A Whimsical Lake Michigan Wedding

If you have followed along on this blog or my instagram for a while now you know I’m a supporter of all things lake, especially a Lake Michigan wedding. I’ve had the dream for a long time now to have clients that would want to throw up a tent on the beach and have a Lake Michigan wedding. I think there is something magical about celebrations at less traditional locations. It creates a memory for your guests, the perfect backdrop and lets you show your true you.

 

So though I haven’t had a client eager to do a full on Lake Michigan wedding I decided to create it through this styled shoot. Before designing all my shoots I try to create a story of the couple and use that as my design inspiration exactly like I do with real clients. This story was about a boy that worked at the local marina and a girl that spent her summers at her families lake cottage, that fell in love and after a full winter a part decided they couldn’t imagine being a part another second.

 

The whole design was based off their love for Lake Michigan and nautical shipping elements. We selected a color palette of light blue hues, grays, sea foam, whites and small green tones with accents of silver. The backdrop was South Beach in South Haven, Michigan with the iconic red light house in the background. Scroll down to see more of this beautiful day.

 

South beach in South Haven, Michigan

Sweetheart table on sandy beaches of Lake MichiganBlue water color table menu at South Haven, Michigan wedding

Silver stemware at Lake Michigan beach wedding

White garden roses in floral arrangement

Oyster shells escort cards

Coastal inspired invitation suite with vintage stamps

Light blue velvet ring box with wedding ring

Watercolor RSVP card with vintage stamps

Custom coastal inspired wedding gift box

Groom on Lake Michigan beach fixing is tie

White and green bridal bouquet with bride and groom in South Haven, Michigan

Bride and groom on Lake Michigan beach

Wedding ring on beach

 

We decided to opt out of a dessert display that you normally see in styled shoots and create a gorgeous hor d’oeuvres display. This had to be one of my favorite elements with the oyster shells and fresh lemon wedges and The Cheese Lady Kalamazoo beautiful charcuterie display all accompanied by a Replogle Wood Working custom wood board and tray.

 

Appetizer table on wood shaker shingle backdrop

Wedding appetizersFresh charcuterie board on wooden cheese board

Oyster shell appetizers at Lake Michigan wedding

Raw oyster appetizers

Bride and groom smiling after being married in South Haven, Michigan

Bride and groom walking towards Lake Michigan

Bride and groom smiling on the beach of Lake MichiganBride on Lake Michigan beach twirling her dress in the wind

Newlyweds on the beach of South Have, Michigan

 

A big thank you to all the amazing vendors that made this Lake Michigan wedding shoot happen. You can find their credit below!

 

Coordination, Design & Floral: Stellaluna Events | Photography: Hanna Adams Photography | Location: South Beach in South Haven, Michigan | Models: Jaky & Charles Replogle | Hair: Perfected by Paige | Makeup: Kiss of Beauty MUA | Gown: Spring Sweet | Mens Attire: Dunhill Tuxedos | Custom Gift Box: Flour & Fig | Stationary: Holly Thomas Design | Ceramic Plates: Grayling Ceramics | Wood Tray & Wood Board: Replogle Wood Working | Charcuterie: The Cheese Lady Kalamazoo

 

 

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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.

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