Patrick and I met at work in 2008! We are both Michigan State University grads and have quite a few friends in common, but we never met while we were at State. In our early years at Coyote, we worked together on a daily basis and over time our friendship grew into much more! In November of 2009, I was working from our Atlanta office for a week, where Patrick lived at the time. He was pretty persistent about taking me out to dinner, I said no, but I ended up settling for a lunch date. To this day he still gives me a hard time about only going to lunch! After a month of talking he won me over and Patrick flew up to Chicago to take me out on an official date and the rest is history!
Today proposals can become so elaborate, with photographers, scavenger hunts and surprise trips, which are all amazing, but sometimes when it comes to the reality of a proposal they don’t always go as planned! After somehow sneaking away to northern Michigan in January of 2013 to officially ask for my Dad’s blessing, Patrick decided he was going to propose when we were in Montana on a snowboard trip. Well, the ring didn’t come in time, so he had to wait!
Once we were back in Chicago, I botched multiple proposal attempts (I had NO idea a proposal was coming) by making plans with my girlfriends. Early in the morning on February 23, 2013 I got up to go to the gym and Patrick was acting really unusual. I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth, he came in and splashed water on his face. I kept asking him what he was doing that day and he never gave me a response, which is VERY unlike Patrick. Slightly confused I went back to our bedroom where he walked out of our closet. He looked at me with this face I have never seen before, I will never forget that look, then he got down on one knee and said, “Amy this is not how I planned this, but I cannot wait one more day!” Then I looked down at the box in his hand and started screaming and crying and don’t remember anything else. The rest of the day we celebrated with my brother and friends in Chicago and the whole day could not have been more perfect!
Why They Chose To Marry In Northern Michigan
Having our wedding in Petoskey was a no brainer. I grew up in Petoskey and we both love traveling to the area to visit my family. I always had dreams of having my wedding Up North and we are so happy we did! Stafford’s Perry Hotel was a stunning venue and months later we still have people telling us how much fun they had. We could not have asked for a better day!
- The Wedding Party: We had 24 total people stand up in our wedding. It was an absolute riot to have so many friends and family share our special day.
- The Church: Saint Francis Church has been my Grandparents church for years and it was very special to have our ceremony there! My bouquet was entwined in a rosary my late God Mother gifted to me on the day I choose my wedding dress. It was so special to have her with me on my special day. The ring pillow was also made out of Patrick’s Grandmother’s wedding dress. The lace was brought over from Asia during WWII.
- The Reception: The whole point of a northern Michigan wedding is for your guests to feel like they are on vacation and fall in love with the all-around beauty of “Up North” and Stafford’s Perry Hotel is the perfect place for that. We wanted our wedding to be casual but a huge party! We also wanted the décor to compliment the view and the Rose Garden Veranda. The venue alone is so naturally beautiful, it made decorating so easy! I made sure my color palette was subtle, with ivories, soft pinks and greens and used flowers that were also in bloom on the veranda.
Ceremony Location: St. Francis Church
Reception Location: Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Photographer: Lyzenga Photography & Design
Cake: Cakes by Phyllis
Color Scheme: Ivory, white, blush, pinks and touches of green
Dress: Renee Austin, Grand Rapids; Designer: Enzoani, the Dakota Wedding Belt – BHLDN
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
- Submitted by Amy