I know I promised this wedding would be posted Friday. But something that I have learned is life is unpredictible and so is your internet service when you live in the country. I’m trying to cut myself a little slack in 2017 and not get so up tight about little hiccups such as this. Plus this wedding is definitely worth the wait.
If you know me at all, then you know that Lake Leelanau holds the key to my heart. So for that reason alone, I could dub this wedding one of my favorites of all times. But then I get to add in a beautiful vineyard, gorgeous watercolors and calligraphy and stunning film photography and this wedding alone just about made my year. Not to mention how incredibly fun, authentic and just wonderful people that Jarvie, Hank and their families really are.
The story started a little year prior to their wedding, we began searching for the perfect location to host their Northern Michigan celebration. It was my first tour of Aurora Cellars and right away I knew it was special. Thankfully, Jarvie and Hank recognized it too. We took a chance on a tented space that was just a sketch and a farmhouse that was still pink.
Throughout the planning process, the theme stayed the same. There was a focus on simplicity, with a clean and organic feel, a Northern Michigan vibe with a Tuscan twist, however still wanting all of their Chicago friends to feel right at home.
A slight kiss of pink accented the mainly white day, so we brought in some California roses and luscious pink peonies and displayed them as many places as possible. Jarvie found she had a hidden love for calligraphy, so Graceline was hired to address everything from her save-the-date envelopes to her custom invitations and all the signage in between.
June 18th arrived with a sun beaming bright in the sky and the smiles were contagious throughout the vineyard. The guests were greeted with refreshing lemonade and ushered through the vines to the ceremony site. Cocktails and Aurora’s divine wine waited near the farmhouse on the lawn. And dinner & dancing took place under a pristine white tent.
And the evening ended with a most glorious Leelanau sunset. I would plan every wedding on the peninsula for that reason alone.
Photography: Ashley Slater Photography | Wedding Planning, Design & Florals: The Day’s Design | Venue: Aurora Cellars | Invitations, Calligraphy & Signage: Graceline | Catering: Catering by Kelly’s | Hair & Makeup: Onsite Bridal | Videography: Coastline Studios | Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake & Desserts: Simply Sweet by Jessica
If you’d like to see more behind the planning of Jarvie & Hank’s wedding, you can see some of the inspiration and details that when into the design here.