real wedding :: a colorful saugatuck wedding on lake michigan

Kate+Evans beautiful September wedding took place in the lovely lake shore town of Saugatuck. Just North of South Haven, and South of Holland, Saugatuck is an artsy beach community that is brimming over with lovely little shops, beautiful beaches, and unique spaces. Kate+Evan live in California, so we assisted them in designing & planning their destination wedding almost entirely via phone and email. They hosted their ceremony at The Porches, a lake front rental property with a pretty ceremony area overlooking Lake Michigan. It also played host to their tented rehearsal dinner, and served as home-base throughout the weekend!

saugatuck wedding the porches saugatuck wedding ceremony the porchesI loved all of the details of this wedding. They chose a gorgeous color palette of orange, and yellow with pops of red and we had so much fun incorporating their vibrant colors throughout the day, from the flowers to the bridesmaids belts. The floral designs created by Jennifer and her team at Modern Day Floral were just stunning. For the reception we brought in brown chiavari chairs, a beautiful chocolate brown patterned linen from La Tavola, lots of mixed glass, gold mercury glass, bright flowers, and little pops of succulents. There was an underlying theme to the wedding of “Home is wherever I’m with you”…the escort cards were hung from vintage keys, and each table was named after a street that the bride or groom had lived at. At each table there was a framed story written by someone who lived with them at that address, as well as a photo of them! It was so cute and guests spent a lot of time walking from table to table checking them all out—it was a great way to get people to mix and talk! The table numbers were mock street signs.

saugatuck wedding ceremony the porches bridesmaidssaugatuck center for the arts wedding detailsKate+Evan hosted their reception at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, and we absolutely fell in love with this venue! They rented the entire facility, and had access to any spaces they wanted to use. It was a lot of fun to come in as a planner and get to determine how we would use each space of the building throughout the event. The cocktail hour was hosted in the newly renovated rain garden outside, and then guests moved into the covered pavilion area for dinner. Inside, the lobby was used for the band and the dance area, and with its 3 huge glass garage doors, it was the perfect setting for a dance party. We used one of the art galleries as a lounge, featuring red chairs and couches, and cocktail tables for guests who wanted to sit and chat, instead of dancing! saugatuck center for the arts receptionKate+Evan, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your beautiful celebration! All of these lovely photos were taken by Ben Pancoast of Ben Pancoast Photography!

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2 Comments

  • Tara says:

    What is the ceremony “venue” ??? THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!

  • jessica says:

    Hi Tara! The venue used to be called “The Porches” but has since been purchased as a private home and is (sadly) no longer available for rent–it was certainly lovely!

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