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real michigan wedding :: stephanie+marshall’s millcreek barn wedding

Talk about photogenic–Stephanie and Marshall are SUCH a cute couple! They were absolutely head over heels in love with each other and so calm about everything. It made working with them on their special day at Millcreek Barns a real treat! 2013 was an amazing year for dresses—we saw so many amazing gowns at our events and Stephanie’s was no exception—it’s just gorgeous! Enjoy the lovely photos below from our friends at 430 Studios!


They chose Mill Creek Barn as their venue, and it was a picture perfect day. One of our favorite things about Millcreek is that there are so many amazing photo opportunities right on the property–there’s no need to drive around–you can change on site in the adorable bridal cottage, roam the property for photos, and be ready to go for your ceremony!


The décor, in varying shades of soft pink, was romantic and slightly vintage in style. Mill Creek has a rustic elegance about it, and this wedding definitely highlighted that beautifully.


Stephanie’s accessories were absolutely stunning from the blush gems to the shoes. And speaking of the shoes–these amazing & shimmery Jimmy Choo’s are definitely our favorite glam shoe of the season!


Stephanie+Marshall, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day—it was lovely, you are lovely, and we are so glad you let us be a part of it!


Vendors: Ceremony & Reception Venue: Millcreek Barns, Photographer: 430 Studios, Floral: Beikmann Associates, Catering: CK Catering, Cake: Dee’s Specialty Cakes, DJ: AllStar Productions, Hair & Makeup: Julie Strating, Ruffled Burlap Runners: Stella Event Design, Bar Service: Beverage Specialists by Liquor Locker

Stella Event Design Services Provided: Day-of Coordination, Decor Rentals

featured :: emily+aaron’s millcreek barns wedding on style me pretty

Today we’re taking a little break from featuring a 2012 wedding here on our blog, and are sending you over to the Style Me Pretty Little Black Book Blog, to check out Emily+Aaron’s beautiful Millcreek Barns wedding, which is featured today! We helped to coordinate this lovely wedding, and also provided many of our vintage decor items, which we rent through our sister company Simply Stella Events—we have tons of unique items, from chalkboards to tea tins, crates, unique cake plates, vases & jars, milk glass vases, mercury glass, and more!


So be sure to check it out, featuring some lovely photos by Jen Lynne Photography

real wedding :: a beautiful day at millcreek barns

Leah+Dan’s August wedding at Millcreek Barns had all the ingredients for a delightfully adorable day. Lovely bridesmaids in mis-matched gowns? Check. Handcrafted DIY details? Check. A crafty, DIY bride? Check! When I first met Leah a few months before the wedding, she had already spent countless hours creating her perfect wedding day—from collecting a plethora of milk glass & vintage cake plates, to crafting a beautiful ceremony ribbon banner with her bridesmaids—she just needed us help her bring all those beautiful details to life, and keep her wedding day running smoothly, so she could be a blissful, stress-free bride.


I ADORED these bridesmaids dresses! I love that brides are giving their ‘maids a color palette and letting them choose the style and shade that fits them best. It’s a great way to not only ensure your bridal party looks stunning, but it ensures everyone feels beautiful and confident int heir wedding day garb. Love it.



I can’t say enough good things about Millcreek—no matter how many weddings we do there (and in 2012 it was a lot!) I never get tired of it. So natural & beautiful! We dressed the guest tables with burlap overlays, and embroidered doilies she collected. The florals were showcased in a mixture of vintage milk glass, filled with soft, romantic blooms in pale pinks, greens and white.

Leah+Dan, thank you again for letting us be a part of your wedding day—we’re thrilled to have been able to help bring all of your beautiful planning together! Lovely photos by Allie Siarto Photography

real wedding video sneak peek :: jess+matt at millcreek barns

I absolutely loved this wedding…not just because the brides dress was gorgeous, or because it was one of my favorite design projects of the year, or because the color palette was amazing. Jessica + Matt were hands down one of the nicest couples, with one of the nicest families, that I’ve ever had the chance to work with. Jess and her mom were so much fun to plan with, and it was one of those weddings where I was sort of sad to see it all end!

Jessica + Matt – Pure Michigan from Highway 61 Films on Vimeo.

There were great details in this wedding–we tracked down a vintage library card catalog to house the escort cards (which looked like library cards and featured a mad lib on the back), kraft paper menus were tied around peaches at each place setting (our summer interns marked this as one of their least favorite tasks of the year, but they were so cute and completely worth the time!) and their guest book–a vintage book chosen by the brides sister and re-bound into a guest book–sat atop an old blue dresser I found at a resale shop and decorated with doilies, books provided by the brides mother, and beautiful florals from Modern Day Floral. Honestly, there’s more beauty going on here than I can even describe in this little post, so luckily it was captured by our friends over at Highway 61 Films. Check it out!

real wedding :: vintage charm at millcreek barns

Talk about some pretty details! Ling+John Michael tied the knot Memorial Day weekend in Southwest Michiga, at the always lovely Millcreek Barns. Their wedding was filled with details and vintage charm, and captured beautifully by Lamb+Lark Photography.

millcreek_wedding_anthropologie_inspiredThe bride collected a myriad of vintage items from a friends antique store—everything from vintage crates and books to assorted glassware, watering cans, suitcases, old drawers, and more!  We incorporated all of the items into table designs that were each unique and completely different. Tables were covered with a mixture of burlap runners and overlays—the lovely florals were provided by Crystal Springs Florist, who filled a variety of containers with ranunculus, peony, hydrangea, baby’s breath, roses and Queen Anne’s lace—just to name a few!


millcreek_barn_wedding_details_dessert_tableHow cute is this dessert table? We mixed in old suitcases, tin film canisters and even gardener’s boxes, to showcase an assortment of cake pops and pies, laid atop of vintage fabrics. This is a great example of how florals can really add to your dessert, gift or escort card tables! In lieu of a traditional guest book, guests could choose a vintage post card, and leave a personl note for the couple. When deciding on your wedding “guest book” it’s great to consider ways that allow guests to provide you with more than just their name and address—you sent them an invitation so you already have them. Give them the chance to leave you a heart-felt message, or marital advice and you’ll have tons of fun reading them later!

millcreek_barn_wedding_vintage_detailsmillcreek_barn_wedding_detailsEscort cards were hand-lettered, tea-stained cards featuring vintage keys. We displayed them on our rustic barn wood escort card holder, and accented the table with more vintage books, suitcases and florals. Such a beautiful wedding day for a very sweet couple. Thank you Ling+John Michael, for letting us be a part of your special day!


Photos by Lamb+Lark Photography

real wedding :: a rustic chic garden party at millcreek barns

I know it’s been a long wait since we last posted one of our weddings, but now that wedding season is winding down, and we’re starting to get pro-photos, we’re so excited to share some of our beautiful 2012 weddings with you! And this first wedding of 2012 is one of my very favorites–Emily & Yale tied the knot on a beautiful day in May at the beautiful Millcreek Barns. We had the pleasure of working with Emily+Yale for almost 18 months, offering full service planning, from choosing their venue to designing their decor, we were thrilled to help them bring every detail of this wedding together!

millcreek_barns_rusic_chic_vintage_weddingEmily was my favorite kind of bride—she gave us a color palette to work with, gave us a general idea of her personal style, and let us do the rest.  In getting to know this couple, I knew we needed to pair the traditional with the eclectic, so we put our own rustic chic spin on a traditional garden party! The flowers included seasonal favorites like big fluffy peonies and fragrant purple lilacs, beautiful green hydrangeas, queen annes lace and succulents. The tables featured 3 different centerpieces—a tall centerpiece set atop a weathered white iron candelabra, a  clustered centerpiece that featured assorted bottles and vases filled with colorful stems, books (a nod to the couples love of reading) and succulents in antique glass votives. The third centerpiece was a low arrangement in a weathered wood box. I love that this wedding surprised so many people—throughout the night the bride and groom got comments from their family & friends—many who were unsure about what a barn wedding was like—and they absolutely loved everything! It’s always fun to surprise people with something they don’t expect to see in a barn like Millcreek, yet works so perfectly!

millcreek_barns_rusic_chic_vintage_wedding_centerpieceThe brides mother collects cake plates, so when planning out the dessert table, we knew we wanted to incorporate as many as we could. Luckily, many were even in the color scheme, in green and purple glasses! We covered the table in a beautiful textured moss green linen, and set off the whole display with a beautiful ribbon banner featuring light greens, lilacs, and pops of eggplant and lace.  The delicious cupcakes were from Mimi’s Cupcakes in St. Joseph—our favorite location for tasty cupcake treats!

TIP: If you’re in the market to make or buy a ribbon banner for your wedding, be sure to bring a steamer along with you! it’s almost impossible to store a ribbon banner for any length of time without it creasing and wrinkling, and you’ll be glad you steamed it out so it looks crisp and fresh! Our Event Assistant Holden gets kudos for making this one look so lovely!


millcreek_barns_rusic_chic_vintage_wedding_dessert_tableOne of my favorite details of this wedding was the white knot display, which we created for the first time. You can’t quite read the sign in the photo, but it says,

“While we will forever look upon this day with great joy, we cannot help but feel sadness for our friends and loved ones who, under current legislation, have had their rights to marry stripped away. The White Knot is a symbol of marriage equality. If you choose, please wear this knot to show your support for basic human rights. We hope that one day soon, everyone will have the chance to experience the love and happiness of their wedding day. We believe in marriage equality! -Emily & Yale”

The bride hand tied 100’s of white knots and guests were able to pin them on to show their support. It was a great way for the bride & groom to bring light to something very near and dear to them and I loved that they chose to do this!


My 2nd favorite thing about this wedding…well, maybe 3rd, I really loved the decor design…was the band! Hey Jimmy out of Chicago rocked the barn all night and I have to say I was absolutely blown away…we have been wanting to use them for a wedding for years and they were just as amazing as we had hoped! Emily & Yale, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day—we loved getting to know you and work with you—you’re a beautiful couple inside and out and we wish you many, many more happy days!

Lovely photos by Lamb+Lark….Belle rocks! And she actually shot TWO weddings with us at Millcreek this same weekend, so we’ve got more pretty eye candy from her comping up very soon!

Don’t forget to join us at the 2012 LAKE SHORE WEDDING WALK & BRIDAL BIDS AUCTION on Sunday, September 16th! Get tickets HERE and use promocode STELLABLOG for free passes! We’ll have tons of great ideas set up for you, all of our unique rental items, and if you love our design, you can bid on a design package with us worth $1500, with all proceeds benefitting Wish Upon a Wedding, at the Bridal Bids Auction, following the Wedding Walk!

real weddings::brynne+bradys fall wedding at millcreek barns

I love a great Michigan barn wedding. The only thing better is a barn wedding on a gorgeous fall day, with a beautiful couple, super nice family and a rockin’ band. And that’s exactly what we had on October 9th….an absolutely gorgeous day for Brynne+Brady to tie the knot at Millcreek barns! I have to say, Brynne’s dress is one of my all-time favorites, and I absolutely loved that the bridesmaids were bundled up in matching boots, scarves, hats and sweaters—it was so adorable and kept everyone toasty warm and comfortable! Check out Brynne’s bouquet in the top right picture—-yep, those are buttons! Brynne’s crafty mom Melanie fashioned all of the bouquets and boutonnieres out of buttons and they were absolutely fabulous.

Another thing I loved was the coffee cart from American Espresso. We set them up right in the dining room and they provided guests with made-to-order coffees, hot chocolate, espresso, cappuccino, hot ciders, Italian sodas…it was a huge hit and perfect for a cool fall day! Every detail of this detail was beautiful, and lovingly created the mother of the bride, Melanie. She was a pleasure to work with and we were so happy to help her bring all of her details to life so she could relax and be the MOB for the day!

All of the beautiful images were captured by Lisa & Rob of Walcott Imaging! Here’s one more of that awesome bouquet and the bridesmaids attire—love it!

real wedding::kate+brett at millcreek barns

I think the pictures say it all with this wedding—-super crafty, talented bride with an amazing vision. Check! An amazing location. Check! Beautiful flowers and an AMAZING color palette. Check! Kate+Bretts labor day weekend wedding at Mill Creek Barns was absolutely stunning and the credit on this one all goes to Kate—a beautiful bride with an eye for beautiful details, and some amazing DIY skills! Mary had the pleasure of coordinating this wedding and helped to pull together all of the details.  And there were A LOT of beautiful details—-check them out below!


The bride did a great job of mixing modern design elements with country details, and everything was a perfect fit in the beautiful MillCreek Barns! Flowers were crafted by the very talented Sheri Beikmann of Beikmann Associates, and the buttery yellows were just delicious! A delicious meal was provided by CK Catering (we love those guys!), the beautiful cake was crafted by Bit of Swiss Pastry Shop in Stevensville, and all of this lovely eye candy is courtesy of Miss Cindy Corstange at The Open Shutter! This post is long, but it was hard to narrow down the pics—I could have done 3 posts!
Kate+Brett, congratulations on your special day, and thank you for allowing us to be a part of it! We wish you many more beautiful days as you start your lives together!

real wedding::michele+john at mill creek barns

September is one of my favorite months for weddings—especially outdoors! The weather cools down, beaches clear out, and fall weddings lend themselves to so many rich and vibrant color choices! When Michele+John decided to host their ultra-relaxed and intimate wedding at Mill Creek Barns on September 25th, I knew it was going to be fantastic. They are a laid back and super sweet couple, and I could tell from their first email that I was going to enjoy working with them!


We plan a lot of beach weddings throughout the summer, but September is my favorite month for lake shore nuptials! With kids back in school, the beaches are deserted and we are able to have a pristine, beach go-er free backdrop for ceremonies on Lake Michigan! Michele+John had a beautiful ceremony, with beautiful crashing waves, and despite just a bit of chilliness, it was an absolutely gorgeous afternoon! Guests were greeted with baskets of flip flops so they could slip off their formal shoes before hopping in the sand and Michele’s dress….absolutely gorgeous! Instead of a unity candle or sand ceremony, they planted a rosemary bush, adding soil and water from vintage blue mason jars, symbolizing the love they will nurture and help to grow.


After the ceremony,  guests headed over to Mill Creek Barns where they were greeted with passed h’ors dourves, lemonade and iced tea, hot cider , delicious apple donuts and old-fashioned yard games like croquet and bocce ball! Vintage blue mason jars filled with bright and cheery sunflowers adorned the tables, and guests were given tiny glass jars filled with orange, yellow and green chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. A vintage window pain strung with twine and clothespins held “wishes” from guests…so many adorable details

Friends and family enjoyed a delicious family-style meal before dancing the evening away and enjoying a lovely bonifre. All of these lovely photos were captured by Amy Carroll (who we were so excited to get a chance to work with!) and you can see many, many more on her blog!

Michele+John, thanks for letting us be a part of your special day—it was a personal and beautiful day and we were so happy to be there!

real wedding::50’s inspired garden party at mill creek barns (part 2)

Megan+ Will’s beautiful wood rings were made by a Chicago artisan, and Megan’s was set with Moissanite, a diamond alternative. After learning that Megan & Will had spent 2 years in Africa, I wasn’t surprised that they had opted for a conflict-free diamond alternative. You can also find eco-friendly conflict-free rings at!

When Megan and I met for her first consultation she told me that she wanted her wedding to be more like a fun, family gathering than a traditional wedding reception. They wanted people to have time to enjoy and interact with one another, visit with them, and have a great time. So, after the ceremony, while the couple took photos around the beautiful property of Mill Creek Barns, we set out lawn games for the guests to enjoy: croquet, bocce ball, corn hole/bag toss and my favorite–super size Jenga! People enjoyed the games both before and after dinner and it was a fun way for everyone to enjoy the beautiful day! Giving guests a little extra entertainment during cocktail hour also allowed them to enjoy their photos without worrying about getting back too quickly! After a delicious meal by CK Catering, a beautiful (and yummy) cake by Cocoa Bean, guests enjoyed dancing, a colorful candy bar, and at dusk, we fired up the bonfire for guests to enjoy some s’mores! All photos were captured by photographer Ben Pancoast!