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libby + dan’s fall wedding at post family farms

I love our clients. Really, I can’t begin to say how lucky we feel getting to work with some of the sweetest, most adorable and fun couples around! Libby + Dan were no exception–we worked with them for over a year as we planned a fun wedding day at Post Family Farms that included a lovely color palette of coral, burgundy & gray; patterned linens, beautiful flowers from Modern Day Floral, yard games, a delicious comfort-food menu, a rocking band & tons of personal details.

We incorporated lots of the couples favorite items–comfort foods, vintage sodas, Garrett’s popcorn, Kilwin’s caramel apples, rustic farm-inspired details like the giant hay bail with custom floral monogram embellishments, invitations adorned with vintage mix & match stamps…such a fun day to design & plan! Thank you Libby + Dan for letting us be a part of your special day–we had a blast planning with you and your family & we wish you many, many hears of happiness!

Lovely Photos by 430 Studios

Stella Services: Full Service Planning & Design

Thanks to all of the lovely vendors who made this day possible: Post Family Farms, 430 Studios, Coastline Productions, Matt Stedman Band, Modern Day Floral, Mirabella Confections, Dream Tree Design

real wedding video :: a lovely vintage beach wedding on lake michigan

Kim & Brian – 07.19.13 from Forever Fossilized, LLC on Vimeo.

Check out this lovely video of Kim+Brian’s 2013 wedding created by Forever Fossilized. They did a fantastic job of capturing this fun couple and beautiful outdoor wedding! Kim & Brian planned a destination wedding in St. Joseph all the way fro California, and we were thrilled to be able to work with them in planning this sweet, vintage-inspired event.

Stella Event Design Services: Full Service Planning & Design

a venue tour & photo shoot at hidden vineyard wedding barn

How time flies! Back in October we were invited out to Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn in Berrien Springs to set up a Spring-inspired wedding shoot. We’ve been to the venue a few times to finish and we’re happy to get to share a little tour of the space and let you have a peak at what it has to offer. Plus, we have some pretty eye candy, so be sure to read on to the photo shoot at the bottom! Lovely photos by the very talented Ben Pancoast Photography, who is always so much fun to work with, even when we’re wrapping up a shoot at 11pm!

So let’s start with a little virtual tour of the exterior: The back of the property features picturesque scenery that includes a giant pond and views of the rolling country side and vineyards. The balcony at the back has great views and your ceremony could be hosted in the back of the barn, or under their beautiful old Catalpa tree that sits on one side of the barn. Lots of space and lots of options!
2014-01-08_0001 They did a great job with the interior of this venue. The upper level features the main entertainment space…the guest areas, restrooms and catering prep room. The lower level features a lounge area, brides room, grooms area, and another set of restrooms. (Clockwise  below: brides room, mirror collection in the brides room, lounge area that sits outside of the bridal room, upstairs women’s restroom, and the grooms area)
2014-01-08_0002The main area of the barn fits about 150 comfortable, and the covered deck area can be used for additional seating if you like. We did several layouts for our shoot, utilizing a mixture of long and round tables, which I think works really nicely in this space. Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn does not have in-house vendors, so you have the flexibility of bringing in your own catering, bar service, alcohol, etc, which is always nice. Beloe (upper left) you’ll see the view from the barn out onto the deck that overlooks the property. There is a lot of room for a cocktail hour on the deck, or in the yard just below the deck!
2014-01-08_0003Now moving on to the pretty stuff. We picked this pretty blue that pops alongside the wood of the barn, accented with a pale yellow napkin, threw in some of our brick brown rattan chargers and used a fun and textural mix of flowers including: hydrangea, astilbe, scabiosa pods, freesia, succulents, roses, snapdragons, tulips, craspedia, ranunculus and Queen Anne’s Lace.


The lovely cake was provided by C’est La Vie Cakes, who are always such a pleasure to work with! We shot in the evening, during the same time that weddings usually take place and wrapped up around 11:00 when they usually end, so I’ll leave you with a night shot of the barn as we welcome one of Southwest Michigan’s newest wedding venues onto the scene. Thanks for inviting us out to design your pretty space!
The Team
Venue: Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn
Photography: Ben Pancoast
Design & Floral: Stella Event Design
Cake: C’est La Vie Cakes
Linens & Rattan Chargers: Stella Event Design
Place Settings: CK Catering

real michigan wedding :: a california rustic wedding in saugatuck

Katy was one of my favorite kinds of brides. She came in with a big-picture idea –she wanted the wedding to feel organic, rustic–but not too rustic–and wanted to incorporate the color purple. And then she let us really run wild with the design and present a concept that was so much fun to put together. The color palette for this September was a twist on traditional fall colors, featuring persimmon, eggplant, mossy green and pops of soft blue. We also mixed in some pops of gold!
We dubbed Katy’s wedding day style “California rustic”— organic and contemporary elements tied together with some rustic accents. There were no plain-jane vases here—wood serving trays, gold-dipped bottles, galvanized zinc cylinders, clay terrariums and glossy white vases all made an appearance in this eclectic design scheme.

I just love Katy’s gorgeous dress–it was absolutely perfect on her! Ladies, if you have a chance to buy a dress with pockets, let me assure you that you will not regret it!

The reception was held at the lovely Saugatuck Center for the Arts, which is one of our favorite venues. It’s centrally located right in downtown Saugatuck, and offers the entire building/grounds for events. The outdoor rain garden was used for cocktail hour, dinner was held in the pavilion, and the night was wrapped up with dancing in the lobby, which features 3 huge glass garage doors, so even the indoor space can feel like it’s outside! We utilized the contemporary red soft seating normally used throughout the building to create lounge areas, both in the front lobby for those who wanted to be near the action, and in one of the galleries, where guests could escape for a quiet escape to chat.
I love mixing up linens and I was so glad that Katy was open to mixing and matching colors, solids and patterns! All in all we had 7 different linens that made appearances at this wedding, The dessert table featured a ribbon banner of eggplant and blue and showcased a small cake and an assortment of delicious pies from Crane’s. We brought in some warm tones via gold chiavari chairs, brick brown rattan chargers, gold-dipped vases, and some centerpieces even included brassy metal pine cones.
Katy+Jeff, thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of our special day, and for trusting us with the look and feel of your wedding. We can’t begin to tell you how much we enjoyed bringing your vision to life!
Vendors: Reception venue: Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Catering: Christine Ferris, Photographer: The Compass Points Here, DJ: friend of the bride, Bar service: Beverage Specialists by Liquor Locker, Tent: Taylor Rental of Holland, Chiavari Chairs:, Floral: Crystal Springs, Pies: Crane’s, Centerpiece containers & props: Stella Event Design, Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental via Stella Event Design

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

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

real wedding :: jamie+kevin’s romantic vineyard wedding in southwest michigan

From the first time we met with Jamie and Kevin, we knew that it was going to be a real treat planning and designing a vineyard wedding for this sweet couple. They envisioned a romantic, vintage-inspired celebration with shades of pink, yellow and grey, with pops of light blue. Our design incorporated custom table runners, a variety of eclectic mix-and-match centerpieces, custom wine bottle table numbers, lots of candlelight and many unique details.  The crafty bride took our design plan and ran with it, incorporating some DIY projects of her own that made the day especially unique & personal to them. Enjoy the beautiful photos captured by the always-amazing 430 Studios!


The wedding ceremony was absolutely gorgeous. Jamie arrived in a vintage car, which drove her to the aisle with her dad. The aisle was accented by vintage doors, hanging jars of baby’s breath and draped ribbons, all of which lead to a beautiful stone gazebo accented with suspended flowers hung with ribbon. It was the perfect way to frame such a lovely couple.


I loved their sweetheart table, which was playful and fun featuring a gorgeous linen from La Tavola that was reminiscent of the brides dress, and was framed by a colorful ribbon banner made by the bride! The light up monogram letters accented the dance floor and were made by the brides father (I love that!) Ladies, don’t underestimate what your dads are able to do for you—we have seen so many amazing creations come from crafty & handy fathers!
We just love the detail on these delicious homemade pies provided by Piggott’s Farm Market as part of the dessert table!
This may be one of my favorite ring-shots to date, and Jamie’s dress was just so beautiful—it was absolutely perfect for her! Jamie+Kevin, thank you again for letting us be a part of your special day–we can’t tell you how much we enjoyed working on your beautiful day with you!
Vendors: Ceremony, Reception venue & caterer: Willow Harbor Vineyards, Photography: 430 Studios, Vintage Car: Magnum Limo, Pies: Piggott’s Farm Market, Floral: Crystal Springs Florist

Stella Event Design services provided: Design, Day-of Coordination & Decor Rentals


floral services for your 2014 wedding in southwest michigan

Happy Monday! We’re fresh off of working a beautiful wedding this weekend at Millcreek Barns, and we’re in the mood for an announcement! After years of dreaming, months of planning, and more recently–weeks of hard work on a new workspace–we are thrilled to officially announce that we will be offering in-house, full service floral design to our clients! Please excuse all of the exclamation points in this post, but we’re pretty excited! Last week we visited one of our wholesalers to pick up some Spring blooms to play with, and here are a few little pretties we whipped up for fun…a big thank you to our office neighbor Ben Pancoast Photography for snapping some pretty pics for us!

southwest michigan florist

We’ll be sharing many more details about our floral services next month, when we launch our shiny new website as part of our re-branding project, but we just couldn’t wait to share!

So why add floral services, you may ask? Well, after years of offering design services, it was a natural evolution for us. We’ve been picking out the blooms, the containers, linens, lighting and every other visual aspect of weddings for our design clients, and the one area we lacked control over the vision we had was the actual creation of the floral pieces. Now don’t get me wrong, I can’t say enough good things about the florists we’ve worked with over the years–they’re beyond amazing and they’ve done a wonderful job for us–but we’re very excited about how simple this will make the design process for our wonderful brides. So after years of “playing” with flowers, acting as florist for our friends & family and taking an amazing floral design course in Chicago, we’re very excited to take the next step of offering this service to our brides!

We’re offering services in 2013 on a very limited basis, as our planning schedule is already full, but we’ll be offering it throughout 2014, for any Stella Event Design clients who are wanting to add our floral services to their planning & design services. We’re SO excited about how easy and seamless this will make the design process for our brides, and the creativity and control it will give us to ensure things are perfect for our brides.  And for brides who are interested in utilizing our planning & design services, but already have a florist secured—no worries—we’re still happy to work with any and all area florists to make your day perfect! So stay tuned, you’ll be seeing a lot of pretty florals popping up on the blog from here on out.

A special thanks to our office neighbor & wedding photographer Ben Pancoast for the pretty pictures he snapped for us!


real wedding :: a colorful wedding at the blue dress barn

I absolutely love this color palette! You can’t get much cheerier than a beautiful sunshine yellow, paired with a lush green. And my very favorite thing about this beautiful Blue Dress Barn wedding, is that in lieu of a bridal party, the bride & groom asked their guests to join them as their attendants, by wearing the wedding colors! So the entire wedding was filled with guests donning their shades of green and yellow. How cute!


The ceremony was held on the beach of Lake Michigan. Personally, I find it hard to beat the beautiful backdrop that a beach wedding provides…the sound of the waves, the blowing dune grass…it makes for a truly enchanting setting for a ceremony.



I absolutely love her cheery yellow bouquet, wrapped in burlap ribbon…the perfect rustic accent for a barn wedding! The beautiful florals were done by Crystal Springs, and I believe the rest of the photos by Jennifer Mayo Studios speak for themselves!


Jennifer + Brian, thank you for letting us be a part of your beautiful wedding here in Southwest Michigan…we wish you many, many more to come!



real wedding :: a sweet tented wedding in south haven

Kristen is one of those people who just exudes happiness, and constantly has a giant smile on her face. I was lucky enough to spend an entire day with her early in our planning, driving all over the county, looking at beach properties, resorts and barns, to find the perfect location for her intimate wedding. She wanted the entire weekend to be relaxed, fun, and centered around spending as much time with their family and friends as possible. To achieve this, she couldn’t have chosen a better location—Kristen & Jason hosted their wedding at Sun ‘n Sand Resort in South Haven, which allowed every one of their guests to stay on site, and be a part of the entire weekends activities, from a welcome dinner & bonfire, to the day after brunch.

south haven wedding


The ceremony took place on the grounds, with the aisle lined in vintage sap buckets filled with mounds of baby’s breath, and a canopy swagged in simple burlap. The kids were some of the cutest I’ve seen, with my very favorite being the “flag bearer” in his adorable seer sucker suit–helped here by one of the flower girls who took a liking to the flag over her flowers.


The reception was tented next to the properties pond, looking out over an expansive yard and fields. Each table was different, and I especially loved the runners on the tables, which were made from fabric collected by the bride–every one was different, and was perfectly paired with centerpieces that were composed of mixed milk glass vases & votives, vintage milk bottles (embossed with the grooms last name, Spriggs!) and an assortment of blue, white and yellow blooms. The table numbers were hand made by the bride!
sizelove7Guests were called to dinner by the sounds of a bagpiper, and during the reception guests enjoyed a traditional pig roast provided by CK Catering, a lemonade stand, and the eclectic sounds of The Michaels, a fun musical duo that played a little bit of everything! Kristen & Jason, thank you again for letting us be a part of your special day—we were so thrilled to be able to witness your beautiful wedding day, filled with love, family & fun!

Thanks to our friends at 430Studios for the lovely Photos!

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