12 Corners Vineyard Wedding | Deb & George

Whenever I’m writing about my weddings I mention how it is “one of my favorite weddings” and it is always true. But this beautiful 12 Corners Vineyard wedding in Benton Harbor, Michigan was one of my all time favorites. It wasn’t because of the pretty details, stunning Lake Michigan beach wedding ceremony or the cookie cake (oh yes, you just wait!). It was one of my favorites because of the beautiful couple inside and out.

I often talk about the importance of understanding the true importance of the wedding day and focusing on what really matters. Deb & George did just that! These two were so in love with each other and it was so clear to see. Whenever you were around them you could sense their love for each other. So much that my team (who had only met them a couple of times) noticed it right away.

They also really cared about gathering their loved ones to celebrate this new chapter.

I was so grateful that we had the best weather for Deb & George’s wedding day. Lake Michigan beach ceremonies can bring a whirlwind of struggles, challenges and unexpected surprises. But mother nature (and God) decided to bless us with a perfect sunny and 76 degree day!

Ceremony wedding set up on Jean Klock Beach

waves of Lake Michigan

Arbor set-up for a wedding ceremony on the beach in Benton Harbor, MI

Shoes and wedding ring the morning of a 12 corners vineyard wedding

Maid of Honor helping a bride get dressed the morning of her wedding in Benton Harbor, MI

trial in the sand on the beach in Benton Harbor, Michigan

Groom standing on the beach before his Lake Michigan beach wedding ceremony

Groom's boutonnière on a navy blue suite

The below image was one of my favorite moments from the whole day. Just as Deb and her father started their walk down the aisle – Deb yelled out “I’m so happy!” in the most joyful way. Unfortunately it was too windy for the rest of the guests and her future husband, George, to hear her. But her father and I heard her and both have them sweet memory to cherish forever.

Bride walking down the aisle during her Lake Michigan beach wedding

Bride smiling at her groom during their beach ceremony in Benton Harbor, MI

Bride's viel blowing in the wind during her Lake Michigan beach wedding

ceremony happening during beach wedding in michigan

Bride and groom share their first kiss during their Lake Michigan beach ceremony

Bride and groom recessing after their Lake Michigan beach ceremony

Newlyweds standing on the beach kissing

Bride and Groom sharing a kiss after their beach wedding ceremony

Bride stands next to Lake Michigan

As Deb and George took some time to enjoy being newlyweds, the rest of their guests made their way to the 12 Corners Vineyard wedding reception. The guests enjoyed walking through the rows of grape vines on the beautifully sunny day. The trail of vines lead them to this charming tent nestled at the top of the hill.

Guests walking into the tent at a 12 corners vineyard wedding

reception tent during a 12 corners vineyard wedding

Designing this wedding day was my favorite part of the planning process with Deb & George. We decided to keep the decor for their 12 Corners vineyard wedding reception simplistic and true to them. The color palette was inspired by their love of being on the water. We incorporated lots of blues, whites, natural wood and sand tones. For the table decor we stuck to blue sea glass jars with the addition of vases with sand and candles to accommodate space for their family style meal.

Blue sea glass table decor at a 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Table decor at a 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

table setting at a 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

One unique detail of Deb & George’s relationship is both share a passion for surfing. To tie in their love for surfing we decided to add a surf board to their escort card display. We also decided name their tables after some of their favorite beaches to surf at around the world.

Surf board escort card display

Table number named after Australian beach

Floral centerpiece at 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Couple walking into the wedding tent at a 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Newlyweds toasting during their 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

As I mentioned early, we also tied in their love for cookies by getting a custom cookie cake. This was such a big hit with the guests and a fun way to tie in more of Deb & George’s story.

Couple cutting their cookie cake at their 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Couple shares their first dance as husband and wife at 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Groom shares a dance with her mother at his 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Couple dances the night away at their 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Deb & George opted out of doing a large bridal party to keep things a little more simple. They each selected only one person stand up with them during the ceremony. Deb decided to ask her closest ladies to be her “women of honor” and wear a blue dress to the wedding to symbolize her tribe of women in her life. They were able to capture this sweet photo together at the 12 Corners Vineyard wedding reception.

Bridesmaids pose together at 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Vineyards at a 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Couple kissing in the vineyard at a 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Sunset photos at a 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Couple sharing a last dance under string lights at a 12 Corners Vineyard Wedding

Deb you were such a joy to work with!

DEB’S WORDS ABOUT TEAM STELLALUNA:

“I can’t say enough about Brooke and her amazing team, Faith, Scout, and Kelly, who made our day wildly successful, and SO STUNNING!!! EVERY person who attended said it was the most incredible wedding they had been to, someone even said it was a dream wedding and they felt they were in a movie! 🙂 And she worked within our budget, while still making it gorgeous and classy, personalized, and most importantly, took my stress away. Brooke and her team have a breezy easygoing way about them and yet are ULTRA-organized and on top of every detail, but don’t let you know about the stress behind the scenes. I was only as involved when I wanted to be, and when I was starting to get nervous about anything, she offered opinions and solutions that dissipated my stress. We had a beach wedding and vineyard reception that was better than my wildest dreams. You’d be doing yourself a huge favor to engage Brooke and her team for your wedding!”

 

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Wedding Coordination, Event Design, Planning & Floral Design: Stellaluna Events | Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Reception Venue: 12 Corners Vineyard | Ceremony Location: Jean Klock Park | Hair & Makeup: Hanna Wagner Design| Entertainment: Deram House Productions & Bell and Bow |Catering: CK Catering| Bar Service: Beverage Specialist | Dessert: Dee’s Speciality Cakes| Videography: Kane Films | Transportation: Sunset Coast Trolley | Rentals: 1928 Planning Co. & Shades of Light

Brooke Dumas

Brooke is the owner of Stellaluna Events and a top Michigan wedding planner. She is a lover of celebrations by the water, with extensive experience with Lake Michigan and other lakeside weddings. Brooke believes in tossing away the trends and creating fulfilling experiences for her clients and their guests.

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