__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 1


Introducing Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux Brut Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux Brut, a sparkling wine with an added hint of blueberries, is a delicate wine reserved for memorable celebrations. It offers seductive flavors and fresh aromatic effervescence—vividly pasteled with blueberries. All of this is contained in an impressively sexy bottle with tasteful flair. The fruit for Blanc de Bleu is grown in select vineyards, known for their cool and clear breezes—ideal conditions for the exclusive grapes and soils that accentuate the profoundly flavorful characteristics.

www.BlancdeBleuUSA.com Sparkling grape wine with organic blueberry juice concentrate and certified color. Drink responsibly. Drive responsibly.

Bronco Wine Co. | www.broncowine.com | 855.874.2394 | ©2017 Blanc de Bleu, Ceres, CA

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 1

4/3/17 10:12 AM


L

Indulge in uxury

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 2

4/3/17 10:12 AM


y with The Bentley

Indulge in an impeccable, dazzling wedding fit for royalty at Metro Detroit’s premier luxury venue. At The Bentley, your special day will be nothing less than glorious. Our neoclassical architecture is beautifully designed with dramatic elements, embellished with 126 stunning crystal chandeliers, sculptured ceilings and exquisite, finely detailed ballrooms. Our breathtaking Royal Bridal Suite is a bride's dream come true for dressing and detailing. And our radiant outdoor seating area is accented by a spectacular waterfall and pergola.

Delight in a delectable culinary experience under the care of three award-winning, international chefs with a world-class repertoire of cuisine, tailored with unparalleled personal service. At The Bentley, we believe that each wedding should be intimate and exclusive and we host only one wedding at a time. Whether you have a wedding ceremony, reception, corporate business meeting, special occasion or catering event, make an unforgettable, lasting impression with our sophisticated team of Bentley experts.

646 Biddle Avenue . Wyandotte, MI 48192 . www.bentleybanquet.com

734 .285 . 4044

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 3

4/3/17 10:12 AM


CONTENTS

contents FALL/WINTER 2017

in this issue 12 18 20 28 40 46 50 56 59 65 234 236

256

get the look theknot.com editor’s letter ask carley top picks 8 scenic weddingworthy sites expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories anatomy of an emergency kit marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

166

let the good times roll

PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL COSTELLO

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 4

4/3/17 10:13 AM


Indianwood Golf & Country Club e lic b u P

lcom e W

1081 Indianwood Rd. Lake Orion MI 48361

Since 1925

Affordable, Historic, and Classic Country Club Setting Call 248-693-9100 To Book Your Event • www.iwgcc.com

King’s Court Castle

At Canterbury Village 2325 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion MI

Fairy-tale Weddings With Great Pricing Since 1993

Call 248-391-1900 To Book Your Event • www.kingscourtcastle.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 5

4/3/17 10:13 AM


CONTENTS

140

hot trends to make your own

fashion 166

let the good times roll High-low hems, feathers and fringe make for a fun, flirty bridal look.

177

make it suite Your morning-of to-dos.

183

maid for style Make sure your girls look fabulous.

188

works of art Find the right ring for you.

beauty & wellness 194

foodie beauty Healthy foods to keep you gorgeous.

style wedding themes 101

150

140

hot trends to make your own The ideas we’re loving this year.

wedding cakes by style How to make your cake mirror your vibe and theme.

Our glossary has everything you need.

157

where to register right now The nitty-gritty on our favorite retailers.

188

works of art

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 6

FROM TOP: VICKI GR AFTON PHOTOGR APHY; YASU + JUNKO

128

4/3/17 10:13 AM


When every detail must be perfect...

SARAH KOSSUCH PHOTOGRAPHY

...allow us to make it happen! International Banquet & Conference Center • 400 Monroe St. 8th Floor Detroit, MI 48226 Phone: 313.963.1400 | www.InternationalBanquets.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 7

4/3/17 10:13 AM


CONTENTS

real weddings 70

annie & ben june 25, ann arbor

74

mary & eric october 2, dexter

78

sabrina & grant july 2, negaunee

82

pooja & nitin june 11, dearborn

86

allison & tucker august 1, armada

90

shannon & michael august 6, detroit

196

happy campers

119

82

pooja & nitin

196

your northern michigan nuptials made easy

209

Our ultimate planning tips and can’t-miss spots up north.

215

happy campers

222

Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

94

kierra & devier

203

june 18, kalamazoo

98

marjorie & peter

Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

the big picture Ask your photographer these questions.

hottest honeymoon destinations Pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

Little things you can save on, big things you can sacrifice and how it all adds up.

october 9, west bloomfield

102

how to actually pay for your wedding

13 essential planning tips

justine & devin august 12, flint

106

holly & sara july 23, conklin

108

sarah & jake august 27, mackinac island

113

christy & mark june 18, omena

real wedding budget key $ = $10,000 or less

We know your #1 question is “How much does this cost?” so we worked with the couples to tally up their final budgets (sweat and tears not included!). Keep in mind that this total doesn’t reflect the prices of their individual wedding professionals or the quality of their work. Every couple has different priorities— while one might have spent the majority of their budget on a stellar cake, another might have splurged on their photographer or showstopping florals.

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 8

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

FROM LEFT: ROSY & SHAUN WEDDING PHOTOGR APHERS; JEREMIAH AND R ACHEL PHOTOGR APHY

8

K

planning

4/5/17 11:49 AM


Destination Detroit

Yo ur li f e tim e of l ove b e gins w ith a ro mantic w ate r f ro nt ceremony and reception cruise aboard one of our lu x ur i o usl y ap p ointe d y acht s . Pan o r amic v i ews an d o p e n -air sun d e ck s are a p e r f e c t alte r nati ve to tr a diti o nal ve nu es – an d make f o r a dis tin c ti ve l y M ichigan we d din g . Treat yo ur s e l f, an d up to 30 0 gu es t s , to an unf o rg e t t ab l e experience, complete with sumptuous cuisine and f lawless ser vice.

Sche dule a private tour to day!

586-217-3989 I n f init yAndO vatio n. co m

IOYC Knot Magazine Ad 2017 V3.indd 1 MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 9

2/17/2017 4:06:05 PM 4/3/17 10:13 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 10

4/3/17 10:13 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 11

4/3/17 10:13 AM


get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

Check out more fashion-forward dresses for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

ON HER

ON HER

ON HER

Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Roma Sposa Atelier, RomaSposa .com (Birmingham); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

Dress, price upon request, Marchesa.com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com

Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at L’amour Bridal, LamourBridalMI.com (Novi); headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com

12

K

ON HIM

EASY RIDER Photographer Paul Costello snaps our models cruising through the French Quarter.

ON HIM

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar.com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com shot on location at Hotel Provincial, HotelProvincial.com

behind the scenes

MODEL BEHAVIOR Design director Tracy Everding and photo assistant Alex Darsey scout locations.

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 12

JAZZ IT UP With its vibrant music scene and colorful architecture, New Orleans was the perfect backdrop for our fun and flirty fashion feature, “Let the Good Times Roll.” After all, what better place to shoot party dresses and statement accessories than a city known for its one-of-a-kind, celebratory vibe?

photography: Paul Costello fashion styling: Audrey Slater hair: Miok for Wella Professionals

at Judy Casey Inc. makeup: Brett Jackson using NARS Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company florals: Poppy & Mint Floral Company

4/3/17 10:15 AM


Photographic Visions

Mike Greer Photography

Craig David Butler Photography

The Tradition Continues at Wabeek Country Club Since 1972

Wabeek Country Club BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICHIGAN

4000 Club Gate Drive, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 • 248.855.0700 • www.wabeekcc.org AAVA Photography

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 13

Elayne Gross Photography

4/3/17 10:15 AM


Every last detail was amazing and nearly brought me to tears. Everyone I have talked to has told me that our wedding was the most elegant wedding they have ever been to. I will never forget the amazing service and treatment.

– Jaclyn & Phillip, Married June 30, 2016

CHOOSE CHERRY CREEK’S BEAUTIFUL GOLF CLUB TO HOST THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF YOUR LIFE. SURROUNDED BY A BEAUTIFUL LAKE AND AWARD-WINNING STAFF, YOUR WEDDING WILL SURELY BE AN EVENT TO REMEMBER.

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 14

4/3/17 10:15 AM


Cherry

Creek

was

absolutely

perfect! It was beautiful inside and out, and the food was delicious. The staff was so helpful and went above and beyond to make sure that our wedding was perfect. We would definitely recommend this venue!

– Benjamin & Kendall, Married October 2, 2016

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 15

4/3/17 10:15 AM


K MICHIGAN

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kellie Gould

MANAGING EDITORS

DEPUTY EDITOR

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

DESIGN DIRECTOR

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Toby Fox

Tracy Everding

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR DIGITAL EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, REAL WEDDINGS ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, DIGITAL SOCIAL EDITOR SENIOR DESIGNER DESIGNER REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR ASSOCIATE DIGITAL PHOTO EDITOR EDITORIAL & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Esther Lee Shelley Brown Ivy Jacobson Stephanie Cain Rachel Sylvester Maria Bouselli Katie Kortebein Andrea Fowler Farah Prince Maggie Seaver Jessica Molinari Katelyn Baker Katie Ragan Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Sarah Love Barrie Tovar Toni Franchini

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Daryl Wills, Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier PRINT QUALITY ASSURANCE Lois Brunnert Bethune

16

K

THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig DIRECTOR, BRAND EXPERIENCE Alexis Jonnson PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine VIDEO PRODUCER Jose Marmolejos SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher PROJECT MANAGER Elizabeth Smith ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Denise Hall-Green, dhgreen@theknot.com (248) 855-5411 REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE JEWELRY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER STRATEGY SPECIALIST DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS

Alex Huerter, ahuerter@theknot.com (855) 333-8868 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 Tricia Dixon, tdixon@xogrp.com (866) 743-2278 Maria Catalano, mcatalano@theknot.com (855) 498-5668 Nikole Spangler, nspangler@theknot.com (866) 367-3121 Muthithar Vinson, mvinson@xogrp.com (855) 891-7062 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 Christina Frauendorfer, christinaf@theknot.com (877) 825-1806 Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com

COFOUNDER Carley Roney

The Knot Michigan is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2017 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Michigan are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983 please recycle after wedding

MITKRFW17_Sect_01_(001-016) [P]{MiCH}.indd 16

4/3/17 10:15 AM


d o c u m e n t a r y

w e d d i n g

p h o t o g r a p h y

Sarah Kossuch Photography is a team of women who love documenting beautiful, happy couples in love. We are a published and nationally recognized wedding photography team that brings a unique, sophisticated style to artistic documentary wedding photography.

248-705-6014 • WWW.SARAHKOSSUCH.COM • SARAH@SARAHKOSSUCH.COM 1775 WEST HAMLIN, SUITE B • ROCHESTER HILLS, MI 48309

MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 17

4/3/17 10:09 AM


.com/michigan Discover new ideas, get answers to your questions and find local wedding pros that fit your style and budget.

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired

Browse top weddings from the Great Lakes State for the ultimate local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show your guests what a true Michigan celebration is all about, like Laura and Nadira’s Traverse City nuptials. Their vintage-glam affair included a stunning waterfront ceremony and sweet caramel apple cake.

k

+

=

Here are some of our Instagram favorites.

THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2017

Find the top-rated pros in your area and why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow. FOLLOW US:

facebook.com/theknot

MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 18

pinterest.com/theknot

18,428 LIKES

This shot of a groom saying vows to his bride’s daughter melted our hearts. @toddpellowe

@theknot

21,424 LIKES

A romantic wedding arch creates the perfect backdrop for a dreamy first kiss. @bretthickmanphoto

@theknot

LAUR A & NADIR A: WILLOW NOAVI PHOTOGR APHY; ILLUSTR ATION: YING CHANG

18

K

Gather your dream team of wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/stateguides. Your Michigan directory has everything you need to know about saying “I do,” from getting your marriage license to seasonal tips. Then, connect with planners, florists, photographers and more by searching by region and price in our ever-expanding local marketplace. Happy planning!

@theknot

4/3/17 10:10 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 19

4/3/17 10:10 AM


EDITOR’ S LET TER

Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 203) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 222)

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 128). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 150) and all the other details, as well as choose a dress that suits you and your wedding. And whether it’s a fun, flirty or straight-up sexy gown you’re envisioning, turn to “Let the Good Times Roll” (p. 166) for some seriously beautiful fashion inspo. Of course, it will be hard to pull off your day without a plan for how to pay for it. Luckily, we’ve got tips and tricks for ways to save (p. 203). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 140) to where to register right now (p. 157), so get ready to dog-ear pages and let us help you plan a wedding that’s totally you.

20

K

I love the detailing on this Hayley Paige gown. (p. 166)

This cake is a work of art, and one of my faves. (p. 150)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 128)

MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 20

Send me questions at kellie@theknot.com or find me on Instagram @kelliegouldny

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY OF LOCATION; LIBBY VANDERPLOEG; SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGR APHY; PERNILLE LOOF; PAUL COSTELLO

Congrats, You’re Engaged!

4/3/17 10:12 AM


When it’s right, you just know. Tell your love story the way you’ve always desired. At Michigan’s Premier Wedding destination, we design each event uniquely around you. Your love is one of a kind, and your wedding should be too. See more — follow us on Instagram and Pinterest. To meet with one of our certified event planners, call 313.982.6220.

thehenryford.org/weddings

Take it forward.® Made You Look Photo

43173 MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) THF The Knot Ad FINAL.indd 1 [P]{MiCH}.indd 21

2/16/17 12:04 AM PM 4/3/17 10:12


Advertisement

DREAM WEDDINGS START HERE

1

Three reasons to throw your big day at Roostertail, a historic Detroit venue.

2

GORGEOUS BACKDROPS Overlooking the Detroit River, Roostertail’s picturesque scenery is ideal for all of your wedding photos. From the outdoor deck to rooms with river and skyline views, you can count on beautiful backdrops—not to mention other cool features you and your guests will love, like LED waterfalls, cascading fountains and even a fireplace.

MG PHOTOGRAPHY

CULTURAL EXPERTISE With more than 17 years of experience at the venue (in fact, she had her own wedding here in 1999!), Roostertail’s Shawna Eaton-Peplinski has gained expertise in many cultural and religious traditions, including Indian and Jewish customs. So whether you need a mandap or chuppah, they’ve got you covered. SAM SARKIS PHOTOGRAPHY

3

CUSTOMIZED EXPERIENCES There are no cookie-cutter events here. “Each wedding at Roostertail is individually tailored to that couple,” Eaton-Peplinski says. The team will help you plan every detail, including the décor, entertainment and catering, to make the wedding day of your dreams come to life.

DETROIT’S PREMIER WATERFRONT ENTERTAINMENT FACILITY

MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 22

CALL TODAY (313) 822-1234 VISIT ROOSTERTAIL.COM

4/3/17 10:12 AM


BREATHLESS

MAGICAL

TIMELESS

WHAT WOULD

YOUR ROOSTERTAIL FAIRYTAIL WEDDING TM

LOOK LIKE?

DREAM

BELIEVE

CREATE

DETROIT’S PREMIER WATERFRONT ENTERTAINMENT FACILITY

CALL TODAY (313) 822-1234

M

MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 23

VISIT ROOSTERTAIL.COM

4/3/17 10:12 AM


Opulent Ballrooms Close Convenient Parking Detroit’s Favorite Venue

Colony Club 2310 Park Ave. Detroit, MI 48201 Event Office: (313) 463-4215 www.gemcolonyevents.com

Photo by: Jeffery Lewis Bennett

Gem-Colony The Knot (8.375x10.75).indd 1 MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 24

7/17/16 1:30 PM 4/3/17 10:12 AM


CRAIG DAVID BUTLER STUDIOS

Your beautiful white wedding begins on our greens. Imagine all the elements of a perfect wedding—award-winning cuisine, amazing ambiance and spectacular service. Now imagine it set to a wooded, waterfront background, complete with outdoor gazebo, plush greens and bountiful blossoms. Put you, your fiancé, and up to 400 guests in the picture and you’ve got the perfect wedding, here, at Twin Lakes Golf Club. 248.601.4172

WWW.TWINLAKESGC.COM

ENGAGEMENT PARTIES | SHOWERS | CEREMONIES | RECEPTIONS | REHEARSALS | BACHELOR PARTY GOLF OUTINGS

MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 25

4/3/17 10:12 AM


CHECKLIST

4-5 MONTHS

MONTH

date: ______ /______ /______

date: ______ /______ /______

Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs, linens and so on) with the caterer or rental company. Complete your wedding cake order and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one. Buy wedding rings. Arrange day-of transportation for yourselves and the wedding party.

3

MONTHS

26

K

date: ______ /______ /______

Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it official. Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

2

MONTHS date: ______ /______ /______

Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Work on your vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves. Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments. Finalize the menu. Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 26

our planner app is a must-have!

Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want.

1-2 WEEKS

date: ______ /______ /______

Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager, and finish the seating chart. Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager. Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for day-of tasks. Make sure all beauty appointments are scheduled.

2-3 DAYS

date: ______ /______ /______

K wedding planning tools Our apps and online tools for top to-dos in the first months of planning make the process easy. OUR APPS THE KNOT GUEST LIST AND WEDDING WEBSITES MANAGER Create your wedding website and guest list. Guests can access the app to get essential details and share photos. WEDDING LOOKBOOK BY THE KNOT Search for the hottest dresses and rings, and see where you can find them in your area. WEDDING PLANNER BY THE KNOT Consider this your personalized organizer: It includes the Wedding Budget Calculator and The Ultimate Wedding Checklist.

Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and the reception sites one more time to go over the schedule.

1

DAY BEFORE date: ______ /______ /______

Give the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Breathe—and have fun!

OUR ONLINE TOOLS THEKNOT.COM/WEDDINGWEBSITES Build your customized wedding website by choosing from unique design schemes and colors. The best part? It’s free! THEKNOT.COM/REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores and track all of your gifts. Be sure to share your registries on your wedding website. THEKNOT.COM/MARKETPLACE Research, read reviews, directly connect, then book top wedding vendors in your area, in all categories. THEKNOT.COM/CONCIERGE Take our quiz to help you find the perfect venue. Plus, we’ll help you schedule site tours and book for your day.

SC STOCKSHOP

Finalize all of your flower arrangements with your florist.

1

4/3/17 10:12 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 27

4/3/17 10:12 AM


EXPERT Q& A

ask carley Our cofounder answers your questions.

My fiancé is Hindu, and while we’ve chosen not to have a religious ceremony, I want to surprise him with a few personal touches from his heritage. Any suggestions? The best way to do this is subtly. Gold and red, both auspicious colors in Indian tradition, could appear throughout your wedding details. Choose a red stationery suite inked in gold, have your bridesmaids wear red or decorate your tables with gold-plated urns filled with red, pink and yellow blooms. Elephants (to honor the god Ganesh) could also play a role, or include a modern mandap in the ceremony.

Q A

I’m having trouble finding accessories to match my style of dress—how should I start?

SEATING STRESS

One or two accessories can complete any look (and make it your own), but try not to pile on too many pieces or you’ll be headed for a fashion faux pas. But if you want to achieve glamgirl status, feel free to add a big, bold necklace to your embellished dress, plus a crystal clutch. Is modern more your style? Then a sleek column gown with a pair of sexy metallic shoes and a haute headband will do the trick. For a more vintage look, go for lace and heirloom-like details such as gloves and a brooch.

A HAIR AHEAD

Q A

If my bridesmaids are getting their hair and makeup done, do I go before or after them?

It usually takes a pro about two to three hours to do a bride’s hair and makeup. More time may be needed if they have to make lots of adjustments or start over (which hopefully won’t happen, but you should prepare for it anyway). To save time and stress, ask bridesmaids to do their own hair and makeup, and then have your professional touch them up. Or, preferably, hire a separate person for your attendants and mom. If the pro will be working on both you and the others, you should go last so your look is nice and fresh for pictures.

MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 28

Q A

Who else sits with my fiancé and me at the reception? Do we have to sit with the wedding party?

You can sit with whomever you like. One choice is to have the honor attendants and their spouses or dates seated with the newlyweds. Some couples sit with their whole wedding party, while others choose to sit with their parents. If you go with the latter option, both sets of parents should be at your table to prevent any appearance of favoritism. If your parents are divorced, you may want to skip this and seat each set at a table of their friends and relatives (to prevent any awkwardness). Want to use dinner as a chance to steal a moment for just the two of you? You can decide on the most romantic option: the sweetheart table. >>

let’s talk stats

CINDY LEE PHOTOGR APHY

28

K

THE RIGHT MIX

20% 83% of couples incorporate ethnic elements/traditions

of bridal parties have their hair done for the wedding

4/3/17 10:12 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 29

4/3/17 10:12 AM


EXPERT Q& A

SOCIAL ANXIETY

Q

Q

A

A

I’m an out-of-state bridesmaid who can’t attend the bachelorette party. Should I still be helping the maid of honor pay for it or any related expenses? Unlike a shower where there’s usually one host responsible for footing the bill, the bachelorette party is slightly different. It’s quite common (and totally acceptable) for the maid of honor (or party organizer) to ask for contributions. Maybe offer to contribute the amount the other bridesmaids will be paying, or at least a portion. If you’re off the hook for those costs, call ahead to one of the spots where the party will be and order a bottle of champagne or some other treat for the group—on you.

DANCING FEET

30

K

Q A

My fiancé and I secretly love the “Macarena,” but will our guests hate us if we make them do it?

One of the reasons people aren’t the biggest fans of organized dances is the song seems to go on forever. If you have your heart set on doing the “Macarena,” play 60 seconds of it, then smoothly transition into 60 seconds of “YMCA” and cap it off with 60 seconds of the electric slide. Switching songs keeps fewer people on the sidelines without slowing down the party. Ask your DJ ahead of time if they can make this dance mix. Plus with you two having so much fun, guests will be happy to join in.

EXTRA HANDS

Q A

Could I recruit my wedding party to help me put our favors together, or is that expecting too much from them?

Consider your squad before seeking help. Tying dozens of tiny bows might not be everyone’s idea of a good time. But you might have a few friends who are game to help. Use the task as an excuse to get together and sip champagne, or test out your signature cocktails. Everyone will have a better time if you turn ribbon tying into a fun hangout rather than a chore.

79% 32% 78% of brides have a bachelorette party

of weddings have a guest list of 101 to 150

MITKRFW17_Sect_02_(017-030) [P]{MiCH}.indd 30

of couples provide favors for their guests

How soon do we have to have our wedding hashtag? It seems couples have them ready to post as soon as they’re engaged— are we late to the game if we don’t?

Couple hashtags are the best way to see all photos relating to your wedding festivities, but you certainly don’t have to be ready with one as soon as the ring is on your finger. While some to-be-weds may have found it fun or amusing to play around with different combinations of their names before they were even engaged (don’t worry—we won’t tell), it’s certainly not for everyone. You don’t even have to have a hashtag—but if you decide you do want one, don’t stress about creating it. Sometimes couples get lucky and have the perfect names for a fun play on words, but you can always use simple phrases like #SarahAndAshleyGetHitched2017 or #AndersonPartyOfTwo. Just check the hashtag before and make sure it doesn’t already have hundreds of photos attached. Tip: Adding the date always helps separate your hashtag from the rest.

SOMETHING OLD, AND NEW

Q A

I don’t have any sentimental jewelry—what’s another option for a “something old”?

There are so many different ways to play with this tradition, so let your creativity run wild. Second dresses are much more common these days. You can wear your mother’s wedding dress for one half and a new gown for the other. If you would rather include a passed-down dress without actually wearing it, you could use the fabric to make a stunning clutch or chuppah, or place a nostalgic patch under your own skirt. An antique family car can be your getaway transportation, or you could use your parents’ wedding cake knife. And your bouquet can be wrapped in any heirloom fabric, from a close friend’s veil to a piece of a beloved grandmother’s favorite shawl. Or get innovative with your hair accessories. A vintage hairpin can be a nice touch or replicating your mother’s wedding hairstyle would make a lovely tribute.

JOIN THE KNOT EDITORS WEDDING WEDNESDAY Check out The Knot Facebook Live every Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET—we answer all your wedding-related questions.

BARRIE TOVAR; WEDDING STATISTICS FROM THE KNOT 2016 REAL WEDDINGS STUDY

PAYMENT PLANS

4/3/17 10:12 AM


RECEPTIONS

SHOWERS

REHEARSAL DINNERS

CEREMONIES

PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER BELLI PHOTOGRAPHY

2017

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 31

4/3/17 9:30 AM


LA’S PHOTOGRAPHY

ROSY & SHAUN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

THE CAPTAIN’S CLUB AT WOODFIELD

LENA SHKRELI & CO.

CaptainsClubatWoodfield.com

LenaShkreli.com

RosyandShaun.com

k

best of weddings 2017 32

K

Check out this year’s list of the top-rated vendors in Michigan as chosen by couples like you. TheKnot.com/bow

COMPLETE VIDEO SOLUTIONS

CASTLE FARMS

CVideoSolutions.com

CastleFarms.com

PRIMP BEAUTY ON LOCATION HAIR AND MAKEUP PrimpMeUp.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 32

4/3/17 9:30 AM


DETROIT

SYCAMORE HILLS GOLF CLUB TWIN LAKES GOLF CLUB

wedding venues THE CAPTAIN’S CLUB AT WOODFIELD CaptainsClubatWoodfield.com “We have to say not only was the venue beautiful, the staff are always so welcoming and seemed happy to assist! We will always recommend Captain’s Club.”

CASTLE FARMS CastleFarms.com “Castle Farms was the very best decision we could have made for a wedding venue. The grounds are beautiful, but more importantly, the staff was amazing.”

THE WESTIN SOUTHFIELD

FRANKIE PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

photo booth

GREEN HOLLY PHOTOGRAPHY JAY DREIFUS PHOTOGRAPHY JENNIFER BORIS PHOTOGRAPHY

FOTO FUN’S PHOTOBOOTH RENTAL POP-UP STUDIO PREMIUM PHOTO BOOTH CO.

wedding planners

JESSE SPEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

A MOMENT IN TIME

JS PHOTOGRAPHY

BEAUTIFUL DAY PLANNING

KARI DAWSON WEDDINGS

DESTINATIONWEDDINGS.COM

KELLIE SAUNDERS PHOTOGRAPHY

DREAM WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNERS

KILLER CREATIONS PHOTOGRAPHY

THE EVENT PLANNER, INC.

KRISTEN TAYLOR & CO.

ASHLEY & ALEXANDRIA’S BRIDAL SALON

EVENTS BY CHRIS LLC

LA’S PHOTOGRAPHY

BELLA BRIDAL GALLERY

THE GALA HOUSE

MARCI CURTIS–THE MICHIGAN WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST

BOMBSHELL BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

LUNA SOIREE EVENTS MICHIGAN EVENT SERVICES, INC.

JLBWEDDING

MARK ADRIAN PHOTOGRAPHY

SHUTTERBOOTH PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL

bridal salons A’DORABELLE BRIDAL

THE DRESS SHOP THE GOWN SHOP

MITTEN WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

MATT AND ASHLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

FoxHills.com “Everything was absolutely perfect! We seriously can’t thank them enough for the fantastic experience they provided for my husband and I and all of our guests!”

RSVP WEDDING & EVENT DESIGNERS, LLC

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

LAMOUR BRIDAL

NORTHERN NATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

PERFECT FIT BRIDAL TUXEDOS PROM

PHIL BLACK PHOTOGRAPHY

THE WEDDING SHOPPE

REFLECTIVITY

THE WHITE DRESS

ITALIAN AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

TWOFOOT CREATIVE

FOX HILLS GOLF & BANQUET CENTER

MHGB.com “The facility is beautiful, and Todd and Tracy are a pleasure to work with. The facility, the food, the bar, the service exceeded our expectations.” CHERRY CREEK GOLF CLUB & BANQUET CENTER

YOUR PERFECT EVENT, LLC

photographers ROSY & SHAUN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS RosyandShaun.com “They took time to understand our vision and were excited to partner with us to bring it to life, while offering great ideas to make it an exceptional day.” ALICIA MATTHEW PHOTOGRAPHY ALORA RACHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY AMANDA DUMOUCHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

RYAN SOUTHEN PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH KOSSUCH PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIAL MOMENTS PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHANIE LOWE PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHANIE VADNAIS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO 41 PHOTOGRAPHY SUBLIME MOMENTS PHOTOGRAPHY WEDDINGS BY ADRIENNE & AMBER ZAK STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY

ASHTON CAMBRIA PHOTOGRAPHY

videographers

THE COLONY CLUB DETROIT

BELLA UNO PHOTOGRAPHY

COMPLETE VIDEO SOLUTIONS

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON PORT HURON

BETH JOY PHOTOGRAPHY

CVideoSolutions.com “If you are considering doing a wedding video, DO IT and do it with Complete Video Solutions. There is no better way to relive that special day that goes so fast.”

INFINITY AND OVATION YACHT CHARTERS THE INN AT ST. JOHN’S THE IROQUOIS CLUB

BTW PHOTOGRAPHY CAPTURED COUTURE, LLC CHRISTOPHER BELLI PHOTOGRAPHY

CAPTURING ARTS CINEMATOGRAPHY & PHOTOGRAPHY

tuxes & men’s attire THE BLACK TUX

hair, makeup & wellness LENA SHKRELI & CO. LenaShkreli.com “Words cannot express how amazing they are. They’re fun, professional and extremely talented. It was so convenient that they came to us– it made things easier.”

PRIMP BEAUTY ON LOCATION HAIR AND MAKEUP PrimpMeUp.com “The girls made us look perfect, and we had the best time with them! Everything was organized, ahead of schedule and honestly just perfect!” 24LUXE HAIR & MAKEUP BEAUTY BAR & BOUTIQUE, ON LOCATION BEAUTY FOR YOU ON LOCATION, LLC

MICHIGAN LEAGUE

CRAIG DAVID BUTLER STUDIOS, INC.

MICHIGAN UNION

DEPARTING LINE STUDIOS

PINE TRACE GOLF CLUB | SHEPHERD’S HOLLOW GOLF CLUB

DIGITAL PARADISE DETROIT

CRAIU PRODUCTION CINEMATOGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY

E SCHMIDT PHOTOGRAPHY

DEPARTING LINE STUDIOS

BRIDAL BEAUTY DETROIT ONLOCATION AIRBRUSH MAKEUP + HAIR

THE RATTLESNAKE CLUB

FAIRYTALE PRODUCTIONS EVENT SERVICES

FAIRYTALE PRODUCTIONS EVENT SERVICES

BRIDESMAID BEAUTIFUL ONSITE HAIR & AIRBRUSH MAKE-UP

FALCON FILM STUDIOS

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

BROUTIN BRONZING

STONEBRIDGE GOLF CLUB

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 33

33

MEETING HOUSE GRAND BALLROOM

TOUCH OF ELEGANCE EVENTS & DESIGNS

K

IACSWeddingBanquets.com “AMAZING experience at the IACS for my wedding. The food was amazing, service was spectacular and they were very accommodating. Would do it again in a heartbeat!”

SIMPLY BRILLIANT EVENTS

JOY ABENDMODE

BELL AMORE SALON & BRIDAL TEAM

4/4/17 12:42 PM


CC KING ENTERTAINMENT

MEETING HOUSE GRAND BALLROOM

FOX HILLS GOLF & BANQUET CENTER

CCKingEnt.com

MHGB.com

FoxHills.com

CAIDY MARIE BEAUTY DETROIT GLAM DROP DEAD GORGEOUS–ON LOCATION HAIR AND MAKEUP JAMIE JEAN BEAUTY

34

K

THE MAKEUP LOFT

JD ENTERTAINMENT PHOTOGRAPHY, DJ, VIDEO & PHOTO BOOTH

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

RENATA MAKEUP INC.– CELEB AIRBRUSH MAKEUP| BEAUTY|HAIR

PARTY PROS DETROIT

SIGNATURE SHELLEY

PRO DJ SERVICES

DIAMOND VAULT OF TROY ORIN JEWELERS

djs

PRESTIGE ENTERTAINMENT– DJ, PHOTO BOOTH & VIDEO

R&R SOUND AND LIGHTING ROCKSTAR WEDDINGS SPECIAL MOMENTS ENTERTAINMENT T2 MUSIC PRODUCTIONS SOUND, LIGHTING & PHOTO BOOTH ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT INC.

party rentals & service staff A MOMENT FOREVER

wedding florists

MUSIC BOX PRODUCTIONS, INC. NIGHT AND DAY PRODUCTIONS

BIRMINGHAM JEWELRY

RESCUE FLATS

MEMORY MAKER DJS

MEGAN MURPHY MAKEUP

rings & jewelry

favors

AMAZING PETALS FLORIST BLOSSOMING AFFAIR

AFFAIRS TO REMEMBER CHIAVARI CHAIRS, LINENS & CHAIR COVERS COUTURE LINENS & EVENTS LUXE EVENT LINEN

FLORAL DESIGNS BY LORI FLORAL SENSE JEN HOUSE DESIGN– FLORAL AND EVENT STYLISTS LEE FLORAL DESIGN M. DAWN FLORAL DESIGN M K CARROLL DESIGNS MANCUSO’S WEDDINGS & EVENTS MANDY J FLORIST & GIFTS LLC PETIT FLEUR EVENTS SILK THUMB FLOWER BOUTIQUE (BLUSH)

invitations DESIGNED WITH AMORE ZAZAZOO CARDS, INVITES AND PUZZLES TOO!

officiants & premarital counseling DOWN THE AISLE CEREMONIES

BLUEWATER KINGS BAND

caterers

CHATEAU

KRISTINA’S CATERING

DownTheAisleCeremonies.com “Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful, personal and more than we ever imagined. Our personalities and beliefs were represented in such a lovely way.”

1,2 STEP ENTERTAINMENT

COLLISION SIX

SOPRANOS CATERING

AL PAULAUSKI

DETROIT DJ ENTERTAINMENT

E3 DETROIT

DISC JOCKEY PRODUCTIONS

EMERGING SOUL– DANCE & MOTOWN BAND

CC KING ENTERTAINMENT CCKingEnt.com “We had a blast, and we recommend CC King Entertainment completely to anybody looking for the perfect DJ experience!”

DJ SLIMZ–DJ & PHOTO BOOTH DRAMATIC DIMENSIONS ENTERTAINMENT THE ELYSIUM EXPERIENCE FAIRYTALE PRODUCTIONS EVENT SERVICES GO PRO DJS

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 34

bands

wedding cakes & desserts

LA DONNA WEDDINGS OFFICIANTS & CEREMONY COORDINATION SERVICES MARRY US IN MICH

ceremony musicians

CAKES BY STEPHANIE

GO 4 BAROQUE

HOLIDAY MARKET– WEDDING CAKES

RONDO STRING QUARTET

LANA’S DOUGH DELIGHTS

PERFECT DAY CELEBRATIONS

SHAWN BOUCKE–VIOLINIST & DJ

LOVE AND BUTTERCREAM

PS I LOVE YOU CEREMONIES

WHITE PINES ENTERTAINMENT

SWEET DELIGHTS CAKERY

ROOTS OF CHANGE CEREMONIES

NICHOLE BERTUCCI, A SIMPLE I DO ON THE SPOT KNOT

4/3/17 9:30 AM


S

transportation & valet

wedding planners

tuxes & men’s attire

KARYN MAY PHOTOGRAPHY KEEPING TIME PHOTOGRAPHY

DREAM LIMOUSINES, INC.

1928 PLANNING COMPANY– SW MICHIGAN

honeymoon & travel

A MOMENT IN TIME

BEACH DREAMERS TRAVEL HONEYMOONS, INC. ROMANCE TRAVEL GROUP (SHELLIS TRAVEL)

GRAND RAPIDS

wedding venues SHADOWLAND ON SILVER BEACH ShadowlandonSilverBeach.com “Perfection is a very strong word to use when describing any given situation. Shadowland Ballroom and the staff deserve nothing less than this description.” APPLE BLOSSOM CHAPEL & GARDENS BAY POINTE INN BLUE DRESS BARN CASTLE FARMS THE CHENEY PLACE COBBLESTONE FARMS GRAND HOTEL GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA

LIMELIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AND PHOTOGRAPHY

hair, makeup & wellness

ALL BUTTONED UP EVENTS

LISA HAMMOND PHOTOGRAPHY LLC

IDEAL EVENTS & DESIGN

MERIDIAN PHOTOGRAPHY

MACKINAC EVENT PLANNING

NORTHERN ART PHOTOGRAPHY

RSVP EVENTS

ODEN & JANELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

photographers

RYAN SOUTHEN PHOTOGRAPHY

VAFA PHOTOGRAPHY VafaPhotography.com “They captured beauty that I didn’t even know was there.” ABBEY MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY AMIE LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY ANDREJKA PHOTOGRAPHY ARIELLE TEFT PHOTOGRAPHY ASHLEY SLATER PHOTOGRAPHY ASHTON CAMBRIA PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS MCGUIRE PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS VAN WINKLE PHOTOGRAPHY CRYSTAL V PHOTOGRAPHY DAN STEWART PHOTOGRAPHY DARREN BREEN PHOTOGRAPHY FAIRYTALE PRODUCTIONS EVENT SERVICES

WINDMILL ISLAND GARDENS

JOHN T. MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

TWO TWISTED TREES PHOTOGRAPHY

BLUSHED MAKEUP BY AMANDA BUCKINGHAM FACES BY LINDA G/ MAKEUP ARTIST FLAWLESS BEAUTY BY DEBRA LULABELLES LASH LOUNGE & SKIN CARE

WEST MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

MEMORABLE OCCASIONS TC

WILLOW NOAVI PHOTOGRAPHY

POMP & ARTISTRY TRUE BEAUTY BY DANA

videographers

djs

FAIRYTALE PRODUCTIONS EVENT SERVICES

MUSIC HOST ENTERTAINMENT

TROSPER PRODUCTIONS

photo booth

MusicHostEntertainment.com “These guys truly made our day special, and they are one of the reasons I would want to live it over and over again.”

FAST BOOTH & DJ GRAND RAPIDS

A+ EVENT ENTERTAINMENT

LIFE OUTSIDE THE BOOTH

BUGBEE’S DJ PLUS

bridal salons BIANKA BRIDAL BRIDAL ELEGANCE BRIDAL GALLERY RENEE AUSTIN WEDDING

DANCE TRACKS DJ SERVICE DJ RYAN ROUSSEAU FAIRYTALE PRODUCTIONS EVENT SERVICES MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

K

LEWIS ORCHARD WEDDINGS

THE BLACK TUX

MOMENTS IN TIME DISC JOCKEYS

35

ITALIAN AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER IACSWeddingBanquets.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 35

VAFA PHOTOGRAPHY

DOWN THE AISLE CEREMONIES

VafaPhotography.com

DownTheAisleCeremonies.com

† Editor’s picks

4/4/17 12:52 PM


SUMMER JEAN PHOTOGRAPHY

SHADOWLAND ON SILVER BEACH

MUSIC HOST ENTERTAINMENT

AMBER HENRY PHOTOGRAPHY

ShadowlandonSilverBeach.com

MusicHostEntertainment.com

AmberHenryPhotography.com

PTAK ENTERTAINMENT– DJ AND PHOTO BOOTH

bands BLUEWATER KINGS BAND BRENA BAND

K

officiants & premarital counseling

videographers

bands

DESIGN HAVEN STUDIOS

BLUEWATER KINGS BAND

MY WEST MICHIGAN WEDDING

FAIRYTALE PRODUCTIONS EVENT SERVICES

wedding florists

LANSING

wedding florists

wedding venues

A.R. PONTIUS FLOWER SHOP

THE MEDALIST GOLF CLUB

AMY KATE DESIGNS

36

ASHLEY AVILA PHOTOGRAPHY

EASTERN FLORAL FLOWERS IN CASCADE MODERN DAY EVENTS & FLORAL PARK PLACE DESIGN POSH PETALS SHELLY’S DESIGNS FLORIST ST. IGNACE GREENHOUSE & FLORIST STEMS & SPRIGS TRUER DESIGN

caterers ADELINE LEIGH CATERING CK CATERING

wedding cakes & desserts KINGSLEY CAKES

invitations SABLE & GRAY PAPER CO.

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 36

photographers AMBER HENRY PHOTOGRAPHY AmberHenryPhotography.com “Amber’s pictures speak for themselves! She is compassionate about what she does and goes through every detail. Her flawless ways set her apart. The mind of a master!”

photo booth

FLORADORA

FREEZIE’S PHOTO BOOTH

wedding cakes & desserts

bridal salons PERFECT FIT BRIDAL TUXEDOS PROM THE WHITE DRESS

tuxes & men’s attire

hair, makeup & wellness

CELLARDOOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

LC MAKE-UP ARTISTRY

FAIRYTALE PRODUCTIONS EVENT SERVICES

djs

FAUCETT PHOTOGRAPHY JD HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY KATIE GAWLIK PHOTOGRAPHY LLC

E&J ENTERTAINMENT JUMP START DJ’S LOST IN SOUND DJS & PHOTO BOOTHS

MOMENTS CAPTURED BY VANESSA

R&R SOUND AND LIGHTING

VICTORIA CHRISTOPHE

YOUR BIG DAY WEDDINGS AND EVENTS, LLC

CAPITOL CITY DJS™

LIMELIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AND PHOTOGRAPHY

STEPHANIE LOWE PHOTOGRAPHY

officiants & premarital counseling

THE BLACK TUX

BLACKSHEEPCHIC PHOTOGRAPHY

ASHTON CAMBRIA PHOTOGRAPHY

A PIECE O’ CAKE

RUSCH ENTERTAINMENT T2 MUSIC PRODUCTIONS SOUND, LIGHTING & PHOTO BOOTH

4/3/17 9:30 AM


the

Wedding Party s ta r t s h e r e .

Book Today! rehe a rs a l di n n ers | bri d a l showers | B achelorette pa rti es | wed di n g c ateri n g

At Buca di Beppo, the enticing aroma of authentic Italian specialties will seduce you, the sweet sounds of Frank Sinatra will serenade you and our staff will positively spoil you. Have your bridal event at Buca and you can meet some of our famous couples, like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and parmesan, and Caesar and salad. We serve family-style food in an eclectic, vintage setting and offer exceptional group menus and banquet packages. Livonia | 38888 Six Mile Road • 734.462.6442 Utica | 12575 Hall Road • 586.803.9463

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 37

4/3/17 9:30 AM


Advertisement

tips from the pros Who better to give advice than the wedding pros who make your wedding day come to life? From your invitation suite to cake cutting snafus, these pros have seen it all.

Solange Messelian, Owner/President Lee’s Specialty, Ltd., Bloomfield Hills leesspecialty.com —

A wedding film truly captures the spirit and magic of your big day in living color. Please take the time to find the right videographers to capture your story, then you will find some relief in the fact that you can trust them to create an astounding film, an utterly gorgeous work of art.

Chip Craiu, Cinematographer Craiu Production, Bloomfield Hills craiuproduction.com —

Do an engagement session. It gives you and your photographer a chance to get to know each other. You will have a better understanding about how your photographer works, which helps eliminates awkwardness and improves the photography flow on the big day!

Celestina Knight, Head Photographer Cellardoor Weddings, West Michigan cellardoorweddings.com —

Never duplicate your wedding to a trend. Adjust the trend to fit your style and personality. Focus on the details that impact your memories! Candice Belaire, Wedding Specialist The Kensington Hotel, Ann Arbor kcourtaa.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 38

Get to know all of your major vendors before the wedding day, especially the DJ and photographer. Have a playlist and a shot list, respectively, that you want them to work off of. Also, discuss what songs and shots you don’t want. If your expectations are clear, you can relax and enjoy your day.

Casey Stadler, Event Coordinator Italian American Cultural Society Banquet & Conference Center, Clinton Twp. iacsweddingbanquets.com

ASHLEY SEAWELL PHOTOGRAPHY; MILOU + OLIN PHOTOGRAPHY

38

K

The biggest problem we see is brides not giving themselves enough time. Invitations should be ordered five to six months prior to the wedding— options are greater, with time to perhaps duplicate a look for a lesser price, and it builds in enough weeks for ordering, addressing and mailing.

4/3/17 9:31 AM


FLOURISH PHOTOGRAPHY

FLOURISH PHOTOGRAPHY

TRACY & RIVA

C E R E M O NY • R EC E PTI O N • R E H E A R SA L D I N N E R • S H O W E R P R I VATE R O O M S • O F F-S ITE CATE R I N G

ARISING IMAGES

HEATHER SAUNDERS PHOTOGRAPHY

HEATHER SAUNDERS PHOTOGRAPHY

EMMY GALLERY

(313) 567-4400

300 RIVER PLACE DRIVE, DETROIT

RATTLESNAKEDETROIT.COM

Detroit’s Premier Riverfront Wedding Destination

2017

The Rattlesnake Club continues to set new standards for creative local cuisine and exceptional service from start-to-finish in our unique and picturesque downtown Detroit setting.

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 39

4/3/17 9:31 AM


1 FREEZE FRAME Guide guests to their seats with the help of framed charts suspended from silk ribbons.

TOP PICKS

2 ROCK STEADY Modern gold script pops against eye-catching agate slices that double as super-chic favors. 3 LOCK ON Invite partygoers to take their place with calligraphed cards attached to vintageinspired keys.

1

4 BRUSH UP Paint the town red (or any showstopping color you like) with chromatic paintbrushes marked with each guest’s name.

40

6

6

escort card displays

6 JUST PEACHY An edible arrangement of fresh fruit makes for a delish display that’s too tempting not to eat.

3

5

See more décor ideas at TheKnot.com/reception

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 40

4

1: LUMINAIRE FOTO; 2: ALI + JULIE; 3: RED SHOES PHOTOGR APHY; 4: EMILY STEFFEN; 5: ERIN MCGINN PHOTOGR APHY; 6: THEO MILO PHOTOGR APHY

K

2

5 BE SEATED A simple seating chart gets a charming makeover when strung between two towering wood ladders.

4/3/17 9:31 AM


THE A RT OF THE

Perfect Wedding At FireKeepers, the perfect wedding is truly an art form. Every detail is attended to. With flexible space to accommodate any size celebration, a 4-Diamond hotel, 24/7 casino fun and superb cuisine, including deliciously designed cakes, baked on site – nothing is left to chance, first toast to last dance.

The Cake Shop at FireKeepers creates spectacular custom cakes for any occasion – at any location. FireKeepersCasino.com/taste/cake-shop/

877.FKC.8777 | FireKeepersCasino.com/meet

FK-27899_KnotSpringSummer2017Mag_8.125x10.5.indd 1 MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 41

3/10/17 PM 4/3/17 12:05 9:31 AM


TOP PICKS

2

1

5

5

mini food pairings

1 SLAM DUNK Kick off cocktail hour with savory tomato soup served with indulgent grilled cheese bites for a snack guests won’t soon forget. 2 SIP, SIP, HOORAY Novelty treats like these spiked soda bottles are best served with tiny hors d’oeuvres and pint-size straws. Cheers!

3

4

4 DRIVE-IN DELICACY Laid-back affairs call for finger foods that are anything but fancy, like these bite-size burgers and fries. 5 SMART COOKIE End the evening on a sweet note by sending guests home with mini milk cartons and warm cookies straight from your fave local bakery.

Find your caterer at TheKnot.com/marketplace

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 42

1: PEREZ PHOTOGR APHY; 2, 3 , 4: ALLAN ZEPEDA PHOTOGR APHY; 5: BOOK OF LOVE WEDDINGS

42

K

3 BOTTOMS UP Chase a nip of traditional margarita with a single, crunchy taco.

4/3/17 9:31 AM


PHOTOS BY BLAINE SIESSER PHOTOGRAPHY

Joe’s Gourmet CATERING & EVENTS From fork to flowers... We specialize in creating experiences, not just events. Exceptional cuisine, superior service, and first-class quality are evident in everything we do. Relax and enjoy—we’re experts in making your event an effortless experience. Whether you’re planning an elaborate wedding, special shower, rehearsal dinners, or brunches, our creative event planner, culinary team, and floral designers will make your event as unique as the occasion. Experience the full-service attention you crave. From fork to flowers, you can be sure you’ve found your true match. 33152 W. Seven Mile Rd., Livonia, MI • 248.477.4333 ext. 226 • laura@joesgourmetcatering.com • www.joesgourmetcatering.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 43

4/3/17 9:31 AM


TOP PICKS

2

1

2 BIRDS OF A FEATHER Monochromatic plumes put a textured twist on classic accessories for a look that’s perfectly polished. 4

3

44

7

3 SUIT YOURSELF A bright dinner jacket in an unexpected hue instantly elevates even the most dapper tux. 4 FORMAL AFFAIR Nothing says “timeless” quite like a white dinner jacket and black bow tie. 5 DRESS TO IMPRESS Celebrate your patriotism with traditional military duds that never go out of style.

6

6 FLORAL FOOTWEAR Step out in style by sporting leather dress shoes with whimsical printed socks.

Discover endless style inspiration at TheKnot.com/fashion

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 44

5

7 PREPPY PARTY Casual celebrations call for punchy pants paired with vibrant pink ties.

1: SCOT T CLARK PHOTO; 2: BAMBER PHOTOGR APHY - JOHN + LINDSEY BAMBER; 3: SHANNON MOFFIT PHOTOGR APHY; 4: JENNIFER YARBRO PHOTOGR APHY, 5: K ARSON PHOTOGR APHY 6: DAWN SPARKS PHOTOGR APHY; 7: MARY COSTA PHOTOGR APHY

K

7dashing grooms

1 BLUE CRUSH Show off your sharp style with a bold blue tuxedo that’s bound to elicit a few double takes.

4/4/17 2:12 PM


MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 45

4/3/17 9:33 AM


INSIDE SCOOP

Frutig Farms

8 scenic wedding-worthy sites frutig farms

black star farms

bay pointe inn

8040 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor; (734) 355-3543; FrutigFarms.com The most difficult part of planning a wedding at Frutig Farms is deciding which of its two distinctive venues you like best. Its 2,400-square-foot Misty Farm is situated on 16 tranquil acres that overlook a scenic pond and wetlands. Celebrate here with up to 130 partygoers. Or book The Valley, a recently renovated 1840s barn that boasts a groom’s shed, bench seating, outdoor silo bar and enough space to accommodate you and up to 275 of your friends and family.

10844 E. Revold Road, Suttons Bay; (231) 944-1258; BlackStarFarms.com If you’re dreaming of an alfresco affair surrounded by verdant vineyards, Black Star Farms is a no-brainer for your special day. The pastoral winery spans 160 acres on the Leelanau Peninsula and features a variety of venues that can accommodate anywhere from 65 to 150 guests. Say “I do” in a hilltop ceremony overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay, or give guests free rein of The Pegasus Barn—a renovated space equipped with a fire pit and grassy courtyard.

11456 Marsh Road, Shelbyville; (269) 672-8111; BayPointeInn.com Situated directly on the Gun Lake waterfront, this picturesque hotel features a posh pavilion located just steps away from the shore. Book the serene locale between the months of May and October for fetes of up to 300, or rent out the inn’s 2,500-square-foot BoatHouse Villa, where 90 guests can mingle on the patio and in the courtyard with a cocktail in hand. TIP An extensive wine list and upscale craft cocktails ensure your dinner experience will be truly customized. >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 46

NICOLE HALEY PHOTOGR APHY

Wow guests with a picturesque party at one of these idyllic celebration spaces. BY RACHEL SYLVESTER

4/3/17 10:43 AM


Photo by The Click Chick Photography

Advertisement

B

lanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux continues to gain popularity in the Wedding Community. Its delightful combination of taste, visual appeal and soothing color is what makes Blanc de Bleu the quintessential bubbly for the wedding toast. Its crystal-clear virgin glass bottle shows off the bubbly’s gemstone blue hue. This shade of blue symbolizes loyalty and faith, exactly how couples feel toward each other when they exchange their vows. When you combine its clear blue color with its classy label, Blanc de Bleu looks as stunning as the newly married couple ready to toast a new beginning.

A Dry, Crisp Bubbly with a Hint of Blueberry As sparkling wine continues to grow in popularity, Blanc de Bleu is also winning fans for its taste. Made with grapes grown in Northern California vineyards, known for their cool and clear breezes, Blanc de Bleu bubbly tickles the palate with a subtle hint of organic blueberry. “The base wine of cuvée for Blanc de Bleu is the same fruit I use in our high-end, methode champenoise programs,” explains

Bob Stashak, champagne master for Blanc de Bleu. “We add just enough organic blueberry juice concentrate to make a subtle impact. People are more pleasantly surprised to find the wine dry and crisp, instead of being another overly sweet, flavored wine.” Blanc de Bleu’s beautiful blue color is different from what you will see in any other sparkling wine. The vision behind creating Blanc de Bleu was to give people a reason to celebrate. Elegant packaging for this dry, crisp sparkling wine inside a striking bottle has captured the fascination of couples everywhere. You should not be surprised when you see Blanc de Bleu at the next wedding or big celebration you attend.

Weddings Every Day, Everywhere “Every day, everywhere, someone is getting married. We want Blanc de Bleu to be the sparkling beverage of choice at all weddings,” says Fred Franzia, CEO of Bronco Wine Company, the worldwide producer and supplier of Blanc de Bleu. Blanc de Bleu is available in 750ml and 187ml bottles. www.BlancdeBleuUSA.com

Bronco Wine Company | 855.874.2394 | Sparkling grape wine with organic blueberry juice concentrate and certified color. © 2017 Blanc de Bleu, Ceres, CA | Drink responsibly. Drive responsibly.

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 47

4/3/17 10:03 AM


INSIDE SCOOP

john ball zoo 1300 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids; (616) 336-4314; JBZoo.org Photo ops are endless at this memorable Grand Rapids mainstay, which is home to two unique venues with a view. Buy out the Bissell Tree House, with its wraparound deck and sweeping downtown vistas, or book The Ball Room, a former theater that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and unparalleled panoramas of a lush rose garden. It also comes equipped with life-size papier–mâché animals— perfect for couples with a whimsical wedding design in mind.

5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; (313) 833-1925; DIA.org When it comes to this 658,000-square-foot Beaux Arts building, the question isn’t when to book but rather where to start. In addition to a 1,150-seat auditorium and over 100 galleries, this museum features more than a dozen available rooms to rent. Our favorites include an opulent standing celebration in the museum’s Great Hall for up to 500 guests, and a seated reception for 160 in the center of Prentis Court.

John Ball Zoo

the homestead

grand rapids downtown market

12 corners vineyards

1 Wood Ridge Road, Glen Arbor; (231) 334-5000; TheHomesteadResort.com Head to this destination resort surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (the area chosen by viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America as the Most Beautiful Place in America), where the waterfront views of Lake Michigan won’t disappoint. Whether you choose the woodsy Mountain Flowers Lodge (180 guests), the rustic Camp Firefly (96 guests) or the intimate Café Manitou (50 guests), these sites offer year-round reception options across 500 idyllic acres.

435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids; (616) 805-5308; DowntownMarketGR.com Treat food-obsessed family and friends to a reception at Grand Rapids Downtown Market, where you’ll find a curated collection of bakers, butchers and an abundance of fresh fare. Choose from two outdoor terraces and an airy secondfloor atrium, then head over to the on-site greenhouse, where guests will chow down on crave-worthy hors d’oeuvres from the culinary pros at Slows Bar-B-Q.

1201 N. Benton Center Road, Benton Harbor; (269) 927-1512; 12Corners.com Head to this charming vineyard nestled in the heart of Michigan’s wine country, conveniently located just 90 minutes outside of Grand Rapids and Chicago. There, you’ll wed on the vineyard’s lush lawn before settling in for a tented reception among the grapes. TIP Venue rental includes access to a hosted bar service and event coordination from the pros at 1928 Planning Company.

MITKRFW17_Sect_03_(031-048) [P]{MiCH}.indd 48

Find more venues near you at TheKnot.com/michigan

HARRISON STUDIO

48

K

detroit institute of arts

4/3/17 10:43 AM


We offer amazing food, an unforgettable experience, and exceptional customer service! • Candy Tables • Centerpiece Design and Placement • Full Wedding Planning Packages • On-site Ceremonies • Wedding Showers Angie, General Manager/Event Coordinator Call (586) 791-7760 or Email angie@premiereventscenter.com Premier Events Center 20400 S. Nunneley Rd., Clinton Township, MI 48035 South side of Metropolitan Parkway (16 mile) One block west of Groesbeck Hwy.

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 49

4/4/17 12:53 PM


EXPERT ADVICE

advice from a

stationer

what are some creative ways to spruce up your stationery? Whether you add a simple wax seal to your envelopes or include pressed leaves in your invitation suite, try to think beyond paper to add texture and movement to your invites.

MEET

Laura Joseph Paper & Honey ABOUT

Established in 2012 in Brighton, Joseph and her team create heirloomquality invites that are as meaningful as the marriages they’re designed around. ON THE WEB

PaperandHoney.com

@paperandhoney PRO TIPS

Your invitations aren’t just pieces of paper. Once the cake is eaten and the flowers have wilted, the only tangible items you have left to remind you of your wedding are your photos and paper goods. Don’t forget to add postage and an address to each RSVP card.

what paper elements can couples skip if they’re working with a tight budget? While luxe details like custom maps, silk ribbon and calligraphy are lovely ways to elevate your suite, the necessities really come down to three things: the invitation card, RSVP card and envelopes for each. what’s trendy in stationery right now? Gold foil has been at the top of my clients’ must-have list for the last few years, and I don’t see the metallic trend going anywhere. More couples are branching out with copper, rose gold and silver embellishments, but my favorite look calls for incorporating two different foils for a mixed-metal effect. how can couples incorporate personalized details into their paper? I encourage my couples to think beyond their color scheme and favorite flowers. If you both studied abroad in London, incorporate architectural details into your stationery that mimic the building where you first met. Or, if you rescued a puppy together, add a sweet illustration of your dog’s head to an envelope liner. Those small and purposeful details make your stationery truly distinct and will have your guests saying, “this is so them.” Start planning your wedding with our Michigan directory on p. 239

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 50

ANDREA PESCE PHOTOGR APHY (2)

realistically, how much should a couple expect to spend on their invitations? Considering printing methods, quantities, embellishments and paper stocks, there are infinite options available to create the perfect suite. If a couple wants to create a quality, custom-made invitation suite, they can expect the project to begin at about $1,200.

50

K

what three things should a couple bring to their initial meeting with you? A list of their wants and needs, a budget and an open mind. Since I’m tasked with interpreting my clients’ vision on paper, I also ask my couples to gather inspiration images with one caveat: No stationery photos allowed. What’s the point of creating a custom invitation suite if you’re looking at beautiful work made for other people?

4/3/17 9:29 AM


KELLOGG CENTER | HUNTINGTON CLUB | MSU UNION | ALUMNI MEMORIAL CHAPEL

Weddings

AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Imagine a perfect wedding day that you and your guests will be talking about for years to come. We pride ourselves on attention to detail and providing everything you need to make the day run flawlessly. Our wedding coordinator will help you plan your wedding and corresponding events with ease. Contact our wedding coordinator at (517) 432-3086 for more information. KELLOGGCENTER.COM | SPARTANSIGNATURECATERING.COM | MSUUNION.COM

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 51

4/3/17 9:29 AM


EXPERT ADVICE

advice from a

florist & gown shop are there any unique blooms or flower pairings you’d like to see more of? Carnations are underutilized and have such a negative connotation among most people. However, they’re a beautiful bloom that comes in pretty shades of muted hues.

Spring Sweet ABOUT

52

K

Since opening the doors to her shop in 2011, Sweet has integrated floral services and a bridal salon into her Holland-based boutique.

what inspired you to open your namesake boutique, Spring Sweet? I loved the idea of bringing beauty to people on a daily basis. There are very few jobs where you get to witness this level of emotion with your customers. So many smiles, laughs and happy tears are shared in the shop. is there anything couples should bring to their first floral consultation? Color swatches ensure we’re on the same page. I also love when couples bring photos of flowers they’re drawn to. I never promise to replicate an arrangement, but images are a great way to show what you enjoy about an arrangement’s flow, color, depth and size. what specific blooms would you include in your dream bouquet? Peonies are my all-time favorite, but I love scabiosa, delicate spirea and bittersweet vine.

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 52

ON THE WEB

SpringSweet.com

@springsweet PRO TIPS

Book a florist because you love their work, not because they’re available or the cheapest option. The best way to prepare for dress shopping is by showing up with an open mind and the one person whose opinion you trust most. Don’t skimp on your bouquet. It’s the one item you’ll have with you all day, so it will be photographed a lot.

when it comes to dresses, how long does the purchase process take? In the age of immediacy, many customers don’t understand that most wedding dresses aren’t mass produced. Each dress is made for them at the time of their order. The process takes around four months, and I suggest an additional six to eight weeks for alterations. what fabrics are you currently loving? Flowy georgette chiffon and lace. I also love the look of embroidered and textured flowers on a wedding dress. what’s one can’t-miss tip you’d like all to-be-weds to know? Ultimately, your wedding is about you and your love. It’s not about anyone else or their expectations, so do what feels right to you. Check out more local wedding pros at TheKnot.com/marketplace

FROM LEFT: JEN DOORNBOS PHOTOGR APHY; MAT THEW LAND STUDIOS

MEET

what’s the easiest way for couples to personalize their arrangements? So many people tie special memories to a single flower or scent, so it’s as easy as adding a meaningful flower to your bouquet. Maybe you want to incorporate foxglove because it reminds you of your grandmother, or Queen Anne’s lace because it brings you back to childhood summers.

4/7/17 9:55 AM


From the first kiss to the last dance…

WE’LL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

PHOTO BY CRAIG DAVID BUTLER PHOTOGRAPHY

CRYSTAL GARDENS

PHOTOS BY BRAVO STUDIOS PHOTOGRAPHY

Open-Air Chapel

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 53

Private Patios

Off-Premise Catering to All Locations

info@cgliv.com

CRYSTAL GARDENS LIVINGSTON 517.545.1000 • www.cgliv.com

CRYSTAL GARDENS SOUTHGATE 734.285.2210 • www.crystalgardensonline.com

TOWN HOST CATERED EVENTS 877.545.1002 • www.townhostcatering.com

4/3/17 9:29 AM


EXPERT ADVICE

advice from a

dj & photographer

54

K

what was your motivation behind moving Les Loups from Brooklyn, New York, to Ro’s hometown of Detroit? KJ: After so many years in New York City, it felt right to come back to Detroit after we had kids. There’s so much great stuff happening in the city that we felt we could be a part of something special. let’s start with music: what’s the key to a packed dance floor? KJ: I really believe in the power and importance of the intergenerational dance party, especially in the early evening. It’s critical that every guest feels included, and you can do this with familiar songs that aren’t overplayed at weddings. what’s your idea of a no-fail playlist? KJ: My favorite weddings to DJ are the ones that are collaborative. We want a party that’s reflective of a couple’s tastes, but it’s great when a pair trusts me to select songs that will get the crowd going. The arc of the night is critical, and the music should feel like a story. name one song that’s guaranteed to please guests across all generations: KJ: “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie is a favorite. I tend to get a huge response from Chris Montez’s version of “Hey Baby.” When I play it, people jump up and start singing.

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 54

MEET

Ro Agents-Juska & Kenan Juska Les Loups ABOUT

She’s a photographer, he’s a DJ—and together they know a thing or two about throwing the ultimate bash. ON THE WEB

LesLoupsPictures andSongs.com

@lesloups PRO TIPS

It’s easy to stray from your own vision when considering your families, but your wedding is ultimately about you and your partner, so you should do what you want. Hiring vendors you trust is so important. You shouldn’t be thinking about logistics, place settings or shot lists on your special day.

when it comes to photos, what makes for an unforgettable wedding album? RAJ: The best photos—wedding or otherwise—are personal, honest and emotional. They have nothing to do with location. I’m a close shooter, so the couples we work with understand the value of letting me in to capture intimate moments. You don’t want your photos to look or feel formulaic. what’s the biggest challenge you face when photographing a couple? RAJ: Timing is so important. We help couples create a timeline that allows for stress-free photos and optimal time with guests. how do you deal with a camera-shy pair? RAJ: I may be the most camera-shy person around, so I get it. It’s easy to feel vulnerable, but there’s so much beauty and honesty in vulnerability. I work with couples by allowing them to be shy, but never scared. describe the most emotional moment you’ve recently captured on camera. RAJ: First looks get me every time. They aren’t corny, and we don’t stage them; we simply provide a quiet space for couples to be alone when they see each other for the first time. It’s super emotional, never gets old and Kenan usually cries. what about the funniest moment? RAJ: The bride’s brother was getting down so hard on the dance floor that I photographed him as he split his pants! Discover more tips and trends from your area at TheKnot.com/michigan

SK YE PARROT T

how did you get your start in weddings? KJ: Our friends were getting married and we photographed and DJ’d their wedding as our gift to them. We had so much fun, word started to spread and we realized we had started a business.

4/3/17 9:29 AM


RUSSELL HEETER

RUSSELL HEETER

KEVIN J ROSE

LOREN KOLEFF

The Morris Estate offers couples a variety of venues…natural outdoor backdrops along with elegant indoor spaces. Modern amenities embraced by vintage charm ensure comfortable accommodations amid picturesque surroundings.

www.themorrisestate.com Niles, Michigan • (269) 684-4443 • events@themorrisestate.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 55

4/3/17 9:29 AM


INSIDE SCOOP

“Consider a postwedding brunch. Everyone is finally relaxed, and it’s a nice way to cap off the festivities and say goodbye to guests.” —Manasi & Bill

—Chinny & Chike

—Karen & Mark

secrets from real couples

From phone-free wedding days to tricks on how to stress less, newlyweds share their can’t-miss tips.

K

“Purchase a dedicated wedding notebook and take it with you everywhere. You never know when an idea, question or concern will pop into your head.” —Ari & Nick

56

‘‘

“If you’re asking loved ones to travel a long distance to attend your wedding, do your best to make it easy for them.” —Rory & Kevin Find more local tips at TheKnot.com/michigan

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 56

SIGN UP FOR DANCE LESSONS. DANCING TOGETHER (EVEN WHEN YOU FEEL DUMB!) CONNECTS YOU TO YOUR PARTNER AND SERVES AS A REMINDER OF WHY YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED.” —Amanda & Thadd

“The morning of our wedding, I handed my phone to a friend who answered phone calls and took a bunch of candid photos and videos throughout the entire day.” —Kate & Lauren

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGR APHY; CALLAN PHOTO; FONDLY FOREVER PHOTOGR APHY

“Supportive vendors are key. If you’re unsure during an initial consultation, listen to your instincts and move on.”

“LAUGH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE DURING WHAT WILL BE A CRAZY PROCESS. YOUR CURRENT SANITY IS PRICELESS.”

4/3/17 9:29 AM


IGNITE SOMETHING O N LY T H E P E R F E C T C U T C A N U N L E A S H A DIAMOND’S BRILLIANCE.

H E A R T S O N F I R E S T O R E S , A U T H O R I Z E D R E TA I L E R S , H E A R T S O N F I R E . C O M

Registered Jewelers, Certified Gemologists

Garden City | 734.422.7030 • Northville | 248.349.6940 orinjewelers.com

5663-Orin.indd 1 MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 57

8/31/15 2:34 PM

4/3/17 9:29 AM


Make Your Event Special and Your Day a Time to Remember.

Your Fairy Tale Starts Here

Enjoy the whimsical backdrop of the historic Partridge Creek Golf Course. Our old-world Italian recipes with modern flare and exquisite service will keep your guests talking long after your event. 43843 Romeo Plank Rd., Clinton Twp., MI | (586) 421-5155 | banquet@iacsonline.com | IACSWeddingBanquets.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 58

4/3/17 9:29 AM


HAUTE HUES

crimson+ apricot

1

Warm up a fall celebration with this rich palette. 8

Play with different textures for a new take on bridal florals. 2

K 59

7 6

BOUQUETS: KISMET VISUALS & CO.

3 1 Morganite ring, $2,995, EffyJewelry .com 2 Dress, $109, BariJay.com 3 Clutch, price upon request, RalphandRusso.com 4 Shoes, $150, VinceCamuto.com 5 Monogrammed flask, $24, TheKnotShop.com 6 Matte Revolution lipstick in Red Carpet Red, $32, CharlotteTilbury .com 7 Dappled Glade invitation, $179 for 100, Lady Jae, WeddingPaperDivas .com 8 Earrings, $24, OliveandPiper.com >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 59

5 4

4/3/17 9:30 AM


HAUTE HUES

indigo+ hot pink

1

Make a preppy statement on your wedding day with a balanced and classic pairing.

Set off a fun printed tie or pocket square with a fresh floral boutonniere. 7

3

6

1 Tote bag, $25, TheKnotShop.com 2 Dress, $198, Wtoo, Watters.com 3 Nail polish in Whip It, $18, DeborahLippmann .com 4 Cheek Pop blush in Plum Pop, $23, Clinique.com 5 Festive Flora invitation, $181 for 100, Oscar de la Renta, PaperlessPost .com 6 Robe, $55, TheKnotShop.com 7 Pocket square, $10, TheTieBar.com >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 60

5 4

EYE SHADOW: ISTOCK; GROOM: THE NICHOLS

60

K

2

4/3/17 9:30 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 61

4/3/17 9:30 AM


HAUTE HUES

slate+ celadon Subtle and sophisticated, this color combo works in any season.

Eye-catching details can take the place of a cake topper for a modern twist.

2

1

62

K

3

1 Gilded Shore invitation, $270 for 100,, Grace Kreinbrink, Minted.com 2 Shoes, $825,, Marchesa, AKHGRP.com 3 Dress, $285,, JennyYoo.com 4 Swift shadow in Enchanted Moonlight, $20, RMSBeauty .com 5 Clutch, $1,795, JudithLeiber.com 6 Earrings, $95, JulieVos.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 62

5

6

Find your wedding palette at TheKnot.com/colors

BOUTONNIERE: DEVON JARVIS; CAKE: CORBIN GURKIN; EYE SHADOW: ISTOCK

4

4/3/17 9:30 AM


Experience a different side of the city at Waterview Loft, downtown Detroit’s premier waterfront address.

S O P H I S T I C AT E D

Waterview Loft’s urban architecture and shore-to-

WAT E R F R O N T

shore panoramas make for a distinctive wedding

WEDDINGS

backdrop. Feast on impeccable cuisine and enjoy outstanding professional service as you dance and romance the night away.

Waterfront Ceremonies and Receptions. All Inclusive Packages. Engagement Parties, Rehearsal Dinners and Showers.

Contact us to schedule a private tour

3 1 3 - 2 0 2 - 4 4 7 7 WAT E R V I E W LO F T. CO M Waterview Loft Knot Print Ad 2017 V2.indd 1 MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 63

2/17/2017 PM 4/3/174:03:09 9:30 AM


Find us on

MITKRFW17_Sect_04_(049-064) [P]{MiCH}.indd 64

Facebook!

Find us on

Instagram!

4/3/17 9:30 AM


REAL COUPLES

love stories

Five supersweet proposals from local to-be-weds. BY RACHEL SYLVESTER

K 65

angela & jon • Monroe PHOTOGRAPH BY MISHELLE LAMARAND PHOTOGRAPHY

In the midst of planning their first big getaway as a couple, Jon deemed scenic San Francisco as an idyllic setting for a surprise proposal. Accompanied by Angela’s best friend, the pair explored a lookout under the Golden Gate Bridge, where they stopped to take a few photos. That was when Jon managed to catch both Angela and her future maid of honor off guard by getting down on one knee. “I was in complete shock until we got back to the car,” Angela says. “The moment finally hit me, and I cried.” The ring: Sweet Custom Jewelry >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 65

4/3/17 9:27 AM


princess & matthew Grand Rapids PHOTOGRAPH BY SAMANTHA JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY

K

Three years after these middle school sweethearts reconnected on Facebook, Matthew scattered rose petals and candles around their living room in preparation for the proposal of a lifetime. “I came home to a love note on the front door that detailed a set of rules once I entered the house,” Princess says. “I couldn’t read it because I was already crying tears of joy.” Once inside, Princess found a box of her favorite chocolates and a teddy bear before coming across Matthew, who was hiding in their bedroom. “He was down on one knee when I walked in the room,” Princess says. “I was at such a loss for words that I couldn’t breathe.” The ring: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry

66

D

REAL COUPLES

megan & adam Holland PHOTOGRAPH BY TIFANI LYN PHOTOGRAPHY

During an autumn hike in the Colorado mountains, Megan and Adam trekked to The Loch—a remote lake that served as the stunning backdrop to Adam’s proposal. “I set up a tripod to take a few photos, but pretended there was something wrong with the camera,” Adam says of leaving Megan to wait while he secretly switched the camera mode to video. He then walked back to her side as the camera recorded their every move. “All of my nerves melted away,” he says of asking Megan to marry him. “It’s now a tradition to hike back to that lake every year.” The ring: Dimend SCAASI >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 66

4/3/17 9:27 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 67

4/3/17 9:27 AM


REAL COUPLES

taylor & logan Detroit PHOTOGRAPH BY E.C . CAMPBELL PHOTOGRAPHY

K

A little liquid courage was all it took for Logan to finally ask Taylor the question she’d waited five years to hear. “We were walking to our dinner reservation at Coach Insignia when he suggested we stop by the restaurant where we first met,” Taylor says of Logan’s unusual request. But as they sat at the bar reminiscing of their meetcute, Taylor noticed how quickly Logan drank both his beer and her own. “I was nervous!” he says. Brushing it off, Taylor played it cool—until Logan proposed on the sidewalk outside of the restaurant. “I was so surprised that I forgot to say ‘yes,’ ” she recalls. The ring: Goldcorp Inc.

dominique & clay

68

Grand Rapids PHOTOGRAPH BY RYAN INMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

“I wanted to plan something memorable we could tell our kids,” Clay says. He sent Dominique on a scavenger hunt throughout their home, where she discovered earrings, a watch and, finally, a link to a personal blog Clay had started six months prior to his proposal. In it, he outlined his steadfast dedication to both Dominique and her son, Caleb. “Once she finished reading, I came out of a bedroom with a ring and tried to say something sweet,” Clay says. “It was a dream come true—my dream girl is now going to be my wife.” The ring: a private jeweler Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 252

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 68

4/3/17 9:27 AM


Alessandra BRIDAL

Warren: (586) 574-2233 | Birmingham: (248) 792-7510

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 69

4/3/17 9:27 AM


June 25 • Ann Arbor

annie &

ben engaged: 9 months

70

K

photography by Jess + Nate Studios at Ann Arbor Art Center

Annie accessorized her raw silk and horsehair tulle gown with a pair of custom block heels that bore her new surname and wedding date.

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 70

4/3/17 9:27 AM


THEIR STORY BRIDE Andrea (Annie) Wiita, 36, an attorney GROOM Benjamin (Ben) Jacobs, 34, a general surgery resident HOW THEY MET Through Ben’s older brother WEDDING STYLE Overgrown arrangements, light wood accents and a subtle diamond motif were incorporated throughout Annie and Ben’s wedding for a “sophisticated, stylish and fun” look. —Rachel Sylvester

Shelves of books surrounded the couple of 13 years as they exchanged vows in the reference room of a university library. “Ben wrote the entire service,” Annie says. “We plan to have the words written in calligraphy and framed.”

K 71 Quotes from the ceremony readings were printed on matchbooks in metallic foil and passed out to guests in lieu of favors.

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 71

4/3/17 9:27 AM


ANNIE & BEN

72

K

Treats included a chocolate stout confection and a vanilla pound cake filled with orange curd and honey buttercream.

A verdant arch of roses, ranunculus and greenery framed the entrance to the reception, where diamond-shaped wood planters were suspended high above each table. “The effect was that of a garden party in the middle of a gallery,� Annie says.

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 72

4/3/17 9:27 AM


Instead of a single signature cocktail, partygoers sipped on eight different drinks, including a jalapeño margarita and an elderflower lemon drop. Braised short ribs and shrimp-topped Bloody Mary shots were a hit among dinner guests, who closed out the evening with an after-party at a nearby restaurant. “Ben and I walked the two blocks back to our hotel together at the end of the night,” Annie says. “It was one of my favorite memories of our wedding day.”

ANNIE & BEN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Harlan Hatcher Graduate RECEPTION SITE Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann

Arbor

PHOTOGRAPHY Nathan Johnston/

Shiiki Imagery

VIDEOGRAPHY Toko PLANNER VLD Events

FLOWERS Katie Wachowiak

I Dos Your Way

73

Jess + Nate Studios

K

Library at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

OFFICIANT

GOWN Justin Alexander,

Renee Austin Wedding, Grand Rapids HAIRCOMB BHLDN

Weitzman

SHOES Stuart

ENGAGEMENT RING Schlanderer

& Sons WEDDING RINGS Bride: Nora Kogan; groom: Bario Neal JEWELRY Earrings: J.Crew; code rings: Lulu Frost Imagine Three Yoo

HAIR &

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny

MENSWEAR Bow ties & pocket squares:

TheTieBar.com; groom: Ralph Lauren; groomsmen: Michael Kors

STATIONERY Bella Figura;

Rock Paper Scissors

RENTALS The Lighting

Guy; Special Events Rental Belanger

CATERING Forte

CAKE Wendy Kromer Confections

AFTER- PARTY Grange Kitchen & Bar

DJ C4/Snapfuze

MUSIC

ACCOMMODATIONS

Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown HONEYMOON Seychelles, Africa GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 73

4/3/17 9:27 AM


October 2 • Dexter

mary &

“I instantly felt relaxed and at peace when we toured our venue,” Mary says. “The farm was everything I had ever imagined.”

eric engaged: about 1 year

74

K

photography by Beth Joy Photography at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 74

4/3/17 9:27 AM


THEIR STORY

K 75

BRIDE Mary Lin, 28, a senior software development engineer GROOM Eric VanBuhler, 28, also a senior software development engineer HOW THEY MET While eating Korean barbecue with mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Mary and Eric planned a foodfilled fall wedding that combined traditional elements from their respective Taiwanese and Austrian backgrounds. —RS

A few days before the wedding, Mary and Eric honored her heritage in a private Chinese tea ceremony. After the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds made their union even more official with a log-sawing tradition common in Austrian weddings. “The act represents the first obstacle a couple must overcome in their marriage,” Mary says. “It was fun to see the juxtaposition of us in our formalwear sawing through a log!”

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 75

4/3/17 9:28 AM


MARY & ERIC

The couple took a DIY approach to their kraft paper stationery, which was all custom designed.

76

K

Mary clutched an autumn-inspired arrangement of plum dahlias, black scabiosas, pink thistle, white rice flowers and pepperberries, all of which were tied together with single piece of gold rope. “I added a beautiful pin that belonged to Eric’s grandmother to the bouquet,” she says of the sentimental finishing touch.

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 76

4/3/17 9:28 AM


A vanilla chiffon cake was topped with custom wood characters created by a family friend.

MARY & ERIC’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Zingerman’s PHOTOGRAPHY

Bethany and John Tibble/Beth Joy Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Two Penny Productions

Floral

FLOWERS Merci Beaucoup

77

DAY-OF COORDINATOR Tracie Morris/

You’re the Bride

K

Prior to personally greeting each of their dinner guests, Mary traded her tulle gown for a traditional Chinese qipao, while Eric changed into a navy tangzhuang. “My qipao was very special to me since my mom and I went on a mother-daughter trip to Taiwan to pick it out,” Mary says of the embroidered dress.

Cornman Farms, Dexter

OFFICIANT Scott Crownover (family

friend)

GOWN Stella York, The Bustle, Del

Mar, CA

VEIL Sparrow Bridal Boutique,

La Mesa, CA

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT RING Artisans Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Bride: BrilliantEarth.com;

groom: iWeddingBand.com Salon Vox

HAIR &

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank; TheTieBar.com STATIONERY Greenerprinter.com; Kelly Paper RENTALS Quest Productions; Zingerman’s

Cornman Farms Roadhouse

CATERING Zingerman’s

CAKE Zingerman’s Bakehouse

DESSERTS Dexter Cider Mill

MUSIC Ceremony:

Robin Horlock; reception: Bluewater Kings Band PHOTO BOOTH Fancy Flash Photo Booth DANCE LESSONS Ooh La La Dance Academy REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Honeyfund.com;

Pottery Barn

HONEYMOON Hawaii

GUESTS 180 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 77

4/3/17 9:28 AM


July 2 • Negaunee

sabrina &

Accompanied by their wedding party, Sabrina and Grant hiked to the top of a hill overlooking Lake Superior for a stunning photo-op.

grant engaged: about 1 year

78

K

photography by Vienna Glenn Photography at Carp River Gardens

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 78

4/3/17 9:28 AM


K 79

THEIR STORY BRIDE Sabrina Wheeler, 26, an art teacher and photographer GROOM Grant Langdon, 30, a student affairs professional and photographer HOW THEY MET In their college show choir WEDDING STYLE Organic elegance was the focus of Sabrina and Grant’s alfresco affair, which incorporated quirky nods to the couple’s favorite things—including terrariums and Star Wars–inspired stationery. —RS

“We found every way to make our day unique to us,” Sabrina says. The bride wore a custom peach gown for her walk down the aisle, which was lined with dried rose petals collected from bouquets Grant had given her in the past.

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 79

4/3/17 9:28 AM


SABRINA & GR ANT

80

K

To signify their new titles as “Mr.” and “Mrs.,” Sabrina and Grant painted a canvas together in a unity ceremony while friends sang “I Love You Too Much” nearby. Afterward, the newlyweds danced up the aisle to Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” while high-fiving guests. “It was the best 20 minutes of our lives,” Sabrina says.

“I probably spent way too much time on every little artistic detail, but I enjoyed the challenge,” Sabrina says of creating their stationery by hand.

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 80

4/3/17 9:28 AM


Partygoers danced under DIY market lights made from repurposed ping-pong balls.

SABRINA & GRANT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Carp PHOTOGRAPHY

Lea J. Peterson/Vienna Glenn Photography FLOWERS Garden Bouquet and Design

Tracy Pickering, Lansing (custom)

GOWN VEIL

81

OFFICIANT Kevin Rush (friend)

K

River Gardens, Negaunee

Tracy Pickering; headpiece: Garden Bouquet and Design

SHOES Ceremony: Merrell;

reception: Sorel

ENGAGEMENT RING

Wood Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Beth Millner Jewelry EARRINGS TheFabBridalJewelry, Etsy.com DIY

HAIR Natalie DeLong

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Suit: ASOS.com; tie:

QPCollections, Etsy.com DIY

STATIONERY

SIGN-IN BOOK Artifact Uprising

RENTALS Double Trouble DJs

Sharon Green (friend) Huron Mountain Bakery

CATERING

CAKE Joe’s Cakes/ MUSIC Nothing

Less Party Band PHOTO BOOTH Double Trouble DJs

FAVORS Eucalyptus branches:

Amazon.com; mason jars: Menards; paper sculptures; Paper Source HomeAway.com “We were very conscious about limiting trash throughout the day,” Sabrina says of filling their fete with recycled glassware and preserved eucalyptus branches. The eco-aware pair further reduced wedding waste by serving food on compostable plates before sending guests home with leftover fare.

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 81

Zola.com

ACCOMMODATIONS

REGISTRIES Amazon.com;

HONEYMOON Mackinac Island

GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

4/3/17 9:28 AM


June 11 • Dearborn

pooja &

nitin engaged: 6 months

82

K

photography by Rosy & Shaun Wedding Photographers at The Henry

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 82

4/3/17 9:28 AM


THEIR STORY

83

BRIDE Pooja Satish, 25, a dentist GROOM Nitin Gandhi, 25, a neurology resident HOW THEY MET As undergraduates at the University of Michigan WEDDING STYLE Bollywood and vibrant blooms ultimately inspired Pooja and Nitin to plan a timeless yet luxe celebration. —RS

K

Nitin made his grand entrance on the back of a white horse during the baraat (the groom’s processional).

Compact bunches of pink peonies and roses adorned the mandap where Pooja and Nitin became husband and wife. “Our whole wedding was based on tradition,” Pooja says of tying her dark red lehenga to Nitin’s scarf during their ceremony to symbolize the union of their souls.

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 83

4/3/17 9:29 AM


POOJA & NITIN

84

K

Postceremony, Pooja traded her red velvet lehenga for a modern floral skirt and cropped blouse, while Nitin swapped his sherwani for a classic navy suit. As a playful take on the newlyweds’ first names, guests enjoyed signature drinks like Nitin’s Old-Fashioned and a sweet Pineapple Poojito.

POOJA & NITIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Henry,

Dearborn

PHOTOGRAPHY Rosy Hernandez

and Shaun Feliciano/Rosy & Shaun Wedding Photographers

VIDEOGRAPHY Rosy

& Shaun Wedding Photographers

PLANNER

Rajul Pillai/Blissful Weddings & Events FLOWERS Bellisario

Doobey

OFFICIANT Priest

GOWN Reception: Shyamal &

Bhumika, Mumbai, India

SHOES Christian

Louboutin; Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Ram Creations

HAIR

Ekta Kansara MAKEUP Amanie Mokdad BRIDESMAID DRESSES Mumbai, India MENSWEAR Belt & shoes: Salvatore

Ferragamo; suit: Armani Modern Art Party Rentals Event

STATIONERY RENTALS Colonial

CATERING Ashoka Indian Cuisine

CAKE Sweet Dreams DESSERTS Bhullar

Imports

MUSIC & PHOTO BOOTH DJ

Sandman DANCE LESSONS Arthur Murray Dance Center

FAVORS Bhullar Imports

ACCOMMODATIONS The Henry HONEYMOON Maui, HI GUESTS 450 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

MITKRFW17_Sect_05_(065-084) [P]{MiCH}.indd 84

4/3/17 9:29 AM


Plan your

Perfect wedding Introducing The Great Lakes Culinary Center

A state-of-the-art catering venue with Creative Menus • Festive Libations • ceremony space • outdoor area off-site catering • bridal showers and rehearsal dinners accommodates up to 150 guests

24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield, MI 48033 • (248) 286-3100 www.GLCulinaryCenter.com • emiller@glculinarycenter.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 85

4/3/17 10:22 AM


August 1 • Armada

allison &

Allison accessorized her custom twoin-one dress with a pair of wedges before slipping into Grecian sandals postceremony.

tucker engaged: about a year

86

K

photography by Cory Weber Photography at a private residence

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 86

4/3/17 10:22 AM


THEIR STORY BRIDE Allison Zebelian, 28, a model GROOM Tucker Kain, 31, CFO of the Los Angeles Dodgers HOW THEY MET On a blind date WEDDING STYLE Allison and Tucker played up the natural beauty of their at-home setting by adorning their farm venue with fresh florals and rustic wood accents. —RS

Seven years after mutual friends set them up on a blind date, Allison and Tucker said “I do” on the bride’s family farm under a tree draped with swaths of lace. “We got married on my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary in the same location where they were wed,” Allison says of their sentimental wedding date.

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 87

4/3/17 10:22 AM


ALLISON & TUCKER

88

K

ALLISON & TUCKER’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

“We really focused on the simplicity of the farm,” Allison says of incorporating rustic DIY details that included simple bud vase centerpieces and wood place cards engraved with each guest’s name. Table numbers were created using repurposed barn wood sourced from Allison’s grandmother’s home, and were decorated with moss collected from the woods surrounding the farm.

residence, Armada

PHOTOGRAPHY

Cory Weber Photography Grain Mill Media Events

VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER Laura Allis

FLOWERS BLOOM Floral Design OFFICIANT Curtis Clark (pastor)

GOWN Mark Zunino

Spade New York Custom

SHOES Kate

ENGAGEMENT RING

HAIR Robin Hatt

Alexa Jacob

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESS DIY

MENSWEAR Groom: Alba

Benita Turcu

RENTALS Colonial Events

Papa Joe’s Market

STATIONERY

SIGN-IN BOOK BHLDN CATERING

CAKE Christine’s Cakes

and Pastries DESSERTS Delicious Petite Sweets MUSIC Go Pro DJs PHOTO BOOTH Rock

the Booth Valet Hotel

TRANSPORTATION First Class ACCOMMODATIONS Royal Park HONEYMOON Bali GUESTS 220

BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 88

4/3/17 10:22 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 89

4/3/17 10:22 AM


August 6 • Detroit

shannon &

michael engaged: 1 year photography by The Billings at Gem Theatre

Michael donned a plaid kilt made from a tartan pattern representative of Scotland’s Isle of Skye, which is where the pair got engaged.

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 90

4/3/17 10:22 AM


“We booked the theater because it has the perfect mix of old and new,” Shannon says of their historic venue.

THEIR STORY

K 91

BRIDE Shannon Brown, 28, a teacher GROOM Michael Milne, 26, an accountant HOW THEY MET They were neighbors at Michigan State University WEDDING STYLE Art Nouveau accents and traditional Gaelic garb turned Shannon and Michael’s downtown nuptials into a one-of-a-kind affair. —RS

“Incorporating our Scottish roots into our wedding was a no-brainer,” Shannon says of sealing the deal in a Celticknot-tying ceremony that included nods to Michael’s Jewish upbringing. A bagpiper greeted guests at the start of the ceremony, and Shannon met Michael under a floweradorned chuppah to the sound of a traditional Gaelic tune.

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 91

4/3/17 10:22 AM


SHANNON & MICHAEL

White feather centerpieces and arrangements of thistle and lilies popped against gold linens for a glam, 1920s-inspired look.

SHANNON & MICHAEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

92

K

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Gem

Theatre, Detroit All six groomsmen paired their patterned kilts with a traditional five-button waistcoat, sporran, chain, ghillie brogues and an imitation knife, or sgian dubh. Matching Shinola watches from the brand’s Detroit outpost adorned the men’s wrists for a modern element that juxtaposed their time-honored duds.

PHOTOGRAPHY Lindsey

BIllings/The Billings

DAY-OF COORDINATOR

Bertha Crane/Gem Theatre by JRDesigns

FLOWERS Blumz

OFFICIANTS Family friends

GOWN Pronovias, Bridal Couture, Birmingham HEADPIECE Laura Jayne Bridal Accessories,

The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery, Chicago SHOES BHLDN

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Reuven Gitter Jewelers HAIR Escova Salon

Sadovsky

MAKEUP Jennifer

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Adrianna

Papell

MENSWEAR Groom: Slanj;

groomsmen: The Celtic Croft, Brooklyn Park, MN

STATIONERY Invitations: Zazzle.com;

escort cards & programs: Michaels Gem Theatre

RENTALS

CATERING Colony Club

CAKE Love & Buttercream

MUSIC

Bagpiper: Calum MacNeil; ceremony: Kayvon Gharavi

FAVORS Donation to Autism

Society Oakland County Metro Cars

TRANSPORTATION

ACCOMMODATIONS

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center; Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown HONEYMOON Fiji & New Zealand GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 92

4/3/17 10:22 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 93

4/3/17 10:22 AM


June 18 • Kalamazoo

kierra

Kierra’s tulle and taffeta ball gown featured a handbeaded bodice and corded lace hem.

&

devier engaged: a year and a half

94

K

photography by A Girl in Love Photography at Loft 310

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 94

4/3/17 10:22 AM


THEIR STORY

K 95

BRIDE Kierra Scott, 26, a freelance writer and career consultant GROOM DeVier Posey, 26, a professional football player HOW THEY MET As freshmen at Ohio State University WEDDING STYLE The college sweethearts planned a colorful and contemporary wedding using shades of navy, peach, turquoise and gold. —RS

Only a few scattered rose petals and candles were needed to bring Kierra and DeVier’s rooftop vows to life. As they overlooked the surrounding Kalamazoo cityscape, the couple solidified their union with a tasting ceremony that incorporated small samplings of cayenne pepper, vinegar, lemon and honey. “The act was adapted from a Yoruba tradition that signifies the hot, bitter, sour and, of course, the sweet elements of marriage,” Kierra says.

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 95

4/3/17 10:22 AM


KIERR A & DEVIER

KIERRA & DEVIER’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Loft 310,

Kalamazoo

PHOTOGRAPHY Melissa

Squires/A Girl in Love Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Shane Tincu Films PLANNER Ana Skidmore/TwoFoot

Creative

FLOWERS Bill Hamilton Designs

OFFICIANT Pastor Alex Pickens

GOWN

David Tutera, Fantastic Finds, Lansing VEIL Fantastic Finds

Mischka

SHOES Badgley

ENGAGEMENT RING Komara

Jewelers JEWELRY Bracelet & earrings: Fantastic Finds; necklace: Forever Young HAIR Essence March; Mary Chebli

MAKEUP

Danita Berry/Skinchology

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Fantastic Finds

MENSWEAR

Groom: Pantheon Limited; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Invitations &

escort cards: Gourmet Invitations; menu cards & programs: Jasmine Nicole Hero

CATERING Loft 310

Sweet Heather Anne

RENTALS Linen CAKE & DESSERTS

MUSIC Trending Sounds

Entertainment LIVE PAINTER Trisha Strickland ACCOMMODATIONS Radisson Plaza Hotel REGISTRY Zola.com

96

K

With the help of her father, Kierra build a custom photo backdrop, while the couple’s florist created a showstopping reception display using hundreds of suspended carnations. Upon entering the loft, guests were handed an escort card on a champagne flute, so they could immediately toast to the newlyweds.

HONEYMOON Bali

GUESTS 180 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

Vintage cake stands displayed stacks of salted-chocolate-chip cookies, blood-orange macarons and mini chocolate-saltedcaramel cupcakes.

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 96

4/3/17 10:23 AM


Where you will find your perfect dress and the wedding dress shopping experience you’ve always dreamed of.

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 97

Downtown Brighton, MI 810.588.6147 Book your appointment online www.the-white-dress.com

4/3/17 10:23 AM


October 9 • West Bloomfield

marjorie &

peter engaged: two years

98

K

photography by Kari Dawson Photography at Planterra Conservatory

“I wanted lace—and lots of it!” Marjorie says of adding sleeves to her gown’s existing strapless design.

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 98

4/3/17 10:23 AM


The newlyweds cut into a chocolate and raspberry confection before serving slices of tres leches cake.

THEIR STORY

K 99

BRIDE Marjorie Devereux Zoebisch, 32, an architect and printmaker GROOM Peter Halbrook, 28, a financial advisor HOW THEY MET At a bank WEDDING STYLE Autumn, wine and still-life paintings all came into play when Marjorie and Peter planned their sophisticated greenhouse nuptials. —RS

“Peter and I both knew we didn’t want a typical ballroom venue at a hotel or country club,” Marjorie says of booking Planterra Conservatory for their fall wedding. Inspired by their shared love of Dutch artwork, the couple incorporated fresh fruit and moody florals throughout the airy space. “We wanted the design to look beautiful and feel very different from any other event our guests had seen,” Marjorie says.

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 99

4/3/17 10:23 AM


MARJORIE & PETER

100

K

MARJORIE & PETER’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Guests sipped mezcal and champagne cocktails on the conservatory’s patio, where they took in the sunset before finding their seats inside. Ivory linens and verdant garlands topped wood reception tables, while vintage-inspired dinnerware and ornate candelabras lent an antique look to the glass-lined space.

Planterra Conservatory, West Bloomfield PHOTOGRAPHY Kari Dawson Photography CONSULTANTS Day-of coordinator: Casey

Stadler/Planterra Conservatory; event director: David DiVincenzo/Planterra Conservatory FLOWERS Planterra Conservatory OFFICIANT Rev. Roy Thomas/Marry Us

in Mich

GOWN Anna Campbell, Bella

Bridal Gallery, West Bloomfield Bella Bridal Gallery

VEIL

SHOES Ted Baker

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Ascot

Diamonds EARRINGS Alexis Bittar MAKEUP One Society Salon

HAIR &

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES B2, Gina’s Bridal Boutique, Milford;

NastyGal.com

MENSWEAR Groom: Tom James;

groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com littleMIGHTYpress Illustrata

STATIONERY

SIGN-IN BOOK Flora

RENTALS Event Theory; Firefly

Premier Events

CATERING Infinity-Ovation

Yacht Charters

CAKE Ispiga Dorada

Bakery; The Sparky Noodle Bakery Lufru Entertainment

MUSIC

MINIMOON

Leelanau County; Mackinac Island GUESTS 115 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

MITKRFW17_Sect_06_(085-100) [P]{MiCH}.indd 100

4/3/17 10:23 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 101

4/3/17 10:31 AM


August 12 • Flint

justine &

devin engaged: 3 months

102

K

photography by Samantha James Photography at The Durant

Justine held a bouquet of blush garden roses, trailing ivy and delicate clematis.

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 102

4/3/17 10:31 AM


K 103

THEIR STORY BRIDE Justine Simmonds, 27, a polysomnographic technologist GROOM Devin Sierra, 25, a patient access coordinator HOW THEY MET In middle school WEDDING STYLE Dusty-blue velvet accents, muted florals and goldflecked details brought the couple’s romantic-vintage vision to life. —RS

Justine paired her go-to color of gold with Devin’s favorite shade of blue for a seriously chic color combo that played up their historic venue. “The Durant is one of Flint’s most beautiful spaces,” she says of the former hotel. For her walk down the aisle, Justine slipped into a pair of embellished heels and accessorized her tulle gown with her great-grandmother’s ivory pearl necklace.

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 103

4/3/17 10:32 AM


JUSTINE & DEVIN

104

K

JUSTINE & DEVIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Blue tapered candles and mercury glass votives topped the tablescapes, while sequined linens and towering centerpieces added an element of glitz to the overall design. Postdinner, the newlyweds cut into three separate cakes, including a confetti confection filled with sweet blueberry compote.

The Durant, Flint

PHOTOGRAPHY

Samantha Vanderson/Samantha James Photography

PLANNER &

The Day’s Design

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Pastor

Cory Snyder/Riverdale Baptist Church GOWN La Sposa Bridal, Pierre’s Bridal,

Prom & Tuxedo, Lansing

VEIL Club

Vintage Fashions HAIRCOMB BestforBrides, Etsy.com

SHOES Aldo

ENGAGEMENT

RING PenelliBelle, Etsy.com WEDDING RINGS Bride: PenelliBelle, Etsy.com; groom:

Kay Jewelers

HAIR DIY

Revive Wellness Spa

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Badgley Mischka, RenttheRunway.com MENSWEAR Menguin

STATIONERY

Invitations: Minted.com; escort cards: The Day’s Design

RENTALS Linen Hero

CATERING Cameo Event Planners CAKE Clifford Lake Inn

MUSIC Ceremony:

Jenny Snyder; reception: Stefan Kukurugya DANCE LESSONS Steve Reynolds Dance

Studio 110

ACCOMMODATIONS Knob

Hill Bed & Breakfast

REGISTRIES Macy’s;

Target GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 104

4/3/17 10:32 AM


lorio rossentertainment sterling PROVIDING THE BEST IN ENTERTAINMENT FOR OVER 40 YEARS LORIOROSS.COM | 248-398-9711

THE JERRY ROSS BAND

SKYLINE

NEWSMAKER

DJ MERYL

PARALLEL FIFTH

FOR THE ULTIMATE PARTY! WORLD CLASS BANDS & DJS

THE JERRY ROSS BAND  SIMONE VITALE BAND  PERSUASION  BRENA SKYLINE & THE BACK STREET HORNS  L’USA  NEWSMAKER  NIGHTLINE ONE MAN OUT  RUMPLSTILTSKIN  KILLER FLAMINGOS …AND MANY MORE!

CEREMONY AND COCKTAIL MUSIC STRINGS, HARP, BRASS QUINTET, CLASSICAL GUITARISTS AND MORE…

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 105

4/3/17 10:32 AM


July 23 • Conklin

holly &

sara engaged: 20 months

106

K

photography by The Bigger Picture Photography at a private residence

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 106

4/3/17 10:32 AM


All of the flowers were grown by Sara’s next-door neighbor and collected in buckets the day before the “I dos.”

THEIR STORY

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Sara’s

family farm, Conklin

PHOTOGRAPHY

Lisa Shaw/The Bigger Picture Photography PLANNER Adrien Harding/Preferred

Planning

FLOWERS Greenrock Farm

107

“We were inspired by the colors of the rainbow, of course,” Holly says of their punchy color palette. Thrifted vases displayed vivid bunches of blooms, and colorful dinner napkins popped against ivory linens. Guests snacked on blood-orange cheesecake and chocolate cupcakes before taking home DIY bath salt favors and seed packets. “Every detail was representative of the farm and us,” Holly says.

HOLLY & SARA’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

K

BRIDE Holly Holbrooks, 35, a psychiatrist BRIDE Sara Haack, 34, a psychiatrist HOW THEY MET At work WEDDING STYLE Vibrant, locally sourced wildflowers and dozens of DIY details lent a homegrown feel to the couple’s intimate wedding at Sara’s family farm where she grew up. —RS

OFFICIANT Matt Simpson (friend)

Holly (right) wore an ivory gown, while Sara opted for a pale pink dress.

GOWNS Holly: J.Crew; Sara: Jim Hjelm SHOES Holly: Zigi Soho; Sara: Mix No. 6 ENGAGEMENT RINGS DoronMerav,

Etsy.com WEDDING RINGS GoldSmack, Etsy.com JEWELRY Bracelet & earrings: Macy’s; necklace: Lee & Birch

HAIR

Compliments of Allendale MAKEUP Sephora

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR Various

WeddingPaperDivas.com Tent Rental

STATIONERY RENTALS Baker

CATERING Martha’s Catering

DESSERTS Nantucket Baking Company FAVORS Bath salts: Bend Soap Company;

seed packets: American Seed Company TRANSPORTATION Great Lakes

Motorcoach

ACCOMMODATIONS

Airbnb.com; Amway Grand Plaza REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Etsy.com; REI GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 107

4/3/17 10:32 AM


August 27 • Mackinac Island

sarah &

jake engaged: 6 months

108

K

photography by Conforti Photography at Chippewa Hotel

“The fabric felt like pure heaven,” Sarah says of her ivory A-line sheath.

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 108

4/3/17 10:32 AM


ern er rth nn no pla k ial n ec ga sp ichi m THEIR STORY

K 109

BRIDE Sarah Keeker, 28, a wedding planner at Plum & Poppy Weddings GROOM Jacob (Jake) Agee, 33, an attorney HOW THEY MET Online WEDDING STYLE Elegant gold and ivory accents lent a timeless touch to Sarah and Jake’s waterfront affair. —RS

Despite her full-time job as a wedding planner, coordinating their island “I dos” proved to be a challenge for Sarah, who worked in tandem with a coworker to plan the perfect summer fete. “It’s tough to deliver items to an island that doesn’t allow cars,” she says of Mackinac’s preference of bikes and horses over motor vehicles. Shortly after sealing the deal at Windermere Point, Sarah and Jake boarded a horsedrawn carriage for postceremony photos around the island before joining guests at the Chippewa Hotel for dinner.

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 109

4/7/17 9:56 AM


k

mi spec ch ial iga no n p rth lan ern ne r

Stemless champagne flute favors doubled as escort cards.

SARAH & JAKE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

In addition to organic arrangements of antique hydrangeas and dahlias, textured ivory linens and seasonal fruit topped reception tables for an edgy, overgrown look. Individual crème brûlées were served for dessert, along with peanut butter and dark-chocolate-sea-salt fudge from Joann’s Fudge on Main Street.

110

K

CEREMONY SITE Windermere Point,

Mackinac Island RECEPTION SITE Chippewa Hotel, Mackinac Island

PHOTOGRAPHY

Cassie Conforti/Conforti Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Unique Heart Productions PLANNER Plum & Poppy Weddings (bride) FLOWERS Accent Floral Design

Dan Gruber (brother-in-law)

OFFICIANT GOWN

Amsale, Marie Gabriel Couture, Indianapolis VEIL Toni Federici

SHOES Ivanka Trump

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Moyer Fine Jewelers JEWELRY Hair Comes the Bride

HAIR &

Blue Stylists

MAKEUP Something

MENSWEAR Ike Behar

STATIONERY Jupiter and Juno; calligraphy

& escort cards: Katie Lynn Emerson; table numbers: Just Invite Me

RENTALS A Classic

Party Rental; LGi Linens; Violet Vintage CATERING & DESSERTS Chippewa Hotel MUSIC Ceremony: Brook Xiao; reception:

Jim Cerone

FAVORS Joann’s Fudge

TRANSPORTATION Mackinac Island

Carriage Tours Chippewa Hotel

ACCOMMODATIONS REGISTRY Crate & Barrel

HONEYMOON Hawaii GUESTS 45 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 110

4/7/17 9:57 AM


WORDS CAN’T EXPLAIN. Luxlight Photography

Everything was perfect. It just felt so right. This was exactly how it was supposed to be. The beginning of our happily-ever-after.

Design a celebration that is as unique as you are, with the help of your own personal on-site wedding coordinator and full-service staff. Schedule a tour with Carmen, our wedding expert at 844.277.0193.

MAKE IT YOUR MOMENT. 8 4 4 . 277.0193 | CRYSTALM O UNTAI N.CO M

40089 The Knot, Fall/Winter, Crystal Wedding Ad V05.indd 1 MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 111

1/26/17 10:48 AM 4/3/17 10:33 AM


GOLF SPA SHOP DINE CASINO

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

#gtresort Owned and Operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 112

4/3/17 10:33 AM


June 18 • Omena

christy &

mark engaged: about 1 year photography by Dan Stewart Photography at Cherry Basket Farm

K 113

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 113

4/3/17 10:33 AM


k

mi spec ch ial iga no n p rth lan ern ne r

114

K

THEIR STORY BRIDE Christy Miller, 24, works for Spurs Sports & Entertainment GROOM Mark Lutz, 25, an engineer HOW THEY MET They lived next door to each other WEDDING STYLE Drawing inspiration from nearby Lake Leelanau, Christy and Mark added dusty-blue details and leafy green arrangements to their waterfront wedding. —RS

Antlers, hay bales and birch tree votives served as a rustic nod to the groom’s Texas roots, while Petoskey stone favors symbolized the bride’s Michigan upbringing. But despite calling two different states home, Christy and Mark recognized the need to wed in northern Michigan. “Leland was appropriate since it’s where we met,” Christy says.

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 114

4/7/17 9:57 AM


Accommodating up to 150 guests.

STAFFORDS.COM

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 115

• 800-737-1899 4/3/17 10:33 AM


k

mi spec ch ial iga no n p rth lan ern ne r

CHRISTY & MARK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Leland Community

K

United Methodist Church, Leland RECEPTION SITE Cherry Basket Farm, Omena PHOTOGRAPHY Dan Stewart Photography

116

PLANNER Chandra Wheeler/Orchestrated

Grace

FLOWERS Field of Flowers North

OFFICIANT Benjie Slaton (pastor)

GOWN

Amsale, Nitsa’s Apparel, Winston-Salem, NC VEIL Julian Gold, San Antonio, TX

Jack Rogers

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT RING Elleard

Heffern WEDDING RINGS Shetler Wade Jewelers BRACELET J.C. Sipe Jewelers HAIR DIY

Lounge

MAKEUP Venus Beauty

BRIDESMAID DRESSES J.Crew

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

STATIONERY

Sable & Gray Paper Co.; save-the-dates: Katherine Knuth (bride’s sister)

RENTALS

Cherry Basket Farm; La Tavola; Monstrey MacDonald

CATERING Epicure Catering

DESSERTS Sisson’s Main Street Specialties MUSIC Ceremony: Hunter Bell & Linda Davis;

reception: Bluewater Kings Band Sable & Gray Paper Co.

FAVORS

TRANSPORTATION

Celtic Transport & Logistics; Mackinac Old Time Dressed in a dapper three-piece navy suit and pocket square, Mark donned cowboy boots while Christy slipped into “something borrowed” for their day. “My wedding dress was my sister’s debutante dress,” she says. “I tried on others, but was never as happy as I was in that gown. It’s my favorite dress of all time.”

MITKRFW17_Sect_07_(101-116) [P]{MiCH}.indd 116

Trolley

HONEYMOON Belize GUESTS 220 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

4/7/17 9:58 AM


Your Day Will Be Perfection Call today to plan your event 1.800.494.8666

Photographed by Lux Light Photography 14710 Northwood Highway, Arcadia, Michigan 49613 | www.arcadiabluffs.com MITKRFW17_Sect_08_(117-126) [P]{MiCH}.indd 117

4/3/17 10:31 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_08_(117-126) [P]{MiCH}.indd 118

4/3/17 10:31 AM


ern er rth nn no pla k ial n ec ga sp chi mi K 119

ABBY FOX PHOTOGR APHY

your northern michigan nuptials made easy

Our ultimate planning tips and can’t-miss spots up north. BY AMANDA BLACK Whether it’s a welcome dinner on Lake Michigan, taking in the sights at Sleeping Bear Dunes or understanding potential weather woes, plan no further until you’ve gotten to know this scenic wedding region a bit better. Here are 10 things not to overlook when throwing the ultimate northern Michigan affair. >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_08_(117-126) [P]{MiCH}.indd 119

4/7/17 9:58 AM


k

mi spec ch ial iga no n p rth lan ern ne r

Exchange vows at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery or simply visit with family on your wedding weekend.

stop by leelanau county and old mission peninsula wine country Believe it or not, Michigan is actually the fifth-largest wine grape producer in the US. “I’ve always considered northern Michigan to be the Napa Valley of the Midwest,” says Rhiannon Bosse, owner of Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations (RhiannonBosse.com) in Grand Rapids. Some wineries, including Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery (FortyFiveNorth.com) and Ciccone Vineyard & Winery (CicconeVineyard.com), even double as wedding venues. If you’ve already booked your ceremony and reception locales, pay the region a visit purely for relaxation (and a much-needed glass of wine). Hire Celtic Transport Logistics (CelticShuttles.com) to chauffeur you around the vineyards, so you can truly enjoy the artisanal wines. The best place to end your afternoon, according to Madeline Begley of Events to Remember in Traverse City (EventstoRememberTC.com), is Mari Vineyards (MariVineyards.com). “They serve delicious small plates, have a beautiful patio and absolutely stunning views,” she says. And pay attention to the different wines you sample—you may find the perfect local blend to serve your wedding guests during dinner. come for the fabulous fall views Whether your wedding is in June or December, schedule a planning trip during the autumn months. You’ll need at least two trips anyway, Begley says, so why not go at an opportune time to take in the changing colors? While there, go hiking, biking or camping, and scope out a handful of places for your wedding photos. “By utilizing the forest and its canopy of unique light, shade and wind blockage, you can often create several different types of looks in the images,” says photographer Mitch Ranger (MitchRangerPhotography.com), who frequently captures the northern Michigan landscape. >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_08_(117-126) [P]{MiCH}.indd 120

FROM TOP: COURTESY OF BRYS ESTATE VINEYARD & WINERY; KENNETH KEIFER/ THINKSTOCK

120

K

hike the sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore Empire’s dunes are a must-see attraction in their own right, even if you’re not getting married at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (NPS.gov/slbe). With hills that tower more than 450 feet high, these mountainous sand piles are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. In the summer season, a hike up the highest dune peak to take in the views out over the lake makes for a great group activity your wedding party will enjoy.

4/7/17 9:59 AM


experience the magic. Pictu re Perfect U p N orth Weddings.

Dear B rides and G rooms, As you p lan you r u p coming wedding celeb ration, I invite you to consider M ission Point R esort. With an ou tstanding M ackinac I sland waterfront location; relax ed, welcoming amb iance; and a real dedication to service, M ission Point is an ideal ch oice for weddings of all siz es u p to 500 gu ests. Y ou can ch oose from a wide variety of ceremony locations and recep tion venu es, many with ou tstanding views of L ake H u ron, b oth indoors and ou tdoors. With an intense and growing focu s on locally sou rced foods, M ission Point offers creative, elegant cu linary ch oices in all of ou r event sp aces, organiz ed b y ou r dedicated Weddings T eam. T h ere is a great mix of gu est rooms and su ites, mu ltip le on-s ite restau rants and many on-s ite activities and amenities, inclu ding th e all new L akeside S p a & S alon, b ike rentals, tennis, swimming p ool, p u tting cou rse, movies, and lawn games. Please do not h esitate to contact ou r dedicated Wedding Consu ltants at 9 068 47-3 000 to fu rth er assist you . L ooking forward to welcoming you to th e island, B radley M cCallu m G eneral M anager 9 06-8 47-3 002

8 00.8 33.7711 | www.missionp oint.com See www.missionpoint.com/weddings for details of the 2017 Mackinac Island Wedding Show

MITKRFW17_Sect_08_(117-126) [P]{MiCH}.indd 121

4/3/17 10:31 AM


mi spec ch ial iga no n p rth lan ern ne r

k

Say “I do” at Mackinac Island’s lakefront Mission Point Resort.

visit mackinac island Without the hum of cars, quaint Mackinac Island (MackinacIsland .org) brings you back to a simpler time. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the island or just enjoy the view of the water from any number of spots scattered throughout the largely undeveloped locale. The Grand Hotel (GrandHotel.com) is an idyllic spot for dinner and live music, while Mission Point Resort is a picturesque choice for celebrations of all sizes.

A carriage ride around the island makes for the perfect photo op.

122

K

go local Chances are, you chose to get married in northern Michigan for a reason near and dear to you. Be it the lake views or rolling hills, let your guests know exactly why you love it here by sharing your favorite spots or treats from the area. Infusing unique, personal and memorable for both you and your guests.

prepare for unpredictable weather Since the weather up north is beyond unpredictable, it’s important to anticipate a drop in temperature or a sudden bad storm. “Having a good backup plan for an outdoor wedding is our number one tip for planning an upstate wedding,” Begley says. Make sure you have a tent set up somewhere nearby or that your venue has an indoor spot you can quickly transition into if needed. It’s not just cocktails that can get rained on: You need to have a plan for your photos too. “Use every window of opportunity to get a great shot, no matter if it’s before or after the ceremony,” Ranger says. The light changes frequently, so you must be flexible with when and where you take your photos, he adds.

MITKRFW17_Sect_08_(117-126) [P]{MiCH}.indd 122

pay attention to the (local) calendar Look ahead so you’re aware of every event going on in the surrounding area during the weeks leading up to and after your wedding. From June to August there’s a festival almost every week in most northern towns. A popular crowd favorite known across the country: the National Cherry Festival (CherryFestival.org), which takes place every July in Traverse City. (Tip: You can find a full list of events at Michigan.org/fairs-festivals.) What does that mean for your “I dos”? Well, if the majority of your guests are flying in (and need a place to stay), securing enough rooms is going to be tricky. “It’s really tough to get a good price on room blocks when the hotels know they can sell all of those rooms at a much higher price,” Begley says. Plan ahead and negotiate early so your guests aren’t stranded. In fact, unless you specifically want your nuptials to take place on the same weekend as a festival, you should avoid these dates entirely. If you can’t, provide family and friends with travel and parking info as soon as possible. >>

FROM TOP: COURTESY OF MISSION POINT; LANA TR AYSER PHOTOGR APHY

your wedding weekend with local flavor is a way to ensure that it’s

4/7/17 10:00 AM


“The service is one of the biggest highlights of this venue (which is saying a lot because it’s gorgeous)!

– Traci & Zach

married June 2016

© Marcelo Andrade Photography

Historical Elegance

Unmatched Service

© Christa Breaugh Photography

Schedule Your Tour Today | 231-237-0884 | Charlevoix, Michigan 49720 | CastleFarms.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_08_(117-126) [P]{MiCH}.indd 123

4/3/17 10:31 AM


k

mi spec ch ial iga no n p rth lan ern ne r incorporate some local flavor Whether it’s serving Michigan wines during your cocktail hour, choosing a caterer who uses locally sourced produce or plucking your own blooms at places like Omena Cut Flowers (OmenaCutFlowers.com), try to incorporate a taste of the Great Lakes State into your wedding. During planning trips, scout out a few locations you’d like to source items from, and work with vendors to make it happen. Not sure where to start? Ask your pros to use some of their favorite local finds, or draw inspiration from the state’s many festivals. A nice nod to Traverse City might be sweet cherry escort cards, or if you’re getting married on Mackinac Island—the home of the Lilac Festival—opt for lush arrangements of fragrant lilacs. consider a cold-weather wedding While not as popular in northern Michigan, winter weddings can be breathtakingly beautiful. Since taking photos can be a bit of an obstacle, Ranger suggests “only shooting in spurts.” Go for fun, quick sessions and dress for the occasion—don’t try to pretend it’s not cold. “A shawl for the ladies is a must, and a pair of backup shoes is best if you can hide them under the dress,” he says.

MITKRFW17_Sect_08_(117-126) [P]{MiCH}.indd 124

savor the surrounding scenery Don’t let the natural beauty of the area be just a backdrop for your pictures. Get in there and interact with it, and don’t worry about a little dirt on your duds—it’s not like you’re going to wear that dress again. Sure, the lakeshore of northern Michigan is a can’t-miss destination, but an even better idea is working with the water for a photo session. Out-of-the-box photos can create fine art featuring you as the subject. “You can be as abstract as you want; play with the form and shape,” Ranger says. remember travel arrangements The local airports are small, and only a few airlines offer direct flights. If many of your guests are out-of-towners, provide as many travel options as you can on your wedding website (and well in advance). Take into consideration all of the logistics involved with getting to your wedding locale, and supply information about rental cars and airports, including farther away ones, like in Grand Rapids. Find more northern Michigan planning tips at TheKnot.com/michigan

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: WREN PHOTOGR APHY; K ARYN MAY PHOTOGR APHY; ASHLEY SEAWELL PHOTOGR APHY

124

K

Northern Michigan is full of wild and cultivated blooms, like this lush arrangement of lilac, ranunculus and eucalyptus.

4/7/17 10:00 AM


Visions at CenterPointe -Breathtaking views

Your story begins here!

-Bayside wedding ceremony and reception packages -Just minutes from downtown Traverse City www.myvisionsweddings.com 231.632.1702

GREYSTONE WEDDINGS Experience the wedding of your dreams! -Beautiful garden ceremonies -Elegant chandeliered ballroom -Complete wedding and reception packages

www.greystoneweddings.com 231.632.1702

MITKRFW17_Sect_08_(117-126) [P]{MiCH}.indd 125

4/3/17 10:31 AM


Jose Villa

Advertisement

WANTED

To make gifting easy for my guests FOUND

All my registries, all in one place THE KNOT WEDDING REGISTRY

Register at your favorite stores. Share all your gifts in one easy list on TheKnot.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_08_(117-126) [P]{MiCH}.indd 126

4/3/17 10:31 AM


Your Day. Your Vision.

Wedding and Event Planning, Coordination and Design • 231.547.5061 • info@merrymkr.com • www.merrymkr.com

Advertisement

127

To share all the details with my guests—once

K

WANTED

FOUND

A wedding website they can access anywhere

Perpixel Photography

THE KNOT WEDDING WEBSITES Tell your story, share your registry and manage your guests all in one place on TheKnot.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 127

4/3/17 10:27 AM


ST YLE

WEDDING

THEMES

101 CONSIDER THIS YOUR GLOSSARY

M

aybe one of the hardest things about wedding planning is getting on the same page with your vendors. You may be explaining your vision of the most perfect rustic soiree, but your planner may be hearing the makings of a bohemian

bash. This could happen with any of your pros—florists, bakers or caterers. Visuals help, of course, but it’s also important to know you’re speaking the same language. Enter our wedding theme dictionary. We broke down every theme, from alternative to whimsical, with descriptions and buzzwords for each—arming you with the basics, so to speak. Remember: Style is totally up for interpretation, so these aren’t rules. Think of them as jumping-off points or guidelines. Once you know what

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: REBECCA ARTHURS PHOTOGR APHY; EMILY STEFFEN; JOSE VILLA PHOTOGR APHY; B HULL PHOTOGR APHY; JILLIAN MITCHELL

128

K

OF WEDDING THEMES.

you want and how to ask for it, we encourage you to twist the guidelines or mix them up to create a wedding that’s totally your own. >>

B Y

A N D R E A

F O W L E R

MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 128

A N D

L A U R E N

K AY

4/3/17 10:27 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 129

129

Make your wedding all about you—it is your day after all. You want your guests to leave saying, “That was so them!” vintage A typewriter adds instant nostalgia to a classic guest book. art deco Sparkly dresses shout celebration. romantic Hanging florals and ambient lighting ooze romance. nautical An anchor motif paired with sailing rope sets the scene for a seaside affair. alternative A colorful celebration complete with quirky sneakers and a rainbow of blooms is sure to be remembered.

K

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: REBECCA ARTHURS PHOTOGR APHY; EMILY STEFFEN; JOSE VILLA PHOTOGR APHY; B HULL PHOTOGR APHY; JILLIAN MITCHELL

EXPRESS YOUR ST YLE

4/3/17 10:28 AM


ST YLE

ALTERNATIVE MEANS YOUR STYLE CAN’T BE BOXED IN WITH OTHER CATEGORIES

130

K

art deco Evoking the American 1920s, especially art deco architecture (such as the Chrysler building), this wedding theme is all about spunky glitz and glam—after all, they were the roaring twenties. Energetic jazz music was the life of every party, so we highly recommend a live band to get your guests on their feet. BUZZWORDS: flashy, metallic, opulent WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Pluming white ostrich feathers spilling from centerpieces, sequined tablecloths and geometric designs decorate any art deco soiree. Arguably, the most important detail of one of these throwback parties is a champagne tower. VENUE IDEA: historic museum (bonus points for art deco architecture)

bohemian Boho style has this way of looking incredibly chic, with minimal effort. It’s the “I woke up like this” of wedding themes. The décor is humble but eye-catching and the palette is one that can be found living harmoniously in nature. BUZZWORDS: tribal, hipster, nomadic WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Expect mismatched bridesmaid dresses that don’t look too put together and bouquets of wispy and wild florals. The reception would definitely feature a cozy lounge area, complete with tepees and poufs. The finishing touch? A naked cake covered in fresh blooms. VENUE IDEA: open field >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 130

PHOTO CRDIT TK

Alternative seems to have gotten a bad rap over the years, and we’re here to change that. Having an alternative wedding just means your style is unique and can’t be boxed in with other categories. These themes are often representative of subcultures such as Burning Man, Steampunk, Renaissance or Marvel comics. BUZZWORDS: quirky, creative, unique WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: The bride may wear a traditional white dress, but the bouquet or accessories would be all her own. Or she might opt for something totally different, like a multicolored gown or handmade cocktail dress. There’s definitely a themed cake with a nod to shared interests (think: your favorite Marvel character). Expect lots of quirky touches, from centerpieces to favors. VENUE IDEA: renovated movie theater

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: AGNES LOPEZ PHOTOGR APHY; SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGR APHY (2); JILLIAN MITCHELL (2); ALICIA PYNE PHOTOGR APHY

alternative

4/3/17 10:28 AM


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: AGNES LOPEZ PHOTOGR APHY; SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGR APHY (2); JILLIAN MITCHELL (2); ALICIA PYNE PHOTOGR APHY

SLUG

PL AY U P YO U R TH E M E

K

PHOTO CRDIT TK

131

Infuse your theme with details big and small, like a motif on your invitation or the overall vibe of your reception. alternative Let your personalities shine with a nontraditional altar or a barefoot, seaside celebration. art deco Look for a beaded gown with intricate detailing or put a twist on the signature sip with a champagne tower. bohemian Embellish your outdoor ceremony with textural elements, like macramé dream catchers, and opt for unique entertainment, like a bluegrass band.

MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 131

4/3/17 10:28 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 132

This is your day—make the details really reflect who you are as a couple. classic Upgrade elegant table settings with place cards and fresh stems, or choose timeless attire ensembles, like black tuxedos. country Pick a bucolic place to host your celebration (like an old barn) and add pastoral touches. Wildflower bouquets, antique trucks and cowboy boots fit the bill. DIY Create your own bunting using printed fabric in your wedding colors, or add DIY elements to your invitation suite.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: MICHELLE BELLER PHOTOGR APHY; ROBYN VAN DYKE PHOTOGR APHY; LIBELLE PHOTOGR APHY; BR AEDON PHOTOGR APHY; CLIQUE; MICHELLE BELLER PHOTOGR APHY

132

K

PE R SO NALIZE TH E D E TAIL S

4/3/17 10:29 AM


ST YLE

classic CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: MICHELLE BELLER PHOTOGR APHY; ROBYN VAN DYKE PHOTOGR APHY; LIBELLE PHOTOGR APHY; BR AEDON PHOTOGR APHY; CLIQUE; MICHELLE BELLER PHOTOGR APHY

Imagine a venue filled with monochromatic décor, from the linens to the floral arrangements. There may be metallic or pastel accents, but overall the palette is light and airy with different textures thrown in to mix things up. BUZZWORDS: traditional, timeless, elegant WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Classic weddings are usually more on the formal side—they’re clean-cut affairs. That means there may be a champagne cocktail hour, chargers at each place setting and understated (but beautiful) décor like tealight candles or arrangements made up of a single floral variety. VENUE IDEA: ballroom

YOU CAN SEE PERSONALIZATION IN EVERY DETAIL OF A DIY WEDDING country

K 133

Personifying the American West, country weddings are full of flavor and overflowing with charm. This style is all about celebrating your hometown and maybe throwing in some Americana flair for good measure. BUZZWORDS: Western, homespun, rural WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Cowboy boots will definitely make an appearance, and don’t be surprised if camo comes along with them. More traditional items might be swapped for ones with a stronger hometown spin (like pies from your local bakery instead of a tiered wedding cake), and a strong send-off is a must. We love a good vintage car getaway, and an old Ford pickup would be perfect for the job. VENUE IDEA: ranch

diy You can see the personalization in every detail of a DIY wedding. Whether it’s a hand-sewn pennant flag banner, homemade cookies or handwritten escort cards, the couple’s style shines through. BUZZWORDS: handmade, charming, personalized WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Details have a homemade, imperfect quality about them: a customized stamp that prints the couple’s monogram on each invitation, a handcrafted paper flower bouquet or favors packaged with personalized notes of thanks. Have a make-your-own food station (whether it’s in place of or supplementing a sit-down meal) at the reception. Think: sliders with a variety of toppings, a crepe bar or fireside s’mores for dessert. VENUE IDEA: backyard >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 133

4/3/17 10:29 AM


ST YLE

The ultimate inspiration for a glamorous wedding? The red carpet or awards show after-parties. Jaw-dropping outfits, sweeping hairstyles and old-Hollywood red lips pair with fancy décor for a glittering celebration. BUZZWORDS: dazzling, chic, captivating WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Glamorous weddings probably have a few jaw-dropping details that end up all over Instagram, like a flower wall, elegantly draped fabric linens or exquisitely prepared food. The décor can range from neutral minimalist to over-the-top and extravagant. Metallics are a must. And something unexpected— a live performance or fireworks show—will wow the crowd. VENUE IDEA: luxury estate

MODERN SKEWS FORMAL BUT HAS PLAYFUL TOUCHES TO KEEP IT FROM FEELING STUFFY

134

K

modern A modern wedding is all about exquisite simplicity. City dwellers, urbanites and design lovers gravitate to this wedding style, which skews formal but has enough playful touches to keep it from feeling too stiff or stuffy. BUZZWORDS: graphic, contemporary, cutting edge WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Expect a mix and match of patterns in a playful but incredibly sophisticated fashion, anchored by a streamlined color scheme. The theme is reflected in every detail from the thoughtfully chosen table linens to the specialty cocktail. A modern monogram or cool logo may be used to personalize the menus and the dance floor, while the cake will be simple but extra delicious (think: foodie ingredients and crazy flavors). VENUE IDEA: loft

nautical A celebration by the sea calls for some serious Cape Cod and Nantucket inspiration. A seafood bar, like an oyster shucking station or fresh shrimp cocktails during cocktail hour, is sure to send the right message. BUZZWORDS: preppy, navel, beachy WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Nautical hues play a huge role (everything from navy to sand is free game). Breezy linens, lighthouse décor, sea shell escort cards, fishing line lighting installations and relaxed (but slightly preppy) attire make this theme really come alive. VENUE IDEA: waterfront yacht club >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 134

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: AMBER GRESS PHOTOGR APHY; MAT THEW MOORE PHOTOGR APHY; JOSEPH LIN PHOTOGR APHY; VICTOR SIZEMORE PHOTOGR APHY; HARRISON STUDIO

glamorous

4/3/17 10:30 AM


INFUSE WITH COLOR

MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 135

135

You can have more than two wedding colors—really! Add an accent hue or a zesty pop to any palette. glamorous Go grand with a multi-tier cake covered in pastel sugar flowers, or opt for a more monochromatic palette of white and cream. modern Bright colors mixed with a pattern makes a bold statement, while mid-century furniture is perfect for a lounge. nautical A celebration by the ocean screams maritime, especially if you include rich blue hues and a pop of coral in your color scheme.

K

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: AMBER GRESS PHOTOGR APHY; MAT THEW MOORE PHOTOGR APHY; JOSEPH LIN PHOTOGR APHY; VICTOR SIZEMORE PHOTOGR APHY; HARRISON STUDIO

SLUG

4/3/17 10:30 AM


ST YLE

retro It’s Mad Men meets Grease in this drive-in, sock hop, American Bandstand–era celebration. Even if your guests can’t jive like dancers back in the day, that’s what the vibe should feel like—and everyone should be on the dance floor. BUZZWORDS: nostalgic, old-fashioned, moxie WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: This was a time to be bold and express your style, so a bright color scheme of teal and cherry red or neon pink and yellow sets the stage. A few throwback details like Coke served in its signature glass bottles are just right to round out the décor. Borrow an heirloom cake topper or scout one from a vintage shop. VENUE IDEA: old theater

Romantic weddings are all about celebrating romance with barely there colors, soft lighting and ethereal details like flowing dresses with airy fabrics. Elaborate cakes, candlelight (to set the mood) and tons of florals are usually present too. BUZZWORDS: delicate, feminine, luxurious WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: We love the idea of a preceremony cocktail hour kicking things off, complete with light appetizers and flutes of sparkling rosé. The final detail: A beautifully tiered cake with an elegant cascade of sugar flowers followed by a grand exit in a classic car or a horse and carriage. VENUE IDEA: castle

rustic Rustic can mean many things, but we like to streamline it with a simple farm-to-table baseline. Textures, especially natural ones like wood and stone, are staples of this theme. BUZZWORDS: local, minimal, raw WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Low, sprawling centerpieces with flowers that look fresh from the field dress up bare wood tables. Mixed glassware styles give a hint of glamour, but the eclectic collection still feels hand-curated. Market lights create ambience while a naked cake with fresh berries tastes as good as it looks. VENUE IDEA: renovated barn >>

FROM TOP: K AYLA BARKER FINE ART PHOTOGR APHY; JOSE VILLA PHOTOGR APHY; HANNAH WOODARD PHOTOGR APHY

136

K

romantic

Hosting an alfresco wedding? Work the landscape into the details. retro Make a memorable exit in an oldfashioned car. romantic An elegant gown with a full skirt is ultra-feminine. rustic Cream-colored draping adds a softness to a tented outdoor celebration.

MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 136

PHOTO CREDIT TK

LE T N AT U RE PL AY A PA R T

4/3/17 10:31 AM


PINE KNOB MANSION & CARRIAGE HOUSE

European elegance with a dash of extraordinary...

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

Two unique places to choose from for your special day of wedding receptions, holiday parties, and other events: The Mansion, an English Manor with arched ceilings and stained glass windows, sits atop the highest point in southeastern Michigan. The Carriage House has ceiling-to-floor windows for picturesque views.

5580 Waldon Road, Clarkston, MI 48348 | (248) 625-0700 | www.pineknobmansion.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 137

4/3/17 10:31 AM


ST YLE

southern This elegant soiree is the epitome of Southern charm. Soft florals, sweet refreshments and amazing bites like tartlets or honey biscuits are the big players in this wedding theme. BUZZWORDS: charming, traditional, enchanting WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: A formal Southern affair calls for pulling out all the stops: bow ties, gloves, craft cocktails, traditional place settings and delicious food. Old-fashioned touches, like all-white flowers, mixed with sweet personalized details, like customized monograms, bring the day to life. VENUE IDEA: plantation

138

K

This “of-another-time” theme is often confused with retro. The biggest differences are in the eras: Retro is more about a specific period in time while vintage alludes more to antiques and Victorian details in the general sense. BUZZWORDS: antique, throwback, heirloom WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Instead of cloths or runners, tables might be draped with delicate layers of lace. Old furniture makes the best statement, so a lounge area with classic armchairs or love seats would create the perfect ambience. A gown with lace sleeves or a three-piece suit is a nice nod to the fashion of the time. VENUE IDEA: historic courthouse

whimsical Think of a whimsical wedding as a hybrid of rustic and boho, topped with a flower crown. It’s a little more on the storybook side, but in the most tasteful way. BUZZWORDS: fanciful, enchanting, eclectic WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Think: garden party mixed with Alice in Wonderland. Introduce this theme with a quirky motif on the invitations. Day-of details like mismatched bridal party dresses and thrifted china will make everything feel unique to you. VENUE IDEA: botanical garden

FROM TOP: DEAR WESLEYANN; BRI CIBENE PHOTOGR APHY; ONCE LIKE A SPARK PHOTOGR APHY

vintage

MAKE IT MEMORABLE Personalized touches make any wedding extraordinary. southern Dress your party in elegant monochromatic gowns. vintage Choose attire that hearkens back to another era, like a beaded gown. whimsical Go for a wow factor with playful statements, like a wall of greenery.

Find more wedding themes at TheKnot.com/style

MITKRFW17_Sect_09_(127-138) [P]{MiCH}.indd 138

4/3/17 10:31 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 139

4/3/17 10:23 AM


ST YLE

hot trends to make your own From dangling décor to portrait booths and gifting lounges, here are the ideas we’re really loving for the year ahead. BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSEPH LIN PHOTOGRAPHY

140

K

We’re all about a personalized wedding, but we also really love a good trend. So we’ve rounded up our favorite ideas to steal for an of-the-moment celebration. And yes, a few of these trends could blow your whole budget, but there are infinite ways to pull inspiration from these ideas and spin them to match your style (and wallet).

furry friends

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 140

WILLOW NOAVI PHOTOGR APHY

Animal lovers take note: The hottest wedding guests have four legs and supersoft coats. From bunnies to donkeys, couples are incorporating more than just their pets into their weddings. This is a trend to try if you’re hosting a rustic soiree or celebrating in a picturesque barn.

4/3/17 10:23 AM


WILLOW NOAVI PHOTOGR APHY

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 141

141

Sparkly gowns—gold, silver and metallic beading—flooded the bridal runways. The ball gown is making a comeback too, perfect for a formal evening wedding. Also hot? Breezy silhouettes and airy skirts. These effortless dresses (think: flowing fabrics like tulle and organza) have an ethereal vibe and are well suited for a destination affair or even a second look. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments and off-the-shoulder styles are making their way down the aisle as well. >>

K

metallic dresses and breezy silhouettes

4/3/17 10:23 AM


ST YLE

unique invitations Get your guests excited to celebrate from the very beginning with wedding correspondence that stands out. Plexiglass invites, foil stamping and glow-in-the-dark ink are a few of the stationery trends we’re loving right now. Bespoke illustrations and bold envelopes (think: shocking fuchsia with white ink) are other ways to get noticed.

grand getaways Think of this exit as a fresh take on the classic sparkler send-off. Surprise your guests with an unexpected getaway on the back of a motorcycle, in a horse-drawn carriage or by helicopter. For a twist on the trend, have a really memorable entrance instead. Anything goes—and just think of the photo ops.

games galore

COLOR COMEBACK

the gift lounge

color comeback

This deconstructed welcome bag is perfect for destination weddings. Instead of stuffing and delivering a gift for your guests, let them do the work—they’ll be glad you did. Set up a room full of swag (snacks, drinks, local treats) and guests can choose their favorite things. Best of all, you (or your family or wedding party) can greet guests in person when they arrive. If your friends and family are split between a couple of hotels, set up a table of goodies at the exit of your welcome party for a truly memorable party favor.

Neutrals and pastels have paved the way for a total return to color. Expect to see pops of bold shades and bright pairings. Pantone named greenery the Color of the Year—it’s vibrant and earthy, making it perfect for all seasons. This fresh hue is symbolic of “the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. We expect to see this shade of green in everything from floral arrangements to colored linens.

asking for what you really want From cash to mountain bikes and even museum memberships, we love that couples can ask for just about anything under the sun these days—including nothing at all. Charity registries are on the rise along with experiences, like a pottery class or private cocktail session with an expert mixologist. Don’t worry, you can still register for classic wedding gifts like fine china, upgraded cookware and that fancy espresso machine you’ve had your eye on for years. Or do both!

ceremony remix

THE GIFT LOUNGE

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 142

Classic aisles will always be popular, but couples are adding twists to the traditional ceremony. A circular seating setup or ceremony in the round gives guests a more intimate connection with your vows. Cocktails before your “I dos”? Why not! Couples are mixing up the timeline and kicking things off with a celebratory sip. >>

FROM TOP: ALLIE SIARTO & CO. PHOTOGR APHY, MICHELLE BELLER PHOTOGR APHY (2)

142

K

In an effort to entertain guests, couples are turning to the tried and true: games. From interactive Mad Lib wedding programs to croquet at outdoor cocktail hours, games are being used as a way to break the ice between guests. This playful detail will get your friends and family mingling.

4/3/17 10:23 AM


bdubpics.com | greens_artist@yahoo.com | 517-420-4877 @blosticaphoto

Let me be the one to capture all of the beauty of your most romantic day. MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 143

4/3/17 10:24 AM


ST YLE

GOING GREEN

Décor trends are going au naturel. If you can’t celebrate under the stars, bring the outside in. Add some oversize potted trees to a ballroom for an instant forest effect. Or incorporate natural elements like wood and stone into your table settings. Greenery (not just the color) continues to trend—it’s easy to manipulate and can give your décor an undone but beautiful look. Bouquets are getting bigger too and some old-school styles, like cascade and pageant, are making a serious comeback.

a movable feast With food trucks and passed multicourse meals, the sit-down dinner is being replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on the expected.

fun food presentations Menus are being carefully curated with favorite eats and local specialties. But the presentation is almost upstaging the food. Self-serve bars and food installations, like a hanging acrylic shelf piled high with hors d’oeuvres, are instant wows. These interactive stations will give your friends and family something to do, and talk about long after the wedding has ended. >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 144

A MOVABLE FEAST

FROM TOP: MELANI LUST PHOTOGR APHY, VICKI GR AFTON PHOTOGR APHY

144

K

going green

4/3/17 10:24 AM


Blissful Waterfront Weddings Boutique Hotel and Vacation Rentals | Enjoy Lakefront Wedding and Reception Venues Hosting Celebrations of up to 300 guests For information contact the Events Office at 231.439.2427 or email us at info@bayharbor.com bayharborvillagehotel.com/weddings

BayHarborWeddings.indd 1 MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 145

1/13/2017 12:49:03 PM 4/3/17 10:24 AM


ST YLE

stylish swings

GIDEON PHOTOGR APHY

146

K

The latest in lounge seating is swings. This playground classic promises to be a big hit with wedding guests both young and old. And it’s the perfect way to stay in motion when your feet need a break from the dance floor. Seating in general is trending, with couples opting for “king” and “queen” chairs at a sweetheart table, or mix-and-match options for outdoor ceremonies. >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 146

4/3/17 10:24 AM


The Perfect Place for Your Reception in the Heart of Bloomfield Hills. Contact us today for a personalized tour of The Heathers for your upcoming rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, golf outing, postwedding brunch or wedding reception. Membership not required. 900 Upper Scotsborough Way Bloomfield Hills, Michigan • www.HeathersClub.com (248) 334-9770 • contact@heathersclub.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 147

4/3/17 10:24 AM


ST YLE

image mapping Turn your indoor reception venue into an enchanted forest without uprooting a single tree. Image mapping is a projection technology that allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. You can change scenes too, giving your ceremony and reception each its own special vibe. On a budget? Use the technology on just your wedding cake.

double-duty escorts Escort cards are like the save-the-dates of your wedding day— they don’t have to match your theme or style. They’re the perfect place to be playful and infuse your celebration with your personalities or favorite things. Create a dramatic display that can double as a photo booth backdrop or cards that are also party favors, like splits of champagne or a boxed edible treat.

dangling de´cor

148

K

Hanging accents are an instant wow factor, and they always get noticed. Suspend flowers from ceiling beams or string market lights from barn rafters for added ambience. Hanging décor will get guests looking up too, which is handy if you’re trying to downplay the venue’s color-clashing carpet. Towering candelabras and organic centerpieces continue to be popular table décor.

translucent cakes Not quite frosted, not quite bare, the almost-naked cake is a perfect blend of two styles, and ideal for a less formal celebration. These confections are usually packed with flavor, lightly iced in buttercream and topped with fresh flowers or in-season fruits that hint at the flavors of the cake.

DANGLING DÉCOR

party portraits We’re loving the new twist on the traditional photo booth: portrait studios. Much like a photo booth, there’s a designated space and, in some cases, props. But instead of four rapid-fire shots, there’s a live photographer asking you to “vogue” for the camera. You get beautiful images of your family and friends and they get a stellar classic portrait, perfect for their gallery wall. Vintage-loving duos might opt for an illustrator instead, who can sketch guests in their finest duds. Meanwhile, Geofilters are joining hashtags as the hottest way to be social with photos at weddings (#duh).

Give your guests an evening they won’t soon forget with unparalleled entertainment. Think outside the box with an aerialist, a live painter or a choir belting out your favorite Beyoncé song. An artist can capture the scene and commemorate the day—fun entertainment for your guests and a keepsake for you. Or go the more traditional route with music, but pair it with a performance, like a classical quartet and ballerinas in tutus. If you have a noise ordinance at your outdoor locale, host a silent disco: A DJ spins music, but instead of it blasting from speakers, your guests don a pair of headphones and dance (and sing along) in relative silence. We’re kind of obsessed. DOUBLE-DUTY ESCORTS

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 148

TRANSLUCENT CAKES

Find more wedding trends at TheKnot.com/style

WENDY LAUREL

exceptional entertainment

4/3/17 10:24 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 149

4/3/17 10:24 AM


ST YLE

WEDDING BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY PERNILLE LOOF STYLING BY LISA LEE

BY STYLE

Make the pièce de résistance of your celebration— the cake, of course—mirror your wedding’s overall vibe and theme.

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 150

4/3/17 10:24 AM


romantic

SUGAR STEMS Nothing says “romance” quite like flowers, especially when they’re handcrafted in sugar and entirely edible.

Add color and panache to a simple round cake with a bevy of blooms. Choose stems found in your bouquet or centerpieces, or flowers that match your wedding palette. A single cascade makes a statement, while multiple floral sprays are a total wow. CAKE BY MADISON LEE’S CAKES

K 151

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 151

4/3/17 10:25 AM


ST YLE

classic A white cake is the perfect canvas for an eye-catching design. Guarantee yours steals the show by choosing a bold print, like this timeless yet whimsical blue floral motif. Pair with a topper of sugar flowers or your new monogram for an elegant look. CAKE BY BETTY BAKERY

PATTERN PLAY Love a detail from your stationery or the pattern of your wedding china? Let that inspire your cake.

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 152

4/3/17 10:25 AM


glam A mix of patterns, metallics and dimensions create an extravagant confection. Bold pops of color in the base (echoed in the sugar blooms) lend a bit of sophistication. Opt for varying tier heights— it will give your cake depth and a little opulence. A MIDAS TOUCH

CAKE BY A LOVE FOR CAKES

Metallics make anything feel instantly luxe—including cakes. Gold edging, bold brush strokes and a confetti speckled tier create intrigue and texture.

K 153

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 153

4/3/17 10:26 AM


ST YLE

modern Proof that a simple design can make a big impact, this marble-inspired cake pairs perfectly with any wedding palette. A classic red rose gives the top tier dimension. Add even more drama by having nontraditional layers like hexagons, squares or ovals. CAKE BY BUTTERFLY BAKESHOP

Flecks of gold combine with gray and black in a rolled fondant technique. This motif is equal parts elegant and edgy.

154

K

MARBLE MASTERPIECE

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 154

4/3/17 10:26 AM


rustic Not quite naked, not quite frosted, this hybrid look is focused on flavor. Vary the ingredients based on the season, like decadent dulce de leche in the winter or vanilla lemon zest in warmer months. Decorate with fresh blooms or nods to the flavors (think: berries or shaved chocolate). CAKE BY LUCKYBIRD BAKERY

EXTRA FLAVOR A caramel drizzle is a carefree finishing touch to translucent tiers—and another layer of rich flavor.

Find your cake baker at TheKnot.com/marketplace

MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 155

4/3/17 10:27 AM


MITKRFW17_Sect_10_(139-156) [P]{MiCH}.indd 156

4/3/17 10:27 AM


ST YLE

where to register right now

From the big players to boutique options, here’s the nitty-gritty on the pros and cons of our favorite retailers. >> BY EMMA BATY PHOTOGRAPH BY THEO MILO PHOTOGRAPHY

K 157

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 157

4/3/17 12:45 PM


ST YLE

It seems like there are a million places to create registries (yes, plural—we recommend making a wish list at two or three stores) and the idea of having to play favorites between beloved brands can leave you feeling exhausted. So, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it, compiling the ultimate guide of places to register. And when you register with The Knot (TheKnot.com/registry) we’ll aggregate all of your wish lists in one spot, allowing guests to purchase gifts with just a few clicks—a total win for you both.

amazon WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Amazon has a universal registry program,

anthropologie WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Anthropologie believes registering is one

of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. Your wish list will stay available for up to a year after your event, and you can enter two different shipping addresses to accommodate for moves and other big changes during your engagement and after. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : Anthropologie has plenty of products with an eclectic spin, perfect for the trendy couple—but you may not find what you’re looking for in terms of simple, minimalist designs or the basics. BONUS PERKS: Your guests can have your gifts wrapped for $4 a box or include a gift message for free.

bed bath & beyond WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You can make an appointment to visit a

store and build your registry with a consultant. Or you can look to a curated online collection to help you create your wish list. For example, the “build your bar” one has the best bar essentials on one page—and you can add one product or the entire collection straight to your registry in one click. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Bed Bath & Beyond is known for affordability, which means high-end luxury brands are limited.

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 158

Family and friends can contribute to your registry by giving recommendations for particular products they love. There’s also a discount offered postwedding to scoop up any items you really wanted that no one purchased. Guests can also use those awesome 20 percent off coupons on (most of their) purchases.

BONUS PERKS:

belk WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The Belk app lets you scan items directly

with your smartphone and add them to your registry. It also has checklists and a thank-you note feature to keep you on track. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Belk only has physical stores in certain states (mostly the Southern US), but you can always register online. BONUS PERKS : Belk has engagement parties in its stores twice a year where you can create a new registry or add to an existing one. It also holds two 10-day completion events during the year where couples can get 20 percent off on select items.

best buy You can register for the technology and gadgets that make life easier (think: big-screen TV, smart fridge). All the products on your registry will be eligible for free shipping, with no minimum purchase requirement. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: We’re pretty sure Best Buy won’t start selling fine china or 400 thread count linens anytime soon, so you’ll need to register elsewhere too. BONUS PERK: For more expensive items on your registry, like those noise-canceling headphones you’ve been coveting, or the surround-sound speaker set, there’s a group gifting option. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

bloomingdale’s WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Bloomingdale’s has consultants that work

strictly on wedding registries, so they’re a consistent resource while you’re going through the process. It offers completion discounts too—10 percent off for the first six months after your event and 20 percent off during special discount times. >>

ADDIE JUELL

158

K

which means you can add items to your registry that aren’t on Amazon.com using a browser extension. Also, you can shop Amazon Smile and support your favorite charities. There’s even a thank-you note feature that allows you to track which guest gave you what (and if you actually sent that thank-you note). POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You don’t have the option for a traditional walk-through-the-store-with-a-scan-gun experience or the advantage of seeing things in person before you list them. BONUS PERKS: You can browse curated selections of items, like “dinner and serve ware” or the top 100 items people register for. Or you can also check out products from third-party boutique options, such as the MoMA Design Store.

4/3/17 12:45 PM


the right place

77 Monroe Center St. NW / Grand Rapids MI 49503 / cityflatshotel.com / 616.608.1727

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 159

4/3/17 12:45 PM


ST YLE

POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Bloomingdale’s offers a huge variety of items, but most are at a higher price point. BONUS PERKS: Bloomingdale’s also gives discounts to registry couples for certain clothing items too. For example, when you start a registry, you get 25 percent off a single regular-price men’s purchase of $500 or more, perfect for a new suit

boscov’s Boscov’s has registry consultants in every store (and online) to help you build your dream wish list. They can help you mix and match china patterns or tell you the pros and cons of cookware. They’ll also monitor your registry and notify you when you’re running out of gifts, or when something goes out of stock so you can replenish. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Boscov’s only has stores in six states and they’re mostly on the East Coast. BONUS PERKS: You get a 15 percent shopping pass discount just for registering. You’ll also get 10 percent back on every gift your guests purchase from the registry, which you can use to buy the remaining items. And on top of that, it gives you a 10 percent completion discount on almost all the items left on your registry. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

cb2 Update your registry on the go through the app and updates go “live” within 15 minutes—perfect for adding additional gifts down the line or for changing your mind. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: CB2 is like Crate & Barrel’s little (and more modern) sister. It only has brick-and-mortar stores in five states, so if your friends and family are the type who like to shop in store instead of online, this could be tricky. BONUS PERKS : CB2 will make it easy on your guests by including gift wrapping and a personalized gift message for free.

160

K

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

the container store This organizational mecca lets you manage your registry online, making adding or deleting products easy. It also has a registry checklist of some of its most popular wedding gifts to guide you in your shopping. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Registering here means you’ll need to create a wish list elsewhere too (it doesn’t have things like sheets, towels or dinnerware, for example). BONUS PERKS: After the wedding, you can save 10 percent on any items still left on your registry—like the makings for a custom closet. Your guests get free shipping and gift wrapping on purchases of $75 or more, and they can contribute to a more expensive group gift (like said closet). WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 160

crate & barrel WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Crate & Barrel offers engaged couples

private registry events for one-on-one attention and advice. It also gives a 10 percent discount not only on registry items, but on other items in stores and online for six months after your wedding. Just in case you’re moving or want to store your stuff elsewhere, you can add two shipping addresses when you create your registry. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : You may end up registering for too many gifts—it has everything from furniture to shower curtains. BONUS PERKS: Guests receive free shipping on items more than $99, and your registry stays open for 18 months after your event.

gearys Whenever a guest buys a gift off your registry, you get an email that allows you to digitally “unwrap” the present and see the value. The value is added to your registry account as store credit. Then, whenever you’re ready, you can make final decisions and purchase what you really want with that flexible account. You can even choose items that weren’t on your original registry. The money in your registry account never expires, so if you change your mind about your china pattern three years down the road, you could use your remaining credit to buy a new set. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Gearys only has store locations in California—you need to live in the Golden State to take advantage. BONUS PERKS: You’ll receive a personal registry consultant to help you select the perfect items. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

gump’s Gump’s, a San Francisco department store, allows you to build your registry in stores or online. It offers two registry selections: the more traditional version in which you select your gifts and they’re shipped as they’re purchased, and a “gift notification” program where you’re notified as guests purchase your gifts and you pick a date for Gump’s to ship them all to you at one time—perfect if you’re hoping to upgrade your space after “I do.” POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There’s only one physical Gump’s store and it’s in California. BONUS PERKS: If you choose the notification option, you’ll get an email when someone makes a purchase from your registry, so keeping track of who gifted what for thank-you notes is a breeze. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

jonathan adler Jonathan Adler hosts its registry feature on MyRegistry.com, a site that combines all your registry items from different sites onto one list. You can manage it on its app too (and take advantage of the scanning feature). >>

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

4/3/17 12:45 PM


ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY “I DO.” The toasts will be inspiring. The feelings will be indescribable. Begin your journey at the Westin Southfield-Detroit where new beginnings are always celebrated. We offer a distinctive setting for weddings and receptions of all sizes. Elegant surroundings, gourmet custom catering and impeccable service.

The multi-level Garden Atrium comfortably accommodates up to 250 guests and provides a picturesque outdoor atmosphere year round—rain or shine. The elegant Algonquin Ballroom accommodates up to 250 guests.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO MAKE A RESERVATION, VISIT WESTINSOUTHFIELDDETROIT.COM OR CALL 248.663.6700

©2016 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. SPG, Preferred Guest, Aloft, Element, Four Points, Le Méridien, Sheraton, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin and their logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates.

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 161

4/3/17 12:45 PM


ST YLE

BONUS PERKS: You can send your guests a 20 percent discount to

use toward gifts on your registry. You can save an extra 15 percent on anything left on your registry up to three months after the wedding.

macy’s WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Macy’s offers a newlywed discount so you

justgive

162

K

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Have enough sheets and towels? JustGive

lets your guests donate to a charity instead of buying you tangible gifts. You can fundraise for one charity or multiple, and you can set a fundraising goal with an optional deadline. JustGive sends the donations directly to the charities for you, so you don’t have to worry about any of the logistics, and all guests receive an email receipt for tax deduction. JustGive has every 501(c)(3) charity in the country, so regardless of how big or small, every cause is included. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You may need another registry. As much as we love the idea of being charitable, you might also want to treat yourselves to something special. BONUS PERKS: You can send a custom thank-you note to accompany each guest’s tax receipt. JustGive also has a guide for charities, so if you know you want to be philanthropic, but don’t know which cause is for you, it can help you find your match.

kohl’s The Kohl’s program allows you to manage your registry in stores or online. You can get started by browsing through the catalog, which can help guide you through the process. And you can earn Kohl’s rewards (that you can use in store) on gifts purchased from your registry. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You’ll be able to register for every home category (dishes, appliances, linens and so on), but you may not be able to find those unique statement pieces to complete your new abode or extras like furniture. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 162

pottery barn Three words: free design services. When you create a registry account you’re given access to Pottery Barn’s team of design specialists who can help you curate the exact aesthetic you’re looking for. Guests also have the option of sending you gift cards that are redeemable at Pottery Barn and its sister stores, Williams Sonoma and West Elm. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Pottery Barn doesn’t have an app, so managing your registry on the go isn’t quite as easy. BONUS PERKS: You get a postwedding discount of 10 percent off remaining registry items for up to six months. It also offers a thank-you tracker service so you can accurately track gifts received and thank-you notes penned. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

scully & scully At Scully & Scully, the registry program is a “hold all gifts” format. So instead of receiving gifts as guests purchase them, you actually accumulate credit from those purchases, and you can use that money however you want within the store. So if a guest buys you a $200 bedspread from your list, you can use that $200 on the comforter or something else. This makes selecting the products for your registry seem a lot less final. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There’s only one Scully & Scully store in the country and it’s located in New York City. BONUS PERKS: If dinner parties are important to you, Scully & Scully has a wide selection of tabletop items (china, glassware, flatware). You can have a one-on-one consultation to see different patterns and experiment with how to mix and match. >> WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

ADDIE JUELL

POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Jonathan Adler is more suited to the modern, boundary-pushing couple. If you love trendy and fashionforward décor, this designer is for you. BONUS PERKS: Your Jonathan Adler registry stays open for a year after your wedding, giving guests plenty of time to shop. You can register in stores or online, then manage your wish list through MyRegistry.com.

can get an extra 20 percent on most of the items on your registry, and that discount lasts for six months after your nuptials. Plus, its Registry Star Rewards program allows couples to earn points as people shop for them. So when you receive a gift or buy something from Macy’s (like a rehearsal dinner outfit), you earn points that translate into a gift card—total win. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : Macy’s has so many products that you may get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of registry potential. BONUS PERKS: Macy’s hosts Sip & Scan events during the year. Couples can visit a store, enjoy refreshments and get started with the help of a personalized registry consultant.

4/3/17 12:46 PM


Elizabeth’s BridalManor

402 S. Main, Northville 2 blocks north of West 7 Mile Rd.

(248) 348-2783

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 163

4/3/17 12:46 PM


ST YLE

sur la table

williams sonoma

For the couple who loves to spend their evenings in the kitchen, Sur La Table not only lets you manage your registry online, it also gives you a registry concierge who helps you through the entire process. There’s even a comprehensive online guide to exclusive brands. It offers a 10 percent completion discount with no exclusions as well. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Sur La Table is a kitchen specialty store, so you’ll definitely need a separate wish list elsewhere to complete the other rooms in your home. BONUS PERKS: You can get extra gifts just for registering, or when certain items on your registry have been purchased.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Williams Sonoma owns other brands like

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

target

164

K

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You have up to one year after your wedding

to return any gift from your registry. There’s also a 15 percent completion code for whatever’s left on your list. Friends and family can chip in toward the purchase of bigger gifts through its group gifting program. You can also find inspiration in the Wedding Shop, which includes gifts for your wedding party or faves from Target’s home style expert Emily Henderson. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You may not be able to register for that luxe, cashmere blanket you’ve always wanted, but you’ll be able to get practically everything else. BONUS PERKS: Target has a feature called Add From Anywhere. Basically, if you see something you love that Target doesn’t carry, like a handmade item from Etsy, you can still put it on your Target registry—simple and easy.

traveler’s joy WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Traveler’s Joy is a registry service that lets

you collect money toward your honeymoon in lieu of traditional gifts. You create an account based on your honeymoon destination and the activities you want to do, and Traveler’s Joy lets your guests contribute lump sums toward your trip. The “gifts” you ask for can be experience based or practical. Let’s say you’re taking a cruise: You can add extra excursions like scuba diving to the registry or more tangible products like sunglasses and sunscreen. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There are some service charges involved. Traveler’s Joy charges a small fee for things like credit card processing, hosting fees and so on. BONUS PERKS: Unlike other honeymoon registry sites, Traveler’s Joy lets you book your trip through whomever you’d like—you don’t have to use a specific travel agent or company. It also lets you split up the cost of an item, so if your couples massage is going to be $200, you can turn that into four gifts of $50.

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 164

Pottery Barn and West Elm, plus it has its own home line. Any gift cards you receive from your registry can be used at any of the stores. Williams Sonoma also offers product help after your wedding, so if you can’t figure out how to use that high-tech juicer you registered for, someone can step in and show you. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Although Williams Sonoma does have furniture and linens, its specialty is kitchen equipment. You may want a wish list at one of its sister brands or elsewhere too. BONUS PERKS: You can make a one-on-one appointment with a registry specialist or attend a private shopping event with experts who can help you craft the perfect registry. After you’re official, complete your registry with a 10 percent discount on everything left for a full six months.

zola Zola is an online registry with a curated selection of products for your home (from brands you’ll recognize), but you can also create fund registries too, like a honeymoon wish list. You can even register for experiences, like a cooking class, wine tasting tour or even a handyman to help you hang a gallery wall of wedding photos. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Zola has so many registry options (like being able to add any item on the internet) that it’s almost a little daunting. There’s also not a brick-and-mortar retail option, so you’ll have to trust your gut and click to add. BONUS PERKS: Zola has a button you can install in your browser to let you choose items from anywhere, so if there’s a boutique in your hometown that you really love that doesn’t offer a registry service, Zola has you covered. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

z gallerie Z Gallerie is a member of the MyRegistry .com family, which means when you create a registry from this trendy home goods store, it will be synced with any other registries on the platform making it easy for your guests to shop. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Z Gallerie has stores across the country, but not one in every state. Also, MyRegistry.com is an online service that doesn’t offer in-person help, so it can feel a little less personal than other options. BONUS PERKS: MyRegistry.com does allow you to register for cash gifts as well as more traditional gifts—a total win if you want both or have registry indecision. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

Start your registry today at TheKnot.com/registry

4/3/17 12:46 PM


We have multiple facilities to choose from for your wedding or event! • Barn • The Farmhouse • The Clubhouse • The Grounds • The Roost • AirBnB Rental

We also offer: • Tables and chairs • Wedding planner (included) • Rental decorations • Private bridal suite • Farmhouse that sleeps 20 people

Check out our website or give us a call for more information about our facilities and weekend wedding package!

989.705.8777 sonshinebarn.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 165

4/3/17 12:46 PM


K 166

Your wedding is a party. Why not dress for the occasion? Whether you go for fringe or feather details, or a flirty silhouette, choose a one-of-a-kind dress that plays up the celebratory vibe of your day.

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 166

4/3/17 12:46 PM


MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 167

4/3/17 12:47 PM


Shake Your Feathers A sheer column gown goes from sexy to showstopping with cascading plumes. Dress, $9,800, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; sapphire engagement ring, $50,000, CoastDiamond.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Preservation Hall, PreservationHall.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 168

4/3/17 12:48 PM


Swing It A cocktail-length number embroidered with tiers of silk fringe is perfect for dancing the night away. Dress, $5,995, Naeem Khan at Roma Sposa Atelier, RomaSposa .com (Birmingham); engagement ring, $3,915, EfvaAttling .com; earrings, $54, HartHagerty.com; fan, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com MUSICIANS

Drums: Joe Lastie Jr.; trombone: Freddie Lonzo

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 169

4/3/17 12:51 PM


Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curveskimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at Bianka Bridal, BiankaBridal.com (Grand Rapids), Bridal Couture of Birmingham, BridalCoutureMI .com (Birmingham), Mimi’s Bridal Boutique, MimisBridalBoutique .com (Ann Arbor); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl .com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal .com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Hotel Royal, FrenchQuarter HotelGroup.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 170

4/3/17 12:52 PM


Get Up, Get Down A high-low hemline puts a fashion-forward twist on a romantic, floral-embellished gown. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa.com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com ON HIM Suit jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar .com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 171

4/3/17 12:53 PM


Play It Cool Give a sweet, polka dot ensemble some cool-girl edge with hot pink slides and a studded clutch. Dress, $3,400, Christos Costarellos, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $2,830 (not including center stone), AJaffe .com; cocktail ring, $1,995, EffyJewelry .com; clutch, $65, AldoShoes.com; shoes, $895, Manolo Blahnik, Saks.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Peter Patout’s private residence

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 172

4/3/17 12:54 PM


Dare to Bare A lace-up back, barely there lace panels and off-the-shoulder sleeves make a sexy statement. Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Roma Sposa Atelier, RomaSposa.com (Birmingham) ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

New Orleans’s City Park, NewOrleansCityPark.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 173

4/3/17 12:54 PM


Romp Around Feeling brave? A romper with a detachable overskirt is equal parts sophisticated and unexpected. Romper with overskirt, $8,150, Mark Zunino, KleinfeldBridal .com; tourmaline engagement ring, $9,390, CoastDiamond .com; opal drop earrings, $110,000, gold huggie earrings, $1,700, EricaCourtney .com; clutch, $350, Moyna, BHLDN .com; shoes, $995, JimmyChoo.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Harry’s Corner

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 174

4/3/17 12:56 PM


Flirt It Up

SPECIAL THANKS TO Bourbon Orleans Hotel (BourbonOrleans.com) and New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NewOrleansCVB.com) STORY Shelley Brown FASHION STYLING Audrey Slater HAIR Miok using Wella Professionals at Judy Casey Inc.

Add some retroinspired flair to your bridal look with a short A-line dress and birdcage veil. Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at L’Amour Bridal, LAmourBridalMI.com (Novi); birdcage veil, $227, SaraGabriel .com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; earrings, $450, PearlCollective.com ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse .com; tie. $230, Brioni, MrPorter.com

MAKEUP Brett Jackson using Nars Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company FLORALS Poppy & Mint Floral Company

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 175

4/3/17 12:58 PM


Vitalic Photo

Advertisement

Make Wedding Planning Easier

All the tools and essential info you need to plan your wedding.

The first ever organizer binder from The Knot.

Amazon.com CLARKSON POTTER / PUBLISHERS

MITKRFW17_Sect_11_(157-176) [P]{MiCH}.indd 176

4/3/17 12:58 PM


FASHION

make it suite

Getting ready on the day of your wedding should be a breeze. >> BY AMANDA ELSER PHOTOGRAPH BY OFF BEET PRODUCTIONS

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 177

4/3/17 12:39 PM


FASHION

make the room cozy Once you have the essentials figured out, it’s time to set the mood. Make your bridal suite as relaxing as possible—right down to scented candles or aromatherapy spray. Getting ready on a tight schedule is stressful, but a calming aroma can reduce the tension.

unpack first thing Lay out all of your accessories right away so you’ll know immediately if you left anything behind or are missing any necessities. That way, if something’s forgotten, you can send someone out on an errand before it’s too late. Double- and triple-check that you have your panties, bra, other undergarments, garter, heels, veil, hair accessories and jewelry. Put your accessories in a separate area, away from your bridesmaids—you don’t want your extras to get mixed up or lost during the day.

178

K

hang your dress with care Putting on your wedding dress is a moment you’ve been anticipating for months, so you should give it a place of honor in your bridal suite. Hang it in a spot where no one will accidentally step on it, bump it or wrinkle it—and, obviously, far away from the food table and hot curling irons that could potentially burn it. You know your photographer will want to get a picture of your dress while it’s hanging up, so choose a spot with soft lighting—maybe in front of a window or next to a full-length mirror. Your gown may have arrived on a plastic or dry-cleaning hanger, and while this is practical, it isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing. Check out sites like Etsy where you can get a custom hanger created, or see how you can DIY it on TheKnot.com for a sweet photo op. >>

your hair and makeup pros How to assemble the perfect people for your day-of beauty team.

If you can, use your tried-and-true aesthetician, makeup artist and stylist. They know your hair, skin type and personality, which eliminates any possible room for error.

ask for recommendations

Want a new pro or don’t have a favorite yet? Browse local magazines and websites for lists, like The Knot Best of Weddings, to get the scoop on the pros in your area.

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 178

study each trial run

Put your potential pro to the test. Schedule trial runs, and take pictures and notes of each hair and makeup session. Then use your cheat sheet to narrow down your choices and pick a favorite.

search for a one-stop shop

Choose a salon or spa where you can get everything done at one time. This way all your beauty pros can be on the same page.

stay on top of new trends

Talk to your professional crew about incorporating the latest and greatest treatments and products into your bridal primping routine.

keep an open mind

Even though you may have a clear vision of what you want, a seasoned stylist will know what works best. You’ll be surprised how much you like their ideas.

MICHAEL SEGAL PHOTOGR APHY

stick with whom you know

4/3/17 12:40 PM


MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 179

4/3/17 12:40 PM


FASHION

good vibes only

A scented candle, a few bottles of champagne, some snacks and a fun playlist can totally transform your bridal suite—and make getting ready on a timeline a less stressful experience for your whole bridal party.

keep track of special accessories Put one bridesmaid or friend in charge of your “something old,” “something new,” “something borrowed” and “something blue” during day-of prep. These are often valuable and meaningful pieces or heirlooms, and you’ll rest easy knowing one person will be keeping an eye out all day. Tell your friend you want her to keep them somewhere safe, but not so well hidden that you forget to put them on during the hectic rush to get out the door.

Skip the inconvenient trip to the salon and have your makeup artist and hairstylist come to you. If you’re planning on getting ready at home, pick a room that has windows for lots of natural light and wall outlets for multiple hair dryers and curling irons. The room should also be big enough to hold your entire makeup and hair team (on average two to three people), plus your bridal party. Bring in mirrors and be sure to have at least one full-length mirror. If you plan on getting ready at a hotel, visit the bridal suite in person ahead of time so you can gauge its size, lighting and general setup.

pack some backups Planning ahead will help the day run smoothly, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for a few hiccups. Bring umbrellas, wraps and jackets just in case of rainy or cold weather. Umbrellas are a good idea for sunny days too—they help shield you from the sun while your photographer stages your bridal photos. Get more day-of beauty tips at TheKnot.com/beauty

180

K

prepare for your glam team

what to ask Six questions to ask the pros during important prewedding appointments.

makeup artist

WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE?

ARE YOU PLANNING ON USING FAKE

Everyone’s skin is different, so no matter how well a product was reviewed online, it still may not be the right one for you. Your derm can recommend products that will treat your particular skin type and keep it healthy.

LASHES? If you think you’d benefit from

hair colorist

hairstylist

HOW DO I KEEP MY COLOR VIBRANT?

DO I NEED TO BRING MY VEIL TO MY

Hair color is a fickle thing and depends on whether it’s been colored before or not. Your colorist can give you step-by-step instructions to care for your hair so it won’t fade.

HAIR TRIAL? Some stylists like to see the

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 180

a little lash boost, then consider eyelash extensions before your wedding. That way you won’t have to worry about falsies falling off or drooping into your eyes throughout the day.

veil to see how it works with your hairstyle. At the very least, you should bring a photo or a similar style borrowed from a friend.

physician

SHOULD I BE CLEANSING? Juice cleanses are a very hot topic and are often up for debate. If you’re considering a cleanse before your wedding, talk to your doctor to determine the healthy way to go about it.

spray tan technician CAN YOU CONTOUR MY STOMACH AND LEGS? Ask your aesthetician if they can contour your abs or thighs for some added definition that you’re sure to appreciate once it’s time to slip into that nightie you packed in your honeymoon bag.

JUSTIN & MARY

dermatologist

4/3/17 11:41 AM


DRESS BY LAZARO

DRESS BY BLUSH BY HAYLEY PAIGE

bridalcouturemi@hotmail.com

www.bridalcouturemi.com

Bridal Couture of Birmingham

Bridal Couture of Plymouth

912 S. Old Woodward Birmingham, MI 48009 248.645.0500 find us on facebook at: Bridal Couture of Birmingham

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 181

223 N. Main St. Plymouth, MI 48170 734.455.1100 find us on facebook at: Bridal Couture of Plymouth

4/3/17 11:42 AM


Change your name in two easy steps. The wedding took a lot of work. This part should be easy.

NAME CHANGE

Find out how easy it is to change your name at hitchswitch.com/TheKnot

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 182

4/3/17 11:45 AM


FASHION

maid for style Follow these fashion rules to keep your girls looking fresh and fabulous—without any drama. PHOTOGRAPH BY BEN AND COLLEEN: WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

You’ve probably heard, “You’ll totally wear this again!” before shelling out for a bridesmaid dress, only to have it collecting dust in your closet months later. Now that you’re the bride, you might be feeling the pressure to find a dress that’s budget friendly, flattering and works for your wedding style. Think that’s impossible? It’s actually totally doable. Stick to these rules to find dresses that won’t cost a fortune and will make your girls feel gorgeous. >>

K 183

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 183

4/3/17 11:45 AM


FASHION

keep costs in mind If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they’ll know bridesmaids generally pay for their own dresses. But a gentle reminder is never a bad idea. When it comes to price, try to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles. If you’re concerned your wedding might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on dresses in a more affordable price range, or select a color you like and let them pick a style off the rack that won’t require a lot of alterations. Another idea: Take a cue from the guys and consider renting your bridesmaid dresses. Rental sites like Vow to Be Chic and Rent the Runway let your girls choose from gowns by popular designers (like Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo) in a range of styles—for a fraction of the cost.

Consider what kind of shopping experience will suit your personality best. If you tend to have strong opinions, it’s probably better to shop alone (or with just one friend). If you prefer more input, take the whole gang and give them guidelines, like color or fabric. To make the bridesmaid dress shopping experience enjoyable for your girls, start the day with a leisurely brunch (read: mimosas) to ensure everyone is relaxed. And when your girls give their opinions on the dresses they love—or don’t love as much— take them into consideration. Even if you disagree with their suggestions, it never hurts to make your besties feel heard. After all, they actually have to wear the dress.

stick to a timeline It takes two to three months for orders to arrive and four to six weeks for alterations. A six-month cushion will give you and your bridesmaids ample time to find, order and fit the dresses. If you’re buying off the rack, either get your girls’ sizes and order their dresses all at once or let them know they should purchase their gowns as soon as possible. Since off-the-rack styles aren’t made to order, there’s a chance they could sell out quickly, especially in more popular sizes. If you’re renting, it usually takes at least two weeks to receive your order, so plan accordingly.

find the right fit A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend is planning to lose weight and wants to buy a size smaller, let her know it’s much easier to alter a bigger dress. If the dress ends up being too small, she’ll likely have to order a new one or deal with even more costly alterations, and you’d hate for that to happen. >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 184

flatter their figures Styles for every shape in your bridal party.

a-line

This style extends out from the waist in the shape of an “A” (as the name implies). BEST FOR Almost every figure, and bridesmaids who prefer a more classic silhouette.

empire

This forgiving style has a high waistline that sits just below the bust. BEST FOR Girls with smaller chests. It’s definitely a must for pregnant bridesmaids.

dropped waist

This style sits below the natural waistline, so the skirt flares at the hips. BEST FOR Bridesmaids with hourglass figures— this silhouette will show off every curve.

bubble

These skirts have fabric bunched together at the hemline. Knee-length options are usually the most flattering. BEST FOR Ladies with larger hips—the poufy skirt will draw attention to their waistline.

trumpet

This style hugs the body around the waist and thighs and then flares out toward the bottom. BEST FOR Women with curves, since the flared skirt will draw attention to the hips.

pencil

This skirt style is fitted, starting from the waist and going to the knee. BEST FOR Petite bridesmaids—the minimal fabric won’t overwhelm them.

GIDEON PHOTOGR APHY

184

K

shop accordingly

4/3/17 11:45 AM


Premier rooftop events space! 616.796.2150 / cityflatshotel.com/gather 61 E 7th Street, Holland, MI 49423

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 185

4/3/17 11:48 AM


FASHION

do a test run Here’s the deal: Your bridesmaids don’t want to steal the show, but they do want to look their best. They’ll be standing in front of a room full of friends and family too. When choosing a style, don’t ask your friends to wear something you wouldn’t yourself. The best way to prove you respect their feelings is by trying on the bridesmaid dress. Does the fit make you feel selfconscious? Is the fabric itchy? If you answer yes, move on. When you find one you’d love to wear yourself, you’ll have no problem convincing your friends to get on board.

186

K

select the right shade There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off of the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor, you’ll probably want to rule out bright yellow dresses. Rich colors—oxblood and teal—work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades—lavender and blush—are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss, go for a classic color, like blue, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades from light to dark for a trendy, mismatched effect. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider printed or heavily embellished gowns (floral-print and sequined bridesmaid dresses are hot right now). Just remember: Patterns and metallics work best in smaller wedding parties and should be paired with simple accessories. Or you could flout tradition and opt for an all-white bridal party, à la Kate Middleton or Solange Knowles, for an unexpected look that’s crisp and chic.

start strong

If you’re taking the whole gang bridesmaid dress shopping, begin the day with a leisurely brunch to make sure your girls are feeling relaxed.

find complementary colors Think about choosing a hue that goes well with a variety of skin tones. Stonewashed colors, like blush and gray, are universally flattering and right on trend. Jewel tones (amethyst, emerald and sapphire) complement fairer complexions, while brighter, bolder hues, like cobalt blue and hot pink, pop against darker skin. Want an edgier feel? Try universally flattering metallics, like champagne or rose gold. If you’re opting for a standout print, make sure the dominant colors work with your entire bridal party. Or, alternatively, deck out just your maid of honor in a printed dress and keep the rest of your girls in solid colors.

consider lingerie logistics Remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the style of dress (think: strapless, one shoulder or thin straps), your bustier bridesmaids may need some extra support. Trust us— even the most amazing dress can look unflattering with the wrong bra. In addition to a new bra, each bridesmaid might also need a specific panty or body shaper.

don’t dictate the footwear Insisting bridesmaids purchase a particular pair of shoes may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but it also creates another expense. And, like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again, especially if they’ve been dyed a specific color. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic heels they’d be thrilled to reuse. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own comfortable shoes means blister-free dancing.

let her bring the baubles

Get more bridal party inspiration at TheKnot.com/bridesmaid-dresses

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 186

EPAGAFOTO

By letting each bridesmaid select her own jewelry, you’re encouraging her to express her personality (that’s the reason you chose her in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid feel more like herself.

4/3/17 11:48 AM


Designer Collections starting at $1200 125 Ottawa Ave NW, Suite 170 • Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

616.235.9300 • BiankaBridal.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 187

4/3/17 11:53 AM


FASHION

1 2

9

8

7

6

5

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 188

4/3/17 11:54 AM


3

art works of

4

Feel like you’re wearing a masterpiece with the perfect ring for you. By Shelley Brown

hot designs These stunning sparklers are totally of the moment. 1. FLORAL DETAILS

6. ROSE GOLD

Diamond-encrusted blossoms and vines add just enough whimsy. $7,175 (not including center stone), ScottKay.com

A fully rose gold setting gives an ultra-romantic feel. $2,794 (not including center stone), Noam Carver, CrownRing.com

2. MODERN GEOMETRY

7. COLORFUL CENTER STONE

Play off an angular center stone with sleek, channel-set baguettes. $39,995, MarkBroumand.com

Fancy-hued yellow or pink diamonds (or any other colorful gemstones) will set you apart from the crowd. Price upon request, ChristopherDesigns.com

3. COLORFUL ACCENTS

A pink diamond halo is a pretty contrast to a white metal ring. Price upon request, JackKelege.com 4. VINTAGE INSPIRED

This art-deco-looking setting has instant heirloom quality. $2,520 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com PHOTOGRAPHY BY

YASU + JUNKO ST YLING BY

ELIZABETH PRESS

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 189

5. FANCY SHAPES

Retro pear-shaped diamonds are making a comeback. $11,990 (not including center stone), Tacori.com

8. DELICATE SETTINGS

You don’t need a giant center stone to make an impact. Dainty settings feel just as special. $1,980, SimonGJewelry.com 9. STACKING RINGS

What’s better than one engagement ring? How about a gorgeous stack of five. $11,540 (not including center stone), LX-Antwerp.com >>

4/3/17 11:54 AM


FASHION

1

2

3

190

K

4

5

settings glossary The frame around your diamond can determine the style of your engagement ring, so choose wisely.

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 190

1. PRONG The most popular ring setting, including anywhere from three to six claws or tines. Price upon request, Forevermark.com 2. THREE STONE A center stone flanked by two side diamonds. Also known as a trinity or trilogy, a three-stone setting often represents the past, present and future. Price upon request, JBirnbach.com 3. BEZEL A sleek metal rim surrounds the perimeter of the center stone, holding it in place. This modern setting is ideal for protecting

softer stones (like opals), and its smooth surface won’t snag on clothing. $2,880 (not including center stone), Danhov.com 4. BAGUETTE Two smaller rectangular stones along the sides of the center diamond. They can also be set horizontally. $59,995, MarkBroumand.com 5. PAVÉ From the Old French word for “to pave,” a band lined (or paved) with tiny round diamonds, resulting in subtle, allover sparkle. $2,640, SimonGJewelry.com >>

4/3/17 11:54 AM


SHADOWLAND on Silver Beach

PHOTOS: JENNIFER MAYO STUDIOS

If you desire a destination reception near the shores of Lake Michigan, there is no other award-winning, four-season venue closer to the beach than Shadowland. This elegant ballroom provides exquisite all-inclusive packages and impeccable service to surpass your dreams and desires. W W W. S H A D O W L A N D O N S I L V E R B E A C H . C O M 333 BROAD STREET, SAINT JOSEPH, MI 49085 • 269-932-1128 • NBELTZ@SBSHADOWLAND.ORG 2017

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 191

4/3/17 12:33 PM


1

band trends

Opt for one of these stylish bands to find a chic mate for your engagement ring, or stack up several.

2

1. SCROLLWORK A perfect companion

3

to a vintage-inspired engagement ring, scrollwork and milgrain (rows of tiny beads) give extra flourish to a wedding ring. $4,210, KirkKara.com 2. COLORFUL METAL Besides being on trend, rose gold is universally flattering. $1,425, Ammara Stone, BenchmarkRings.com 3. MIXED METALS Your wedding band and engagement ring don’t have to match. Consider a mixed metal band for a fashion-forward look. $4,825, ParadeDesign.com

4

4. ETERNITY BAND Also called an infinity ring, this band has identical stones set in a continuous line. The circle symbolizes endless love. $5,525, MartinFlyer.com 5. ALLOVER PAVÉ Similar to a pavé engagement ring setting, a band covered in tiny diamonds adds subtle sparkle. $2,420, SimonGJewelry.com 6. TRIANGULAR BAND A statement all on its own, this edgy band also complements a pear-shaped or trillion diamond. $2,795 for set of 3, EffyJewelry.com

5

192

K

6

the 4 Cs A quick breakdown of this diamond grading system. CUT A diamond’s cut determines its brilliance and refers to the facets within the stone. Don’t confuse this with the shape of a diamond, which is the geometry of the stone. CLARITY The clarity of a diamond is graded on how free it is of inclusions (otherwise known as imperfections) when viewed with the naked eye and with a loupe (a 10x magnifying glass). The fewer inclusions a stone has, the more valuable it is.

MITKRFW17_Sect_12_(177-192) [P]{MiCH}.indd 192

CARAT A unit of weight. One carat is exactly 0.2 grams, or about the same weight as a standard paper clip. COLOR This refers to the colorless to near-colorless variety. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades color based on a range from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow and brown). A colorless diamond will cost you more than a colored stone, unless the color is extremely rare (think: green or red diamonds).

a guide to metals Know your platinum from your palladium? Study up with a rundown of some of the most popular ring metals. PLATINUM Naturally white and one of the purest metals. It won’t change color and is hypoallergenic. YELLOW GOLD Malleable, yet strong. Also available in colors like white and pink. WHITE GOLD Yellow gold plated with rhodium. Less expensive than platinum, but the white coating could wear off over time. ROSE GOLD A mix of yellow gold and copper alloys gives this rosy metal its pretty pink tint. PALLADIUM Similar to platinum but less costly, this lustrous darker gray metal can also be an alloy in white gold. TITANIUM Typically used for men’s bands, a rugged gray metal that’s corrosion resistant and hypoallergenic.

Shop more engagement rings at TheKnot.com/rings

4/3/17 12:40 PM


Choosing the right location is key to making your reception the best party you’ll ever host. Look no further than Burton Manor Banquet & Conference Center. Contact an event expert today to schedule a tour. Don’t forget to ask about our seasonal specials.

Burton Manor Banquet & Conference Center 27777 Schoolcraft Road Livonia, MI 48150 (734) 427-9110

BurtonManor.net Facebook.com/BurtonManor

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 193

4/3/17 11:34 AM


BEAUT Y & WELLNESS

foodie beauty slay your beauty routine with help from these ingredients

These five everyday foods work hard to keep you healthy and gorgeous—inside and out.

BY CRYSTAL G. MARTIN ILLUSTRATION BY HOLLY EXLEY

apple cider vinegar Enzymes in apple cider vinegar not only aid in digestion, they also balance skin and encourage good gut flora. BEAUTY BOOST Create a solution for skin: Mix one part vinegar with four parts water, says Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. HEALTH BENEFIT

avocado HEALTH BENEFIT Oleic acid, the healthy fat found in avocados,

has been linked to better heart health and may help burn fat. BEAUTY BOOST Avocado fatty acids can lock in moisture and

replenish hair, says Lorna Jane Clarkson, certified sports nutritionist and founder of active apparel brand Lorna Jane. To get the benefits, mix an avocado with a quarter cup olive oil and a bit of lemon juice. Apply the mixture from root to tip. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse.

ground oats Oats are dense in beta-glucan, a type of dietary fiber proven to lower blood cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast will also keep you feeling full throughout the morning. BEAUTY BOOST Oats can make a gentle exfoliant, perfect for people with sensitive skin, itchiness or rosacea, Grigore says. For your face, mix ground oats with water until it becomes like a paste, then apply to your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. For your body, just pour oats into a warm bath and soak.

194

K

HEALTH BENEFIT

cucumber HEALTH BENEFIT Cucumbers are incredibly hydrating, both

internally and externally. They’re also packed with antioxidants, which may help lower your risk of chronic diseases. BEAUTY BOOST Cucumbers have vitamins C and K, which combat inflammation and aging. But it’s the gel in a cucumber’s center that has the most moisturizing benefits. Place a couple of cucumber slices on your eyes to combat puffiness.

tea HEALTH BENEFIT Green tea leaves contain theanine, an amino

acid that has been shown to reduce stress and improve cognitive function, while all have healthy antioxidants. BEAUTY BOOST “Black tea is a known astringent that will reduce under-eye puffiness,” Clarkson says. Let the bags cool to room temperature after steeping and apply. If acne is your issue, the catechins in green tea can help reduce breakouts.

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 194

4/3/17 11:34 AM


YO U R DAY. YOUR VISION. OUR MISSION.

your special events boutique w m re n t a l c o . c o m

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 195

(616) 396-7300

4/3/17 11:41 AM


PL ANNING

happy campers

Pull off an awesome camp wedding, complete with color wars, bonfires and fabulous food. (Just don’t forget the bug spray.) BY MAGGIE SEAVER PHOTOGRAPH BY JEREMIAH AND RACHEL PHOTOGRAPHY

There’s something about the fresh outdoors, a relaxed vibe and a nostalgic first look on the dock of your childhood summer camp that makes for an unforgettable wedding. For the ultimate celebration, bring your loved ones together for a few days of camp-inspired activities like capture the flag, canoeing, and arts and crafts. Exchange vows at sunset, then dance the night away amid fireflies and a chorus of crickets. And who doesn’t love a round of s’mores? But before you spear any marshmallows, you’ve got some planning to do. We went to two pros, Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events and Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events, who know all about pulling off a fabulous camp wedding, rain or shine. >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 196

4/3/17 12:43 PM


K 197

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 197

4/3/17 12:43 PM


HAPPY CAMPERS CONT.

do a little research

Step back in time to an era of sophisticated elegance…

198

K

Longacre House F

rom the running stonewall fence to the lush

gardens, the Longacre House offers charm and elegance for your special day. We have suggestions for a variety of themes and events. Let us handle every detail so that you may simply and fully, enjoy the moment.



248.477.8404 24705 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48336 jhotchkiss@fhgov.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 198

www.longacrehouse.org

First things first: Make sure the campsite you’re dreaming of is available on your preferred wedding date. A working summer camp will most likely only be available during its off-season, so months like June, July and August could be off-limits. Also keep varying seasonal climates in mind. “Camps can often be in cooler mountainous locations, so their seasons can differ from what you’re used to at home,” Jacobs says. “Often, nights are 10 to 20 degrees cooler than average temperatures at higher elevations.” As gorgeous as your natural camp setting already is, you’ll probably want to add personal wedding touches (especially if you’re hosting a large group for a few days), whether it’s an entire tent, your floral ceremony arch or a photo booth. So when it comes to picking a date and talking with pros, factor in time to set up and break down. Freeman recommends leaving anywhere from two to seven days for setup, and one to two days for cleanup.

dress accordingly (and tell your guests to do the same) This probably isn’t the venue for a long gown with lots of volume and multiple undergarments, but if you just can’t part with the idea of a dramatic dress, you have a few options. “A great bustle will usually do the trick—just discuss it with your seamstress beforehand,” Jacobs says. “Otherwise, I say stick to shorter trains and get the drama with a removable tulle overskirt paired with a more lowmaintenance silhouette. Or just go with the camp theme and opt for a short gown and fun pair of wedges.” Speaking of footwear, you won’t want to deal with stilettos sinking into the grass, so Freeman recommends flats (or at least flat-soled shoes). Just make sure your dress is altered to avoid letting extra fabric drag. >>

4/3/17 12:43 PM


46509 Hayes Road, Shelby Township, MI 48315 | 586-566-7800 pierasbridal@aol.com | www.pierasbridal.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 199

4/3/17 12:43 PM


Red Fawn banquets

Presents

200

K

Play Time

It was all that they needed… It was all in one place… It’s where their story begins… All-inclusive packages include: Invitations, Bar, Dinner, Cake, DJ Service Accommodating 80-700 guests

6600 ALLEN ROAD • ALLEN PARK, MI 313.928.1340 • WWW.REDFAWNBANQUETS.COM

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 200

HAPPY CAMPERS CONT.

have a plan b As with any outdoor wedding, the last thing you want is a rainstorm with no backup plan. Freeman suggests using a tent for outdoor affairs, no matter the weather—even if you land a glorious day, you’re going to want some shade. Freeman’s best recommendation is a clear tent with removable sides. That way, you can adjust the tent setting according to the weather and temperature at a moment’s notice. Otherwise, if you’re set on an open-air wedding, check to see if the camp has an indoor space you’d be able to use in case of bad weather. Other smart extras to have around (depending on the season) are heaters, fans, umbrellas, rain ponchos or blankets. Beyond the ceremony and reception, if you’re having a multiday celebration, Jacobs says to prep rainy-day activities just in case. “Basketball games in the gym, pottery and lanyard making in an arts and crafts class, movie nights with a s’mores bar and flannel blankets—it’s all possible, but think these things through before you get to camp.”

budget for camp extras Since your campsite is most likely not a full-service wedding venue, factor in additional expenses, like party rentals, proper lighting, suitable restrooms and additional lodging (in case you don’t want your grandparents cramped in bunk beds). If you do block extra rooms nearby, don’t forget transportation to shuttle guests back and forth. “Accessibility is also critical,” Freeman says. “If the location you love for the reception is in the middle of the woods, but trucks can’t get there to load and unload, you could be looking at increased labor costs for rentals and catering.” And something you probably haven’t thought of? Hiring a lifeguard— you’ll want a certified pro on duty during any activities involving water.

4/3/17 12:43 PM


A rural site means certain amenities, like electricity, aren’t necessarily a given. First, discuss the situation with the site director and whether you’ll need extra power from a generator. Then talk to all your pros about their electrical needs. “When you plan things out, make sure you get a generator that has at least two more outlets than you think you’ll need,” Freeman says. “Also, the band may need two power sources, one for the ceremony and another separate spot for reception.” If your camp venue often hosts weddings, it may have a list of preferred vendors it’s worked with before. Finally, make sure there are enough phone chargers, batteries and flashlights on-site, whether it’s something the venue provides or you bring yourselves.

B

R

I

D

A

prepare electrical backup

Antonios L

offer fun activities

Celebrating over a few days? Jacobs likes to cater daily meals through the camp, if possible. Think: buffet breakfasts, deli spreads and relaxed barbecues. >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 201

201

keep food simple and local

K

Now for the really fun part: games and activities. These will obviously depend on the size and age range of your party, but you have so many options to choose from. Jacobs loves organized camp activities like color wars, a field day or tug-of-war to get everyone involved and spark some fun competition. It’s also a good idea to have sports gear and arts and crafts materials, and give your guests some time to take a break. You could set the younger ones up with a movie night while the adults enjoy something a little more festive, like a wine and cheese tasting. “You want to strike a balance between organized activities, free play and rest time for your guests,” Jacobs says. Utilize the camp’s facilities but don’t micromanage—you don’t want everyone exhausted for the wedding.

Choose from our line of designers or make a personal statement by designing a custom dress 526 N. Old Woodword Avenue | Birmingham, MI 48009 248.645.6262 | antoniosbridal.com

4/3/17 12:44 PM


HAPPY CAMPERS CONT.

THE MOMENT “I DO” BECOMES FOREVER Your once-in-a-lifetime day calls for a place of beauty, history and romance. A place to make your day perfect in every way. From the soft glow of stained glass to timeless architecture, enchanting surroundings and elegant cuisine. Engagement party and bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception… Happily ever after. It’s what we do.

202

K

MICHIGAN UNION • MICHIGAN LEAGUE

She suggests recruiting a local caterer to craft a locally sourced and seasonally fresh menu for the main event. “Farm to table is the way to go, and don’t expect to overcomplicate with fussy menu items or things that are hard to temperature control,” Jacobs says. As for serving, Freeman loves food stations. “Guests can play lawn games, dance, or sit and chat on a blanket and grab a bite whenever they’re hungry,” Freeman says.

take care of your guests Your friends and family are rock stars for making the trip to the camp, so give them the goodies they deserve (and need). Greet guests with a welcome bag filled with local treats, campsite maps, daily itineraries and nearby areas to visit. And seeing as the closest pharmacy might be miles away, make sure every room and restroom is stocked with nice soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen, and allergy and pain reliever medication— better safe than sorry. And don’t forget creams and ointment for any rashes or poison ivy. If you’re in a climate that gets chilly at night, always have cozy blankets and throws at the ready.

check local sound and alcohol ordinances You may be secluded in the woods, on a lake or in the mountains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t rules. You might have a 10 p.m. noise curfew or need to obtain a permit that allows your band to play later into the night. Same goes for alcohol—do a little research and find out what the deal is with serving cocktails, beer or wine on camp premises. Your camp staff can generally point you in the right direction.

View our wedding album at conferences.umich.edu/weddings 734-764-2000

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 202

Get more planning tips at TheKnot.com/planning

4/3/17 12:44 PM


PL ANNING

K 203

how to actually pay for your wedding The little things you can save, the big things you can sacrifice and how to make it all add up for your wedding. BY RACHEL TORGERSON ILLUSTRATION BY LIBBY VANDERPLOEG

Your wedding is probably the priciest party you’ll ever throw in your life. It’s easy to say you’ll stick to a budget, or have tons of fabulous DIY details, but at the end of the day, your venue and catering bill could amount to way more than you imagined. It’s important to understand how your budget will be broken down. Saving up for the wedding isn’t an insurmountable task—we promise. Here’s how to save up and pay for your wedding by spending smartly and cutting back a little along the way. >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 203

4/3/17 12:44 PM


Meeting House

204

K

Grand Ballroom

Seating for 150 to 300 guests Incentives for Friday & Sunday Receptions

734.416.5100

2017

meetinghousegb@aol.com Fax: 734.416.0981 499 South Main Street Plymouth, MI 48170

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 204

HOW TO ACTUALLY PAY CONT.

use this simple math equation If you have a big budget goal that seems daunting, divide it into smaller chunks that are easier to digest. The simple math trick that makes it all work? Take the sum of your desired budget and divide it by the number of months you have to save up. Getting married in a year with a budget of $20,000? Divide $20,000 by 12 (which equals about $1,700 per month). If that amount seems like too much per month, add more time or try cutting back on a few of your big-ticket monthly expenses to help you save. “That’s literally how simple planning [financially] for a wedding can be,” says David Bach, founder and chairman of FinishRich Media and author of Smart Couples Finish Rich, about this relatively simple math. Where should this money go? Into a newly created “wedding account,” of course. Throughout your life, having a savings account dedicated to something more exciting than a retirement plan, like travel, a wedding or another big event, is a good idea and will help make saving more fun. Obviously, the amount of time you’ll need to save up for a wedding depends on your current income and expenses. For example, if you can only save $800 a month, but your dream wedding looks like it will cost somewhere in the $50,000 range, you’ll be saving for more than five years. When you’re thinking of your budget, work within realistic parameters and don’t set unattainable goals. For some couples, more drastic sacrifices will be required, while other to-be-weds will be splitting the cost with relatives to help lighten the load. Think about what’s best for you and your partner and what makes the sense. Be practical about your limits. The amount of time it takes you to save will depend entirely on your own circumstances.

4/3/17 12:44 PM


Your Happily Ever After

Begins Here.

cut back on monthly expenses Do you belong to a gym, club or subscription service that takes a monthly sum out of your account? Cutting back on these types of expenses can have some of the quickest effects on your account balance. Turning off your cable could save you $100 a month, and ending a gym membership could put an extra $75 in your account each month. You’re not going to give up your cell phone, but you might be able to change the data plans or forgo on-demand movies for a year. You should make a habit of reaching out to your cell phone and cable companies annually and negotiating a better deal. Sometimes, just by asking, you can get a price cut on your bills. Even $20 off a monthly bill can save you $240 over the course of a year.

family finances

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 205

Your way.

205

Nowadays, it’s so expensive for a company to acquire a new customer that most will lower their fees just to keep you around. And if your attempts at negotiation fail, consider cutting out nonessential monthly costs. We’re not talking about your health plan or your life insurance—those things are non-negotiable. But for things like cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Birchbox and Spotify—anything that debits you on a monthly basis—the time has come to really consider if these are must-haves you truly need, or if you can sacrifice them for a bit in favor of a larger wedding budget— and the fancy cake you have your eye on. >>

Your wedding. Your dream.

K

Discuss with your families about who’ll be paying for what. Some couple’s families will still pick up the entire tab, but now, 10 percent of couples are covering the cost themselves.

SILVER GARDEN EVENTS CENTER

SilverGardenEvents.com 24350 Southfield Rd, Southfield, Mi • 248-569-2299

4/3/17 12:44 PM


HOW TO ACTUALLY PAY CONT.

stop little spending habits that add up Scale down your shopping or only buy lunch out one day a week. You’ll begin to see a little wiggle room for your wedding account in no time. “I call this ‘the latte factor’—the way we spend money on a lot of little things without thinking about it,” Bach says. “It could be your coffee, bottled water, eating out for lunch and dinner, or having drinks. It could even be taking a cab instead of taking the subway, or parking your car closer to your office and therefore paying a higher parking fee.” Cutting back on a few (or a lot) of these expenditures can result in saving up to $10, maybe $20, per day—that’s $300 to $600 per month. But don’t worry—cutting out these expenses isn’t going to change your whole life for the next year. Trust us, time flies when you’re wedding planning.

K

make bigger sacrifices, if you’re willing

206

Looking for any possible way to cut costs or find extra money to help pay for your wedding? There are some more drastic measures you can take as well. You could move in with your parents to save on rent for the year (or move in together if you haven’t already). If you both own a car, consider selling one of them—that itself could save you more than $5,000 in expenses like gas, tune-ups and insurance. “The expenses from that car could pay for a third of the wedding,” Bach says.

use your credit cards— realistically

B I R M I N G H A M | 248.647.1290 THERESERVEBIRMINGHAM.COM Located on the grounds of the acclaimed Big Rock Chophouse.

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 206

If you’re in the process of saving up for the wedding while you’re making deposits to reserve your venue and other vendors, you’re likely going to have to use credit cards. That shouldn’t worry you as long as you’re using them correctly (read: paying them off in full in a timely manner).

4/3/17 12:44 PM


Credit cards can actually protect you from fraud and make transactions easier, so we don’t suggest avoiding them entirely as long as you’ve saved up enough, or will have saved up enough to pay them off before interest sets in. But one big thing to keep in mind: Don’t start your marriage off in debt—it’s never a good idea—and don’t consider paying for things with money you don’t have and won’t have for a long time. You also shouldn’t take out a loan to cover costs. “Going into marriage with debt for a one-day party is a huge mistake,” Bach says. “People start their lives in these huge financial holes and it’s just a shame. It’s smart to create a specific wedding account to put money into and then simply reverse the math to come up with your savings plan.” Bottom line: Don’t spend more than you can afford.

think of creative ways to make more cash K 207

Have you considered selling items you don’t need anymore online? What about starting an Etsy shop or doing freelance work? This can be a great way to supplement your wedding fund. Once you have a plan in place, start a budget with The Knot Budget Calculator. There are lots of additional ways to save too, like looking into expensive wedding dates to avoid and checking out planning advice to get a handle on the whole process.

what about investing to pay for the wedding? Investing in stocks is more of a long-term process, and probably not the best idea as a way to pay for the wedding. But if your parents are planning to pay, it’s something they might have already considered years before you even met your partner. Set your budget at TheKnot.com/budget

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 207

4/3/17 12:44 PM


money talks Discuss your finances first and foremost before saying “I do.”

exchange credit reports This will reveal whether your partner is consistently late at paying the bills or has a load of debt. Work together on reducing debt and paying bills on time.

discuss your long-term dreams After all, you’ll both be financing them. Maybe you’ve always imagined retiring in a beach house or being a stay-at-home mom. These lifestyle decisions require cash. Make sure you’re both traveling down the same Green Holly Photography

financial road and are able to decide on the destination together.

talk about your short-term goals It’s hard to plan for the future if you

208

K

can’t get a grip on the present. If one

MAKING MEMORIES CHANGING LIVES

of you thinks it’s critical to have a fully furnished house with a pool and crown molding, while the other wants to keep a stash of cash for a Tahitian vacation, now’s the time to negotiate. Don’t just say what you want—explain why you

Elegant surroundings, exquisite cuisine, exceptional service, and a fine selection of indoor and outdoor venues.

think it’s important for the both of you.

little expenses add up Create your weekly budget in advance and include all expenditures. Yes, you’ll be sharing housing costs, but the other person might be inheriting some big dry-cleaning bills or a pricey hair highlighting habit. Make sure each of you knows what you’ll be funding.

380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, Michigan 48009 248.644.5832 www.communityhouse.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_13_(193-208) [P]{MiCH}.indd 208

4/3/17 12:45 PM


PL ANNING

13 essential planning tips

Cover all your bases with expert advice no soon-to-be-wed should be without. PHOTOGRAPH BY BIRDS OF A FEATHER

When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and then there are things you really need to know. If you’re worried you missed something (or even if you’ve got everything under control), check out our planning advice and put your mind at ease. >>

K 209

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 209

4/3/17 11:32 AM


13 ESSENTIAL PLANNING TIPS CONT.

1

put guests first Settle on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite before selecting a venue. This will ensure there’s ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor.

2

listen to mother nature Heed the weather and other potential annoyances. Guests have been known to skip out early from hotter-than-hot summer weddings and improperly heated winter receptions. Be prepared. Bugs also swarm during certain seasons. Consider including bug repellent in restroom amenities.

210

K

extra costs

“One aspect couples overlook is hidden fees. These can include taxes, gratuities, surcharges and staffing overtime.” —David C. McKnight of Emerald City Designs in Farmington Hills

3

pay it forward Listen to your pros and one vendor can lead you to another. Your wedding photographer can tell you which florist’s blooms really pop, and your planner should know which band will pack the dance floor.

4

make a meal plan Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding pros. Before you sign contracts, make sure you’re not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead.

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 210

4/3/17 11:32 AM


Simply Breathtaking! 5

… O U R N AT U R A L LY B E A U T I F U L S E T T I N G .

get organized Compile all your correspondence with vendors, notes from meetings and photos you want them to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding. For on-the-go planning, download the Wedding Planner by The Knot app.

6

manage the mail Of course you want the perfect stamps for your wedding invitations, but not all stamps are widely available at every post office. Save time by ordering them online at USPS.com. Weigh your invitation with all the additional paper products before you send them so you can attach the right amount of postage. Ask your stationer about the need for additional postage for oddly shaped envelopes—and don’t forget to stamp the RSVP envelopes.

7

tend to your bar Typically, you need one bartender per 50 guests to keep the lines short. But if you’re serving a signature sip that can’t be mixed ahead of time, consider adding an extra server. Your guests will thank you.

9

release rooms As soon as you’ve picked a date, start looking for hotels that will allow you to reserve rooms for guests under a special reduced rate. You can then release any unbooked rooms a month prior to your wedding. If the hotels insist upon drawing up contracts with cancellation penalties, just say no—you don’t want to be responsible for rooms you can’t fill. >>

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 211

211

8

The Grand Ballroom can seat up to 360 guests

K

prepare for rejection Generally about 20 percent of the people you invite won’t attend your wedding. It all depends on the location (destination weddings are harder to attend), how many out-of-towners are on your list and the timing of the event.

Elegant menus for any taste and budget Outdoor gazebo, perfect for your ceremony Endless photo opportunities on our 27-hole championship golf course “Sunsets on the Veranda”—Our most romantic cocktail hour setting Weddings, showers, rehearsal dinners, bachelor party golf outings, anniversaries…We can do it all!

Boulder Pointe

GOLF CLUB & BANQUET CENTER One Champions Circle, Oxford, MI 48371 248.969.1500 - www.BoulderPointe.net

4/3/17 11:32 AM


2017KnotAd.qxp_Layout 1 2/18/17 11:03 AM Page 1

13 ESSENTIAL PLANNING TIPS CONT.

10

learn about marriage licenses You can check your state’s license requirements online, but confirm with a call to the county clerk’s office to see when they’re open. Even if it’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., it may issue marriage licenses only during slower times. Give a copy of your marriage license to your officiant or honor attendant (just in case you lose yours during the final days before your wedding).

11

12

help guests pay attention Make sure your guests can both see and hear from their seats. If people are seated farther than 15 rows back from your ceremony altar, consider renting a mic or riser. You’ll need to coordinate the delivery and setup with your ceremony space too, so put your wedding planner or a wedding party member in charge of this task.

Theresa Finck Photography

212

K

keep a paper trail Get any nonstandard changes to your agreements in writing, or send the vendor a confirmation email saying, “Hello, just confirming that you’ll keep the venue open until 2 a.m. versus midnight.” Don’t just assume everything’s all set. Sometimes, by the time the actual day rolls around, your contact for a vendor may no longer be working there to vouch for you.

TI M E L E S S

ELEGANT

PERFECT

A N AT I ON A L H I S T ORI C L AN D MARK

13

be realistic with your time When it comes down to the last month of your planning (and when you’re particularly stressed), look at your to-do list and cut three things. Yes, three things. Not crucial things that you just don’t feel like doing, such as picking a processional song or confirming final details with all of your vendors. Eliminate over-the-top tasks like hand-painting “Just Married” signs, or baking cookies for all of the welcome bags.

www.meadowbrookhall.org Join us for our FREE monthly bridal open houses. Visit our website for details.

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 212

Get more planning advice at TheKnot.com/planning

4/3/17 11:32 AM


7 tips to stay on track Keep all your to-dos in order with this cheat sheet.

1. quick start Definitely celebrate, but basking in the glow of your engagement for too long may mean your dream pros will get snapped up quickly.

2. buy a datebook Love penning to-do lists? Create deadlines for each wedding task and write them down so you won’t forget— it’s easy to ignore e-reminders.

3. discuss details Make sure you and your partner are on the same page to avoid redoing things.

4. get it in writing

Pine Trace Golf Club Rochester Hills, MI www.pinetrace.com 248.852.7100 Casual elegance under our beautiful tent. Come experience all the outdoors has to offer. Accommodates under 200.

Ceremonies • Weddings • Showers • Rehearsal Dinners

Triple-check that all of your expectations for vendors are in their

K

contracts just in case there’s an issue.

5. read the fine print

213

Find out about cancellation policies and fees in case you have to change your date or venue.

6. put together a binder Keep all receipts, contracts and emails in one folder or binder for easy access. Check out our very own The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer.

7. do your research Find out your state’s legal requirements for a marriage license at least a month before your wedding.

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club Clarkston, MI www.shepherdshollow.com 248.922.0300 Get married under the pines. A gorgeous setting perfect for small, intimate weddings. Accommodates 150 guests or less.

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 213

4/3/17 11:32 AM


“Thank you for making our night perfect and unforgettable!” “Very organized, friendly, and accommodating to all our needs and requests.”

“Wait staff and bartenders were amazing.”

express engagement timeline Have just five months? Here are your essential to-dos.

4–5 months before Nail down your date, time and budget, and compile the guest list. Book your venue(s) and vendors (planner, florist, photographer, band). Find flower alternatives if a specific bloom is unavailable on your day; include unacceptable substitutions. Choose your dress (off the rack). Order invites, and give travelers the wedding date.

3 months before Register and shop for wedding rings. Book your rehearsal dinner space. Plan the ceremony.

2 months before

“The food was delicious!”

“The patio area is beautiful.”

Book the honeymoon. Hire hair and makeup artists.

5–7 weeks before

214

K

Send out invitations.

“Our guests raved about the excellent food.”

“We will definitely recommend River Crest.”

Discuss playlists with musicians/DJ and shot list with photographer. Buy favors and gifts for attendants, parents and each other.

Come see what everyone’s talking about!

3–4 weeks before Plan the day-of schedule (including the ceremony and your vows).

1–2 weeks before Put the seating chart together.

Ba nq ue t Fa c i l i t y

w w w. R i v e r C r e s t C a t e r i n g. c o m 2 4 8.652.6706 • 900 Wes t Avon R d ., Ro ch es ter H i l l s, M I 4 8 3 0 7

Prepare your wedding toasts. Apply for your marriage license. Have your dress pressed or steamed. Confirm vendor delivery details. Give your officiant your marriage license. Rehearse the ceremony.

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 214

4/3/17 11:32 AM


PL ANNING

K 215

the big picture

Before you book your shooter, quiz possible pros on these important points. >> PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOBEY PHOTOGRAPHY

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 215

4/3/17 11:32 AM


PL ANNING

Once you’ve narrowed down your list to two or three potential photographers, meet with each in person to see if you feel comfortable with them. We can’t stress enough how important this is—almost as crucial as their camera skills. Aside from your gut instinct, ask these questions before signing a contract.

style and background What photography style(s) do you specialize in? Are there any styles you don’t do? Most shooters use a blend of several, but make sure they shoot portraits, for example, if they’re important to you. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You wouldn’t ask Monet to paint a Picasso, right? Going with the style a photographer likes to shoot (and has the most experience shooting) will give you the best results.

216

K

Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs? These are the techniques that professionals use to digitally enhance your photographs and make them look perfect. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Some photographers will polish up all your photos before you see them for the first time, while others will show you unretouched proofs of the images and work their magic only on the ones you order. How many weddings have you shot in your career, and about how many do you do in a year? Your photographer should do this for a living and edit photos in a timely manner. Don’t pick a friend who takes pictures as a hobby. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You have one chance to get amazing photos, so you’ll want a pro who can take them under pressure.

Do you shoot both digital and film? Which do you prefer? While digital is more common today, film has had a resurgence. If you want the latter, be sure your photographer has the relevant experience and technical skills required to execute this format. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re obsessed with the quality of film, go with a pro in this medium. And let him know how many photos you want taken with film—all of them or just the ceremony. Do you usually shoot film in both color and black and white? What percentage of each do you recommend? Digital photos can be changed from color to black and white with just a click, but film needs to be specified before shooting. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These days, most shooters will do a mix of both color and black-and-white photography. You’ll get a sense of their style and how your album might look by asking what balance they prefer. >>

find your wedding photography style Brush up on your photography terms.

artistic

The photographer’s original take allows for a different perspective (like the couple not looking at the camera, for example). If you want something unique, go with a pro who’s eager to use a little artistic freedom.

dramatic

Lighting, especially using an off-camera flash, is a key component of dramatic photography. If the sun isn’t cooperating, the photographer will use specialized lighting equipment to capture the same gorgeous effect.

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 216

lifestyle

This take on wedding photography is mostly candid with some direction and style—the end result is beautiful but relaxed. A good photographer will look for moments but also help direct the scene.

classic

Like the ones in your parents’ wedding album, these are the images that stand the test of time— striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. Classic photos portray reality, but they’re infused with the shooter’s artistic license too.

documentary

Rather than posed shots, documentary photography captures candid or spontaneous pictures of people, décor and action in the moment. These shots feel intimate and “real,” the opposite of classic style.

4/3/17 11:32 AM


Hair Extension Experts Add some oomph to your updo or length to your half-up hairstyle on your wedding day with abHair. abHair Clip-In Extensions are an affordable yet luxurious option to achieve luscious locks on your big day! Shop 24/7 at abHair.com or at 855.4AB.HAIR S AV E 1 0 % O F F Y O U R P U R C H A S E U S I N G C O D E : B R I D A L 1 0

K

The Loft at Luna

217

Grand Rapids’ newest, centrally located reception rental space.

Now Booking Email for inquiries: Events@LunaRestaurantGroup.com 64 Ionia Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI

In the heart of downtown, our loft-style space is your canvas. Imagine your wedding here.

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 217

4/3/17 11:32 AM


PL ANNING

shooters Will you be my actual photographer, or will one of your associates shoot my wedding? Don’t assume Taylor of Taylor Photography will be taking your photos. Make sure the actual photographer is specified. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Taylor’s partner Stacey may be just as good (or even better!), but you’ll want to meet with her and see her photos so you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you’re sick? You have a contingency plan in case of rain, right? Well, you’ll need one in case your photographer comes down with the flu as well. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re going with a larger company that employs a team of photographers, you’ll have a built-in backup shooter. But if you’re going with a solo photographer, ask if she has colleagues on call in case of an emergency.

218

K

fees What exactly is included in your packages? When comparing fees, check whether prints, albums, proofs and extra coverage (such as engagement shoots) are covered. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These differences can alter the costs significantly. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if, say, your album isn’t included—you can always buy it à la carte—but you want to be sure you’re comparing apples to apples to get the best value. If you’re having your shooter use film, ask about cost and processing fees. How many hours of coverage do we get? What’s the charge for overtime in case we need you longer? While photographers almost always charge by the day, the number of hours that gets you will vary. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you have six hours of coverage but your photographer charges a huge hourly rate for overtime, you might have them leave after you cut the cake instead of after the last dance. Or you may opt for a longer package to pay a little more up front (and avoid the larger hourly overtime rate later). What’s the deposit and total fee? You’ll owe a percentage up front and the balance at a later date. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW In addition to these numbers, you should also ask when all the payments are due.

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 218

Will there be a second shooter or any assistants? If the answer is yes, you’ll want to ask about any additional fees. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Second shooters can give you two perspectives on big moments (for instance, one can photograph you two exchanging vows while the other can simultaneously capture your parents’ teary reactions). But this may cost you extra.

logistics How long after the wedding day does it take for us to see all of the photos? Most photographers will offer a sneak peek a couple of days or weeks after the wedding, but the rest will take a few months. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You’ll want to see photos ASAP and the wait can be agonizing, so it’s good to manage expectations. How do you coordinate with my videographer? If you haven’t hired a videographer yet, ask the photographer you’re interviewing for suggestions. There’s a good chance they’ve worked with certain videographers at events in the past. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW This pair will need to coordinate and stay out of each other’s way—easier to do if they have a good rapport. How many weddings do you shoot a weekend? It isn’t uncommon for photographers to work multiple events on the same day, especially during high wedding season. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW For instance, if your photographer is shooting an afternoon wedding before your evening affair, you’ll need to work out a plan if the first event runs over. >>

4/3/17 11:33 AM


Getting Married? JOIN THE CLUB. LITERALLY.

Book your wedding with us & receive a complimentary membership at the Dearborn Country Club. Experience all that we have to offer with a four-month Social Preview.

• • • •

$1,500 Value No dues No initiation fee No capital fee

• •

No food & beverage minimums Enjoy our clubhouse & pool facilities

Contact Dianetta Dye: 313.561.5585 or email: ddye@deaborncountryclub.net to take advantage of this offer! Membership sponsor is required. Membership offer available within one year following wedding.

K 219

27333 Woodward Berkley, MI 48072 248.541.1988

www.theweddingshoppe.net

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 219

4/3/17 11:33 AM


PL ANNING

Have you ever shot at my venue(s) before? If they haven’t photographed a wedding or other event in your venue, they should be willing to check it out beforehand. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Your shooter should be aware of any lighting needs or issues specific to the space ahead of time. Will you be following a shot list? Or do you prefer to have free rein to capture the festivities how you see fit? If they have a standard shot list, take a look at it ahead of time and add any must-haves that aren’t included. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You want to make sure you get the special pics you need. But keep in mind that you’re hiring the photographer for their eye as well as their experience creating amazing albums. Try not to overwhelm them with requests.

pro tip

220

K

“Point out images on your photographer’s site that you prefer— you have to like their style.” —Chris Van Winkle of Chris Van Winkle Photography in Charlevoix

What type of paper will you use for the prints and album? You want these photos to last for generations to come, without worrying about fading and any other problems. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW The answer should be acid-free, archival-quality paper, which will stand the test of time. Will we own the copyright to our photos? In other words, are there restrictions for sharing photos online, having photos printed or an album put together by another source? WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all of the photos, which restricts you from posting them without permission—even on social media. Do you bring your own lighting? Your venue’s lighting may not be the best, even if it’s hosted weddings. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You may need to supply additional lighting or special features (to give a dimly lit room an extra boost)—and check that the equipment won’t be too obtrusive. Get more photo tips at TheKnot.com/planning

MITKRFW17_Sect_14_(209-220) [P]{MiCH}.indd 220

look amazing in your wedding photos Be ready for your close-up—instantly.

practice smiling

Taking selfies for Snapchat isn’t the only way to practice your best smile. Got a favorite photo of yourself? Tape it to your mirror and perfect the expression.

get your look down pat

Book hair and makeup trials, and take practice photos to see how different looks translate into pictures.

close your eyes

Quickly closing your eyes, and then opening them slowly when you hear “Say ‘cheese’” will help you look relaxed and natural—and prevent you from blinking.

keep your chin down

strike a red-carpet pose

Here’s a secret straight from Hollywood: Looking thin on camera isn’t only due to diet and exercise. Angle your body three-quarters of the way toward the camera, with one foot in front of the other and your weight on your back foot.

stand up straight

We know—we sound like your mother. But standing up straight with your belly button tucked in and your shoulders back will help you look tall and relaxed.

loosen your arms Leaving a little space between your torso and your arms make both look smaller.

Want instantly larger eyes? Tip your chin down slightly and look up at the lens for immediate enlargement.

4/3/17 11:33 AM


Wedding Photography 2017

www.cellardoorweddings.com hello@cellardoorweddings.com 269.783.5343

K 221

Our artists at The Art of Beauty would be delighted to be a part of one of the biggest days of your life. Your wedding is the day you want to feel nothing but confident, beautiful, and the best version of yourself. Let us work our magic with award-winning, animal-cruelty-free products, vegan brushes, skin-healthy HD makeup, and organic and natural skin care. We are currently available for on-site bridal services including but not limited to airbrush and mineral makeups, bridal hair, spray tan, photography, and wedding event planning. PHOTOS BY FIRST COMES LOVE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

WWW.THEARTOFBEAUTYPROS.COM 202 E. WASHINGTON ST., SUITE 704, ANN ARBOR, MI 48104 | THEARTOFBEAUTYWEB@GMAIL.COM

Creating the Most Beautiful Version of You — DON’T FORGET TO ASK US ABOUT OUR BRIDAL SKIN PREP PACKAGES! —

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 221

4/3/17 11:28 AM


PL ANNING

2 017 hot test

HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 222

4/3/17 11:29 AM


Torres del Paine, Chile

AROUND THE WORLD From beautiful beaches to grand adventures and off-the-beaten-path escapes into the wilderness, pick a region of the world and pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime. >> BY JEN MURPHY

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 223

4/3/17 11:29 AM


PL ANNING

if you explore...

NINGALOO COAST

BONDI BEACH, sydney

WHY GO The Great

WHY GO One of

Barrier Reef gets all the hype, but the Ningaloo Reef on the northwest coast is equally spectacular. WHEN TO GO April to September is prime time. Whale shark swim experiences are available April to July and humpback whale swims from August to October. WHERE TO STAY The Outback-meets-reef setting of Sal Salis in Cape Range National Park puts you steps from UNESCO World Heritage–listed coral. Stay in the honeymoon tent (from $710 per person, including meals; SalSalis.com.au), which features ocean views and a double hammock for stargazing. BEST FOR Adventurous couples looking to disconnect, and reconnect with nature WORTH THE SPLURGE If you love being on the water, book the sail and snorkel package (from $3,600 per person). It includes three nights at the camp and three nights aboard the 51-foot catamaran.

Pretty Beach House, Sydney

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 224

the world’s most dynamic cities, Sydney will fill your culture quota with museums, restaurants, opera and architecture while also checking your chill box with its beachside cafés and surfer style. WHEN TO GO September through November and March to May offer comfortable temps and fewer tourists. WHERE TO STAY The hip, new QT Bondi (from $215; QTHotelsandResorts .com/bondi-beach) has a vibrant SoCal vibe, retro furnishings and a location just off legendary Bondi Beach. There isn’t a restaurant, but each room has a kitchenette, and every Saturday, the Bondi Farmers Market sets up across the street. BEST FOR Cool seekers who want culture mixed with seaside R & R WORTH THE SPLURGE Get an aerial view of the Opera House during a seaplane ride to Pretty Beach House. This four-pavilion retreat is all about indulgence (from $1,500 per night, two-night minimum; round-trip seaplane flight from $495; PrettyBeachHouse.com).

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia

if you explore...

AFRICA

MAKGADIKGADI PANS & THE KALAHARI DESERT, botswana

WHY GO Deemed the Serengeti of the South, the lunarlike Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the largest salt flats in the world. During wet season, the area boasts southern Africa’s last surviving zebra and wildebeest migration—a must-see. WHEN TO GO Wet season, November through March, brings high rainfall but also zebras, wildebeests and flamingos. April to May is dry and warm, while June to August is dry but chillier. WHERE TO STAY Jack’s Camp feels like a mirage set in the desert. Ten en suite canvas tents are decked out in lavish, 1940s exploration style complete with Persian rugs and rich mahogany furnishings (from $1,225; UnchartedAfrica.com). The guides at Jack’s are a rare mix of wise scholars and old-school bushman adventurers. BEST FOR Couples nostalgic for Hemingway-esque safari luxury; couples who want culture and wildlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Enjoy a drink on the salt pans as the sun goes down—just two chairs, a few beverages and you and your new spouse. Once the sun has set, the most amazing star-filled night sky appears, as there’s absolutely zero air pollution.

INDONESIA: TOBIAS ZIMMER; ALL OTHER IMAGES COURTESY OF LOCATION

224

K

AUSTRALIA

4/3/17 11:29 AM


if you explore...

ASIA

SKELETON COAST,

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 225

Bali in favor of Raja Ampat. Nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, you’ll find some of the best diving in the world. WHEN TO GO October through April is the dry season, and it also brings an abundance of manta rays. WHERE TO STAY Misool Eco Resort is surrounded by the protected 300,000-acre Misool Marine Park, teeming with ocean life. Spend days snorkeling, at the spa or touring local villages (from $2,400 per person for a seven-night stay, all-inclusive; MisoolEcoResort.com). BEST FOR Diving enthusiasts INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Don your snorkels and swim with baby black tip reef sharks in the waters just off the resort.

225

WHY GO One of the world’s most dramatic stretches of coast is home to ancient valleys, dune fields and shipwrecks. Despite the extreme landscape, it’s also startlingly full of life and offers a really unique safari experience. WHEN TO GO Namibia is a true year-round destination. December through March is hot, but also green with lots of wildlife. WHERE TO STAY Conservation-minded outfitter Wilderness Safaris boasts some of the top guides in Africa and operates the eight-tent, fly-in, fly-out Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (from $595, allinclusive; Wilderness-Safaris.com). Each tent features an en suite bedroom with an outdoor deck. You may be blissfully isolated from civilization, but the camp still provides top-shelf gin and tonics around the campfire, cashmere slips under the duvets and a delicious springbok fillet for dinner. BEST FOR Couples who have already been to Africa or who are looking for a fresh take on the classic safari INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT The Big Five are overrated. Instead, take home game drive shots of Namibia’s desertadapted wildlife, like brown hyena, giraffe and desert elephants. WORTH THE SPLURGE On a three-night stay or more with Wilderness Safaris, guests have the opportunity to experience a flying excursion over the coast, which provides a magnificent perspective of the other-worldly landscape (think: moonlike), plus great photo ops of seal colonies.

WHY GO Bypass

WHY GO The gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap offers authentic Khmer restaurants, and access to the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. WHEN TO GO December and January are assuredly sunny, but can also be crowded. While June is in the rainy season, the days are cooler and the temples don’t overflow with tourists quite like “summer” months. WHERE TO STAY Located only a 20-minute drive from Angkor Wat, Phum Baitang is the hotel of choice for celebrities. The resort has the feel of a traditional Khmer village, with 45 stilted villas and a bar and restaurant housed in a century-old Cambodian farmhouse (from $375; PhumBaitang.com). The Spa Temple offers seven treatment rooms, or choose to unwind at the cigar and cocktail lounge. BEST FOR Culture lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Skip the typical sunrise temple posts. Get your guide to snap a photo of you riding a buffalo cart through Khmer villages. ROMANTIC MOMENT At Cuisine Wat Damnak, chef Joannès Rivière updates Cambodia’s golden age dishes like Mekong langoustine with pumpkin and lemon basil. The six-course menu is a steal, and the garden patio is the perfect spot for a special meal (CuisineWatDamnak.com). >>

K

INDONESIA: TOBIAS ZIMMER; ALL OTHER IMAGES COURTESY OF LOCATION

namibia

RAJA AMPAT,

indonesia

SIEM REAP, cambodia

Phum Baitang, Cambodia

4/3/17 11:30 AM


PL ANNING

if you explore...

NHA TRANG, vietnam

WHY GO The coastal

226

K

resort city of Nha Trang is known for its beaches, dive sites and vibrant nightlife. Off the coast, you have your choice of quiet island paradise. WHEN TO GO Sunny days abound from February through August. WHERE TO STAY The new 105-villa Anam raises the bar for over-the-top service. In addition to a private beach, you have your choice of three swimming pools (from $200; TheAnam.com). BEST FOR Beach lovers; architecture nerds; service snobs; couples seeking nightlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Spend an afternoon being totally pampered with body scrubs and massages at the Balinese-inspired Sri Mara Spa at The Anam, then have a private lunch with your own waitstaff right on the beach.

MALAYSIA WHY GO Malaysia offers a unique blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, plus wild rain forests, untouched beaches and some of Southeast Asia’s most delicious cuisine. WHEN TO GO Avoid monsoon season and visit between March and September. WHERE TO STAY Indulge your private island fantasies at Pangkor Laut Resort (from $193; PangkorLautResort.com). Just off the west coast of Malaysia, the resort is surrounded by jungles and turquoise sea and has its own spa village. Of the seven restaurants, Uncle Lim’s Kitchen stands out for its Chinese-style home cooking. BEST FOR Spa junkies; romantics; foodies INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Let a resident naturalist lead you on a rain forest trek in search of monkeys, reptiles and more.

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 226

NORTH AMERICA Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui

MAUI, hawaii WHY GO Maui is the best of all worlds:

You’ll find a carefree surfer vibe on the North Shore, amazing resorts and a place that makes you feel like you’re in another era in Hana. WHEN TO GO During shoulder seasons— April through May and September through November—you’ll find more affordable rates, fewer crowds and idyllic weather. WHERE TO STAY Skip the tourist-filled big resorts of Maui’s South Coast and experience the island like a local on the North Shore. The Inn at Mama’s is set on a secluded beach shaded by coconut palms and puts you steps from the island’s celebrated restaurant Mama’s Fish House and a five-minute drive from the hippie-chic town of Paia (from $275; InnatMamas.com). BEST FOR Free-spirited beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT A photo tour with Daniel Sullivan, owner of Paia’s Indigo Gallery, will take you off the beaten path along the wildly popular Hana Highway (three-hour tours from $560; DanielSullivan.PhotoShelter.com). Just don’t give up the location of the remote spots when you post.

KAUAI WHY GO People

get hooked on Kauai because of its Jurassic Park–esque waterways and the postcard-perfect sunsets of Hanalei Bay. WHEN TO GO Mid-April to mid-June and September to December are best. WHERE TO STAY The St. Regis Princeville Resort has a heavenly setting overlooking Hanalei Bay and a “your wish is our command” philosophy (from $1,575; StRegisPrinceville.com). Don’t fall victim to the resort’s 5,000-square-foot infinity pool. You can easily laze away a week under a pool lounger, but the natural attractions should not be missed. BEST FOR Couples seeking wild natural beauty but super-luxe digs WORTH THE SPLURGE Dine by candlelight while a private waitstaff attends to your every whim during a secluded, four-course, alfresco dinner at the St. Regis (from $1,290 per couple). >>

MAUI: DANIEL SULLIVAN PHOTO TOURS; ALL OTHER IMAGES COURTESY OF LOCATION

asia continued...

4/3/17 11:30 AM


Pronovias Exclusively at

RENEE AUSTIN W E D D I N G CASABLANCA | CASABLANCA COUTURE JUSTIN ALEXANDER | ENZOANI WTOO | MIKAELLA | PRONOVIAS SOTTERO AND MIDGLEY

616.224.0092 | 1555 PLAINFIELD AVE. NE, GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49505 | WWW.RENEEAUSTINWEDDING.COM

K 227

Capture the Emotion

2017

E xqu is i t e Ph ot o g ra p hy | E xc l u s i ve Offe r i n g s PhilBla ck Ph ot o g ra p hy. co m | 3 1 3 . 2 0 5 . 9 9 3 0

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 227

4/3/17 11:30 AM


Tutka Bay Lodge, Alaska

if you explore...

SOUTH AMERICA argentina

WHY GO El Calafate

north america continued...

228

K

KACHEMAK BAY, alaska

WHY GO Rugged coastlines, wild beaches and animals like whales, eagles and bears make you feel like you’re truly in the wild, but the quirky town of Homer— with its hippie cafés, fun bars and funky shops—is just a 25-minute boat ride away. WHEN TO GO June to August is the warmest, but shoulder months May and September can be cheaper. WHERE TO STAY Tutka Bay Lodge’s remote setting on a seven-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay feels worlds away (from $4,860 per person for a three-night, all-inclusive stay; WithintheWild.com). The six-cabin wilderness retreat perfectly combines adventures with indulgences including a sauna, wine tastings, massages and multicourse meals. BEST FOR Wannabe chefs; outdoorsy types INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Bring your zoom lens to snap a photo of a brown bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve. ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange everything from a picnic for two on top of Grewingk Glacier to a sunset cruise through Kachemak Bay followed by a private dinner on your cabin’s deck. They’ll even prepare oysters you’ve scouted at a nearby farm.

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 228

is the gateway to the ever-shifting icy landscape of Los Glaciares National Park. WHEN TO GO Visit from November to mid-December or March through April. WHERE TO STAY Set within a nearly 10,000-acre estate, Eolo was inspired by ancient Patagonian ranches and exudes old-world gaucho elegance. Rooms offer views of the Lago Argentino and La Anita Valley (from $770; EOLO.com.ar). The in-house guides are all locals and have exceptional knowledge. But don’t expect gaucho cuisine—the fine dining restaurant has earned Eolo Relais & Chateaux status. BEST FOR Food and wine connoisseurs; nature lovers; hikers; wannabe gauchos ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange a horseback ride to a private picnic with a bottle of malbec. EcoCamp, Chile

TORRES DEL PAINE, chile WHY GO Unparalleled trekking through a changing landscape of glacial lakes and jagged mountains is just outside your door. WHEN TO GO November through March is best, but shoulder months April, September and October have lower rates. WHERE TO STAY EcoCamp offers sustainable digs in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park (from $1,395 for a five-day wildlife safari; EcoCamp.travel). Guests sleep in geodesic dome-shaped structures modeled after ancient Kaweskar tribe dwellings. Ceiling windows let you fall asleep while stargazing, and private terraces offer a romantic spot to watch the sunset. Guests gather for meals in an enormous dining dome. Request one with heat unless you prefer to snuggle. BEST FOR Eco-conscious travelers; glampers; hikers; yogis; outdoor lovers WORTH THE SPLURGE Visit one of Patagonia’s largest ranches and spend a day horseback riding with local baqueanos (cowboys). You’ll ride past small villages, spot condor nests and hear about the region’s legendary stories over a picnic lunch (from $461; Cascada.travel). >>

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF LOCATION

EL CALAFATE,

4/3/17 11:31 AM


Award-winning Hair & Makeup



EMMY Award–winning Owner



Featuring Cosmakery Cosmetics

734-922-5638 (LOFT) 320 S Main, Plymouth, MI 48170 www.themakeuploft.com

K 229

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 229

4/3/17 11:31 AM


PL ANNING

ANGUILLA

Malliouhana, Anguilla

if you explore the...

230

K

CARIBBEAN ST. BARTS WHY GO The

Caribbean’s most elite island has 22 white-sand beaches, extraordinary restaurants and hot nightclubs. WHEN TO GO May through June has great weather and a chill vibe. December is peak season and prime for celebrity sightings. WHERE TO STAY Nestled on Baie de St. Jean, arguably St. Bart’s sexiest beach, Le Tom Beach Hotel (from $342; TomBeach.com) is in walking distance to island hot spots like Nikki Beach and Eden Rock. Rooms are secluded by gardens. BEST FOR Sun seekers; couples who want nightlife; celeb junkies ROMANTIC MOMENT Stop at a local grocery for a picnic lunch and hike to quiet Anse du Grande Colombier, one of the world’s prettiest beaches.

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 230

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WHY GO A quick

flight from major East Coast hubs, the Dominican Republic is a mix of party beach towns and elite and exclusive compounds. WHEN TO GO Skip crowds and hurricane season and visit March through May. WHERE TO STAY With just nine colorful bungalows, Playa Grande Beach Club is an intimate departure from the DR’s all-inclusive mega-resorts (from $800; PlayaGrandeBeachClub.com). The North Coast retreat is set on a mile-long beach, but guests can also sunbathe in a cabana by the property’s lap pool. BEST FOR Beach bums ROMANTIC MOMENT Playa Grande can arrange sunset horseback rides for all levels ($66 per person for two hours).

restaurants and gorgeous beaches make this one of the Caribbean’s hot spots. WHEN TO GO May through August are the best months to visit. WHERE TO STAY An 18-month remodel by Auberge Resorts brought the famed Malliouhana hotel back to its 1950s glamour: The rooms, suites and a cliffside restaurant were redone and a 15,000-square-foot spa was added (from $525; Malliouhana.AubergeResorts.com). Perched atop a bluff above three of the island’s top beaches—Meads Bay, Bobbing Cove and Turtle Cove—the hotel is ideally situated for snorkeling and sunsets. BEST FOR Food lovers; sun seekers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Every honeymoon requires the quintessential sunset photo, and the Sunset Bar at Malliouhana is the precise place to snap it—with mojitos in hand, of course. ROMANTIC MOMENT Book a candlelit, private dinner with a dedicated waiter and guitarist under one of the recently refreshed pool cabanas overlooking the ocean. Then, indulge in gourmet s’mores around the fire pit for dessert accompanied by an aged rum tasting. Cap your night off with a late-night dip in the two-tier pool. >>

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF LOCATION

WHY GO The combination of incredible

4/3/17 11:31 AM


K 231

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 231

4/3/17 11:31 AM


if you explore the...

232

K

DUBROVNIK, croatia WHY GO One of the world’s most magnificent walled cities, Dubrovnik charms visitors with its pedestrian-only Old Town, Baroque churches and fortified beauty. Add its stunning beaches and laidback eateries serving top-notch seafood and excellent Croatian wine to the mix, and you have a recipe for paradise. WHEN TO GO Avoid the cruise passengers and visit September through November. WHERE TO STAY Built into a cliff above the Adriatic, the newly renovated Villa Dubrovnik makes you feel like royalty perched above the Adriatic and Old City (from $490; Villa-Dubrovnik.hr). The exclusive setting means guests must arrive from the Old Town via a 10-minute Vaporetto speedboat ride. Some of its 56 rooms and suites offer sea-view balconies, and the roof is home to a wine bar. BEST FOR Couples who have already explored classic Europe; history buffs; über romantics; urbanites INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Re-create a scene from a vintage Adriatic postcard and pose in your swimsuits on the hotel’s private rocky beach. At the shoreline, concrete platforms extend out from the sandstone, creating a natural backdrop from another era.

SALINA, the aeolian islands WHY GO Salina is the greenest of seven of the inhabited islands in the UNESCO World Heritage–status Aeolian archipelago. Hikers can climb Monte Fossa delle Felci, the highest peak. WHEN TO GO The busy season is from mid-July through August when sun seekers descend. Late May and September are the sweet spots—great weather, fewer crowds. WHERE TO STAY The family behind Tasca d’Almerita, one of Sicily’s most important wine producers, owns the 20-room Capofaro hotel, which overlooks some of the vineyards (from $296; Capofaro .it). Food and wine are taken seriously here, but don’t expect fussy eats—the philosophy is simple and delicious. BEST FOR Wine lovers looking for a fresh experience; foodies; island junkies WORTH THE SPLURGE Have the hotel arrange a day cruise aboard the yacht Don Felipe and explore coves, bays and caves that are otherwise unreachable by land.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

SERIFOS, greece WHY GO Don’t follow the masses to Santorini, Mykonos or Paros. Instead, explore Serifos. Active travelers can keep busy hiking, biking and diving. Plus, you’re just a three-hour ferry ride from Athens. WHEN TO GO April to June and September to mid-October are the best bets. WHERE TO STAY In a previous life, CocoMat Eco Residences housed local miners. Today, the beachfront hotel has a seaside lounge bar and a friendly staff who can arrange a romantic breakfast in bed (from $231; Serifos.Coco-Mat-Hotels.com). BEST FOR Eco-minded, active couples ROMANTIC MOMENT Coco-Mat’s staff can help you rent scooters for a perfect island beach crawl.

PUGLIA WHY GO Puglia has

always had amazing beaches, beautiful architecture and ancient ruins. But the recently booming food scene on this remote heel of Italy’s boot has the region primed to be the next Tuscany. WHEN TO GO A temperate climate makes Puglia a year-round destination. WHERE TO STAY Masseria Le Carrube, a working farmhouse in the town of Ostuni, has been transformed into a sister property of Puglia’s top hotel Borgo Egnazia (from $155; MasseriaLeCarrubeOstuni.it). Don’t miss a meal at its vegetarian restaurant. BEST FOR Food and wine nerds; beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Explore Valle D’Itria and the village’s cylindrical houses with beehive-shaped roofs. Plan your perfect adventure at TheKnot.com/honeymoons

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 232

DUBROVNIK: MARKO MARINKOVIC, MARINKOVIC-WEDDINGS.COM; ALL OTHER IMAGES COURTESY OF LOCATION

MEDITERRANEAN

4/3/17 11:31 AM


Bay Pointe Inn “One of Michigan’s Top Resorts”

Specializing in Lakefront Weddings Corporate Retreats & Family Reunions

11456 Marsh Road Shelbyville MI, 49344 baypointeinn.com | 1-888-GUN-LAKE

K 233

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 233

4/3/17 11:31 AM


BUZZ

3 5

4

1

2

6

10 8 11 9

7

a mini sewing kit can fix any unexpected snags or tears

12

234

K

anatomy of an emergency kit

1. BREATH MINTS Get your

breath ready for that first kiss with mini mints. Smalls mints, $12 for pack of 9, Altoids, WrigleyShop.com 2. TWEEZERS From stray hairs to

clumped lashes, you never know when these will come in handy. Ultra Precision point tweezer, $36, Tweezerman, NeimanMarcus.com 3. BLOTTING PAPERS Keep shine away with oil-absorbing sheets. Blotting papers, $8, Sephora.com 4. CLEAR POLISH Smooth out

any unexpected chips for the

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 234

perfect #ringselfie. Kur polish, $18, LondonTownUSA.com

Thickening hair spray, $11 for 2 oz., BumbleandBumble.com

any sudden spills. Tide to Go mini, $3, Tide, BedBathandBeyond.com

5. LIPSTICK Touch up your lip often with a mini tube in your shade of choice. Le Rouge lipstick, $36, Givenchy, Sephora.com

8. FRAGRANCE Dab a scent

11. FASHION TAPE A quick fix for falling hemlines and plunging necklines. Fashion tape, $9, Hollywood Fashion Secrets, Ulta.com

6. TISSUES For dabbing away

happy tears (and keeping your eye makeup on point). On the Go slim pack, $2 for pack of 3, Kleenex, Drugstore.com 7. HAIR SPRAY Splurge on a high-quality formula to make sure your ’do stays put.

on your pulse points to smell amazing all day. Gelsomino Nobile cream, $95 for 5.25 oz., Acqua Di Parma, Sephora.com 9. FACE MIST Just one spritz

of this spray infused with herbal essential oils refreshes makeup and calms skin. Beauty Elixir spray, $18 for 1 oz., Caudalie.com 10. STAIN REMOVER Pack a portable stain removing pen for

12. MAKEUP BAG Look for a

larger bag to hold your day-of items. We love the sleek greige color of this one. Leather travel case set, $110, Cuyana.com Get more day-of tips at TheKnot.com

STYLING: JOHN OLSON FOR HALLEY RESOURCES

There are certain wedding day essentials no bride (or bridesmaid) should be without. Stash away these just-in-case items to make sure your day goes off without a hitch. PHOTOGRAPH BY GISEL FLOREZ

4/3/17 11:32 AM


Mention this ad for a free wedding consultation

1321 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI (248) 439-1114 Day7BeautyBar.com Day7 Salon

@day7beauty

K 235

WEBER’S With award-winning cuisine, exceptional service and an elegant setting, Weber’s will reflect your style. Weber’s features two beautiful ballrooms, a luxury full-service hotel and a renowned on-site restaurant. From your rehearsal dinner, hotel guest room needs, ceremony, reception, after party in our Habitat Lounge & brunch the morning after, Weber’s can do it all. Let us make your dream day become reality.

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 235

WEBER’S Allie Siarto & Co. Photography

ANN ARBOR MI 48103 WEBERSINN.COM

4/3/17 11:32 AM


LOCAL RESOURCES

make it legal Michigan Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Michigan, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Parental consent is required for couples who are 16 or 17 and wish to marry. Either the groom or the bride must apply for a marriage license in the county in which he or she resides. The applicant must present a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, and some counties may require a birth certificate. No divorce decree or death certificate is required if either the bride or groom has been previously married; however, he or she must know the dates and locations of the divorce or death, and the certificate may be requested in some counties. No blood tests are required. There is a three-day waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 33 days anywhere in the state of Michigan. Offices are open Monday through Friday. The cost ranges from $20 to $30; methods of payment vary between counties. Please call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Livingston County County Clerk 200 E. Grand River Ave. Howell, MI 48843 (517) 546-0500 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Macomb County County Clerk Circuit Court Building 40 N. Main St., Fl. 1 Mount Clemens, MI 48043 (586) 469-5120 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., M, F; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., W; 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., T, Th.

Oakland County

Washtenaw County

Wayne County

County Clerk Vital Records 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. Pontiac, MI 48341 (248) 858-0571 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vital Records 200 N. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 222-6720 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

County Clerk Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave., Fl. 2 Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 224-6262 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., M, T, W, F; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Th.

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com.

make it known Michigan Publications 236

K

GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting. GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

PUBLICATION

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

The Macomb Daily

(586) 469-4510 100 Macomb Daily Dr. Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Must submit info by noon on the Wednesday prior to the desired Sunday publication. Published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes Photos will not be returned.

The cost is $52.55 to $81.45, depending on amount of text.

The Advisor & Source

(586) 731-1000 48075 Van Dyke Shelby Township, MI 48317

Submissions are accepted anytime after the wedding date. Must submit info by the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication. Announcements will run on a space-available basis.

Form: No Fax info to (586) 731-8172.

There is no charge for this service for married couples who reside in Macomb County.

The News-Herald

(734) 246-0800 1 Heritage Dr., Ste. 100 Southgate, MI 48195

Submissions are accepted up to six months after the wedding date. Announcements will run on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes

The cost is $10.

C & G Newspapers

(586) 498-8000 13650 E. 11 Mile Rd. Warren, MI 48089

Submissions are accepted anytime. Must submit info two weeks prior to the desired publication date. Announcements are published on a firstcome, first-served basis and are not guaranteed a desired date.

Form: No

There is no charge for this service.

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

(313) 222-8883 615 W. Lafayette, 2nd Level Detroit, MI 48226

Announcements are published every Sunday. They are printed in order of receipt and as space allows. We recommend that you submit your information as soon as possible.

Form: No Prefer online submission at HometownLife.com.

There is no charge for this service.

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 236

FEE

4/3/17 11:32 AM


Weddings | Bridal Showers | Rehearsal Dinners 810.735.7836 | cterrian@smccgolf.net | www.springmeadowscountryclub.com

K 237

WWW.BAREWAXKALAMAZOO.COM

15% OFF FOR BRIDAL PARTIES OF 6 OR MORE

EYELASH EXTENSIONS LASH LIFTING & TINTING AIRBRUSH & CLASSIC MAKEUP FORMAL STYLING AIRBRUSH TAN TEETH WHITENING BOTOX & DERMAL FILLERS CLINICAL SKIN CARE & FULL BODY WAXING *CUSTOM BRIDAL PACKAGES AVAILABLE

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 237

4/3/17 11:32 AM


ROMANCE TRAVEL EXPERTS You’ve been planning your wedding for months. The ceremony, the cake, the dress, the guest list. Don’t you agree that your honeymoon deserves a little love too?

Ido.

Travel 800 GO WITTE 616.942.5112 resorts@wittetravel.com www.wittetravel.com

witte Travel

We’ve Planned Hundreds of Honeymoons A once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation– your honeymoon– can’t be left to chance. It’s our job, our passion, to know the world’s greatest destinations. We vacation ourselves at many popular all-inclusive resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. A Professional Honeymoon Planner Makes All the Difference We take the time to get to know you . What do you like to see and do? What’s your style? We’ll answer all your questions and then design a honeymoon to match your individual desires and budget. A honeymoon that’s perfect...for YOU!

• • • •

FULL-SERVICE RECEPTION VENUE OUTDOOR GAZEBO FOR ON-SITE CEREMONIES BRIDAL SUITE 3 BEAUTIFUL HALLS WITH STUNNING CHANDELIERS

MICHELLE ANN PHOTOGRAPHY

238

K

So, let’s get started. Give Witte a call today!

36375 JOY ROAD • WESTLAND, MICHIGAN 48185 • 734-525-3550 • HELLENICCC@GMAIL.COM

WWW.HELLENICCULTURALCENTER.COM

MITKRFW17_Sect_15_(221-238) [P]{MiCH}.indd 238

4/3/17 11:32 AM


sites & locations...240 | cakes & caterers...248 | flowers & dĂŠcor...250 | bridal fashion & beauty...250 | jewelry...251 photography & video...252 | wedding consultants...252 | invitations & details...252 | entertainment...252 | specialty services...252

the ultimate michigan wedding directory K

scan to find more info about these local pros

CAROLINE TR AN

239

symbol key $ inexpensive | $$ affordable | $$$ moderate | $$$$ expensive

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 239

4/3/17 12:59 PM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT.

sites & locations

exceptional. This unique, neoclassical architecture is beautifully designed with dramatic elements and ballrooms perfect for any occasion. The Bentley offers scenic outdoor seating right by a spectacular waterfall and pergola for a beautiful ceremony. capacity 450 | price $$

arcadia bluffs

14710 Northwood Highway, Arcadia, MI (800) 494-8666 ArcadiaBluffs.com Your day will be perfection. capacity 100 | price $$

the ballroom @ cityflatshotel

77 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 608-1727 CityFlatsHotel.com The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel brings you something old and something new by blending stunning historic architecture with modern and innovative style. Nestled in the heart of the city, The Ballroom is the right place for your dream wedding. capacity 200+ | price $$

240

K

bay harbor village hotel & conference center

4160 Main Street, Bay Harbor, MI (231) 439-2400 (888) BAYHARBOR weddings@bayharbor.com BayHarbor.com Bay Harbor Village Hotel is the epitome of casual northern Michigan elegance. Accommodating everything from intimate weddings to events of 300, our boutique hotel and lakefront wedding venues are as delightful as the couples we have the pleasure of working with. Beautiful beginnings start here! capacity 300 | price $$$

bay pointe inn

11456 Marsh Road, Shelbyville, MI (888) GUN-LAKE events@baypointeinn.com BayPointeInn.com Bay Pointe Inn is the ideal setting for your perfect waterfront wedding experience. From the tastefully prepared rehearsal dinner to the awe-inspiring ceremony and reception on the shores of Gun Lake, we ensure your extraordinary day will leave you and your guests with lifelong romantic memories. capacity 200+ | price $$$

boulder pointe golf club & banquet center

One Champions Circle, Oxford, MI (248) 969-1500 BoulderPointe.net Boulder Pointe offers elegant décor and surroundings for up to 400 guests. Newly renovated in 2012, our Grand Ballroom is the perfect canvas for your big day! Our breathtaking golf course views from an expansive veranda are sure to impress. See what Boulder Pointe has to offer you! capacity 400 | price $$$

buca di beppo

(877) 955-2822 groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, featuring authentic Italian cuisine served family style. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages to suit any budget. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff will keep the celebration energetic and fun. Now that’s amoré! capacity 250 | price $$

burton manor banquet and conference center

27777 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI (734) 427-9110 BurtonManor.net Burton Manor makes reception planning effortless and your day perfect. From start to finish, we handle all the details—gourmet meals, perfect room settings, a personal captain on your wedding day—all within your budget. Contact our planning specialists today. capacity 400+ | price $$

castle farms

Charlevoix, MI (231) 237-0884 CastleFarms.com Romantic courtyard chapels, magnificent formal gardens, soaring towers and stone archways create an exceptional wedding location. From intimate receptions to large parties, this Northern Michigan venue offers historical elegance and unmatched service for a unique wedding and reception destination. capacity 350 | price $$

bentley banquet & conference center

646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, MI (734) 285-4044 info@bentleybanquet.com BentleyBanquet.com At Bentley, your special day is nothing less than

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 240

cherry creek golf club & banquet center

Shelby Township, MI (586) 254-6001 CherryCreekGolf.com Enjoy your special day outside the limits of the common

hall. Experience the difference that is distinctively Cherry Creek. capacity 400+ | price $$$

cityvu events

61 E. 7th Street, Holland, MI (616) 796-2150 CityFlatsHotel.com/gather CityV¯ u Events is Holland’s premier rooftop events space. Located on the fifth floor of CityFlatsHotel, CityV¯ u Events offers stunning views framed by floor-toceiling windows and an outdoor patio. Enjoy fantastic views of Holland’s scenic downtown, Windmill Island and Lake Macatawa. capacity 150 | price $$

colony club

2310 Park Ave., Detroit, MI (313) 463-4215 GemColonyEvents.com Plan your wedding ceremony and reception at Detroit’s historic Colony Club! The Louis XIV–style Grand Ballroom at Colony Club accommodates receptions of 125-400 guests for dinner and dancing. We offer convenient, all-inclusive wedding packages that include plated entrée service and a premium bar. capacity 400 | price $$

the community house, birmingham 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, MI (248) 644-5832 events@communityhouse.com CommunityHouse.com The Community House offers an elegant atmosphere and a variety of room sizes to suit your needs. Choose from an array of culinary options. Our experienced staff will custom design an event that will exceed your expectations. capacity 230 | price $$

the crofoot ballroom

(248) 858-9333 kristine@thecrofoot.com CrofootWeddings.com The Crofoot Ballroom is an architectural gem in the heart of Oakland County, with state-of-the-art sound, intelligent lighting and video, and a knowledgeable and experienced staff. Discounted ceremony and reception site available on Fridays and Sundays. capacity 300 | price $$$

crystal gardens

5768 E. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI (517) 545-1000 info@cgliv.com CGLiv.com Crystal Gardens has been in the wedding and banquet industry for more than 35 years, providing top quality service to each and every customer. Crystal Gardens has six locations, all recently remodeled, to accommodate any size banquet from 50 to 1500. capacity 400+ | price $$

4/3/17 12:59 PM


#WINKON4th 323 E. Fourth Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067 (248) 496-1635 www.winkbeautyandlashstudio.com Wink Beauty & Lash Studio

@winkonfourth

K 241

KA DW EL L PH OT

OG RA PH Y

Your dream destination wedding, just a short drive away. EXQUISITE SURROUNDINGS. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. YOUR EXTRAORDINARY DAY.

1.800.972.4837 khondorp@tullymoregolf.com www.TullymoreGolf.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 241

4/3/17 12:59 PM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT.

crystal mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville, MI (855) 296-6643 carmenkott@crystalmountain.com CrystalMountain.com/weddings Crystal Mountain has carefully combined the Midwest’s finest accommodations, the style and elegance of a first-class destination and the beauty of northern Michigan. From mountaintop ceremonies to receptions for up to 350, we’ll ensure that every detail matches your vision. capacity 350 | price $$$

dearborn country club

800 North Military Ave., Dearborn, MI (313) 561-5585 ddye@dearborncountryclub.net DearbornCountryClub.net Book your wedding with us and we’ll make sure your day is filled with beauty, history and tradition. You’ll receive a complimentary four-month Social Preview membership, the perfect way to start making new memories for your new life adventure. Contact Dianetta Dye for more information. capacity 250

destination state at msu

242

K

219 S. Harrison Rd., E. Lansing, MI (517) 884-8127 Whether you desire an intimate gathering or plan to host up to 700 guests, we offer Michigan State University venues for every occasion. Choose from impeccably designed ballrooms, flower-filled courtyards or distinctive private dining rooms, all within reach to fulfill your dreams. capacity 700 | price $$$

doubletree by hilton - port huron

800 Harker Street, Port Huron, MI (810) 984-8000 PortHuron.DoubleTree.com An exceptional blend of historic class and modern design—enjoy our plush guest rooms, host your ceremony on our spacious water view patio and entertain your guests in our world-class banquet space, all while overlooking the vibrant St. Clair River flowing beneath the majestic Blue Water Bridges! capacity 175 | price $$

fern hill golf club

17600 Clinton River Road, Clinton Township, MI (586) 286-4700 FernHillGC.com Surrounded by a beautiful 18-hole golf course, Fern Hill Golf Club is the perfect setting for your special day. If you’re looking to get married on-site, we have both an outdoor gazebo and indoor chapel. Our elegant banquet rooms can hold 50 to 750 people. capacity 400+ | price $$

firekeepers casino hotel

11177 Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI (877) FKC-8777

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 242

FireKeepersCasino.com/meet It’s all here. We do all the hard work. Every detail, attended to. Nothing left to chance. Enjoy with friends and family—first toast to last dance. capacity 400+

gem theatre

333 Madison Ave., Detroit, MI (313) 463-4215 GemColonyEvents.com Detroit’s historic Gem Theatre provides dining spaces appropriate for 75-275 guests. We offer convenient, affordable, all-inclusive wedding packages that include plated entrée service and a premium bar surrounded by amazing 1920s architecture.

then continue the celebration in our spacious and elegant ballroom!. capacity 350 | price $$

the grosse pointe academy

171 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI (313) 886-1221 EXT. 120 smartin@gpacademy.org GPAcademy.org The Grosse Pointe Academy’s 20-acre campus is located on the shores of Lake St. Clair. Listed on the state and national historic registries, our chapel, campus and lakeside lawn create an exquisite location for outdoor weddings, receptions and events. price $$

capacity 275 | price $$

grand traverse resort and spa

100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, MI (231) 534-6203 GrandTraverseResort.com At Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, you’ll find a combination of wedding services and amenities unmatched elsewhere. Bridal parties delight in our spa and salon, while groomsmen relax during a round of golf. With multiple venues, our wedding planners create a brand of seamless perfection, regardless of scale.

heathers club of bloomfield hills

900 Upper Scotsborough Way, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 334-9770 contact@heathersclub.com HeathersClub.com The Heathers can accommodate events ranging from 200 person wedding receptions to small business meetings. For the finest food and impeccable service, the Heathers Club is the perfect location for your event. capacity 200 | price $$$

capacity 400+ | price $$

great lakes culinary center

24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield, MI (248) 286-3100 emiller@glculinarycenter.com GLCulinaryCenter.com We are the most unique catering venue in Southeast Michigan! The Great Lakes Culinary Center is a fully equipped catering facility with both indoor and outdoor capabilities. We are the perfect spot to book your next incredible event. capacity 150 | price $$

hellenic cultural center

36375 Joy Road, Westland, MI (734) 525-3550 helleniccc@gmail.com HellenicCulturalCenter.com The Hellenic Cultural Center is dedicated to providing you exceptional service, professional expertise, amazing cuisine and affordable pricing. Because each event is unique, every event is customized to reflect individual style, taste and customs. Let us assist you in planning the event of your dreams! capacity 700 | price $$

St

great oaks country club

Rochester, MI (248) 656-4449 kristan@greatoakscc.com GreatOaksCC.com Welcome to Great Oaks Country Club, where you will experience an elegant country club with picturesque views. Full event planning, an exceptional staff and award-winning chef will assist you in creating a memorable affair at an affordable price. Great Oaks will exceed your expectations. capacity 250 | price $$

the henry ford

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI (313) 982-6220 sales@thehenryford.org TheHenryFord.org/weddings Write your own chapter of history at a place where legends have walked. From Michigan’s most beautiful ballroom, to our world-class museum and our picture perfect chapel, The Henry Ford is sure to have the ideal location for your wedding. Our full-service venues feature gardens, courtyards, superb service and top-rated cuisine. capacity 400+ | price $$

greystone weddings

13996 Honor Hwy. (US 31), Honor, MI (231) 632-1702 bob@greystoneweddings.com GreyStoneWeddings.com GreyStone Weddings offers a beautiful venue for both your ceremony and your reception, designed to make your wedding day special and stress-free. Say your wedding vows in GreyStone’s beautiful garden and

infinity and ovation yacht charters

St. Clair Shores, MI (586) 217-3989 InfinityandOvation.com An unparalleled experience awaits you and 25 to 300 of your guests aboard the Infinity and Ovation yachts. Located in St. Clair Shores, these all-inclusive yachts have perfected the wedding experience with an

4/3/17 12:59 PM


K

Studio 53 Photography

Studio 53 Photography

243

Love,

Studio 53 Photography

it’s our favorite occasion.

Showers • Rehearsal Dinners • Receptions • Catering Outstanding food. Exceptional service. Personal touches.

Studio 53 Photography

Our staff will help you create the event of your dreams. Whether in one of our rooms or a destination outside of our walls, our century of experience, service and delicious cuisine will make your special day unforgettable.

Studio 53 Photography

SchulersRestaurant.com/weddings 115 S. Eagle Street, Marshall, MI • (269) 781-0602   

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 243

Matt Pratt Photography

4/3/17 12:59 PM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT. inspiring atmosphere, exquisite cuisine and exceptional personal service. capacity 300 | price $$

the inn at st. john’s

44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI (734) 414-0600 tjohnson@stjohnsgc.com TheInnAtStJohns.com A fairy-tale setting for your special day. Our unforgettable property features historic architecture, three ballrooms plus a two-story atrium room, 118 luxurious hotel rooms, lavish gardens, a beautiful Catholic chapel, and even championship golf. The Inn at St. John’s. Timeless. Romantic. Enchanting. capacity 400+ | price $$

international grand ballroom

400 Monroe Street, Detroit, MI (313) 963-1400 InternationalBanquets.com Located in historic Greektown, adjacent to the Atheneum Suites Hotel, this fabulous venue is a landmark stage for an elegant wedding or any other social occasion. Our dedicated event planners and culinary staff will make your special day “An Affair to Remember.” capacity 400+ | price $$$

244

K

the iroquois club

43248 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 451-9653 TheIroquoisClub.com New, intimate and elegant; located in Bloomfield Hills. Accommodates up to 220 people in an upscale, natural and beautiful atmosphere. Classic French and American cuisine with fresh and interesting adaptations. capacity 180 | price $$

italian american cultural society banquet & conference center

43843 Romeo Plank Rd., Clinton Twp., MI (586) 421-5155 banquet@iacsonline.com IACSWeddingBanquets.com Enjoy the whimsical backdrop of the historic Partridge Creek Golf Course. Our old-world Italian recipes with modern flare and exquisite service will keep your guests talking long after your event.

king’s court castle

2325 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion, MI (248) 391-1900 KingsCourtCastle.com Fairy-tale weddings with great pricing. capacity 250 | price $$

the loft at luna

64 Ionia SW, Suite 200,Grand Rapids, MI (616) 288-6318 events@lunarestaurantgroup.com LunaGR.com/events Our wedding reception and ceremony venue is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, just steps away from hotels, restaurants and nightlife. We’re a chic, loft-style space that offers a blend of modern and traditional. We are your canvas—imagine your wedding here. capacity 175 | price $$

longacre house

24705 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI (248) 477-8404 jhotchkiss@fhgov.com LongacreHouse.org From the running stonewall fence to the lush gardens, the Longacre House offers charm and elegance for your special day. We have suggestions for a variety of themes and events. Let us handle every detail so that you may simply and fully, enjoy the moment. capacity 150 | price $$

mackinac island tourism

(906) 847-3783 info@mackinacisland.org MackinacIsland.org/event-planning/weddings Mackinac Island is a national wedding destination known for its idyllic ceremony settings, horse and carriage service and a large list of on-island professional wedding vendors. Island charm, over 35 lodging choices and 1,464 rooms allow you to personalize your wedding to look like no other. capacity 400+

meadow brook hall

MeadowBrookHall.org Weddings at our great estate are timeless, elegant, perfect. capacity 350 | price $$$

capacity 500 | price $$

the kensington hotel

3500 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 761-1799 KCourtAA.com We vow to help you with your wedding every step of the way—from planning the menu to setting the decor, we’ll take care of it all. So come, discover the perfect union of beautiful surroundings and thoughtful service—only at The Kensington Hotel. capacity 400 | price $$

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 244

meeting house grand ballroom

499 S. Main St., Plymouth, MI (734) 416-5100 meetinghousegb@aol.com The ultimate in Victorian atmosphere, you’ll have exclusive use of the entire facility, for an event tailored just for you. Your event coordinator is the owner, who oversees every important detail. We’ll spare no expense to provide the highest quality food and beverage service. capacity 300 | price $$$

michigan league conference & event services

911 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 764-8837 conferences@umich.edu Conferences.UMich.edu Make a grand entrance through our historic doors, steal kisses in the soft glow of stained glass, waltz where legends walked, and toast your love in tradition and history. Choose the Michigan Union or the Michigan League for your wedding, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. capacity 400 | price $$$

mission point resort

6633 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI (800) 833-5583 weddings@missionpoint.com MissionPoint.com/weddings Mission Point Resort offers 18 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns overlooking Lake Huron, 239 guest rooms, on-site salon and the widest selection of breathtaking waterfront ceremony and reception locations for 2 to 500 guests! capacity 400+ | price $$

the morris estate

(269) 684-4443 events@themorrisestate.com TheMorrisEstate.com The Morris Estate offers multiple venues throughout the seasons to provide an all-inclusive wedding experience. Host your loved ones for the entire weekend with a rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception—all on-site—while enjoying time with your bridal party in our new luxurious overnight accommodations. capacity 200 | price $$$

oakhurst golf & country club

7000 Oakhurst Lane, Clarkston, MI (248) 391-3300 OakhurstGolf.com From the most intimate to the most elegant, the professional consultants and customized services at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club will help you create your “dream come true!” capacity 250 | price $$

petruzzello’s banquet & conference center

6950 Rochester Road, Troy, MI (248) 879-1000 Petruzzellos.com Allow Petruzzello’s to assist you in planning your spectacular dream wedding. Choices range from a wide selection of hors d’oeuvres, gourmet menus, dessert tables, ice carvings, floral designs, specialty linens and impressive event design packages. Experience the excellence at Petruzzello’s. capacity 500+ | price $$$

4/3/17 12:59 PM


Whimsical Occasions.pdf

2/17/2017

9:07:09 AM

K 245

Let our experts handle all the details for you, from designing your dream wedding to creating an exquisite menu, for an evening you’ll never forget! (248) 879-1000 6950 Rochester Road Troy, MI 48085 www.petruzzellos.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 245

...Experience the Excellence 4/3/17 12:59 PM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT.

pine knob mansion & the carriage house

5580 Waldon Road, Clarkston, MI (248) 625-0700 info@pineknobmansion.com PineKnobMansion.com The Mansion’s historic architecture, stained-glass windows and landscaped gardens make for the most impressive views in southeastern Michigan. The Carriage House’s beautiful windows from ceiling to floor allow for a picturesque view of our golf course. capacity 280 | price $$$

pine trace golf club

3600 Pine Trace Boulevard, Rochester, MI (248) 852-7100 PineTrace.com Casual elegance under our beautiful tent. Come experience all the outdoors has to offer. Accommodates under 200. Great for ceremonies, weddings, showers and rehearsal dinners. capacity 200 | price $$

pop up matrimony

(586) 330-0599 info@popupmatrimony.com PopUpMatrimony.com We provide matrimony services to easy-going couples who desire an informal ceremony in cool, artistic locations because, let’s face it: Awesome photographs are the best part! The goal is to have a wedding— anything else is icing on your cake!

246

K

capacity 50 | price $

premier events center

20400 S. Nunneley Rd., Clinton Township, MI (586) 791-7760 PremierEventsCenter.com Our full-service banquet and catering facility specializes in weddings. Premier Events Center has two banquet rooms without dividing walls between them. You and your guests experience your own private room, lobby, bathrooms and bar without worrying about another event being booked the same day! capacity 300+ | price $$

the rattlesnake

300 River Place Drive, Detroit, MI (313) 567-4400 RattlesnakeDetroit.com The Rattlesnake Club is the premier downtown Detroit wedding destination for a unique setting, creative cuisine and outstanding service. Our outdoor ceremony spaces and six-story atriums will complete your special day. Remember our beautiful private rooms and patio for showers and rehearsal dinners. capacity 250 | price $$$

regency manor & banquet center 25228 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI (248) 353-1133 RegencyManorBC.com

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 246

Regency Manor will take your breath away with its captivating décor. Our exquisite ballroom is sure to fulfill all of your expectations for your special occasion! We offer outstanding service, a tasteful menu and elegant surroundings. capacity 400+ | price $$

the reserve

Birmingham, MI (248) 647-1290 TheReserveBirmingham.com The Reserve offers a sophisticated, unique setting reminiscent of California wine country. The new state-of-the-art facility provides exquisite accommodations for any size event. Our experienced, professional event team is prepared to meet your needs and attend to every detail, helping you create memories that last a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$$

river crest banquet center

900 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI (248) 652-6706 nino@rivercrestcatering.com RiverCrestCatering.com River Crest has consistently provided quality food and service for over 30 years at an affordable price. Add to that our recently renovated rooms and an outside garden setting for ceremonies and open-air cocktails to create a value second to none. capacity 250 | price $$

roostertail

100 Marquette Drive, Detroit, MI (313) 822-1234 Roostertail.com For over 57 years, the Roostertail Entertainment Complex has remained Michigan’s most sought after privately owned waterfront venue for private events and our Fairytail™ Weddings. Call for a tour of our facility and wedding consultation. Don’t forget to ask about our monthly incentives. capacity 400+ | price $$

san marino club

1685 East Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI (248) 689-4615 SanMarinoClub.com The San Marino Club, centrally located off I75, is proud of our excellent reputation for providing professional service and the finest food since 1976. Our three-room facility (100-800 capacity) has a beautiful sky-lit lobby, private bridal rooms and three handsomely appointed banquet rooms. capacity 400+ | price $$

schuler’s restaurant and pub

115 S. Eagle Street, Marshall, MI (269) 781-0602 SchulersRestaurant.com/weddings Hospitality. Outstanding food. Exceptional service. Schuler’s staff will help you create the event of your dreams. We host bridal showers, rehearsal dinners,

ceremonies and receptions at our historic venue. Our delicious cuisine can also be catered wherever you are planning your special event. capacity 175 | price $$

shadowland on silver beach

333 Broad Street, Saint Joseph, MI (269) 932-1128 nbeltz@sbshadowland.org ShadowlandOnSilverBeach.com If you desire a destination reception near the shores of Lake Michigan, there is no other award-winning, fourseason venue closer to the beach than Shadowland. This elegant ballroom provides exquisite all-inclusive packages and impeccable service to surpass your dreams and desires. capacity 300 | price $$$

shanahan’s barn

9600 Clubhouse Drive, Charlevoix, MI (231) 547-9796 ShanahansBarn.com Whether your style is classic glam or rustic elegance, our staff is ready to help you create memories to last a lifetime in our unique, pictureperfect venue. Shanahan’s Barn is available for your ceremony and reception. capacity 300 | price $$

silver garden events center

(248) 569-2299 SilverGardenEvents.com Allow our experienced event planners to assist you in taking your vision for the special day you have always dreamed of and to create an exquisite event that will be unforgettable. We have two fabulous ballrooms, one of which is just right for you! capacity 400+ | price $$

solitude links golf course & banquet center

5810 Flinchbaugh Rd., Kimball, MI (810) 982-3673 events@solitudelinksgolf.com SolitudeLinksGolf.com Solitude Links Golf Course is the best kept secret in St. Clair County! Whether it’s our exquisite lake front surroundings, picturesque waterfall or rolling hills, we offer the perfect backdrop for your event. Every event at Solitude Links Golf Course & Banquet Center reflects the care and attention it deserves. capacity 400+ | price $$

sommerset pointe lake charlevoix

00970 Marina Drive, Boyne City, MI (231) 582-9900 | LakeCharlevoixWeddings.com Whether your style is beachfront casual or nautical elegance, our staff is ready to help you create memories to last a lifetime in our unique, picture-perfect venue. Available for your shower, parties, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. capacity 200 | price $$

4/4/17 12:55 PM


Make your Wedding Memorable Come to Beautiful Great Oaks Country Club, close to downtown Rochester, where you will experience:

• • • • • • GRACE SAUVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Country Club Elegance Picturesque Views Full Event Planning Complimentary Tasting Award-Winning Cuisine Valet Service

Ideal Setting For: Bridal Shower Rehearsal Dinner Wedding Ceremony Wedding Reception

CALL 248-651-5200 to enjoy a personal tour! 777 Great Oaks Boulevard Rochester, MI 48307

www.GREATOAKSCC.com

K 247

Exquisite weddings on the shores of Lake St. Clair Campus is on the state and national historic registries Lakeside lawn • Charming location 171 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.

gpacademy.org 313-886-1221, ext. 120 smartin@gpacademy.org

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 247

4/3/17 12:59 PM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT.

sonshine barn wedding & event center

2838 Wilkinson Rd., Gaylord, MI (989) 705-8777 SonshineBarn.com We provide a destination venue for those desiring an elegant wedding in the country, plus a complimentary wedding planner. Our goal is to see every couple’s dream wedding come to pass. Contact us today to schedule a tour, check availability and learn more about our facilities. capacity 299 | price $$$

spring lake country club

17496 N. Fruitport Rd., Spring Lake, MI (616) 842-4200 events@springlakecc.com SpringLakeCC.com Plan your West Michigan destination wedding: a breathtaking ceremony and reception overlooking Spring Lake! We are dedicated to meeting your unique needs, size, style and budget, while priding ourselves on the best cuisine and service. Visit our lakeside ceremony site and grand ballroom today! capacity 350 | price $$

spring meadows country club

248

K

(810) 735-7836 EXT. 119 cterrian@smccgolf.net SpringMeadowsCountyClub.com Spring Meadows Country Club offers unforgettable memories in the Linden area for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Our experienced staff will work with you every step of the way to create an event and custom menu that amazes you and your guests. capacity 200 | price $$$

banquets@sycamorehills.com SycamoreHills.com Sycamore Hills Golf Club is a year-round facility with an 8,000-square-foot banquet center adjacent to the golf club that has a beautiful panoramic view of the golf course. Our sophisticated style and personalized service will make your wedding everything you dreamed it would be! capacity 350 | price $$

tullymore golf resort

11969 Tullymore Drive, Stanwood, MI (800) 972-4837 khondorp@tullymoregolf.com TullymoreGolf.com Find your perfect destination wedding, just a short drive away at Tullymore Golf Resort. With exquisite surroundings and exceptional service, our team is ready to make your day extraordinary. Featuring two incredible clubhouses, Tullymore Golf Resort offers the ideal backdrop for your dream wedding. capacity 300 | price $$$

twin lakes banquet facility

455 Twin Lakes Drive, Oakland, MI (248) 601-4172 info@mytwinlakesgc.com TwinLakesGC.com Twin Lakes Golf and Swim Club is the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding. Our banquet facilities accommodate up to 400 guests with space available in the Stonebridge Grille and on our many outdoor terraces. Our goal is to personalize our facility for your special day. capacity 400+ | price $$$

waldenwoods banquet and conference center

Hartland, MI (810) 632-6401 banquets@waldenwoods.com Waldenwoods.com Livingston County’s “Little Secret.” Southern Mansion Style—8 stone fireplaces, 15-foot wood beam ceilings. Faces 140-acre Lake Walden. Indoor or outdoor receptions. Seating up to 250 people. capacity 250 | price $$

waterview loft at port detroit

130 East Atwater St., Detroit, MI (313) 202-4477 info@waterviewloft.com WaterviewLoft.com Experience a different side of the city at Waterview Loft, downtown Detroit’s premier waterfront address. Waterview Loft’s urban architecture and shore-to-shore panoramas make for a distinctive backdrop. Feast on impeccable cuisine and enjoy outstanding service as you dance and romance the night away. capacity 250 | price $$$

weber’s inn

3050 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 769-3237 weddings@webersinn.com WebersInn.com When you select Weber’s Inn for your reception, your dream event can come true. With award-winning cuisine, exceptional service and an elegant setting, Weber’s Inn will reflect your style and good taste. Weber’s features two beautiful ballrooms, a luxury full-service hotel and an on-site restaurant. capacity 300 | price $$$

st. josaphat banquet centre

26440 Ryan Road, Warren, MI (586) 758-7711 StJosaphatBanquets.com Where special occasions are celebrated. Enjoy hosting your special day within our sophisticated and unique banquet centre. Your reception is exclusive, as no other event is happening but yours. Call for a wedding package and free tour. capacity 325 | price $$

stafford’s hospitality

Petoskey, MI (800) 737-1899 Staffords.com/weddings Capture the grace and romance of a bygone era with a wedding at Stafford’s, offering waterfront views, full-service upscale catering and on-site lodging accommodations. Our elegant Victorian décor and beautiful gardens give you the perfect options, indoors or out, accommodating up to 300 guests. capacity 300 | price $$$$

sycamore hills golf club Macomb, MI (586) 598-9500

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 248

visions at centerpointe

12935 S. West Bayshore Dr., Traverse City, MI (231) 632-1702 bob@greystoneweddings.com MyVisionsWeddings.com What makes a northern Michigan wedding unforgettable? Beautiful views of Grand Traverse Bay! With our package pricing and experienced wedding staff, it’s no wonder Visions at CenterPointe is northern Michigan’s premier wedding facility. It’s your wedding, your dream. Let Visions make it happen! capacity 250 | price $$

wabeek country club

4000 Club Gate Drive, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 855-0700 WabeekCC.org Wabeek Country Club’s banquet rooms provide a comfortable setting for casual entertaining as well as formal affairs. Our professional banquet staff is available to coordinate business or social functions from a basic luncheon to the most elaborate dinner, offering unparalleled menu selections and superb service. Wedding packages start at $49. capacity 350 | price $$$

the westin southfield-detroit

1500 Town Center Drive, Southfield, MI (248) 663-6702 WestinSouthfieldDetroit.com Our luxurious, newly renovated ballroom offers the perfect setting for a romantic reception. Our renowned catering staff will tend to your every need. On your first night together, enjoy our newly renovated guestrooms in the comfort the signature 10-layer Heavenly Bed. Simply dreamy. capacity 300 | price $$$

cakes & caterers

joe’s gourmet catering & events 33152 W. Seven Mile Rd., Livonia, MI (248) 477-4333 EXT. 226

4/4/17 12:57 PM


LOOKING GLASS PHOTOGRAPHY

Breathtaking View. Unparalleled Service.

Food & Beverage by:

BTW PHOTOGRAPHY

WANTED

Help managing all the craziness!

249

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 249

Advertisement

K

Paige Jones Photography; Scobey Photography; Jasmine Star; Milou + Olin Photography; Ashley Seawell Photography; Tara Donne; Brooke Schwab

800 Harker St. • Port Huron, MI 48060 • 810.984.8000 • porthuron.doubletree.com

FOUND

My own 24/7 wedding planner THE KNOT WEDDING PLANNER APP Get inspired, stay organized, plan on the go.

4/3/17 12:59 PM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT. laura@joesgourmetcatering.com JoesGourmetCatering.com We specialize in effortless events by providing exceptional cuisine, superior service and first-class quality and freshness in everything we do. From informal to elaborate weddings to showers and brunches, our creative event planner and culinary team’s passion for excellence will ensure your event is the celebration of season.

flowers & décor

fleurdetroit

1507 S. Old Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 953-3840 | events@fleurdetroit.com fleurdetroit.com At fleurdetroit, we bring luxury to the everyday. Quality standards and exemplary customer service have propelled our brand in the market. Our experienced, talented designers can compose any experience—from old world to modern funk— while transforming your vision into the moment and emotion you envision.

250

K

flower girls

Detroit, MI (313) 603-3498 | flowergirlswedding@gmail.com WeddingFlowers.me Flower Girls provides a quick, easy solution to picking your wedding flowers. Simply shop our designs online, and pick items individually or in complete wedding packages. Your flowers are shipped the day before or morning of your event. For more information and details, please visit our website.

bridal fashion & beauty

alessandra bridal

Warren: (586) 574-2233 Birmingham: (248) 792-7510 Alessandra has expanded her bridal collection and opened a brand new store in Birmingham! She will continue to strive for excellence in personalized service as well as curating the most beautiful bridal creations from an array of international designers. Find the dress that is uniquely you.

antonio’s bridal

526 N. Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI (248) 645-6262 | antoniosbridal@aol.com AntoniosBridal.com We are dedicated to making your wedding preparations as enjoyable and memorable as your wedding day. Choose from a line of designers or make a personal statement by designing a dress that is just perfect for you.

day 7 beauty bar

1321 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI (248) 439-1114 | Day7BeautyBar.com We take pride in giving every client luxury services and a very relaxing environment. We cater to all your beauty needs.

elizabeth’s bridal manor

402 South Main Street, Northville, MI (248) 348-2783 ElizabethsBridal.com We offer over 26 years of exceptional service, delivery and selection. Bridal gowns we carry include Ashley and Justin, Casablanca Bridal, Casablanca Couture, Cristiano Lucci, Eddy K., Ian Stuart, Jim Hjelm, Justin Alexander, Lazaro, Maggie Sottero, Marisa, Mikaella, Paloma Blanca and Yumi Katsura. We also have a large selection of bridesmaid dress lines.

the art of beauty

the gown shop

202 E. Washington St., Suite 704, Ann Arbor, MI theartofbeautyweb@gmail.com TheArtofBeautyPros.com We’d be delighted to be part of one of the biggest days of your life. You want to feel confident, beautiful and the best version of yourself. Let us work our magic with award-winning, animal-cruelty-free products, vegan brushes, skin-healthy HD makeup and organic skin care. Ask about skin prep packages!

122 South Main St., Suite 320, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 834-4696 | annarbor@thegownshop.com TheGownShop.com Located in the heart of Ann Arbor’s downtown Main Street is what fashion-forward and elegant brides-to-be have been waiting for: The Gown Shop. Our passion and promise of this shabby-glam and ultra-chic boutique is to make sure that every bride has the perfect gown for her perfect day.

bare beauty bar & spa

hannah price beauty

(269) 220-5355 | info@barewaxkalamazoo.com BareWaxKalamazoo.com Downtown Kalamazoo’s premier beauty headquarters focuses on all things bridal! We are here to help you on your big day with everything from your flawless bridal makeup and formal styles to your perfect spray tan and sparkling smile.

bianka bridal

125 Ottawa Ave., Suite 170, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 235-9300 | info@biankabridal.com BiankaBridal.com Bianka Bridal presents affordable and exclusive brands to the West Michigan bridal market! We work closely with designers and production facilities to ensure the best of quality at affordable prices starting from $1,200. Our knowledgeable team is dedicated and committed to ensure a BIANKA experience!

Ferndale, MI (248) 563-7495 | hannah.price.mu@gmail.com HannahPriceBeauty.com Specializing in on-location bridal and event makeup and hairstyling, her range of versatility and 10 years of experience makes her prepared and comfortable for your event. With an extensive background in makeup artistry and hairstyling, her attention to detail and know-how, separates her from the rest.

the makeup loft

320 S. Main, Plymouth, MI (734) 922-LOFT (5638) | TheMakeupLoft.com The Makeup Loft is an award-winning makeup studio in downtown Plymouth, owned by an Emmy Award– winning makeup artist and staffed by an amazing artistry team. Serving over 150 happy brides a year and exclusively featuring Cosmakery cosmetics, The Makeup Loft is your premier hair and makeup studio.

bridal couture abhair

(855) 4AB-HAIR abHair.com We are a team of passionate hair extension experts dedicated to providing the highest quality human hair extensions, synthetic lace wigs and more. We offer the everyday consumer the chance to look and feel like a million dollars without breaking the bank.

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 250

912 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham 223 N. Main St., Plymouth (248) 645-0500 | (734) 455-1100 bridalcouturemi@hotmail.com BridalCoutureMI.com Bridal Couture of Birmingham and Bridal Couture of Plymouth are two contemporary bridal boutiques offering captivating, exclusive designer gowns to complement the bride on her wedding day. Our customers are our focus, from trying on the first gown to the day of the wedding.

piera’s bridal couture

46509 Hayes Road, Shelby Township, MI (586) 566-7800 | pierasbridal@aol.com PierasBridal.com Piera’s Bridal Couture is excited to share the latest elegant bridal gowns and accessories. We also offer a great selection of trendy bridesmaid dresses, sweet flower girl dresses and wonderful evening gowns. Experience a boutique with an array of carefully chosen couture styles at affordable prices.

4/4/17 1:03 PM


Advertisement

renee austin wedding

1555 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 224-0092 | ReneeAustinWedding.com Renee Austin Wedding is the premier boutique for all your wedding needs. Priced from $800-$3,000 we have a dress for every bride. Each bride is assigned her own personal stylist, who will ensure she finds the gown of her dreams!

roma sposa

708 North Old Woodward, Birmingham, MI (248) 723-4300 | contact@romasposa.com RomaSposa.com Couture bridal gowns and accessories, women’s evening wear, personal consultation service.

the wedding shoppe

27333 Woodward Ave., Berkley, MI (248) 541-1988 | info@theweddingshoppe.net TheWeddingShoppe.net This is Metro Detroit’s most award-winning bridal experience, with exclusive dresses, diverse selection, and a helpful, caring staff.

Say your vows in your favorite location, any time, any place! Our packages include: an officiant, flowers, photographer and 30-minute photo session. To get the wedding you want, where you want it, call us today!

the white dress

wink beauty and lash studio on 4th

251

323 E. Fourth Street, Royal Oak, MI (248) 496-1635 WinkBeautyandLashStudio.com Wink Beauty and Lash is Detroit’s premier studio for bridal makeup application; custom, semi-permanent eyelash extensions; brow services; microblading; airbrush tanning; and full body waxing.

info@popupmatrimony.com • 586.330.0599 • www.popupmatrimony.com

K

209 W. Main Street, Suite 101, Brighton, MI (810) 588-6147 | hello@the-white-dress.com The-White-Dress.com As the perfect boutique to find your perfect dress, we take extra effort to make sure that your wedding dress shopping experience is everything you dreamed of and more. Our fullservice bridal shop and friendly staff help you every step of the way as you style your look.

jewelry

orin jewelers

Garden City and Northville, MI (734) 422-7030 | (248) 349-6940 OrinJewelers.com At Orin’s, our jewelers have the creativity and experience to craft the jewelry item of your dreams. Whether it’s a unique bridal engagement ring or an

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 251

4/4/17 1:03 PM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT. unusual drop necklace to highlight your favorite gemstone, we design fashionable pieces of jewelry for all.

an experience that comes from our love for our craft. We love what we do and have fun doing it. We look forward to celebrating with you!

sawyer jewelers

kristen taylor & co

134 N. Leroy St., Fenton, MI (810) 629-7936 info@sawyerjewelers.com | SawyerJewelers.com Sawyer Jewelers offers an extensive collection of engagement rings and wedding sets, on-site jewelry repair and custom jewelry creation in Genesee Co. Sawyers is celebrating 70 years in business and more than 28 years with A.JAFFE, and they are one of the top Michigan Signature A.JAFFE dealers.

Birmingham, MI (248) 677-4760 KristenTaylor.com Kristen Taylor & Co is a collection of super-stylish wedding photographers so you can find the one that fits you like your favorite pair of jeans. Our modern romance style is sophisticated, fashion-inspired and makes you look amazing.

phil black photography

photography & video

(313) 205-9930 PhilBlackPhotography.com Our passion, creativity and devotion to quality create breathtaking photos of your special day, leaving you carefree to celebrate! Personable and professional, we will amaze you with our exceptional service and attention to detail. We’d love to capture your wedding’s magical moments!

sarah kossuch

252

K

brian blostica photography

(517) 420-4877 | greens_artist@yahoo.com BDubPics.com I got into wedding photography because I’m an old soul and a romantic at heart. I have a sincere policy of capturing your candid, romantic wedding day moments. It is my belief that forming a strong relationship with each bride I photograph helps me interpret the best photos to capture for each wedding.

cellardoor weddings

Serving all of Michigan (269) 330-7815 | CellardoorWeddings.com Cellardoor Weddings by Celestina Elvira is refined and charming, with a dash of classic romance. Through my lens I capture special moments with true emotion and translate them into art to tell their stories. These are the moments we will treasure forever.

craiu production cinematography & photography

(313) 638-3800 | CraiuProduction.com Craiu Production brings high-end creativity, emotional cinematography and storytelling to wedding films. With a passion and love of photography and videography, we will capture your special day and turn it into an emotionally moving, custom wedding film.

killer creations photography & videography

505 S. Lafayette Avenue, Royal Oak, MI (734) 634-3880 | KillerCreations.net Each wedding day is unique, and every couple is different. That’s why we take a personal approach to an experience-based service—highlighting you. We offer

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 252

1775 West Hamlin, Suite B, Rochester Hills, MI (248) 705-6014 | sarah@sarahkossuch.com SarahKossuch.com Sarah Kossuch Photography is a team of women who love documenting beautiful, happy couples in love. We are a published and nationally recognized wedding photography team that brings a unique, sophisticated style to artistic documentary wedding photography.

weddings by adrienne & amber

Royal Oak, MI (313) 460-1795 info@weddingsbyadrienneandamber.com WeddingsbyAdrienneandAmber.com With award-winning artistic vision, our team focuses on you! From traditional to photojournalistic, we offer packages that are completely customizable to your desire for the big day. With professional quality we capture it all from stunningly intimate portraits to in between glances and laughs.

wedding consultants

merrymakers

(231) 547-5061 info@merrymkr.com | MerryMkr.com Your day. Your vision. MerryMakers offers wedding consultation, planning, coordination and design services. MerryMakers services will help you to enjoy

the planning process and help you create the day of your dreams. MerryMakers strives to find the perfect fit in each detail for you.

invitations & details

lee’s specialty

Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 646-6700 shop@leesspecialty.com | LeesSpecialty.com For over 31 years, our goal has been to create the perfect invitation for any occasion. Collaboration is key for an easy, stress-free, fun experience. From start to finish, every detail including programs, menus, place cards, notes and napkins is thought through. Your only job is to share photos of your happy day.

entertainment

lorio ross sterling entertainment

Serving Michigan (248) 398-9711 LorioRoss.com Experienced professionals combining outstanding musicianship with high-energy interactive skills to rock your party! Our groups offer music selections from Sinatra to Lady Gaga and everything in between. Grandparents like Motown? Parents like ’80s? You like today’s top hits? We’ve got you covered!

specialty services

blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of organic blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

4/4/17 1:04 PM


Advertisement

the rental company

430 W. 17th St., Suite 31, Holland, MI (616) 396-7300 WmRentalCo.com The Rental Company is your special events boutique. Please check out our showroom, website and social media to see our amazing products and services. Let us know how we can make your event!

whimsical occasions

Multiple show locations throughout Michigan (248) 909-6511 WhimsicalOccasions.com Our wedding shows throughout metro Detroit are a gathering place for wedding exhibits, planning ideas, fashions and fun!

witte travel & tours

3250 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 942-5112 WitteTravel.com Toast your new life together in the place of your dreams. Whether you celebrate with a destination wedding alongside family and friends, or on a romantic honeymoon for just the two of you, our travel professionals will help you bring your vision to life.

Your Wedding

...is our only business P L E A S E V I S I T O R C O N TA C T U S AT. . .

WWW.WEDDINGFLOWERS.ME 313-320-0066 • FLOWERGIRLSWEDDING@GMAIL.COM

WEDDING AND EVENT FLOWERS

K 253

weekly updates stay on track with the knot newsletters newsletters. Get news and reminders—all tailored to your wedding date!

Subscribe at

theknot.com/newsletters >> theknot.co

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 253

4/4/17 1:04 PM


254

K

RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

PAGE #

Arcadia Bluffs, The Lodge

117

The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel

159

Bay Harbor Village Hotel & Conference Center

145

Bay Pointe Inn

233

Bentley Banquet & Conference Center

2

Boulder Pointe Golf Club & Banquet Center

211

Buca di Beppo

37

Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center

193

Castle Farms

123

Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center

14

CityVu Events

185

Colony Club

Insert, 24

The Community House

208

The Crofoot Ballroom

101

Crystal Gardens

53

Crystal Mountain

111

Dearborn Country Club

219

DoubleTree by Hilton - Port Huron

Italian American Cultural Society Banquet & Conference Center

58

The Kensington Hotel

19

King’s Court Castle

5

The Loft at Luna

217

Longacre House

198

Mackinac Island Tourism

179

Meadow Brook Hall

212

Meeting House Grand Ballroom

204

Michigan League Conference & Event Services

202

Michigan State University

51

Mission Point Resort

121

The Morris Estate

55

Oakhurst Golf & Country Club

139

Petruzzello’s Banquet and Conference Center

245

Pine Knob Mansion, Carriage House and Golf Course

137

Pine Trace Golf Club

213

Pop Up Matrimony

251

Premier Events Center

49

249

The Rattlesnake

39

Fern Hill Golf Club

Cover

Red Fawn Banquets

200

FireKeepers Casino Hotel

41

Regency Manor & Banquet Center

67

Gem Theatre

Insert, 24

The Reserve

206

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

112

River Crest Banquet Facility

214

Great Lakes Culinary Center

85

Roostertail

22

Great Oaks Country Club

247

San Marino Club

233

Greystone Weddings

125

Schuler’s Restaurant and Pub

243

The Grosse Pointe Academy

247

Shadowland on Silver Beach

191

Heathers Club of Bloomfield Hills

147

Shanahan’s Barn

118

Hellenic Cultural Center

238

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

213

The Henry Ford

21

Silver Garden Events Center

205

Indianwood Golf & Country Club

5

Solitude Links Golf Course & Banquet Center

45

Infinity-Ovation Yacht Charters

9

Sommerset Pointe

118

The Inn at St. John’s

10

Sonshine Barn Wedding & Event Center

165

International Banquet Center

7

Spring Lake Country Club

229

Iroquois Club

31

Spring Meadows Country Club

237

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 254

4/7/17 10:42 AM


Roma Sposa

29

Stafford’s Hospitality

115

The Wedding Shoppe

219

Sycamore Hills Golf Club

251

The White Dress

97

Tullymore Golf Resort

241

Wink Beauty & Lash Studio on 4th

241

Twin Lakes

25

Visions at CenterPointe

125

JEWELRY

PAGE #

Wabeek Country Club

13

Orin Jewelers

57

Waldenwoods Resort Banquet & Conference Center

27

Sawyer Jewelers

Cover

Waterview Loft at Port Detroit

63

Weber’s Boutique Hotel

235

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

PAGE #

The Westin Southfield-Detroit

161

MerryMakers

127

CAKES & CATERERS

PAGE #

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

PAGE #

Joe’s Gourmet Catering & Events

43

Brian Blostica Photography

143

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

PAGE #

Cellardoor Weddings

221

fleurdetroit

231

Craiu Production

93

Flower Girls

253

Killer Creations Photography • Cinematography

Cover

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

PAGE #

Kristen Taylor & Co

89

abHair

217

Phil Black Photography

227

Alessandra Bridal

69

Sarah Kossuch Photography

17

Antonio’s Bridal

201

Weddings by Adrienne & Amber

243

The Art of Beauty

221

B. Ella Bridal

156

ENTERTAINMENT

PAGE #

Bare Beauty Bar & Spa

237

Lorio Ross Sterling Entertainment

105

Bianka Bridal

187

Bridal Couture

181

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

PAGE #

Bride & Joy

210

Lee’s Specialty

64

Day 7 Beauty Bar

235

Things Remembered

61

Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor

163

The Gown Shop Bridal

149

SPECIALTY SERVICES

PAGE #

Hannah Price Beauty

231

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

1, 47

The Makeup Loft

229

The Rental Company

195

Piera’s Bridal Couture

199

Whimsical Occasions

245

Renee Austin Wedding

227

Witte Travel

238

255

207

K

St. Josaphat Banquet Centre

Find more online at TheKnot.com/michigan

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 255

4/7/17 10:03 AM


snapshot

256

K

PHOTOGRAPH BY JILL DEVRIES PHOTOGRAPHY

e.b. & joe GRAND RAPIDS “Strangers started honking their car horns in congratulations,” E.B. says of taking a preceremony stroll down a busy Grand Rapids road. “In that moment, I felt so proud. I was pumped to be walking alongside Joe, who was going to be my husband in just a few short hours.”

Get inspired by more real weddings in your area at TheKnot.com/michigan

MITKRFW17_Sect_16_(239-256) [P]{MiCH}.indd 256

4/3/17 12:59 PM


Profile for The Knot Michigan

The Knot Michigan Fall/Winter 2017  

From the #1 wedding website: TheKnot.com. Check out The Knot Michigan online magazine to make planning easier. Find all you need to know abo...

The Knot Michigan Fall/Winter 2017  

From the #1 wedding website: TheKnot.com. Check out The Knot Michigan online magazine to make planning easier. Find all you need to know abo...

Profile for theknotmi