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editor’s note Naturally, MyNorth Wedding is always a fun publication to work on. I mean, who doesn’t love to let brides know that their weddings are going to be feature stories in a magazine—and then get a chance to let them bubble their beautiful, romantic stories out in an interview? But this year’s issue was particularly exciting to put together, because the beautiful young woman laying it out, our graphic designer Rachel Dorie, is planning her own wedding. And as she lays out the stories in this stellar issue of MyNorth Wedding, she is eyeing them for ideas to make her own event sizzle with Up North style. There are other glowing and gorgeous brides-to-be in our MyNorthstaff family, as well, including Annette Niergarth, our assistant ticketing coordinator for and Lexie Snable, the daughter of our senior graphic designer Gail Snable. I love to think of them grabbing up this issue as it comes off the press, soaking up the cute, cool unique

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Elizabeth Edwards


Nicole White


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Theresa Burau-Baehr

Kris Riley Jim Driver Ann Gatrell Jill Hayes Cyndi Ludka Drew Warner Ben Fellows Collen Etue Deanna Hess Rachel North


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Rob DiClemente


Annette Niergarth


Libby Stallman


Kirstin Gorney

Love Is in the Details Ideas for making your wedding your very own.

The Homestead At which a dog named Griffin attends two weddings at this gorgeous Lake Michigan resort.


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Caroline Dahlquist Elizabeth Aseritis Nicole Steffen

ideas for centerpieces, desserts, bridesmaids’ gowns, wedding favors and more, and customizing them for their own weddings. These women will be in great company! Our circulation numbers tell us that 20,000 or so brides a year peruse this publication, gathering their own ways to give a special touch to their Northern Michigan weddings. That all adds up to the infectious excitement that makes MyNorth Wedding a go-to, gotta-have, can’t-live-without weddings magazine.

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A happily-ever-after tale of a boy and girl who met working at this legendary Harbor Springs resort—then returned for their wedding.

Kierstin will tell you that this perfectly appointed resort is perfect right down to its beautiful beach and freshwater beyond. Not a shark or manta ray in sight.

Willowbrook Mill Get married in Northport and the village gives you a weekend of fun (dog parade, wine festival, hot cinnamon buns and more!).

Leland Lodge Simply one of the most beautiful and inspiring wedding stories we have ever run. Ever.

Sommerset Pointe Lake Charlevoix With the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all on this venue’s picture-perfect Lake Charlevoix shorefront, everyone relaxed and enjoyed.

BlueBridge A bride and her groom introduce their guests to Up North rustic elegance at this woodsy venue just outside of Traverse City.

Katie & Peter Recipe for an Up North Boho Wedding.

Kelly & Eric Shanahan’s barn shown at this stunning wedding—and yes, that is father-of-the-groom and former Detroit Piston Bill Laimbeer in the photos.

Just Add Water Great Lake or inland lake—H20 delivers the wow factor when you make it the backdrop for your reception, ceremony or photos.

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Ideas, Ideas, Ideas ... 1. Classic couple + classic car + classic small town = Classic! PHOTO BY TINA BECKER PHOTOGRAPHY, BECKERPHOTOGRAPHIC.COM.



4. Stir up your own vodka- and sangria-infused fruit to liven up your reception bar. Recipes at PHOTO BY MELISA MCKOLAY, MCKOLAYPHOTO.COM.

5. Succulent-shaped candles give a natural glow. PHOTO BY LUX LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY, LUXLIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.NET.

6. Go to the rafters with your floral arrangements. PHOTO BY TWO TWISTED TREES PHOTOGRAPHY, TWOTWISTEDTREES.COM.

7. Create rustic elegance by topping an old whiskey barrel with a fresh, romantic arrangement. PHOTO BY TINA BECKER PHOTOGRAPHY, BECKERPHOTOGRAPHIC.COM.





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Ideas, Ideas, Ideas ... 8. Super-sized lawn games like Giant Jenga and Connect Four (shown here) are a great way to entertain kids and adults alike. PHOTO BY MICHAEL MURPHY PHOTOGRAPHY, MICHAELMURPHYIV.COM.

9. Personalize a mailbox to hold the cards—use it at your first address as a married couple. PHOTO BY COURTNEY MICHALIK KENT, THECOMPASSPOINTSHERE.COM.

10. Accent flowers with feathers in your arrangements. PHOTO BY MELISA MCKOLAY PHOTOGRAPHY, MCKOLAYPHOTO.COM.

11. This guestbook, with its wooden, laser-cut cover, promises to be an heirloom. PHOTO BY TWO TWISTED TREES PHOTOGRAPHY, TWOTWISTEDTREES.COM.

12. Stamp place cards with each guest’s protein entrée. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY, SBAKER.US.

13. String pretty beads on wire, shape into a hanger, label with a handwritten nametag, and display those lovely gowns.



14. Dream up an inventive way to arrive at your reception. PHOTO BY ROBERT BUSHWAY PHOTOGRAPHY, ROBERTBRUCEBUSHWAY.COM.

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Christmas morning, 2015: Kallie and Nick had been together long enough that friends were joking she should just ask him. After he thought they’d unwrapped all their presents she pulled out a small wrapped box—he said, “Uh-oh, is this what I think it is?” He opened it to find ... a photo of a bicycle travel bag she’d ordered for him but that didn’t make it in time for Christmas. Guffaw, guffaw, guffaw, she laughed but he didn't. A couple of minutes later she turned around to find Nick on one knee (with their trusty dog Griffin right beside him) —a small box in his outstretched hand. “I’ve been waiting almost 38 years to ask someone this,” he began ... Flash forward to a glorious July day six months later at The Homestead resort in Glen Arbor. The couple wanted a destination wedding that fit their outdoorsy lifestyle—and they wanted it close enough to their Indiana roots to make travel for their friends and family as simple as possible. The Homestead seemed the perfect fit, surrounded as it is by the magnificent Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where they’d vacationed previously. The couple arrived in Traverse City a couple days before the wedding and hit up Traverse City’s famous restaurant and brewpub scene before heading the 30 miles out to Glen Arbor, land of dune-rimmed Lake Michigan shoreline, with quaint Leelanau County towns nearby. It is also home to Art’s Tavern, Glen Arbor’s legendary watering hole, also famous for its excellent bar food. “Our friends are still raving about Art’s Tater Tots,” Kallie laughs. But the bridal party also loved The Western Avenue Grill across the street where the rehearsal dinner was held. Which brings us to the story of Griffin, the couple’s friendly, wirehaired griffon, who was miffed because he was not invited to the rehearsal dinner—and so broke out of the hotel room where he was being held to find his own wedding to attend elsewhere on The Homestead property. Needless to say, Kallie and Nick got a call ... By the next day Griffin, now forgiven, was front and center at his owners’ wedding. The 60-guest event began with a casual ceremony on the lusciously landscaped grounds of Camp Firefly. The bridal flowers were succulents in honor of a much-loved deceased friend who’d raised them. To that end, the three bridesmaids wore three color-versions of the same printed floral dresses. The groomsmen were chill in their tangerine linen Tommy Bahama shirts. The couple exchanged vows taken from song lyrics. “We called them our mixedtape vows,” Kallie says. Then it was into Camp Firefly for a perfectly executed buffet dinner catered by The Homestead staff, which included pasta, chicken, prime rib and two special prepared vegan entries for Kallie’s sister and her boyfriend. After the reception, Kallie and Nick, headed to their beautiful room at the resort. The guests? They happily closed down Art’s Tavern. PHOTOGRAPHY: LUX LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY, LUXLIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.NET VENUE: THE HOMESTEAD, GLEN ARBOR, THEHOMESTEADRESORT.COM



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Opposite: The bridal gown is by Stella York. This page: Kallie chose the pastel floral bridesmaids dresses by Jenny Yoo to complement her floral arrangements that centered around succulents. Hair and makeup by Lillyjade Salon, in The Homestead. Griffin the Griffon. Invites were courtesy of the Paper Source in Chicago, where Kallie’s sister-in-law, Liz Owens, works. Envelopes were hand lettered by Caroline Mungenast. Kallie, an art teacher, painted the sign on a board from a tree harvested on a friend’s property and milled by their friend’s father. The simple ceremony in front of Camp Firefly.

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Opposite: The three-tier lemon, coconut and vanilla almond cake was by Cake Connection in Traverse City. The wedding centerpieces were succulents grown (by Kallie’s mother) in wooden boxes with flowers added. Kallie’s parents own Warsaw Cut Glass, in Warsaw, Indiana, and so happily provided terrariums, vases and candleholders

for decorations. The wedding party: Brain Hodorek, Lauren Kirkendall, Brett Dickerson, Adam Wood, Hilary Knerr, Steve Conley, Michele Durecki. This page: Nick’s mom, Susan Hunter and Kallie’s mom, Linda Kirkendall, watch the first dance. Flowers by Marla Courtney Wood. The wedding ring rests in a jovibarba succulent.

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Wedding Notebook The Homestead

Accommodations You’ll feel at home in one of our thoughtfully appointed guest rooms or enjoy the spaciousness of a privately owned condominium and exclusive setting of a vacation home. Stay in an historic Inn, a rustic retreat inside a modern, hilltop lodge or a romantic getaway nestled in the woods or on top of a lake-facing hillside. Choose a level of luxury that suits your mood and your means. We offer a seasonal range of rates, attractively priced packages and no minimum stays.

A ceremony at Bay Mountain

We invite you to visit a special place where generations of lovers have shared whispered promises, their faces caressed by Lake Michigan breezes, hearts touched by the vision of shimmering islands, souls stirred by watercolor sunsets over Sleeping Bear Bay and the world’s largest moving sand dunes. Here, at The Homestead, you’ll feel waves of emotion wash over you, as you discover the most wonderfully romantic and luxuri-

A suite at Little Belle

ous setting for your destination wedding. We’ve borrowed nature’s gifts to create three wedding venues with unmatched natural beauty. Each promises a succession of memorable moments you’ll treasure forever. To learn more, we invite you to call us. We will send you information filled with wonderful photos and warm reviews from recent brides. And, we will invite you to come for a visit. When you do, you’ll see that your perfect wedding, like your love, can begin with a look and a touch.

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We’ve carefully paired our menus with our wedding settings, creating cuisine that complements your style. To award-winning local wines, fresh food from local farms and pastries made from “scratch” in our kitchens, we add sparkling table settings and expert service from unassuming staff. These are The Homestead’s ingredients for fabulous dining on the most important day of your lives.

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Event Facilities

Destination Services

Mountain Flowers Lodge

Almost touching the sky, and fresh as the flowers that scent its terraces, Bay Mountain offers panoramic views of majestic Lake Michigan, Glen Lake and the Manitou Passage. Guests of up to 180 can be seated here for a ceremony followed by a cocktail reception on another beautiful terrace. When it’s time to dine and dance, we’ll whisk you and your groom from the peak to the valley below where you’ll find Mountain Flowers Lodge surrounded by country gardens and a sparkling waterfall. This timbered great hall seats up to 180 guests. A bouquet’s throw from the beach, Café Manitou inspires Thoreau-like vows in an intimate, shoreside setting with endless blue views of lake and sky. Outdoor brick terraces welcome up to 50 guests, and an adjoining bistro accommodates the same. Camp Firefly captures the charm of the north woods, inside and out. Celebrate your day with up to 90 guests on a landscaped patio overlooking a pond, surrounded by a lush lawn, friendly forest and wildflowers, then dine in the rustic Great Hall of an Adirondack-style lodge set beside a waterfall and pond.

Café Manitou Ceremony

Café Manitou

You and your guests will spend each carefree moment enjoying the resort’s many amenities while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Beach. Pools. Tennis. Golf. Kayaks. Fitness facilities. Ski runs and trails. “Men enjoy “swinging” bachelor parties at Manitou Passage Golf Club or Mountain Flowers golf course.” Ladies find bliss at Spa Amira, overlooking Lake Michigan, offering therapeutic massage, and lighthearted fun for bridesmaids around a spa pool. Then, bathed in natural light beside Lillyjade Salon's reflecting pool, their locks will be coiffed and colored, their nails and toenails luxuriously buffed for the Big Day. You can welcome your guests with a beachfront bonfire–S’mores and sunsets are included! Or with a pizza party at Beppi’s, a sports bar. Your rehearsal dinner, family get-togethers and wedding party luncheons can include sophisticated restaurant soirees or picnics to go. And, you can send your guests home with a bon voyage brunch.

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As the bride’s father, Bob, reminded guests in his wedding toast to the newly married couple: The pair’s parents predicted that Emily and Chris were meant for each other—even before the two had met! Well, okay, it wasn’t a perfect prediction. Chris’s mom, Wendie, got it a bit wrong when, after hiring Emily as an intern at Country Club of Boyne, at Boyne Highlands, she thought that the young woman would be a perfect match for her son Jaimen, Chris’s brother. But Bob called it. As he told the story at the wedding, when he and his wife, Wendy, were dropping their daughter off for her internship, they took time to have lunch at the Country Club. Chris was their waiter. When he was out of earshot, Bob said to Emily, “Maybe you’ll meet a nice guy like him.” Turns out, her father knew best. Before the end of the summer Emily and Chris were dating. To make things more fun, when she got back to Michigan State in the fall, Emily fixed her best friend, Alex, up with Jaimen, who was also a Spartan. And now they are married! Emily and Chris dated five years, most of it long distance, before Chris proposed last Thanksgiving. Given that their romance started at the Country Club of Boyne—and given that the Harbor Springs area is destination-wedding heaven—the couple naturally decided to have their wedding there. The fun kicked off with a Thursday evening rehearsal at Pond Hill Farm, a combination farm, winery, brewery and cafe set on the famously scenic M119—otherwise known as the tunnel of trees. The event was a kicked-back barbecue where the guests had the run of the farm, including trying their hands at Pond Hill’s wacky squash shooters. Yup, the game is really about winging squash across the countryside. By Friday, most of the 150 guests had arrived to check in to Boyne Highlands, with its myriad of accommodations, from lodge rooms to cottages. There were plenty of participants for a group golf outing on the Highlands’ beautiful course, The Moor—one of four Highlands courses. The relaxed, romantic ceremony, officiated by Chris’s stepfather, Brad Keen, was held on the Country Club’s back patio overlooking the 18th hole of the Highlands’ Donald Ross Memorial golf course. After the ceremony, as Chris and Emily walked down the aisle, her cousin handed her a phone: her grandmother, who couldn’t attend the wedding, was on face time and had gotten to watch the ceremony. Emily recalls it as one of the most special moments of a very special day. Dinner was preceded by cocktails on the patio. Dancing on the patio followed the meal. And after that? When at Boyne Highlands, the bridal party and guests (who still had energy!) did what Boyne Highlanders do, in the summer anyway: They closed down the Slopeside Lounge! PHOTOGRAPHY: STAPHANIE BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY, SBAKER.US VENUE: BOYNE HIGHLANDS, HARBOR SPRINGS, BOYNE.COM



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Opposite: The bridal gown is by Stella York. This page: A.R. Pontius of Harbor Springs did the altar and the flowers. Emily borrowed a machine called a Cricut to cut out the letters (and then stick them on) the signs. “It took a long time!� she says. The wedding party: From Top, left to right: Danny Waldron, Olivia Huhn-Tarvuud, Justin Sylvester, Chris Waha (groom), Joe Clair, Billy Hurley, Alyssa Winslow; middle row: Jacquie Meehan, Sarah Cooper, Emily Waha (bride), Laura Clair, Jaimen Waha; Bottom row (triangle): Jennifer Tyrell, Alexander Waha, Alexandra Waha.

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Opposite page: Plenty of candles and white and blush flower arrangements created the relaxed romantic atmosphere Emily was looking for. For dessert, the couple opted for a small cutting cake and trays of Harbor Springs’ famous

Tom’s Mom’s Cookies. This page: Guests snapped photos of themselves with a Polaroid camera for the guest book. The bridesmaids’ dresses were by Joanna August.

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Wedding Notebook Boyne Highlands

Event Facilities

Boyne Highlands Resort’s unique northern Michigan setting offers a multitude of indoor and outdoor options for wedding ceremonies and receptions, as well as rehearsal dinners, showers and anniversary parties. With 31,500 square feet of event space, Boyne Highlands Resort's experienced wedding planners have every detail in mind — including coordination of floral and photography services and the creation of unique menus, to ensure each of those memories lasts a lifetime. From outdoor ceremonies and receptions in the picturesque northern Michigan countryside, to an indoor reception accommodating hundreds of guests, Boyne Highlands Resort’s unique combination of location and facilities offers couples with the perfect setting for an unforgettable day.

Romance Awaits As you enter Boyne Highlands you will be reminded of an English countryside estate. The white rolling fence line and undulating greens welcome you to the property. Sophistication and refinement in a casual atmosphere, Boyne Highlands is located in Harbor Springs and offers 410 sleeping rooms and 31,500 square feet of event space. You'll find that Boyne Highlands is surrounded by an abundance of leisure activities like 4 golf courses, tennis, swimming, hiking, biking, ziplining, fishing or come winter skiing, snowboarding, enjoy horse drawn sleigh rides, and more. Boyne Highlands is truly a romantic and charming place to hold your special wedding.

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Catering At Boyne Highlands, our skilled culinary staff takes great pride in crafting a wide variety of irresistible menu choices to suit the needs of your wedding and the appetites of your guests. From delectable hors d'ouevres and multi-course dinners to healthy brunches and indulgent desserts, our team is prepared to satisfy your highest expectations - and do whatever it takes make your wedding a success.

Accommodations Boyne Highlands Resort is sure to provide the best lodging options for your wedding with 410 guest rooms and suites on property. You will find a wide choice of accommodations to meet every budget, from hotel rooms to luxurious three bedroom condominiums. You'll also find tempting dining options at the resort including venues with country club elegance, mountaintop views, and breathtaking sunsets over Lake Michigan!

The Spa A trip to The Spa at Boyne Highlands is sure to register as a favorite highlight of your stay. Choose among our deeply relaxing therapeutic services, enjoy our indoor/outdoor pool, or bask in the dry heat of our sauna after a turn in our fitness room, relaxation lounge or spa boutique. No matter how you spend your time at the Spa, you'll experience genuine tranquility - and pure satisfaction.

Activities/Recreation Our wide array of recreation has brought generations of families together for over 50 years. Our summer guests enjoy golfing on four championship Michigan golf courses, tennis, swimming, fly fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. Winter vacations at Boyne Highlands Resort provides the Midwest's most complete on-snow offerings with downhill skiing/snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing. Nearby shopping offers a unique collection of boutiques, galleries in the Harbor Springs and Petoskey area.


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A Spectacular Setting. A Perfect Day. Three incredible northern Michigan resorts and award-winning spas, each an achievement of grace and style.

Whether you are seeking the destination for your special day, for an unforgettable honeymoon, or for a setting to relax and have fun with friends, BOYNE’s resorts are the perfect choice. And with three spectacular spas, our experienced staff can delight you from head to toe...feeling refreshed and beautiful for your wedding day.


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The proposal: Cue food sickness (Kierstin’s) on a cruise, a fumbled handoff by Joe that sent the diamond engagement ring tumbling into the shallow Caribbean—feet from where a shark and stingray lurked ... all to the soundtrack of Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney singing out love ballads from Joe’s phone. Okay, the ring that Joe dropped was a fake, but the rest was true. And Joe knew, as Kierstin prepared to dive into that carnivore-invested water after it, that she was ready to risk life and limb for his eternal love and bling. Before she dove, Joe pulled out the real ring and did his proposal up right. Then he snapped a pic of Kierstin wearing the ring—with that ’ol stingray floating just behind her. The happily ever after: No sharks or stingrays at the wedding venue, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa on Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. Just clear blue water with nothing that bites. No food sickness either. Only perfectly prepared, upscale cuisine à la Traverse City, the Midwest’s food capital. Beyond those compelling reasons for having their big event at Grand Traverse Resort is the fact that the bride and groom have both vacationed in the Traverse City area enough to know that it is a place where memories are made. Most of the 160 guests who came from Indiana, Chicago and all parts of Michigan stayed on the grounds of Grand Traverse Resort. This destination wedding extraordinaire actually began the Thursday before the wedding, when 40 members of the bridal party and guests boarded buses to sip their way through Old Mission Peninsula’s vineyards. “We had two buses that took us around to four or five different wineries on Old Mission,” Kierstin says. “The wineries were great about getting us special tastings for such a large group.” By Friday night the event rocked into a welcome barbecue at the resort’s Pavilion venue. Afterward, they hosted guests in the resort’s Manitou Room for entertainment by Bruce Barker, the Piano man—a favorite entertainer around Purdue where Joe went to school. Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny. The outdoor ceremony was waterside at Grand Traverse Resort’s private beach club on East Grand Traverse Bay. With the I do’s said, the resort’s shuttles whisked the bridal party and their guests across the property to the elegantly rustic Garvey Family Barn—built in the 1880s, the restored barn is now one of the resort’s seven venues. Following a cocktail hour complete with passed hors d’oeuvres, the guests dined on dishes that included Maytag blue cheese–encrusted filets and Traverse City–style chicken breasts with Michigan cherry chutney. Joe and Kierstin kicked off the dancing to “One of Those Nights,” by Tim McGraw. No average couple’s first dance this—they had taken lessons to learn the choreographed dance several times a week for three months. “It was my Christmas present from Joe,” Kierstin says. “I was begging to do dance lessons and I think I brought it up enough that he bought them for me,” she says with a laugh and adds: “We had a blast.” Kierstin and Joe’s fabulous wedding weekend closed with a brunch for their guests on the window-filled 17th floor of the resort’s signature Tower. With sweeping views of the fields, orchards and shorelines below them, the couple hosted a delicious goodbye to the people who had helped them launch their new life together. PHOTOGRAPHY: TWO TWISTED TREES PHOTOGRAPHY, TWOTWISTEDTREES.COM VENUE: GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT, ACME, GRANDTRAVERSERESORT.COM



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This page clockwise: Reverend Jonathan Mays, a professional wedding officiant from nearby Charlevoix, married the couple. Mays suggested the couple incorporate a wine ceremony into their vows—the box holds letters to each other and a bottle of Peninsula Cellars’ Old School Red wine that they will open, read and drink on their first anniversary. Kierstin chose neutral shades for her bridesmaids’ dresses so that they would complement but not overpower the landscape. The bridesmaids left to right: Krichelle Lorence, Olivia Maschino, Chelsea Patterson, Lynn Janik, Chelsea Lorence. The pictureperfect Garvey barn. The bridal gown is by Watters.

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This page clockwise: The flowers on the tables were by Amy Kate Designs of Elk Rapids. The Thank You! boxes contain candles made by the bride set in cut-down wine bottles. Kierstin and her mother sprayed the decorative bottles gold. Table numbers set atop pieces of birch log add a rustic feel. Opposite: The cake topper is from Etsy. The


talented chefs at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa made the exquisite and delicious Tahitian vanilla cake with strawberry chiffon. The couple gets the chance to show off the dancing skills they’d worked on together for months. A little locomotion gets the party moving. A young family friend helps man the Polaroid camera set out next to the guestbook.


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Wedding Notebook Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Event Facilities 86,500 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor function space gives you ultimate flexibility in selecting the venues for your special day. Our wedding staff is practiced at transforming the ballroom or outdoor venue of your choice into a truly unforgettable environment. You’ll appreciate the smooth, detail-oriented leadership of our event professionals, as they execute your vision to perfection. Bridal parties delight in our spa and salon, while groomsmen typically prefer golf and our nearby Turtle Creek Casino. And with multiple wedding and reception venues, our planners create a brand of seamless perfection, regardless of scale. From intimate unions to grand affairs, your guests will feel every bit as loved, cherished and honored as the bride and groom.

Michigan’s Premier Resort Experience People often remark that the most appealing thing about the 900-acre Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is its sense of the genuine. So when couples choose to exchange their vows here, it feels especially romantic. Sincerity resonates among the trees, and love sparkles on the water. Simply put, it just feels right. Our wedding staff is practiced at transforming the banquet room or ballroom of your choice into a truly unforgettable environment. You’ll appreciate the smooth, detail-oriented leadership of our event professionals, as they execute your vision to perfection. Pre-event parties and rehearsal dinners are easily arranged. From our convenient, centrally located Midwest location, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is easily accessible to all of your guests – just ten minutes by Resort shuttle from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport (TVC).

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Catering From 2 people to 2,000 people, our Catering department can make an unforgettable experience for your wedding. Our experienced staff can work with any budget and is committed to great guest service. Weddings are a time for celebration, and our catering staff can work with you on any specialty menu to suit your attendees and their finer tastes! And special meals are no problem for guests with special food needs, and dietary considerations.

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Recreation Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is renowned for many things, but the golf experience is among the best anywhere. For each of our three signature courses, we sought out the finest designers the industry has to offer. • The Bear by Jack Nicklaus. • The Wolverine by Gary Player. • Spruce Run by William Newcomb. Our 100,000-square-foot Health Club offers something for everyone. Features include:

Whether you stay in the Hotel, the Tower or a Condominium, you’ll revel in the natural splendor of the outdoors, and the luxurious amenities and outstanding accommodations within.

• Fully equipped Cardio and Weight Room

• The Hotel - Our six-story hotel offers 238 spacious guest rooms, many with gorgeous views and wireless highspeed Internet access. Conveniences include: color cable television, bathroom television speakers, hair dryers, and much more. • The Tower - Our newly renovated 17-story glass structure offers 186 large, luxuriously appointed rooms and suites each with wireless high-speed Internet access. You’ll relax amid breathtaking views of sumptuous forests and the rolling hills and orchards of the surrounding golf courses. Deluxe amenities include: wet bars, Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, bathroom phones, cable TV, refrigerators, and more. • Condominiums - Sample fairway or beachfront living when you get away to one of our 161 condominiums. Studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations are available in a variety of locations.

• 5 Indoor and 4 Outdoor Tennis Courts

• Fitness Classes • 15,000-square-foot Indoor Water Playground • Recreation Pool

Guest Services At Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, you’ll find nearly 600 rooms, suites, and condominiums plus a combination of services and amenities unmatched elsewhere. The expert hands of our spa professionals relax bride and attendants with luxurious treatments and massages, and can create perfectly styled hair and makeup for the bridal party. Groomsmen and guests will enjoy a pre-wedding round of golf on one of our three premier courses, a tension-releasing game of tennis, or a relaxing whirlpool. Pristine beaches and exciting water sports are additional options that will make your wedding a memorable mini-getaway for each and every guest. Winter weddings have a special allure with our crackling fireplaces, snow-covered views, and elegant lodge atmosphere. Your guests can also enjoy cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, and other winter activities.

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Special Events Manager Liz Brooks

Reception Capacity 2,500

Spa Manager Dawn Olsen

Event Rooms 35

Spa/Golf Sales Managers Kris Ruckle Joann Hanafi

Guest Rooms 585

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GET UP AND GO Breathtaking scenery and unforgettable moments. The paradise of a Northern Michigan wedding is more than inspirational views, a flowerlined path, or sunset stroll on the beach. More than tee times with the guys or endless pampering for the girls. It’s having all those things at your fingertips. You won’t believe it if you haven’t seen it. Get up and go at

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Although Lynzie and Nick both spent a portion of their childhood growing up in the same Okemos, Michigan, neighborhood, Nick is four years older so their paths didn’t cross often. Only, in fact, when Lynzie babysat for a family who lived across the street from Nick—a family she’d willingly babysit for, she recalls, so she could crush on Nick. During Lynzie’s last year in college, a mutual friend formally introduced them and four years later they were planning their dream wedding. Lynzie’s grandparents have a home on Spider Lake, just outside of Traverse City, so the East Lansing-couple was familiar enough with Northern Michigan to believe an Up North destination wedding would be very special. A friend of Lynzie’s told her about Willowbrook Mill in Northport–a village located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula on Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. Lynzie headed north to check it out—a trip that took her along the famously scenic M22, a country highway that winds through the village. “It was intimate and had so much character—I just fell in love,” Lynzie says of the venue. Indeed, the venue’s ballroom with its white shiplap siding, stone surround windows, fieldstone fireplace (one of three at the venue), open rafters, dark wood floor and elegant chandeliers is the very definition of rustic elegance. The historic building itself is cantilevered over Northport Creek and entered by a footbridge over the creek—a setting that befits a fairytale wedding. Sweetening the package is the fact that Willowbrook Mill is nestled smack in the heart of Northport. “A wedding at Willowbrook Mill means that you have a builtin village of well wishers,” says the venue’s owner Mimi Heberlein. As the 105 wedding guests of Lynzie and Nick found out, Northport also throws some pretty great parties—as in the annual Dog Parade and the Northport Wine Festival, both of which took place over the wedding weekend. Beyond those fun events, Lynzie and Nick and their closest family and friends enjoyed a rehearsal dinner at the North Country Grill in nearby Suttons Bay, followed by a lively welcome party for all the incoming guests at Tucker’s of Northport, a restaurant/bar that offers bowling. After the ceremony in the charming white-clapboard Trinity Church, guests simply strolled down the hill—while they took in the expansive harbor view in front of them—to Willowbrook Mill. And what an enticing sight met them when they entered the ballroom. Amid the glow of tea-lights and pillar candles, sensual bouquets fat with six different shades of pink, cream and peach roses set in mercury glass vases graced the center of each table, while an equally lush arrangement festooned the fieldstone fireplace. A plated dinner followed a lovely cocktail party served on the Willowbrook Mill terrace overlooking the creek. The reception wrapped up in true Northport style—with homemade cinnamon buns and coffee from the village’s beloved Barb’s Bakery, located just across the street from Willowbrook Mill. PHOTOGRAPHY: JESSIE ZEVALKINK, JESSIETAKESPICTURES.COM VENUE: WILLOWBROOK MILL, NORTHPORT, WILLOWBROOKMILL.COM



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This page, clockwise: Lynzie’s gown is from Anthropologie’s bridal line, BHLDN. Lynzie can’t say enough about her florist, Melissa Walker, of Tie the Knot Bouquets. The day after the wedding, the Heberleins, who own Willowbrook Mill, distributed the bridal flowers to the shops and restaurants of Northport for the enjoyment of the town’s people and wedding guests alike.

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This page, clockwise: Lynzie purchased the mercury glass vases and candlesticks from BHLDN. Melissa Walker of Tie the Knot Bouquets crafted the floral arrangements from six different colors of roses: ivory, champagne, peach, two shades of pink as well as pink garden roses, white standard mums, green and white hydrangea, pink lizianthus and


eucalyptus. Opposite page: Family members pose in front of Willowbrook Mill. The couple’s first dance was to “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” by Elvis Presley. The three tiers of the cake by Kingsley Cakes: white with champagne filling; chocolate with chocolate mousse filling; chocolate with chocolate peanut butter filling.


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Trinity United Church of Christ Serving Northport since 1863 Trinity UCC welcomes all people, whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, to be married here. Contact Phil Garrison at or 218-269-4466.

Northport Inn

Start your story at Willowbrook Mill Willowbrook Mill is a destination wedding and special events venue located in Northern Michigan, on the magical Leelanau Peninsula. Located in the quaint village of Northport, we bring you rustic charm in a peaceful and rural-yet-elegant environment. If a destination event in a storybook setting is what you're looking for, look no further than Willowbrook Mill. We offer the gleaming wood of the ballroom floor, stone surround windows and three fireplaces; a lovely foyer and a screened porch to host your special event your way. The casual elegance of Willowbrook Mill offers a storybook setting for weddings and other events to remember. Guests enjoy the beautiful views of the creek from the ballroom windows, lower stone patio, the deck adjacent to our retail coffee and gelato shop Creekside Cuppa, as well as from the walk bridge.

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The Northport Inn is a unique, luxury 9-room inn; the anchor building in downtown Northport. With a restaurant and fitness center on the premises. It's the place to stay in Northport. Contact reservations at northportinn. com or 231-386-1600.

Tribune Ice Cream & Eatery Located in the heart of Beautiful Northport, The Tribune ice cream & Eatery’s focus is on local, fresh & seasonal ingredients. From breakfast to lunch to locally made ice cream or small private parties to catered weddings. There is no detail too small. Come enjoy Leelanau county best kept secret. Contact: Eric Allchin. or 231-386-1055.

North Shore Outfitters Northshore Outfitters is “what to do” in Northport. Bike, kayak, Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) rental with free delivery to the beach or cottage. Plan a group outing on the water or on bikes. We even rent water mats for tons of kid-fun on the bay! We also sell and rent beach accessories and have lots of fun clothes, games, and cottage stuff. Northshore Outfitters vacation survival specialists since 2015. 119 Waukazoo St. 231-3861222.

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Dozen Roses & Blue Moon Cottages David and Yvonne Nordstrand operate 3 vintage rentals in walking distance of the amenities in the village of Northport. Original architectural details remain throughout the cottages. Furnishings are period correct with a hint of country French to create reminiscent charm. Gardens, porches and private decks included for your relaxation. Contact: David and Yvonne Nordstrand. 1-231-386-5465.

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Abundance Catering

We are a special event floral design company, specialty cut flower grower and beautiful garden setting. With 30 years of floral design and wedding production experience in the New York City area and Michigan, Christina can provide inspired floral creations for the day of your dreams. Contact: Christina Pfeufer at 201386-1096. Photo by Dan Stewart Photography ©

Serving the catering needs of Leelanau County. From delicious barbeque to elegant faire, Abundance Catering helps you design a menu that suits your every need. Contact: George Twine at 231-432-0586. Abundancecatering.mi@gmail. com.

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North End Eatery The North End Eatery is a family operated in a quaint setting that provides flavorful and colorful homemade food for all to enjoy. Sumptuous breakfast and lunch menu featuring innovative twists on local and Southwestern dishes. Contact: Paul Penning at 231-4320088.

Northern Michigan's premier casual bistro dining and bowling venue. Patio seating. Sports bar, craft beers, specialty cocktails, live music. Tucker's is the perfect place to host your wedding rehearsal dinner, birthday party, anniversary celebration, or any excuse to get together. Can't make it to Tucker's, we will come to you, Tucker's full service catering department will assist in making your special day one to remember. Contact: Jeff Ales, General Manager at W-231-386-1061 or C-248-343-2899.

Creekside Cuppa at Willowbrook Mill

Willowbrook Mill Event Rentals

Creative espresso and coffee drinks, Iorio’s Gelato, Michigan made ice creams, delicious baked goodies, soups and more from Willowbrook Kitchen, gifts and treasures and a beautiful deck overlooking the water wheel, Northport Creek and all the action on Mill Street. Come grab a cuppa and enjoy this picturesque setting one block from Grand Traverse Bay. Contact: Mimi Heberlein at 231-386-1188.

From beautiful farm tables, to sparkling sequin table covers; tabletop to party lighting, Sweetheart tables and settees…Willowbrook Mill Event Rentals provides the perfect touches to make your events shine. Use them in our Ballroom, Foyer, Porch, Creekside Patio, Wrap around Deck or ask about off premise rentals with delivery and setup options for the perfect event at your own northern Leelanau location. Contact: Samantha Heberlein at 231-5342142.

Special Events Manager Mimi and Samantha Heberlein Event Capacity 150 for cocktail functions 135 for seated events

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You’re the diamond, We’re the setting.

Photography by Chris Van Winkle

Come. Let your wedding shine at Willowbrook Mill a very special destination event venue

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Marrying her fiancé, Trevan Thompson, in her hometown of Leland was going to be a dream come true for Stefani Pentiuk, who had received a life-saving heart transplant at age 8, followed by a kidney transplant and years of ongoing health complications. Most recently, acute pancreatitis sent her back to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she had received her heart transplant so many years ago. With Stefani lying in a hospital bed there in August, no one knew if the September wedding would even happen. (For the full story on Stefani and Trevan’s incredible journey to the altar, go to But the tough, life-embracing young woman, who has stolen the heart of anyone who knows her story, recovered in time for her big day. Gale force winds and a torrential downpour in the morning threatened to ruin the day. But Stefani’s optimism never wavered. The couple was determined to exchange vows on top of Whaleback Natural Area, part of the Leelanau Conservancy, in what they called the perfect spot. The bride’s father, Perry Pentiuk, is a Realtor and consequently knew the owners of the private property, who were more than willing to lend their land to the festivities. Despite the inclement weather, the couple waited patiently, and just before the scheduled ceremony, there was a miraculous break in the rain. Over 150 guests walked down a picturesque path onto an open green space overlooking an incredible view of Lake Michigan. The wedding guests included all four of Stefani’s doctors from the Mayo Clinic, who were able to witness the wedding celebration of the little girl they had saved 17 years earlier. During the ceremony, the couple took their individual collections of Leland blue stones (a fun, but competitive hobby they share) and combined them in a symbolic, Michigan version of mixing sand. The Leland Lodge provided the perfect venue for the celebration afterward with many of Stefani and Trevan’s outof-town guests able to stay in the renovated Lodge’s rooms and guest cottages. The classic sophistication of the Leland Room offered wedding revelers an elegant banquet space and dance floor as well as access to the intimate, lush courtyard. The couple chose to showcase the Lodge’s renowned food offerings with a fun strolling buffet featuring bride and groom favorites: sliders, grilled cheese, macaroni, seafood and salad set up at different stations. Dessert included an ice cream station with Chef Tyler’s famous chocolate chip cookies. Katelyn VanVreede, Leland Lodge’s Event Coordinator, remembers the couple’s special day as storybook-perfect symbolized, in part, by a framed image behind the couple’s chairs that read, “You have my heart.” PHOTOGRAPHY: SHANNON SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY, SHANNONSCOTTPHOTOGRAPHY.WORDPRESS.COM VENUE: LELAND LODGE, LELAND, LELANDLODGE.COM



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The bride’s nieces: Piper (3) and Lilly (4) led the wedding processional with fun yellow balloons. In a nod to Stefani’s Danish roots, a bridesmaid gifted the wedding party with glasses engraved with the Danish word, Skal, or “cheers.” Hair styled by Heather Cook, Studio 22 in Leland.

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Opposite: Growing up in Leland, Stefani spent countless hours in the quintessential Fishtown harbor working in the Dam Candy Store and Carlson’s Fishery. Showcasing a whimsical, beachy theme, the bride wanted her wedding to incorporate what she calls the essence of Leland. One of the most memorable parts of the day was having photos taken on the iconic Fishtown tugboat aptly named “Joy.” Last minute dress


alterations were done by Coco Sews in Leland. Flower arrangements by Shirley Cook (Trevan’s aunt) from The Flower Haus in Marshall, Michigan, highlighted Stefani’s favorite: the yellow billy ball, which dries just as bright and “happy” as when it is fresh. The yellow and green of the bouquets and the gray of the bridesmaid dresses blended in perfectly with the colors of the boat, said Stefani.


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Wedding Notebook The Leland Lodge

Exceptional Events Whether your plans are casual or a little more formal, The Leland Lodge offers the perfect venue to create unforgettable memories! With our spacious banquet room and exceptional staff, we make any meeting, cocktail party, or reception full of lasting memories. Accommodating up to 200+ people, our banquet venue offers space for black tie affairs to casual BBQ’s. Our exquisitely landscaped

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Nestled on the beautiful Leelanau peninsula, The Leland Lodge offers an uncompromising standard of hospitality. Upon your arrival you will find an irresistible blend of Northern Michigan lodge with the tranquility of a small historical town that is only blocks away from Fishtown and Lake Michigan.

Dan Stewart Photography

The Leland Lodge is the number one wedding venue on the peninsula boasting an unsurpassed setting and amazing food fare. Bogey’s 19th hole is an on-site upscale casual restaurant, and “The Wine Cellar”, is a private event space, for rehearsal dinner’s. Our culinary team can produce diverse selections of food to meet your every desire.

565 Pearl St. Leland , MI 49654 231-256-9848

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Event Planning Manager Katelyn VanVreede

Accomodations 18 rooms, 3 cottages

Reception Capacity 200

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Make Your Wedding Uniquely Leland Whether your wedding dreams are formal or a little more casual, the Leland Lodge offers the perfect venue to begin your life together.

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Here’s the thing. Aurielle and Kyle can’t agree on when they actually met. Kyle met Aurielle at a party of a mutual friend, while Aurielle met Kyle at a trivia night a couple weeks later. Due to Kyle’s expansive knowledge of useless facts, the team won trivia that night and a pizza was the prize. Aurielle was hungry and impressed and thought, What a nerd, but free pizza is awesome. Kyle thought, Why is this girl introducing herself when we already met? They became friends and started going out together often. Aurielle was the best wingman Kyle has ever had: she was always setting him up on dates. What she failed to realize was that all he wanted was her. Fast-forward a few months and through more pizza outings, they developed a great friendship and a strong bond, however, he never worked up the courage to express how he felt. He accepted a great offer for a new job in Wisconsin. Aurielle was sad, but she encouraged him to go. Long story short, he eventually told her how he felt, and the two started dating. Once she graduated, she moved to Milwaukee to be with him. And that was where he proposed, by having the words “Will you marry me?” printed on a dog tag for her dog, Jager. On an evening walk through a park near their apartment he asked her to read it—then got down on one knee.


Aurielle grew up in Boyne City and had always dreamed of an outdoor wedding on Lake Charlevoix. The couple opted to have everything—the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception—all at Sommerset Pointe so that their guests could relax. “Between the food, the lawn, the beautiful tent and the option to customize [the event] as much as we wanted, it was absolutely perfect,” Kyle says. And relax they all did. They ordered up the bride’s specialty drink, Frisky Whiskey (Jack Daniel’s and Vernors) and/or the groom’s favorite, John Daly (Arnold Palmer and vodka). They rocked out to the live Brena band (who played from the ceremony, through the cocktail hour and reception). They played yard games, including a special only-in-Michigan game of cornhole, in which the beanbags were shaped like both the Lower Peninsula (Aurielle’s home peninsula) and Upper Peninsula (Kyle’s home peninsula). And at the end of the evening—with visions of their upcoming honeymoon in Italy dancing in their heads—this fun and romantic couple premiered the same-day-edit video they’d had made by Style and Motion video company. The beautiful video ended as the reception had—with Kyle picking Aurielle up as they made their way through a sparkler sendoff from their friends and family. PHOTOGRAPHY: MICHAEL MURPHY IV PHOTOGRAPHY, MICHAELMURPHYIV.COM VENUE: SOMMERSET POINTE LAKE CHARLEVOIX, CHARLEVOIX, SOMMERSETPOINTEYACHTCLUB.COM


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Aurielle and Kyle customized their vows. Aurielle gives flower girl Morgan Koskinen a necklace with her first initial on it. The bar stayed open through the entire event, from the ceremony on. The bridesmaids wore blush in a variety of textures from lace to sequins. The flowers—peonies, roses and other summertime favorites—were by Upsy Daisy in Boyne City.

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The couple’s first dance was to “Dancing Shoes,” by Green River Ordinance. The centerpieces had a nautical flair. Riehl Sweet Treats baked the vanilla cream bride-and-groom’s cake, cupcakes (in fun flavors like s’mores and key lime coconut) and personal cheesecakes


with whole fruit topping. Table numbers were attached to photos of the couple’s beloved dogs, Jager and Lucy. Guest Katie Sweet playing Giant Jenga. A view of the reception tent from Lake Charlevoix. Running the sparkler gauntlet.


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Karen Fordos Photography

When using the Yacht Club and Captains Den our experienced team will take care of your catering, service, and bar. If using the Lakeside Tent, our staff will present the bar service but you may work with any caterer of your choice. Each venue offers enough flexibility to fit every taste and budget.

Nautical Elegance meets Beachy Sophistication Sommerset Pointe is the ultimate up north venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, as well as showers and rehearsal dinners. You’ll find tasteful nautical touches throughout the Yacht Club, but the spectacular Lake Charlevoix view is what guests notice most. That, and the mouth-watering cuisine and superb service of our catering staff.

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The soaring Yacht Club dining room with attached covered porch and open deck provides many options for seating, cocktail hour and spectacular photos. Our open span three peak lakeside Tent offers unlimited options for personalization from flip flop casual to high heeled formal and everything in between. For smaller weddings, our Captains Den and Patio is a more intimate, yet no less appealing choice.

Ceremony Sites For a memorable and picture perfect outdoor ceremony you can’t beat Lake Charlevoix as your backdrop whether you choose our beach (sand!) or lakefront lawn (land!). Should weather threaten, the sheltered lower patio of the Yacht Club, situated right on the Marina, still offers a beautiful lake view. Want to really make an entrance? Arrive by boat!

00970 Marina Drive Boyne City, MI 49712 231-582-9900

Lake Charlevoix Our unique location on Lake Charlevoix allows many opportunities for enjoyment any time of year whether you are into the arts, music scene, or outdoor adventure! Downhill or cross country ski or mountain bike in Boyne City; take a summer kayak or winter raft trip down the Jordan River in East Jordan; or take a scenic trip by car on the historic Ironton Ferry to Stand up Paddle on Lake Michigan or skydive in Charlevoix.

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Ceremony Locations Beach Lakefront Lawn Lower Patio Reception Locations Yacht Club Lakeside Tent Captains Den/Lower Patio

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When Tommy Mick, an electrical engineer, rented an apartment in Canton, Michigan, near his work, little did he know that the deal came with his future wife. Jennifer Drechnowicz was the property manager at the complex—and in charge of events, which made it easy for the pair to get to know each other. Then came a date to a Tiger’s game and well, it wasn’t too long before a trip to the Silver Lake Dunes found Tommy down on one knee proposing. Jennifer, who’d fallen in love with Traverse City while attending the Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College, knew she wanted to be married Up North at a rusticthemed event. While searching venues online Jennifer came across BlueBridge, and she and her mother made an appointment to drive north and check it out. “It sounds corny,” Jennifer says, “But as we were driving there a huge rainbow spread across the sky. My mom said, ‘Maybe it’s a sign.’” As it turned out it was. BlueBridge was set up for a wedding that day and Jennifer fell in love with the woodsy venue. The centerpieces for that day’s wedding were even sunflowers, the flowers that Jennifer had dreamed of having at her wedding. Add to all of that ambiance, the fact that the ballroom and chapel are both onsite, meaning that out-of-town guests wouldn’t have to navigate an unknown area. Jennifer and her mother were sold.


The weekend of the wedding, the bridal party and many of the guests stayed at the old timey mom ’n’ pop Ellis Lake Resort located 500 feet through the woods from BlueBridge—lodging that added to the event’s rustic Up North theme. The rehearsal dinner was at the hip and relaxed Blue Tractor Cookshop in nearby Traverse City. After the picture-perfect wedding that included cocktails and appetizers after the ceremony, followed by fun, relaxed food like pulled pork sandwiches and white cheddar macaroni and cheese, the guests and bridal party toasted s’mores at BlueBridge’s campfire. “Everyone was over the moon about the food and the venue,” Jennifer says. Stuffed (and sticky) with s’mores, the couple and their close friends and family went back to Ellis Lake Resort for a bonfire that lasted late into the night. The next day, many of the guests took the opportunity to explore boutiques, shops, restaurants and wineries in and around Traverse City. The exhausted but happy newlyweds, however, were content simply to curl up together in their little log cabin on the shore of sweet Ellis Lake. PHOTOGRAPHY: NICOLE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY, NICOLE-MARIE-PHOTOGRAPHY.COM VENUE: BLUEBRIDGE, INTERLOCHEN, BLUEBRIDGEEVENTS.COM


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This page, clockwise: The bride and her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done at Traverse City’s Epiphany Salon. With the chapel on site, logistics are simple at BlueBridge. The bride had the rustic and sunflower-themed wedding she had dreamed of. The shuttles transported the 175 guests from area hotels to the wedding and safely back. The couple gave a high-five to their mitten state with invitations.

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This page, clockwise: The bridal party from left to right: Danielle Mick, Jessica Owens, Lauren Earl, Mirah Dailey, Hillary Kalahar, Jessica Lincoln, Brynn Cavanaugh, Krista Mick, Hannah Cavanaugh, Claire Kalahar, and Justine Marcantel. Sunflowers, swag and chandeliers combined to give the ballroom casual elegance. Jennifer’s mother, Liz


Drechnowicz, made the rustic cake—she has a cake business called Dailey Sweets. She also made cupcakes, apple pie and apple crisp for dessert. Opposite, clockwise: A great, Best Wishes idea. The guest “book” was the great state of Michigan in wood. Flowergirl Claire Kalahar and ringbearer Kaleb Owens.


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Wedding Notebook BlueBridge

BlueBridge – Formerly Frog Pond Village BlueBridge (formerly Frog Pond Village), is nestled in the middle of 10 stunning acres, framed by beautiful mature hardwoods and pines. The interior of the property is beautifully landscaped with gardens, walking paths, small ponds with fountains, small bridges, several outdoor fire pits and countless special touches. There are no shortages for great photo opportunities that will serve as the perfect backdrop for capturing your special day. In addition, there is a wood-chipped walking path that circles the property that leads you to a path down to a small, scenic lake serving as yet another great photo location. There’s a large, landscaped park area with a gazebo in the middle and a small vineyard bordering it on one side. The phrase “rustic-elegance” is often used to describe different environments, but it would be hard to come up with a better way to describe our three unique venues for wedding ceremonies & receptions, elopements and all kinds of other events that serve from 5 to 350 people. The venue is also super convenient, positioned only a few miles from downtown Traverse City and Interlochen. It offers easy access to parking, as well as temperature controlled environments including indoor, outdoor and open-air venues. There is an up north feel to it but at the same time, numerous touches of class and elegance that are unmistakable. The combination of these results in an environment that is warm, inviting and classy all at the same time. Numerous updates are taking place in January 2017, including completely remodeled bathrooms, bride rooms, new chairs for ceremonies, new lights and paint in the reception halls and extensive upgrades to state of the art sound, lighting and all things audio visual!

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Wedding Services

Be Our Guest

The wedding services we offer to enhance the ceremony and reception are wedding coordinating, flowers, decorations, catering, DJ services, rehearsal dinners and Sunday morning brunches. We see our job as partners with you on your big day to provide you peace of mind so you can focus on the really important things…your new spouse and your guests! We can also refer you to our preferred partners for bands, special music, accommodations, photographers, videographers and cake designers.

We would be honored to host you and your wedding or special event. When we first walked the former Frog Pond Village, we knew right away we had found the perfect spot that we had been looking for. We know once you visit BlueBridge, you’ll feel the same way! BlueBridge is a beautiful property and provides some very unique event venues. But we also want you to know that one of the things that makes us unique is the fact that we don’t just want to serve you on your event day. We hope that the event itself is just the beginning of an ongoing friendship with you. You are always welcome to return to BlueBridge to have lunch in the park on a picnic table or under the gazebo, walk the trail down to the water or sit and have a cup of coffee with us. Once you have an event at BlueBridge, you are a part of our family!

Special Events In addition to weddings, we offer opportunities for other events as well—corporate trainings, retreats and parties, marriage and family life trainings and events, holiday gatherings and parties, family reunions, class reunions, fund raising events, sporting event parties, music concerts, funerals, graduation parties, vow renews, anniversary parties and birthday parties. If you have an event and you’re looking for a great space and great service, BlueBridge is the perfect environment to connect!

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the cooks’ house offering inspired food since 2008

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There are many factors to consider when planning your outdoor event. Let us help you make your event memorable. We will work with your caterer to make sure they are set up with all the equipment that they need. We provide the highest quality equipment in Northern Michigan. We rent tents, chairs, flooring, lighting, heaters, and more!


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RECIPE FOR AN UP NORTH BOHO WEDDING. A Free Spirited, Relaxed Bride (And the Groom Who Adores Her)


Meet Katie, a willowy, gypsy-beautiful brunette with a hippie soul. Katie loves cycling, camping, and taking in outdoor concerts, and she’s always up for an adventure: Like the epic out-West backpacking trip she took soon after she met Peter. As for his part, Peter thought she was way worth waiting for her to get that trip out of her system. You want relaxed? Here’s relaxed. Peter had just proposed when Katie found out she’d been accepted to grad school in New Hampshire to become a physicians assistant. So after a whirlwind three months of planning, Katie packed up and moved from their Columbus, Ohio, home to the East Coast, where she buried herself in books while Peter picked up planning details. Serendipitously, Katie’s semester exams fell on the weekend before the wedding. Katie’s laidback demeanor showed in her bridal-wear choices: A strapless, flowing Nicole Miller gown and a eucalyptus head-wreathe.

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Clockwise from top: The ceremony was held on the deck at the Leland Country Club (just down the road from the Leland Lodge) with its amazing view of Lake Leelanau. A CD with couple’s personal playlist was the wedding favor. Birch bark cones held bouquets at each side of the altar. Three members of Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe performed acoustic music at the ceremony. The full five-person band performed at the reception. Spray roses and peonies graced Katie’s eucalyptus-leaf head wreathe. The men wore mango-colored spray roses on their lapels.



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An Ace Team To make their boho wedding happen, Katie and Peter put together an amazing team—amazing both for their skill and for the way they embraced the couple’s vision of a boho wedding. The day-of coordinator was Madeline Begley of Event to Remember. Marla Courtney Wood executed the stunning floral pieces—including Katie’s hairpiece and the fabulous bouquet on the wedding altar. The intimate, outdoor lounge (think: bedouin tent!) and birch altar were created by Kate Walski of 307 Events. And, of course, there was Katelyn VanVreede, the super organized and helpful events and marketing manager at the Leland Lodge, where the reception was held.

A Free-Spirited Harbor Town: Leland Both Katie and Peter have connections to Northern Michigan. Peter and his family spent many summers on Platte Lake, and Katie and her family on Lake Leelanau— not far from the village of Leland, with its weathered wharf and shanties collectively known as Fishtown. It is the perfect backdrop for a laidback free-spirited event! The couple provided their guests with an Explore Leland itinerary. Under headings like Chill, Play and Wine they directed their guests to everywhere from the uninhabited Manitou Islands, kayaking the Crystal River and touring the wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula.

A Venue With Special Meaning Peter proposed to Katie on a short getaway to the Leland Lodge the summer before. They’d strolled to a bench beside the golf course with a view of Lake Michigan, when he decided to go for it. “Well, I don’t know what the future holds ...,” he began. “Yeah, no one does, duh,” Katie said not grasping the magnitude of the moment. “Well, I don't know what the future holds but I know I always want you by my side ...,” Peter persevered. The rest being history.

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Circle: Katie and Peter's first dance was to "When I Get My Hands on You." Lyrics by Bob Dylan, performed by The New Basement Tapes.



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Color, Color, Color, Pattern

Clockwise: Katie found her tapestry tablecloths and the macramé piece online. Young guests Jaxson and Eva Hays hang out in the children’s tipi that was outfitted with pillows and white lights. Guests from left to right: Jimmy Dunn, Danny Merkle, Trish Gentile, Amy Day, Peter Merkle, Steve Gentile, Ricky Day, John Dornback.

Boho colors make bold, sassy statements—pinks, orange, gold, red, turquoise, deep green—and the patterns are infinite. Don’t even try to get matchy-matchy! Katie purchased her own tapestry tablecloths online, and Kate Walski of 307 Events provided the props for the Bedouinstyle lounge. Billowy, translucent-white swag created a tent feeling, while the cosmos-patterned Mandala hung behind a bench outfitted with orange and gold beaded pillows. Marla Courtney Wood picked up the theme with a sunset-burst of color in the flowers: pink ice and burgundy safari sunset protea, magenta mokara orchids, mango and pink spray roses and coral peonies danced with each other in the bridal bouquets the stunning altar piece and even in the bride’s and bridesmaids’ eucalyptus-leaf headdresses and the groom’s and groomsmen’s boutonnieres. Marla also brought along her collection (given to her from her mother) of antique brass vases and candlestick holders to shine up all that color and give the décor a Moroccan accent.

Natural Elements The earthiness of boho style demands bringing the natural world in. So Marla Courtney Wood was free to unleash her stash of driftwood (under the salmon charcuterie, as the surface for the present table and as a part of each centerpiece— making each unique). Marla also reached into her magic boxes of cool décor items and came out with deer antlers, arranged strategically on tables and fastened to the top of the altar, and quail feathers to go into the floral arrangements—even the one on the cake..

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A lantern send-off for Katie and Peter.

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Fun, Funky, Eclectic Music “We both really love many types of music—Indie rock to bluegrass to hip-hop to EDM,” Peter says. “Quite the range, I know, but there’s very little we don’t like.” Given their shared passion for music, the couple gave it careful consideration, deciding on the five-member group Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe—who bill their style as ranging from gypsy swing to baroque pop. After the band was finished playing, the couple popped on a playlist of fun, party songs to finish off the evening. “Everyone was on the dance floor throughout the night,” remember the event planner, Madeline Begley. With all that good music still playing in their ears, guests went home with their own copies of a CD containing a playlist that Katie made for Peter early in their relationship.


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WHEN THE FATHER OF THE GROOM IS BILL LAIMBEER, THE FORMER DETROIT PISTONS STAR, NBA HALL OF FAMER AND ALLAROUND MICHIGAN SPORTS ICON, YOU KNOW THE GUEST LIST IS GOING TO BE LARGE. By last May, 230 people were making travel plans for the July 30, Charlevoix wedding of Kelly Storves and Eric Laimbeer. The couple currently lives in Florida and both grew up in metro Detroit, but with Northern Michigan connections strong in both families—vacations and family homes—the couple knew they wanted to be married Up North. Not long after Eric’s breathtaking proposal atop a cliff on the West Indies’ island of St. Barths (a wide-open view of the Caribbean on one side, the harbor on the other) the couple headed to North Michigan to find a venue. Their search took them from Traverse City to Charlevoix, only to find that venues on their wish list were already booked (over a year out!) or weren’t big enough to accommodate all of their guests.




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More sleuthing led them to Shanahan’s barn at the Charlevoix Country Club. The mammoth, soaring, perfectly restored turnof-the-last-century barn sits on what is now the 16th hole of the club’s Heatherwoods course. The barn didn’t look like much when they first saw it—weathered timbers against a bare cement floor. “When my dad first saw it he was pretty hesitant because it looked so bare,” Kelly remembers. But Kelly and her mom were confident that they could put together the right event team to play up its rustically elegant, lost-in-time ambiance. What’s more, with an occupancy max of 300 or so people, the barn had room to spare! Kelly and Eric planned a full-on destination wedding with a rehearsal dinner on Friday night at Sagamore’s in the elegant Inn at Bay Harbor, just north of Charlevoix. They also invited all 230 guests to a welcoming party at Charlevoix Country Club immediately following the rehearsal dinner—it was to be a fun, relaxed event with grilled burgers and dogs. But the best laid plans: In May, two months before the event the Charlevoix Country Club burned down. While fortunately no one was hurt in the fire, it threw the welcome party plans into a frenzy. So close to the wedding date there were simply no available options—except to tap into the booming, delicious, trendy Northern Michigan food truck scene. The solution? Erect two tents on the on the country club tennis courts and bring in the Cheese & Co., and The Landing food trucks. The trucks were a huge hit. “It was so fun,” Kelly says. “I think it worked out better than what we had planned.”



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Kelly wore a Jim Hjelm bridal gown. The seasonally inspired flowers in barely there pastels were by BLOOM floral design of Petoskey. The bridesmaids dresses were larkspur blue by Dessy. Kelly and her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done at the Salon at the Inn at Bay Harbor.

Circle: Mother and Father of the Groom, Chris and Bill Laimbeer.

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From then on, everything about the wedding went seamlessly—a fact that Kelly credits to her mother, the staff at Shanahan’s barn, Jennifer Haf of BLOOM floral design and to their wedding planner Sheila DodsonWright and Carly Shafer of Tableau Events. “Tableau did everything from the planning to the designs, invites and decorations—Sheila and Carly were amazing!” Kelly says. She recalls her reaction the first time she saw it fully decorated, just moments before she walked down the aisle: “I stood in the doorway and thought, Wait I don’t want to go yet I just want to stand and look.” After a simple, lovely wedding ceremony on the barn’s second floor, the guests and bridal party enjoyed a leisurely cocktail party on the patio with a live-music trio and hors d’oeuvres that include smoked whitefish and trout, melted brie with walnuts and caramel and chicken sate. Afterward, the plated dinner catered by Grey Gables Inn featured whitefish and filet mignon. When the plates were cleared it was dancing to the Detroitbased band, Your Generation in Concert, a nine-piece band that rocked the old barn down to its fieldstone foundation with six decades of American/British pop hits— songs that got all ages up and dancing. “They were so fun and entertaining,” Kelly says.

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Ramsdell Theatre Weddings and Events

Located in beautiful Benzie County, Crystal Lake Golf Club is the premier outdoor ceremony and tented reception wedding destination with panoramic views of Crystal Lake. We offer competitive bar pricing, full setup/teardown of the tent and your decor, tables/chairs, a dance floor, floor length linens, a private bathhouse with a bridal suite and assistance from our on-site wedding coordinator.

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As the lights in Shanahan’s barn went out, the bridal party and guests who still had the energy were shuttled to (and from) Charlevoix’s popular Villager Pub. It was a wild, crazy-fun scene made more so by two giant Kelly and Eric heads that first appeared on the shuttle and then traveled to the pub with the group—made by Eric’s fun-loving and talented aunt. This destination wedding extraordinaire came to a close the next day with a brunch at Charlevoix’s Weathervane Terrace. Whoa! Hold that ball a minute! Any Piston fan worth a seat at The Palace is going to want to know how the Big Man was on the assist: “He was great, very cooperative,” Kelly says.” Adding with a laugh: “He didn’t ask questions, just did what he was told.”

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Traverse City’s Bayview Celebration Center

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Minutes away from downtown on M-22, Bluewater Hall seats up to 170 for celebrations with a view of Grand Traverse Bay and beach access. We offer exclusive access, competitive rates, and broad flexibility in accommodating your catering and beverage service needs.


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Natalie has had the pleasure of serving Brides and Grooms in the Traverse City area with their special day for over 22 years. She has the experience and attention to detail that will insure that your wedding day will be exactly what you have dreamed of. Stop in to see the large selection of wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and tuxedos, and let Natalie help coordinate your entire wedding party.


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Let Kirkbride Hall’s historical charm act as the stunning backdrop for your memorable wedding. Centered in the heart of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Kirkbride Hall can accommodate receptions of 160 guests or ceremonies up to 250 guests. Kirkbride Hall’s character, charm and historic significance will elevate the senses and leave your guests in complete awe. Call to schedule a private tour!



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Dear Brides and Grooms, As you plan your upcoming wedding celebration, I invite you to consider Mission Point Resort. With an outstanding Mackinac Island waterfront location; relaxed, welcoming ambiance; and a real dedication to service, Mission Point is an ideal choice for weddings of all sizes up to 500 guests. You can choose from a wide variety of ceremony locations and reception venues, many with outstanding views of Lake Huron, both indoors and outdoors. With an intense and growing focus on locally sourced foods, Mission Point offers creative, elegant culinary choices in all of our event spaces, organized by our dedicated Weddings Team. There is a great mix of guest rooms and suites, multiple on-site restaurants and many on-site activities and amenities, including the all new Lakeside Spa & Salon, bike rentals, tennis, swimming pool, putting course, movies, and lawn games. Please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Wedding Consultants at 906847-3000 to further assist you. Looking forward to welcoming you to the island, Bradley McCallum General Manager 906-847-3002

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