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Steve & Tanya

From The Bride’s Perspective:

Describe Your Wedding Day

I spent the morning getting ready with my bridesmaids at an Airbnb (The Arbors at Lemon Creek). It was a charming house nestled along the Lake Michigan Wine Trail. The property was so beautiful that I decided at the last minute to do our first look in the backyard underneath the arbor.  We had unbelievably perfect weather and the fall colors were in full bloom. Our ceremony was outside in the middle of the vineyard and our reception was steps away in their gorgeous estate tent. The grapes were still on the vine throughout the vineyard and I loved seeing our guests exploring the grounds. It really was Pinterest worthy!  

There were so many highlights from the day but one of our favorite moments was taking first look photos with our fur baby, Sansa.  She is a rescue we adopted 2 years ago and has brought us so much joy.  We cannot wait to go back to visit and celebrate many anniversaries to come.   

Wedding Vision

We always envisioned having an intimate wedding (around 70 guests) and I wanted the style to be minimalist yet classic.  With friends and family, mainly from Illinois and Michigan,  we found that Southwest Michigan was the perfect in-between destination to celebrate.  When we toured our venue we were blown away by how unique and picturesque it was.          

We also enjoy craft beer and wine and it felt special that this would all be made locally through them.  Literally a week before the pandemic we were enjoying our tasting at Tabor Hill and finalizing our drink menu.  As many other 2020 brides have also experienced, we ended up postponing our June date to October.  It ended up being a huge blessing because we ended up having amazing weather on our new date and realized it was the same date Steve’s grandparents were married.  Meant to be!   

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