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4 Inspiring Michigan Weddings

February 20, 2017

4 Michigan Weddings to Inspire your Big Day

By Amy Gill

Planning a wedding can be hard. Bringing together two individuals’ ideas (and the opinions of their friends and family) along with endless inspiration from Pinterest, Etsy, Instagram, and blogs, and it can quickly go from exciting to overwhelming.

From location, type of venue, theme, decor, flowers, food, favors and so much more, many decisions must be made when planning a wedding.

We have gathered four distinct Michigan weddings, each representing different styles and personalities. While each one is completely different from the next, they were all beautiful, fun, and full of love and laughter.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Lauren and Jeff are easy-going, down-to-earth and love the outdoors. An outdoor wedding in Traverse City was the perfect destination to bring their family and friends together from the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. They said their vows on a hilltop at Brengman Brothers Winery, then danced the night away under the stars. Read the full wedding story here.

Modern Edgy

Alex and Dana are from Michigan, but currently live in NYC. When they decided to tie the knot in Michigan, they said, “We wanted our wedding to be somewhere different — not your typical ballroom venue.”

Nothing really stood out to them until they heard about the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit. Built in 1915 and designed by Albert Kahn, the Russell Industrial Center was a manufacturing facility spanning millions of square feet. They knew the warehouse would be the perfect blank canvas to design the wedding of their dreams. Read the full story here.

Classic Love Story

Nicole and Nathaniel were friends first. Working at the same nonprofit brought them together, and their friendship quickly grew into something deeper. Nathaniel proposed to Nicole on Christmas Eve, and a year later they were married in a classic fairytale wedding in downtown Grand Rapids. They said their vows in the stately Amway Grand Hotel, built in 1913, with Georgian columns, ornate furnishings, and Wedgwood blue and filigree walls. Read the full story here.

Trendy Trailblazers

David McKnight is an expert on weddings. As the owner and creative genius behind Emerald City Designs, he has created magical weddings and events throughout Michigan for countless couples. So it’s no surprise that when it came time for his own wedding to retired floral designer and caterer Jim Dunn, the event would be spectacular.

Guests came to the couple’s home for what they thought was a birthday party. While they sipped cocktails by the pool, a plane flew overhead with the banner, “Happy Birthday, David! Will you marry me 2day?” and the Emerald City Designs team went to work. Read the full story here.



From fields of grapevines to an abandoned warehouse, from a stately hotel to a poolside backyard, Michigan is full of unique spaces to provide the perfect backdrop for your big day. Which style is your favorite? Comment below and tell us all about your Michigan wedding.

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