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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 :: an all-inclusive beach ceremony in Holland

Beach weddings are something we’ve always gotten a lot of emails, phone calls and visits about. Which beach can I get married on? What if I have a large group and need to set up chairs? Which musicians will plan on the beach? How do we handle parking fees? For some people, a small intimate beach ceremony is all they’re interested in, and they want to skip a big, traditional reception. For some, all of the details that go into a beach ceremony are just more than they want to handle. So in 2012 we started offering All-Inclusive Beach Ceremony Services, which bundle together everything a bride needs, from picking the right beach to an officiant, flowers, bamboo arch, aisle decor, boutonnieres, chairs, musician and photography….plus our help in pulling it all together before hand, and on the day of.


Christan was one such bride, who just didn’t want to manage all of the hassle that goes into a beach ceremony. She gave us her colors, let us know what decor she wanted (ferns with white lilies up the aisle, blue chair sashes, and a bamboo arch with blue and white fabric) and we took care of everything. We booked a cellist, provided a photographer, worked with the beach to secure permission and setup times, and on the day-of we loaded everything in, set up, and tore it all down. Christan+Jeremiah just had to show up and enjoy their ceremony.They also had us set up their reception decor, so prior to heading to the beach, we spent the morning at their reception hall placing centerpieces and favors, decorating the cake table, and making sure everything was perfect for their arrival later that evening.


All-Inclusive Beach Ceremony packages are completely customizable and can include as little, or as much as you need, from decor and flowers to officiants, musicians and rentals—and all of your decor can be tailored to your own personal style & color scheme. Working with Christan was so much fun & we loved making her beautiful beach wedding dream a reality—thank you for letting us be a part of your special day, Christan+Jeremiah!

Lovely photos by Gingertown Photography

press :: featured in The Knot Michigan

Kate+Evan’s beautiful Saugatuck wedding was featured in the most recent Spring 2013 issue of The Knot Michigan! We’re beyond thrilled to see some of their wedding details featured in one of our favorite magazines.Congrats to some of our favorite vendors who worked on this wedding with us, including Modern Day Floral, Ben Pancoast Photography, Saugatuck Center for the Arts &

See more of Kate+Evans colorful Saugatuck wedding on our blog



Photos by Ben Pancoast Photography

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 wedding :: event design at shadowland ballroom

Along with planning & coordination, we also offer design services. We get to know our couples and their style, and turn their folders of photos — or for some, just an overall feeling — into a cohesive design that reflects their personality. We offer customized design services, specialty linens and decor rentals and we work with the best florists, lighting companies and rental companies to bring the designs to life.

Kim+Dan’s August 2011 wedding was one that we had a lot of fun designing. Kim is a truie “girlie-girl” and we were so excited to hear that she loved patterns, crystals, and all things pretty & glitzy! She wanted a look that was elegant, and traditional, but with a twist. We provided beautiful patterned linens in her shades of gray & yellow, and Crystal Springs Florist worked with us to bring the floral designs to life. gray yellow wedding details cake centerpiecesThe tables featured several decor elements, including a mixture of silver mercury glass arrangements, tall candelabra pieces and crystal chandeliers. Shadowland Ballroom is full of natural light, so I knew one unique way to bring another “crystal” element into the mix was incorporating a clear/silver chiavari chair. They’re far from traditional, but they’re an amazing decor piece that makes such an impact! I absolutely love them!
Shadowland Ballroom gray yellow wedding detailsA creative floor plan can go a long way in the overall look of your event, and for Kim+Dan we created a unique arrangement at Shadowland Ballroom that took full advantage of every square inch, including round tables, square tables, and long king arthur tables. Unique table layouts are a budget-friendly and easy way to add a little spice to your wedding design!A huge thank you to Kristy Photography, for all of the gorgeous photos!

Need help bringing your wedding day look to life? Event design services are included with both our basic and full service planning packages and are also available as an ala carte service, or in addition to day-of coordination! From rustic chic designs to traditional and modern, we love getting the opportunity to help brides design the wedding look of their dreams!

See more wedding decor designed by Stella Event Design:

real wedding :: lake shore wedding walk dream wedding

Where do I start with this one? I was first introduced to this pair when Sarah emailed me looking for the perfect venue, and I pointed her to The Veranda at the Whitcomb, which I thought she’d love! Then I got to meet the couple in person when, by chance, I was picking up items at the Veranda when they stopped in for a visit. They booked the venue for a May date, since Fall–their first choice–was already booked.  Then fast forward six months—we were planning the Lake Shore Wedding Walk and Sarah+Bill stopped in to say hello at our booth during the event. At the end of the Wedding Walk we gave away a $30,000 Dream Wedding, and when David Krock from the Veranda drew the name we were both shocked, because we both recognized the names—it was Sarah+Bill and I will never forget the cheers and screams that broke out when their names were announced over the sounds of “Tonights gonna be a good night” by the Black Eyed Peas. I honestly can’t hear that song without thinking of Sarah+Bill and their exciting moment back in 2010!

Their wedding took place a year later on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at their favorite venue, The Veranda at the Whitcomb, who was generous enough to sponsor the giveaway and provide their gorgeous location, and they even got their perfect fall date after all! We had a huge host of amazing vendors who helped to make this wedding a reality, and I think I can speak for every single vendor when I say that we couldn’t have asked for a nicer couple to work with!

Sarah+Bill tied the knot at the band shell in downtown St. Joseph with one of our favorite local wedding officiants, Bonnie Corondan of Sacred Ceremonies. They treated their guests to delicious treats from the GelatoSmith gelato cart as they left the ceremony and if you’ve never been to a wedding with a gelato cart, trust us, you are missing out on something amazing! The cake Sarah picked out from Dee’s Specialty Cakes was pretty amazing. I loved how bright and bold it was, and that it was simple and sleek, while still being interested and extremely elegant. It was probably one of my favorite cakes of 2011, and it doesn’t hurt that it was delicious!

The beautiful bouquets were created by Kimberly Layne Flower Company. I absolutely love white on white in the Veranda at the Whitcomb, and the bright pops of yellow from the locally grown sunflowers was perfect burst of color for this fall wedding. I can’t say enough good things about how above and beyond CK Catering went to make sure Sarah+Bill had their dream wedding, right down to creating one of Sarah’s family recipes as an appetizer. The beautiful lantern lighting and uplighting on the Verandas columns was provided by Mod Events. They do an amazing job with event lighting, and this wedding was no different—it helped set a great atmosphere, and amazing lighting for Jennifer Mayo from Jennifer Mayo Studios, who took all of the lovely photos!Sarah+Bills Save the dates created by Cloud Nine Invitation Design were inspired by a classic Woodstock poster, and the birds were tied in throughout the day, from table numbers to the wishing tree cards. It was such a cute personal touch for this fun, laid back couple! Right from the beginning, this couple promised that their friends and family were BIG dancers, and boy did they deliver! I have to say, this was by far the biggest group of dancers I’ve seen and they had some serious skills! Tim Sewcyck of Music Unlimited provided the nights entertainment and kept everyone on the floor all night. Catching all of the days festivities on film were All Star productions—we can’t wait to see the video from this beautiful wedding. You can also see more photos of Sarah+Bills Dream Wedding featured in the Winter 2011 issue of WeddingDay Magazine. Sarah+Bill, we can’t tell you how much we enjoyed working with you to plan your Dream Wedding! We could not have asked for a more caring, fun & amazing couple to have won this honor and we enjoyed every minute of planning with you! We hope St. Joseph will always hold a special place in your hearts and you’ll come back to visit us often!

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!

real wedding :: mandy+keith’s lakeside wedding in St. Joseph

Mandy+Keith tied the knot on a beautiful day in July and we could not have asked for more perfect weather! This couple is one of the sweetest I’ve worked with and so much love could be felt as family and friends watched Mandy+Keith say I do. After the intimate lake front ceremony, guests held sparklers and created an aisle for the bride and groom to walk through as they headed to pictures on the beach. Very fitting for Fourth of July weekend and it made for some great photos!

michigan beach wedding sparklersmichigan beach wedding detailsMandy loves Tiffany blue and found bridesmaids dresses that matched the color perfectly.  She paired the dresses with bouquets of red dahlias (which I absolutely love!) and red jewelry pieces from etsy.  The girls looked gorgeous!michigan beach wedding Mandy+Keith, thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.  It was a privilege to witness the beginning of your life together and we wish you many, many more happy times together!

Images by Bradley James Photography