Shannon & Brandon - An Elegant Spring Wedding at the Blue Dress Barn - May 10th, 2019

Shannon’s first night as a Chicago resident was a snowy Tuesday in December of 2013. She and her roommate were holed up at a local pub over celebratory drinks, when they were approached by two boys. One of these was an acquaintance of Shannon’s roommate from their time studying abroad in Spain. As the two of them swapped old stories and caught up, Shannon struck up a conversation with the second boy, who introduced himself as Brandon.  The two of them made a connection instantly, and met up again that Saturday. It was the beginning of a long friendship for the two of them. Two years of memories, inside jokes, and nights on the town together later, Shannon and Brandon began dating officially.

When it finally came time to propose, Brandon had a plan. When in their early stages of friendship 4 years earlier, they had watched an episode of “Freaks and Geeks” together, in which the character Jason stages a romantic atmosphere in his parents’ basement and serenades the object of his affections to Styx’s “Lady”. At the time, Shannon had mentioned how she thought that would be the best way to get proposed to. Brandon was already taking notes. On December 27th, 2018, Brandon set about filling their Chicago apartment with candles and mood music by – you guessed it – Styx. The plan went off perfectly, and the two longtime friends began planning their future together.

The wedding day was set amidst the rustic elegance of Benton Harbor’s Blue Dress Barn. An abundance of bright floral and vibrant greens filled the venue and adorned the banquet tables, while string lights sparkled in the barn’s loft above. The celebrations began early that clear morning along the waters of Lake Michigan, and went well into the night with lively music by Motel Breakfast keeping the dance floor packed.

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Shannon’s Gown: Pronovias 
Catering by On the Spot BBQ
Venue: Blue Dress Barn
Cakes and Desserts by Sarah Paulson and Chris McNeil
Live entertainment by Motel Breakfast 
Floral by First Avenue Flowers
Appetizers by Veronica Soto

Hair and Makeup by Nicole Marie Salon 

Heather & Brett - Wedding at Aurora Cellars, Leelanau Peninsula

"Do I know you?" These were Brett's first words to the woman who would turn out to be the girl of his dreams, who would consequently change his entire life in ways nobody thought possible. His next words were to ask this girl to dance, and fortuitously, she did. Heather had just made the move to Northern Michigan for a new job, and Brett was returning to the same town for his third season working aboard the Tall Ship Manitou. This chance meeting was in May of 2012, and over the course of the following summer, Heather and Brett spent every spare moment together. They explored the area's wineries, enjoyed the beaches together, and became quite taken with one another. When fall came around that year, the time Brett would usually have left Michigan until next season, he stayed to be near Heather. 

It wasn't until June of 2016, on a surprise getaway to upstate New York, that Brett proposed to Heather with a beautiful family heirloom diamond. Exactly a year after that night on the balcony of empty Bolt Castle, an excited crowd of friends and family gathered on the sunny lawn of Leelanau's Aurora Cellars to witness the two lovers give their vows to each other.  Brett and Heather had the entire group wiping away tears along with them as they read their heartfelt vows to one another in the shade of a giant willow tree. What a perfect day for a beautiful beginning!

Floral by The Blossom Shop, Traverse City

Bride's Gown by Stella York

Hair Styling by Salon Moxie, Traverse City

Makeup by Calla, Traverse City

Catering by Laura Cavender

Cake by Potters Bakery

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