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A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN Find a guide to Wine & Weddings 2018 in this issue. And as always, enjoy the bounty of wedding ideas that make MyNorth Weddings such a valuable tool for planning your Northern Michigan wedding. So put April 21, 2018 on your calendar, round up your friends and family and head north for the first annual best-ever wedding event! Wait, you’ll need tickets! Get them at MyNorthTickets.com.

If you are reading this you most likely have a wedding in your near future or know someone who does. Have we got the event for you! On April 21, 2018, MyNorth Wedding is sponsoring a day packed with ideas and resources, fun and WINE! We’ve named it Wine & Weddings, and here is how it works: You and your friends and family tour eight wineries along the Traverse Wine Coast (Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsula). Each winery hosts approximately six vendors (depending on the size of the winery venue). You’ll get to chat with photographers, caterers, owners of wedding-gown boutiques, cake bakers and more. You’ll also get to check out the wineries themselves—and enjoy a free taste of wine.




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Northern Michigan brides share the touches that helped make their day. 1. Succulent corsages for mothers and other special guests. GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT, NORTHERN ART PHOTOGRAPHY

2. Travel from church to photo ops to reception in safe style. This trolley was rented from Traverse City Wine and Beer Tours. WILLOWBROOK MILL, STEVEN PHAM PHOTOGRAPHY & BDE PHOTOGRAPHY

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$$27renee & chris==29 RENEE BARONE & CHRIS BROOKS AUGUST 5, 2017

Renee and Chris were set up the old-fashioned way—by a mutual friend. The connection was before dating-app trends, and Chris wasn’t much for social media, so Renee’s Facebook stalking did little good prior to their first, basically blind, date. Hurrying along Chicago’s Milwaukee Avenue in 5-inch heels and a silk blouse, Renee called Chris to see how she would recognize him. He said, look for the White Sox jersey. She wasn’t impressed. And then she saw him: a bald, middle-aged, overweight guy wolfing down a hotdog. Just then, Chris stepped around the corner, laughing (and very nicely dressed). Renee says from that first date, she knew this was her guy. Chris and Renee, who now call Chicago home, had both previously lived in NYC during the same timeframe, even running in the same circles, but had never met. With a shared love for comedy, they frequented the same NYC improv club—Upright Citizens Brigade (founded by Amy Poehler), where Chris performed and Renee went for a good laugh. Though the fates missed their cue in NYC, fortune smiled on them in Chicago, and after that first date stunt, Chris and Renee proved inseparable. They knew they wanted a Northern Michigan wedding, where Renee’s connection runs deep. Back to the 1850s, in fact, when her family immigrated to Beaver Island. For the last 160 years, her relatives have continued to live on the remote Lake Michigan island, making it the perfect getaway for family vacations throughout her childhood. Chris spent his college days in Northern California, and Renee went to school in the South, so friends and family were coming from all over the country. The destination wedding had to give everyone an unforgettable Northern Michigan experience, and water was a prerequisite. Enter The Homestead. Renee, who had never before been on the grounds, chose the venue outright, recognizing there was nothing else like it: the expansive vistas nearby that take in the Glen Lakes and Lake Michigan, the incredible accommodations, and the myriad of resort amenities. The idea of wedding guests taking the ski lift up the mountain to the ceremony site to be greeted with a glass of champagne at the top was icing on the cake. And for the 140 guests—75 percent of whom had never been to Northern Michigan—the setting, including the Caribbean-blue of the water and the sheer size of Sleeping Bear Dunes, was nothing short of astounding. The couple was married on the resort’s Bay Mountain—a stunning outdoor ceremony site that looks out over Lake Michigan. The couple’s eclectic love of music was reflected in the ceremony that featured The Moxie Strings as guests were seated, followed by covers of John Williams’s songs for the wedding party processional and Radiohead’s "True Love Waits" as the bride walked down the aisle. The Beach Boys, Velvet Underground and Kanye West rounded out the couple’s carefully crafted program before guests were treated to an après-ceremony cocktail hour atop Bay Mountain. As these were no conventional newlyweds, this was no ordinary cocktail hour. Taking advantage of the fact that The Homestead’s Mountain Flowers golf course runs along Bay Mountain, the couple took each other to the golf-hole game Closest to the Pin while their guests sipped and cheered. And then it was all aboard The Homestead’s chairlifts to descend the hill to Mountain Flowers Lodge, located in the resort’s charming winter village. The Homestead’s chefs served a delicious plated dinner that kept everyone’s energy up for the nonstop full dance floor courtesy of DJ AB from Grand Rapids, who brought down the house (and got the fun-loving bride to crowd surf ).



The maid of honor, Elizabeth Poindexter, assists the bride with her wedding dress—an Amsale-designed gown from Nordstrom that epitomized the bride’s effortless glamour. A solitaire-cut stone with channel diamonds set in a yellow gold band shows off a classic elegance. The bride and her mother sip sparkling rosé and enjoy the peaceful solitude outside their room at The Homestead before the ceremony. The couple exchanges vows they wrote themselves. BLOOM Floral Design uses an array of flora, including succulents, dahlias and roses among smoke bush foliage and plum ranunculus to create the vision for natural, organic décor.

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The bride and groom enter into some friendly competition with the Closest to the Pin game. Hundreds of candles, alongside the rustic wood centerpieces secured from Eastern Market in Detroit, allow the centerpieces to shine. The Homestead’s Mountain Flowers Lodge provides the perfect backdrop for the reception’s understated elegance. Renee and Chris dance to Beach Boys’ "God Only Knows."


Ceremony Site | Top of Bay Mountain Reception Site | Mountain Flowers Lodge Photography | Amy Carroll Photography Flowers | BLOOM Floral Design Cake | Assorted Pastries provided by The Homestead Music | DJ Adrian Butler or DJ AB Hair & Makeup | Lilly Jade, a Salon

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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-

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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.


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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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.

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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! 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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Sure, Pinterest, The Knot, and magazines like MyNorth Wedding are all a wellspring of wedding ideas, but there is no substitute for practice making perfect. So, it is no surprise that Liz Kondik’s wedding was magical in every way. As the special events manager for the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Liz has supervised over 300 weddings in her career and knew exactly what she wanted when her own big day arrived. Elegant romance mixed with a little shabby chic drove Liz’s vision, as she used inspiration from the hundreds of weddings in her repertoire along with the knowledge of how to pull it off so everyone had a fabulous time. Paramount to design and cohesion, however, was Liz and Drew’s passion for the celebration of love and the sacrament that is marriage. No matter how many vows she’d heard exchanged, that was undiminished. In short, Liz knew not to sweat the small stuff. Even with her experience and a flawless plan, there is bound to be a hiccup or two. So when her one-of-a kind wooden cake topper went missing the day of the wedding (someone mistook the unmarked box for trash) Liz shrugged it off, focusing instead on the butterflies in her stomach every time she looked at her groom. A romantic himself, Drew had been dating Liz for seven years before catching her by total surprise one evening with a rose petal path to their yard covered in softly flickering candles. Flanked by their beloved dogs, he was down on one knee promising forever. Liz admits having her wedding at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa was a nobrainer. With an abundance of accommodations, easy logistics, renowned restaurants and plenty of activities for guests, Liz’s firsthand experience only cemented what she knew the resort could offer. “It was a relief to be able to have it here and be on the receiving end,” says Liz. As the staff at Grand Traverse Resort treats each bride with care, Liz knew she would be very well taken care of. After the ceremony at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Traverse City, the guests enjoyed exploring downtown Traverse City or resting in their beautifully appointed rooms at the resort. Meanwhile, a limo bus shuttled the wedding party to the resort’s exclusive beach, The Shores, for the must-have shore-side photographs. Afterward, the evening’s festivities commenced with a cocktail hour on the 17th Floor of the Resort Tower. The stunning views of the bay from one of the highest vantage points in Traverse City wowed the nearly 100 guests—many of whom had never before been Up North. From the cocktail party, guests moved to the main floor Tower Ballroom and awaited a stunning grand entrance by Liz and Drew. From a rustic farm table where they sat with the wedding party, the newlyweds presided over the gorgeous room festooned in creamy drapery and gold candelabras decked in boughs of woodland greenery. As Liz had planned, most of the traditional reception formalities took place early in the evening to make plenty of time for a relaxed party atmosphere that lasted well into the night. The following morning guests were treated to a farewell brunch back on the 17th floor of the Tower—the icing on the cake for a picture-perfect wedding.



The bride was so smitten with this dress from B. Ella Bridal in Plymouth that she wore it for over an hour in the shop. The bridal bouquet features coral reef roses, king protea, peonies, echiveria and eucalyptus. Fun cocktail hour dÊcor, like this tablecloth (with succulent centerpieces made at Darling Botanical during a bridal party), show off the couple’s playful side, while the floral arrangements, drapery and furniture highlight the romantic elegance of the reception. Bridesmaids (left to right) Krystina Miller, Krista Akerley, Megan Brooks, Candice Spencer, Alex Schauer, and Lauren Smiley give the groom a leg up.

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The Underground Cheesecake Company in Traverse City created a traditional-looking wedding cake that is actually a buttercream-frosted cheesecake—the couple’s favorite—and filled a dessert table with assorted delectables. The graceful elegance in the Ballroom is grounded by two huge farmhouse tables brought in for the head table and balanced by Derek Woodruff’s brilliant woodsy displays featuring Italian ruscus and ferns nestled between two grand candelabras. Liz and her father twirl to “The Best Is Yet to Come,” by Michael Bublé. The escort card table and notes of gratitude to wedding guests showcase classic grace and style.


Ceremony Site | Immaculate Conception Church Reception Site | Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Photography | Northern Art Photography Flowers | Darling Botanical Co. Floral Designer | Derek Woodruff Cake | The Underground Cheesecake Company Music | 2 Bays DJs Hair & Makeup | K. Noelle Artistry and Makeup by Kori Martz

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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).

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.


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

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The Hotel - Our six-story hotel offers 238 spacious guest rooms, many with gorgeous views and wireless high-speed 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

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.

100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd. Acme, MI 49610-0404 231-534-6000 800-748-0303 weddings@gtresort.com GrandTraverseResort.com

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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 GrandTraverseResort.com/Weddings.

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Chad’s plan was to propose to Jordyn as they watched the sunrise over Lake Superior at a scenic spot a short hike away from where the couple was camping in the Apostle Islands. But he slept through his alarm. There was still time though, to catch the sunrise at a small beach behind their campsite. It was dark, and Jordyn was still half asleep. She didn’t notice him grab the GoPro and lean it against a rock near where they settled. A few minutes later Jordyn was saying, “Yes!” and the GoPro was catching it, sunrise and all. Flash forward one year later, almost to the day, to Castle Farms, a fairytale setting in Charlevoix, where Chad and Jordyn were wed. Jordyn had exchanged her rumpled camping clothes for a bridal gown. From the bejeweled bodice right down to her glittering Badgley Mischka heels, Jordyn sparkled. The couple’s decision to be married across Lake Michigan from their Wisconsin home was based on their shared love of Northern Michigan. Both Jordyn and Chad grew up in the mitten state, and Chad’s parents have a home in Elk Rapids. “We wanted a destination wedding but also didn’t want our families who live downstate to have to travel too far, so Up North felt like the best of both worlds,” Jordyn says. After exploring a number of venues, the couple was sold on Castle Farms for the staff ’s attention to detail and the fact that each couple is assigned their own wedding coordinator. Another winning point: “Castle Farms is so organically beautiful it doesn’t need a lot of decorations,” Jordyn says. Indeed, Castle Farms is an architectural jewel, built in 1918 by the then vice-president of Sears, Albert Loeb, as a state-of-the-art dairy farm. Working with local masons who used local stone, Loeb modeled the buildings after European castles and barns. The venue now houses five stunning wedding areas. Chad and Jordyn chose an area of the venue called the Knight's Castle, as it could accommodate their 200 guests. They also loved its cobblestone walls, wood-beamed ceilings and the fact that the room is separate from the rest of the castle and connected to a private courtyard with a stone chapel nestled within. In perfect keeping with the rustic stone building theme, the wedding party stayed in a Charlevoix landmark known as the Thatch House (for its genuine thatch roof ), which was constructed of stone by legendary builder Earl Young in the early 1900s. Chad and Jordyn stayed in the separate but attached chalet. Besides being picturesque, the lodging is just off Charlevoix’s sweet downtown, tucked between Lake Michigan and Round Lake/Lake Charlevoix. The rehearsal dinner at Tapawingo, an elegant venue near Charlevoix that is set on the bank of a small, serene lake, was followed by an after-party and meet-and-greet at East Park Tavern in downtown Charlevoix. In early afternoon of wedding day, the couple did their “first look” in the intimate setting of the Thatch House. Bridal party photos in the beautiful waterside park across the street immediately followed, and the session was wrapped up in time for the couple to enjoy pre-ceremony cocktails with their guests in the Knight's Castle. Jordyn and Chad were married on the steps of the stone chapel. Chad’s three young nephews, driving a toy pickup truck, delivered the couple their rings. “Since we didn’t have flower girls we wanted to make the boys more prominent,” says Jordyn. Needless to say, the trio almost drove away with the show. After the ceremony it was a short walk across the Knight’s Courtyard to the plated dinner. Dessert was Traverse City’s mega-popular Moomers Homemade Ice Cream, served in a cup or a cone. After that, the wedding party rocked the cobblestone walls to tunes courtesy of D.J. Ryan Rousseau. As the reception wound down, the newlyweds and their friends headed back to the Thatch House to continue the celebration into the wee hours.



Clockwise from top: Jordyn’s hair and makeup were done by Bliss Salon and Spa in nearby Boyne City. Her father, Bryan Somerville, walked her down the outdoor aisle to the stone chapel. Jordyn’s Badgley Mishka heels. Bridesmaids: Brittany Shami, Jordan Sparks, Kira Petherick, Angel Gagin, Tess Dudley, Jessica Somerville. Groomsmen: Andrew Blank, Hunter King, Jon Ciani, Valant Jaddou, Tyler Gradolph, Tom Menas.

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Flowers by Thyme Hill Designs. The enchanted ceremony in the stone chapel. Jordyn rented vintage furniture, including the love seat she and Chad sat on at dinner, from Serradella in Charlevoix. Guests toasted the couple with glasses of rosé rimmed in gold sugarand a blackberry garnish. The newlyweds kicked off the dancing to “Wanted,” by Hunter Hayes.


Venue | Castle Farms, Charlevoix Photography | Michael Murphy IV Photography, Charlevoix Catering | A Matter of Taste at Tapawingo, Ellsworth Flowers | Thyme Hill Designs, Charlevoix Ice Cream | Moomers Homemade Ice Cream, Traverse City Rentals | Serradella, Charlevoix Music | D.J. Ryan Rousseau Hair & Makeup | Bliss Salon and Spa, Boyne City

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Wedding Notebook Castle Farms

Wedding Venues

Historical Elegance & Unmatched Service

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Beth Joy Photography

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The Castle offers a reception room for every style and size of wedding. From garden rooms filled with light to regal stone walls and arched cathedral windows, each room presents a myriad of opportunities to create your own unique style. All your basics are taken care of, including tables, chairs, white linens, as well as set up of your locations according to your specifications. Many couples rent colored linens or other dĂŠcor to help transform the spaces, but courtyards and arches look just as sweet with a minimal touch.

memorable. The century-old stonework provides a dramatic backdrop for ceremonies and receptions. Arches found around every corner offer endless opportunities for photographs while acres of manicured gardens attract butterflies and couples looking for a secluded kiss. Our goal is to help your wedding live up to your dreams, and our expertise means we can make that dream a reality.

E.C. Campbell Photography

Weddings at Castle Farms are often exquisite, frequently stunning, and always

Charlevoix the Beautiful

With over a decade of expertise, our primary focus is hosting weddings that create a one of a kind experience for you and your guests. Our Venue Coordinators, plus a dedicated team of set up staff, gardeners, housekeepers, and maintenance, ensure you will have a stress-free wedding.

Nestled in the resort community of Charlevoix, there are accommodation options to suit everyone. You will find your guests well taken care of in any of the local Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels & Inns, Motels or Rental Homes. Wedding guests will be happy to explore our beautiful town. A scenic harbor, welcoming shops, manicured parks, enticing restaurants, wood chipped nature trails, and the perfect sunset view at the lighthouse are just some of the sights you’ll see in our area.

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1918 Cellars Wine Label

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New in 2018, Castle Farms has transformed a stone chamber into a wine tasting room serving 1918 Cellars wine, crafted specifically for the Castle. Couples and visitors alike will enjoy the ambiance of relaxing under the wood beamed ceilings while sipping Michigan-produced wine. Wedding couples can enjoy a private tasting to select their specific combination that is pleasing to the palette and leaves a smile on the lips.

5052 M-66 North • Charlevoix, MI 49720 231-237-0884 • CastleFarms.com

Vendors We allow you the flexibility to choose your own vendors, including your caterer, as well as purchase the beer and liquor for your event. It’s a significant advantage for any couple interested in saving money, and allows you even more opportunities for creativity. Wine service is provided by Castle Farms and features our own brand, 1918 Cellars.

Venue Specialists Rebekah Moser Kayla Eggers Reception Capacity Up to 350 guests Varies by venue

Ceremony Locations 3 Reception Rooms 5 Unique Photo Opps 12 Courtyards & Gardens with countless backdrops


Historical Elegance

Unmatched Service


(231) 237-0884 | Charlevoix, Michigan 49720 | CastleFarms.com

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$$24kate & alex==24 KATE WILLIAMS & ALEX FLANAGAN AUGUST 12, 2017

They were fifth graders in the small town of Hartland, Michigan, when Alex passed Kate a note: Will you be my girlfriend? Circle yes or no. Kate circled yes. The gradeschool romance was short lived, but Alex and Kate remained friends through high school and college, though each pursued different relationships. Kate says the timing was never right, but Alex maintains that Kate was always the girl he was thinking about; the one he wanted to marry. Fifteen years after that fifth-grade note, Alex got another chance to ask Kate out, and this time the timing was perfect. Six months later Alex proposed on the foursquare court at their old grade school by writing “Will you marry me?” in sidewalk chalk. Alex maintains the seeds of their romance were sown in the fifth grade, Kate says they fell in love during their first getaway together to Leelanau County, where Alex’s parents now call home. Needless to say, when it came to planning the wedding, it was essential that their guests got to experience the “Up North” that had sparked such a remarkable love story. When Kate’s mom, an event planner for University of Michigan, told them about Willowbrook Mill in Northport—one of their favorite Leelanau County villages—the couple immediately went to check it out. The venue, a 140-year-old building suspended over the purling Northport Creek, had precisely the whimsy and charm they imagined. But their wedding date was still two years away, and the owners of Willowbrook Mill had bad news: It was on the market. Kate was crushed. Enter Mimi Heberlein and her family, who purchased the venue in early 2016. When she heard the news, Kate called immediately, securing her date as the new owners’ first reservation. As the couple was to find out, their dream venue now came with the knowledgeable and friendly assistance of owner Mimi Heberlein and her daughter, Samantha Heberlein. Kate and Alex exchanged vows in the wooden gazebo that overlooks the picturesque Northport Marina. Decorated with draped linens and hops swags and set with old church pews, the gazebo was a simple, romantic setting for the intimate ceremony in which the couple exchanged vows that they’d written themselves. After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their wedding guests made the leisurely walk through Northport’s storybook-sweet downtown and across the hops and tulleadorned bridge to Willowbrook Mill. The ballroom rafters were strung with hundreds of white fairy lights, and the tables were strewn with eucalyptus garlands and white roses, creating a rustic yet elegant setting that continued throughout the venue. The three stone fireplaces, the handcrafted apple and cherry branch chandeliers in the Porch Bar and the lovely Creekside Patio offered guests several perfect spaces to gather and chat with friends and family during the celebration. The reception’s Michigan-centric theme included craft Michigan beer and local wine. The owner of the Northport-based florist, Field of Flowers North, grew most of the arrangements in her yard, while Abundance Catering sourced everything locally for the pork loin dinner. The romance of Willowbrook Mill, the spectacular ceremony in the marina park, the quaint Northport Inn where some guests stayed, all combined to leave Alex and Kate’s friends and family awed at the beauty of this Lake Michigan village. It was truly an unparalleled setting for a new chapter in this love story.



The bride wore a gown with a lace sheath and illusion cutouts, while the bridesmaids’ dresses shimmered in shades of blue and green that were reminiscent of the colors of Lake Michigan. Bridesmaids: Adrienne Brady, Sara Buko, Stephanie Chandler, Meredith Ramm, Randi Allen, McKenzie Zauel, Jen Aycock, Heather Leitch, Christine Flanagan. Bouquets brimming with native stems and wildflowers include: seasonal dahlias, English roses, hops, seeded eucalyptus and lavender. The wonderfully wild tangle of the bridal bouquet highlighted soft blush and cream tones as well as mossy greens.

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The rustic charm of the historic building radiates romance. The cake, by Traverse City–based Top Tier Cakery, symbolizes the beauty of Lake Michigan. Bride and groom dance to "Ride," by Cary Brothers. Following the ceremony, the bride changed out her veil for a wreath—a favorite gift from her bachelorette party. The 77 VW Photo Booth Bus (based in Allegan, MI) was a huge hit among wedding guests making vintage bulbs (and iPhones) flash all night long.


Ceremony Site | Northport Marina Reception Site | Willowbrook Mill Photography | Steven Pham Photography & BDE Photography Video | Voice Wedding Cinema Flowers | Field of Flowers North Dinner | Abundance Catering Cake | Top Tier Cakery Rentals | Sweet Seats, Monstrey MacDonald Music | ElectroSystem Pro DJ Hair & Makeup | Dream Details, Mandy Novack

See more photos at MyNorth.com/WillowbrookWedding

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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 phil.garrison14@gmail.com or 218-269-4466. trinityuccnorthport.org

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

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. northportinn.com

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.

Abundance Catering 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. Abundance.catering

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.

Tuckers of Northport 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: Prescilla Sherman, Manager at 231-386-1061 www.tuckersnp.com

Weddings by Cheyenne • Wedding Photographer www.weddingsbycheyenne.org


Conradie Event Design • Event Planning & Design Melissa Conradie • 231-645-8910 www.conradieeventsdesign.com • info@conradieeventdesign.com

A special thanks to the featured vendors: Willowbrook Mill, Gala Cloths, Field of Flowers North, Tonic and Lime, The Rental Company, One Oak Bride, Captain's Quarters, Dream Details, Holly Thomas Designs, and Aunt B’s Cakes & Desserts.

Dozen Roses & Blue Moon Cottages

201 Mill Street, PO BOX 719 Northport, MI 49670 231-534-2142 www.willowbrookmill.com info@willowbrookmill.com Special Events Manager Mimi and Samantha Heberlein 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 at 231-386-5465. Nordstrandd@att.net

Event Capacity 150 for cocktail functions 135 for seated events

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Perhaps it stands to reason that a musician with the last name of Love would be a romantic. Erik Love and Kirstyn Wade had been living together for several years when Erik, a music teacher, broached the subject of marriage. Kirstyn, a nurse, demonstrated her practical side. “What’s the point? I know I love you and am committed to you,” she recalls saying with a laugh. When Erik didn’t give up, she finally told him, “Okay, if you can move the stars I’ll marry you.” So he did. On an October day in 2015 Erik and Kirstyn set out for the local park with their dog, Juno, whom they loveingly refer to as their 50-pound mystery mutt. The ruse? That Erik’s friend, a videographer, was interviewing Kirstyn for a spot about adopting rescue dogs (a thoughtful touch by Erik, as it meant Kirstyn dressed up a bit more than usual to walk their dog). Unbeknownst to Kirstyn, as the interview proceeded, their friends were busy mounting a sign nearby. Made by Erik, it read I Love You—in cutout stars lit by tealights. When all was ready, the videographer turned his camera to catch the proposal. Erik had brought Kirstyn the stars. Now to plan the wedding! The couple knew they wanted to be married Up North—where her parents and grandparents live and where they vacation often. They also knew that October was late to be planning a wedding for the summer. Some calls later, they realized they could have their pick of just about any venue—in the winter! Kirstyn loves the coziness of the holidays and the time leading up to it, so a December wedding sounded perfect. After Kirstyn’s grandparents told them about the Leland Lodge, tucked into the picture-perfect Lake Michigan harbor town of Leland, their plans fell into place. The couple booked the entire lodge for the weekend of their December wedding,— planning to hold both the ceremony and the reception at the lodge. With 18 lodge rooms there was plenty of room for the bridal party and many of the 85 guests who attended. (Most of the others stayed at the nearby Lodge at Leelanau Sands Casino and were shuttled back and forth.) From beginning to end the staff at the Leland Lodge went out of their way to assure that the bridal party and guests felt completely comfortable. The festivities began Friday night with a relaxed rehearsal dinner at the Bluebird Restaurant and Tavern a couple of blocks away from The Leland Lodge. Afterward, the bridal party returned to the lodge for a meet-and-greet with drinks and appetizers. Guests woke up on the wedding day to find complimentary coffee and muffins waiting for them in the lobby. Since the wedding attendees were the only guests at the lodge, “We all hung out on the lobby couches in our pjs and ate and had our coffee,” Kirstyn says. After the lovely ceremony, the newlyweds went down to the Lake Michigan beach for photos—a chilly but stunningly beautiful experience given the falling snow. Meanwhile, guests were enjoying cocktails at the lodge as the staff prepared the reception area for a plated dinner of roast chicken, white fish and veggie lasagna. As the crazy-fun evening of dancing to the music of UpNorth DJs wound down, the couple and their friends and family who were still awake hung out together in the lobby and guest rooms. In the morning it was more coffee and muffins in the lobby where the goodbyes were warmed by the intimate bonding experience, courtesy of the Leland Lodge. “It was like the largest cabin ever—with a staff,” Erik says.



Clockwise from top: The lodge’s holiday decorations were a perfect fit for the wedding. Kirstyn with her dad, Tim Wade. The flowers in the bouquet are Sola wood flowers, meaning Kirstyn can keep them forever; Husband, wife and rescue-dog Juno leave the relaxed, intimate ceremony. Kirstyn’s mom, Karen Wade, did the decorations. The wedding party, left to right: Michael Woodward, Megan Pashnik, Adam Love, Allie Harris, Erik Love (groom), Kirstyn Wade (bride), Nate Wade and Carmen Wade.

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Opposite page clockwise: Cedar sprigs and pinecones play up the winter in the Northwoods theme. The couple chose a brownie bar in lieu of a wedding cake. Baby’s breath and a single rose in a ball jar kept the centerpieces crisp and fresh looking. This page clockwise: The Leland Lodge provided local wine and beer for the reception. Guests signed the birchtree picture that Kirstyn found on Etsy. The lodge’s beautiful grounds provided magical photo ops.


Venue | The Leland Lodge Photography | Willow Noavi Photography, Grand Rapids Brownie Bar | Brownies by Sisson’s Main Street Specialties, Leland Rehearsal Dinner | Bluebird Restaurant and Tavern Music | UpNorth DJs, Traverse City Bridal Gown | Natalie Bridal, Traverse City

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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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courtyard is a great setting for a reception, cocktail hour, or ceremony.



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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.

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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

Venue Spaces 4

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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565 E. Pearl St.,Leland 231.256.9848 Lelandlodge.com

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a$$16 ngie & bryan==16 ANGIE CAMACHO & BRYAN PARKER AUGUST 5, 2017

When your boyfriend is Senior Manager for Digital Operations at Marvel Studios (Thor 3: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain America: Civil War ...) you can expect his romantic side to have an element of the make-believe. Such as the plastic diamond ring Bryan gave Angie on her first trip to meet his family in the Midwest. His young niece had given it to him years before and told him to give it to his girlfriend. He wasn’t dating anyone at the time, but he promised his niece he would save it for someone special. He hung on to the ring for three years, until he met Angie—that someone special. Angie still thinks of that as the real proposal, since she knew from that moment that she wanted to marry him. Flash-forward two years to an outing together on a beach near the couple’s Los Angeles home. Angie turned around to find Bryan down on one knee ... she began to tear up ... from behind his back he pulled out ... a stuffed Gerald-the-seal (from Finding Dory, a movie they’d recently watched together). Ooops! Flustered, Angie started packing their things. And then he was down on one knee again, this time with a ring box that held a real diamond ring. Things got real after that—in a good way. Angie, who was raised in California (and is a Division Manager at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine), had fallen in love with Traverse City, where Bryan was raised and where his parents still live. She wanted her family, all from the L.A. area, to visit and what better reason than their wedding? While researching venues in the Traverse City area, the couple came across The Ridge at Verterra Vineyards. The couple knew they wanted their wedding to be an intimate, elegant low-key event—and definitely outdoors. The Ridge would make that possible and more. As its name implies, the venue is set on a ridge in the Verterra vineyards—with a view overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. Outfitted with a state-of-theart reception terrace that can be covered with a tent, and a beautiful new building that houses a wedding lounge, catering prep area and restrooms, the venue offered an outdoor event with the comforts of an indoor one. The venue also came with plenty of space for an inclusive event—ceremony, cocktail hour, lawn games and reception. “That setting is so beautiful,” Angie says. “You wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.” Bryan’s best friend from college, Izzy Weiss, officiated at the ceremony (set in the natural amphitheater at the edge of a pond on the property), and yes, there were some plastic ring/stuffed seal anecdotes woven into his words ... after cocktails and lawn games, a plated dinner was served under the tent. Catered by Trattoria Stella (where Bryan’s sister, Kelsey Parker works), the menu featured poached halibut with white wine beurre blanc and marinated, char-grilled beef tenderloin, followed by a dessert of blondies, and tarts. The staff at Verterra vineyards worked with the couple to pair estate wines with the courses—Tasting Room & Events Manager Lindy Kellogg even attended the menu tasting at Stella’s with Angie and Bryan. As a fun snack after the dancing started, Angie and Bryan cut a heart-shaped pizza and handed it out. Guests loved it. They also loved the piece of Grand Traverse Pie Company cherry pie that was packed and ready for them to take home as a wedding favor. It was a sweet way to end an enchanted day.



“I wanted something modern—with a light feeling that fit into the setting,” says Angie of the flowers by BLOOM Floral Design. A modern-rustic onsite facility houses a wedding lounge for the bridal party to get ready, as well as a caterer’s prep station. The wedding party: Grooms party, left to right: Officiant Izzy Weiss, Alex Scharf, Matthew Parker, Bryan Parker (groom), Matt Delmanowski, Shauntel Paaluhi Aquino. Bridesmaids, left to right: Paige Purcell, Siena Kramer, Corinna Takahashi, Marie Caramacho.

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BLOOM Floral Design’s execution of Angies’s wish for a lot of greenery plays out across the bridal table. The grounds at The Ridge at Verterra include woods, vineyards and fields. The chairs and tables came from 307 Events. The venue at a distance: The facility that houses the restrooms, wedding lounge and catering prep station; state-of-the-art terrace and tent; stone amphitheater—perfect for ceremonies. Jamie Weiss, Izzy Weiss and young Tess Reilly playing Jenga.


Venue | The Ridge at Verterra Vineyards Photography | Matt and Ashley Photography Video | Future Focus Media Flowers | BLOOM Floral Design Catering | Trattoria Stella Table & Chair Rentals | American Rentals Lighting & Specialty Décor | 307 Events Music | 2Bays DJs Hair & Makeup | On-site Bridal

See more photos at MyNorth.com/VerterraWedding

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The Ridge at Verterra Vineyards

A Perfect Pairing At The Ridge at Verterra Vineyards we have carefully designed unique spaces to celebrate in the heart of Leelanau Peninsula. A natural setting surrounded by over 15 acres of private vineyards, hardwood forests and expansive views of Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan along with modern amenities for the ultimate in comfort and quality. Your guests will enjoy raising a glass of our award winning Verterra wines in honor of

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Event Facilities

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The Ridge provides a luxurious wedding lounge for dressing, hair and makeup while relaxing with sparkling wines. Host your ceremony for up to 300 guests in the stone amphitheater overlooking the vineyards, pond, forest and bay as you exchange your nuptials. Following the ceremony, the party begins with a Verterra Signature Sparkling Cocktail on the Reception Terrace. The terrace is located above the ceremony area with reception tent, customized to the size of your wedding, provides the beauty of the outdoors but with protection from the elements. Your caterer of choice will service your hors d’oeuvres and meal from the dedicated catering space located away from the celebration tent.

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Our experienced team of event managers will assist with navigating all aspects of planning and executing your unique celebration. Once your plan is set, our talented team will work with your vendors of choice, coordinating all the rehearsal and day-of details with a calm demeanor and smile, all while we pour our award winning wines for you and your guests to celebrate your union

Vendors We will assist you as you select vendors of your choice or our preferred vendors we have worked with and provide the utmost in quality services. We will coordinate all vendor deliveries and logistics of set-up, so you fully enjoy all the special moments of the day.

Bluebird Restaurant Specializing in Rehearsal Dinners. Our riverfront dining room is an ideal place for your event, from 10 – 60 people, year round (except January). We will make your event special, at a price that will certainly please you. Call 231-256-9081 and ask for Lynn.

103 River St Leland , MI 49654 231-256-2115 verterrawinery.com Ask about our Award Winning Wines Dry Reds, Whites, Sparkling & Hard Ciders Tasting Room & Event Manager Lindy Kellogg

Ceremony & Reception Capacity up to 300

Verterra is a place to come back to over the seasons to toast the many special moments of your lifetime together.


AN EXCEPTIONAL SETTING FOR YOUR EXTRAORDINARY DAY A new venue in a private, natural setting surrounded by pristine vineyards with vast views of Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan, The Ridge at Verterra Vineyards is a one-of-a-kind, out-of-the-way event location, minutes from Traverse City. Our experienced team will guide you in selecting local vendors and coordinating rehearsal, ceremony, and reception for a stress-free day. The Ridge provides a luxurious wedding lounge, indoor restrooms, catering area, and celebration spaces accomodating up to 300 guests.

Toast to your love with Verterra’s award winning wines in an unmatched vineyard setting!




Premier Floral Design

Elizabeth Blair


An enchanting convergence of quality and creativity

Add a touch of the extraordinary to your wedding with bouquets and centerpieces created just for your unique style and budget.

Bridal Pearls 115 W. Main Street | Harbor Springs, MI | 231.526.7500 westmainpearls.com | elizabethblair.com Member Cultured Pearl Association of America

800 Cottageview Drive, Suite 55, Traverse City 231.947.1167 | premierfloraldesign@yahoo.com

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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Modern Elopement No ladder or stiff courthouse ceremony required. The trendy new take on eloping is a romantic, intimate experience between the bride and groom and perhaps a few close friends and family. The serene beauty of a Northern Michigan winery is just the setting. TEXT BY ELIZABETH EDWARDS | PHOTOS BY NICK WISDA, NICKWISDA.COM

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A retro wine bar sets the mood for the ceremony. Event designer Meaghan Keck of Birch Affair, who orchestrated the shoot, terms the style vindustrial—vintage meets industrial. Thus the miniature truck holding an old tin can set on a cement wall. The bouquet is a wonderful medley of Northern Michigan hops, cabbage, blackberry vines, grape clusters (cut fresh from the vineyard) and, from downstate, hydrangea, ivy and mini melons. The flowers are paper, handmade by Keck.



intimate Elopement has its proper etiquette: paramount being a thoughtful wedding announcement to friends and family that makes them feel included in the new life you are building together. The hand-painted, water-colored announcements shown here are by Sable and Gray of Traverse City.

A cement tile-placement grounds the industrial side of the vindustrial theme, while the vintage place setting speaks for itself. The napkin is vintage too, but dyed using a natural golden rod dye, by a Detroit-based business called Color Wheel.

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Homestyle Catering at an Affordable Price Menus for all Occasions - Grill & Roaster Rentals No Distance Too Far

420 E. Prosper Road, Falmouth, Mi 49632 231.826.3333 - www.ebelsgeneralstore.com

Aurora Cellars Weddings

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Old World Charm in Leelanau Aurora Cellars Estate Wedding Package Farm tables, vineyard vistas and award winning wine for up to 300 guests. The estate rests gently near the vineyard on two level acres consisting of a charming three bedroom, two-bath Victorian farmhouse with a spacious patio. Aurora Cellars Terrace Wedding Package Now hosting weddings and rehearsal dinners for up to 100 guests offering an old world styled tasting room and lovely ceremony site overlooking the rolling hills of Leelanau County and the Aurora Vineyards.

Specializing in beachfront vacation rental cottages and Crystal Mountain resort homes for your out of town guests or romantic honeymoon.

1-888-326-2352 www.northernrental.net



Reservations & Information


7788 E Horn Road • Lake Leelanau, MI 49653 events@auroracellars.com

intimate Pale green and gilded macarons evoke the colors of harvest time at a winery—as do the freshly picked grapes from the vineyard. The soft vintage lace, found at a garage sale, contrasts with the cement candlestick holders.

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The bride’s hair and makeup are by M.O. Hair and Beauty Lounge in Traverse City. M.O. Hair, a certified Greencircle Salon, utilizes environmentally friendly practices. The paper for the gray flowers is from Paperworks Studio in Traverse City.


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Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites

A castle for your overnight stay Our Conference Room seats 25-30 and is a great place to have your catered rehearsal dinner or after wedding brunch. 3 miles from Castle Farms rated hotel in downtown Charlevoix Free breakfast and high speed WI-FI Largest seasonal outdoor heated pool • Indoor hot tubs and fireplaces 32" Flat screen TVs in all rooms Featuring Weathervane Wonderbeds with triple sheeted bedding Group discounts available Only

www.weathervane-chx.com • info@weathervane-chx.com 111 Pine River Ln., Charlevoix • 231.547.9955

Outdoor Weddings Lavabo Bathroom Trailers: where we can put your guests in comfort at your outdoor wedding or special event.

Houdek’s Bathroom Trailers for Outdoor Weddings & Special Events

231-256-PUMP • 231-256-9241 www.houdekspumping.com

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Event Designer | Meaghan Keck, Birch Affair, Venue, wine, cider and charcuterie board | Rove Winery, Traverse City, Photography | Nick Wisda, Howell, Models | Raquel Rockwood, Rockwood Art & Design; Michael Wahlstrom, Traverse City, Dress | One Oak Bride, Traverse City, Baguette and Pastries | Common Good Bakery, Traverse City, Gray-toned paper for flowers | Paperworks Studio, Traverse City, Bride’s Jewelry | Grammar, Traverse City, Wooden bow tie | Four Chamber Forge, Detroit, Leather travel bag | Gitche Gumee, Traverse City

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Made from paper flowers and preserved greenery, the hoop bouquet can be displayed on a wall for years to come.


An afternoon picnic sets the relaxed mood for the later low-key ceremony and dinner.

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Married UpNorth A young wife shares what it felt like to be married in her favorite place in the world—and then leave. MARIA LACROSS O'KORN

It was National Cherry Festival time in Northern Michigan, and I was the current Cherry Queen. Having just moved to Traverse City for his first tour of duty, my now-husband Jim purchased a newspaper to get a sense of what his newfound community was all about. According to the legend of what has now become the story of how we met, Jim opened the newspaper, looked at my picture on the front page and said to himself, “I’m going to marry that girl.” After meeting during a chance encounter one evening two years later, I knew very quickly that, indeed, I was going to marry this man. After Jim dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him with the water of Tahquamenon Falls roaring in the background, my brother Ben and sister-in-law Kelsey held an engagement party to celebrate. As part of the entertainment for the celebration, Kelsey asked us a series of questions related to our relationship and our upcoming nuptials. One question she asked Jim was: “What is Maria’s biggest non-negotiable for the wedding?” His answer: “That we get married in Northern Michigan.” Northern Michigan is a part of me: a significant aspect of my identity has been that of a small-town girl raised amidst the rolling hills and fragrant blooms of our cherry orchards. The ideals garnered from my upbringing in Leelanau County gave me a sense of groundedness that comes from the humble, hard-working family, friends, and neighbors by whom I was surrounded. To many of us who live here, it’s a place unlike any other; a place so cherished that leaving would be unfathomable. Jim realized quickly how much of my identity was connected to this area, and as we fell more deeply in love, it began to mean something very precious to him as well. Our love grew while hiking in the woods behind his house in Holiday Hills; cuddling together during the many snowy months; renovating a home on Tenth Street; and navigating the beautiful terrain of the UP on camping adventures. When I look back at the nascent moments of our relationship, the background of it all is the brilliant, clear sky and the serene, restorative waters of Northern Michigan that allowed us to feel at peace with each other. The substantial, rooted earth we were traversing gave us permission to open up and truly uncover our genuine selves to each other, and we wanted our wedding guests to feel the incredible connection of people and place that only Northern Michigan can provide. I never anticipated that falling in love would inevitably take me from the place that has shaped me, but life’s journey often leads in unexpected directions. Jim’s commitment as an officer in the US Coast Guard meant that marrying him would necessitate that I uproot my life and move with him throughout his career. The conflictedness I felt about this reality presented a significant stumbling block in our otherwise solid relationship.

Marrying Jim meant I would be leaving almost everything I’ve known and loved—my family, my friends, and my dream job teaching high school English. Before we met and fell in love, the idea of living anywhere other than in this magnificent community seemed absurd. However, while my love for my native homeland ran deep, my love for this man eclipsed my desire to stay in Northern Michigan, with one stipulation: after our time in the Coast Guard is complete, we will move back to raise our family. With this understanding and with trust that we would be able to navigate the challenges of life in the military together, we looked to the future and began planning our special day. Our wedding would fall on a mild day in late June, just two weeks before we were scheduled to move to New Jersey. That meant that not only would this be a celebration of our union, but also a farewell to the people and place I hold so incredibly dear. Additionally, many of Jim’s military friends and his family from Ohio had never been to Northern Michigan, so we were determined that our celebration would reflect the beauty, dignity, and spirit of this remarkable area and our connection to it as a couple. With picturesque landscapes at nearly every bend in the road, we felt compelled to hold our reception on the shoreline of Leelanau County’s fresh waters. While solidifying our union within the Catholic Church was our first priority for our wedding, an evening in the fresh air was what we wanted to follow such a beautiful, sacred event. Therefore, my family’s lakefront property on south Lake Leelanau would serve as our reception venue: the same waters in which I learned to swim would provide the backdrop for our memorable night. Logistically, holding our wedding reception on our own property meant starting from the ground up, securing the necessary vendors to ensure a tremendous evening for all. Living in a close-knit community causes the roles of the people we know to change with events and seasons in our lives. Being connected to people in this area helped us to utilize the creativity and expertise of many: a former student of mine helped to masterfully coordinate our wedding; a family friend and neighbor was the priest who counseled us as we prepared for our marriage and also celebrated our nuptial mass; a fellow Coast Guard pilot assisted in conducting a thrilling helicopter flyover as we exited Holy Rosary Church. Two years later, our friends and family still reflect on our wedding day with fond appreciation for what it meant to everyone— Northern Michigan residents and newcomers alike. While it was one of our last days as residents, it was a day Jim and I will carry with us, with gratitude for the place and the people who have truly shaped our marriage. To us, Northern Michigan is the place where we met, fell in love and married, and we feel fortunate to always be able to say it is where our story began.

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The woods behind the enchanting Village at Grand Traverse Commons—where the couple had so often hiked and shared their innermost thoughts—was where Max Steinbauer proposed to Nicole Martell, the love of his life. In the presence of a hundred beloved guests, Nicole and Max were wed on June 10, 2017, in the picturesque village of Lake Ann, on the outskirts of Traverse City. The ceremony took place under an open-air pavilion at the Lake Ann Township Park and included a sand-unity ritual. The bride carried a bouquet of silk hydrangeas and vintage jewelry donated from family and friends and made by her mother, Jill Hayes. The reception in the charming Lake Ann Township Hall included a buffet dinner and an evening of dancing and laughter. The couple wishes to express their gratitude to the family and friends who assisted in decorating and set-up of the hall. For more on this wedding: MyNorth.com/WeddingAnnouncementSteinbauer

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On August 5, 2017, nearly 200 guests attended the outdoor wedding of Alexandra Snable and Christopher Cerk in Maple City, Michigan. In the spring of 2016, Chris proposed to Lexie, at the Mission Point Lighthouse at the end of beautiful Old Mission Peninsula. Friends and family made this Northern Michigan couple’s day extra-special by sharing their time and talents—participating in every detail from flower and cake designs to handcrafted signs, venue set-up and photography. Other friends shuttled guests in golf carts from their cars to the festivities. The bride was driven to the ceremony in a vintage automobile! For more on this wedding: MyNorth.com/WeddingAnnouncementCerk

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Ben Watson proposed to Rachel Dorie atop breathtaking Pyramid Point in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The setting was perfect for the high school sweethearts who were both raised in Northern Michigan. The couple was united in marriage on September 16, 2017, at Traverse City’s Hagerty Center. Grand Traverse Bay made a perfect backdrop for their outdoor ceremony on the center’s grounds. Afterward, the 170 close friends and family in attendance were ushered inside to the waterfront reception room to enjoy a lovely buffet dinner prepared by the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. A lively, fun night of dancing fueled by pizza and raspberry mousse closed out the evening. For more on this wedding: MyNorth.com/WeddingAnnouncementWatson

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With a romantic Maui engagement (sunrise at Haleakala National Park) to launch their life together, Annette Niergarth and Cody Pattison headed to their home state to be wed. With 160 of the couple’s closest friends and family members looking on, Annette married Cody on October 7, 2017, at the renovated historic Starry Night Barn in Suttons Bay, Michigan. The non-traditional ceremony took place in the tree-fringed field behind the barn and included the tying of a fisherman’s knot to symbolize the couple’s unity. A light autumn rain held off long enough for the ceremony and pictures to be completed, and for guests to enjoy cocktails and yard games. As falling rain hummed on the barn’s metal roof, the bridal party and guests enjoyed an intimate evening that moved from dinner to dancing beneath the ancient rafters. For more on this wedding: MyNorth.com/WeddingAnnouncementPattison

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Chelsea Lajko & Layton Boeve SEPTEMBER 3, 2017



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Happily Ever After in Northern Michigan A former National Cherry Queen and her prince of a guy are wed in the land they love. TEXT BY ELIZABETH EDWARDS | PHOTOS BY POP MOD PHOTO, POPMODPHOTO.ORG

Venue | Elberta Life Saving Station, Elberta, Photography | Pop Mod Photo, Flint, Flowers | Hooper’s Farm Gardens, Traverse City, Catering | Catering By Kelly’s, Williamsburg, Cake | Emma Lajko, Rehearsal Dinner | The Hotel Frankfort, Frankfort, Guest Lodging | Harbor Lights Resort, Frankfort, Wedding Gown | To Have and To Hold, Traverse City, Hair & Makeup Stylist | Alissa Levandoski, Traverse City

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helsea and Layton were both born and raised in the Traverse City area—though since they attended different high schools and he is two years older, they never met. They both left for college, they both traveled, he lived in Washington, D.C., for a couple of years. They both knew the world has a lot of spectacular places but none quite like Northern Michigan. She came back first, in 2014, to run for the title of National Cherry Queen. She won and represented Northern Michigan’s storied cherry industry for a year. Layton got a job in oil exploration and moved back a year or so later. Layton doesn’t gush about it or anything, but he does cut right to the point. Soon after moving back he walked into a party that a friend had invited him to and locked eyes with a young woman sitting across the room on a sofa.

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It was Chelsea and it was love at first sight—for both of them. It didn’t take long before they both knew they wanted a life together. And they wanted it in Northern Michigan. He popped the question at the bench at Clay Cliffs, a scenic conservancy tract near Leland that overlooks Lake Michigan where they’d gone on one of their first dates. Layton planned the proposal for a February day, set after Valentine's Day and before Chelsea’s birthday on March 2—he didn’t want to confuse any holidays with this special day! Not only did he want to surprise her, but he wanted her parents there ahead of time, hiding in the trees, so they could take pictures. Pulling it off, however, took some doing because, as Layton says, Chelsea doesn’t miss much. “She is very intuitive and she was also a psychology major. I had to have her parents under false names in my phone.” Whether she had an inkling or not didn’t matter. Chelsea was beyond thrilled. So the search for the perfect venue began. It didn’t take long to realize that if they were married on a Sunday they’d have more options, and the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend meant their out-of-town guests would have an extra day before they had to get back to work ...

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Then, almost by chance, Chelsea heard about the Elberta Life Saving Station in the teeny, tiny town of Elberta, just south of Frankfort. Were the grounds roomy enough for a 200+ ceremony and reception? Check. Was the venue by the water? It is on Betsie Lake, which flows into Lake Michigan just a beachwalk away. So, check. Was it available on Sunday, September 3, 2017? Check, again. Did it have that extra, romantic something? Yes, in spades. The renovated 19th-century building exudes vintage nautical style. The adjacent town of Frankfort was ground central for the festivities. Many of the out-of-town guests stayed at the historic Hotel Frankfort or down the street at the Harbor Lights Resort—lodging that put them close to beaches, shops, hiking trails and the ever-beloved Stormcloud Brewing Company. As their friends and family looked on, Chelsea and Layton were married on the Life Saving Station’s lawn, just steps away from the deep-blue waters of

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