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real wedding :: a fall wedding at the veranda at the whitcomb

Michigan wedding designed by Stella Event DesignWe have SO many beautiful 2011 weddings still left to blog and Laura+Joe’s wedding at The Veranda at the Whitcomb is one that I’m very excited to share. Laura contacted us last spring and I knew right away that she’d be a lot of fun to work with! We were hired to both design & coordinate Laura+Joe’s October wedding in St. Joseph, and I was so excited to tackle a fall design project, because it’s one of my very favorite seasons! Laura chose a gorgeous color palette of red, orange, yellow, green and a pop of plum, and wanted a warm, romantic wedding that was beautiful, and a hint of traditional, but not over the top or “frou-frou” (as we like to call it!)

Laura+Joe at The Veranda at the WhitcombWe wanted this wedding to have a warm, fall feeling to it, without being cheesy or too “themed” so we incorporated accents of gold with the chiavari chairs, gold framed table numbers, and gold mercury glass votives. Mercury glass is a great way to mix in metallics while still keeping things soft and romantic! We designed 3 different centerpieces, high, medium and low, which gave the room dimension and visual interest. We have to give a HUGE thank you to Shelly and the gals at Crystal Springs Florist who brought our floral designs to life. They do a great job reading our minds and translating our ideas into reality and the centerpieces were absolutely perfect!

Laura+Joe wedding designMichigan wedding designed by Stella Event DesignWe gave a nod to fall by incporporating metallic gold leaves as escort cards, which hung between two tins filled with curly willow branches. The table numbers each featured vintage South Shore poster prints, which were a great tie-in for this Chicago couple that enjoys their trips to Southwest Michigan’s beautiful lake shore! Warm lantern lighting and colored uplights from Mod Events gave the space the perfect glow, and the beautiful cake was made by Dee’s Specialty Cakes.

Michigan wedding designed by Stella Event Design in St. JosephAll of the lovely photos were taken by Kelly Powers of Kelly Powers Photography!

photo shoot :: a nautical-inspired wedding tablescape

Way back in June—when wedding season was in full swing and life was much to busy to blog anything—we participated in the InFrame Bride Magazine tablescape photo shoot challenge, where 5 Michigan wedding planners are asked to design their version of a given tablescape theme. It’s not a competition, just a chance for all of us to show some unique ideas, and our personal approach to our theme! The overall theme was “the seasons” and being on the lake shore, we chose Summer so that we could show off beautiful Lake Michigan! We can design our tables absolutely any way we like, so photo shoots like this are always more difficult to design than weddings, because we have SO many choices…there’s no bride to keep in mind, and we’re not designing it to reflect someones personality, so the sky really is the limit on what approach we take with these photo shoot designs!
michigan beach wedding inframe bride magazineFor our design, we decided to take a unique approach to a “nautical-theme”…while avoid the usual nautical look of stripes, navy, and anchors everywhere. Our vision for this table was having it look as though it were recovered from a ship wreck, without being kitchy or themey. A romantic table that looked fitting right along the lake, with nods to items you’d find from an old washed up ship wreck….woods, metals, lots of organic and earthy materials, and of course little nautical details such as the ship wheel, chest, glass baubles, fishnet and rope. More than anything, we wanted it to feel romantic, like you’d just LOVE to sit at this table on a romantic summer night.

michigan beach wedding inframe bride magazine table setting

michigan beach wedding inframe bride magazinemichigan beach wedding inframe bride magazine cake sign The fun thing about photo shoots is that you can create your table anywhere, using anything. You don’t have to worry about the practicality of replicating your table 20+ times for a 150 person wedding, or if someone could actually eat a meal at your table, teetering atop a sand dune. So yes, you guessed it, we hauled our table, our cake, 10 lb (not joking) linen, and every other detail up and over dunes, to get it to our ideal spot over looking Lake Michigan and the light house. It was grueling and something I don’t hope to do again, but it was well worth it—who wouldn’t want this view from their sweetheart table! With so many vendors involved, we had to set the date for our shoot weeks in advance, and we were horrified to find it down pouring the entire day. It rained buckets up until about 30 minutes prior to our shoot, and started raining again about 30 minutes after finishing! While we did have a backup location, we were SO thankful we got to truly create our dream shoot in the ideal spot— right out on the beach!
michigan beach wedding inframe bride magazine table A ton of amazing vendors made this possible, and helped bring our vision to life. A huge thank you to Ben+Mindy From Studio 6.23 for shooting this for us, and being so much fun to work with! Jennifer Ederer and her team at Modern Day Floral were tasked with bringing our floral dreams to life, and like always, they nailed it with this one! The gorgeous water-inspired cake with it’s soft gradient of dark to light was provided by the very talented Dee Appelman of Dee’s Specialty Cakes and that adorable custom sign was created by Steffany Segar of Steff’s Shabby Signs! We also have to give a huge thank you to 2011 intern Kayla Weems, who helped dream up this design, had her hand in some of the hand-made details, and assisted me in setting up this crazy table! This went to print in the 2011/2012 issue of InFrame Bride Magazine, so if you see the magazine, be sure to pick it up—there’s a ton of amazing photos to check out and lots of inspiration!

All photos by Studio 6.23

real wedding :: lindsey+kevin at the Veranda at the Whitcomb

Meet Lindsey+Kevin… we had the pleasure of working with these two for 18+ months helping them to plan their wedding from start to finish. They are a super fun couple who were living in Chicago (they’ve since moved out to California) and planned a destination wedding in Michigan—the brides home state. Lindsey has a demanding job that requires her to travel every single week, so they brought us on board to help them with full service wedding planning. One of the best parts of full service planning is that we get to work with couples for such a long time and get to know them—we absolutely loved these two and they were so much fun to work with! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your very special day! All of the photos below are from the fabulous Jami Fujawa and Melissa Brentlinger of Jennifer Mayo Studios.

veranda at the whitcomb cottrell wedding

veranda at the whitcomb summer weddingI loved working with Lindsey to create a beautiful design concept for their wedding at The Veranda at the Whitcomb. We used a beautiful navy shantung linen, with lots of crisp white flowers and stationery, and pops of powdery light blue and silver. Lindsey loves photography, so we decided to create a subtle theme using frames, and incorporated them in several places: Behind the dessert table we hung frames that incorporated cute signs with the couples name, cupcake flavors, and their wedding date. The signs coordinated with their other stationery pieces, and it was a great way to create a backdrop for their dessert table, and also let guests know what types of cupcake flavors the couple was offering from Mimi’s Cupcakes! veranda at the whitcomb summer weddingOn the escort card table, we had a focal piece created with a large picture frame that was surrounded by florals…the rest of the table featured various photo frames holding the escort cards. It was adorable! Crystal Springs Florist brought all of Lindsey’s floral dreams to life, and they did an amazing job executing the designs. The tables featured three different centerpieces…a cluster of tiered clear vases featuring white roses, fluffy hydrangeas and lots of candlelight; tall trumpet vases filled with giant white calla lilies and a lower centerpiece that was packed with white blooms. It made for a clean and modern look on the tables that was perfect for this couples style. Overhead, the crew at Mod Event Ligting hung our gorgeous white lanterns that were illuminated with incandescent light. I absolutely love this look– it gives the Veranda such a soft, romantic glow!
veranda at the whitcomb summer weddingIf you’re looking for a special send-off at the end of the night, there isn’t anything much better along the lake shore than some late-night sparklers! It does take a little coordinating with 150+ people lighting them, but it makes for a fun and exciting send-off! We’ll be posting soon about how to coordinate the perfect sparkler send-off, in case you’re interested in making this happen at your upcoming wedding. You can view even more photos from this wedding on our Facebook page!

sparkler wedding sendoff veranda at the whitcomb Lindsey+Kevin, we can’t tell you how much we loved helping you to plan your beautiful Michigan wedding at The Veranda. We wish you many, many happy years and many more amazing celebrations!

real wedding::an anthropologie-inspired wedding at the veranda at the whitcomb

Back in June, this happy couple said “I Do” in beautiful Southwest Michigan.  Their intimate church ceremony was followed by an anthropologie-inspired reception at The Veranda @ The Whitcomb, where guests enjoyed a delicious meal form CK Catering and a band that kept them dancing all night long. One of my favorite things about this wedding was how unique everything was. Each and every one of the guest tables was completely different.

Anthropologie inspired wedding MichiganWe used a huge collection of milk glass, vintage bottles and silver pieces to create an eclectic mix of centerpieces. A huge thanks to Crystal Springs Florist for pulling it all together! Another detail we just loved was the cake topper! The bride and groom both love owls and their cake topper was two owls in a nest – so cute! The burlap runners added a nice touch of texture to the tables while still keeping the tables bright and clean looking–simplicity was definitely the key to this one!  A huge thanks to the girls at 430 Studios  for capturing the beautiful details of the day.

real wedding :: video :: a fall wedding at the veranda at the whitcomb

Laura and Joe tied the knot in October, on a beautiful fall day in Southwest Michigan. I (Jessica) designed their wedding, and Brittany coordinated it…I’ve been so excited to see the photos and video of their special day! The ceremony took place at St. Johns Catholic Parish with a reception at The Veranda at the Whitcomb in downtown St. Joseph. They had a gorgeous fall color palette of oranges, reds and yellows, with a pop of plum. We’ll post more about details later, but here is a fabulous video sneak peek from Jason at Highway 61 Films:

Joseph + Laura Wedding Trailer from Highway 61 Films – Jason Monroe on Vimeo.

real wedding :: video :: jill+ryans blue dress barn wedding

We love, love, love seeing our brides & grooms on video! Check out this beautiful trailer from Coastline Studios, of Jill & Ryan’s 2011 wedding at the Blue Dress Barn. Jill was an absolutely gorgeous bride (LOVE her dress!) and she had some amazing details! Stella planner Mary Beth was there on the wedding day to help pull together all of the details and make sure everything looked perfect! From the escort card display to the centerpiece vases collected by family members, I just love the details of this wedding!

Ryan & Jillian’s Trailer from John Pottenger on Vimeo.

real wedding::kate+kyles diy michigan farm wedding

Kate+Kyle’s wedding may have been one of the most hand-crafted affairs we’ve seen all summer. From the beautiful floral arrangements to the hand-lettered chalkboards to the fresh-made blueberry mint lemonade, this lovely bride had her hands in just about every detail of her beautiful Michigan wedding! The adorable hand-painted wooden cake topper…made by the bride! The delicious jars of jam given to guests…she made those, too! Even all of the ceremony flowers were lovingly arranged by the bride and her mother.
Kate+Kyles gorgeous wedding day took place at a friends farm in Three Oaks, Michigan, just outside of Harbor Country, which is an absolutely gorgeous area for a wedding!  Guests arrived and were greeted with homemade blueberry mint lemonade (delicious!) and the couple tied the knot on the lawn, with cocktail hour following in the barn. The bride and her bridesmaids carried adorable paper bouquets that were just adorable (etsy of course). Between the ceremony and the reception guests snapped polaroids of one another and used them to create a guest book for the couple.  The event was casual and intimate with open-seating (check out the adorable sign below) and a delicious tapas-style meal, provided by Cravings Catering in Southwest Michigan.

The delicious cupcakes were crafted by Froehlich’s bakery in Three Oaks and dancing went on for hours thanks to DJ John Correll! Kate+Kyle, we had an amazing time helping you bring together all of your gorgeous details—thank you for letting us be part of your special day and we wish you many more beautiful days to come!

Lovely photos by Belle & Beau

real wedding::a southwest michigan vineyard wedding

2011 wedding season is right around the corner, but we still have some fabulous 2010 weddings to share! Amber+Jakes beautiful vineyard wedding was featured on Fresh Coast Weddings a few months ago, but in case you missed it we’re excited to share! This was another wedding day that started with rain, but true to Michigan weather, it cleared in time for the outdoor ceremony and turned out to be a lovely day.  All of the beautiful images were captured by Southwest Michigan wedding photographer Ben Pancoast.
michigan-vineyard-weddingAll of the gorgeous florals were created by the brides very-talented mom, and the cake was provided by Bit of Swiss bakery in Stevensville.  One of my favorite moments of this wedding was when the bride arrived with her father in a horse-drawn carriage. It was romantic and what a great way for a bride and her father to have some quiet moments to talk before the ceremony!

real wedding::beautiful southwest michigan wedding videos

Justin+Lisa tied the knot in August and it was an absolutely beautiful day! I love that despite having to move in from the beach, they still had a very beautiful beach-inspired ceremony at their “plan B” location, Krasl Art Center in downtown St. Joseph.  Check out these gorgeous videos by All Star Productions—beautiful Lake Michigan is a welcome escape from this cold!

Justin+Lisa Part One from All Star Productions on Vimeo.

There are a lot of things I love about this wedding: the amazing orchid & crystal chandelier adorning the stunning chuppah, the lush coral garden roses, gorgeous La Tavola linens, silver chiavari chairs and clusters of paper lanterns, an amazing band, a very fun group of family & friends, and a beautiful bride & groom!

Justin+Lisa Part Two from All Star Productions on Vimeo.

real wedding::beth+cesar’s lake michigan wedding trailer

As I’m looking out my window at “snow-pocalypse” 2011 (for those of us in the Midwest), I’m trying to tell myself that spring (and then summer) is just around the corner. On days like this it’s hard to remember what an amazingly beautiful place Southwest Michigan is in the summer! So as a little reminder, check out this absolutely stunning wedding trailer from Beth+Cesar’s September 2010 wedding on Lake Michigan, by Coastline Studios! Love this couple, love this location and love that this video looks like an amazing shot right out of a Pure Michigan ad! It makes me long for summer, warm days on beautiful Lake Michigan, and another wonderful wedding season.

Cesar & Beth’s Wedding Trailer from John Pottenger on Vimeo.

You may remember I mentioned before that this entire wedding was bi-lingual, with the ceremony, stationery and speeches all spoken in English and Spanish, which was so special and beautiful! The beautiful tented reception began with cocktail hour on the lawn overlooking the Lake and ended with an amazing fireworks display over Lake Michigan! Once again I have to give a huge thanks to Coastline Studios for capturing the day in film, St Joseph wedding photographer Jennifer Mayo for her gorgeous photos, and the gang at Modern Day Floral for another gorgeous job well done!