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“ The Jewel of Oakland County!”

“Perfect & unforgettable!”

“Our guests RAVED!”

“Amazing waitstaff!”

“We highly recommend!”

“Beautiful patio!”

“Delicious food!”

B an qu e t F aci lit y

. .C ome see what everyone’s talking about! 900 W Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI / (248) 652-6706 / www.RiverCrestCatering.com

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If you’re looking for a venue that takes care of the bride and groom, has gorgeous spots for pictures, amazing food, and space to have a large wedding, Cherry Creek is for you!

–Sadie & Ashton, Married June 1, 2018

PHOTO BY WEDDINGS BY ADRIENNE & AMBER

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.

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Our wedding was nothing short of spectacular at Cherry Creek; the right words don’t even exist for us to properly rave about our experience! Not only is the venue itself the most gorgeous and elegant backdrop for your day, but the food delicious, and the Cherry Creek team made planning seamless from booking to planning details to day-of coordination.

–Allison & Ian, Married May 25, 2018

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IN THIS ISSUE

GET THE LOOK

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THEKNOT.COM

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

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THROWING SHADES

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ASK THE KNOT SQUAD

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TRENDING

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VENUE SCOUT

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EXPERT ADVICE

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MARRIAGE LICENSES AND WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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LAST LOOK

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170 WILD AT HEART

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CATHRINE WESSEL

SPRING/ SUMMER 2020

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CONTENTS

STYLE + PLANNING 97

Venues, amenities and expert advice for a memorable wedding in the Upper Peninsula.

REAL WEDDINGS 53

ARIEL + CAMR AN

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February 2, West Bloomfield

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TYLER + MARK

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November 3, Detroit

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LIZZY + TIGIST October 7, Detroit

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AMONG THE FLOWERS A bespoke Amsterdam styled shoot takes a romantic turn.

ALEX + NICK August 24, Fennville

SPECIAL NORTHERN MICHIGAN GUIDE

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STAR SEARCH Your horoscope may hold the answer to your ideal venue.

ABBY + STEVE September 2, Ann Arbor

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MARISSA + R ACHEL

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LAUREN + RYAN May 13, Grand Rapids

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HANNAH + DYLAN October 27, Detroit

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R ACHEL + ARIEL July 1, Bay Harbor

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JESSICA + DONALD May 26, Lake Leelanau

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JENNA + JARED August 4, Omena

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FROM LEFT: NATHAN ENGLISH PHOTOGRAPHY; JOHNNY MILLER

June 16, Ann Arbor

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CONTENTS

CANDY CRUSH The sweetest stationery suites for every style and palette.

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BUDGET BLASTING TIPS Timely advice to help keep your bottom line in check.

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FA S H I O N + B E AU T Y

GET THE PICTURE How to ensure you get images you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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THE KNOT BEAUTY AWARDS

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The highest-rated products for your bridal beauty arsenal.

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ACCESSORIZE IN STYLE A comprehensive guide to pulling off a totally personalized look.

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WILD AT HEART Unexpected wedding looks that are unapologetically romantic.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: KATIE HOSS PHOTO; COURTESY OF VENDOR; DANIELLE COONS PHOTOGRAPHY

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RECEPTIONS

SHOWERS

REHEARSAL DINNERS

CEREMONIES

PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER BELLI PHOTOGRAPHY

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because in your dreams the details matter

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ON THE COVER

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COVER Dress in all sizes, price upon request, Costarellos.com; engagement ring, $2,156 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $220, Oscar de la Renta, Nordstrom.com

In love with our gorgeous cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

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Dress in sizes up to 12, $6,445, VivienneWestwood .com, engagement ring, $43,657, ChristopherDesigns .com; earrings, $2,155, AnabelaChan .com; shoes, $515, FreyaRose.com

Behind the Scenes The Simple Life

PHOTOGRAPHY Cathrine Wessel FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR John Ruidant for Evo Haircare/See Management MAKEUP Deanna Melluso for Dior/See Management PROP STYLING Nassimos Studio

Get a sneak peek of what went on at The Knot cover shoot

Brookfields Farm a note about our shoot location

HORSIN’ AROUND Photographer Cathrine Wessel snaps a shot of our model posing with a friendly horse from Brookfields Farm.

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BLUE JEAN BABES Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor Shelley Brown and Photo Director Sarah Rozen #twinning in denim overalls on set.

FINISHING TOUCHES Our wardrobe styling team adds the final tweaks to a Viktor&Rolf shirt dress before the first shot of the day.

For an authentic country-themed shoot, we went for the real deal— taking over a family farm in Hudson Valley, New York. Brookfields Farm’s scenic 160 acres is home to herds of horses, cows, goats—and more.

BEHIND THE SCENES: COURTESY OF SARAH EVANS; BARN ICON: ANDREJS KIRMA/NOUN PROJECT

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Dress in sizes up to 22, $7,500, Monique Lhuillier at Roma Sposa Atelier, RomaSposa .com (Birmingham); earrings, $16,550, LeVian.com

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THE BILLINGS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Kristen Maxwell Cooper

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S E NI O R FA S HI O N & B E AUT Y E D ITO R S E NI O R S T YLE & PL ANNIN G E D ITO R PH OTO E D ITO R RE AL WE D D IN G S E D ITO R A S S O CIATE RE AL WE D D IN G S E D ITO R J U NI O R D E S I G NE R RE AL WE D D IN G S D E S I G NE RS A S S I S TANT E D ITO R , RE S E ARCH CO NTRIB UTIN G PH OTO D IREC TO R CO NTRIB UTIN G ART D IREC TO R

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Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Kristen M. Cusumano Becky Murray Louis Baragona Emma Gray Pitt Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Sharlyn Pierre Sarah Rozen Michele Parrella

PRO D U C TI O N PRO D U C TI O N MANAG E R Jesse Hardy S E NI O R G R APHI C D E S I G NE R Katie Hover G R APHI C D E S I G NE R Nicole Daberkow PH OTO PRO D U C TI O N MANAG E R Carly Steier CO NTE NT E D ITO R Lois Brunnert Bethune THE K N OT.CO M , S O CIAL M E D IA & VID EO S E NI O R MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT Morgan Gibson S E NI O R NE WS E D ITO R Esther Lee MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT MaryKate Callahan A S S O CIATE PH OTO E D ITO R , D I G ITAL Jessica Kane AS SO CIATE E DITO R , E- CO MME RCE Emily Platt A S S I S TANT E D ITO RS , D I G ITAL Sarah Hanlon, Maddy Sims AS SO CIATE DIREC TO R , SO CIAL ME DIA Whitney Little E D ITO R , S O CIAL M E D IA Sarah Hooper MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Trisha Tucker S E NI O R MANAG E R , VID EO PRO D U C TI O N Daniela Kelley McInerney VID EO PRO D U CE R Siobhan Carty VID EO E D ITO R Leslie Grill A S S O CIATE VID EO PRO D U CE R Olivia DiTomaso VID EO PRO D U C TI O N A S S O CIATE Raul Ferrari

Join a truly special community and start your new lives together! ROSY AND SHAUN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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THE S TU D I O @ THE K N OT WO RLDWID E VP, CU S TO M CO NTE NT & HE AD O F S TU D I O Nick Fortunato E D ITO RIAL D IREC TO R Elizabeth Roehrig E XECUTIVE PRO D U CE R Joanna Dedvukaj D E PUT Y E D ITO R Kate Traverson INTEG R ATE D PRO D U CE R Alexandra Vicino S E NI O R E D ITO R Cassie Kreitner S E NI O R MANAG E R , CRE ATIVE MARK ETIN G S O LUTI O N S Jessica Bendes SALE S MARK ETIN G A S S O CIATE MANAG E R Jolie Klein A S S I S TANT MANAG IN G E D ITO R Kelsey Paine S E NI O R D E S I G NE R Amanda Kocis Gallagher A S S O CIATE PRO D U CE R Claire Flanagan A S S I S TANT S O CIAL M E D IA E D ITO R Stephani Schell SALE S & MARK ETIN G G RO U P VP, LO CAL SALE S John Pike, jpike@theknot.com PU B LI S HE R Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com S E NI O R D IREC TO R , S H OWS & E VE NT S Susana Diharce, sdiharce@theknot.com (866) 960-9909 D IREC TO R , PRO D U C T MARK ETIN G Bevin Stella, bstella@theknot.com (212) 515-3544 PRINT S TR ATEGY S PECIALI S T printspecialist@theknot.com (402) 596-8489

S E NI O R D IREC TO R , PU B LI C RE L ATI O N S CO O RD INATO R , PU B LI C RE L ATI O N S

Melissa Bach, pr@theknotww.com Emilie Berman, eberman@theknotww.com

ROTTEN PHOTOGRAPHY; OFFICIANT: ELIZABETH JEAN WRITTEN WEDDINGS

The Knot Michigan is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2019 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.

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RUST BELT MA R K E T

• Centrally located in downtown Ferndale • 4,400-square-foot event space • Twinkling string lights • Wooden chevron wall and wooden archway • Red velvet tufted loveseat • 7-foot terrarium with Amazon dart frogs • 1,000-square-foot full-service bar • Craft beers and specialty cocktails • Eclectic design

STEFANIE RUSSO PHOTOGRAPHY

Christina Cosio, Event Manager / events@rustbeltmarket.com / (248) 990-5511 / www.rustbeltmarket.com

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D I G I TA L DOWNLOAD Get even more ideas on TheKnot.com/michigan and at @TheKnot on social.

Real Weddings

GET INSPIRED

BEST OF WEDDINGS

LOCAL LOWDOWN

Ready to assemble your pro squad? Discover the top-rated wedding vendors in your area and find out why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow.

Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/michigan. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also discover real wedding inspiration from other Michigan couples. WENQI & MACKIE: JUSTIN HANKINS PHOTOGRAPHY: ILLUSTRATION: YING CHANG

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Wenqi and Mackie found new ways to honor their respective traditions at their multicultural wedding. Their venue, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, paid homage to Mackie’s western Michigan roots, while the favors took inspiration from Wenqi’s Chinese heritage. “My family was here from China for the wedding, so we added little party favors of red Chinese-crafted candy boxes,” Wenqi says.

LOVED ON INSTAGRAM

#TheKnot

#TheKnotRings

#TheKnotRegistry

Find endless inspiration, no matter your style or budget. @wanderlustcreatives

Browse some bling, or snap a selfie with your sparkler. @headstandsandheels

Post pics of your fave gifts, or get ideas for your registry asks. @tedandchelsea

FOLLOW US

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#MakeTradition Show us how you put a new spin on tradition to personalize your day. @feelandfocusphotography

Keep up with everything weddings by following along with The Knot on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. You’ll get tons of tips and tricks to help with your planning journey, plus ideas and inspiration, the latest nuptial news and so much more.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Before you jump into the planning, take some time to really enjoy and reflect on your engagement—because this is a huge moment. You’ve found your person. And on the journey to find them, there was likely a slew of circumstances and chance that helped you navigate the almost eight billion people in this world and bring you two together. In other words, this is big. Now take a deep breath because the hardest part is over! What’s up next? Celebrating your unique love story with all of your friends and family. If you’re not sure where to begin (trust me, I’ve been there!) then you’ve come to the right place. These pages are chock-full of tips, tricks and advice for everything from finding your perfect wedding venue to deciding on accessories to match your style. And make sure to check out our Real Wedding stories. They’re a great place to find amazing vendors in your area, as well as local-specific ideas for food, décor and more. After you’re finished reading, download The Knot Wedding Planner app to make sure your planning stays on track. You’ve got this!

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KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER EDITOR IN CHIEF @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com

STAR SEARCH I’m a big believer in astrology, so if you can’t make a decision on your venue, let your sign be your guide. For all of the Sags out there (it me!), let your wanderlust take the lead and look into an exotic locale like Hawaii (p. 129).

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Accessories are an easy place to add a pop of personality. Even if it’s just for the reception (p. 165).

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TOO PRETTY TO EAT How stunning is this handpainted cake? While these flowers are expertly crafted from sugar, you can get a similar look (and maximize your budget) by opting for real stems (p. 121).

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: CATHRINE WESSEL; SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; LORELY MEZA PHOTOGRAPHY; DANIELLE COONS PHOTOGRAPHY; KATIE HOSS PHOTO; COURTESY OF VENDOR

C O N G R AT S , YO U ’ R E E N G AG E D

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MAKE TR ADITION

KENDRA + TYLER GRAND RAPIDS

COOL COMFORT “We didn’t want our wedding to feel like this one-time big day,” Kendra says. “Instead, we wanted to be comfortable and natural, which guided our outfit choices. We chose clothes we’d worn before and wanted to maintain comfort more than anything. That’s why Tyler skipped a tie, and I went more androgynous.”

C O L O R C R U S H “Above all, we wanted to stand out,” Robert says. “We encouraged our guests to wear muted colors, which meant we popped in any group. Our sneakers and suits without ties set the tone: an eccentric event full of surprises. The unique but complementary looks showed our distinct tastes.”

How three couples turned their wedding day looks into fashion statements.

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I F YO U WA N T

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ERICA + TYNISHIA YPSILANTI

FULL BLOOM “As two queer women, we had a difficult time finding outfit inspo that didn’t center around straight couples,” Tynishia says. “We had to be as comfortable in our skin as possible on our wedding day because so many other days, it’s not possible. Erica’s jacket was a statement, so I had to match. It was hard to compete with!”

TRY: DEAR GOLDEN ANN ARBOR This vintage boutique is full of chic dress alternatives, from jumpsuits to rompers. I F YO U ’ R E A F T E R

BESPOKE SUITS TRY: 1701 BESPOKE

DETROIT Clients can customize dapper duds to their liking at this clothier. I F YO U ’ R E I N TO

POPS OF COLOR TRY: THE GETUP VINTAGE ANN ARBOR Quirky, colorful pieces are the name of the game for this shop.

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FROM TOP LEFT: ARIELLE TEFT PHOTOGRAPHY; MATT AND ASHLEY PHOTOGRAPHY; JUSTINE CASTLE PHOTOGRAPHY

ALL DRESSED UP

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THROWING SHADES PHOTOGRAPHY BY KILLER CREATIONS PHOTOGRAPHY

Color play was the name of the game for ANN TRAVIS EVENTS when designing a bright, trendy soiree at Each section of the room paid tribute to a different hue from Pantone’s list of the colors of the year, right down to the custom chiffon table runners and the artisan latte menu.

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Color blocking is one of our favorite trends right now, and though it’s not an easy design concept to pull off, it can create a fun, lively scene when it all comes together. Cascading flower arrangements brought each hue’s distinct vignette to life, as did the different cocktails and desserts. -Ann Travis, Ann Travis Events

THE TEAM VENUE & BAR The Whiskey Factory EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN Ann Travis Events FLORAL DESIGN Jen House Design PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Killer Creations Photography PHOTO BOOTH Photo Booth Plus SIGNAGE Invitations by Caitlin RENTALS Detroit Chiavari; The Elysium Experience; Modernly Events LINENS Luxe Event Linen LIGHTING & DRAPING Mistry Weddings & Events CATERING Two Unique Caterers & Event Planners CAKE & DESSERTS Sweet Heather Anne COFFEE SERVICE Cappuccino Man MUSIC Kyle Zagata Entertainment FAVORS The Knot Shop BEAUTY Nicole Lynn Artistry

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Courtesy of Allie Siarto Photography

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O pu lent B allrooms Close Convenient Parking Detroit’ s F avorite V enu e

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TOOLS

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YO U ’ R E E N G A G E D ! Here are the big to-dos from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

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HIRE YOUR TEAM Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

REGISTER + CREATE A WEBSITE TheKnot.com is the easiest place to do both! Then share the link so guests are in on the details, like room blocks.

PLAN THE CEREMONY Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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COMPLETE YOUR TEAM Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

SHOP FOR RINGS Try on and purchase your wedding rings—then insure them. (Now it’s starting to feel really real, right?)

CHOOSE A POINT PERSON If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task an attendant or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

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DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Choose what your wedding party will wear too.

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GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

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Dramatic Ceremonies Romantic Receptions Charming Garden Patio Attached Convenient Parking

NAIL DOWN THE BUDGET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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BUY YOUR WEDDING PAPER Select invites, thankyous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

FINALIZE OTHER PARTY DETAILS Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

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GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE Head to the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed for this must-have doc.

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The planning and hard work are behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

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BOOK A VENUE Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date.

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TOOLS

Congratulations

YO U ’ R E E N G A G E D ! Here are the big to-dos from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

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HIRE YOUR TEAM Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

REGISTER + CREATE A WEBSITE TheKnot.com is the easiest place to do both! Then share the link so guests are in on the details, like room blocks.

PLAN THE CEREMONY Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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COMPLETE YOUR TEAM Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

SHOP FOR RINGS Try on and purchase your wedding rings—then insure them. (Now it’s starting to feel really real, right?)

CHOOSE A POINT PERSON If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task an attendant or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

Photo by George Street Photo & Video

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DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Choose what your wedding party will wear too.

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Gem Theatre (313) 463-4215 333 Madison Ave., Detroit 48201 www.gemcolonyevents.com

GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

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Dramatic Ceremonies Romantic Receptions Charming Garden Patio Attached Convenient Parking

NAIL DOWN THE BUDGET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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BUY YOUR WEDDING PAPER Select invites, thankyous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

FINALIZE OTHER PARTY DETAILS Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

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GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE Head to the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed for this must-have doc.

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The planning and hard work are behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

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Organizing all those details and a checklist? There’s an app for that. The Knot Wedding Planner pulls together your vision, pros and guests to put planning in the palm of your hand.

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F I N D Y O U R W E D D I N G S T Y L E We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe on images you love in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). K E E P O R G A N I Z E D Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. C O M P I L E Y O U R T E A M After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros (located right where you are), plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. M A N A G E Y O U R R E G I S T R Y Now for the fun part: your registries. Your people will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so keep your wish lists fully stocked right from your phone. Our universal registry tool lets you add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between bespoke pottery on Etsy and the latest smart home tech at Amazon. And if you’d rather ask for money to put toward things like your honeymoon flights or a home down payment, start a cash registry on The Knot. T H I N K O F Y O U R G U E S T S Your wedding website is going to be your new best friend. Fill it with need-to-know info, like hotels and your registries, then share it with guests. You can stay on top of RSVPs too. And don’t forget to have guests download The Guest—a photo sharing app that will sync all of their photos in one place (it’s like a free wedding album you can see in real time).

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Plan Your Wedding on Your Phone

G E T Y O U R D A Y - O F T I M E L I N E As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed day-of timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and VIPs. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying some champagne and having a blast with your people.

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CREATE YOUR VISION All that swiping will leave you with tons of inspo, which you can add to anytime. Plus there’s room for personalized, #MakeTradition musthaves (think: late-night taco truck, dog-friendly ceremony space or room for a sangeet).

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your fam and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help convey your idea of what a “romantic garden party” looks like.

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DISCOVER YOUR STYLE No couple is just one set style—instead, you’ll get a series of words that describe your vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALETTE Check out the colors that match your wedding style. And not to worry—you can always change them up as you plan.

GET PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS We’ll take your quiz answers and match you with vendors based on your location, style and budget—starting with your venue.

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE As you check off your to-dos, we’ll create a custom day-of timeline to help you pull off the main event.

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YUNHEE KIM, PROP STYLING BY PAM MORRIS; ; LIGHTBULB: DAVO SIME/NOUN PROJECT; SHARING: LOGAN/NOUN PROJECT; TARGET: DAVID/NOUN PROJECT; CHECK: RÉMY MÉDARD/NOUN PROJECT; PALETTE: BOHDAN BURMICH/NOUN PROJECT; MAGNIFYING GLASS: XINH STUDIO/NOUN PROJECT

Not sure how to define your style and theme? That’s okay! Download The Knot Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get your personalized Wedding Vision.

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Q+A

ASK THE KNOT SQUAD

THE CREW

We tapped our experts for answers to your of-the-moment questions. ETIQUETTE

How do I tell my guests I want to have an unplugged ceremony?

CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

BRITTANY LO

CEO and founder, Beautini

A LY S S A L O N G O B U C C O Senior style and planning editor, The Knot

M A R Y C H A T M A N : A simple note on your wedding website and a small, concise sign advising guests that you’re having an unplugged wedding should suffice. Say something like, “We want our friends and family to be present at our ceremony, so we ask that you put away all cameras and cell phones. We’ve hired an amazing photographer, so don’t worry— this memory will be captured and we can’t wait to share the photos with you.” It gets the point across without cell phone shaming.

Honor your dad’s competitive ping-pong streak with a cocktail hour tournament.

PERSONALIZATION

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BEAUTY

BRITTNY DRYE Founder and editor in chief, Love Inc. Mag

B EC KY M U R RAY Real Weddings Editor, The Knot

MARK INGRAM

Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

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I’ve heard that, as the bride, I should get my hair and makeup done last so it’s the freshest. Is this true?

My partner’s father passed away and we’re hoping to find a few thoughtful (but not too heavy) ways to remember him on our day. Any suggestions?

B R I T T A N Y L O : Not necessarily. I actually always pick my bride as the first client for a few reasons. First, if you need your hair blown out and set for your hairstyle, then you want to be able to let it sit for the longest amount of time so it holds throughout the night. Additionally, the beginning of the day tends to be the most relaxing—it can get pretty chaotic as the morning goes on. From an emotional standpoint, you might be a bit calmer if you’re taken care of first rather than stressing that there may not be enough time for you to get ready. Plus, you’ll be able to chill before getting dressed and make sure you love your look before pictures begin.

A L Y S S A L O N G O B U C C O : Your wedding day is a celebration of you and your partner’s love, so it should be a celebration of the people you love too. Even if they’re no longer with you, their memory can be honored in incredibly special and meaningful ways. Think of how your partner’s father would have liked to commemorate you two had he been able to be there, and work that into the day. Did he always hit the dance floor when Earth, Wind & Fire came on? Play something by the band as the last song of the night. Was he a big fan of family pingpong tournaments? Set up a few tables for a showdown during cocktail hour in his honor. Giving a nod to a deceased loved one’s essence—and personality—is the greatest tribute of all. ››

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of brides contribute toward their bridal party’s makeup

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Make a grand entrance with mom by escorting her down the aisle.

PLANNING

B R I T T N Y D R Y E : If space allows, having two aisles is a great way to showcase both parties equally with a dramatic meeting at the altar. If you go this route, make sure you have a photographer and a second shooter to capture both of your entrances and reactions. Another popular option is walking down the aisle together to symbolize unity. If you’re torn between the traditional and creating your own twist, why not combine the two? One of you can walk halfway down the aisle solo, where you can then meet in the middle and take your final steps to the altar together.

MAKE TRADITION

In the spirit of #MakeTradition, how can couples personalize their wedding day looks? B E C K Y M U R R A Y : Start with your favorite item. What’s your go-to accessory or signature addition when you dress for everyday life? If you feel your best in a bold lipstick, don’t feel the need to go nude and natural on your wedding day. If you’re known for rocking quirky socks in your nine-to-five, pick a new pair just for the occasion. Personalization is just that: personal. Wear what makes you feel the most “you” on your wedding day, not what you think you’re “supposed” to wear. #MakeTradition is all about being confident in the customs you inherited while staying true to what makes you unique.

FASHION

How much should my venue inform the style of my dress? M A R K I N G R A M : Aside from your own personal style, nothing influences your wedding fashion more than your venue. Obviously, an outdoor daytime garden wedding and a formal evening ballroom affair require very different looks. A clean and modern warehouse pairs well with a sleek sheath dress, while a detailed ball gown is perfect for a fairy-tale château. Let the venue be your guide and find a gown that will complement the setting.

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of engaged couples choose at least one signature wedding element or theme PEN / CARLSON; ANAGRAM

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Neither of us wants to meet the other at the altar during our ceremony. Any nontraditional suggestions for walking down the aisle?

Find more advice on THE K N OT WE D D IN G PL ANNE R APP

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TRENDING Honor your partner’s culture by looking into each piece’s meaning.

H AV E

fun W I T H Y O U R

FA S H I O N Today’s dress code is “you do you.” When it comes time to celebrate, your wedding day look is one of the most striking ways to make a statement about both your personal style and your cultures. These couples ran wild with accessories, colors and prints—and there’s no reason you can’t too.

FASHION FUSION J O H N + TA N AY S A N TA R O S A , C A

“It was important to us to acknowledge our respective cultures,” John (right) says. “While researching Indian culture, I was gobsmacked by the beauty of traditional menswear. I was excited to wear the sherwani.”

TAILOR MADE “When it comes to my everyday style, I tend to lean masculine,” Jen says. “That said, I didn’t want a traditional black suit or tie for my wedding day. Purple struck me as feminine but different, and the flower necklace was the cherry on top. It totally stole the show.”

SEEING RED CLAIRE + CHRISTOPH CHAGRIN FALLS, OH

“I knew from the very beginning that I didn’t want to wear a white wedding dress,” Claire says. “I tried on dozens of gowns, but as soon as I saw this one, I freaked out. It was exactly what I wanted: free and fun.” ALL DRESSED UP DON’T BE SCARED TO ADD A FUN TOUCH TO A CLASSIC LOOK. KNOWN FOR WEARING F U N K Y P A T T E R N S ? L E T ’ E M P O P O N Y O U R T I E O R V E S T.

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JEN + MEGAN PHILADELPHIA

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Semi-custom menus allow your place settings to still feel personal.

PLACE SETTINGS Okay, yes, the whole free-food-andopen-bar thing is a huge draw, but give guests even more reason to get comfy, raise a glass and mingle at their seats with the help of a personalized place setting. When done right, your loved ones will feel like it was set just for them.

SWEET SYMBOLISM M A D D I E + J O H N L O N G M O N T, C O

“The flamingo represented John’s Florida roots, while the robin symbolized my home of Colorado,” Maddie says. “Alongside the two birds, I wrote a poem explaining how our food combined our different places of origin.”

STITCHED WITH LOVE “Alana’s mother monogrammed all 110 napkins with our married name,” Clair says. “After the reception, we kept a set or two for ourselves and gave the rest of the napkins to members of our family as a thank-you gift for all of their hard work.”

PICTURE PERFECT SO P H I E + ATA E F I O K WA S H I N GTO N , D C

“I’m known as a serial photographer, and I wanted those memories to touch our wedding day,” Sophie says. “Six weeks before the wedding, we went on the journey of finding 95 different photos of us with our guests. It was a fun, meaningful way to go down memory lane.” S I N C E R E LY YO U R S A D D I N G A H A N D W R I T T E N N O T E AT E A C H P L A C E W I L L L E T A L L O F YO U R G U E S T S K N O W J U S T H O W S P E C I A L T H E I R AT T E N D A N C E I S T O YO U .

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Not a big dancer? Hire local performers to take the stage.

W I T H YO U R

FIRST DANCE Take your dance floor debut to the next level by showing off some one-of-a-kind moves, whether that means giving someone else the spotlight or choreographing a Dirty Dancing–worthy number—lift optional. Just let the rhythm of the day decide.

BREAK IT DOWN DIANE + JJ DENVER

“We wanted to give back to our community, so we asked kid dancers from the School of Breaking to take on our first dance,” Diane says. “The school inspires kids through the power of music and dance.”

PASS THE MIC “We surprised my parents by giving them our first dance, complete with a serenade,” Dre says. “My mom and dad eloped over 30 years ago due to racial tensions and never got that big, white wedding of their own, so it was our gift of gratitude to them.”

RAISE THE ROOF N O A H + PJ E A R LT O N , N Y

“We really wanted to surprise everyone,” Noah says. “The video of our dance, which included a Dirty Dancing lift, went viral, and the proceeds allowed us to donate $40,000 to the It Gets Better Project.” J OY F U L N O I S E T U R N YO U R P R E W E D D I N G DA N C E L E S S O N S I N T O F U N D AT E N I G H T S —T H AT S H O U L D H E L P F I G H T A N Y S T A G E F R I G H T.

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DRE + DAN LOS ANGELES

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KEEP IT

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MUSTARD USTARD +SAGE This unexpected duo is equal parts sweet and vibrant—perfect for spring.

STRINGS OF GOLD

ALTAR BOUND Velvet vow book, $91, Elmo-PaperStories.com

Classic ribbon in Oro, from $6, TonoandCo.com

TEXTURED TOPPER Headband, $225, JenniferBehr.com

ELEGANT EATS

GREEN GODDESS

Floral greenery menu, $6 for printable download, PlumSugarPaperie, Etsy.com

POSH PERCH Green velvet chair, $60 per day to rent, RentPatina.com

GOOD VIBES Mini smudge sticks, $15 for 3, WorldMarket.com

FINE DINING Saapaivakirja plate, $36, Marimekko, Amara.com

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FANCY FEET Shoes, $1,045, ManoloBlahnik.com

FRESH PICK AERIN Éclat de Vert, $225 for 1.7 oz., EsteeLauder.com

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Dress in sizes up to 28, $270, TheiaCouture.com

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BRIGHT LINE

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LAVENDER +TEAL

Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Violet Femme 82, $25, Marc Jacobs, Sephora.com

DISCO FEVER Disco ball balloons, $25 for 3, FabfunctionsByKelly, Etsy.com

The ’80s are back and better than ever with an electric duo that keeps the good times rolling.

SWANKY SIP Milly acrylic tumbler, $28, Amara.com

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Modern wedding invitation, from $85, finedaypress, Etsy.com

TABLE TOPPER Melamine terrazzo dinner plate, $10, WestElm.com

COLD SHOULDER Dress in sizes up to 28, $270, Amsale.com

Logan rainbow mirror flatware, $60 for 20-piece set, Cambridge, HomeDepot.com

SOFT SCENT Lil’ Dipper eau de parfum, $77 for 1.7 oz., Pinrose.com

BOLD BLING Earrings, $68, KendraScott.com

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STRAPPY STEPPER Shoes, $99, VinceCamuto.com

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GEO DETAILS Eclipse Blocks napkins, $24 for 4, WestElm.com

PRETTY TIPS Gel Couture nail polish in First View, $12, Essie.com

KEEP IT

refined W I T H

SKY BLUE +SIENNA DREAM WEAVER Bag, $395, LoefflerRandall.com

This warm-meets-cool pair is a unique combo suited for any style.

VELVET TOUCH Dress in sizes up to 24, $290, JennyYoo.com

STATEMENT STUDS

PAINTERLY PAPER Collage wedding invitation, $234 for 100, Ann Gardner, Minted.com

BACK TO BASICS Raina dinner plate, $25, Dansk, Bloomingdales.com

LET IT GLOW Amber candlesticks, $50 for 3, Hubsch, JungLeeNY.com

PERKY POUT BUCKLED UP Shoes, $48, JustFab.com

Matte Revolution lipstick in Sexy Sienna, $34, CharlotteTilbury.com

SOMETHING BLUE Custom heart patch, $18, TheDailyDisco, Etsy.com

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PLACE SETTING: LAUREN SAYLOR OF @AFABULOUSFETE; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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ON LOCATION

One of the first—and often hardest—decisions you’ll make is where to throw down. Here are 10 spots to make that task a bit easier. BY B EC KY M U R RAY

FORD PIQUETTE AVENUE PLANT DETROIT

HIGH POINT FARM ADDISON

from $6,850 GUEST COUNT 250 ABOUT Mark your own piece of history in an iconic space: the former home of Ford Motor Company (pictured). It comes by its industrialrustic interior naturally.

GUEST COUNT

VENUE AMENITIES

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from $9,800 260 ABOUT Buying out the restored property for the weekend gives you access to a two-story barn, an updated granary now dubbed St. Micol Chapel and farmstyle-chic lodging. COST

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PLANNER

FLOWERS

RENTALS

THE GOEI CENTER, KINDEL ROOM GRAND RAPIDS

from $6,200 GUEST COUNT 200 ABOUT Named after Kindel Furniture Factory, the newest venue within the multipurpose center has vaulted ceilings, making way for tons of natural light. COST

CATERING

CAKE

TRANSPORTATION

N E W THE LAKE HOUSE LUDINGTON from $7,500 260 ABOUT If you want a backyard wedding without all the hassle, then look no further. With areas like the lawn and the patio, plus an on-site firepit, guests will feel right at home. COST

GUEST COUNT

ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS

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ON LOCATION SUNDANCE STUDIOS MILLBURG

from $5,000 175 ABOUT It’s an unlikely mash-up, but after an abandoned bank, a historic blacksmith shop and a farm equipment station got a makeover, magic struck. COST

GUEST COUNT

LADY OF THE HOUSE DETROIT

from $20,000 100 ABOUT The cultish Corktown eatery aims to make every meal feel like a dinner party. If that’s what you’re after, then make a reservation—stat! COST

GUEST COUNT

THE MORRIS ESTATE NILES

from $7,800 250 ABOUT “Charming” sums up this 20thcentury property that includes a vintage white chapel and schoolhouse, plus lodging in the ultra-quaint River House. COST

GUEST COUNT

Sundance Studios

EASTERN MARKET DETROIT

from $3,150 1,900 ABOUT Yes, you read that right: Nearly 2,000 guests can join in on the festivities inside one of the “sheds.” However, Saturdays are off-limits due to the year-round market. COST

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SPENCER RESTAURANT ANN ARBOR

from $7,000 40 ABOUT Opened by a celebrated cheesemonger and a San Francisco-bred pastry chef, you can bet that your cheese and dessert courses will totally wow. COST

N E W HERITAGE WEDDING BARNS SHELBY from $4,500 300 ABOUT The 1892 timber frame barn has seven large sliding doors that open up to 360-degree views of the countryside.

Eastern Market

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GUEST COUNT

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WHERE DO YOU FIND DESIGN INSPIRATION WHEN WORKING WITH COUPLES? I usually ask them the million-dollar question: Do you have a Pinterest board? The answer is usually a very loud “yes.” Designers don’t want to copy anyone, but we do love seeing what you gravitate to in terms of vibe, colors and fonts. Couples can also help me by telling me how they want their wedding to feel: classy, formal, traditional, relaxed, sassy, etc. Whatever you pick, your invitation should reflect you and set the tone for the event.

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WHAT ARE SOME WAYS COUPLES CAN REALLY MAKE INVITATIONS THEIR OWN? I love incorporating personal details that directly relate to the couple. For example, I once designed a custom wax seal with a red double-happiness symbol for a Chinese-American bride to symbolize the traditional color of luck. Another couple was very into Disney, so I hid mouse ears all over their invites. They were tickled. These types of invites can’t be ordered online or duplicated—and, to me, that makes them even more special.

WHAT LANGUAGE OR PROTOCOL WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE RETIRE FROM WEDDING INVITATIONS? The one piece of etiquette I’m cool with ignoring is combining a husband and wife’s names when addressing envelopes or invitations. Though it’s considered “proper” to reach out to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith, I have a name too, please. More and more, couples prefer separating their names and breaking tradition—and I am totally here for this one. Sorry, Emily Post.

DESCRIBE A PIECE OF STATIONERY YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DESIGN BUT HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO YET. I would love to work with more acrylic. It’s such a cool option for printing. The see-through element really lends itself to some amazing designs.

WHAT’S YOUR TOP STATIONERY TIP FOR COUPLES? My number one piece of advice: The more time you can give your custom designer, the better. Six months is great, but eight months is even better.

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02.02 | WEST BLOOMFIELD

Ariel + Camran PHOTOGRAPHY BY ABBEY MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY

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CAKE Ariel and Camran cut into a sky-blue, watercolor-painted cake topped with anemones, amaranthus and privet berries.

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THEIR STORY Chicago-based attorneys Ariel Schepers (30) and Camran Wilson (30) knew Ann Arbor would be the ideal spot for their winter wedding. The city is not only the location of their alma mater and near their hometown, but it’s also where they met and fell in love. Welcome bags with Zingerman’s Bakehouse treats and Great Lakes chips greeted guests, who then took buses to the ceremony just outside of town, keeping with the back-to-school vibe. During the ceremony, Camran retracted a single vow: “I promise not to be mad after Michigan loses,” he said before scratching it out. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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HEAD TABLE A greenery runner, deep blue taper candles and overflowing roses and cymbidium orchids topped the exposed wood table. The crowning jewel, a flower-filled trellis, hung overhead. “It added to the winter forest feel,” Ariel says. “We were surrounded by flowers on all sides.” ESCORT CARD DISPLAY Guests found their seats by reading from a hanging installation of vellum sheets layered together and painted with Monet-esque watercolor artwork.

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DÉCOR Ariel and Camran transformed Planterra into what they call a midwinter night’s dream with glowing string lights, hanging greenery and pops of yellow and red amid deep jewel tones. “We loved the idea of a greenhouse winter wedding under the stars,” Ariel says. TOUCHDOWN The newlyweds led their wedding party to the Big House, where they charged the field and snapped pics. “We pretended to play football and took in the view,” Ariel says. “It was an experience.”

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8.24 | FENNVILLE

Alex + Nick

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THEIR STORY Alex Kakabaker (24 and a manager and baker at The Cakabakery) and Nick Fischer (26 and works in IT and digital marketing) incorporated different parts of their story into their wedding details. As a nod to their meet-cute at the Apple store where Nick worked, the couple welcomed guests to the McIntosh groves of Crane Orchards. From there, they filled the day with flavored lemonade, Alex’s favorite drink, and three wedding cakes made by the family’s bakery. “All of the sentimental pieces made it feel so personal,” Alex says. —LB

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BEST BABES Alex and Nick made it a priority to include as many of their loved ones in their day as possible, from posing the bride’s niece in a wagon as the flower girl to featuring her cousins as musicians at the ceremony. “We got creative when coming up with ways to make sure everyone was involved,” Alex says. “It was so important to us.” LOCATION The night before their wedding, Alex, Nick, their wedding party and their extended family stayed in cabins on her family’s property near the orchard. The morning of, everyone headed to the venue together. “It’s special to go back to the cabins and relive those moments,” Alex says.

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SEATING CHART DISPLAY The modern, bold typography of the seating chart struck an eclectic contrast next to the rustic setting and natural greenery. FURRY FRIEND The couple’s pup, Jackie, took on a starring role at the ceremony, playing ring bearer in a floral collar. TACO TIME After eating breakfast classics like French toast and bacon, guests headed to a taco truck for an after-dinner snack. “We didn’t want anyone leaving bored or hungry,” Alex says.

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11.3 | DETROIT

Tyler + Mark

“Finding my jacket was actually more challenging than finding Tyler’s dress,” Mark says. The groom tried on 25 different blazers before stumbling upon the one that fit his vision.

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“I wanted it to feel like our home when you walked in,” Tyler says. “Clean, modern and warm.” The only difference: barrels of Detroit whiskey.

THEIR STORY Tyler Flanagan-Arguelles (30 and a talent acquisition executive) and Mark Szandzik (30 and a manager of data science and analytics) designed their wedding as a love letter to their home, Detroit. The couple started by finding their venue, The Whiskey Factory, former home of the Stroh’s factory, and filled the historic building with modern touches. Between the ceremony and reception, a guide gave guests a tour of the city. — LB

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CAKE The couple tied the knot on their fifth anniversary and the eve of Mark’s birthday, so birthday cake was necessary. SNACKS Tyler and Mark opted out of a formal dinner, instead inviting guests to eat pretzels with beer cheese and Supino’s pizza. ESCORT CARDS Guests picked place cards mounted in corks taken from bottles of Detroit City Distillery bourbon, which doubled as favors. “We’re craft cocktail lovers and major Detroit City Distillery fans,” Tyler says.

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RECEPTION Gunmetal chairs and wood barrels struck an industrial note next to neutral linens, white calla lilies and greenery runners. OUTFIT CHANGE After their first dance, Tyler and Mark slipped into contrasting Adidas tracksuits. “Comfort was a priority for us,” Tyler says. PLACE SETTINGS At their seats, guests found playful, graphic menus and custom bonbon treats, complete with an illustrated wrapping of Tyler and Mark’s dog, Olive, reading “We love Olive you.”

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Whiskey Factory, Detroit PHOTOGRAPHY Jill DeVries Photography VIDEOGRAPHY William Leung/Heart + Soul PLANNER Detroit Cultivated FLOWERS Loden Floral Design GOWN Karen Willis Holmes, New York City SUIT Jacket: Sean John, Macy’s; pants: Bar III, Macy’s; bow tie & pocket square: The Tie Bar WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: various; groomsmen: jackets: Sean John, Macy’s; pants: Bar III, Macy’s; bow ties & pocket squares: The Tie Bar HAIR The Zealous Root MAKEUP Kristina Perillo/Brides on Location for Detroit VEIL BHLDN ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Diamond Vault of Troy STATIONERY Invitations: Sarah Parsons/Paper of Note; programs, escort cards & menus: Detroit Cultivated RENTALS the Elysium Experience; Event Source; Event Theory CATERING & DESSERTS Two Unique Caterers CAKE For the Love of Sugar CAKE TOPPER AtomicKraftworks, Etsy.com OFFICIANT Bruce Flanagan (Tyler’s great uncle) MUSIC Ceremony: the Elysium Experience; reception: Nick Kuhl and the Gang PHOTO BOOTH Zippybooth FAVORS Bon Bon Bon TRANSPORTATION Detroit Experience Factory; Dream Limo, Inc; Trinity Transportation HONEYMOON Thailand GUESTS 125 HASHTAG #SzandByMe

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10.07 | DETROIT

Lizzy + T igist PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSY & SHAUN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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The couple decorated the traditional Jewish wedding arch with branches, calla lilies and orchids, and also hung Lizzy’s mom’s lace wedding veil from the structure.

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THEIR STORY Lizzy Lovinger (30 and a public health policy advocate) and Tigist Kassahun (30 and a lawyer) share a passion for equality and justice. “We wanted the words we said and our ceremony to reflect that,” Lizzy says. The couple took part in a traditional Jewish ceremony, signing a ketubah and saying their vows under a chuppah, but switched things up to make sure both of them felt seen on their day. Not only did Lizzy and Tigist enter at the same time using two aisles, but they also drank out of a Kiddush cup brought from Ethiopia and ate slices of cake designed with a traditional Ethiopian weaving pattern. —LB

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RECEPTION When it came to décor, Lizzy and Tigist let the museum lead the way. “We were inspired by the museum, which matched who we are as people,” Tigist says. “It was artistic, modern and bright.” In that spirit, tall centerpieces with branches, orchids and lilies finished the minimal black tables. #MAKETRADITION The newlyweds followed their customary hora with a modern dance-off to the tune of “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon.

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CEREMONY SITE Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit RECEPTION SITE Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit PHOTOGRAPHY Rosy and Shaun Feliciano/Rosy & Shaun Wedding Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Complete Video Solutions PLANNER Party Assurance FLOWERS Breath of Spring Florist GOWN Shareen Bridal, New York City TUXEDO Bindle & Keep, Brooklyn, NY HAIR & MAKEUP Primp Beauty ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry STATIONERY Invitations: Bliss & Bone; programs: DIY, Kinko’s; escort cards: Minted.com; stickers: ChompingAtTheBit, Etsy.com CATERING Detroit Institute of Arts CAKE Sweet Heather Anne OFFICIANT Rabbi Carie Carter MUSIC Nouveaute Band PHOTO BOOTH Rosy & Shaun Wedding Photography FAVORS DIY TRANSPORTATION Detroit Bus Company HONEYMOON Saugatuck GUESTS 170

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9.2 | ANN ARBOR

Abby + Steve PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAT CART Y BUSWELL

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THEIR STORY Ann Arbor residents, chefs and owners of Spencer restaurant Abby Olitzky (31) and Steve Hall (31) kept things as close to home as possible for their wedding day. “We focused on the things that matter most,” Abby says. “We plan special events, so we knew we could handle it.” Catering was a breeze thanks to their culinary skills, and finding a location was equally as simple: Both the ceremony and reception venues were the property of dear friends. “I let my talented friends do what they do best,” Abby says. — LB

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MENU Foodies that they are, Abby and Steve designed the entirety of the menu, from the all-natural wine selection and Nordic snack bar to the homemade apricot chamomile jam and candied lemons. FLOWERS Using local blooms was important to Abby, who also requested multiuse, edible flowers like raspberry and chamomile be present in the day’s arrangements. Other blooms, including garden roses, butterfly ranunculus and hibiscus topped tables.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE A private residence, Ann Arbor RECEPTION SITE Green Things Farm, Ann Arbor PHOTOGRAPHY Cat Carty Buswell FLOWERS Passionflower GOWN ZAC Zac Posen TUXEDO Armani HAIR Oz Hair Studio ENGAGEMENT RING The Arcadian WEDDING RINGS Abracadabra Jewelry STATIONERY DIY; menu board: Very Good Sign Co. RENTALS A-1 Rental Inc. CATERING Spencer Restaurant CAKE Sweet Heather Anne DESSERTS Spencer Restaurant OFFICIANT Phil Stead (friend) MUSIC Bill Spencer FAVORS DIY HONEYMOON Japan GUESTS 80

PROCESSION Instead of a first look, Steve led guests to the ceremony as they played instruments, and kept his back to Abby, who walked at the end of the parade.

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06.16 | ANN ARBOR

Marissa + Rachel PHOTOGRAPHY BY TANA HELENE PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY Marissa Lapedis (29 and a family medicine physician) and Rachel Shah (31 and an opthalmologist) infused both of their identities into one innovative wedding weekend. “It was fun coming up with the vision,” Marissa says. “I really enjoyed diving into all of the elements of traditional Jewish and Jain weddings to create a meaningful joint ceremony.” The day began with a baraat, which led to the signing of a ketubah, followed by vows with guidance from an Indian priest and a Jewish officiant. — LB

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CAKE Coral peonies and soft pink ranunculus accented the watercolorpainted confection, which contained layers of lemondamsun-plum and blood-orangealmond cake.

FLOWERS Low, Ikebana-style arrangements of anemones, peonies and greenery dressed wood farm tables. MENUS Marissa and Rachel’s signature flowers made another appearance in the form of illustrations on their menus, adding color to the minimal place settings. DANCING The night before the wedding, Rachel’s family taught the rest of the wedding guests traditional Indian dance moves. At the reception, the newlyweds joined in with their loved ones for the final chorus.

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05.13 | GRAND RAPIDS

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THEIR STORY Lauren Rink (27 and a certified nurse midwife) and Ryan DeLeon (28 and an inventory manager) are here for the party. “For our wedding, we knew we wanted a vibrant celebration,” Lauren says. “We were all about a casual, fun atmosphere.” The couple brought the celebration to life with bright colors, lots of gold accents and hand-dyed linens on cocktail tables. Ryan and his mom even remixed the mother-son dance and impressed guests with some surprise choreography. — LB

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TABLESCAPES Lauren and Ryan intentionally chose to skip centerpieces in favor of hanging greenery overhead. “We ate dinner family style and wanted the tables to feel informal,” Lauren says. CAKE Everyone shared slices of champagne cake with raspberry buttercream filling, as well as blueberry ginger cobbler. DÉCOR The focal point of the room was the fringe-covered disco ball chandelier above the dance floor, ideal for keeping the party going all night.

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10.27 | DETROIT

Hannah + Dylan PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMBER MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

FA S H I O N The black, dark green and deep blue of Dylan’s traditional Scottish tartan kilt informed the couple’s color palette.

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THEIR STORY Hannah Dunbar (29 and an automotive color and trim designer) and Dylan O’Reilly (30 and a telecommunications logistics manager) share more than a few things in common, beginning with a sense of humor. “Dylan struck my interest when he made a joke at a meeting,” Hannah says. “We moved in together a week later.” At their wedding, the couple filled the day with the music they love. Hannah created menus bearing their initials in AC/DC’s iconic font, and the pair spent the night boogeying to ’70s funk. — LB

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Castle Hall, Detroit PHOTOGRAPHY Amber Marie Photography FLOWERS Adorn Fine Flowers GOWNS Ceremony: Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN; reception top: BHLDN; reception trousers: vintage SUIT Kilt: Kilt Rental USA, Scottsdale, AZ WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Lulus.com; groomsmen: Kilt Rental USA HAIR Rachel Hall MAKEUP Katie Painter ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Digby & Iona STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; escort cards & menus: DIY RENTALS Event Theory CATERING Republic Tavern CAKE Gwen’s Cake Decorating & Etc. OFFICIANT Brendan O’Reilly (Dylan’s cousin) MUSIC Ceremony: bagpiper: Kim Johnson; guitar: Mike Troost (Dylan’s friend); reception: Global Village PHOTO BOOTH Mammoth Party FAVORS DIY TRANSPORTATION Detroit Bus Co. GUESTS 80

Hannah changed into a crop top and silk trousers to bust a move at the reception. “I couldn’t have my dancing encumbered by excess fabric,” she says.

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MEGAN NEWMAN/THE WEBER PHOTOGRAPHERS; COST APPLIES TO A SATURDAY WEDDING IN SPRING OR SUMMER 2020; GUEST COUNT IS DEFINED AS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER THE VENUE CAN ACCOMMODATE FOR A PLATED DINNER AND DANCING

Grand Hotel

The Great Lakes shoreline—and the views that come with it—is likely cause enough for your guests to head to northern Michigan or the U.P. for your wedding, but if not, these venues will really sweeten the deal. BY B EC KY M U R RAY

GRAND HOTEL MACKINAC ISLAND COST from $7,000 GUEST COUNT 350 ABOUT Just as no two

FOUNTAIN POINT RESORT LAKE LEELANAU COST from $5,000 GUEST COUNT 300 ABOUT Cottages, an on-site

DOUBLE K ESTATE BOYNE FALLS COST from $5,400 GUEST COUNT 320 ABOUT Like the sound of

weddings at this more than 130-year-old property are the same, neither are its 397 rooms. Remind your guests to take a seat on the alleged “world’s longest porch.”

beach and lawn games make this spot the ideal summer getaway (though it’s open until October). Heads up: You’ll have to rent a tent if your guest list tops 50.

dinner under the stars? This outdoor-only venue takes advantage of the natural surroundings by exclusively offering just that on its 30 private acres.

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BAY HARBOR VILLAGE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER BAY HARBOR COST from $5,500 GUEST COUNT 150 ABOUT Exchange vows on a

private beach—the hotel sits on a five-mile shoreline. Pro tip: Wed on any day but Saturday to save 25 percent.

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NOMI NECESSITIES Show off Michigan’s finest by incorporating the below flavors, products and activities into your wedding weekend. BY B EC KY M U R RAY

FLOWER POWER Owner and Designer of Bloom: Jennifer Haf

“We love our local and garden-grown blooms, and we crave them come spring when they finally start showing their lovely faces again.” May brings tulips, and in June, peonies and lily of the valley make an appearance. By July, snapdragons bloom, and dahlias hit in August.” FAVORITE BOUQUET “I once created a posy for the bride’s mom filled only with lily of the valley. It was so sweet and simple.” WARM -WE ATHER PICKS

GUEST AMENITIES Vice President of Travel Michigan: David Lorenz

“Plenty of trails allow visitors to explore the number one trail state in the nation via hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or on water with kayaks and canoes.” FAN FAVORITE S “Recommend a stop into an iconic eatery, like Legs Inn in Harbor Springs, which is known for its Polish meals.” G IF TS “Mackinac Island has some of the best fudge around. Pick up some from Murdick’s or Ryba’s for your welcome bags, or visit Cherry Republic for cherry treats.” THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Executive Director: Lorri Schreiber

“Northern Michigan wines are known for their high acidity, making them fruit-forward, crisp, clean and bright.” WHITE WINE “Bowers Harbor Vineyards on Old Mission Peninsula has two excellent white blends, priced at about $16, named Otis and Cooper in honor of their family dogs. Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery in Cedar on Leelanau Peninsula produces a pinot grigio and chardonnay that are worth a taste too.” RED WINE “Blustone Vineyards in Lake Leelanau has a red wine blend called Ad Lib that is versatile and well priced. You also can’t go wrong with a merlot from Leelanau Wine Cellars of Omena.” BUBBLE S “Check out MAWBY, the sparkling wine guru of the Midwest. They produce a wide selection, with one of their most popular bottles being Sex, a sparkling rosé.”

PLANNING SMARTS Owner of A Day in May Events: Alicia Fritz

“Northern Michigan has a very dynamic climate. Tell your guests to dress in layers and be prepared for large temperature swings from day to night.” UNPLUG “Because our cell phone coverage isn’t the best, encourage your friends to wander off the beaten path and just enjoy the view.”

CLIMATE CONTROL

SWEET TALK Co-Owner of Bella e Dolce North: Kim Sperl

“Our most popular for wedding cakes is lemonrosemary. We grow our own rosemary because we go through so much!” LOCAL INGREDIENTS “We use Sister Bees honey for our honey-lavender cake, the cherries in our cherry buttercream are from Royal Farms in Ellsworth and our cake flour is milled in Frankenmuth by Star of the West Milling Co.” FLAVOR

FRESH BREWS Shorts Brewing Creative Team Project Manager: Emily Torrence

“Our Huma Lupa Licious is an American IPA brewed with five different hop varieties recognized for their citrus, floral, piney and earthy qualities.” PERFECT PAIRS “Soft Parade, our fruit ale, is delicious with any berry or citrus cake, while Bellaire Brown is a great match for savory barbecue. One of my personal favorites is to serve Happy’s Taco Truck tacos with our Local’s Light, an American light lager.”

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C AT E R I N G WHAT TYPE OF CUISINE IS EPICURE CATERING KNOWN FOR?

OUR PRO Cammie Buehler, managing partner and co-owner of Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm in Omena

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Most of the caterer’s dishes limit dairy and gluten, plus their access to fresh produce makes creating a vegan or veggie-forward menu a cinch.

D I S C OV E R CaterLeelanau.com @caterleelanau

We pride ourselves on customization, not cooking one style of food. Our team has decades of experience, and we have prepared everything from vegan to Italian, plus Indian and Polish menus. We aim to showcase each couple’s unique personality by using local ingredients to create a variety of dishes. We work with a network of more than 60 local farmers in northern Michigan to bring the best of the region to your table—it truly is a farmto-table operation. Our focus is on letting the ingredients shine and executing a couple’s vision. We lean toward simple grilled and roasted vegetables, and we cook most of our meat and fish in a wood-fired pit on our patio.

CAMMIE DISHES ON WHAT TO SERVE S I G N AT U R E S I P S Michigan old-fashioned & local peach bellini with Michigan cherry S T Y L I S H S TA R T E R Bardenhagen Farm green apple slice with braised pork from Jake’s Meats and pickled carrot threads F R E S H TA K E Bean Rows arugula, barley and grilled Second Spring Farm zucchini salad with Idyll Farms chèvre and charred red onion vinaigrette MAIN EVENT Cross Fisheries Lake Superior walleye with garden chimmichurri, accompanied by Bardenhagen Farm new red skin potatoes with Boss Mouse Cheese smoked butter and parsley-braised Loma Farm cauliflower with peppadew peppers SWEET FINISH Chocolate tart with Buchan’s Farm blueberries, Ver Snyder Farm peaches and Shetler Dairy cream

HOW MUCH CAN A MICHIGAN-BASED COUPLE EXPECT TO SPEND ON WEDDING FOOD? For off-site catering in northern Michigan, budget $60 to $150 per guest for food. However, to save a bit on food and beverage specifically, try limiting the duration of your party. Also, make careful entree choices, like substituting lamb for pork, and limit variety by decreasing your passed appetizer selections from five to two. These tweaks can have a large, positive impact on your catering price tag without sacrificing guest experience.

TELL US ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS YOU’RE EXCITED TO WORK WITH THIS SPRING AND SUMMER. Grains like barley and farro are replacing more traditional starches like rice and potatoes, and we’re getting more requests for beautiful vegetable-forward menus with cleaner preparations. By spring, we look out for radishes, asparagus, microgreens and pea greens until summer brings squash and zucchini, plus fresh fruit, like cherries, apricots, plums, melons and berries.

We love a challenge. Last summer we were asked to re-create an authentic Maine lobster bake. Hours of research went into making sure the execution was perfect.

To end the night, we get many requests for comfort food— think: burgers, pizza and tacos. Because we have a local bison herd here, we serve bison burgers as a locally sourced option for that. Naturally, fruit pies are a favorite dessert. Traverse City is the cherry capital of the world, and our fruit crops are unparalleled in quality. We’ve opted to make the pies portable by offering a hand pie version that guests can enjoy while mingling. The most popular flavors are cherry, peach, apple and mixed berry. Pasties are associated with the Upper Peninsula but are still a popular item here in northwest Lower Michigan. We have never served them at a wedding, and I think they’d make a delicious passed appetizer or late-night dish.

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Our wedding ceremony took place at the Mission Point Gazebo and the reception on the Promenade Deck. Everything was so beautiful and went off without a hitch! The food was amazing and all of our guests enjoyed themselves. Mission Point could not have done a better job!

Marcy C.

My experience with getting married at Mission Point was absolutely perfect. Everybody there made “ planning a wedding so easy! Our day flew by and was absolutely seamless from beginning to end. The staff at Mission Point was very professional, very helpful, and so easy to work with. They thought of every detail! Including making sure my husband and I got a plate of appetizers to try because we didn’t have a chance during the cocktail hour. We are still getting comments on how amazing the food was. I would highly recommend Mission Point to anybody!

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CEREMONY Rachel and Ariel married under a chuppah overlooking Lake Michigan for their blended Jewishmilitary service.

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THEIR STORY Rachel Gordon (23 and a high school science teacher) and Ariel Small (24 and a US Army officer) traveled to Ariel’s family’s vacation home for their Independence Day–themed wedding, inspired by Rachel’s first visit there one Fourth of July. “Ariel has always mentioned how much he loved Michigan and all of his memories from summers spent there,” Rachel says. “It didn’t take long for it to become my ‘beloved Michigan’ too.” — B EC K Y M U R R AY

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The newlyweds recessed underneath the swords of servicemen, symbolizing Rachel being welcomed into the “Army family.”

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TABLESCAPE Vintage blue goblets and red snapdragons at each place setting helped illustrate the event’s holiday colors. “We loved the idea of a subtle patriotic theme,” Rachel says, “so our palette had various shades of red, white and blue that were softer and more diverse than what you’d find on the American flag.” CAKE Along with this hand-painted work of art, guests tried mini fruit crumble pies and cookies designed with stars, flags and the couple’s monogram.

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L AT E - N I G H T H A N G The festivities continued on the front lawn with fireworks over the lake, a bonfire and a round of hummers.

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ESCORT CARD DISPLAY Green sheet moss held guests’ seat assignments. GOODIE BAGS Spirited mitten cookies and other local finds welcomed travelers to NoMi. LOCAL EATS Michigan cherries and smoked local whitefish, plus after-hours snacks of cherry burger sliders and Detroit coney dogs all celebrated the state’s finest. BEST MEMORY “Right after the ceremony, we went down to the wine cellar to cool off and take a tequila shot with our parents!” Rachel says.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private residence, Bay Harbor PHOTOGRAPHY Cory Weber & Megan Newman/The Weber Photographers VIDEOGRAPHY Artistic Wedding Films PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Exquisite Events Details & Decor FLOWERS Monarch Garden & Floral Design GOWN Limor Rosen, Lovely Bride, New York City SUIT Brooks Brothers; US Army WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Anthropologie; groomsmen: Brooks Brothers HAIR & MAKEUP Mi Amore Event Hair and Makeup; Todd’s Room HAIRPIECE Tania Maras ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Tiffany & Co. STATIONERY Katlem Design RENTALS Event Theory CATERING Gilmore Catering CAKE Bella e Dolce DESSERTS Simply Sweet by Jessica OFFICIANT Rabbi Steven Lowenstein MUSIC Bluewater Kings Band FAVORS B.May; Shinola WELCOME BAG Chips: Food Should Taste Good; cookies: Simply Sweet by Jessica; smoky corn salsa: American Spoon; Petoskey Stone TRANSPORTATION Blue Lakes by the Bay HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 200 HASHTAG #ItsTheSmallThings

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

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D AY- O F D I Y After practicing at her bachelorette party back in March, Jessica decided to make her own flower crown for the wedding. She also painted the invites’ illustrations.

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THEIR STORY Jessica Daniel (33 and works in nonprofit management) and Donald Hart’s (35 and works in IT) at-home wedding took inspiration from northern Michigan and Jessica’s Singaporean roots. “I’m in love with the bright colors and floral motifs of Peranakan or Straits Chinese design,” Jessica says. After a ceremony under a wood arch that Jessica’s dad built, guests tapped kegs of Tandem Ciders, ate char siu (Chinese barbecue pork made with Jessica’s mom’s recipe) and took part in fun and games celebrating both Jessica’s Peranakan and Donald’s Celtic roots. — B M

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FA M I LY C I R C L E With three sisters and three brothers between them, Jessica and Donald opted for a wedding party of just sibilings.

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MAKE TRADITION Jessica changed into a traditional cheongsam for the tea ceremony and father-daughter dance.

RIDE ON The pair’s first date was a ride on Donald’s motorcycle named El Sueno, so, naturally, a wedding-day spin was in order. TREATS Desserts sourced from entrepreneurs connected to FoodLab Detroit took the place of cake. TABLESCAPE The pair bought blooms from a local flower farm but ordered their eucalyptus, a nod to Jessica’s California roots, online. SURPRISE ACT The entire Hart family performed a musical rendition of The Emotions’s “Best of My Love.”

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private residence, Lake Leelanau LODGING, AFTER-PARTY & BRUNCH SITE Fountain Point, Lake Leelanau PHOTOGRAPHY Tana Helene Photography PLANNER Juniper & Lace Events FLOWERS DIY, Old Mission Flowers GOWN Watters, PreownedWeddingDresses.com SUIT Banana Republic; pocket square & bow tie: LamFineDesigns, Etsy.com WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Sisters: ASOS.com; BHLDN; brothers: pants: Banana Republic; pocket squares & bow ties: LamFineDesigns, Etsy.com HAIR Head to Toe Salon ENGAGEMENT RING Brilliant Earth WEDDING RINGS EC Designs STATIONERY DIY; design & printing: Minted.com; Moo.com; program illustrations: Wilhemina Peragine RENTALS Bay Area Recycling for Charities; Houdek’s Pumping Service; Monstrey Macdonald; Sound Environments LLC WEDDING ARCH Scott Daniel (Jessica’s dad) CATERING Cordwood BBQ; Coriander Catering and Farm; brunch: Betty’s Hot Dish DESSERTS FoodLab Detroit; Good Cakes and Bakes; Warda Patisserie OFFICIANT Jane Ellen Tigan (friend) MUSIC Ceremony, cocktail hour & first dance: Hot + Bothered; reception: The Daylites OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Slideshow: Scott Daniel; yoga: Amy Hubbell FAVORS Wildflower seeds TRANSPORTATION The Magic Shuttle Bus HONEYMOON Minimoon: Mt. Shasta, California; honeymoon: Ghana, Swiss Alps & Paris GUESTS 180 HASHTAG #HartsOnFire2018

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PA P E R G O O D S “We used an old-timey typeface called 1776 Independence on thick creamy cardstock, which made our paper look elevated and gorgeous.”

THEIR STORY Jenna Zerbo (30 and a buyer) and Jared Graham (34 and a graphic designer for Stitch Fix) celebrated in Omena largely because it sits midway between Jared’s family in Harbor Springs and Jenna’s in Detroit. However, their style inspiration came from miles away. “Our wedding had the modern, fresh feeling of Northern California with the simplistic beauty of an Italian countryside,” Jenna, who’s Italian and a former Cali resident, says. She also credits one of her favorite books, Wabi-Sabi Welcome, for inspiring their organic design. — B M

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FIRST DANCE The newlyweds hit the floor to “Girl from the North Country” by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

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PIE Guests helped themselves to slices of cherry pie topped with Michigan maple whipped cream. CAKE The raspberry crème cake was made with local berries and embellished with a gold fossil-like design in the shape of an insect—an ode to the couple’s nicknames for each other: Bug. GREENERY The custom-made rosemary and olive garlands were shipped from a small California farm that Jenna used to work with while employed at Williams Sonoma.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Cherry Basket Farm, Omena PHOTOGRAPHY Jeanne Pope and Cole Sigmon/Bean and Cole PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Ann Travis Events FLOWERS Posie Atelier; garlands: Creekside Farms GOWN Odylyne the Ceremony, LOHO Bride, San Francisco SUIT TheBlackTux.com; shirt: Taylor Stitch, San Francisco, CA WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Grana.com; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR & MAKEUP Lulabelle’s Lash Lounge and Skin Care ENGAGEMENT RING Metier WEDDING RINGS Kelci Potter STATIONERY Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative; programs, seating chart & menus: Ann Travis Events RENTALS Cherry Basket Farm; Handmade Studio TN; La Tavola; Monstrey MacDonald CATERING & PIES Epicure Catering CAKE Sweet Heather Anne OFFICIANT Sarah Shanfield (friend) DJ Frankie Banks TRANSPORTATION The Magic Shuttle Bus HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 180 HASHTAG #AnotherDamnGraham

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AMONG the F L O W E R S A bespoke Amsterdam styled shoot takes a romantic turn when the real-life couple modeling decides to say “I do.”

B Y A LY S S A LO N G O B U C C O PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIELLE COONS PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNING & DESIGN BY MANGO MUSE EVENTS, CLASSY AFFAIRS S T A T I O N E R Y, ART DIRECTION + STYLING BY MOMENTAL DESIGNS VENUE ORANGERIE ELSWOUT

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STROKE OF GENIUS Unite your overall vibe with artistic touches at every turn. Here, brush strokes and painted illustrations appear on everything from the place cards and table numbers to the invites and ceremony programs.

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Painting and stationery, MomentalDesigns.com; calligraphy, FlourishGraceCalligraphy.com

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A HAPPY H E L LO

Let your ceremony setting do the talking by keeping other details to a minimum.

Greet guests with gift baskets filled with sweet treats and souvenirs.

ALL IN WHITE Brides Robin (left) and Chantal (right) rocked totally unique wedding looks.

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BOLD BUNDLE Accent blooms with small fruits, like the kumquats seen here, for added interest. Flower field, Noordwijkerhout; ceremony chairs, TheBridalBlush.nl; welcome stationery, MomentalDesigns.com; outfits, IDoIDo.nl; bouquet, NicoletteCamille.com

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DESSERT DELIGHT

MARBLED MEMO

Pair an unexpected painterly cake exterior with equally wow-worthy sugar flowers for a bold look.

Escort cards are a great place to nod to your overall design aesthetic. Here, marbled paper and white calligraphy add a colorful touch.

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Splurge on a personalized ketubah or marriage certificate as a displayworthy keepsake of your day.

DINE ALFRESCO Pull colors from your venue into your tabletop dĂŠcor for a dining scene that is in harmony with its surroundings. Cake, SugarLipsCakes.com; calligraphy, FlourishGraceCalligraphy.com; painting, MomentalDesigns.com; centerpiece and table styling, NicoletteCamille.com and TheHouseofArtz.com; tabletop and furniture rentals, MyGreatestRentals.com

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Chantal + Robin When Netherlands-based nutrition influencers and real-life couple Chantal and Robin Settels teamed up with an A+ vendor team (including Mango Muse Events, Classy Affairs, Momental Designs and Equally Wed’s Kirsten Ott Palladino) to model for this styled shoot, making it their actual wedding quickly became a no-brainer. The duo, engaged for three years, rounded up friends and family to pull off a unique— and perfectly styled— celebration in Amsterdam.

We are so here for the chic bridal jumpsuit.

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L AY E R S O F LOV E LY Vine-like hellebores add whispy dimension to a centerpiece.

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Sometimes more is more. Here, a sunny floral centerpiece is complemented by a dynamic blue and gold place setting, bevy of glassware and unique standing vellum menu. Centerpiece and table styling, NicoletteCamille.com and TheHouseofArtz.com; rentals, MyGreatestRentals.com; menu, MomentalDesigns.com

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TAT S F O R T W O Incorporate a cocktail hour activity for guests that nods to a shared passion (temporary tattoos, anyone?).

EDIBLE ART Ensure your main meal is a feast for the eyes—and stomach— by incorporating artistic plating and edible floral accents.

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S I G N AT U R E “ S I P ” Who says your namesake drink has to be a cocktail? Mix things up with bright smoothies or açai bowls instead.

F L OAT I N G FA R E W E L L Exit your ceremony or reception aboard a boat for an extraInsta-worthy moment.

Temporary tattoos, Tattly.com; catering and food styling, TiffanyFoodStylist.com; boat, AmsterdamBoatCenter.com; florals, TheHouseofArtz.com

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You want classic elegance with a twist, Aries—plus something you can make your own. A ballroom that has hosted many-a-wedding? Not for you, thought leader. Instead, pop up a tent somewhere unexpected and use the blank canvas below to craft a unique wedding with loads of details that are so totally you.

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TA U R U S APR 20-MAY 20 V E N U E VINEYARD HOPELESS ROMANTICS A Taurus loves all things romantic and beautiful—what fits that description more than a pastoral winery? Decadent eats are a priority too, so choose a spot that pairs their vinos with

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WILD RULE-BREAKERS Embrace your quirky, adventurous nature with a weekend-long bash at a summer camp. The unique venue is the perfect way to celebrate your silly side, so pack your wedding events full of fun of details, like custom mugs and camp color wars.

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Bring on the glitz, glam and dazzling drama— Leos love it all. Center stage is where you shine, so put yourselves there—literally—by hosting your dream day at an opulent vintage theater. Lights, camera, “I do.”

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S C O R P I O OCT 23-NOV 21 V E N U E RESTAURANT DARING DUO Dark, mysterious, reserved. Sound like you, Scorpio? We thought so—and we have a hunch that you’ll love the exclusive privacy a moody restaurant (or even speakeasy!) will lend to your day.

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C A P R I C O R N DEC 22-JAN 19 V E N U E COUNTRY CLUB CLAS SIC CHARAC TERS Capricorn, you’re an old soul at heart. You play by the rules and love a look that is expensive and timeless. Host your nuptials at a formal country club, then pile on the plaid for a dose of old-world prep.

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V E N U E MODERN ART MUSEUM C R E AT I V E C H A R M E R S You’ve probably been described by friends as cutting-edge and authentic—so you definitely won’t want a cookie-cutter wedding locale. Trade a chapel for a modern art museum, where your colorful personality and original ideas (neon-spray-painted baby’s breath centerpieces, anyone?) will be right at home alongside the work of Jackson Pollock, Andy

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Pisces gravitate toward spaces with a dreamy quality, so an airy, light-filled greenhouse is the perfect spot to swap vows with your forever person. Keep décor to a minimum (too much “stuff ” can overwhelm you) and the guest list intimate to cater to your introverted nature.

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If pricey peonies are on your musthave list, be prepared to save elsewhere.

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and small, to help you spend wisely on your way to “I do.”

vendor and venue recommendations specific to your budget, which means no more falling in love with a pricey pro you can’t afford (don’t worry, we’ve all been there). The result? An easy-to-follow spending road map that will ensure you stay in the black from your first deposit to your last tip.

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Before you write a single check, figure out how much you can afford to spend. That’s where we come in—with The Knot Wedding Planner app, we’ll help you settle on the right number for your celebration and offer suggestions for how much of that budget you should put toward each part of your wedding, from catering to cake. Plus, we’ll help you turn money to action with

When it comes to wedding planning, there’s no shame in playing favorites. Before you do too much research, sit down with your partner and make a list of each of your celebration priorities. The goal? Decipher where your money is best spent and what will really set the day apart for you. Remember, there are no wrong answers here—and it’s okay not to agree on everything! ››

make the most of your money when planning your celebration. To help, we’ve rounded up our best tips, big

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This is all about compromising and figuring out what’s going to make you and your partner the happiest. Once you have your list, move forward with booking those vendors first and spending your money accordingly.

selection, opt for a high-impact item, like a wow-worthy charger plate or patterned tablecloth. Anything else will likely go unnoticed by your guests and isn’t worth the up-charge.

GO FOR GREENERY It may sound harsh, but the best way to save money is to slim down your guest list. Each person you invite adds to your budget—you’re likely shelling out at least $100 per person between catering and entertainment—so compile your invites thoughtfully. Consider giving a plus-one only to couples that are engaged, married or living together. Then, if you still need to size down, put a few hard-and-fast rules in place, like “no coworkers.” The tighter you keep your count, the more money you’ll have to put toward other details, like a string quartet for the ceremony.

HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER This may seem counterintuitive, but hear us out. Spending up front on a knowledgeable wedding planner can pay off big time for your budget and your sanity. A skilled pro will help you navigate everything from vendor selections to contract negotiations, ensuring you’re spending smart throughout the process. Another bonus? They’ll have a handle on venues and services in your area, so they can help you score insider-only deals and achieve coveted looks for way less.

Good news—this piece of advice is totally on trend. Big blooms often up the price per arrangement, so stretch your floral budget by opting for a greenery-heavy look instead. Utilize a textural mix of greenery for larger moments at your wedding, like a hanging installation. Then, concentrate your flower usage to areas that will be center stage in photos, like your bridal bouquet.

OPT FOR A ROAMING DINNER If you’re hoping to save on catering, and a bare-bones buffet isn’t really your style, look no further than the roaming dinner. Basically an all-night cocktail hour, an up-and-at-’em dinner consisting of passed bites and serve-yourself stations is a fresh (and frugal) take on the traditional reception meal. You’ll save some money since there’s less waitstaff needed, and guests will get to mingle all night instead sitting down for a formal meal. Just make sure the variety (and amount) of food guests would expect of a traditional dinner is still there, with lots of options.

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PLAY UP YOUR VENUE DÉCOR Choosing a party spot with good bones is a priority when looking to make the most of your money. Getting a great deal on a ballroom won’t matter if you have to then spend big to cover up ’80s wallpaper and flooring you hate. You want to make sure your chosen venue feels 85 percent of the way “there” without having to add anything extra. When touring potential locations, pay attention to things you can’t tweak easily (or without spending a fortune), like good lighting, an open space, inoffensive wall coverings and decent flooring. From that “blank” slate, you can then work with your vendors to come up with décor accents that fit the space’s characteristics (and your budget), instead of working hard to disguise them.

SKIP THE RENTALS Trust us, no one is going to remember whether you chose silver or gold flatware on your wedding day. When it comes to rentals, it’s best to work with what your venue has to offer. While it may be necessary to rent some items, when it comes to purely stylistic choices, avoid upgrading unnecessarily if your budget doesn’t have the wiggle room. If you must elevate your venue’s basic dinnerware

Stick with the tabletop items your venue has on hand to save big on rentals.

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CHANGE YOUR NAME IN TWO EASY STEPS The wedding took a lot of work. This part should be easy.

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It’s important that the photographer and the couple are on the same page about what they value in wedding pictures.

The photography industry can be complicated to navigate as a newly engaged couple, and hiring your wedding day photographer is arguably one of the biggest decisions you make throughout your entire planning journey. After all, this will be the person or team responsible for capturing all those emotional, tangible moments (not to mention all the beautiful details you’ve spent months planning) that will allow you to relive your day 10 or 20 years from now. Don’t stress—we’re here to help you out. We’ve rounded up our best advice to guide you in narrowing down your style and finding a true-to-you photography pro perfect for capturing every second of your unique celebration.

and contrast-y editorials of a favorite fashion blogger, then maybe you’ll want to seek out a photographer with a flair for the exaggerated and dramatic. By pairing your aesthetic choices (hint: you figured these out in step one) with the “vibe” you desire, you’ll end up with a photography blueprint that you can then easily articulate to potential pros to help explain your goals when it comes to your wedding pictures.

The first step to finding your dream photographer is a fun one (seriously!)—just go get inspired. Spend some time poring over any and every kind of imagery you love, such as sunny home décor shots, a fashion blogger’s Instagram feed or moody avantgarde French movie posters. Save each image that draws your eye as you go—then, once you have a good collection of inspiring photographs, take a step back and try to narrow in on what draws you to them specifically. Is it the soft pastel color palette? The offthe-cuff happy grins of the people in the picture? The interesting angles and perspectives? The more you familiarize yourself with what details you like, the easier it will be for you to eventually identify that same quality in a potential photographer’s portfolio.

DECIDE ON A “FEELING” Once you and your partner have figured out what inspires you image-wise, dig deeper and dissect what feels most authentic to your relationship and celebration, and how you envision your eventual wedding album looking. If you’re a timeless couple that has your heart set on formal, Vanity Fair-like family portraits, you may gravitate toward a more classic photography style. If a lot of your inspiration ended up being fly-on-the-wall images that bottle an authentic moment in time, then lifestyle photography may be the right choice for you. If you fell in love with the sharp

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DO YOUR RESEARCH Now’s the time to hit the web and find the pro who will bring your day to life. Browse The Knot Marketplace for photographers (and other vendors) in your area and price range, then peruse their portfolios and social media channels to identify if they’d be a good fit for your day. As you browse, ask yourself questions that are good indicators for a successful “match.” How do they capture the moments that are important to you? Have they shot in a venue similar to yours (bonus points if they’ve worked at your venue before)? Do they seem friendly and personable with their online audience? If available, check out reviews from past couples as well. Then, go ahead and send an introductory email with a bit of info about you and your soon-to-be spouse, your event (don’t forget to include your date!) and the vision for your day—you can even attach a few inspiration images you love from their portfolio, if you’d like. Once you’ve chatted about specifics (like whether their cal is even free to shoot your wedding), schedule some time to talk with them either on the phone or via video chat before signing on the dotted line so you can get to know each other on a personal and professional level. Why? You’ll be spending the most time with them on your wedding day, and you want to feel comfortable as they capture some of your and your family’s most emotional moments. ››

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Tip: Skip the detailed shot list (they don’t need it!) and, instead, perfect your day-of timeline to pass off to your photographer. envisioning, like retouching services or an engagement session. Ask about any additional fees that could add up too, like having to pay for your photographer’s travel and lodging. Finally, settle on an image delivery date and make sure it’s reflected in your contract so you know exactly when you can expect your shots.

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FINESSE THE CONTRACT To get the most out of your photography investment, you’re going to want to make note of several important points when choosing your package and reviewing your contract. Most photographers offer a variety of services to suit their couples’ individual needs. This can include everything from day-of edits and digital proofs to adding a second shooter, scoring tangible prints and ordering a gorgeously assembled album. With all those options for customization, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel unsure about what you actually want or need. When you’re ready to make things official, present your chosen photographer with your budget and rough day-of timeline and get their opinion on the best package for you. The amount of time they spend at an event or the number of shots they provide you with may be flexible, so see if you can find a middle ground that works for both of you. Now is also the time to inquire about the cost of any add-ons you’re

Instead of putting together a detailed shot list for your photographer, pass along your final day-of timeline a few weeks ahead of your wedding and give them an idea of what images you’d like captured (like a picture with each bridesmaid or detail shots of the heirloom jewelry you’ll be wearing). Then, let them do their thing! As long as you’ve provided a schedule that you’ll (mostly) stick to, they’ll be able to budget for time spent on your details, dance floor and everything in between on their own accord. Ahead of the wedding is also the time to give them a heads-up on any familial or friendship intricacies they should be aware of, like divorced parents who may want separate family portraits, a grandmother that needs to remain seated for shots, or a groomsman and bridesmaid that don’t get along (hey, it happens). If you’re hoping to get your wedding published online or in a magazine, relay that to your photographer as well. This way, they’ll know to put a little extra emphasis on snapping shots of all your amazing details and will likely come armed with gorgeous styling accessories, like ribbons, linens and more—all with the goal of helping your wedding day aesthetic truly stand out.

BE RELAXED AND READY Guys, take a big deep breath with us now. You’ve put a lot of work into finding and working with the right photographer up until this point, so—like with all your pros—it’s time to put your total faith in them. In the week leading up to your wedding, reach out to re-confirm all the important details (like your venue location, day-of timeline and any surprises you’ve planned for your guests or partner) and answer any lingering questions they may have, then chill out. The only thing that’s left for you and your partner to do now is enjoy yourselves and go get hitched— your pros will happily take care of the rest.

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Dan Cox is a wedding photographer and business owner based in southeast Michigan. His passions include photography, watching basketball and his cats, Steven and Beth.

When hiring your photographer, ask to see a few full galleries. Don’t be tricked by an incredible Instagram feed—you want more than two awesome pictures from your day.

Always opt for an engagement shoot! It’s really good practice to know what poses or angles you want on your wedding day, and also a good opportunity to get to know your pro.

We don’t need a full shot list, but it’s important to know what means the most to you. For some, it’s getting an epic shot spraying champagne; for others, it’s having a first look.

Focus on your partner and not the camera. Think of all the reasons you love them, laugh with each other— basically do anything to avoid looking at the lens, and you’ll feel better.

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Whether you’re going for a dramatic smoky eye or a more natural wash of color, you’ll use this versatile mix of 12 neutral, matte and shimmery shades well beyond your wedding. Naked3 eyeshadow palette, $54, UrbanDecay.com

Use this silky microfiber sheet mask infused with rich botanical extracts and anti-aging superfoods like green tea and rice the night before your wedding for an instantly dewy complexion. Luminous dewy skin mask, $12, Tatcha.com

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Don’t be afraid to amp up your natural bridal glow. This creamy luminizer goes on smooth and won’t make you look shiny. And, its sleek design makes it a must-have for your emergency kit. Highlighter, $24, MilkMakeup.com

It’s definitely a splurge, but hear us out: Not only does one spritz of this fancy mist keep your makeup from melting, creasing or cracking, it also smells amazing and dries pretty much immediately. Airflash Radiance Mist setting spray, $50, Dior.com

Throwing an outdoor affair or jetting off to a sunny locale for your honeymoon? Shield yourself from aging sun damage with this fast-absorbing formula that won’t leave behind a chalky residue. Ultra sheer dry touch sunscreen SPF 45, $11, Neutrogena.com

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Sweep this powder of superfine pigments where the sun naturally hits your face (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) to sculpt your features and give your complexion a sun-kissed effect. Warmth all-over face color bronzer, $22, BareMinerals.com

Conquer your brow goals once and for all with this handy retractable pencil. It offers a triangular precision tip, buildable, soft color that won’t smudge and a spoolie brush for blending—all in one. Brow definer, $23, AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com

These falsies come in sections versus a strip, so you can choose the level of lash drama that works for you. Apply a few to the outer corners of the eyes for a subtle look or go all in for a glam vibe. The Lashify control kit, $145, Lashify.com

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PR I M E R This multitasker smooths skin for flawless makeup application, is packed with antioxidants and creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup, preventing clogged pores. The Silk Canvas filter finish protective primer, $52, Tatcha.com

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Unlike a lot of other primers, this one works for all skin types and won’t cause breakouts.

A wallet-friendly gem, this is every bit as effective as its pricier counterparts. Apply a few drops in the a.m. or p.m. before your moisturizer or night cream to give your skin an ultra-hydrating boost. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum, $7, TheOrdinary.com

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AC NE T RE ATME NT Dab on this powerful spot treatment up to three times a day to zap any zits that pop up at inopportune moments (say, right before you take engagement photos or walk down the aisle). Rapid Relief acne spot treatment, $22, Murad.com

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FAC E MI ST A favorite of both celebs and makeup artists, this invigorating spray made of mint and rosemary tightens pores, soothes dry patches and calms stressed-out skin. Break it out whenever your makeup needs a quick pick-me-up. Beauty Elixir, $49, Caudalie.com

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TONE R If you keep up with beauty influencers, you’ve probably heard of this potion. Essentially a facial in a bottle, it hydrates while balancing your skin’s pH for a noticeably more radiant complexion. Lotion P50V, $67, Biologique-Recherche.us

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CL E AN SER Part makeup remover, part gentle cleanser, this versatile gel leaves your face feeling spotless AF but never irritated. Use on wet skin to start your day or on dry skin to dissolve dirt and makeup. Milky Jelly cleanser, $18, Glossier.com

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Believe the hype. This can dramatically change your complexion for the better.

Think of this mud mask as a vacuum for your face. A blend of activated charcoal plus six acids shrinks pores and can even clear up acne. Supermud activated charcoal treatment mask, $59, GlamGlow, Sephora.com

Good skin is just as important as flawless makeup. Give your skin care routine a serious upgrade with our must-haves.

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Pumpkin spice latte fans, this one’s for you. A gentle exfoliating mask uses fragrant pumpkin enzymes and exfoliating apricot seed powder to polish away dead cells without damaging delicate skin. Overtime Mask, $44, Summer Fridays, Sephora.com

Look like you got your prewedding beauty rest (even if you didn’t) with this miracle cream that combats dark circles, fine lines and overall puffiness—trust us on this one, it’s worth the investment. The Eye Balm Intense $215, CremedelaMer.com

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M O I STURI Z E R The protein-enriched cream is the best of both worlds; its unique mix of active ingredients replenishes skin while also reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. Protini Polypeptide Cream $68, DrunkElephant.com

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Whether you’re rocking your natural texture or going for the elaborate updo you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest, these are the products and tools you can trust to lock in your best hair day ever.

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Going au naturel for your nuptials? Whether your hair type is kinky, curly, coily or wavy, this cream will stave off frizz and give your ’do voluminous oomph. Coconut & Hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie, $11, SheaMoisture, Target.com

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This drugstore gem is under $5 a bottle, works for almost every hair type and leaves your mane feeling soft and looking gorgeous and glossy— what’s not to love? Intensive Repair shampoo and conditioner, $4 each, Dove, Walmart.com

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CURLY HAIR SHA M P O O + CON D ITION ER Attention: We found the curly hair holy grail. This duo fights frizz, detangles and adds shine. Almond & Avocado shampoo and conditioner, $13 each, DesignEssentials.com

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VO LU M IZ ER Forget everything you think you know about mousse. Work a dollop of this lightweight formula from roots to ends for bouncy, long-lasting volume that’s never stiff or crunchy. Southern Belle volume-boosting mousse, $26, TheDryBar.com

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Just a dab tames unruly locks, smooths flyaways and gives subtle texture whether you blow dry or air dry your hair. The best part? It’s versatile enough to work for the guys too. Grooming creme, $31, BumbleandBumble.com

Work one to two drops of this liquid gold through towel-dried tresses to add intense moisture and condition split ends—without weighing down hair or leaving it greasy. Moroccanoil Treatment Original hair oil, $44, Moroccanoil.com

Your wedding photos are no time for lifeless locks. Spray on roots to absorb oil and product buildup, and keep hair looking fresh from your first look to your morningafter brunch. Gold Lust dry shampoo, $44, Oribe.com

This hair spray has strong hold that will last for hours, but is flexible enough to allow you to adjust—or totally change up— your ’do throughout the day. Spray & Stay intense hold hairspray, $19, Big Sexy Hair, Ulta.com

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C U R L I NG I RO N Say goodbye to overworked arms— an innovative iron does the heavy-lifting for you. With the push of a button, it rotates either clockwise or counterclockwise for perfectly even curls. Beachwaver Pro Swarovski Crystal Collection, $239, Beachwaver.com

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This treatment was developed for none other than Audrey Hepburn in 1974—and it remains a best-seller for good reason. Use before shampooing for lustrous locks that feel stronger. Elasticizer, $30, PhilipKingsley.com

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F L AT I RO N One of the smartest tools we’ve ever met, this ingenious flat iron uses sensors to gauge your hair’s thickness and the speed at which you’re styling, and adjusts its heat settings accordingly. Our minds are blown. Platinum+ styler, $249, GHDHair.com

It’s especially restorative if you’re struggling with breakage from coloring or heat styling.

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C U R L I N G WA ND If defined waves are your go-to, allow us to introduce you to your new besties. This trio comes with interchangeable wands for tight, medium and loose waves, and works with just a single pass. Whirl Trio styling wand set, $300, T3Micro.com

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BLOW-DRYE R Thick-haired brides, rejoice. This powerful hair dryer is worth every darn penny. It’s light as a feather, never singes your scalp and will dramatically cut down your drying time. Supersonic hair dryer, $500, Dyson.com

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H E AT E D RO U N D B RU S H Even if your at-home blowout game isn’t on point—don’t stress. This easy-to-use dryer and round brush combo will give you “just left the salon” hair in minutes. One-Step volumizer hair dryer, $60, Revlon, Ulta.com

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G E L E FFEC T P OLISH Pair with the accompanying top coat for a long-lasting, high-gloss finish that mimics a professional-quality gel mani—no UV lamp required. Gel Couture in Moments to Mrs., $12, Essie.com

Bathe and bronze your way to head-to-toe confidence with these essentials.

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Slather on this überluxurious cream fortified with healing vitamin E before bed and wake up with picture-perfect hands that stay smooth and silky all day. Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E, $8, MarioBadescu.com

The luxe-looking pastel packaging makes it almost too pretty to use. But you’ll be glad you did once you feel how the gently exfoliating formula leaves your skin feeling revived and supersoft. Coco Rose body polish, $36, Herbivore.com

It’s like your natural nail color, only better. This shade hits the sweet spot between nude and ballet pink. (And if it isn’t your hue, no worries. This line offers over 200 other options.) Nail Lacquer in Be There in a Prosecco, $11, OPI.com

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One use (seriously, one!) and your hands will feel totally rejuvenated.

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B O DY LOTI O N Basically a spa day in a jar, this whipped moisturizer enriched with almond milk melts into skin and leaves you feeling hydrated for up to 48 hours. Almond Milk Concentrate, $54, USA.LOccitane.com

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BA S E C OAT A good base coat should do more than just make your mani last. This one helps polish glide on smoothly and creates a protective barrier to keep nail staining at bay. Here to Stay base coat, $10, Essie.com

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P OL IS H R EM OVER It may be on the pricey side, but this must-have removes even the darkest and most stubborn polish in seconds while also moisturizing with lavender and aloe. The Stripper, $19, DeborahLippmann.com

Lathering up with this aloe-infused rinse makes you feel squeaky clean, while the eucalyptus scent satisfies your senses. Eucalyptus & Aloe body wash, $18, H2OPlus.com

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DEO D O RA NT There’s bound to be some stressful moments during the wedding planning process. Swipe on this clean-scented stick to make sure you stay dry. Fresh Invisible Solid, $5, Secret, Target.com

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A sweet-smelling blend of keratin and oils softens and conditions cuticles while also strengthening weak, brittle or peeling nails. We saw results in just one week. Intense Recovery treatment, $7, Cutex, Target.com

The last thing you want to worry about on any important day is messing up your nails. Swipe this on for a durable sheen that dries almost immediately after application. Dry Fast top coat, $10, Seche Vite, Ulta.com

NAILS

All eyes are about to be on your hands. Are you ready for your ring close-up? Get pristine digits with these necessities.

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S E L F TA NNE R This clear liquid magically turns into a mousse. The fastabsorbing formula gives you a beachy glow in eight hours and lasts for a week. Invisi foaming tan water, $39, Vita Liberata, Ulta.com

It creates a naturallooking tan that’s never orange.

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Scent has the ability to evoke a memory even years later. Choose a special one to remind you of your day every time you wear it. BEST

FRESH Not into heavy floral perfumes? You aren’t out of options. Scents inspired by modern greenery are right on trend. This mix of citrus, lush greens and magnolia is as crisp and vibrant as it gets. Éclat de Vert, $225 for 1.7 oz., Aerin.com

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SPICY If you’re feeling bold, dab on this musky choice that is as every bit as sultry as its flame-red bottle. A bouquet of Bulgarian rose plus woody notes packs a seriously seductive punch. Narciso eau de parfum Rouge, $98 for 1.6 oz., Narciso Rodriguez, Bloomingdales.com

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Once you catch a whiff of this intense combo of smoke and leather, you won’t forget it. No matter your gender, this unexpected scent is sure to turn a few heads. Santal 33, $189 for 1.7 oz., Le Labo, Barneys.com

BEACHY Created with summer days in mind, a smooth blend of dry coconut wood, cashmere and sandalwood creates a relaxing scent perfect for equally laid-back nuptials. Sun Saint, $65 for 1.7 oz., Pinrose, Sephora.com

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Whether perfume isn’t really your thing or you’re new to wearing fragrance in general, this hybrid of floral and citrus notes is a great place to start. It’s pleasant but never overpowering. Reserve Acqua Neroli, $98 for 3.4 oz., Clean, Sephora.com

Calling all bridechillas. This is the boho bride’s answer to a signature scent. A unique blend of oakmoss, plum and freesia is all about the wild contrast of soft, fruity notes and sharp florals. Nomade, $105 for 1.7 oz., Chloé, Macys.com

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C LA S S I C Inspired by the young Coco Chanel, this elegant perfume is equal parts sexy and serious. A balanced blend of light florals and heavy musks means it can work for any wedding theme, location or time of year. Coco Mademoiselle Intense, $115 for 1.7 oz., Chanel.com

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CHRISTINE FITZPATRICK HAIR & MAKEUP We tapped bridal beauty guru Christine Fitzpatrick to get the scoop on pulling off a gorgeous wedding look.

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Christine Fitzpatrick is based in Birmingham. She’s been doing hair and makeup for 15 years, including two seasons of working on Randy Fenoli of Say Yes to the Dress.

The biggest benefit of working with a hair and makeup pro is not having to worry. You ultimately get to enjoy the day of your wedding without stressing over getting ready.

You truly get what you pay for when it comes to bridal hair and makeup. It can feel like splurge, but think about how amazing you’ll look— and how fabulous your photos will turn out.

When gathering inspiration photos, there are several factors to consider. The weather, your hairstyle and texture, and your skin tone will all affect the final look.

Don’t feel pressured to wear more makeup than you do normally or to choose a super-intricate hairstyle if that’s not you. Listen to your pro’s advice, but make sure you feel comfortable.

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This powdery, ultra-feminine scent lives up to its name. Just a spritz or two and you’ll be transported to a thriving garden full of blooming tuberose and jasmine. Bloom, $97 for 1.6 oz., Gucci, Macys.com

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CLASSIC Simplicity is key to nailing timeless bridal style. For sparkle that won’t clash with a classic gown, invest in understated jewelry like pearl drop earrings, diamond studs or a thin tennis bracelet you’ll want to wear long after your wedding day. To make a more dramatic statement, consider crystal-encrusted or pearl hair clips, or a long, sheer veil with lace edging that matches the fabric of your gown. Looking to infuse a pop of color into your streamlined ensemble? Give a nod to the “something blue” tradition with a pair of baby-blue heels or a sapphire pendant. Another thought: Pair a black-velvet sash with your dress. It’s a bold accessory that creates a sophisticated contrast and accentuates your waist.

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FASHION + BEAUTY Layer on lots of different bracelets for a cool, mismatched effect.

RUSTIC Give a nod to your outdoor surroundings with nature-inspired details in a stonewashed palette. Lush flower crowns with a mix of blooms or sprigs of baby’s breath are a great place to start. To add some sparkle to your ensemble, go for antique gold, rose gold or pewter jewelry embellished with raw gemstones or crystals. If you’re going all in, skip the fancy heels and opt for distressed boots in leather or suede. For fall or winter nuptials, keep warm with a faux-fur coat, denim jacket or textured knit wrap.

Saying “I do” with your toes in the sand? A seaside locale calls for effortless wedding attire and fun, colorful accessories. Freshwater pearls, tropical statement earrings, cowrie shell bracelets and delicate layered necklaces are right on trend. If you’re feeling bold, a straw hat decorated with local, fresh flowers makes for a cute photo. Where footwear is concerned, less is more. Forgo shoes altogether or swap out your heels for embellished sandals. If you want the added height of a heel without any of the fuss, white or metallic grosgrain wedges or platforms offer more stability on the sand than traditional stilettos or pumps.

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ROMANTIC A touch more luxe than a rustic wedding, gauzy fabrics, floral embellishments and soft, pastel hues emphasize the dreamy feel of romantic nuptials. Whether you’re wearing a sexy, curve-skimming dress or a frothy, embellished ensemble, consider wearing a long, sheer veil for a dramatic detail that won’t distract. Or, channel your inner Renaissance heroine with a boho Juliet cap veil plus floral accents. Polish off your look with lots of whimsical jewelry (we love pieces that incorporate oversize flowers, butterflies and even bees), or focus on one statement piece, like a pair of ornate chandelier earrings.

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VINTAGE This style can refer to a wide range of time periods, so first narrow down the feel you’re going for. Is it the sophistication of the ’50s or the glamour of the ’20s? If the former, a birdcage veil is a totally retro option and works with a variety of dresses. If you aren’t crazy about the idea of wearing a veil, hair combs and headbands with classic touches like lace or pearls also add polish to any hairstyle. To channel the glitz of the Roaring Twenties, opt for feathery and beaded headbands, art deco statement accessories and swinging fringe details. Vintage style also lends itself to old-fashioned jewelry. Repurpose your own family heirlooms or browse local estate sales and vintage stores to find special pieces with an antique vibe.

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Feeling fearless? Consider a gauzy, pale green ball gown with bold botanical details. Dress in sizes up to 22, $7,500, MoniqueLhuillier.com; earrings, $16,550, LeVian.com; engagement ring, $6,880, FireandIceDiamonds.com

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RUSTIC ROMANCE Slip on a lingerie-inspired frock with delicate lace embellishments for a look that’s equal parts sweet and sultry. Dress in sizes up to 12, $4,990, earrings, $1,600, DanielleFrankel Studio.com, engagement ring, $1,490 (not including center stone), KirkKara.com; wedding band, $2,400, SingleStone.com

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FARM FRESH A slinky silhouette edges up the Ăźber-feminine feel of a rose-print gown. Dress in sizes up to 12, $6,445, VivienneWestwood .com; engagement ring, $43,657, Christopher Designs.com; earrings, $2,155, AnabelaChan.com; shoes, $515, FreyaRose.com

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If your personal style is more carefree, opt for an unstructured silhouette. This tiered dress has great movement and is effortlessly gorgeous. Dress in sizes up to 12, $8,779, LihiHod.com; hat, stylist’s own; earrings, $225, JenniferBehr.com

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Go 3-D to put a new twist on classic bridal florals. An oversize organza flower paired with smaller silk blooms is pure whimsy. Dress in sizes up to 20, $5,800, Vera Wang at Roma Sposa Atelier, RomaSposa .com (Birmingham); engagement ring, $4,400 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $325, JenniferBehr.com

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Guipure lace with a pretty paisley motif is the best of both worlds: It’s casual enough for a laid-back affair but still feels polished. Dress in any size, price upon request, Costarellos.com; engagement ring, $2,156 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $220, Oscar de la Renta, Nordstrom.com


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If dresses aren’t your thing, or you’re looking for a sharp ensemble for the events surrounding your day, a pantsuit with a more relaxed fit is right on trend. Custom suit, shop similar styles at SavannahMiller .com; engagement ring, $35,098, ChristopherDesigns.com; earrings, $4,250, SelinKent.com

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Make your entrance just as striking as your exit with a cut out back, plus a sweeping train. Dress in sizes up to 28, $4,480, Rosa Clará at L’Amour Bridal, LamourBridal MI.com (Farmington Hills); engagement ring, $4,312 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $5,200, DoyleDoyle.com

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LOC AL 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 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

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.

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RESOURCE INDEX Ann Travis Events

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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

108

The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel-Port Huron

7

Green Holly Photography

79

Bamboo Dreams Photography

133

The Grosse Pointe Academy

155

Bay Pointe Inn

63

The Harris Building

167

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

1, 49

Heathers Club of Bloomfield Hills

167

Bombshell Blow Dry Bar

169

Hellenic Cultural Center

163

Boulder Pointe Golf Club & Banquet Center

45

The Henry Ford

35

Bridal Couture

43

The Holly Vault

91

Castle Farms

99

Indianwood Golf & Country Club

5

Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center

2

The Inn at Harbor Shores

96

Classic Catering & Events

52

The Inn at St. John’s

10

Colony Club

24, Insert

Iroquois Club

9

The Community House

145

The Crofoot Ballroom

149

Crystal Mountain

107

Jen House Design

161

Devil’s Ridge Golf Club

143

The Kensington Hotel

17

DoubleTree by Hilton - Port Huron

163

Killer Creations Photography • Cinematography

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Elegant Events

51

King’s Court Castle

5

Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor

31

Lauren W Photography

169

The Ellison Place

135

Lee’s Specialty

120

Fern Hill Golf Club

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Limelight Entertainment & Photography

39

FireKeepers Casino Hotel

13

Longacre House

69

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Lorio Ross

46

Gem Theatre

24, Insert

Luxe Bridal Rack

41

Italian American Cultural Society 37

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Banquet & Conference Center

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Mackinac Island Tourism

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Roostertail

21

The Makeup Loft

155

The Rust Belt Market

14

Meadow Brook Hall

29

Shelby Gardens Banquets & Events

59

Michigan League Conference & Event Services

76

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

57

Mission Point Resort

101

Solitude Links Golf Course & Banquet Center

33

Piera’s Bridal Couture

85

Spartan Hospitality Group at MSU

23

Pigs Eatin’ Ribs

111

St. Josaphat Banquet Centre

93

Sycamore Hills Golf Club

151

65

Tullymore Golf Resort

140

Rattlesnake

27

Twin Lakes

25

Renaissance The Baronette Hotel

82

Two Unique Caterers & Event Planners

81

The Rental Company

87

Waldenwoods Resort Banquet & Conference Center

19

The Reserve

128

Weber’s Boutique Hotel

71

River Crest Banquet Facility

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The Whiskey Factory

181

Pine Knob Mansion, Carriage House and Golf Course

183

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“After we eloped, Rasool and I got a cheap bottle of champagne and our photographer led us to to the top of a parking garage on Gratiot,” Katherine says. “We had no idea how beautiful the view would be on this particular garage before we went, but once we got to the top, we could see the whole city. It was a Wednesday, so the lot was completely empty, giving us plenty of room to toast with our two witnesses and photographer. We were feeling a bit giddy and excited, but, honestly, I was mostly hoping Rasool didn’t get bubbly all over his suit!”

Katherine + Rasool . 03 21 | DETROIT

PHOTOGRAPH BY JUSTINE CASTLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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