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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.

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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!
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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 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!

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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.

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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!
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We just love the detail on these delicious homemade pies provided by Piggott’s Farm Market as part of the dessert table!
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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!
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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