Do you remember how hot it was last Labor Day? I mean, Labor Day 2015 – not this past year. That’s how far behind I am on blogging gorgeous momeries of days gone by.
Anyway, it was the hottest day I experienced all summer. I remember so distinctly because I was beyond thankful for the garlands my bride has chosen to line her tables and how she had also shared some concern about having a September wedding and the potential for a good fall chill to join the night air as the sun departed for the day.
This did not happen. I thought for sure I was going to melt into a puddle and the beautiful dahlias along with me.
The days leading up to Mary and Nic’s celebration were filled with trips to the farmer’s market, foraging excursions and finding the most succulent edible treats to add into their décor. As I sat down with Mary discussing her wedding florals she gave me only two parameters – they love food, so herbs and other edible delights were welcome (and vary much a MUST) and then she showed me her maid of honor’s dress, which I should use for the color palette inspiration.
So instructions were followed, with artichokes and apples placed into the bouquets. Bay leaves and olive branches were woven into garlands. Pomegranates, persimmons and potted herbs decorated the tables. And at the end of the night, I realized that someone thought the centerpieces looked so good, they actually took a bite.
They were wed at The Felt Mansion, which is one of my favorite venues in West Michigan. The classic architecture and the brick, the charming pond and perfect getting ready space. It’s all perfect. The mansion’s front door served as the backdrop to the ceremony, with cocktails following in the lawn and a tented dinner. Desserts were then served in the parlor with Love’s Ice Cream cart placed just outside.
And then we must talk about the dancing. These people knew how to dance. Mary and Nic start the night out in style with a very nontraditional first dance songs and an ode to one of my favorite movies, “Kiss the Girl”. The entire scene was made complete with a guest joining in with an impromptu Scuttle impersonation in the background. It set the fun tone for the entire night. While some late night weddings I like to find a place to disappear into the shadows, this was a evening of pure entertainment.
Photography: Cory Weber Photography | Floral Design & Day of Coordination: The Day’s Design | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Felt Mansion | Bride’s Gown: J. Crew | Veil: Twigs & Honey | Engagement & Wedding Rings: Medawar Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Maid of Honor Dress: Alice + Olivia | Rentals: The Rental Company | Catering: Martha’s Catering | Cake: The Cakabakery | Dessert: Love’s Ice Cream | Stationary Printing: Capital Imaging
Sweet nostalgia in form of a fragrance, the aroma of bay leaves filled the tent and instantly took Nic back to boyhood memories of his days in California. I like to think that there will now be a new memory paired with this fragrant little leaf, a recollection of the day he and Mary started their happily ever after.
This wedding was also featured in the current issue of The Knot Michigan.