Thursday, November 20, 2008

Back to the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor

Fall in Northern Michigan is a spectacular time of year. October 4th of this year at the Homestead Resort, was no exception. The Homestead Resort hosts many destination weddings. This beautiful October day, it was the site of Libby and Alan's wedding.

Obviously, planning a wedding is a very big task, just ask any bride and groom. But when it is a destination wedding, things can get a little more complicated. Libby felt a strong tie to the Homestead through her grandfather and a little bit of distance was not going to stop her. She was smart enough to hire wedding planner Terry Siepker, from Events By The Bay, to be her person on site here in Michigan.

Terry worked with Libby and her mother for over a year in planning a beautiful wedding. With Terry in charge of all the details, Libby and Alan had nothing to worry about. They were able to just enjoy their day.

Terry was thankful to also be working with Barb Ellis the wedding coordinator at the Homestead Resort, and her professional staff. Barb made sure that everything on the resorts end ran smoothly. She and Terry oversaw the decorating of an amazing reception site at Mountain Flowers Lodge. It was probably one of the most unique and creative reception areas we have seen in a while. She also made sure that the ski lift and golf carts were available to transport guests to the ceremony site, on top of Mountain Flowers.

Alan And Libby exchanged vows in the presence of their family and friends, with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, in the background. The setting is truly one of the most stunning in Northern Michigan.

After photos a top of Mountain Flowers, Alan and his beautiful wife joined guests for a cocktail hour in the lobby of the lodge, before going in to dinner. The room looked spectacular. After dinner Alan and Libby cut their wedding cake, a beautiful creation by Aunt B's Cakes and Desserts. Then it was time to start dancing to the fabulous music of the 33rd Street Band.

It was and evening that everyone will remember for a long time.
Best wishes for a wonderful future.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wedding at the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor

The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, Michigan is a beautiful location. It is fast becoming a major venue for weddings in northern Michigan. They advertise "Viewful Weddings" and they are right. For a couple looking for an elegant and unique outdoor setting for their wedding, the Homestead offers it all.

This was the case for Kathryn and Derek on September 27. It was everything they were looking for to make their wedding day one to remember.

Kathryn and Derek choose to see each other before the ceremony. We were able to capture that private moment for them. This then allowed us to travel to various sites on the extensive grounds for photos before hand.

Kathryn had her own very distinctive style. The flowers had feathers, and one flower girl had a tail!

When it was time for the ceremony, guests arrived at the top of Mountain Flowers. Shaped as an amphitheater, it provides guests with a great view of the ceremony as well as a spectacular view of Lake Michigan in the background.

Kathryn and Derek arrived at their reception, which was held at the Mountain Flowers Lodge, by way of Ski Lift. The Lodge features high wood beamed ceilings, large windows and a view of a waterfall right outside. And we also found enough time to sneak down to the beach for some quick photos as the sun was setting.

Everyone enjoyed a wonderful celebration. Congratulations. We wish a great couple continued happiness.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Melanie & Matt got Married at Bay Harbor Resort and Marina

When Melanie and Matt were looking for a gorgeous and elegant setting for their wedding on September 20th, they found it at Bay Harbor Resort and Marina. Located in Petosky Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan, Bay Harbor offers not only top rated accommodations and world class cuisine, but the two things our bride wanted most. Melanie wanted water and a beautiful sunset. She got them both.

Melanie and her ladies had a busy morning of preparations. Hair and make up were well in progress by the time we met up with them in their condo. With its large windows, the condo gave our bride a spectacular view of Lake Michigan as well as her ceremony site.

Our couple were married on the Observation Deck at the resort which is surrounded on three sides by water. Once all the guests had arrived and were seated, the trolley delivered Melanie and her attendants to the waters edge. Our bride, accompanied by her parents, made her way out on to the Observation Deck where Matt was waiting. It was picture perfect.

After the ceremony, guests made their way to the reception site, where Matt and Melanie hosted a cocktail hour. They were then invited in to the banquet room for dinner and dancing.

As guests enjoyed themselves we were able to sneak away with the bride and groom for Melanie's sunset pictures. It was one of the most gorgeous sunsets of the season. A handsome groom and a beautiful bride, what more could you ask for. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Our best wishes for many years of happiness.