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As a lifelong Michigander, it always feels amazing when we get to welcome springtime. But who knew it was going to be at the end of February?! Lucky for you, the milder climate was the ultimate inspiration for producing this incredible Spring 2024 issue of nearlywed!

For those of you getting married this year, congratulations — it’s finally here! Some of you have had short and quick engagements; some of you have had long ones where it seemed like the calendar would never say 2-0-2-4. But this is your year, and we are all so excited for you! As you get into those last few months and weeks of planning, be sure to check out our Resources section on nearlywed.com, as we have done most of the legwork for you with the last-minute details, specifically “Getting Your Marriage License in Michigan” and “How to Legally Change Your Name.” We also have helpful guides for the day of, including “How to Plan Your Wedding Day Timeline” and “What to Tip Your Vendors.”

For those of you recently engaged and just starting to plan, we welcome you to visit nearlywed.com to learn even more about the amazing wedding professionals you will find in this magazine. Whether it’s viewing their image galleries on their individual directory pages or reading custom blogs written specifically about each of them, you are sure to get to know them in a way no other resource allows, making choosing your vendors easy for you. Because wedding planning should be fun — and easy!

While you’re on the site, be sure to sign up for our weekly e-newsletters for middle-of-the-week inspiration and helpful tips. And for those of you following and loving our socials, we see you out there and we appreciate you! We love all your likes, shares, and comments as your incredible instant feedback

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Lastly, I want to say thank you to all the couples and vendors that supported the launch of nearlywed last fall. We were able to share our publication with thousands of brides and grooms at Michigan bridal shows over the past few months, and it was amazing to see the positive reactions from everyone. Additionally, you made our magazine one of Barnes & Noble’s best sellers of the year here in Michigan, as well as all the other newsstands where you graciously purchased our first issue. Thank you all so much; your support inspires us to continue putting out the best content and resources for wedding planning in Michigan!

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Nearlywed.com is your new online resource for planning your Michigan wedding. Resources, articles, real weddings, and more will provide you with everything you need to feel inspired throughout your engagement. Our robust vendor directory will connect you with the wedding professionals you need locally to make your wedding dreams a reality. Use the filtering tool to narrow down your search and find exactly what you need within seconds. Daily blogs provide fresh content regularly for expert advice and clear direction. Real weddings — with vendor resources — will not only spark your vision, but also tell you exactly where to go and who to call to fulfill the look for your wedding. Our goal with everything we do is to inspire, excite, educate, and connect you with the best professionals for your dream day!

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Welcome to the second issue of nearlywed — we’re so glad you’re here! Whether you’re at day one of your wedding planning journey or getting married next week, this issue is filled with ideas, inspiration, and resources for planning your one-of-a-kind celebration.

For this issue, we found inspiration in the glorious Michigan summers we all live for: long, sun-soaked days, fields of colorful wildflowers, and brilliant sunsets over a crystal blue lake. Michigan is rich in spectacular scenery, and in our opinion it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world to get married. Turn to our Real Weddings (starting on page 86), and you’ll see what we’re talking about. From the splendor of the Detroit Institute of Arts to the glittering shores of Walloon Lake, we bring you more than 40 pages of weddings that showcase what the state has to offer.

We’ve also curated a stunning array of stories to inspire your wedding celebration. Our cover shoot (page 70) shines a bright light on some truly spectacular jewelry and manicures, and the sleek, minimal gowns and separates in this issue’s fashion story (page 48) prove that less is more. In Something New (page 18), we hit the water with Retro Boat Rentals, introduce you to wedding content creator The Brunette Chick, spotlight some of the most unique new venues in the state, and more. To help you plan your picture-perfect bouquet, we asked four local floral experts for their favorite blooms for each season (page 34). And if all this talk of summer has you dreaming of the beach for your honeymoon, you’ll find some of the world’s most swoonworthy destinations in our travel story (page 40).

Wherever you are in your planning journey, we’re honored you chose us to be your guide. And we hope this issue helps make your wedding dreams come true.

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Lians Jadan strives to capture exceptional moments with grace and creativity. He is an internationally recognized photographer whose work has appeared in Prim , BG , Graphis , and VogueItalia.com. His clients include Alfa Romeo, Apple, Audi, CBS, Chrysler, Fender, Sony, and others. He is an American Photography Awards winner, was shortlisted for the Communication Arts Photography Awards, and was named to Lürzer’s Archive’s Top 200 Photographers.

With more than a decade of experience photographing weddings all over the globe, Niki Marie Taylor has mastered the delicate balance of anticipating and capturing the beauty of once-in-a-lifetime moments while guiding couples to achieve authentic images they will cherish for a lifetime.

Michelle Cuppy is a wife, mother, and fashion photographer based in Los Angeles and Grand Rapids. Beyond the world of fashion, Michelle has earned recognition for her editorial photography, which seamlessly blends storytelling with imagination. Her love of art and nature is infused into her work and made evident in her innovative use of color and light to transport the viewer into her world. Beyond the world of photography, she also loves traveling, reading, and spending every possible minute being outdoors.

Meaghan Chiesa, owner of Birch Affair, is a visual stylist and art director based in Detroit. Specializing in brand, product, and flat lay styling, Meaghan creates visual scenes that evoke feelings, memories, and experiences. With her work, she tells visual stories through curated styling. Spring

Angela Flynn has been writing about weddings for the last decade, telling the stories of dozens of couples, vendors, and venues. She has a Master of Arts in journalism from New York University. Her work has been published in Rolling Stone, Woman’s Day, HOUR Detroit, and Metro Detroit Weddings

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Making Waves

With more than 3,000 miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes and thousands of inland lakes within the state’s borders, boating holds a special place in the hearts of Michiganders. Former WZZM 13 anchor and current Saugatuck mayor, Lauren Stanton, is no different.

A longtime Saugatuck resident, Stanton and her husband own and operate Retro Boat Rentals, a boat rental service that offers pontoon boats, duffy boats, donut boats, and vintage boats for rent in West Michigan. The duo was inspired to launch the business when a “for lease” sign appeared on a longvacant, waterfront property in 2016.

“My husband and I had fun brainstorming ideas [for the property] and landed on the Retro Boats concept — saving vintage boats from landfills and making them an eco-friendly, stylish, affordable option for people to enjoy the waterways of Saugatuck,” she says. The idea quickly grew into a passion, and in 2018 Stanton left her career in media to operate the business full time.

Since then, the Retro Boat Rentals fleet of meticulously maintained, rare, and classic Fiberglass boats from the 1950s and 1960s has grown to include five vintage stunners with delightfully throwback names like “Ruby,” “Gladys,” and “Beverly.” With their big fins, headlights, chrome details, and vibrant color combinations, the boats aren’t just popular with vintage enthusiasts — they’re also picture perfect for weddings. From proposals and engagement shoots to bachelorette parties and post-wedding photos, the boats have been a hit with Michigan couples.

“It’s so fun to be a part of a couple’s big day,” Stanton says. “Customers have rented our boats to have a really special arrival to their wedding, whether it’s a bride and bridesmaids, the whole wedding party, or a bride and her father. Stepping out of a vintage boat onto a dock to ‘walk the aisle’ to their outdoor wedding is just a beautiful and unique photo op.”

To learn more visit retroboatrentals.com.

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With a focus on inclusivity, Wed Company Wedding Wear in Grand Rapids offers a body positive environment and an accessible, barrier-free shopping experience for brides of all kinds. Whether you’re traditional, goth, femme, masc, trans, or non-binary, Wed Company’s range of designers has something for everyone. Their unique selection of wedding wear and accessories — including designers like Amorétalla, Renee Grace Bridal, ZB Couture, and more — is sourced almost exclusively from independent American designers who sustainably manufacture in the United States. The only exception to their American-made business model is cult favorite Millia of London — Wed Company is the exclusive U.S. stockist for this couture collection coveted by brides around the world.

To learn more visit wedcompanygr.com.

Flower Power Good Company

Ifyou’re in downtown Traverse City this summer, you may see a bright yellow cargo bike out and about making flower deliveries or selling bouquets at local events.

Known as The Flower Petaler, this unique flower bike was inspired by florist Libby Hogan’s travels to Copenhagen. “I love our cargo bike — it’s a Christiania Bike, a really lovely Danish producer of bikes,” says Hogan, who owns floral design studio Lilies of the Alley. “I visited Copenhagen in 2021 and the bike commuter culture there was very inspiring, as is Danish floral design with great minds like Nikolai Bergmann and Tage Andersen.”

With The Flower Petaler, Hogan has brought that ethos to Northern Michigan, highlighting the walkable and bikeable coastal tourist town she calls home. “We use The Flower Petaler for flower deliveries in downtown Traverse City during the warm months, which is great to promote how bikeable our city is, not only for commuting but also transporting goods, and it really gets the community engaged,” she says. “The Flower Petaler always turns a lot of heads when we petal/pedal downtown.”

The bike has also caught the eye of the wedding world, with a couple reaching out to book the bike for a fun activity for their welcome party. Each guest at the party was able to select from an assortment of locally grown blooms as Hogan and her team created petite bouquets on-demand. “It was super fun,” Hogan says. “ We got to chat with guests about the beautiful bounty of flowers Northern Michigan has

to offer during the late-summer months, sharing the stories of our local flower farmers that we cherish so much and work with closely throughout the year.”

To learn more visit liliesofthealley.com.

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Q&A: The Brunette Chick

What is a Wedding Content Creator — and should you consider booking one for your wedding? Here we chat with Rachelle Calabria, the creative force behind The Brunette Chick, about the ins and outs of wedding content creation.

How did you get your start in Wedding Content Creation?

When I started The Brunette Chick in July 2023, Wedding Content Creation was not new. Many talented creators had already established their footing within this industry, but no one existed for my Ohio and Michigan brides. I decided it was time to step up. I have always had a passion for social media and photography, so this quickly became the best of both worlds.

Early on, I was unsure how I would have the opportunity to showcase my talents without any experience or bookings. I owe it all to my friend and the incredible photographer, Alan Chavez. He believed in my vision and allowed me to tag along to a few of his weddings to get my business off the ground, and I am forever grateful for that opportunity.

For couples who might not know, can you explain what a Wedding Content Creator does?

In the WCC world, we like to refer to ourselves as your BTS bestie or personal paparazzi. And that is exactly what I do and who I am. I am by your side all day long capturing the raw, candid moments from a behind-the-scenes POV. I use a WCC-dedicated device (at the moment an iPhone 15 Pro Max) along with a few other pieces of equipment to really enhance the content you receive and your overall experience. I am fully immersed in your day and make it my mission and utmost priority to not miss a single moment, so you get to experience it all over and over again within 48-hours of me leaving your side.

What are the most important things for couples to know if they’re interested in working with a Wedding Content Creator?

I want my clients to know that the Wedding Content Creation process is fully customizable and unique to you and your day. Selecting a package is the easiest part, and we strategize from there. Your bridal vision is representative of your aesthetic, personality, venue, etc., and I want to emulate that in what I capture. So, what does that mean exactly? We will have the opportunity to share ideas and outline the process to best suit your day-of needs. I heavily prioritize one-on-one calls with my clients so that we can make the most of our time spent together.

Like I mentioned earlier, I’m your BTS bestie. Send me ideas, DM your TikTok and Reel inspo, all of it. I want to know your love story, why you chose the venue, what makes your wedding unique, moments that mean the most to you, what’s causing you stress or adding chaos, and beyond.

How many weddings/events do you cover in a typical year, and how far in advance should couples book?

Typically, I have averaged at least three to four weddings or events a month. While my books are open for 2024, dates are going fast with several inquiries pending for 2025.

So, I’d recommend connecting with a WCC once you determine if content creation is right for you. This will provide the opportunity to connect with your Wedding Content Creator, establish a relationship, and determine if you’d like to solidify the booking process with a contract. I’d like to

mention that WCCs are not only covering weddings exclusively. I personally include Digital Vendor Marketing as part of my offerings. This gives businesses and vendors the opportunity to receive BTS content for their own personal social media pages and websites.

What do you enjoy most about being a Wedding Content Creator? The most enjoyable part of being a Wedding Content Creator is having the opportunity to freeze time through my work. My clients are hand-selecting me to capture moments that they will get to relive over and over again; that is a truly remarkable concept to grasp. While I play such a small role in a huge day, they’re relying on my lens to capture their authentic selves. I absolutely love it, and never take that opportunity for granted. I am equally as grateful for the relationships I have created with other WCCs across the globe. It is such a special community full of talent, passion, and total boss babes.

Is there anything else you would like couples to know about working with a Wedding Content Creator?

I tell all of my couples and cannot stress it enough: WCCs are not videographers. My content does not replicate what a videographer can create for you, and vice-versa. That is the beauty behind it all. Their perspective, the product, it is all so uniquely different. So, please don’t go into the vendorselection process of the mind that you will pick one over the other. We both play such a special role in your day. I once attended a wedding with two photographers, three videographers, and myself — we all worked so seamlessly together but each brought such a different experience to the table. It’s one of my favorite collaborations to-date.

To learn more visit @thebrunettechick on Instagram.

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Creative Spaces

For couples who want to curate a one-of-a-kind experience for their wedding, these new, multifaceted venues — each with a distinct personality — are guaranteed to provide the perfect home for an unforgettable celebration.

Book Tower (booktowerdetroit.com) in Detroit is a must-see downtown destination. One of the most iconic buildings in the city’s skyline, Book Tower was designed by architect Louis Kamper and originally opened in 1926. Today, the landmark 38-story building has been lovingly restored and renovated to include luxury residences; Roost, an apartment-style hotel; a vibrant collection of restaurants for all palates, including Le Suprême, a French brasserie that The New York Times called a “portal to Paris;” and some of the most beautiful event space the city has to offer. At Book Tower, couples will find everything they need for an unforgettable wedding weekend — all under one roof.

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The Millhaven (themillhaven.com) is so much more than an event space. Located in Marshall and housed in an 1896 granary mill and factory complete with a grain elevator, The Millhaven offers a European-inspired garden center, gourmet market and gifting boutique, a café serving delectable lunch and dinner menus, and two unique event spaces for gatherings up to 250 guests. Founded by Jennifer Ederer — the creative mind behind luxury bed & breakfast and event venue, Greencrest Manor, and floral and event design studio, Modern Day Collective — every perfectly crafted detail at The Millhaven has a sense of artistry and eclectic charm.

Bookish couples will fall in love with Flyleaf (flyleafgrp.com), an intimate bookstore, bar and café in Grosse Pointe. While not a traditional wedding venue, the second floor Reading Room is a private space that accommodates small gatherings of up to 12 guests. With shelves of books to browse and a menu that includes elevated small plates, literary house cocktails and an exceptional wine collection, Flyleaf is a sophisticated destination for small bachelorette parties, bridal showers, or micro wedding celebrations.

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London Calling

Audio guest books are a trend we love — so it goes without saying that we are obsessed with the London Phone Booth audio guest book available through Mammoth! Party. Styled to look like a classic British phone booth with a vintage rotary phone, it’s available in either black or white to match your wedding décor and includes unlimited message recording, a personalized voicemail greeting, audiograms with custom photo, and the ability to listen to and download all messages online. It’s fun, interactive, and an absolutely darling photo op. Our tip if you’re booking Mammoth! Party’s audio guest book for your big day? Make sure to take a minute during the busy wedding day to leave a sweet message for your partner to listen to on your first anniversary.

To learn more visit mammothparty.com.

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Gather Round

Say Cheese GR crafts custom charcuterie boards meant to be savored together

In spring 2020, while the world was reeling from a pandemic, Chesley Thorn was looking to break out of corporate America and find a career that would allow her to spend more time with her young daughter. After getting furloughed from her sales job, Thorn was inspired to start her own business crafting custom charcuterie boards.

“I found myself with all this extra time,” she says. “After making a board for my family for Easter in 2020, I had the idea to start a business doing just that — making cheese boards and delivering them around Grand Rapids. I officially launched my Instagram on April 18, 2020, and it completely took off! … I really had no idea what I had just started.”

With Say Cheese GR, Thorn creates beautiful and fully customized charcuterie boards for weddings and special events, serving Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas. Despite starting the business during a pandemic, Say Cheese GR was an immediate success, with more than 30 orders coming in for Mother’s Day only a few weeks after launch. Since then, the business has grown, and Thorn has expanded to offering workshops where she teaches others how to style their own charcuterie boards.

Say Cheese GR offers a wide range of options — from individual charcuterie cups to a grazing table for more than 200 people. Thorn doesn’t offer a menu of food items; instead, she sends clients a questionnaire asking for their food preferences, allergies, and any specific requests. This feedback allows Thorn to create fully unique experiences for each client — although her most frequently requested item, Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese, is often included. Thorn also loves to incorporate a variety of seasonal fruit on each board, as well as a flavorful nut, like garlic and herb almonds. “The combination of savory and sweet is the best,” she says.

Thorn is grateful for the trust her clients place in her as they plan their events, and she loves knowing that her work has been part of so many people’s important life moments.

“I think of my work as conversation starters, the type of thing that brings people together. I really don’t take this lightly,” she says. “I know that people are spending their hard-earned money on my services, and it’s important that I deliver.”

To learn more and enjoy your own custom charcuterie board, visit saycheesegr.com.

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Face Time

For grooms, healthy, radiant skin is the year’s biggest trend

As our culture becomes increasingly focused on health and wellness, one of the biggest trends in the wedding world is prioritizing self-care and skincare — for the groom. More men than ever are booking facials, rejuvenating treatments, and other services to ensure they look and feel their best on the big day. Here we chat with Nicole Gregory, founder and CEO of Urban You — a leader in aesthetic care and accessibility with four locations across Michigan — about this growing trend and how to ensure healthy, radiant skin on your wedding day.

More men than ever are prioritizing their self-care leading up to the big day. What are some of the services you recommend for grooms?

We at Urban You know that the world of med spa services can be intimidating.

That’s why we created the Men’s Menu, which makes it easy to find the most popular men’s med spa services, learn about them, and book appointments. We highly recommend CoolSculpting to remove unwanted fat, “BroTox” to rewind any unwanted signs of aging, and Juvéderm Volux jaw filler for any guy who wants his jawline to be more defined on his big day.

How far in advance of the wedding should groom’s schedule those treatments?

While some services, like Juvéderm filler, provide immediate results, others take multiple treatment sessions before optimal results are achieved. We recommend booking CoolSculpting, Botox, and Laser treatments one to three months in advance to ensure the desired results by a groom’s big day.

When it comes to maintaining a skincare routine — before and after the wedding day — what products do you recommend specifically for men?

The most essential products in any skincare routine are a high-quality moisturizer, cleanser, and sunscreen. These three products will protect the skin from harmful UV rays, cleanse it of any debris or grime, and hydrate to maintain a healthy look. Because we know skincare can be intimidating for anyone, but especially men, we’ve created The Men’s Box. It’s the perfect basic skincare routine that gets delivered right to your door and includes medical grade products from SkinMedica: the Rejuvenative Moisturizer, Facial Cleanser, and Essential Defense Everyday Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 47 Sunscreen.

What’s your most important piece of selfcare advice for a groom leading up to his wedding day?

Other than taking the time to appreciate your big day and soak up the love before your wedding, our most important piece of self-care advice for a groom-to-be is to prioritize skin health. From using medical grade skincare products at home to investing in rejuvenating services, we encourage grooms everywhere to start the newest chapter of their life with healthy, radiant skin. Not only will this ensure that you look great in your wedding photos, but using high-quality skincare products can help to protect your skin for years to come.

To learn more and order The Men’s Box (new customers automatically save 20 percent on their first purchase), visit theurbanyou.com.

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Home Sweet Home

Four Michigan boutiques that help turn your newlywed house into a home

One of the most exciting parts of getting married is that it marks the beginning of a new life together. Registering for your wedding means choosing home goods — a new place setting, luxurious bedding, or even furniture — that signify a new chapter in your relationship. Our favorite way to find items that are unique is by scouring boutique home stores throughout the state. Here’s a look at four independent boutiques from across Michigan to help you find the pieces that speak to your personality and style.

Primi Piatti Market

Since spring 2011, Monica Bisignano Zamler’s passion for Italy and its culture has come to life in her storefront, Primi Piatti. The chef and buyer established the Birmingham shop to serve as a destination for all things Italian, including imported handmade ceramics, table linens, Murano glass, and other cookware. “Each piece is individually handmade by artisans,” explains Zamler, who visits Italy several times a year to source her store’s offerings. “Some are in traditional Italian designs while others are of modern and contemporary designs.” Couples can create a wedding registry of unique handmade Italian wares, cookware, pasta-making tools, Mokas (stovetop coffee makers) as well as place settings, silverware, napkins, tablecloths, drinkware, and serving pieces. “Our couples’ friends and families enjoy buying a special piece that is sure to become a family heirloom,” Zamler says. The store also doubles as an Italian market, so gift buyers can scoop up authentic Italian foods (fresh pasta, sauces, meatballs, lasagna, and other prepared foods, as well as a full line of Italian cured meats, cheeses, and groceries) and tableware — all made in-house or imported from Italy.

550 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248.566.3353; primipiatti.com

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Commune

Walk into Commune and everywhere you look is a vignette that inspires you to update your home. For nearlyweds, it’s the perfect place to go for inspo on decorating your home as a married couple. “Commune’s muse and inspiration comes from a passion for travel and the feel of the Mediterranean — whitewashed buildings and sun-drenched alleyways,” says owner Megan Modderman of the décor inside. “It’s California cool.” That edgy, clean, modern aesthetic influences what Modderman fills her Grand Rapids shop with, including a carefully curated selection of home offerings. Things such as champagne coupe glasses, unique marble charcuterie boards, throw pillows, candles, and coffee table books are layered throughout the store. “A couple at the beginning stages of creating their home would be able to find the most gorgeous modern glassware to make their bar area the envy of their friends,” Modderman says. The quaint shop expanded into a new space in the East Hills neighborhood of the Uptown district of Grand Rapids in October 2022. It’s location in East Hills sets it amongst other unique boutiques, cocktail lounges, and restaurants, making it a destination couples won’t want to miss.

954 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids; instagram.com/commune_gr

Modern Supply

Cutler’s

A short drive from downtown Detroit sits home store Modern Supply. When owners Amy Lalich and Tara de Boer opened the Royal Oak store in 2021, their goal was to seamlessly blend their native Michigan experiences and urban influences with the Midwestern charm the state is known for. And Modern Supply, which is launching a wedding registry this year, has more than succeeded in that. The bright and airy space highlights beautifully curated offerings for the home — everything from handmade enameled stoneware and 100 percent cotton Turkish bath towels to coffee table books and cocktail glasses. “Our items are all thoughtfully curated with a focus on sustainability,” Lalich says. “We strive to slow things down and bring long-lasting, beautiful, functional items to our customers’ lives.”

28822 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248.629.9467; modern-supply.co

Cutler’s, a boutique home goods store that’s been a Michigan staple since 1965, sits at the corner of Lake and Howard streets in the historic gaslight district of downtown Petoskey. The original store was opened in Harbor Springs by Bill and Jutta Cutler, who eventually expanded the store to its current Petoskey location. Since its move to the historic space in the 1980s, the home store has provided Michigan homeowners the best in kitchen wares, home décor, dinnerware, and more. Cutler’s is organized with one area showcasing tabletop from Juliska, Vietri, Nambe, Waterford, William Yeoward, Simon Pearce, Michael Aram, and more. The other side of the store highlights Cutler’s’ kitchen department, which boasts gadgets, cookware, appliances, and cutlery from high-end brands such as Smeg, Viking, Wusthof, Shun, Global, Henckels, Le Creuset, Staub, and Breville. Cutler’s’ wedding registry allows couples to outfit their new home with everything they need. And with shipping available across the U.S., gift giving is easy and seamless.

216 Howard St., Petoskey; 231.347.0341; cutlersonline.com

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Love Stories

Sharon Fleurissaint of Pretty Petal Papers creates invitations as unique as the couples who inspire them

When Sharon Fleurissaint, owner and designer of Pretty Petal Papers, started planning her own wedding, she had a problem. “When I got engaged in 2015, I had the hardest time finding an invitation design that matched my vision for my big day.”

With a degree in apparel design and merchandising from Central Michigan University and nearly 15 years of experience in the apparel industry, Fleurissaint’s nowhusband suggested she take matters into her own hands.

“I decided to design our wedding invitations to create exactly what I envisioned,” she says. “I fell in love with designing wedding invitations and other stationery, and I

also realized that other brides may be experiencing the same struggles. I decided to create Pretty Petal Papers to help couples find a design they’ll love, for the day they will always remember.”

Since then, Fleurissaint has collaborated with couples across the country to create custom wedding stationery that’s a reflection of their unique love stories. For Brittany and Harrison Little’s October 2023 Charleston, S.C. wedding, Fleurissaint created a vintage newspaper-inspired suite to share their story with their guests.

“The design process started with Brittany telling me all about the newspaper-style invitations she wanted,”

Fleurissaint says. “She wanted them to be unique, tell a story, and incorporate a photo of them from their engagement shoot. We wanted to make sure it folded perfectly just like a real newspaper. She also told me about her love for incorporating vintage details and how she would love to have it wrapped in twine. Some of my favorite details are the vintage fonts we incorporated, the stunning photo of them from their engagement session, as well as the custom map of Charleston I designed for them. These unique details truly made these custom invitations oneof-a-kind and unlike anything I’ve ever created before. I loved

being able to bring their vision to life.”

For Fleurissaint, bringing her clients’ visions to life and creating meaningful stationery is what she loves most about her work with Pretty Petal Papers.

“Our joy lies not only in delivering meticulously crafted invitations but also in witnessing the cherished moments of the couple’s big day through the photos they graciously share with us,” she says. “Their satisfaction is our ultimate reward, and we take pride in being a part of their journey towards a beautiful beginning.”

To learn more visit prettypetalpapers.com.

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Flowers for Every Season

Whether your wedding is at the peak of summer or during snowy mid-winter, four Michigan florists share their favorite flowers for your celebration

With so many beautiful blooms to choose from, picking the perfect flowers for your wedding can seem a bit daunting. Here, we ask four Michigan experts — Ashley Brunette of Brunette Blossoms, Rachel Chaffee of Eastern Floral, Josephine Brown of Michigan Flower Barn, and Libby Hogan of Lilies of the Alley — for their favorite flowers for all four seasons.

Winter

White Anemone

“White anemones are iconic in the winter,” says Libby Hogan, owner of Lilies of the Alley in Traverse City. “The deepcolored center adds the perfect amount of contrast and drama to a bouquet or arrangement. If monochromatic is more your speed, Anemone the Bride is a variety with white petals and a pale green center that’s also gorgeous.”

White Scabiosa

Hogan also loves white scabiosa for winter because “it’s a wonderful, fluffy flower. It’s a pure white, not cream or ivory, and has the most romantic shape. It’s reminiscent of a fluffy snowfall.”

Amaryllis

With grand, trumpet-shaped blooms in shades of red and pink, amaryllis is “the perfect holiday winter flower,” says Rachel Chaffee of Eastern Floral in Grand Rapids.

Hellebore

While also popular in the spring, Chaffee loves hellebore for winter because of the bloom’s “perfect, moody colors — mauve, dark purple, green and white.”

Roses

Roses are a classic wedding flower for a reason. “Nothing beats a good red in a winter wedding color palette,” Hogan says. “I love a black pearl rose for a deep, rich red or a piano garden rose for a softer, more delicate red. Think classic, but with a modern touch.” If red isn’t in your winter wedding color palette, roses come in so many colors you will find one that works with your aesthetic. Ashley Brunette, owner and creative director of Metro Detroitbased Brunette Blossoms, suggests Westminster Abbey roses for a champagne blush hue or Quicksand roses for “the perfect mauve/ brown/blush color.”

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Spring

Peonies

Brunette has crowned the peony the Queen of the Spring. “Her beauty is unmatched by any other statement bloom in the spring,” she says. “Peonies are a showstopper and you only need a couple to make a statement — my favorite thing about them. I also love how many different varieties and colors they come in. You can generally use a peony with any color palette. My favorite variety is the Claire de Lune in blush.”

Specialty Tulips

Josephine Brown, an Owosso-based, first-generation flower farmer and founder of the Michigan Flower Barn, loves specialty tulips for spring weddings. “I know a lot of people hear tulips and picture your grandma’s garden tulips — that is not what these are,” she says. “We grow double, parrot fringe tulips that come in a variety of beautiful natural shades. The double tulips specifically remind me of peonies or even garden roses and are such a treat after a long winter.”

Hellebore

These early-blooming perennials “provide incredible texture and come in fun colors from green, to white, to mauve,” Hogan says.

Specialty Daffodils

For spring weddings, Hogan also recommends specialty daffodils, especially the aptly named Bridal Crown Daffodil. “They have sweet, petite clusters of blooms and smell absolutely divine,” she says.

Hyacinth

Chaffee says hyacinths “always make me think of spring. They come in some beautiful periwinkle and purple colors, and the smell is also amazing.”

Freesia

Chaffee also recommends freesia, “a delicate flower with multiple blooms per stem, with a lovely, fruity smell.”

Poppies

Delicate poppies are an eye-catching spring favorite for Brown. “They almost look fake because their petals are so thin and bright,” she says. “Poppies add such great movement to our designs.”

Scabiosa

To add bounce to a whimsical, organic floral design, Brunette recommends scabiosa. “Scabiosa are really cute and fun blooms. They come in several different colors and have round heads that I consider a ‘dancing/bouncy’ bloom. Their stems are sturdy, and they last a long time in water, so they are perfect for bouquets and centerpieces.”

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Summer

Dahlias

Thanks to a multitude of beautiful varieties that come in countless shapes, colors, sizes, and textures, dahlias are a nearly universal favorite. “Dahlias are an incredible flower that come in an insane array of shapes, sizes, and colors, all with their own unique — and often funny — names,” Hogan says. Brunette adds, “Dahlias always wow wedding guests, and they provide a funky, fun, trendy element in any design.”

Feverfew

For summer weddings, “there’s nothing more charming than feverfew,” Hogan says. The petite, white blooms with sunny yellow centers “embody happiness — they’re so small and cute. And the smell! Whenever I get a bunch in the shop, the first thing I do is stick my nose in and take a good, deep inhale.”

Cosmos

“Another favorite in the garden, cosmos offer a whimsical feel to any summertime wedding,” Chaffee says. Hogan and Brunette agree. “Cosmos add a dance-y, floaty element to arrangements and bouquets that create a feeling of levity and ease,” Hogan says, while Brunette loves the “wildflower feel” they lend her summer weddings.

Queen Anne’s Lace

Another wildflower popular for summer weddings is Queen Anne’s Lace. “The range of colors this flower shows is remarkable — from pale lavender to deep eggplant,” Hogan says. “It’s quite the fan favorite of our clients.”

Zinnias

Available in a variety of colors and sizes, zinnias are a favorite for Chafee and Brown. “I know zinnia’s might not be a go-to for most designers, but they really add character,” Brown says. “If you can get your hands on some of the giant varieties, they’re comparable to dahlias.”

Astilbe

Carefree, summer-blooming perennials that brighten shady gardens with their brilliant flowers, astilbes “offer dense, plume-like blooms. These are great for texture,” Chaffee says.

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Fall

Dahlias

Because they are “cut and come again” flowers with a long growing season, Brown says dahlias are perfect for fall weddings as well. They “come in such a wide range of colors and sizes, each stem feeling so unique,” she says. With dahlias, Chaffee adds, “you’ll be sure to find the perfect blooms for your palette.”

Yarrow

“Yarrow comes in the sweetest colors, from buttercream to white to blush to magenta to bright yellow to orange sherbet,” Hogan says. “Its versatility allows these blooms to fit seamlessly within any wedding color palette, and they have such a unique shape and texture, too.”

Sunflowers

These late summer blooms are a fan favorite, Chaffee says, and they’re available in a range of hues. “They come in other colors besides golden yellow — you can find varieties of white and even burgundy.”

Chrysanthemum

“My go-to fall bloom is chrysanthemums, and these are not the big-box pots of rainbow mums,” Brown says. “We grow and work with cut-flower chrysanthemums that are over a foot tall and come in stunning shades. I love to pair them with a mix of any fall foliage and grasses, giving an arrangement such a feeling of elegance and texture.”

Ranunculus

Available year round, Brunette turns to ranunculus as flower varieties and availability start to dwindle in the fall. “Ranunculus comes in several colors, but in the fall, I love the deep oranges, reds and burgundy,” she says. “They are hearty and last a long time in water and open really pretty with lots and lots of petals. They’re cute in bouquet work and provide that dancing, whimsical element for an organic design.”

Campanula

With several bell-shaped blooms on a single stem, campanula is another fall go-to for Brunette. “It comes in a couple different colors, but in the fall, I like using it in white to add a pop of contrast,” she says. “They are bouncy and tall with strong stems, and fabulous in bud vases as well.”

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Take Me Away

Explore these stunning beaches near and far for the ultimate honeymoon getaway

Once the hustle and bustle of your big day subsides, it’s time to enjoy wedded bliss — just the two of you. Whether planning a mini moon right here in Michigan or the ultimate getaway on the other side of the world, there is no better place to soak up newlywed moments than a stunning and scenic sandy shoreline. Pack your swimsuit, grab your sunglasses, and toast to the start of the rest of your life at one of these iconic beachside destinations.

South Manitou Island

When to Go: June – August

Where to Stay: Falling Waters Lodge

Where to Eat: The Cheese Shanty

What to Do: Top of the Island Hike

Remote and idyllic, South Manitou Island is part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and located 16 miles off the coast of Leland. Its isolated location is what makes this destination so untouched, disconnected, pure, and perfect for a romantic honeymoon. During summer months, a daily ferry shuttles visitors over to the island starting at 10 a.m. and returns to the mainland at 4 p.m. Whether trekking to the sand dunes on the far end of the island, paddle boarding around the Francisco Morazan shipwreck, or picnicking on the beach next to the ferry dock, couples will have a perfect day with every adventure.

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Ludington

When to Go:

June – September

Where to Stay:

Happy House on Haight Airbnb

Where to Eat:

Ludington Bay Brewing Co.

What to Do:

Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Strolling along the sandy beaches as the evening sky lights up in hues of red, pink, orange, and yellow, one will wonder how this paradise remains hidden from the rest of the world. With nearly 30 miles of shoreline, there are endless places to explore, relax, and enjoy wedded bliss together along Michigan’s premier coast. Here, a perfect romantic honeymoon starts with a beach day at Stearns Park, followed by dinner and ice cream at the famed House of Flavors, conveniently located a few short blocks from the beach. After dinner, hike hand-in-hand 1.5 miles to the Big Sable Dunes Lighthouse for sunset.

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Anna Maria Island, Florida

When to Go: September – November

Where to Stay: Anna Maria Island Inn

Where to Eat: The Porch Restaurant

What to Do: Private Fishing Excursion

Couples searching for white-sand beaches that stretch for miles in every direction: Anna Maria Island is Florida’s best-kept secret. Located a short drive from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (with nonstop flights available from Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids), the seven-mile barrier island is located far enough away from popular tourist destinations but close enough for easy airport access. It’s one of the last existing places in the state that cherishes what locals call “Old Florida,” meaning there are virtually no skyscrapers, beachside resorts, cruise ports, or theme parks nearby — just a quaint coastal gulf town, quiet seaside neighborhoods, and miles of perfect soft-sand shoreline.

Nāpali Coast, Kauai

When to Go: October, November, January, February

Where to Stay: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Where to Eat: Eating House 1849

What to Do: Kauai Helicopter Tour

No passport? No problem. Hawaii is home to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping and romantic beaches. There are four main islands for honeymooners: Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai. All have their own distinctive features, and all are home to imposing and wondrous shorelines. Although Maui is known as the “honeymoon island,” Kauai’s beaches reign as some of the most scenic and romantic in the world. With pristine snorkeling, towering seaside mountains, and endless romantic excursion options on catamarans or helicopters, couples can’t go wrong choosing one of Kauai’s spectacular resorts.

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Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida, Bali

When to Go: April – October

Where to Stay: Tropical Glamping Nusa Penida

Where to Eat: Warnakali Restaurant

What to Do: Private Island Tour

This other-worldly beach appears almost photoshopped, like a scene straight from a movie. Located on the small island of Nusa Penida, a short ferry-ride from the famed island of Bali, Kelingking Beach is a once-in-a-lifetime destination. Choose to enjoy the sights from above, or hike down the steep staircase 492 feet to enjoy the beach from below (but watch out for monkeys). Most visitors stick to the top, making the beach relatively uncrowded even during peak tourist months. Besides Kelingking, Nusa Penida is also home to other famous beaches, including Diamond Beach and Crystal Bay Beach.

Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles Islands

When to Go: September – November, January – March

Where to Stay: Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Where to Eat: Marie Antoinette

What to Do: Catamaran Island Charter

Step aside, Maldives, the Seychelles Islands are the next big honeymoon destination. Located in the Indian Ocean roughly 860 nautical miles off the coast of East Africa, the Seychelles (pronounced say-shellz) have some of the most unique, pristine, and scenic beaches in the world. Although it includes a long travel day — or two — the reward is apparent from the first step on the beach. There are plenty of luxury hotels strung throughout the 115-island archipelago, including the Six Senses Zil Pasyon, a world-renowned five-star resort. Don’t miss a day at Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world and a popular filming location for movies such as Castaway

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What to pack for a romantic — and fashion forward — beach honeymoon

PACKING CHECKLIST

Travel Essentials

❑ Passport & Travel Documents

❑ Cash, Credit Cards, Debit ATM Card

❑ Devices (Phone/Tablet/ Laptop) and Chargers

❑ Travel Converter

❑ External Charger

❑ Journal

Travel-Sized Toiletries

❑ Shampoo

❑ Conditioner

❑ Hand Sanitizer

❑ Contact Solution/ Eye Drops

❑ Toothpaste

❑ Fragrance

❑ Deodorant

Self-Care Items

❑ Face Wipes

❑ Undereye Masks

❑ Lotion

❑ Reef-Safe Sunscreen

❑ Gum/Mints

❑ Water Bottle

❑ Ibuprofen/Excedrin/ Dramamine

❑ Prescription Medication

Entertainment

❑ Shows

❑ Movies

❑ Podcasts

❑ Books

❑ Headphones

Clothes and Accessories

❑ Dressy Outfits

❑ Swimsuit

❑ Lingerie

❑ Sunglasses

❑ Hat

❑ Good Walking Shoes

❑ Sandals

❑ Loungewear

❑ Tote Bag

1 Wyeth Straw Stripe Floppy Hat in Neutral Motif, $68, at select Anthropologie stores and anthropologie.com. 2 Salt & Stone Natural Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, $24, at amazon.com. 3 GIGI C Riley Surfsuit, $275, at gigicbikinis.com. 4 Tory Burch Virginia Belt Bag in Lemon Sugar, $158, at Tory Burch, Somerset Collection, Troy; 248.458.1307; toryburch.com. 5 Mark & Graham Terminal 2 Expandable Luggage Set, starting at $569, at markandgraham.com. 6 Gucci espadrille sandals, $890, at select Gucci stores and gucci.com. 7 A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams, $29, at local independent bookstores and bookshop.org. 8 SEE 55018 Sunglasses in Peach with G15 Lens, $149, at SEE Eyewear stores and seeeyewear.com. 9 Essentials by CASETiFY iPhone Ripple Case in Oat, Latte, and Cacao, $62 each, at casetify.com. 10 Fleur du Mal Rose & Vine Embroidery Balconette Bra, $148, Garter Belt, $108, and Cheeky, $78, at fleurdumal.com. 11 Kassatex New York Elements Beach Towel in Sun, $75, at kassatex.com. 12 Tory Burch Capri Miller Espadrille Wedge Sandal in Blanc/Gold, $328, at Tory Burch, Somerset Collection, Troy; 248.458.1307; toryburch.com.

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Less is more with clean lines and architectural silhouettes in brilliant white

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Chosen by KYHA Miller blazer and pant, $1,850, at Beloved Bridal, Ann Arbor; 734-834-4696; belovedbridal.com. Soiree tulle veil, $195, at La Soiree Bridal Boutique, Kalamazoo; 269.220.0440; lasoireebridal.com.
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Spread: Wonà Concept Nora fitted satin low-back mermaid gown with draped cowl back, $2,935, at La Soiree Bridal Boutique, Kalamazoo; 269.220.0440; lasoireebridal.com. Worn Throughout: Lucky Charm white gold dipped safety pin earrings, $40, at L’amour Bridal, Dearborn; 248.308.2733; lamourbridalmi.com. Hoop earrings, model’s own. Shoes, stylist’s own. This Page: Ines by Ines Di Santo Quirk plunging sweetheart trumpet gown with contoured seaming and scallop detail, $3,360, at The Wedding Shoppe, Berkley; 248.541.1988; theweddingshoppe.net.
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Opposite Page: Adore by Justin Alexander Zaria crepe fit-and-flare gown with low keyhole back and illusion straps, starting at $1,300, at Becker’s Bridal, Fowler; 989.593.2595; beckersbridal.com.
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This Page: Vera Wang Bride Claementine crepe gown, $2,950 to $3,190, for availability visit verawangbride.com. Opposite Page: Sareh Nouri Best of Me bateau neckline Italian Encore Mikado ball gown with modern strap detail and signature bow, $6,290, at L’amour Bridal, Dearborn; 248.308.2733; lamourbridalmi.com.
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This Page: Watters Meringue mini dress with plunging neckline and balloon sleeves, $425, at Beloved Bridal, Ann Arbor; 734-834-4696; belovedbridal.com.
Opposite
Page: The LAW Ezra jacket, $1,200, Mimosa bandeau top, $815, and Brit skirt, $1,715, at Spring Sweet, Holland; 616.303.3013; springsweet.com.
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Atelier Pronovias Sunray draped mermaid gown with cowl neckline, low-cut back, and beaded fringe, $3,190 to $4,350, for availability visit pronovias.com.

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Blue Willow by Anne Barge Balboa stretch crepe column gown with illusion tulle sleeves and silk organza mock neck and cuffs, $2,985, at Norah’s Bridal, Oxford; 248.800.4053; norahsbridal.com.
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Sui te dreams

Romantic wedding invitations that set the tone for an unforgettable celebration

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STYLING

MEAGHAN CHIESA, BIRCH AFFAIR

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Clockwise from top: Ciarra Claire Fine Art custom invitation suite, Rock Paper Scissors Layla invitation suite, and Leah E. Moss Designs custom invitation suite.

For this custom invitation suite, Petoskey-based designer Ciarra Claire drew inspiration from the couple’s wedding venue, Mackinac Island’s historic Grand Hotel. Design elements include a custom pattern inspired by iconic designer William Morris, which included the couple’s monogram and geraniums, a flower found throughout the Grand Hotel. The hand printed suite features blind and green letterpress, matte white foil on green paper, and custom, keepsake map with hand drawn icons. Custom wedding invitation prices range from $3,000 to $9,000, at Ciarra Claire Fine Art, Petoskey; 231.330.6370; ciarraclaire.com.

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LePenn Designs

For this custom boxed invitation suite, LePenn Designs found inspiration in the couple’s garden fairytale-inspired wedding theme. Featuring a tri-fold panel style opening, the front of the box has a blind debossed leaf pattern and a die cut tag with a platinum silver foil stamped monogram. The first flap opens to reveal the main invitation panel, which has two layers of metallic white and lavender paper with platinum silver foil and deep lavender offset printing. The second flap opens to reveal a watercolor painted floral die cut pocket holding the platinum silver foil stamped floral insert cards and lavender return envelope. The shadow box center of the invitation features the couple’s monogram framed by watercolor printed florals with several layers of delicate laser cut florals along the full border. Custom boxed invitations starting at $8,000 to $10,000 for 100, by appointment only at LePenn Designs, Southfield; 248.342.9971; lepenndesigns.com.

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Rock Paper Scissors

The fully customizable Layla Suite, part of Rock Paper Scissors’ in-house collection, is a digitally printed suite featuring an invitation card, details card and reply card set on savoy paper with a matte finish. A watercolor floral pattern of peonies is accented with blue and cream berries and greenery on the envelope liner and vellum belly band. Starting at $850 for 100 suites at Rock Paper Scissors, Ann Arbor; 734.531.6264; rockpaperscissorsshop.com.

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This custom-designed invitation suite by Leah E. Moss Designs was inspired by the couple’s love of nature. It features a wood grain envelope liner, letterpress printing, an embossed, hand drawn floral design, gold foil stamping, and gold edge foiling, all tied with a silk ribbon and tucked in envelopes hand calligraphed with each guest’s address. Custom invitation pricing available upon request at leahemoss.com.

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Noteworthy by Design

The Meadow Flower 5-Piece Wedding Invitation Suite from Noteworthy by Design comes with an invitation with envelope, response card with envelope, and details card. The suite is digitally printed and features a custom printed vellum gatefold and silk ribbon with custom wax seal closure. Starting at $6 each at Noteworthy by Design, Richland; 269.203.5853; noteworthybydesign.com.

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Jes Rose Design

The Garden Crest Invitation Suite is part of Midland-based Jes Rose Design’s Semi Custom Invitation Collection. Digitally printed on cotton paper and available in custom colors, the suite includes an invitation card, a detail card, and an envelope.

Optional additions pictured here include a printed vellum wrap, vintage postage, and a rehearsal dinner invitation card. Starting at $8 each at jesrose.com.

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Light of the World

From brilliant engagement rings to luxe wedding bands, shine bright in the season’s haute jewelry

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PHOTOGRAPHY LIANS JADAN

STYLING REBECCA VOIGT

HAIR + MAKEUP

MONICA JADAN

MANICURIST ASHLEY BERTHIEUME

DIGITAL TECH DAVE DALTON

PHOTO ASSISTANT

ERIC SIEGFRIED

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Simon G 18k white gold diamond necklace, $4,625, at Almassian Jewelers, Grand Rapids; 616.949.8888; almassianjewelers.com.

800.337.4438; tappers.com.

Previous spread: Zeghani 14k yellow gold 1ct diamond engagement ring, Simon G 18K white gold 1ct diamond engagement ring, Simon G 14k yellow gold 1ct diamond engagement ring, and Simon G 18k white gold 2ct diamond engagement ring, all price upon request, Zeghani 14k yellow gold wedding band, $2,075, and Fana 14k white gold diamond earrings, $3,800, at Almassian Jewelers, Grand Rapids; 616.949.8888; almassianjewelers.com. This Page: Tapper’s three-stone engagement ring in 14k white gold with 3.18ct emerald cut diamond center stone and two trapezoid diamonds and diamond eternity band in 14k white gold with 4ctw emerald cut diamonds, both price upon request, at all Tapper’s locations;

Elaine B. Jewelry Calligraphy Threaders sterling silver earrings, $88, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248.565.8758; elainebjewelry.com. Dorothee Schumacher pale blue camisole, $500, at Tender, Birmingham; 248.258.0212; tenderbirmingham.com.

Elaine B. Jewelry Pavé X Ring in 14k recycled yellow gold with .21ctw diamonds, $1,410, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248.565.8758; elainebjewelry.com.

800.337.4438; tappers.com.

Opposite Page: Tapper’s three-stone engagement ring in 14k yellow gold with 1.52ct oval diamond center stone and diamond pave band in 14k yellow gold with .70ctw round diamonds, both price upon request, at all Tapper’s locations;

Jennie Kwon Baguette Float Ring in 14k yellow gold with three 1.5mm baguette diamonds, $850, at Thistle & Bess, Ann Arbor; 734.369.6092; thistleandbess.com. Dorothee Schumacher pale blue camisole, $500, at Tender, Birmingham; 248.258.0212; tenderbirmingham.com.

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This Page: On Left Hand — Sofia Zakia Moon Guardian Ring, $610, Sofia Zakia Rosecut Diamond Paeonia Ring, $2,890, Sofia Zakia Diamond Demeter Ring, $1,180, Jennie Kwon Emerald Wisp Ring, $925, Sofia Zakia Draco Ring, $650, and Jennie Kwon Tri Pearl Ring, $385. On Right Hand — Jennie Kwon Green Sapphire Duo Deco Ring, $820, Jennie Kwon Diamond EJ Ring, $3,800, Jennie Kwon Diamond Etude Arch Band, $925, Jennie Kwon White Equilibrium Cuff Ring, $485, and Jennie Kwon Diamond Berceuse Band, $1,535. All at Thistle & Bess, Ann Arbor; 734.369.6092; thistleandbess.com. Your Personal Jeweler gold plated sterling silver huggie hoop earrings with freshwater pearl dangle charm with bezzle set crystal, $89, at Your Personal Jeweler, Royal Oak; 248.721.9595; thepersonaljeweler.com. Opposite Page: Elaine B. Jewelry Looking Glass Ring in 14k yellow gold with 1.64ct elongated hexagon rosecut salt and pepper diamond and .36ct white diamonds, $5,080, Pavé X Ring in 14k recycled yellow gold with .21ctw diamonds, $1,410, High Noon Ring in 14k yellow gold with .06ct diamond, $640, Reflection Necklace in 14k yellow gold with five .20ct lab diamonds. $2,360, and Reflection Bracelet in 14k yellow gold with three .20ct lab diamonds, $660, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248.565.8758; elainebjewelry.com.

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This Page: Your Personal Jeweler Lennox 14k yellow gold eternity band available in moissanite or lab grown diamond, $1,400 to $1,800, Ella 14k yellow gold oval solitaire hidden halo engagement ring with claw prongs and 2.50ct center stone available in moissanite or lab grown diamond, $2,000 to $3,500, Vivianna 14k curved baguette, round and pear stone wedding band, available in moissanite or lab grown diamond, $1,200 to $2,000, gold plated sterling silver and freshwater pearl adjustable bracelet, $79, and gold plated sterling silver and freshwater pearl adjustable necklace, $99, at Your Personal Jeweler, Royal Oak; 248.721.9595; thepersonaljeweler.com.

Opposite Page: Your Personal Jeweler Adeline 14K yellow gold, moissanite and lab grown diamond engagement ring with 11x8mm emerald cut moissanite center stone and lab grown baguette and round diamonds, $4,800, Estelle 14k yellow gold moissanite and lab grown diamond engagement ring with 12x6mm elongated emerald cut moissanite center stone and lab grown baguette and round diamonds, $4,500, Miley 14k yellow gold and pear, round, and baguette wedding band available in moissanite or lab grown diamond, $1,800 to $2,500, and gold plated sterling silver and crystal bolo bracelets with adjustable toggle, $75 each, at Your Personal Jeweler, Royal Oak; 248.721.9595; thepersonaljeweler.com. Giambattista Valli dress, $2,950, at Tender, Birmingham; 248.258.0212; tenderbirmingham.com.

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Made with LOVE

A West Michigan bride

handcrafts the wedding of her dreams

On July 14, 2023, the weather in Holland was that of a perfect summer day, with the shores of Lake Michigan glittering from the bright sun above. It was on this day that Danielle and Kyle Jacobson were married at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant.

Their venue was decked out with lush flower arrangements, elegant table settings, and even a greenery wall. But what’s unique about their wedding is that from the save-the-dates to the table numbers, almost everything was DIY-ed by the bride herself.

“I’ve loved art and projects ever since I was little,” Danielle says. “I always knew I wanted to create a

lot for my wedding day because one, I’d save money doing it myself, and two, I also wanted it to be exactly what I wanted.”

Danielle and Kyle met in 2018 and were engaged in July 2022, giving them about a year to plan and create their wedding projects. So, what’s the key to planning out a DIY wedding? First, set the date.

“Once that was in place, that was a huge relief,” Danielle says. “We probably nailed down our venue within a month and a half after we got engaged, and then we planned everything around that.”

Once she knew they would have a summer wedding, Danielle turned to wedding TikTok

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and Instagram accounts for inspiration, and she developed her strategy for the wedding within the first few months. After that, she purchased some items that she knew she would need for the wedding but says she didn’t go on a buying frenzy. “I anticipated what I was going to be doing, but I didn’t want to have everything done and ready to go right away because it was going to be harder to store,” she explains.

By April, though — about three months before the wedding — she was in full DIY mode. “I work in the hospital as a physician assistant, so I worked a seven

day on, seven off schedule, and I had every other week off,” she says. “It worked out really well where I was able to knock a ton of stuff out during the weeks off. Around that April time, my goal was to complete one big project every week that I had off.”

Some projects were simpler — such as the table numbers that she painted to match her colors, or the mirror she bought off Facebook Marketplace and decorated with a DIY floral arrangement and Cricut lettering. Others were much more labor-intensive.

“The one that I’m the most proud of was the floral piece,” she says. “It was an 8-foot stretch of flowers

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that I used for the top of the arch that we had for our ceremony. That was the most fun for me, the most time-consuming, probably the most challenging, and what I was most proud of.”

Once her projects were completed and the venue was decorated, Danielle and Kyle said “I do” in front of 175 of their closest family and friends. There were several special touches throughout the day in addition to the handmade items, including a special reading from Danielle’s grandmother during the ceremony and a champagne tower at the beginning of the reception.

When all was done, Danielle had DIY-ed roughly 75 percent of the wedding. Every element came together seamlessly, making their special day a truly unique, personal celebration.

“My goal was to have something that fit our vibe as a couple and also our vibe growing up in West Michigan,” she says. “I wanted it to feel classy but still fun, not so stuffy or extravagant. Simple in some ways, but also letting West Michigan speak for itself.”

For more DIY projects and inspiration, follow Danielle on Instagram @the_nextproject_.

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Vendors

Photographer Cassidy Danae Photography

Ceremony & Reception Venue

Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant

Wedding Gown Casablanca, Becker’s Bridal, with custom sleeves made by the bride

Wedding Shoes Amazon

Wedding Suit Dunhill Tuxedos

Rings & Jewelry Kesslers Diamonds

Hair Marianne Heeringa, Locks & Lashes

Makeup Kellie Zammitt

Bridesmaids Birdy Grey

Groomsmen Dunhill Tuxedos

Music & Entertainment Rhythm & Lights DJ

Florals Picket Fence Floral

Stationery Designed by bride on Canva

Photobooth Prestige Photobooth

Rehearsal Dinner Venue New Holland Brewery

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Byron + Kyle

September 4, 2022

West Michigan

Photographer

Kassidy Rhodes

Wedding Planner

Paper Hat Weddings

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Port393

Wedding Suits + Shoes

Afendoulis

Rings + Jewelry

Hodges Jewelers

Hair

Ricky Miller (Byron) and Corinne Bronkema, Mane

Loft (Kyle)

Makeup

Blush Beauty and Angie Miller

Attendants

Lulus and Afendoulis

Catering

Luna Taqueria

Bartending

Port 393

Cake + Desserts

Bushie’s Kitchen

Music + Entertainment

Boogie Brother

Florals

Bailey & James

Stationery

Yeo Design Co.

Event Rentals & Linens

Port393

Transportation

Affordable Limousine

Videographer

McA Media

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Meredith + Nick

November 4, 2023 Southeast Michigan

Photographer

JLB Wedding Photography

Wedding Planner

Beautiful Day Planning

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Detroit Institute of Arts

Wedding Gown

Gown — Serge Jevaguine, Roma Sposa

Reception Dress — Oscar de la Renta

Wedding Shoes

Emmy London

Wedding Suit

The Tux Shop on Woodward

Rings + Jewelry

Primo Jewelry, Inc.

Hair

Sigal Levine

Makeup

The Makeup Loft

Bridesmaids

Revelry

Groomsmen

The Tux Shop on Woodward

Catering + Bartending

Detroit Institute of Arts

Cake + Desserts

Bella e Dolce Cakes

Music + Entertainment

The Elysium Experience, E3 Detroit, and Star String Quartet

Florals

Stem Event Design

Stationery

Jade Social Transportation

Allstar Chauffeured Services

Videographer

Mike Staff Productions

Photo Booth

Fancy Flash Photo Booth

Rehearsal Dinner

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

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Ashley + Zachary

August 12, 2023

Northern Michigan

Photographer

The Weber Photographers

Wedding Planner

Elsilu Event Planning & Design

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Wedding Gown

Pnina Tornai, Kleinfeld

Wedding Shoes

Dior

Wedding Suit

State & Liberty

Rings + Jewelry

Engagement Ring — Private Jeweler

Wedding Bands — Tapper’s

Hair

Dawn McDuffie

Makeup

Hannah Sherwood, Simply Sherwood

Bridesmaids

Show Me Your Mumu

Groomsmen

State & Liberty

Catering + Bartending

Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Cake + Desserts

Tootsie Bluffins

Music + Entertainment

Bluewater Kings Band

Florals

A.R. Pontius Flower Shop

Stationery

Chatham & Caron

Event Rentals + Linens

Timeless Event Rental

Transportation

Wine & Beer Tours

Videographer

Montage Media Films

Rehearsal Dinner

Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Additional Vendors

Welcome Party — Gypsy Distillery

Welcome Party Photographer — Photography by Paquette

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Outside Michigan

Photographer

Carla Hogan

Ceremony + Reception Venue

The Cameron

Wedding Gown

Mikaella Bridal, La Maison Bridal

Wedding Shoes

Bibi Lou

Wedding Suit

Indochino

Rings + Jewelry

True Bijoux and Michael Hill

Hair

Angela Choules

Makeup

BF Aesthetics

Bridesmaids

Various

Groomsmen

Various

Catering

The Cameron

Cake + Desserts

Cinnaholic

Music + Entertainment

DJing.ca

Florals

Côté Fleurs

Stationery

Designed by Bride and Groom

Event Rentals

Unavia Vintage

Transportation

Cobblestone Tours

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Anjana + Vivek

September 3, 2023

Southeast Michigan

Photographer

Rosy & Shaun

Wedding Planner

Utsav Planners

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Masonic Temple Detroit

Wedding Gown

Sangeet — Mishru

Ceremony — Kanakavalli

Reception — Falguni Shane Peacock, Studio East6

Wedding Suit

Sangeet — Kalki Fashion

Ceremony — Manyavar

Reception — Giorgio Armani

Rings + Jewelry

Vincent’s Jewelers and Ram Creations

Hair

Crystal Drake Artistry and Blue Sky Salon & Spa

Makeup

JHobby Makeup Studio

Bridesmaids

Sareeka

Groomsmen

Pothys Boutique

Catering

Sangeet — Punjab Indian Cuisine

Ceremony — Taste of India

Reception — Namaste

Cake + Desserts

Wisteria Bakehaus

Music + Entertainment

DJ Ice & Fresh Productions

Florals

Christopher & Company

Stationery

The Niram Store

Event Rentals

Utsav Planners and Couture Events

Linens

Luxe Event Linens and Fabulous Events

Transportation

Gold Limousine

Videographer

Midtown Media Co.

Rehearsal Dinner

Saint John’s Resort

Additional Vendors

Henna — Radhe Henna

Draping — Elegant Saree Draping

Tailoring — Besa Tailoring and Priya Tailoring

Baraat Jeep — DJ Ice & Fresh Productions

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Sydney + Matt

September 9, 2023

Northern Michigan

Photographer

Kate Headley

Wedding Planner

A Day in May Events

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Private Residence

Wedding Gown

Wedding Gown — Danielle Frankel, Ever After Miami

Rehearsal Dress — Love Shack Fancy

Wedding Shoes

Loeffler Randall

Wedding Suit

Trevor Furbay

Rings + Jewelry

Sarah Zamary, D’Elegante

Hair + Makeup

Lauren Vest, Lavender Locks

Bridesmaids

Aqua Catering, Bartending, Cake + Desserts

Forte Belanger

Music + Entertainment

Elan Florals

Bloom Floral Design

Stationery

Emily Rose Ink

Event Rentals

Vivant Rentals

Linens

Nuage Rehearsal Dinner

Walloon Lake Hotel

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Janelle + Harry

May 27, 2023 Southeast Michigan

Photographer

Rosy & Shaun

Wedding Planner

Something to Remember Event Planning

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Gem Theatre

Wedding Gown

Pronovias, Beautiful Bridal with Keasha Rigsby

Wedding Shoes

Bella Belle and Allen Edmonds

Wedding Suit

Calvin Klein and The Tie Bar

Rings + Jewelry

Engagement Ring — Anueva Jewelry

Wedding Band — Elaine B. Jewelry

Hair

Simona Vigh Hair Design

Makeup

Gals and Ghouls

Bridesmaids

Birdy Grey

Groomsmen

Various and The Tie Bar

Catering

Gem Theatre

Cake + Desserts

For the Love of Sugar

Music + Entertainment

DJ James Osteen, Todd Everett Experience

Florals

The Flower Kitten

Stationery

Designed on Canva and Truly Engaging

Event Rentals

Marquee Letters — Alpha-Lit Detroit

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Alexa + Ryan

May, 12, 2023

West Michigan

Photographer

Faith Elizabeth Photography

Wedding Planner

Emily Rae Design

Ceremony + Reception Venue

The Felt Estate

Wedding Gown

Becker’s Bridal

Wedding Shoes

Lulus

Wedding Suit

Men’s Wearhouse

Rings + Jewelry

DeVries Jewelers

Hair

Styled by Carley

Makeup

Kosmetics by Katie

Bridesmaids

Revelry

Groomsmen

Men’s Wearhouse

Catering + Bartending

Gilmore Catering

Cake + Desserts

Cakes by Jody

Music + Entertainment

2Bays DJs and Sacred Harmony

Florals

Cass and Jean Flower Co.

Stationery

Designed on Canva

Event Rentals

Gigi & LaClede and Events by I. Candy

Linens

Alpine Events

Transportation

Affordable Limousine

Videographer

Moon Dance Flims

Rehearsal Dinner

Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen

Additional Vendors

Vintage Car — Borrowed from family member

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Sami + Drew

June 10, 2023

Northern Michigan

Photographer

Shanell Photography

Wedding Planner

Stellaluna Events

Ceremony + Reception Venue

The Ridge at Verterra

Wedding Gown

Milla Nova, Joy Abendmode

Wedding Shoes

Badgley Mischka

Wedding Suit

Kenneth Cole

Rings + Jewelry

D. Geller & Son

Hair + Makeup

Face by Nertila

Bridesmaids

Show Me Your Mumu, Betsy & Adam, and Revelry

Groomsmen

Various Catering

Grandview Catering

Bartending

Grandview Catering and The Ridge at Verterra

Cake + Desserts

City Bake Shop

Music + Entertainment

2Bays DJs

Florals

Field of Flowers North

Stationery

Designed by Bride

Event Rentals + Linens

TC Tented Events

Transportation

Wedding Party Shuttle — Grand Traverse Tours

Guest Transport — Great Lakes Motorcoach

End of Night Transport — Wine and Beer Tours

Videographer

Wandr North Photography & Videography

Rehearsal Dinner

North Bar

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August 5, 2023

West Michigan

Photographer

Laurenda Marie Photography

Wedding Planner

Stellaluna Events

Ceremony Venue

Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit

Reception Venue

Watermark Country Club

Wedding Gown

Becker’s Bridal

Wedding Shoes

Bobbies Paris

Wedding Suit

The Tux Shop on Woodward

Rings + Jewelry

Private Jeweler

Hair

Bride — Station Salon

Groom — The Brand

Makeup

Station Salon

Bridesmaids

Jenny Yoo

Groomsmen

Men’s Wearhouse

Catering + Bartending

Watermark Country Club

Cake + Desserts

Nothing Bundt Cake

Music + Entertainment

Bluewater Kings Band

Florals

Family Friend

Stationery

Minted

Transportation

Affordable Limousine

Videographer

Luke Hyde

Rehearsal Dinner

Vitale’s Grand Rapids

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July 16, 2023

Southeast Michigan

Photographer

Rosy & Shaun

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Meadow Brook Hall

Wedding Gown

Pronovias

Wedding Shoes

Bella Belle

Wedding Suit

Indochino

Rings + Jewelry

Tiffany & Co., Vivi Embellish, and Hitched

Hair + Makeup

Team Glam Detroit

Bridesmaids

Reformation

Groomsmen

Suitshop and Jack & Miles

Catering + Bartending

Meadow Brook Hall

Cake + Desserts

For the Love of Sugar

Florals

Love Story Events

Stationery

Designed by Bride

Event Rentals

Love Story Events and Modernly

Linens

Love Story Events

Transportation

Allstar Chauffeured Services

Rehearsal Dinner

Prime + Proper

Additional Vendors

Gown Tailoring — SewRob

Officiant — Blue Heavens Ceremonies

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June 24, 2023 Southeast Michigan

Photographer

Cat Carty Buswell

Wedding Planner

Kate McClellan, Planning Collective

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Private Estate, formerly Camp Tamarack

Wedding Gown

Louvienne

Wedding Shoes

Jonak

Hair + Makeup

New You Salon

Bridesmaids

Various

Catering

Two Women and a Tray Catering

Bartending

Camp Tamarack

Cake + Desserts

Sweet Heather Anne

Music + Entertainment

Midtown Strings and LuFru Entertainment

Florals

Sage Green Flowers & Events

Stationery

Etsy

Event Rentals

Event Theory, Knights Party Rental, and Chiavari Chairs

Linens

Event Theory

Transportation

Golden Limousine and Elite Valet

Videographer

97 Films

Rehearsal Dinner

Taste Kitchen

Hannah + Daniel
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Maddie + Matt

August 26, 2023

West Michigan

Photographer

Wind & Waves Media

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Bay Pointe

Wedding Gown

Timeless Bridal Boutique

Wedding Shoes

Lulus

Wedding Suit

Men’s Wearhouse

Rings + Jewelry

Nord Jewelers

Hair

Hair By Abby Joy

Bridesmaids

Azazie

Groomsmen

Men’s Wearhouse

Catering + Bartending

Bay Pointe

Cake + Desserts

Leann’s Cupcakes

Music + Entertainment

DJ Guy Voss

Florals

Bella Stock Floral

Stationery

Zola

Event Rentals + Linens

Bay Pointe

Rehearsal Dinner

Bay Pointe

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Ashlie + Chance

February 5, 2023 Southeast Michigan

Photographer

Tana Helene Photography

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Planterra

Wedding Gown

Rebecca Ingram, Becker’s Bridal

Wedding Shoes

Steve Madden and Stacy Adams

Wedding Suit

Men’s Wearhouse

Rings + Jewelry

Levian Chocolate Diamonds, Kay Jewelers

Hair + Makeup

Configure Beauty Detroit

Bridesmaids

Birdy Grey

Groomsmen

Men’s Wearhouse

Catering + Bartending

Planterra

Cake + Desserts

For the Love of Sugar

Music + Entertainment

Mike Staff Productions

Florals

Planterra

Stationery

Christy Howe Designs

Event Rentals + Linens

Planterra

Transportation

RockStarz Limousine

Videographer

Ursa Major

Additional Vendors

Elder + Officiant — Bucko Teeple

Ceremony Singer + Drummer

— Michele Wellman-Teeple

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Eliza + Daniel

December 9, 2023

Southeast Michigan

Photographer

Samantha Sutarova

Wedding Planner

Day of Coordinator — The Best Day Details

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Colony Club

Wedding Gown

Sarah Seven NYC

Wedding Shoes

Badgley Mischka

Wedding Suit

Alan David Custom Suits NYC

Rings + Jewelry

Austin & Warburton

Hair

Allie Lewis, P. La Salon

Makeup

Aubrey Emerson

Bridesmaids

Various

Groomsmen

Various

Cake + Desserts

Sweet Heather Anne

Music + Entertainment

The Elysium Experience

Florals

MI Honeybee Flowers

Stationery

Jade Social

Event Rentals

Modernly Events

Photo Booth

Star Photo Digital Arts

Rehearsal Dinner

Brew Detroit

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November 25, 2023

Southeast Michigan

Photographer

Kate Headley

Wedding Planner

Fleur Detroit

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Detroit Athletic Club

Wedding Shoes

Gucci and Bowhill & Elliott

Wedding Suit

Sterr & Doon

Rings + Jewelry

CTC

Hair

Antonino Salon & Spa

Makeup

Elizabeth Lerman

Catering, Bartending, Cake + Desserts

Detroit Athletic Club

Music + Entertainment

The Elysium Experience

Florals

Fleur Detroit

Stationery

Annabel Reese

Event Rentals + Linens

Fleur Detroit

Lou + Vincent
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June 10, 2023 Outside Michigan

Photographer

May Iosotaluno

Wedding Planner

CCL Weddings + Events

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Whispering Rose Ranch

Wedding Gown

Pronovias

Wedding Shoes

Badgley Mischka and Suit Supply

Wedding Suit

Suit Supply

Rings + Jewelry

Polacheck’s Jewelers

Hair + Makeup

Kelly Zhang Studio

Bridesmaids

Show Me Your Mumu

Groomsmen

Bonobos

Catering

Hungry Bear Catering

Bartending

Bear and Stone

Cake + Desserts

Frances Baking

Music + Entertainment

Hi Def Event Group

Florals

Honeycomb Affairs

Stationery

Velvet Fox

Event Rentals

Bright Event Rentals, Catalog Atelier, and Folklore

Linens

BBJ La Tavola

Violet + Max
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May 12, 2023

Southeast Michigan

Photographer

J & N Studios

Wedding Planner

Juniper & Lace Events

Ceremony Venue

First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit

Reception Venue

Shinola Hotel

Wedding Gown

Alexandra Grecco, Beloved Bridal

Wedding Shoes

Loeffler Randall

Wedding Suit

Generation Tux

Rings + Jewelry

Maloof Jewelry

Hair

Kayla Tomaszewski, Salon 6

Makeup

Danielle Paquin Looks

Bridesmaids

Show Me Your Mumu

Groomsmen

Generation Tux

Catering + Bartending

Shinola Hotel

Cake + Desserts

Holiday Market

Music + Entertainment

Ceremony — Rondo String Quartet

Reception — Collision Six, Detroit Event Company

Florals

Niloo Rosi Design

Stationery

Write Impressions

Event Rentals

Elysium Experience, TC Tented Events, Gigi &

LaClede, and Timeless Event Rentals

Linens

BBJ LaTavola

Transportation

Top Limousine Service

Photo Booth

Stunning Shots Photobooth Company

Additional Vendors

Officiant — Joanne Blair

Signage, Menus, and Seating Chart

— Write Impressions

Abbey + Joe
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Gabrielle + Riley

September 15, 2023

West Michigan

Photographer

Kellie Hetler Photography

Wedding Planner

Red Heels Events

Ceremony Venue

St. Peter Catholic Church

Reception Venue

The Felt Estate

Wedding Gown

Spring Sweet

Wedding Shoes

Badgley Mischka

Wedding Suit

Men’s Wearhouse

Rings + Jewelry

Jones Bros. Jewelers

Hair + Maleup

Cheeky Strut

Bridesmaids

Revelry

Groomsmen

Men’s Wearhouse

Catering + Bartending

Gilmore Catering

Cake + Desserts

Cakabakery

Music + Entertainment

Bluewater Kings Band

Florals

EnGedi Bridal Design

Stationery

The Invitation Place

Event Rentals + Linens

Alpine Events

Transportation

Affordable Limousine

Videographer

TruVision Studios

Rehearsal Dinner

Welcome Party — The American Legion, South Haven

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Codi + Tyler

August 9, 2023

West Michigan

Photographer

Sammy Michalak

Wedding Planner

Être Farms

Ceremony + Reception Venue

Être Farms

Wedding Gown

Alexandra Grecco, Beloved Bridal; Nadine Merabi; and Untamed Petals, La Soiree Bridal

Wedding Shoes

Sam Edelman and Express

Wedding Suit

Jos. A. Bank

Rings + Jewelry

Swierenga Jewelers and Kay Jewelers

Hair

Graycen Hamilton

Makeup

Ashley Urban

Bridesmaids

Jenny Yoo

Groomsmen

Jos. A. Bank

Catering + Bartending

Être Farms

Music + Entertainment

Nathan Walton and The Remedy

Florals

Être Farms

Stationery

Crum + Co.

Event Rentals

ETR Party Rental Transportation

Affordable Limousine

Videographer

Lago Production Co.

Rehearsal Dinner

Silver Harbor Brewing Company

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Allison + Bailey

April 29, 2023 Southeast Michigan

Photographer

Niki Marie Photography

Wedding Planner

Ines & Marie Events

Ceremony Venue

Sweetest Heart of Mary

Reception Venue

Planterra

Wedding Gown

Lian Rokman, Sposa Bella

Wedding Shoes

Alexander Wang

Wedding Suit

Cicchini Custom Clothier

Rings + Jewelry

Wachler Diamonds

Hair

Jayne Keller and Madeline Christie

Makeup

Hanan Cosmetics

Bridesmaids

Shona Joy

Groomsmen

The Black Tux

Catering & Bartending

Forte Belanger

Cake + Desserts

Bella e Dolce Cakes

Music + Entertainment

Bluewater Kings Band and Nuclassica

Florals

Ines & Marie Events and Planterra

Stationery

Paper & Honey

Event Rentals

Event Theory and Affairs to Remember

Linens

BBJ La Tavola and Nuage

Transportation

Motor City Vintage Rentals

Rehearsal Dinner

Grey Ghost

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Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

There’s something about Zingerman’s Cornman Farms — a multi-awardwinning, chef-led event space, wedding venue and working farm in Dexter — that feels like home. Something warmly nostalgic. Maybe it’s the classic red barn, or the picture-perfect white farmhouse. Perhaps it’s the big maple trees, sunflowers or sweeping lawn. Maybe it’s the smell of fresh-baked bread pudding wafting out of our farmhouse kitchen. What matters most is this: you’ll feel right at home here. What could be more important on your most special day?

Located on 27 beautiful acres, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms and its venues were restored from their 1834 foundations with the most discerning guests in mind. Featuring a beautiful exhibition kitchen, chef’s garden, a classic farmhouse and four-season barn, guests can enjoy the beauty of the countryside just minutes from downtown Ann Arbor.

Our team will work with you to create a custom experience that’s perfectly suited to your vision. Cornman Farms offers inclusive wedding packages for intimate celebrations for four to 75 guests. We’re experts

at planning and hosting events of all kinds — especially if they involve gathering around fantastic, farm-to-table food. That’s exactly why Chef Kieron Hales reimagined this historic property as an event venue with an emphasis on excellent food. The way we see it, nothing brings a family, a team, or community together like good food.

Time and time again, we hear from people who celebrate with us that we come to feel like an extension of their family — and to us, there’s no greater compliment. After all, weddings and other momentous occasions are about family — the one you’re born into, the one you join by marriage, and the one you create for yourself. At Cornman Farms, we want to be more than the backdrop to your most important day. That’s why we put so much love and care into making your wedding perfect. We understand that the little details are what make your day distinctly, undeniably yours, so from the time you reach out to us through your event and beyond, we take the little things just as seriously as you do. We’ll take care of everything for your wedding, giving you the chance to relax and be fully present for every magical moment.

5700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616.957.1770 | marriott.com/grris

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8540 Island Lake Road, Dexter, MI 48130 | 734.619.8100 | cornmanfarms.com
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VENUES • SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN Contact email cornmanevents@zingermans.com Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 75 Room capacity - dinner reception 75 Outdoor reception area No Room rental fee N/A Deposit required 50% of Base Package Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals Included In Package Pricing for buffet meals N/A Gratuity Not Required Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available No Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for bride & groom No For additional information scan here to visit our page on nearlywed.com 8540 Island Lake Road, Dexter, MI 48130 | 734.619.8100 | cornmanfarms.com LOLA GRACE PHOTOGRAPHY ADORE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LOLA GRACE PHOTOGRAPHY LOLA GRACE PHOTOGRAPHY 133 nearlywed nearlywed.com

Café Cortina

Contact email

info@cafecortina.com

Highlights

Weddings at Café Cortina are elegant, intimate, and unique. Café Cortina accommodates both trendy micro weddings for 24-30 guests and larger celebrations for up to 150 guests. Unlike traditional large banquet hall settings, we offer a romantic, European-inspired countryside ambiance with elegant tree lighting, flower gardens, and a large stone fireplace. The setting is so beautiful that minimal decorating is needed. At Café Cortina, the food and service are exceptional, with customizable dinner menus and a generous waitstaff to pamper your guests. For those looking for a venue to accommodate their ceremony and reception, on-site ceremonies at Café Cortina take place by the indoor or outdoor fireplaces, or on the patio in warmer months. Contact our in-house event coordinator to arrange all the details for an amazing wedding experience.

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Number of different rooms 3 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 120 Room capacity - dinner reception 150 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee Depends on size of reception Deposit required $1,200 to $1,500 Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $125/person for 4 course dinner Pricing for buffet meals $135/person Gratuity 20% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking Yes Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
VENUES • SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN 30715 W. 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336 | 248.474.3033 | cafecortina.com nearlywed 134 Spring 2024

2Gather Elegant Event Venue

A hidden gem in Auburn Hills, 2Gather is an upscale venue designed to create a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable atmosphere. With stunning architecture and modern amenities, our flexible space, open vendor policy, and customer service provide everything needed for a memorable event. You deserve a team of detailed event professionals who are passionate about helping you achieve your wedding vision. Our signature “Dream Team Planning Process” is an all-inclusive experience in our DIY environment that ensures your chosen team of vendors works together seamlessly. Whatever aesthetic you desire, the 2Gather Ballroom features interchangeable ceiling decor options that allow you to turn your wedding vision into reality. At 2Gather, we are passionate about your exceptional experience — we even guarantee it! Contact

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Number of different rooms 4 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 225 Room capacity - dinner reception 225 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $10,000 to $15,000 Deposit required 30% Kitchen on premises No Must use in-house catering No Cuisine N/A Pricing for plated meals N/A Pricing for buffet meals N/A Gratuity N/A Dietary Accommodations N/A Must use in-house liquor No On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
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VENUES • SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN 3391 Cross Creek Parkway, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 | 248.724.6282 | 2gathermore.com HEATHER
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Laurel Manor Highlights

The Del Signores first opened Laurel Manor Banquet & Conference Center in 1989, and our popular venue’s continued success is a result of our emphasis on quality, homemade cuisine and the pride we take in every event. Second generation owner, Luciano Del Signore, is breathing new life into the venue with a ballroom remodel completed in January 2024 and a new, elevated menu. From the atrium ceiling and striking chandelier in the lobby, to the grand entrance balconies, rich wood dance floors, and 18’ chandeliers in each ballroom, we exhibit classic beauty and modern sophistication from one event to the next. Our exquisite cuisine and excellent service set us apart from the rest, and from the first detail to the last, our professional consultants are here to help bring your dream wedding to life!

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Contact email sales@laurelmanor.com Number of different rooms 6 Number of affairs at the same time 6 Separate cocktail area No Room capacity - cocktail reception 2,200 Room capacity - dinner reception 1,400 Outdoor reception area No Room rental fee $1,500 for Ceremony, No Reception Rental Deposit required $1,000 per ballroom Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine American, Italian, Other Pricing for plated meals Starting at $56 Pricing for family-style meals Starting at $70 Gratuity 24% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking Yes Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies No Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Included with ceremony rental Complimentary overnight stay for couple N/A
VENUES • SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN 39000 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150 | 734.462.0770 | laurelmanor.com HEIRLOOMS AND LACE PHOTOGRAPHY HEIRLOOMS AND LACE PHOTOGRAPHY MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS nearlywed 136 2024

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest offers stunning views of nearby Ford Lake while providing great transport links to the bustling cities of Detroit and Ann Arbor. With more than 17 event spaces for couples to choose from, Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest can make your wedding dreams come true. From the Roy Wilbanks Ballroom to the Terrace Grounds to the new Garden Marquee, our gorgeous event spaces seamlessly blend style and sophistication. Our award-winning chefs will work with you to create a menu that meets your wishes, and as your dream day nears, our catering team is delighted to offer a tasting event to ensure the menu satisfies your unique tastes. With premium amenities and breathtaking scenery, Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest is your destination for unforgettable celebrations.

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Contact email kristin.vallade@aimbridge.com Number of different rooms 3 Number of affairs at the same time 3 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 500+ Room capacity - dinner reception 500+ Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $750 to $4,000 Deposit required $2,000 to $10,000 Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine American, Various Pricing for plated meals $95+ Price range for buffet meals $120+ Gratuity 24% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking Yes Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple Yes
VENUES • SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN 1275 South Huron St., Ypsilanti,
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Thousand Oaks Golf Club Highlights

Thousand Oaks Golf Club is home to multiple chic yet versatile event spaces designed to accommodate every phase of your special day. You can host an unforgettable outdoor ceremony in the garden, surrounded by stunning views of the manicured golf course. Exchange vows under a beautifully decorated arbor for a romantic moment your guests will never forget. After, enjoy a cocktail in the Oak Leaf Lounge, a light and airy space with expansive windows and modern chandeliers. You and your guests can then dine and dance the night away in the Grand Oaks Ballroom, an elegant banquet hall with high ceilings, three full bars, an open foyer, a dance floor, and a private wrap-around deck overlooking the golf course. Let the Thousand Oaks Golf Club team make your dream wedding a reality! Contact

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Number of different rooms 5 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 420 Room capacity - dinner reception 420 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $1,000 to $2,500 Deposit required 50% of food & beverage minimum Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $25 to $55 Pricing for buffet meals $29 to $35 Gratuity 22% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple N/A
email thousandoaks@redwaterevents.com
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The Cottage at Ravines Golf Club Highlights

The Cottage at Ravines Golf Club provides a tranquil setting removed from the hustle and bustle of daily life. This property is brimming with natural accents and rustic elegance, surrounded by leafy maple trees and vibrant rolling greens. Blending modern design with old-world charm, the venue creates a magical atmosphere like no other. Indoors, you will find elevated ceilings, wooden paneling, and French windows. Outdoors, you can use the beautiful ceremony site to exchange your vows. Lined with flower beds and scented pines, this area features a wooden arbor to frame your “I Do” moment. The ceremony site is located close to the reception venue, ensuring you won’t have to walk far for the next stage of your celebration. With these features and an array of seamless services, you will have a picture-perfect celebration.

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Contact email ravines@redwaterevents.com Number of different rooms 1 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 155 Room capacity - dinner reception 155 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $500 to $1,500 Deposit required 50% of food & beverage minimum Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $25 to $55 Pricing for buffet meals $29 to $35 Gratuity 22% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple N/A
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Thornapple Pointe Golf Club Highlights

The gently rolling hills and setting near Thornapple River make Thornapple Pointe Golf Club the perfect wedding location. The impeccably groomed golf course grounds provide a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony, and the convenient location behind the reception venue is sure to please your guests and ease your planning. Offering multiple event rooms overlooking the golf course, Thornapple Pointe is a wonderful spot to say “I Do.” The Clubhouse room is ideal for intimate weddings and rehearsal dinners, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces for a memorable guest experience. The Pavilion is bright and airy and perfect for events larger in scale. Cobblestones line the floor, while brick walls are illuminated with light from floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a lovely balance between the landscape and the interior.

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Number of different rooms 1 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area No Room capacity - cocktail reception 250 Room capacity - dinner reception 250 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $500 to $1,500 Deposit required 50% of food & beverage minimum Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $25 to $55 Pricing for buffet meals $29 to $35 Gratuity 22% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple N/A
Contact email thornapplepointe@redwaterevents.com
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Sunnybrook Country Club

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Sunnybrook Country Club’s sweeping golf course views provide the perfect romantic setting for your wedding. This elegantly renovated property features a clean, neutral color scheme, high ceilings, and oversize picture windows for bright, airy events. Flooded in natural light, the ballroom features a built-in bar and incredible floor-to-ceiling windows. A private patio comes with each event space, allowing guests to embrace the best of both worlds. Alternatively, you can host an outdoor affair on the signature ceremony site overlooking the back nine of the golf course. The versatility makes this venue popular with couples who wish to hold their wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner, and reception all in one location. For an exceptional wedding experience in a beautiful setting, look no further than Sunnybrook Country Club.

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Contact email sunnybrook@redwaterevents.com Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 300 Room capacity - dinner reception 300 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $1,000 to $2,500 Deposit required 50% of food & beverage minimum Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $25 to $55 Pricing for buffet meals $29 to $35 Gratuity 22% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties No Complimentary overnight stay for couple N/A
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Camp Blodgett - Loeks Retreat Center

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The Loeks Retreat Center at Camp Blodgett is a beautiful, multifunctional venue on Lake Michigan. Boosting magnificent sunset and lake views, the venue accommodates up to 150 seated guests or 200 for an open house-style event. Camp Blodgett serves more than 700 deserving kids year-round with our summer camp, STEM Academy, Young Leaders, and other programs. Our mission is to empower youth in West Michigan through educational and recreational experiences that promote social responsibility, encourage academic success, and support the development of healthy self-esteem. Rental revenue is an important way that we can continue to provide these programs at little or no cost to participating families. Our renters are not only securing a beautiful wedding venue, they’re also supporting the enrichment of local children.

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Contact email tracy@campblodgett.org Number of different rooms 1 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area No Room capacity - cocktail reception 200 Room capacity - dinner reception 150 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $2,500 to $15,000 Deposit required 30% Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering N/A Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals N/A Price range for buffet meals N/A Gratuity N/A Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor No On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available No Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies No Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
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The Pavilion at Waters Edge Golf Course Highlights

Nestled along the green at picturesque Waters Edge Golf Course, this modern and versatile venue provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Opened in 2021, The Pavilion at Waters Edge overlooks a private lake and accommodates up to 200 guests indoors with room for additional guests outdoors. Four large garage doors open to create an indoor/outdoor ambiance, with full glass overhead doors to allow for scenic views. The Pavilion boasts a spacious area for dining and dancing, vaulted ceilings, onsite full-service bar and catering, and a beautiful outdoor space for onsite ceremonies. With availability yearround, let The Pavilion at Waters Edge help set the stage for your momentous celebration.

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email madi@watersedgefremont.com Number of different rooms 1 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area No Room capacity - cocktail reception 200 to 250 Room capacity - dinner reception 200 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $4,500 Deposit required $2,250 Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering N/A Cuisine America, Various Pricing for plated meals No plated dinners Price range for buffet meals $13 to $35 Gratuity 20% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
Contact
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 1100 North Ramshorn Dr., Fremont, MI 49412 | 231.414.4020 | watersedgefremont.com/pavilion 143 nearlywed nearlywed.com

The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel

Highlights

Our venue is different from the rest because we are a one-stop-shop for couples. CityFlatsHotel is a boutique hotel centrally located in downtown Grand Rapids within walking distance of all the city’s most popular attractions. Our Ballroom Suite and hotel rooms are available for the wedding party to get ready in, while they enjoy in-house breakfast, lunch, or mimosas. We also have The Parlour @ CityFlatsHotel, our hair and makeup salon that specializes in bridal styling. Couples can have their ceremony in The Ballroom, head to Events @ CityFlatsHotel — our modern, smaller-sized venue — for cocktail hour, and then return to The Ballroom for the reception. Keeping guests in one location leaves more time for fun and less time spent traveling. Rehearsal dinner and postwedding brunches can also be arranged in-house.

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Contact email morgan.fisher@cityflatshotel.com Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 2 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 200 Room capacity - dinner reception 200 Outdoor reception area No Room rental fee $500 to $5,500 Deposit required 100% of Rental Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine American, Various Pricing for plated meals $25 to $65 Pricing for buffet meals $30 to $50 Gratuity 20% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for bride & groom No
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 83 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616.608.1727 | cityflatshotel.com
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Bay Pointe

Highlights

Bay Pointe is a family-owned, award-winning, full-service resort nestled along the South shore of Gun Lake. When you celebrate your wedding with us, you will experience distinct personalized service centered around you and your dreams. Conveniently located between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, or Chicago and Detroit, Bay Pointe is a flexible all-season venue. Our events and banquet teams specialize in vibrant spring, lavish summer, twilight autumn, and cozy indoor winter weddings for up to 300 guests. We provide event planning, full-service catering, food tasting, onsite lodging, ceremony spaces, and set-up and tear-down for our couples. The Bay Pointe wedding promise is to make your special day amazing from the time you, your wedding party and guests arrive. Don’t settle for a typical location, enjoy a Bay Pointe celebration.

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email events@baypointeinn.com Number of different rooms 4 Number of affairs at the same time 4 Separate cocktail area No Room capacity - cocktail reception 400 Room capacity - dinner reception 300 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee Yes Deposit required $2,000 Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $39.95 to $49.95 Pricing for buffet meals $32.95 to $48.95 Gratuity Yes Dietary Accommodations Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties No Complimentary overnight stay for couple Yes
Contact
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 11456 Marsh Road, Shelbyville, MI 49344 | 269.672.8111 | baypointeinn.com 145 nearlywed nearlywed.com

The Waddell Center Highlights

Charming and rustic with a hint of modern, The Waddell Center — a highly desirable downtown Grand Rapids facility featuring antique brick accents and wood beamed ceilings — is a spectacular destination for your wedding ceremony and reception. Custom designed by local architects, the Waddell Center can accommodate up to 130 guests for ceremonies, up to 250 guests for banquet-style seating, and up to 300 guests for open-house style events. Ample free parking is available on-site. Our professional event coordinators will help select the perfect menu and bar from our exclusive caterer, Distinctive Catering. We will also make your planning easier by introducing you to a variety of vendors for centerpieces, chair covers, photographers, DJs, and more. With our impeccable service and effortless style, your event will truly be an unforgettable experience. Contact

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nearlywed AD Fall 2023
Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 300 Room capacity - dinner reception 225 Outdoor reception area No Room rental fee $750 to $2,450 Deposit required 20% Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $20 to $24 Pricing for buffet meals $17 to $24 Service Fee 20% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
email cateringinfo@distinctivecatering.com
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 1115 Taylor Ave. N, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616.538.4384 | waddellbanquetcenter.com nearlywed 146 Spring 2024

The Harris Building

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The Harris Building, with its rich history and architectural character, is a Heartside District icon. With 18-foot, open-beamed ceilings, exposed brick walls, and natural hardwood floors, The Harris Building is the perfect backdrop for your timeless event. We strive to eliminate the unnecessary stress that comes with planning a wedding by offering allinclusive reception packages suited to your event needs. Our Premier Package includes valet, DJ, and event planning services. Your guests have a separate area to enjoy cocktail hour while we transform the ceremony space into the grand ballroom for the reception of your dreams. The Harris Building’s event team is dedicated to providing you the highest levels of service, quality, and hospitality. Let us handle the details, so you can enjoy every moment of your special day.

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nearlywed AA Fall 2023
Contact email events@theharrisbuilding.com Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 275 Room capacity - dinner reception 250 Outdoor reception area No Room rental fee $4,995 to $7,495 Deposit required $1,500 Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering No Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals N/A Pricing for buffet meals N/A Gratuity N/A Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking Yes Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 111 Division Ave. S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616.256.2535 | theharrisbuilding.com 147 nearlywed nearlywed.com

Crossroads Conference Center

Contact email jenn@crossroadsbanquet.com

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Crossroads Conference Center is conveniently located at the M-6 and US 131 business exchange adjacent to a newly renovated Holiday Inn. Eight minutes from downtown Grand Rapids and 15 minutes from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, our venue is ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events, conferences, trade shows, fundraisers, galas, holiday and birthday parties, and religious ceremonies and receptions. We offer on-site parking and affordable, all-inclusive wedding packages. Whether you want an intimate ceremony or an extravagant reception, we strive to serve all your needs and give you the freedom to create the wedding you always envisioned. Our range of expertise and our multi award-winning culinary team and bar services at Distinctive Catering will make your next event a memorable occasion.

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nearlywed AD Spring 2024
Number of different rooms 1 to 5 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area No Room capacity - cocktail reception 450 Room capacity - dinner reception 300 Outdoor reception area No Room rental fee Included in wedding package price Deposit required 20% Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $60 (All Inclusive Package) Pricing for buffet meals $40 to $50 (All Inclusive Package) Gratuity 20% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties No Complimentary overnight stay for couple Yes
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 6611 Clay Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548 | 616.656.7777 | crossroadsbanquet.com nearlywed 148 2024

The Inn at Harbor Shores Highlights

Southwest Michigan, with its pristine beaches and gorgeous Lake Michigan views, is a wedding location unmatched by any other. At the Inn at Harbor Shores, we offer unique spaces for your ceremony, reception, and guest stay. Room blocks in our resort-style hotel are available for your guests with an approximately 20 percent discount below our regular rates. Our indoor space consists of our Harborview Ballroom with balcony and Waterside room for cocktail hour. We have a space on the same floor for a room to get ready. We do all of our own in-house catering and bar. Ceremonies are typically held in our Riverside Tent, located right on the harbor. We also use our Riverside Tent as an alternate space for receptions, with seating for up to 180 people.

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nearlywed AD Spring 2024
Contact email ehacker@innatharborshores.com Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 2 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 280 Room capacity - dinner reception 280 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $4,000 Deposit required $3,000 Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine American, Various Pricing for plated meals $30 to $60 Pricing for buffet meals N/A Gratuity 22% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available No Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 800 Whitwam Dr., St. Joseph, MI 49085 | 269.983.1111 | innatharborshores.com 149 nearlywed.com

The Gilmore

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The Gilmore, formerly English Hills Terrace, is Gilmore Catering’s newest venue. The space has been updated with a unique marriage of art deco and mid-century modern decor. The venue features four unique spaces: The Grand Luxe Ballroom, The Mercury Room, The Twilight Lounge, and the outdoor Garden Terrace. We are able to accommodate a variety of events for up to 500 guests, including wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events, holiday parties, quinceaneras, birthday parties, trade shows, and more! Our team has more than 100 years of combined experience planning unforgettable events, and our culinary team is unmatched. From gourmet plated dinners to late night bites, we will customize a menu sure to satisfy the most discerning guests. New outdoor accommodations are coming soon. We can’t wait to host you!

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Contact email catering@gilmorecatering.com Number of different rooms 4 Number of affairs at the same time 2 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 500 Room capacity - dinner reception 425 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $500 to $4,500 Deposit required $1,000 Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $25 to $58 Pricing for buffet meals $30 to $40 Gratuity 23% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 5179 W. River Dr. NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321 | 616.426.2693 | thegilmoregr.com nearlywed 150 Spring 2024

The High Five Highlights

A unique and versatile venue located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, The High Five is an expansive, beautifully renovated loft space that exemplifies the best in “old world meets new.” Original, roller rink hardwood floors and exposed, classic brick combine with extraordinary chandeliers and hip artisan tile and glass to evoke a current and fresh vibe that your guests will remember. Details sure to attract attention include high, wood beamed ceilings with metal tresses, large fully restored windows for viewing our city’s skyline and open, pillar-free, unobstructed space allowing your vision to be executed easily. Our open format seats up to 300 people, and our partner vendors for catering and bar service are the best of the best. Weddings, conferences, private parties, music events — we host it all.

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nearlywed AD Spring 2024
Contact email events@thehighfivegr.com Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 300 Room capacity - dinner reception 300 Outdoor reception area No Room rental fee Yes, multiple packages available Deposit required Varies Kitchen on premises No Must use in-house catering No Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals N/A Pricing for buffet meals N/A Gratuity N/A Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking Yes Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 19 La Grave Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616.828.1411 | thehighfivegr.com 151 nearlywed.com

The Goei Center Highlights

Housed in the historic Kindel Furniture building, The Goei Center hosts two of West Michigan’s premier event venues: The original Goei Center and the newly renovated Kindel Room. With exposed brick, hardwood floors, high ceilings, a koi pond, fountain, greenery throughout, soft seating areas, free on-site parking, and helpful staff, our venues have historic roots but offer modern comfort. However, a successful event is never determined solely by the space it takes place in. That’s why we’re dedicated to offering you more on your big day. Our team of coordinators and event staff are experts in translating your dream event into reality in our venues. With access to our network of vetted caterers and vendors, you can rest easy knowing we’re bringing in the best to make your event unforgettable.

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nearlywed AD Fall 2023
Contact email info@thegoeicenter.com Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 2 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 400 Room capacity - dinner reception 400 Outdoor reception area No Room rental fee $3,700 Deposit required $1,000 Kitchen on premises No Must use in-house catering No Cuisine N/A Pricing for plated meals N/A Pricing for buffet meals N/A Gratuity N/A Dietary Accommodations N/A Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 818 Butterworth St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616.949.2421 | thegoeicenter.com ALL PHOTOS: LIV LYSZYK nearlywed 152 Spring 2024

The Silo

The Silo is a full-service venue offering the highest standard and quality in food, beverage, and service. Your on-site event coordinator will be with you throughout your entire planning process to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. Our facility is equipped with heat, air conditioning, a back-up generator (just in case), restrooms on both levels, free guest parking in our large paved parking lot, and is fully handicap accessible with an elevator between levels. All food and beverage is provided through The Silo, with the exception of your wedding cake and desserts. Outside vendors are welcome for these items, and we will provide complimentary cake cutting services. If you’re planning the perfect wedding, let our team of professionals make the process simple and stress free. Contact

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nearlywed AD Spring 2024
Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area No Room capacity - cocktail reception 300 Room capacity - dinner reception 300 Outdoor reception area No Room rental fee $1,800 to $3,000 Deposit required Same as room rental fee; nonrefundable Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine American, Various Pricing for plated meals $24 to $36 Pricing for buffet meals $32 to $40 Gratuity 20% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
email siloevents@grillhouse.net
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 1071 32nd St., Allegan, MI 49010 | 269.686.8383 | silobanquet.com
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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Highlights

Weddings are nothing short of spectacular at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. With a 158-acre main campus featuring gorgeous gardens and an internationally acclaimed sculpture collection, this picturesque venue offers an award-winning professional events team to assist you, distinctive architectural design, and four exclusive caterers from which to choose. Whether you’re planning a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or reception, guests are at the heart of all we do. Our team pulls out all the stops to ensure comfort and convenience. Along with wedding coordinating, bookings include complimentary on-site parking, tables and chairs, inclement weather backup locations, stunning photo opportunities, and access to open indoor gardens during your event. We look forward to celebrating a wedding that wows!

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Contact email facilityrental@meijergardens.org Number of different rooms 7 Number of affairs at the same time 5 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 500 Room capacity - dinner reception 500 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $1,000 to $5,000 Deposit required 50% of Rental Fee Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering No Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $32 to $69 Pricing for buffet meals $34 to $51 Gratuity 25% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies No Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | 616.975.3146 | meijergardens.org nearlywed 154 Spring 2024

Holiday Inn Spring Lake-Grand Haven Highlights

Welcome to the Holiday Inn Spring Lake-Grand Haven, a newly renovated hotel located directly on the waters of the Grand River near Lake Michigan. We are less than 3 miles from Grand Haven State Park and Lake Michigan Beaches and 5 miles from the Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier. Other nearby attractions include the Grand Haven Musical Fountain, Odd Side Ales, Vander Mill, and Lemon Creek Winery, making us the perfect destination for you and your wedding guests. Our comfortable accommodations include amenities like complimentary parking, a fitness center, and indoor and seasonal outdoor pools. We take pride in our hospitality and strive to exceed guests’ expectations. Whether you are hosting a corporate meeting or a grand celebration we offer a perfect setting for your event and an exceptional team to ensure success.

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nearlywed AD Spring 2024
Contact email grandhavenhi@gmail.com Number of different rooms 3 Number of affairs at the same time 3 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 200 Room capacity - dinner reception 200 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee Varies, please call Deposit required $500 minimum for larger weddings Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine American Pricing for plated meals Varies, please call Pricing for buffet meals Varies, please call Gratuity Not required Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple Yes
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 940 W. Savidge St., Spring Lake, MI 49456 | 616.846.1000 Ext. 4 | higrandhaven.com 155 nearlywed nearlywed.com

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

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Looking for a unique and affordable venue for your one-of-a-kind wedding? Girl Scouts of Michigan’s nationally-recognized, state-of-the-art Kalamazoo Regional Center boasts soaring ceilings, exposed wood beams, and wide-open spaces indoors and out. The distinctive design and unique architectural details offer the perfect backdrop to make your event oneof-a-kind, all located within two miles of downtown Kalamazoo. When you host your celebration with us, you have the freedom to choose your own vendors. Our space can accommodate up to 200 guests, and we offer flexible set-up and tear-down. At the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Regional Center, the possibilities are endless. Best of all, proceeds from venue rentals are used to maintain our properties to help local girls and their families experience the great outdoors for generations to come!

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nearlywed AD Fall 2023
Contact email helpdesk@gshom.org Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception Flexible, multiple spaces available Room capacity - dinner reception 200 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $2,600 Deposit required 25%; nonrefundable Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering No Cuisine N/A Pricing for plated meals N/A Pricing for buffet meals N/A Gratuity N/A Dietary Accommodations N/A Must use in-house liquor No On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 601 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008 | 800.497.2688 | gshom.org nearlywed 156 Spring 2024

Camp Newaygo

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Established in 1926, Camp Newaygo is an overnight summer camp spanning over 100 acres across four pristine lakes. Boasting a variety of lodging options, activities, and beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces, this hidden gem is ideal for destination or resort-style weddings. Conveniently located 45 minutes from Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Camp Newaygo offers weekend-long getaways. Accommodation options include rustic cabins, cottages, and hotel-style rooms. Enhance your celebration with activities like swimming, kayaking, high ropes, archery, and more. Operating year-round, the facility also caters to elopements and intimate wedding packages. On-site event staff are dedicated to ensuring that your celebration is not merely an event, but an unforgettable experience for your guests!

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EST. 1926

nearlywed AD Spring 2024
Contact email wsparks@campnewaygo.org Number of different rooms 3 Number of affairs at the same time Up to 3 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 280 Room capacity - dinner reception 250 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee Varies Deposit required $1,000 Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals $22 to $40 Price range for buffet meals $20 to $40 Gratuity 20% Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor No On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
VENUES • WEST MICHIGAN 5333 S. Centerline Rd.,
231.652.1184 | campnewaygo.org
Newaygo, MI 49337 |
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Hidden Grove Estate

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As you step onto the grounds at Hidden Grove Estate, you’ll see a reflection of mid-century modern design with accents of vintage elegance and modern amenities. Here, the past gracefully mingles with the present, offering a retreat that is both timeless and contemporary. Each space throughout the Estate is intentionally designed with accents that pay homage to our heritage, while modern amenities ensure your comfort and convenience. Whether you’re envisioning a grand celebration or simply seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Hidden Grove Estate offers an experience unlike any other. We offer many unique spaces and experiences for your wedding guests — from single-day to weekend-long celebrations — and a variety of flexible packages designed to accommodate budgets of all sizes.

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nearlywed AD Spring 2024
email andrea@hiddengroveestate.com Number of different rooms Entire Property Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception Please Inquire Room capacity - dinner reception 150 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee $5,000 to $16,500 Deposit required 50% Kitchen on premises No Must use in-house catering N/A Cuisine N/A Pricing for plated meals N/A Price range for buffet meals N/A Gratuity N/A Dietary Accommodations N/A Must use in-house liquor No On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available No Valet parking Yes Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple Yes
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VENUES • MID MICHIGAN 2335 N. Williamston Rd., Williamston, MI 48895 | 517.202.2627 | hiddengroveestate.com nearlywed 158 Spring 2024

The Inn at Stonecliffe

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Built in 1904, The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island has undergone a $30 million, property-wide transformation, reopening in time for the summer 2024 wedding season. The reimagined luxury resort will have the newest accommodations on the island, enhancing the amenity offerings and overall experience for guests, while remaining true to its one-of-a-kind, 100+ year history. Brimming with unique charm and beauty, the intimate resort is an ideal backdrop for a breathtaking wedding or special event. Multiple venues include the historic Tudor mansion, lakeside lawn with magnificent views, the all-new 3,000-square-foot Sunset Pavilion or the picturesque garden grotto. Elopement, micro-wedding, and wedding packages are available for two to 150 people.

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nearlywed AD Spring 2024
Contact email weddings@theinnatstonecliffe.com Number of different rooms 2 Number of affairs at the same time 1 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 200 Room capacity - dinner reception 150 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee Varies depending on date Deposit required 25% of cost estimate Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals Varies Price range for buffet meals Varies Gratuity 23% Dietary Accommodations Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available No Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies No Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for couple Discounted Stay
VENUES • NORTHERN MICHIGAN 8593 Cudahy Circle, Mackinac Island,
49757 | 906.847.3355 | theinnatstonecliffe.com
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The Homestead

The Homestead is a luxurious beachfront resort perfect for romantic getaways and dream weddings. We’ve created three stylish sites for weddings and receptions. In settings as fresh as a flower, they meld the beauty of Leelanau and the majesty of Lake Michigan. Choose one — views will beguile, flavors will swirl, and wines will sparkle. Laughter will meld with the sounds of the water. And memories, wonderful memories, will be made. The venues differ, the experience doesn’t. Each is uniquely beautiful. Each is equipped and staffed to provide exceptional service. Each is wonderfully convenient as the beaches, recreational facilities, restaurants, inns and lodges are all within walking distance. So you and your guests will be relaxed and comfortable. And your day — your unique day, your perfect day — will be made. Contact email weddings@thehomesteadresort.com

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nearlywed AD Spring 2024
Number of different rooms 4 Number of affairs at the same time 2 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 170 Room capacity - dinner reception 170 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee Varies, please call Deposit required Varies, please call Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine Various Pricing for plated meals Varies, please call Pricing for buffet meals Varies, please call Gratuity Varies, please call Dietary Accommodations Various Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Yes Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties Yes Complimentary overnight stay for bride & groom Yes
VENUES • NORTHERN MICHIGAN 1 Wood Ridge Road, Glen Arbor, MI 49636 | 231.334.5300 | thehomesteadresort.com nearlywed 160 2024

Gervasi Vineyard Resort & Spa

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Gervasi Vineyard Resort & Spa is a premier destination wedding venue located in picturesque Canton, Ohio. This idyllic venue seamlessly blends Tuscan charm with luxurious amenities, making it the perfect backdrop for a romantic celebration. Surrounded by lush vineyards and serene lakes, Gervasi Vineyard offers a breathtaking setting for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. After the ceremony, guests can mingle and toast to the newlyweds sipping on award-winning wines crafted onsite. Meanwhile, the luxurious accommodations offer a tranquil retreat for guests to retire after the festivities. With its enchanting ambiance, impeccable service, and scenic surroundings, Gervasi Vineyard Resort & Spa promises to make every wedding a truly unforgettable affair, leaving couples and their guests with cherished memories that last a lifetime.

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nearlywed AD Spring 2024
Contact email sales@gervasivineyard.com Number of different rooms 3 Number of affairs at the same time 2 Separate cocktail area Yes Room capacity - cocktail reception 80 to 300 Room capacity - dinner reception 80 to 300 Outdoor reception area Yes Room rental fee Varies, please call Deposit required Varies, please call Kitchen on premises Yes Must use in-house catering Yes Cuisine American, Italian Pricing for plated meals Varies, please call Price range for buffet meals Varies, please call Gratuity Varies, please call Dietary Accommodations Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian Must use in-house liquor Yes On-site ceremonies Yes A.V. equipment available Varies, please call Valet parking No Handicap accessible Yes Pets allowed for ceremonies Yes Lounge for bride/groom/bridal parties No Complimentary overnight stay for couple No
VENUES • OUTSIDE MICHIGAN 1700 55th St. NE, Canton, OH 44721 | 330.497.1000 | gervasivineyard.com
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Manno Clothing & Tailoring

313.561.1419

1009 Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth, MI 48170 mannoclothing.com

anthony@mannoclothing.com

SERVING: Southeast Michigan + Mid Michigan

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As an established haberdashery, Manno Clothing & Tailoring believes that the best form of service starts with a mindset of humility. Working to always exceed the expected, Manno stands for authentic service, masterful craftsmanship, and superior menswear. For your wedding, treat yourself to a garment that lasts beyond a single evening. Reserve time with Manno Clothing owner, Anthony Manno, and tell us about the vision you want to create. We’ll take the time to measure you properly to achieve your desired fit. With the combination of a personal consultation and a staff of expertly trained tailors, your wedding outfit will exceed your expectations. In every aspect you can depend on our commitment to constantly improving everything we do. Quality isn’t something we do once in a while. It’s who we are.

1009 Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth, MI 48170 |

313.561.1419 | mannoclothing.com

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The Wedding Shoppe

248.541.1988

2186 Coolidge Hwy., Berkley, MI 48072 theweddingshoppe.net info@theweddingshoppe.net

SERVING: Southeast Michigan

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The Wedding Shoppe is a bridal haven like no other. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to making each bride’s journey extraordinary. With a diverse collection of handpicked gowns, from affordable elegance to luxurious couture, we cater to every bride’s unique vision. Our experienced team, well-versed in the art of bridal styling, ensures that every detail is perfect. But what truly makes us special is our dedication to celebrating love stories. Your wedding dress should reflect your individuality and the story you’re creating. At The Wedding Shoppe, we’re here to be part of your unforgettable journey, helping you find the dress that embodies your love story. It’s not just about the gown; it’s about the experience, the memories, and the magic that happens when you say “yes” to your forever dress with us.

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Spring Sweet

616.303.3013

56 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423 springsweet.com bride@springsweet.com

Both modern and timeless, Spring Sweet Bride is a curated collection of gowns inspired by our love of romance, details and gorgeous silhouettes. Our appointments, led by our extraordinary stylists, are an unforgettable bridal experience. They are private, laidback, and sure to be one of your favorite parts of wedding planning. We want you to feel beautiful, effortless and celebrated. Our passion is finding you the dress of your dreams! Spring Sweet is for the bride who wants to be herself. Be modern, be playful. Be romantic or edgy. There are no rules.

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Wed Company Wedding Wear

616.647.7826

744 Leonard NW, Suite B, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 wedcompanygr.com tami@greatlakeswgs.com

Inclusive means you. If you’re a traditional bride, goth, steampunk, or you embrace another aesthetic, we’ve got you. We have couture gowns from $1,500 to $10,000 with unforgettable details that personalize each gown. We can incorporate vintage pieces or even restore and restyle an heirloom gown. We also have options if you’re masc or non-binary — or just not into gowns and want an outfit or suit instead! Whether your needs are seen or unseen, we offer accessible, barrier-free shopping in a private, low-stress environment. At Wed Company, we offer wedding wear almost exclusively from independent American designers who sustainably manufacture their gowns in the U.S. We are proud to honor these craftspeople by bringing their gowns, outfits, and accessories to West Michigan!

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RC Caylan Atelier

616.259.7171

1876 Breton Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 rccaylan.com info@rccaylan.com

SERVING: Southeast Michigan + West Michigan + Mid Michigan + Northern Michigan

At RC Caylan Atelier, every wedding dress or suit is customized in accordance with your measurements, dreams, and desires. Every design can be customized down to the pattern, buttons, lining, embellishments, details, and so much more. Award-winning designer RC Caylan personally consults with every client before sketching a design that will make their dreams come true. The dressmaking process begins from scratch, and RC Caylan handcrafts each design with delicate care in his Grand Rapids studio. If you are looking for your dream one-of-a-kind wedding dress, suit, or more, RC Caylan Atelier will make your special day complete.

Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists

616.399.2793

983 Butternut Dr. Holland, MI 49424 info@greatlakesclothingcare.com

616.647.7826

744 Leonard NW, Suite B Grand Rapids, MI 49504 shop@wedcompanygr.com

SERVING: West Michigan

Trust your wedding gown and other special garments to a specialist. As wedding gown specialists since 2006, we combine a love for textiles and their history with experience in both the bridal and dry cleaning industries. From cleaning and preserving to vintage gown restoration and restyling, Great Lakes WGS gives your treasured gown the care it deserves. We offer museum-quality packages for brides who want to keep their gowns for the next generation and a resale package for brides who want to consign their gown. We also offer alteration services on wedding gowns, formal, cocktail, and special occasion dresses.

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Becker’s Bridal

989.593.2595

155 S. Main St., Fowler, MI 48835 beckersbridal.com care@beckersbridal.com

SERVING: Southeast Michigan + West Michigan + Mid Michigan + Northern Michigan

Becker’s Bridal is truly one of a kind. Among the nation’s longest standing bridal stores, we have been family owned-and-operated since 1934. The current owners, Shelley and Alyssa, are the mother-daughter, 4th- and 5th-generation Becker owners. The historic shop offers nearly 3,000 bridal gowns between bridal size 2 and 32, includes the famous “Magic Room,” the subject of the New York Times best seller, The Magic Room, by Jeffrey Zaslow, and a first-of-its-kind bridal celebration lounge, The Phoenix. We have proudly served more than 100,000 beautiful brides from Michigan and beyond. With our reputable staff and selection, you will truly feel as beautiful as you look. At Becker’s, you walk in a friend, but leave as family.

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Eastern Floral

616.949.2200

2836 Broadmoor Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 weddings@easternfloral.com

SERVING: West Michigan

At Eastern Floral, we create events that are visually stunning, no matter the scope, style, or budget. Eastern Floral is proud to celebrate love, in all its forms. As the leading florist in Grand Rapids and West Michigan, it is our mission to take your vision and create an authentic, customized experience that will be unforgettable for everyone involved. We have been helping create captivating weddings and corporate events for more than 60 years. Our floral designers regularly attend seminars, conventions, and continuing education in order to stay current with the latest floral trends and floral design techniques. We offer the perfect combination of cutting-edge knowledge, longstanding experience, and personalized customer service.

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Waterfall

248.623.9422 | Waterford jstrong@waterfalljewelers.com

248.698.1200 | White Lake andy@waterfalljewelers.com

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Waterfall Jewelers is your trusted jewelry store in Waterford and White Lake. Over the past 40 years, our relationship with our many wonderful customers, through multiple generations, has grown tremendously. Waterfall Jewelers is family owned and operated, which provides the cornerstone of our service and commitment to you. We offer custom jewelry, designer jewelry, engagement and wedding rings, watches, full in-house repairs, and appraisals with our Graduate Gemologists. At Waterfall Jewelers, we know jewelry commemorates the special times in all of our lives and has a special way of telling someone how much they are loved and appreciated. Whether it’s a gold bracelet, a diamond engagement ring, or a necklace, we never forget there is a person, a personal story and a memorable occasion in the forefront of every purchase.

Waterford and White Lake | waterfalljewelers.com

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Lucido Fine Jewelry

248.723.7880 | Birmingham

248.402.0300 | Rochester

586.997.0011 | Sterling Heights

lucidojewelry.com

info@lucidojewelry.com

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Vince and Joseph Lucido began working in the jewelry industry in 1980, learning the trade from Detroit’s most successful retailers. The Lucido family proudly built their success on treating customers like family. After 36 years in the fine jewelry business, they are leaving behind the traditional sell overthe-counter philosophy by embracing a sales collaboration with their guests. As they continuously perfect the Lucido experience by offering unparalleled hospitality and comfort, it has allowed them to grow their business and better serve their community. The Lucido Family stands by their foundation to transform their showrooms and continue perfecting the hospitality experience to ensure your comfort and make you feel like family. Visit Lucido Fine Jewelry in Downtown Birmingham, Rochester, and their flagship location in Sterling Heights.

Birmingham, Rochester, and Sterling Heights | lucidojewelry.com

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Almassian Jewelers

616.949.8888

1144 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 4, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 almassianjewelers.com

SERVING: West Michigan

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Almassian Jewelers is a locally owned, family business specializing in loose diamonds and bridal jewelry. Almassian Jewelers was established in 2006 by husband-and-wife gemologists Shannon and Trent Almassian to provide West Michigan with access to the international jewelry industry. Shannon and Trent are both Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Graduate Gemologists with a passion for the industry. Together, Trent and Shannon are able to provide their clients with the finest, ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones from around the world in custom designed jewelry pieces. In addition to working with each client to create the perfect piece of jewelry, Almassian Jewelers sells some the finest jewelry designers as well as Swiss watches. At Almassian you’ll find collections from Simon G., Michele, Zeghani, Spark Creations, and more.

616.949.8888 | almassianjewelers.com

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Witte Travel

616.942.5112

3250 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 wittetravel.com

vacation@wittetravel.com

At Witte Travel, our certified travel consultants are ready to plan the romantic getaway of your dreams! We take the time to get to know you and your travel preferences — your interests and priorities, the foods you enjoy, how active (or relaxed) you want to be. We apply our firsthand knowledge and industry connections to make those dreams come true, working within your budget to create a personalized, romantic experience you’ll never forget. You can relax and enjoy your honeymoon or destination wedding to the fullest, knowing we’re here to ensure everything goes smoothly every step of the way.

Experience Grand Rapids

616.233.3574

171 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 545, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 experiencegr.com

bavery@experiencegr.com

We know you have a million details to attend to as you plan your wedding. We can help! Experience Grand Rapids can help you find the perfect hotel for you and your wedding guests. Just tell us what you want from a hotel: A couple’s suite? Additional guest rooms? Meeting room? Brunch? Late checkout? We’ll send your request for proposals to Grand Rapids area hotels. Then you can choose a hotel based on price, location, and other factors important to you for your special day. Experience Grand Rapids is a non-profit organization, so our services are completely free. We also offer complimentary resources that you and your guests can use to find local restaurants, activities and events.

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Alpine Events

616.396.7300 | Grand Rapids + Holland

734.418.2700 | Ann Arbor alpineevents.com

info@alpineevents.com

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At Alpine Events, our team’s number one focus is to provide you with everything you need for your wedding or backyard celebration. When you call, we answer and put our proven process with event rentals, vendor coordination, set-up, and logistics to work for you. We offer a huge selection of tents, tables, chairs, linens, lighting, furniture, table settings, and more. Don’t be overwhelmed with all the details of event planning — our team can guide you through all the choices and match you with the perfect rentals for your theme and venue. Our white-glove service handles everything from seating and linen placement to lighting, sashes, and any napkin fold you throw at us. With our experience and dedication to customer service, we guarantee you’ll have an unforgettable event.

Grand Rapids, Holland, and Ann Arbor | alpineevents.com

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Hearty Greetings

248.561.3822

653 S. Eton Street, Birmingham, MI 48009 heartygreetings.com laura@heartygreetings.com

Hearty Greetings was founded in 2012 by Laura Beyer. A snail mail enthusiast and lifelong reader, she combined her passion for the written word and love of print to create Hearty Greetings. Laura has more than 20 years of printmaking experience, and her work has been collected by colleges and universities, private collectors, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. At Hearty Greetings we believe the beauty of letterpress printing sets the tone for your perfect wedding day. We love the work we do because of the details: the perfect paper weight and texture, archival inks to match any theme, and all the dreamy finishes. We thrive on collaboration and have decades of experience finding creative solutions and making visionary ideas come to life.

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Noteworthy by Design

269.203.5853

8801 N. 32nd St., Richland, MI 49083 noteworthybydesign.com info@noteworthybydesign.com

The premier creator of stationery and gifts in Southwest Michigan, Noteworthy specializes in beautifully crafted invitations and weddingday paper goods. We understand the importance of setting the tone for your event from the moment your love story begins. We can help with everything from engagement announcements and save-the-dates to seating charts, menus, programs, thank-you cards, and more. With unmatched creativity, attention to detail, and customer service, we work with you to create stationery that leaves a lasting impression. Noteworthy’s strength is in our quality materials and passionate team of designers who bring an unmatched experience and creativity to every project. Working with budgets of all sizes, we make your vision a reality.

heartygreetings.com

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Rock Paper Scissors

734.531.6264

216 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 rockpaperscissorsshop.com

laine@rockpaperscissorsshop.com

Browsing invitations online can be overwhelming. Let us be your guide! From making sure your etiquette is Martha Stewart approved, to helping you craft the perfect invitation wording, and staying within that necessary (but pesky!) budget — count on us to make this an easy, breezy (and dare we say fun!) part of your big day. Schedule an appointment today and let’s get started creating wedding stationery that reflects your style. No matter what you fancy, from foil to hand lettering to letterpress to illustrated maps, we will make your vision come to life. At Rock Paper Scissors, our mission is to help you celebrate everything!

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Applause Catering + Events

616.940.0001

3755 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Suite C, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 applause-catering.net

thaaksma@applause-catering.net | smcintyre@applause-catering.net

At Applause Catering + Events, our goal is to provide you a one-ofa-kind experience that leaves a smile on your face with our warm customer service, custom-made menus, delightful culinary treats, breathtaking venues, creative table presentation, and VIP treatment for all guests and clients. Applause is a full-service catering and event design company with an unrivaled list of services. Focusing on the details delivers that special element that makes your event sparkle, and we have the flexibility to handle your unique requests. At Applause, we work closely with you to create a magical, memorable experience on your wedding day.

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KJ Catering

616.805.4590

1808 Monroe Ave., Suite B Grand Rapids, MI 49505 info@kjcatering.net

Food connects people, nourishes souls, and inspires ideas. It’s that passion for food in all its glory that fuels our search for the freshest ingredients, drives our creation of seasonal menus, and provides our clients with outstanding culinary experiences. At KJ Catering, food is the art of combining ingredients to create a masterpiece, something that you experience through ALL of your senses. From the most basic dishes to the extreme dishes, fresh ingredients from local sources are key. We support local farmers and other local companies to provide an exceptional culinary experience. Each menu is unique, different, and challenges our team to reach new heights and push ourselves to provide great food and a great experience for you and your guests.

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SERVING: West Michigan
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Gilmore Catering

616.356.2627

20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 gilmore-catering.com

ashea@gilmorecatering.com

SERVING: Southeast Michigan + West Michigan

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Gilmore Catering is West Michigan’s premier caterer and event planning expert. With over 40 years of experience, we have gracefully hosted and catered weddings of all sizes and styles, from metropolitan extravaganzas to lakeside romance, rustic countryside charm, and everything in between. Our commitment to inclusivity extends to all types of weddings, including traditional, modern, and LGBT celebrations. Our devoted team includes seasoned event specialists and culinary virtuosos, all driven by a profound passion for hospitality. We pride ourselves on our flexibility, offering tailored solutions that cater to your unique preferences. Whether you have specific dietary requirements or special requests, our team will craft a menu that accommodate your needs. We believe that every wedding is unique, and we are dedicated to making yours an unforgettable experience. We cater with character!

20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 |

616.356.2627

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Distinctive Catering

616.538.4384

4945 Division Ave. S, Wyoming, MI 49548

distinctivecatering.com

cateringinfo@distinctivecatering.com

SERVING: West Michigan + Mid Michigan

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Established in 1995, Distinctive Catering is one of West Michigan’s premier caterers. Our goal has always been to provide our guests with quality food and outstanding service. Distinctive Catering is the exclusive catering service provider at the Waddell Center, Historic Bowen Mills, the Crossroads Banquet Center, and more than 100 partner venues throughout West, Southwest, and Mid Michigan. We offer a variety of barbeque choices as well as elegant full-service menus — including china and linens. We also provide professional bar services to help with your planning needs. Our experienced and professional chefs and staff will handle everything, so you and your guests can relax and enjoy your special day. With our impeccable service, delectable food, and effortless style, your event will truly become an unforgettable experience.

4945 Division Ave. S, Wyoming, MI 49548 |

616.538.4384 | distinctivecatering.com

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Bash Entertainment

810.923.9782 Howell, MI bashdjs.com

shawn@bashdjs.com

Packed dance floors don’t just happen. They take planning and preparation. Our DJs know how to set your dance floor on fire with the best mix of crowd-pleasing bangers and must-play song requests. We make time to learn about you and your musical tastes, then we match you with a 5-star DJ who will curate the perfect musical experience. You’ll find our planning sessions informative and our client portal easy to use. It all adds up to a stress-free experience that gets you ready to party! Whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, private party, or school dance, we promise an unforgettable entertainment experience.

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Complete Weddings + Events

616.957.4200

3720 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 completewedo.com/grand-rapids info@completemich.com

If you’re looking to tie the knot or throw an epic event, you’ve come to the right place. Complete Weddings + Events creates awesome experiences for once-in-a-lifetime events through our photography, videography, DJ, coordination, lighting, and photo booth rental services. Whatever you need to set the stage for a phenomenal event, we have you covered. Planning your dream wedding should be simple and fun, and our services make planning easier on you. Our job is to make this easy for you, your job is to enjoy the party. When you party with Complete Weddings + Events, it’s completely about you.

bashdjs.com

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ENTERTAINMENT
SERVING: Southeast Michigan + West Michigan
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Centre for Pure Skin

616.454.1256

2060 East Paris Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 centreforpureskin.com

juliaw@gr-cps.com

SERVING: Southeast Michigan + West Michigan + Mid Michigan + Northern Michigan

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Our team of skilled aestheticians and injection specialists are passionate about helping patients like you. Located in Grand Rapids, our experts boast a unique blend of education and experience to provide top-notch care. Our connection to our sister practice, Centre for Plastic Surgery, sets us apart from all the rest. As a patient of Pure Skin, you’ll have access to our board-certified plastic surgeons, ensuring comprehensive and exceptional care. We treat everything — acne and breakouts, sun damage, aging skin, scars, skin discoloration, cellulite, and more. Whether you’re looking to enhance your face, body, or both, we are dedicated to working with you to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your goals and designed to bring out your best features, just in time for your big day!

2060 East Paris Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 |

616.454.1256 | centreforpureskin.com

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Design 1

Spa

616.301.1400

Four West Michigan Locations design1.com online@design1.com

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Design 1 Salon Spa is where bridal dreams come true. We offer exceptional bridal services that will make you look and feel radiant on your special day. Our comprehensive range of beauty treatments includes flawless makeup, hair services, facials, massages, and nail care. We’re your one-stop destination for pre-wedding pampering. What sets us apart is our personalized care and attention from the start. Our highly skilled team helps you book your appointments and works closely with you to bring your bridal vision to life. From classic updos to modern twists, we create hairstyles that complement your gown and style. Choose Design 1 Salon Spa for your wedding and discover the difference. Let our team bring out your natural beauty, enhance your unique style, and make your bridal dreams come true.

Plainfield, Cascade, Grandville, and Gaines

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616.301.1400

| design1.com

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Susan James Fragrances

424.322.0921

3661 Dunn Dr. #102, Los Angeles, CA 90034 susanjamesfragrances.com hello@susanjamesfragrances.com

SERVING: Southeast Michigan + West Michigan + Mid Michigan + Northern Michigan

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At Susan James Fragrances we specialize in crafting bespoke wedding scents that capture the magic of event memories. We offer a discovery kit complete with olfactory instructions that guide you toward revealing your personal wedding fragrance. Every creative decision you and your nearlywed have made to share this celebration with your friends and family will be forever captured in the timeless memory of your Susan James bespoke wedding scent. Our original formulas are hand blended in small batches using only the highest quality rare essential oils and safe synthetics. We offer a variety of solutions to fit your unique wedding party. Whether customizing a scent for just the couple or creating gifts for your entire wedding party and family, your memories live on beyond the moment. All packages offer customized labels and are packed with care by hand. Start your wedding scent journey today!

3661 Dunn Dr. #102, Los Angeles, CA 90034 |

424.322.0921

| susanjamesfragrances.com

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wedding checklist

Six to twelve months in advance

set your date

set your budget

compile your guest list; gather addresses

select your attendants

reserve your ceremony and reception sites

order your dress/tuxedo and accessories

book your officiant

book your caterer

book your florist

go cake tasting—and order your cake!

book your photographer, videographer, and photo booth

book your entertainment for ceremony and reception

send your save-the-dates

Four to six months in advance

reserve rental equipment

arrange transportation and valet for wedding day

order invitations and thank you notes

register for gifts

purchase wedding rings

purchase or reserve groom’s attire

select attendants’ attire

select favors, if necessary

reserve room for wedding night

reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests

select gifts for wedding party

sign up for dance lessons

write thank you notes as gifts arrive

plan and book honeymoon; obtain passports for all international travel

book hair, makeup, and all other beauty appointments

Two to four months in advance

write your wedding vows, if you choose

discuss details of service with officiant

discuss details of the menu with caterer

work with ice sculptor on design and place order for ice sculpture

select readings for ceremony

schedule rehearsal time

book rehearsal dinner location

collect images of favorite hair and makeup looks for your stylists

schedule consultation to begin teeth whitening or cosmetic enhancements

One to two months in advance

mail your invitations

contact local newspapers about wedding announcements

prepare name change documents, if necessary

have programs printed

buy guest book

obtain marriage license

notify post office of change of address, if necessary

do your trial run for both hair and makeup

Two weeks in advance

notify caterer of guest count

begin seating plan

write place cards

have final dress fitting with accessories

address announcements

write toasts for rehearsal dinner and reception

designate someone to look after your home during your honeymoon

break in your wedding shoes outdoors

get your hair cut and colored, get facial and body treatments

remind fiancé to get hair cut!

One week in advance

finalize seating arrangements

pick up dress/tuxedo

confirm details and guest count with caterer

confirm honeymoon arrangements

pack for wedding night

pack for honeymoon

schedule all hair removal services and massage for three days before wedding

Day before

give announcements to attendant for mailing after the wedding

confirm transportation arrangements for ceremony and reception

get manicure and pedicure

exfoliate your skin for smooth makeup application; wash hair for next day

Your wedding day

eat a decent breakfast!

get hair styled and makeup applied; wear a button-down shirt!

take it all in and enjoy yourselves!

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Ceremony + Reception

ceremony location fee $ officiant’s fee $ marriage license $ reception site fee $ cake $ food $ beverages $ transportation/valet $ tips $ SUBTOTAL $

Flowers + Decorations ceremony flowers $ bride’s bouquet $ bridesmaids’ bouquets $ flower girl accessories $ corsages $ boutonniéres $ centerpieces & decorations $ chair covers $ SUBTOTAL $

Attire + Jewelry wedding gown $ headpiece/veil $ bride’s shoes $ lingerie $ jewelry/accessories $ groom’s suit/tux $ groom’s shoes $ groom’s accessories $ wedding rings $ SUBTOTAL $ Music ceremony music $ reception music $ SUBTOTAL $

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Beauty + Grooming trial run hair styling $ day-of-wedding hair styling $ hair removal $ spray tan $ make-up application $ manicure/pedicure $ wedding scent $ SUBTOTAL $

Gifts, Favors, Odds + Ends wedding party gifts $ parents’ gifts $ favors $ ring pillow $ guest book $ engraving $

Photography + Video photographer’s fee $ engagement session $ wedding albums $ additional prints/canvases $ videography $ photo booth $ SUBTOTAL $ Stationery save-the-dates $ invitations & envelopes $ programs $ seating & place cards $ thank you notes $ postage $ announcements $ SUBTOTAL $
GRAND TOTAL .................................. $_______
SUBTOTAL $
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You’re Finally Married!

So, how do you change your name?

Wondering how to change your name after the wedding? Ready to start ordering ALL the things with your new monogram? The following step-by-step guide is intended to help you navigate getting your name changed here in Michigan. Our goal is for you to have this over and done with for good once you finish this list.

1PURCHASE CERTIFIED COPIES OF YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE IN ADVANCE

These documents are the most important part; so important that you can’t move on to step two without them. Do this when you go to apply for your license.

2UPDATE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

You can either apply for a new social security card by mail or in person at your local Social Security office. If you plan on going to the Social Security office in person, you can save yourself some time by filling out an application

online for a social security card in advance. While on their website, be sure to find out what documents you will need to bring with you.

3GET YOUR NEW DRIVER’S LICENSE

Updating your driver’s license with a new name must be done in person. In Michigan, you will need to have your name updated on your license and take a new photograph, as well as pay the renewal fee. Michigan’s Secretary of State offices accept appointments; you can make yours online. While you are on the site making your appointment, be sure to see which documents you will need to bring with you.

4GET A NEW PASSPORT + TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Changing your name on your passport is considered a correction. If your passport was issued less than a year ago, you’ll be able to have the correction made without paying a fee. However, if you’ve had your current passport for a year or more, there will be a fee. While all passport changes must be applied for by mail, the U.S. Department of State has a convenient tool on their website that will help you fill out the change form. While you are on the site, be sure to see which documents you will need to send to the National Passport Processing Center.

5CHANGE THE NAME ON YOUR BANK ACCOUNTS

As soon as your identification has been updated with your new name, head to your local bank branch to update the information on your bank accounts. Note that most banks require that these changes be made in person. We recommend you call ahead to see which documents you will need to bring with you.

6CHANGE THE NAME ON YOUR CREDIT CARDS

The process for changing your name on your credit cards will vary by institution. Call your credit card company directly to see what their procedures are. You can usually find the customer service number on the back of your credit card.

7PROVIDE YOUR NEW NAME AND BANKING INFORMATION TO YOUR EMPLOYER

Now that your ID and bank accounts match, contact your company’s Human Resources office or payroll processor to provide your new information as soon as possible. This way your checks will be issued with the correct name, and direct deposits will be processed correctly and — most important — swiftly!

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8UPDATE YOUR INSURANCE INFORMATION

Whether you’re combining insurance policies or are simply updating the information on your own policy, this is a major change you need to make as soon as possible to ensure you’re covered in the event of a claim. You will need a copy of your marriage license to move this along.

If you’re insured through your employer, go through human resources or the insurance representative to find the appropriate forms and contact information.

Planning to combine your coverage? Make these changes all at once. Marriage is considered a major life event, so you also have the opportunity to change your health care coverage — even if it isn’t an enrollment period. For auto and home insurance, adding an additional vehicle or a new home to your policy could result in some great savings if you combine multiple policies with the same company.

9UPDATE YOUR MORTGAGE, RENT, AND UTILITY COMPANIES

With your new name and new payment information in hand, it’s time to update the payment information for your mortgage or rent, and your utility companies. Most can be easily updated online in your account portal or on the phone, and should be as simple as typing in your new last name and entering your new credit card number or bank routing information.

10REVIEW YOUR CREDIT + DEBIT CARD STATEMENTS FOR AUTO-PAY ACCOUNTS

From Netflix and HBO to the hosting for your blog, we’ve all got smaller automatic payments that happen monthly that we can sometimes forget about. Look through a couple months of statements on all of your cards and accounts, keeping an eye out for payments that you’re making automatically. Log in to those accounts to make the change, then input your new credit card or banking information and update your billing information with your new name.

Scan here to see an in-depth version of this resource on our website with links to all of the necessary documents and resources for each step.

It’s happening! time to get your marriage license!

If you’re at this step, then you’re getting married REALLY soon — within 33 days to be exact, since that’s how long you’ll have once you apply for your marriage license! Here’s a step-by-step guide for getting your marriage license in the state of Michigan:

1SET DATE

Make sure you know your date before applying!

2 APPLY

You can apply online or in person. Contact information for every county clerk’s office in Michigan can be found by scanning the QR code below.

3 SECURITY NUMBERS

SOCIAL

You will need to provide social security numbers for both applicants. Applicants without a social security number must provide a legal explanation in person at the county clerk’s office.

4 PROOF OF AGE

Government-issued birth certificates and current driver’s licenses or state IDs (copies sufficient) are required for both applicants. Documents must be in English.

5 RESIDENCE

At least one applicant must be a resident of the county in which you are to be married. If both parties are from out of state, but getting married in Michigan, they must apply for their license in the county where their ceremony will take place. Proof of address is required with either a valid driver’s license or state ID.

6 FEE

The fee is $20 for Michigan residents and $30 for out-of-state applicants.

7 PICK UP

License must be picked up in person — with all required documents — at the county clerk’s office no sooner than 3 days after submitting your application.

Scan here to see this resource on our website with all of the contact information for every county in Michigan linked directly!

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index 2Gather 135 2gathermore.com | Venues 248.724.6282 3391 Cross Creek Parkway Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Almassian Jewelers 169 almassianjewelers.com | Jewelry 616.949.8888 1144 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 4 Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Alpine Events 171 alpineevents.com | Rentals + Decor 616.396.7300 3457 Roger B Chaffee Memorial Blvd. S Grand Rapids, MI 49548 Alpine Events 171 alpineevents.com | Rentals + Decor 734.418.2700 2285 W. Liberty St. Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest 137 marriott.com/dtwys | Venues 734.487.2000 1275 S. Huron Street Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Applause Catering + Events 174 applause-catering.net | Food + Beverage Catering 616.940.0001 3755 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Suite C Grand Rapids, MI 49512 The Ballroom@ CityFlatsHotel 144 cityflatshotel.com | Venues 616.608.1727 83 Monroe Center St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Bash Entertainment 177 bashdjs.com | Entertainment 810.923.9782 Howell, MI Bay Pointe 145 baypointeinn.com | Venues 269.672.8111 11456 Marsh Road Shelbyville, MI 49344 Becker’s Bridal 166 beckersbridal.com | Wedding Fashion 989.593.2595 155 S. Main St. Fowler, MI 48835 Café Cortina 134 cafecortina.com | Venues 248.474.3033 30715 W. 10 Mile Road Farmington Hills, MI 48336 Camp Blodgett – Loeks Retreat Center 142 campblodgett.org | Venues 616.949.0780 10451 Lakeshore Dr. West Olive, MI 49460 Camp Newaygo 157 campnewaygo.org | Venues 231.652.1184 5333 S. Centerline Rd. Newaygo, MI 49337 Centre for Pure Skin 178 centreforpureskin.com | Health, Beauty + Grooming 616.454.1256 2060 East Paris Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Complete Weddings + Events 177 completewedo.com/grand-rapids | Entertainment 616.957.4200 3720 28th St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 The Cottage at Ravines Golf Club 139 redwaterevents.com/venues/ravines-golf-club | Venues 616.264.6813 3520 Palmer Dr. Saugatuck, MI 49453 PROVIDER PAGE PROVIDER PAGE nearlywed 188 Spring 2024
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directory index Crossroads Conference Center 148 crossroadsbanquet.com | Venues 616.656.7777 6611 Clay Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49548 Design 1 Salon Spa 179 design1.com | Health, Beauty + Grooming 616.301.1400 4485 Plainfield Ave. NE, Suite 201 Grand Rapids, MI 49525 Design 1 Salon Spa 179 design1.com | Health, Beauty + Grooming 616.301.1400 5747 28th St. SE, Suite 102 Grand Rapids, MI 49548 Design 1 Salon Spa 179 design1.com | Health, Beauty + Grooming 616.301.1400 4693 Wilson Ave. SW, Suite F Grandville, MI 49418 Design 1 Salon Spa 179 design1.com | Health, Beauty + Grooming 616.301.1400 6750 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Suite F Grand Rapids, MI 49508 Distinctive Catering 176 distinctivecatering.com | Food + Beverage Catering 616.538.4384 4945 Division Ave. S Wyoming, MI 49548 Eastern Floral 166 easternfloralweddings.com | Floral 616.949.2200 2836 Broadmoor Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Experience Grand Rapids 170 experiencegr.com | Accommodations 616.233.3574 171 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 545 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park 154 meijergardens.org | Venues 616.975.3146 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 Gervasi Vineyard Resort & Spa 161 gervasivineyard.com | Venues 330.497.1000 1700 55th Street NE Canton, OH 44721 The Gilmore 150 thegilmoregr.com | Venues 616.426.2693 5179 W. River Dr. NE Comstock Park, MI 49321 Gilmore Catering 175 gilmore-catering.com | Food + Beverage Catering 616.356.2627 20 Monroe Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan 156 gshom.org | Venues 800.497.2688 601 W. Maple Street Kalamazoo, MI 49008 The Goei Center 152 thegoeicenter.com | Venues 616.949.2421 818 Butterworth Street SW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists 165 greatlakesclothingcare.com | Wedding Fashion 616.399.2793 983 Butternut Dr. Holland, MI 49424 Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists 165 greatlakesclothingcare.com | Wedding Fashion 616.647.7826 744 Leonard NW, Suite B Grand Rapids, MI 49504 PROVIDER PAGE PROVIDER PAGE 189 nearlywed nearlywed.com
Hearty Greetings 172 heartygreetings.com | Stationery 248.561.3822 653 S. Eton Street Birmingham, MI 48009 The Harris Building 147 theharrisbuilding.com | Venues 616.256.2535 111 Division Ave. S Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Hidden Grove Estate 158 hiddengroveestate.com | Venues 517.202.2627 2335 N. Williamston Rd. Williamston, MI 48895 The High Five 151 thehighfivegr.com | Venues 616.828.1411 19 La Grave Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Holiday Inn Spring Lake-Grand Haven 155 holidayinn.com | Venues 616.846.1000 Ext 4 940 W. Savidge Street Spring Lake, MI 49456 The Homestead 160 thehomesteadresort.com | Venues 231.334.5300 1 Wood Ridge Rd. Glen Arbor, MI 49636 The Inn at Harbor Shores 149 innatharborshores.com | Venues 269.983.1111 800 Whitwam Dr. St. Joseph, MI 49085 The Inn at Stonecliffe 159 theinnatstonecliffe.com | Venues 906.847.3355 8593 Cudahy Circle Mackinac Island, MI 49757 KJ Catering 174 kjcatering.net | Food + Beverage Catering 616.805.4590 1808 Monroe Ave., Suite B Grand Rapids, MI 49505 Laurel Manor 136 laurelmanor.com | Venues 734.462.0770 39000 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, MI 48150 Lucido Fine Jewelry 168 lucidojewelry.com | Jewelry 248.723.7880 250 N. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009 Lucido Fine Jewelry 168 lucidojewelry.com | Jewelry 248.402.0300 312 S. Main St. Rochester, MI 48307 Lucido Fine Jewelry 168 lucidojewelry.com | Jewelry 586.997.0011 42825 Schoenherr Road Sterling Heights, MI 48313 Manno Clothing & Tailoring 162 mannoclothing.com | Wedding Fashion 313.561.1419 1009 Ann Arbor Rd. Plymouth, MI 48170 Noteworthy by Design 172 noteworthybydesign.com | Stationery 269.203.5853 8801 N. 32nd St. Richland, MI 49083 The Pavilion at Waters Edge Golf Course 143 watersedgefremont.com/pavilion | Venues 231.414.4020 1100 N. Ramshorn Dr. Fremont, MI 49412 PROVIDER PAGE PROVIDER PAGE nearlywed 190 Spring 2024
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directory index RC Caylan Atelier 165 rccaylan.com | Wedding Fashion 616.259.7171 1876 Breton Rd. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 Rock Paper Scissors 173 rockpaperscissorsshop.com | Stationery 734.531.6264 216 S. Main Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 The Silo 153 silobanquet.com | Venues 269.686.8383 1071 32nd St. Allegan, MI 49010 Spring Sweet 164 springsweet.com | Wedding Fashion 616.303.3013 56 E. 8th St. Holland, MI 49423 Sunnybrook Country Club 141 redwaterevents.com/venues/sunnybrook-country-club | Venues 616.264.6815 624 Port Sheldon Street SW Grandville, MI 49418 Susan James 180 susanjamesfragrances.com | Health, Beauty + Grooming 424.322.0921 3661 Dunn Dr. #102 Los Angeles, CA 90034 Thornapple Pointe Golf Club 140 redwaterevents.com/venues/thornapple-pointe | Venues 616.264.6816 7211 48th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Thousand Oaks Golf Club 138 redwaterevents.com/venues/thousand-oaks | Venues 616.264.6817 4100 Thousand Oaks Dr. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 The Waddell Center 146 waddellbanquetcenter.com | Venues 616.538.4384 1115 Taylor Ave. N Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Waterfall Jewelers 167 waterfalljewelers.com | Jewelry 248.623.9422 5619 Dixie Hwy. Waterford, MI 48329 Waterfall Jewelers 167 waterfalljewelers.com | Jewelry 248.698.1200 340 Town Center Blvd., Suite E108 White Lake, MI 48386 Wed Company Wedding Wear 164 wedcompanygr.com | Wedding Fashion 616.647.7826 744 Leonard NW, Suite B Grand Rapids, MI 49504 The Wedding Shoppe 163 theweddingshoppe.net | Wedding Fashion 248.541.1988 2186 Coolidge Hwy. Berkley, MI 48072 Witte Travel 170 wittetravel.com | Travel 616.942.5112 3250 28th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Zingerman’s Cornman Farms 132 cornmanfarms.com | Venues 734.619.8100 8540 Island Lake Rd. Dexter, MI 48130 PROVIDER PAGE PROVIDER PAGE For complete information, service details, and photo galleries of every wedding vendor in this directory, please visit nearlywed.com nearlywed michigan weddings 191 nearlywed nearlywed.com

endnote

“When selecting a wedding venue, carefully consider the images you envision for your special day. It is crucial to choose a venue that aligns seamlessly with your aesthetic preferences. Commencing the wedding planning process on a positive note involves selecting the ideal space and destination that truly reflects your vision.”

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