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real wedding sneak peek::jessica+justin tie the knot on Lake Michigan

beach_wedding_shadowland_ballroom_carouselLet me take you back to Saturday, June 19th. It was an incredibly beautiful weekend, and we had the pleasure of coordinating not one, but two fabulous beach weddings in St. Joseph! As you can imagine, both of our teams were very busy throughout the day ensuring that things went smoothly, so capturing our own snapshots was a futile cause.  We were so extremely excited to see the beauty above, by Jennifer Mayo Studios! Just a sneak peek, but fabulous nonetheless! After a beautiful beach ceremony, Jessica & Justin celebrated at The Veranda at the Whitcomb with an amazing meal by CK Catering, a rockin band (The Point’n Fingers Band), and so many wonderful family and friends!

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS

The Favors::Jess+Justin embraced the idea of a beach wedding and chose a fun, tropical-inspired color palette of green, pink and orange. Their favors were drinks Koozees that said “thanks for spending the day with ‘Team J'” and they were adorable!

Table Numbers:: ‘Team J’ met at a Tom Petty concert, so each of their tables was named after a Tom Petty song, and was accompanied by the song lyrics. It was pretty impressive considering they had almost 20 tables, and it was such a cute and personal touch!

Jess+Justin, you were both so much fun to work with—thanks for letting us be a part of your wonderful wedding!

Stella Event Design services:: Basic Planning

Coordinated by:: Jessica Pennington & Brittany Johnson

real wedding sneak peek::a southwest michigan beach wedding

It’s hard to believe that it’s already July…and it’s also hard to believe we’ve planned 7 weddings in the last 2 months, and have yet to blog about any of them! We’ve been patiently waiting for a sneak peek of some of the photos (because let’s face it, we love to share beautiful photos to show off beautiful weddings), and now that they’re starting to roll in from the fabulous photographers we’ve had the pleasure of working with, we’ll be posting “sneak peeks” from some of our May & June weddings this week. I’m so excited to share some of the details of these fabulous events!

First up, is a lovely beach wedding photographed by Haylee Dixon Photography. Jenny+Spencer had a beautiful ceremony on Lake Michigan on June 19th, and we had the privilege of providing day-of coordination services to help them to relax and enjoy their wedding day.
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A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS

An evening affair:: Jenny+Spencer changed things up by opting for an evening ceremony on the beach, and I have to say I love the beach in the evening—the beach empties out around dinnertime and with cooler temps, it’s more comfortable for guests! The ceremony was followed by a reception of delicious h’ors doeuvres and dancing at the Heritage Center.

Stella Event Design services:: Day-of Coordination

Coordinated by:: Mary Beth George

real wedding sneak peek::dee+michael at shadowland ballroom

Last weekend we had the pleasure of having our very first winter wedding and I absolutely loved the color palette—black and white with splashes of a rich, velvety red! Absolutely loved working with this fun couple to plan their wedding at the new Shadowland ballroom on Silver Beach…thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!

For more fabulous photos check out the Parker Photographic blog—Chris did an amazing job capturing the day!
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faves of 09::incorporating personal photos into your wedding

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In 2009 we had a lot of couples utilize their engagement pictures and personal photos to personalize their weddings! From engagement photos gracing their card box, to custom guest books filled with engagement shots, to table numbers accented by pictures of the couple—2009 couples used photos to share their love with their friends and family and add a fun and personal touch to their receptions. Such a simple thing, but I love it!

My favorite photo-op of 2009? For their May wedding at Mill Creek barns, Megan+Greg named each table after an “adventure” they went on together (ie. a vacation or trip), complete with a picture of the couple in that spot! It was pretty impressive considering there were 20+ tables at their reception….I don’t know that my husband and I could come up with 25 of our own vacation spots, let alone have an adorable picture of each!

Megan+Greg’s wedding at Mill Creek Barns in Southwest Michigan

Photos by Two Pair Photography

a fall inspired wedding at the blue dress barn in sw michigan

Meghan and Tom tied the knot this September at the Blue Dress Barn in Southwest Michigan. They had absolutely beautiful weather and Meghan had so many beautiful fall-inspired details! I love to see couples embrace the local area and elements to create a unique, beautiful and eco friendly event. Tables were adorned with burlap overlays, mason jars filled with fresh local apples and wildflowers and mini chalkboards used as table numbers. Mini canning jars were filled with sand and candles on the bar and local gords and mini pumpkins accented the gift table and cake table.

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Escort cards rested on corks and were placed on a gingham-covered table accented with bright red apples. After the ceremony, which also took place at the blue dress barn, guests were treated to an iced tea and lemonade bar on the outdoor deck, complete with mini mason jar mugs! I was so excited to get these pictures from their fabulous wedding photographer Ben Pancoast, and am so happy we could be a part of this special day at the Blue Dress Barn!

MORE 2009 WEDDINGS IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN:

  • Megan+Greg at Mill Creek Barns in Watervliet, Southwest Michigan
  • Brittany+Hachem at The Veranda at the Whitcomb in St. Joseph
  • Lisa+Bart at the Blue Dress Barn in Southwest Michigan
  • Ken+Katy at Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Yana+Brannon at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Kate+Mitch at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Stefanie+Jim at Santaniello’s and Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan

brittany+hachem::a modern wedding on lake michigan

Brittany+Hachem had a gorgeous beach wedding in September, and I’m so glad we could be a part of their special day! The bride and groom are both designers with a clean and modern style, and their wedding definitely reflected that. The reception took place on the beach with natural wood chairs and a bamboo chuppah adorned with white paper lanterns. The reception was held at the Veranda at the Whitcomb overlooking Lake Michigan, where tables were covered in gray linens, accented by a trio of white vases of hydrangea, snapdragons and a small potted succulents. White paper lanterns were strung across the dance floor for some beautiful ambient lighting.
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One of my favorite things about this wedding, were all of the small details that were spread throughout the wedding. Each table was named after a dance along with a graphic of the dance steps, escort cards were arranged in white antique frames, a candy buffet was arranged with all homemade baked good, a beautiful wooden book was screen printed with the couples monogram to use as a guest book, and above all—every item was personalized with the couples very unique monogram which was the silhouette of a dancing boy and girl (you can see it in the framed bar menu and the guest book cover, both pictured above!)

Photography by Miriam Doan

MORE 2009 WEDDINGS IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN:

  • Ken+Katy at Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Lisa+Bart at the Blue Dress Barn in Southwest Michigan
  • Yana+Brannon at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Kate+Mitch at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Stefanie+Jim at Santaniello’s and Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan
  • Megan+Greg at Mill Creek Barns in Watervliet, Michigan

ken+katy::a fun wedding reception at the heritage center in st. joseph, michigan

Ken+Katy were married on August 7th at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame, with a reception that followed at the Heritage Center in St. Joseph! Check out some fun footage that Kim+Dale of AllStar Productions captured at the reception! The music for the night was provided by the Matt Reed Band, who were absolutely incredible!

Katy+Ken from All Star Productions on Vimeo.

MORE WEDDINGS AT THE HERITAGE CENTER:

Ken+Katy Photos from their wedding at Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan

Yana+Brannon at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan

Kate+Mitch at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan


real weddings::a beautiful summer wedding at millcreek barns in southwest michigan

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Earlier this summer we posted a few pictures from the Michigan wedding of Megan+Greg, the first wedding at Mill Creek Barns in Watervliet! I wanted to share some of the amazing professional photos we received from their fantastic photographers, Two Pair Photography, and I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed planning this fun Michigan wedding!

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Mill Creek Barns has a beautiful outdoor ceremony area, but a traditional catholic wedding was very important to the couple, so the ceremony was held at St. Bernard’s, and we utilized the outdoor ceremony area for a fun and beautiful cocktail hour, complete with an outdoor bar featuring Michigan beers and wines, delicious passed appetizers by the always-delicious CK Catering, and a lovely iced tea and lemonade bar, complete with mini mason jar glasses.

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MillCreek Barns has so many beautiful details throughout, making it such a unique and lovely venue to host your Southwest Michigan wedding. The grounds, which feature another barn as well, have so many areas to take beautiful photos, you can stay right on the property and still take some fantastic photos!

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Each table was named after the location of an “adventure” the couple took, complete with a picture of them—Megan+Greg are quite the adventurers considering there were 20+ tables! The escort cards were planted in tins of grass with a hand-painted sign reading “find your own adventure.”  Check out our post on more creative table numbers we loved this season!

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Centerpieces were created by Stella Event Design, using Hydrangea stems, and accented with stock and branches re-purposed from the pew arrangements created for the ceremony. Half of the tables were adorned with the large mason jar and hydrangea centerpieces, while the other half  featured candles made with small mason jars tied with raffia and paper flowers. The wood chargers used as centerpiece bases were purchased from a local artisan and are available to rent from Stella Event Design.

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Montage, out of Kalamazoo, rocked the barn and the dance floor was literally packed all night long! Guests came armed with boas, hats, and silly masks to create their own fun on the dance floor—it was an incredibly fun party and celebration of this fun couple!

MORE 2009 WEDDINGS IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN:

  • Ken+Katy at Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Lisa+Bart at the Blue Dress Barn in Southwest Michigan
  • Yana+Brannon at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Kate+Mitch at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Stefanie+Jim at Santaniello’s and Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan

real wedding::katy+ken at the basilica of the sacred heart at notre dame

In August, we coordinated the lovely wedding of Katy+Ken, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame. The ceremony was held at the beautiful basilica at Notre Dame, and if you’ve never seen it before, the basilica (and the whole campus) is absolutely beautiful. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think rainy wedding days can be just as good as the bright and sunny days—I think umbrellas can add a really fun accessory to pictures, especially if you’ve got some big ones to cover your group. Ben and Dan had it covered with some great umbrellas to keep the bridal party dry and happy!

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The reception was held at the Heritage Center in St. Joseph, and one of my favorite parts of the night was the couples creative changes to the traditional bouquet+garter toss. Katy threw her bouquet off of the balcony, which is always fun, and Ken switched things up by serenading Katy in lieu of a garter toss, and he did a fantastic job singing along with the Matt Reed Band (who were rocking the whole night, they were amazing!)

Photos by Ben Pancoast Photography

MORE MICHIGAN WEDDINGS BY STELLA EVENT DESIGN:

  • Megan+Greg at Mill Creek Barns in Watervliet, Southwest Michigan
  • Lisa+Bart at the Blue Dress Barn in Millburg, Southwest Michigan
  • Yana+Brannon at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Kate+Mitch at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Stefanie+Jim at Santaniello’s and Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan

real wedding:: a modern beach wedding at the veranda at the whitcomb, st. joseph

On September 19th, we assisted with the Michigan beach wedding of Brittany+Hachem at The Veranda at The Whitcomb in St. Joseph.  They started the day with a gorgeous beach ceremony on Lake Michigan with beautiful natural wood chairs, a bamboo chuppah adorned with mini paper lanterns, crafted by the couple, and acoustic guitar music. It was a beautiful day and nothing short of the perfect beach wedding.

The cocktail hour began at the Veranda at the Whitcomb, and because the bandshell across the street was hosting a concert for another hour, we decided not to fight it with our own cocktail music, and enjoyed the playings of the jazz band that drifted in.  The bar served homemade Sangria made by the brides father (I’m told it was fabulous!) and mojitos, some of the couples favorites. A candy bar  boasted from-scratch goods by the bride and her mother, including homemade rice krispie treats, marshmallows, popcorn balls and caramels, complete with adorable tags and monogrammed bags for the guests to fill and take home. A delicious dinner was served family-style by CK Catering, and as always, it tasted phenomenal and the service was wonderful!

Each table was named after a dance–the rhumba, the cha cha, the running man— complete with a graphic of the footwork to go with it.  Beautiful white paper lanterns were hung across the Veranda, and the tables were adorned with beautiful gray linens and a trio centerpiece of handrangea, snapdragons and succulents in sleek white modern vases.  Such a beautiful, special day—thanks to Brittany+Hachem and their families for allowing us to share in it! I will post some professional photos from their fabulous photographer Miriam Doan when they’re ready!

MORE MICHIGAN WEDDINGS BY STELLA EVENT DESIGN:

Megan+Greg at Mill Creek Barns in Watervliet, Southwest Michigan

Lisa+Bart at the Blue Dress Barn in Millburg, Southwest Michigan

Yana+Brannon at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan

Kate+Mitch at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan

Stefanie+Jim at Santaniello’s and Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan

Jessica+Bryan’s beach wedding and reception at The Veranda at the Whitcomb in St. Joseph, Michigan