Real Wedding: Kate & Brian
This couple couldn't imagine marrying anywhere else in the world when they hosted their destination wedding for 100 guests in Leland, Michigan.
If Northern Michigan isn't the first place you think of for a beachfront wedding, it's likely you've not visited the Leelanau Peninsula like Kate and Brian. Inching out Aspen, Lanikai Beach, the Grand Tetons and Sedona, Good Morning America just named it the "Most Beautiful Place in America." (Oh, and celebrity chef Mario Batali owns a vacation property there.)
"You can't beat a summer beach vacation in Northern Michigan and we wanted the same to be true for our wedding," explains the bride, who walked down the aisle to The Beatles' Here Comes The Sun.
Nearby wildflowers and herbs, like lavender, rosemary and lemon balm, were used in bouquets and centerpieces. Freshly squeezed lemonade was served in apothecary jars.
Kate and Brian strived to keep their affair, set at the Old Art Building, a historical venue on Main Street, sweet, relaxing, fun--and budget-friendly. For one, Kate didn't splurge on an extravagant gown (but chose well with a classic little number by J. Crew).
She was also able to cut costs by embracing a lot of Michigan favorites for her event. Nearby wildflowers and herbs, like lavender, rosemary and lemon balm, were used in bouquets and centerpieces. Freshly squeezed lemonade was served in apothecary jars. And their wedding cake was made of chocolate chip, chocolate-chip mint and cake batter-flavored ice creams from a nearby cult favorite, Moomer's.
Kate and Brian didn't hold back on making the party fabulous either. Behind the scenes, one of their most brilliant moves was hiring a wedding coordinator, Alicia Caldecott from A Day in May Events, "to sweat the small stuff," explains Kate.
The couple also showcased a lot of the finest local cuisine, from serving smoked fish (such as lake trout and white fish) and cheeses (the area is known for its award-winning Raclette) to award-winning L. Mawby wines grown right there in Michigan.
"We didn't skimp on any details like the food, drinks and music," says the Birmingham, Alabama resident. "Everyone traveled to be with us, so it was the least we could do!"
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