real wedding::a southwest michigan wedding at shadowland pavilion and the heritage center

Yana+Brannon were married at Shadowland Pavilion in St. Joseph on Sunday, June 27th with a reception following at the Heritage Center. We started planning this wedding about 8 months ago, and right from the start they knew they wanted to make this an entire weekend their guests could enjoy, since they were all coming in from out of town. The weekend festivities started on Saturday with a “day at the beach” for friends and family, complete with wave runners & refreshments. Guests were then invited to enjoy dinner on the rooftop patios & lounge at Port 412 downtown.
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On Sunday morning the atmosphere was created, draping the pavilion with hundreds of yards of bright pink fabric, and filling the area with orchids. I absolutely love the look of a chuppah, and this one is one of my all-time favorites! Guests were shuttled to the ceremony site and greeted with glasses of sparkling champagne with raspberries. A string quartet announced the brides processional and after a jewish reformed ceremony, guests proceeded to cocktail hour at the Heritage Center. I absolutely love the way the Heritage Center turned out—-chocolate and cerise linens, submerged orchid centerpieces, a vodka ice luge, and pink uplighting on all of the walls. Chocolate martini’s and grapefruit kiss martinis (pink and brown) were served during cocktail hour. Even the food  followed the color scheme with salmon gateau and shrimp cocktail among the appetizers. A delicious meal was served by the Bistro while the band, Me & The Boys, fired up the dinner music! This is the second time I’ve worked with Me & The Boys and they do an absolutely phenomenal job!

The night was full of Jewish & Russian traditions, and you could tell how excited this couples family and friends all were to be together and celebrating with Yana+Brannon, it was truly a joy-filled celebration! Thank you so much to Yana+Brannon for allowing our team to be a part of your big day, and I hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon in Greece!

*All of the beautiful photos are courtesy of the lovely Cindy Corstange of The Open Shutter! You can check out more pictures at Cindy’s blog post!

MORE MICHIGAN WEDDINGS BY STELLA EVENT DESIGN:

  • Megan+Greg at Mill Creek Barns in Watervliet, Southwest Michigan
  • Lisa+Bart at the Blue Dress Barn in Millburg, Southwest Michigan
  • Jess+Bryan‘s beach wedding at The Veranda at the Whitcomb in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Kate+Mitch at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Stefanie+Jim at Santaniello’s and Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan
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1 Comment

  • Carrie Miles says:

    I couldn’t wait to see pictures of what you described at the MWEP! The pink fabric at the pavilion looks amazing!!! Gorgeous wedding in every way, bet this one will be in a magazine!

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