Mary is one of my oldest friends. We grew up in the same small town in Northern Michigan. She was one of my "Lovelies" as we call ourselves. There were 5 of us: Mary, Misty, Melissa, Abby, and myself. We have spent many a night by a bonfire, grabbing coffee at Goody's, catching up on gossip, or digging a trench on the beach in preparation for fireworks viewing. Mary is truly as lovely as she is beautiful.
During college breaks, the Lovelies would all find ourselves around the kitchen or in the hot tub at Melissa's house, sipping wine, and catching up on the latest. We'd wager guesses as to who would marry first (me or Misty... spoiler alert: it wasn't me), who would never marry (Melissa, the world traveler and my expert travel buddy), and mostly, we'd all poke fun at Mary because she never dated anyone. Ever. We'd tease her that she would fall madly in love with her first boyfriend and she would marry him. And would you believe me if I told you that that's exactly what happened?!
It was always so hard for me to picture Mary as a girlfriend or as a wife because she had always been that quiet, funny, stubborn, laid-back gal that we'd tease over glasses of pinot gris. But when Jake came along, it became very apparent that they were perfect for one another. Jake is funny, and goofy, and brings out all the best parts of Mary. And that's exactly what their wedding was like. Fun, and low-key, and perfect.
When Mary asked me to do the flowers for her wedding, I was SO excited. She said her colors were soft pinks and peach, she told me about her venue, and she showed me her beautiful Sarah Seven dress. We scanned pinterest a bit to get an idea of what she liked and didn't like for flowers, and then she told me do whatever I wanted. Free. Reigh.
Naturally, I chose all my favorites. Peonies, lisianthus, delicious smelling stock, silver dollar eucalyptus, and Juliet garden roses... With those, I added in some hydrangea, spray roses, the sweetest soft peach carnations, and touches of baby's breath here and there to create a sweet, soft garden feel that played of Mary and Jake's sweet nature.
Mary and Jake were married on the Top of the Mountain at The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, MI. It was a beautiful and short ceremony overlooking Lake Michigan, followed by a cocktail hour in the warm summer sun and "closest to the pin" competition!
After a fun ride down the mountain on the ski lift, guests gathered in the Mountain Flowers Lodge for the wedding reception. Guest tables were decorated with garden-inspired centerpieces of mixed peachy-pink and white blooms in aged wooden boxes that were surrounded by silver mercury glass votives.
Mary and Jake chose a beautifully frosted tiered cake and cherry pies to serve their guests after dinner. The pies were displayed on mixed vintage silver trays and cake stands, while the wedding cake was artfully topped with an asymmetrical arrangement of the most beautiful peonies and garden roses. Guests danced the night away to a live band, enjoying signature drinks or a selection of Michigan made wine and beer.
The day was a perfect reflection of Mary and Jake's kind hearts and love for one another, and I couldn't be more pleased or honored to be part of their big day!
Photography: Amy Carroll Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Homestead Resort | Floral & Event Design: Linnaea Floral & Event Design | Bride's Dress: Sarah Seven | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Cake: Aunt B's Cakes & Desserts | Pies: Grand Traverse Pie Company | Can Coolers: My Wedding Store | Calligraphy: Morningside Makery