Jen + Stephen

When Jen's inquiry first popped into our inbox, we instantly knew that this was a wedding we wanted to be a part of. 

Her email incapsulated her personality perfectly - warm, personable, and thoughtful. Equally as warm, kind and intelligent is Jen's now-husband, Stephen. They truly glow when they're with each other. As we planned their wedding cross-country (California to Michigan!) we watched Jen and Stephen support one another as they tackled moving, graduating graduate school, and new jobs. It made their wedding day that much sweeter. It was watching two best friends become husband and wife. Um, sign us up for a million more weddings just like this.

Stephen's family lives in Northern Michigan and Jen + Stephen instantly fell in love with the notion of a Northern Michigan wedding celebration. We visited venues on a very snowy March day in 2016 (the day ALD realized we were going to need an SVU if we were going to continue Northern Michigan weddings #thesedangotstuck) with Jen, her mom and future mother-in-law in-tow. When we pulled into the driveway of A Matter of Taste, we all knew this was the spot.  We were greeted warmly by one of the owners, Ginny, who had thoughtfully prepared a full tasting menu for us after learning that Jen was visiting from out of state. We talked about sailcloth tents and where we'd put a live band. We were sold. 

Over the next year and a half, we assembled a true dream team of vendors for this subtly Tuscan soirée. Photography from the unimaginably talented Cory Weber, florals + lavender by our fave Kalin and the #stemssquad, rentals from Northern Michigan guru Alex and the team at Monstrey MacDonald, and jams by the Bluewater Kings Band, it's a celebration we'll never forget. 

Wedding days are always bittersweet for us. We have the joy of watching our planning come to fruition and the sadness of knowing our time with a couple is drawing to a close. That feeling was palpable as we celebrated alongside Jen + Stephen in their first hours as husband and wife. Below, find a few of our favorite images from Cory and help us relieve a sunny July day where love and laughter filled the air. 

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Planning + Design: A Lovely Day // Bride's Dress: Becker's Bridal // Groom's Tuxedo: The Black Tux // Hair and Makeup: Memorable Occasions // Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN //  Venue: A Matter of Taste at Tapawingo // Ceremony + Reception Entertainment: Bluewater Kings Band // Catering: A Matter of Taste  // Linens: Linen Hero // Florals: Stems and Sprigs  // Pies: Sweetie-licious // Photography: Cory Weber// Sailcloth Tent & Rentals: Monstrey MacDonald