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Kyle & Chloe’s Misty Camp Blodgett Wedding

With the unbeatable views and intimate space a Camp Blodgett wedding is always a special one. So when Chloe first reached out to me in the summer of 2017 needing some assistance planning her and her fiance, Kyle’s dream Lake Michigan wedding, I knew Camp Blodgett in West Olive, Michigan would be the perfect place for them.

When Chloe and I first chatted they were looking for a small and intimate wedding for their close family and friends that was nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan. When they first brought me on to assist with their day I was tasked with finding them the perfect venue and throwing some design inspiration their way, since they both have busy careers and not much extra free time for wedding planning. But as we spent more time together, our team was brought on to coordinate and execute the day as well.

October weather in Michigan can be completely unpredictable. It could be sunny and 75 one day and cloudy and spitting snow the next. On this particular October day mother nature threw everything she had at us from high winds, sideways rain, low temps and even a little hail.

Our original plan was to have the ceremony on the beach of the Camp Blodgett wedding venue, but due to 25 mph winds the waves were crashing so high that there was little to no beach to have the ceremony on. So we resorted to plan B, which was on the deck of Loeks Retreat Center with a tent over-top protecting guests from the rain.

Unfortunately due to the high winds and sideways rain Chloe and Kyle felt it would be best and guests would feel most comfortable inside the Loeks Retreat Center with the fire lit, cozy fleece blankets and warm string lighting above. And let me tell you, this ended up being one of the most cozy and comfortable weddings to date.

On top of switching up our ceremony location a few times, due to the high winds and hail we lost power for a little while. Luckily the camp has a generator that kicked on right away to keep the party going.

I don’t share all the hiccups of the day to complain or paint a bad picture. I share these things so engaged couples and future brides and grooms reading understand that things don’t always go as planned and its super important to keep a positive attitude and have backup plans. Though Chloe and Kyle didn’t get to have their ceremony directly on the beach they still had a beautiful ceremony and special day. Not to mention they were complete champs about going outside in the chilly weather for photos and spending as much time with their loved ones as possible.

Speaking of photos – hats off to Kelly Sweet Photography for capturing the most beautiful photos on this chilly and misty October day. Scroll down to see more of Kelly’s stunning work.

Fall leaves at Camp Blodgett in West Olive, MIOutside of a Camp Blodgett wedding in West Olive, MI

The beach at Camp Blodgett in West Olive, MI

Vow books and ringsBride getting her makeup done before we camp blodgett wedding

white boutonnières laid on silver tray

The deck at Camp Blodgett in West Olive, MI

Blush and blue bridesmaids dresses

Bride and bridesmaids smiling before a camp blodgett wedding

The beach at a camp blodgett wedding

Groom smiling before his camp blodgett weddingBride and groom share a first look before their camp blodgett wedding

A bride holding a white and green bridal bouquet

Newlyweds enjoying the views of Lake Michigan

Bride and groom on the beach at their Lake Michigan wedding

The waves of Lake Michigan in West Olive, Michigan

 

 

Loeks Retreat Center during a camp blodgett wedding

 

Groom smiling in front of the fire place at his camp blodgett weddingDog ring bearer running down the aisle

Bride walking down the aisle at her camp blodgett weddingWedding ceremony at a camp blodgett wedding

Newlyweds walking down the aisle at a camp blodgett wedding

Champagne flute escort cards

Tables set up inside at a camp blodgett wedding

One of the things that Chloe and Kyle did to personalize their day was name their tables after some of their favorite spots around the great lakes. Guests had fun walking around and viewing the different table names. They also had baskets of fleece blankets for guests to cozy up in and take home as a little favor.

Travese City, Michigan table numberCozy blankets rolled up for a fall wedding day

Groom and mother sharing a dance at his West Olive, Michigan wedding

Bride and Groom dancing at their camp blodgett wedding

Sunseting over Lake Michigan at Loeks Retreat Center wedding

Newlyweds enjoy the sunset during their camp blodgett wedding

Chloe and Kyle, thank you for being positive and focusing on what matters. Your day was beautiful and thank you for letting Team Stellaluna be a part of it!

xo,

Brooke

 

Want to see more Lake Michigan weddings? Check out this beach ceremony and 12 Corners Vineyard reception.

 

Holland-area and Northern Michigan Wedding Coordinator: Stellaluna Events | Photography: Kelly Sweet Photography | Venue: Camp Blodgett | Rentals: The Rental Company | Catering: Anything Goes Catering | Bar Service: Mugs Party Store | Transportation: Holiday Coach | Beauty: Rebecca Gohl & Andrea Fontana | Dessert: Christine’s Confections | Entertainment: Music Host Entertainment

Brooke DePauw

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.

1 Comment

  1. Kelly Sweet on May 2, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    So much fun working with you on this wedding! ❤️

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