Every couple wants their wedding day to feel beautiful and unique, but it takes special care and thoughtfulness throughout the entire planning process to end up with a wedding celebration that feels quintessentially “you.” After much searching, Clay and Kristen settled on this hidden gem, tucked into the Michigan woods, and nearby their family vacation home where they spent summers and holidays. A special thank you to Jamie and Eric Photography who captured the emotions and love of this day in such pure form.
Through careful consideration and discussion about what would make their guests feel truly welcomed, and what elements were most important to honor each of their lives, Clay and Kristen crafted a day that unfolded with meaningful details and unfussy ease. Guests felt like family gathering for a summer reunion and topped the night off with everyone’s favorite childhood pastime, marshmallow roasting around the campfire.
Details for this day: Venue | MillCreek Wilde in Watervilet, Michigan, Photography | Jamie and Eric Photography, Planning + Floral | Heirloom Event Co., Hair and Makeup | Flawless Beauty by Debra, Catering | Kangaroo Kitchen, Cake + Desserts | Black Currant Bakehouse, DJ | Groove is in the Heart
When envisioning their floral design, Kristen wanted a lush and organic look that would blend seamlessly with the beautiful natural setting of the woods. Textured greenery bouquets for the bridesmaids nicely complimented the bride’s bouquet of roses and peony with accents of dusty miller and rosemary sprigs.
A few showers didn’t stand in the way of this sweet first look outside the barn. Clay and Kristen chose MillCreek Wilde for it’s privacy, beautiful wooded surroundings, and because everything felt just a touch more magical on the many paths that wrapped around the barn.
A very meaningful touch to both of them was walking down the aisle together. A traditional walk that I have seen more and more of my couples take in their own way. Symbolizing their commitment to each other as they walk forward into marriage, they arrived at the altar together for an incredibly personal ceremony given by a family friend and mentor. Incorporating spiritual practices across multiple faiths and a special ceremony that included their young daughter. There wasn’t a dry eye in the entire room.
Yellow school buses gave a nod to the bride’s chosen profession as a teacher, and added to that “off into the woods” excitement!
A long vintage farm table, with guests seated all the way around, stood in for a head table and gave the bride and groom a chance to eat dinner with their closest loved ones. Elegant greenery and white floral accents made the vibe feel upscale and elegant in the rustic space.
A delicious vegetarian and vegan meal was served complete with a vegan sweets bar! It was important to the couple to be able to honor their own practices, but also to be able to share their love of food with their guests and serve a meal that even their non-vegetarian family and friends would find delicious. They worked with the chef at Kangaroo Kitchen (out of Grand Rapids, MI) to curate a menu of seasonally inspired whole-food recipes using local ingredients from Michigan farms.
After dinner and one of the MOST epically choreographed first dances, an ALL 80’s dance party ensued! The dance floor was packed for every. single. song.
Crafting a celebration so rooted in what was important to them and sharing their love for each other with their family and friends was a distinct honor to participate in. With each wedding, I see the mission of Heirloom lived through our couples and just as I help to bring their dreams to life, they do the same for me and mine.