATIONERY & CALLIGRAPHY Laura Hooper Calligraphy

THROW PILLOWS Paris Chic Boutique

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PARTY AND TENT RENTALS FOR ALL YOUR EVENT NEEDS!

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FREE WEDDING CAKE! Select from four elegant designs with multiple flavor and filling options for your wedding cake, compliments of the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott when you host your wedding reception in our Grand River Room! In the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, the Courtyard by Marriott offers on-site accommodations for your guests, top-to-bottom catering capabilities, and an amazing wedding planner — all at a refreshingly reasonable price. Contact Aubrey Williams, Wedding Planner at: 616.242.6631 | awilliams@ahchospitality.com

Downtown Courtyard by Marriott 11 Monroe Avenue NW Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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FEATURED WEDDING

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two's a charm

A UNIQUE, SECOND WEDDING BLENDS FANCY WITH FUN

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indy Wojtysiak and her husband, Mike, likely faced a question that many couples planning their nuptials face—what is the best way to make their union unique and special to them? For this pair, the answer was simple. “I wanted the day to be a fun party for all to enjoy, including myself,” says Cindy. Keeping this goal in mind, they designed a truly fun, out-of-the box affair complete with elements that aligned with their non-traditional tastes. South Bend’s The Brick was the ideal venue choice for both the ceremony and location. The beautifully renovated warehouse offered a clean, elegant space with tons of blank slate appeal. “We picked The Brick because its unique look fit perfectly with our overall wedding theme,” says Cindy. “The colors were metallic, which worked well with The Brick’s clear chairs and exposed lighting.” Her bridesmaids, or handmaidens, in fact, wore bronze silver and gold. “Their zodiac signs dictated what color they would be,” explains Cindy. “Tina is an Aries (fire sign, bronze), Jackie a Pisces (water sign, silver) and Kim a Taurus (earth sign, gold).” The ladies wore dresses by Sue Wong—one of the bride’s favorite designers—while the men wore tuxes from Men’s Wearhouse in Mishawaka.

Yet another element unique to the overall theme was Cindy’s cloak. “The Cloaking is something Mike and I saw on our favorite TV series, Game of Thrones,” Cindy says. “It’s said that if a groom places his cloak around the bride, it’s a symbol for his protection around her.” The theme song from the couple’s beloved series also served as the bridal processional music. The ceremony was personalized as well, featuring a candle lighting and a special handfasting or binding of their hands—an ancient tradition for some cultures. “I understood the handfasting ceremony to be an old Celtic tradition that has a certain elegance to it,” Cindy says. Reverend Sandy G. Vanik of Unity Church of Peace in South Bend served as the officiant. Other evening highlights included catered appetizers from Ruth's Chris and a live band from Chicago—Final Say. Cindy says, “They played locally once and we fell in love with them and invited them to play at the wedding. They were awesome and we still get comments about them from the guests that attended.” The wedding cake was from West End Bakery in Mishawaka—a childhood favorite of the groom’s. When describing her day, Cindy simply echoes what every bride dreams of, “It was everything I could have hoped for.”

wedding team VENUE The Brick PHOTOGRAPHY Matthew Provoast Photography CATERING Ruth's Chris CAKE West End Bakery

WEDDING DRESS & BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES Sue Wong HAIR Roush Haircare of Granger MENSWEAR Men's Wearhouse

RINGS Blue Nile SHOES DSW INVITATIONS Shutterfly RECEPTION BAND Final Say

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For 30 years Navarre Hospitality Group has been satisfying brides, over 2,500 of them actually. Our experienced catering team will listen to your needs and help you plan your perfect wedding—whatever style you choose.

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South Bend’s premiere event venue featuring an elegant 1920’s-era ballroom with seating for up to 450 guests. 105 W. Colfax St., downtown South Bend

Elkhart’s crown jewel in the updated, yet historic Lerner Theater with exquisite seating for up to 350 guests.

Historic event destination with rustic barn and indoor/outdoor ceremony sites. Features seating for up to 300 guests.

410 S. Main St., downtown Elkhart

52682 Currant Rd., Granger

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THE ST. JOSEPH conference center

A modern ballroom and conference center in the brand new Holiday Inn Mishawaka. Seating for up to 400 guests.

An Elkhart tradition for over 40 years. Features three spacious rooms with total seating for up to 450 guests.

1208 E. Douglas Rd., Mishawaka

2041 Cassopolis St., Elkhart

From an elegant ballroom to a rustic barn, we have your perfect venue! Our exquisite food and attentive service will satisfy the most discriminating bride. Our venues and services will exceed your expectations, regardless

of budget or size. Contact Navarre Catering & Events today for an appointment to begin planning your perfect day. sales@navarrecatering.com

This recently remodeled venue allows for great views of downtown South Bend. Seating for up to 250 guests

Adjacent to The Exchange Whiskey Bar in the historic Citizen’s Bank and Trust building with seating for up to 175 guests.

111 Woodward Ct., JMS Building downtown South Bend

112 W. Jefferson st., downtown South Bend

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{ IN YOUR DREAMS } Your fiancé popped the question and you said yes! Now to find the perfect place for your celebration: Southwest Michigan. You’ll find a venue to match your wedding dreams and just the right places for your family and friends to stay. All year around, there are so many fun things for them to do while they’re here. And, for the two of you — you’ll love our romantic honeymoon choices. Get in touch with us. We’ll help put the happy in your ever-after.

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COVER SHOOT VEN U E The Inn at Harbor Shores* Saint Joseph, MI innatharborshores.com PLA N N I N G & C OORDIN A T IO N Forever and a Day Events and Design* Grand Rapids, MI foreverandadayevents.com CA KE Froehlich's* Three Oaks, MI shopfroehlichs.com M A KEU P True Beauty by Dana* Valparaiso, IN truebeautymakeupartist.com REN TA L S The Rental Company* Holland, MI wmrentalco.com HA RPIS T Meg Rodgers, Harpist* megrodgers.net PH O TO GR A PHY Carrie House Photography F LORA L S Park Place Design DRESS, SHOE S & JEWEL R Y Ali Nicole Bridal TUX ED O Dunhill Tuxedos HA IR Krystle Waivio Hair S TA TION E R Y Jamie Lynne Creative RO C K CA N D Y Sweet Temptations M OD EL S Haeleigh Peterson & Trey Sommers *WeddingDay preferred vendor 68

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Easy, Breezy Chic A C OV E R SHOOT AT THE IN N AT HAR B OR SHORES


THE VISION There are truly many different takes on nautical themed weddings these days. From beachy and relaxed to seaside soirees, the sky (or the ocean) is the limit! Here in the Midwest, oceans might be lacking but we have the magnificent Great Lakes in our backyard, and we are happy we do! The beautiful lakeside communities offer some fantastic options for absolutely stunning nuptials. For us, we dreamt of something beach-inspired yet glowingly elegant. The inspirational elements that served to anchor our theme? Hues of blues, watercolor, beachy leaves, a nautical feel and a bit of whimsy. Melissa Mathis of Forever and A Day Events and Design was our talented go-to planner and designer for our light and airy vision. Like the allure of a beachside breeze, we wanted the look to be beautiful yet inviting and looked to the Inn at Harbor Shores to house our perfectly elegant and nautical nuptials.

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THE VENUE “The Inn At Harbor Shores was a great blank slate for us to add our own design to,” says Melissa. “The outside backdrop was beautiful with the water! The walls were gray and white, so it really allowed the design details to pop!” Other airy elements included the space’s French doors and large, breezy balcony overlooking the harbor.

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THE DÉCOR Key to the elegance and design of our shoot were the lovely rentals from The Rental Company, the beautiful, voluminous florals and all of the extra special touches—including the sweet, sea glass-inspired rock candy party favors and bright escort cards. “We wanted the beach theme and were in love with the dusty blue color,” says Melissa. “The turquoise and pink complemented the blue wonderfully.” A textured blue linen and white table runner added a whimsical touch to our tablescape, while pops of gold and romantic candles graced the place settings. What could be more romantic than a harpist playing seaside? Our couple danced their first dance to the lovely notes of Meg Rodgers.

THE FLORAL Tracy Park of Park Place Design used southern smilax, Monstera leaves, Phalaenopsis orchids, White Lilacs, garden roses, tulips, Clematis vine, White Anthuriums, and a mix of green foliage to create a bold, overstated design for the space. She says, “I love a bold statement—flowers you don’t always see in today’s trends. I feel the look was one that went with the feel of the venue, inside and out.”

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EASY, BREEZY CHIC // Cover Shoot

THE LOOK Our model wore a stunning gown, shoes and jewelry from Ali Nicole Bridal. The gown’s full, yet sleek skirt added just the right amount of volume and movement, while the delicate, blue lace top added romance, color and visual interest. A loose and wavy, yet pulled back hairstyle, designed by Krystle Waivio Hair, aligned with the light and airy theme perfectly. True Beauty by Dana used brown and coral hues in the bride’s makeup, adding to the bride’s relaxed elegance and providing a beautiful contrast to the dusty blue color. A gorgeously bold floral crown completed the look. Our groom wore a handsome gray suit from Dunhill Tuxedos.

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EASY, BREEZY CHIC // Cover Shoot

THE CAKE & DESSERTS The gold-inspired Froehlich’s cake was as beautiful as it was savory. Melissa says, “The cake artist did a beautiful job to create a whimsical brush stroke pattern!” Placed among the colorful escort cards on a vintage turquoise vignette, you can’t help but feel inspired looking at the gorgeous spread.

THE STATIONERY & SIGNAGE Jaime Lynne Creative met our vision for a gorgeous watercolor-inspired suite complete with beachy leaves. These elements were combined to create the gorgeous blue backdrop for the stationery, menus and signage. The turquoise envelopes were the final touch and tied the design to the blue hues seen throughout the wedding decor.

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Planning your dream wedding? Let me take care of the music. Your day just got easier!

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ADVERTISER INDEX / / I SSUE 2 - 2017

A Party Apart............................................................ 22

Josephiney Photography......................................... 20

Aay's Rent-All........................................................... 80

Journeyman Distillery................................................ 8

Allen County Fairgrounds........................................ 23

Judee's..................................................................... 42

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

Knollwood Country Club......................................... 17

Bed, Bath & Beyond................................................ 37

Lakeside Occasions................................................ 32

Beiger Mansion, The............................................... 50

Maplecrest Country Club........................................ 52

Blissful Barn............................................................ 23

Matterhorn Banquets & Catering..................... 64-65

Boatwerks Waterfront............................................. 77

Matzke Florist.......................................................... 21

Boulevard Inn & Bistro, The.................................... 53

Meg Rodgers, Harpist.............................................. 74

Bridal Superstore.................................................... 23

Michiana Rental...................................................... 60

Burns Rent-Alls, Inc................................................... 6

Morris Inn................................................................ 38

Century Center........................................................ 29

Navarre Catering & Events............................... 64-65

CK Catering................................................................ 9

Navarre Hospitality Group................................ 64-65

Comfort Suites, South Bend................................... 53

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

Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown - Marriott...... 61

Notre Dame Weddings............................................ 38

Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner Theater........... 64-65

OMG Photography..................................................... 8

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

Palais Royale/Morris Perf. Arts Center........... 64-65, 76

Deb Potis Photography............................................ 17

Riverside Terrace, The............................................ 16

DoubleTree by Hilton South Bend.......................... 77

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

EZTravelPad............................................................. 75

Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council................ 66

Fast Booth................................................................. 7

St. Joe Farm................................................. 17, 64-65

Fernwood Botanical Garden................................... 61

St. Joseph Conference Center, The.................. 64-65

Forever & a Day Events and Design....................... 74

Stonegate Manor.................................................... 39

Froehlich's................................................................ 74

Studebaker National Museum............................... 77

Gaska String Quartet.............................................. 16

Tippecanoe Place.................................................... 43

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

Tying the Knot Weddings and Events.................... 21

Glass Slipper Weddings................................................... 52

University Catering.................................................. 33

Goei Center........................................................................ 21

Vault Banquets, The........................................... 64-65

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

Waterford Estates Lodge........................................ 33

Hilton Garden Inn, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph...... 20

WeddingDay Bridal Tour.......................................... 28

Holiday Inn Fort Wayne........................................... 22

West View Florist..................................................... 33

Hourglass Bridal & Boutique................................... 16

Windsor Park............................................................. 7

Inn at Harbor Shores, The...................................... 67

Woodward, The.................................................. 64-65

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WeddingDay Magazine - Northern Indiana/Southwest Michigan Issue 2 2017  
WeddingDay Magazine - Northern Indiana/Southwest Michigan Issue 2 2017