Wedding Feature: Rob & Melissa

Rob & Melissa married in August at Stafford's Bay View Inn in Petoskey.

Rob & Melissa married in August at Stafford’s Bay View Inn in Petoskey.

Their Story
Rob and I met during our time at Central Michigan University. During our freshman year, we were fortunate enough to live in the same dorm and on the same floor, yet we actually didn’t formally introduce ourselves to each other until the day before summer vacation! That coming fall, we lived across the hall from each other (funny how that works) and after becoming great friends, a relationship slowly started to blossom later that year and here we are now! PTM Storyboard 3 Up B

The Proposal
Rob proposed after a whirlwind day of events. At large, he initially brought me to the Detroit Institute of Arts (a museum I had been begging him to take me to for years, so this was a big surprise), Green Dot Stables (our favorite Detroit restaurant), and finally a Detroit Tigers game at night. PTM Storyboard 2 UpFollowing the game (which the Tigers won), I decided it would be great if I could capture some pictures of the Detroit skyline lit up at night. While I was snapping the pictures, I quickly turned around and urged Rob to look at the beautiful skyline when I suddenly noticed that he was down on one knee with a ring. At that point, he asked me to marry him and I of course said “yes!”Photo 3

Why They Chose To Marry In Northern Michigan
We chose northern Michigan as our wedding destination because it was such an ideal location for both of our families. Given that Rob’s hometown of Dearborn and my hometown of Iron River, lie nearly nine hours away from each other, we thought it would be a great compromise to have our wedding in the middle in such a beautiful area of Michigan.PTM Storyboard 2 Up Vertical111 As soon as Rob and I toured Stafford’s Bay View Inn, we immediately fell in love with the venue and knew that it would be the perfect setting to host our wedding with our closest family and friends.

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Since Rob is from the lower peninsula of Michigan and I am from the upper peninsula, we decided to integrate a “Pure Michigan” theme into our wedding to represent our love for the state of Michigan. Our fun details included:

  • Yooper Bars as our wedding favors
  • Die-cuts of the upper and lower peninsulas for our seating arrangements
  • Tables named after our favorite cities in Michigan
  • Custom made Michigan wedding shoes made by Katie Blauer
  • A Michigan inspired signature drink
  • State of Michigan cake topper
  • Postcard guestbook that represented our favorite cities in MichiganPhoto 2

Wedding Ingredients
Ceremony & Reception Location: Stafford’s Bay View Inn
Photographer: Nolee Photography
Flowers: Sky’s The Limit
Dress: Courtney by Maggie Sottero
Cake: Cakes by Colleen
Color Scheme: Plum, green and graynoleephotography-2101

-Submitted by Melissa

Wedding Feature: Adam & Bailey

Adam & Bailey Married In July in Downtown Petoskey

Adam & Bailey Married In July in Downtown Petoskey

Their Story
We met through a mutual friend. I, (Bailey), got set up on a double date and the rest was history.

The Proposal
It was the day after Christmas. We had just gotten home from Petoskey, celebrating with my family. I went out to run an errand and when I came home, I was greeted by Pablo (our dog) with a ring box around his neck. Adam was dressed up in a suit and had scattered rose petals everywhere – a beautiful surprise. Bailey 1

Bailey 3Why They Chose To Marry In Northern Michigan
I grew up spending summers on Walloon Lake/Petoskey, as my grandparents had a family cottage on the lake. Adam spent time in Harbor Springs as a child. So, northern Michigan is very close to our hearts. We have many memories together and on our own. We also wanted to make sure my 92 year old grandfather would be able to attend.  Bailey 6

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  • Our officiants, Carol & Matthew, are close family friends who have known me since I was a baby. They were a wise, loving and calming presence on the big day.
  • My sister, Sarah, hand painted a beautiful family tree to use a our guest book.
  • I wanted Pablo (our dog), to be a part of the ceremony, but Adam won that decision! He still got to be an honorary groomsmen. Bailey 7Bailey 4

Wedding Ingredients
Ceremony & Reception Location:
Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Photographer: Caryn Ashley Photography
We were also lucky to have a photographer in the family (Freshwater Photography) taking a few extra shots.
Flowers:
Peonies and roses
Dress: Patty’s Bridal
Cake: Sweet Maria’s
Color Scheme: Blush pink, dark pink, spring greensBailey 9

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- Submitted by Bailey

Wedding Feature: Trent & Shauna

Trent & Shauna Married In August in Downtown Petoskey

Trent & Shauna Married In August in Downtown Petoskey

Their Story
We actually met in high school and were best friends. We reconnected Trent’s senior year of college and have been together ever since! We dated for 8 years before finally getting married in August.TS Wedding 1

The Proposal
We were lucky enough to both have our careers move us to Petoskey in March of 2013. He proposed in June of 2013 in Bayfront Park after a picnic. It was private and perfect.TS Wedding 3

Why They Chose To Marry In Northern Michigan
I lived in Charlevoix as a child and have always wanted to return to northern Michigan. Trent’s family has a place in Bay View, where he has spent summers growing up. We have been coming up together as a couple in the winter to our favorite town – Petoskey. And we always stayed at the Perry Hotel of course. We HAD to get married there because it’s our favorite place!TS Wedding 6TS Wedding 5

Wedding Details

  • We brewed our  own beer at Beards Brewery in downtown Petoskey. It was a grapefruit wheat beer named Winterfell.
  • We had Michigan sparkling wines instead for our toasts “Redd” and “Green” from M. Lawrence/Mawby Winery in Leelanau Peninsula.
  • Even the paper that our invitations were printed on is pressed in Kalamazoo, MI.
  • We had a “Michigan Heart” theme provided by Tableau Events & loved it!TS Wedding 4TS Wedding 7

Wedding Ingredients
Ceremony & Reception Location:
Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Photographer: Stephanie N. Baker Photography
Flowers & Centerpieces: A. R. Pontius – Harbor Springs
Dress: Maggie Sottero – Petoskey Bridal
Cake: Simply Sweet by Jessica
Event Details/Papery/Decor: Tableau Events
Hair & Make Up: La Dolce Vita Salon (Hair – Chrysta; Make Up – Amanda)TS Wedding 2

- Submitted by Shauna

Wedding Feature: Patrick & Abigail

Pat & Abby were married this fall in downtown Petoskey.

Pat & Abby were married this fall in downtown Petoskey.

Their Story
Pat and I met at Northern Michigan University. We were in the same economics class my first year. It was all supply and demand!

Blog Detail 1The Proposal
Pat took me on a hike to Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin. It was the most humid day and we got caught in the rain! He double checked about 100 times to make sure we were still going all week. 

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Why They Chose To Marry In Northern Michigan
We chose to marry in northern Michigan because my great aunt Judy lives in Petoskey and my family has been traveling up here every year since before I was born. It feels like a second home. It was and always will be my dream wedding since I was a little girl.

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Wedding Details
We are truly honored to call the staff at Stafford’s Perry Hotel our personal friends. Our day would not have been so wonderful without them. If you want to plan a wedding, plan it with Angie and the staff – they are the best! Many of our guests also commented on how wonderful the wedding venue was!

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Wedding Ingredients
Ceremony Location:
Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Reception Location: H.O. Rose Dining Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Photographer: Paul Retherford Photography
Flowers & Centerpieces: Flowers from Sky’s The Limit
Color Scheme: Navy Blue and Orange
Cake: Stafford’s Red Velvet CupcakesBush Detail 3

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Wedding Feature: John & Sarah

John & Sarah were married in Downtown Petoskey in August.

Their Story
John and Sarah both relocated in the Spring of 2009 to Atlanta. John and Sarah met in Atlanta, Georgia after their two friends set them up, Anthony and Kendran. Anthony was a fraternity brother of John’s and Kendran was a friend of Sarah’s when they worked together after college.

john and sarah 2John and Sarah first met at Anthony and Kendran’s home and later John took Sarah to an amazing restaurant called JCT kitchen for their first date.  The rest is history.
In 2012, John and Sarah then relocated together to Chicago, where they live now.  Anthony and Kendran, now themselves married, spoke at John and Sarah’s wedding in Petoskey.
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The Proposal
John proposed to Sarah in Petoskey on a gorgeous fall day, out on the break wall in October of 2013.  Petoskey has always been a special place to Sarah, as her family visited Petoskey often and each summer.untitled22

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Ceremony & Reception Location:
Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Photographer: Jenna Shea Photography (Atlanta, Georgia)
Flowers: Kate MacGregor – Tag Along Farms
Color Scheme: Lavender, Mint and Teal
Dress: Sarah Seven

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Wedding Feature: Patrick & Amy

Patrick & Amy were married in August in Downtown Petoskey.

Patrick & Amy were married in August in Downtown Petoskey.

Their Story

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. Blog 3He 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!Blog 2

The Proposal
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!Blog 1

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!blog 4

Wedding Details

  • 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.Blog 5

Wedding Ingredients
Ceremony Location: St. Francis Church

Reception Location: Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Photographer: Lyzenga Photography & Design
Flowers: Tigerlilly’s
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 Yoo525

- Submitted by Amy

Wedding Feature: Lori & John

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John & Lori were married at Stafford’s Bay View Inn in Petoskey in August.

Their Story
We met back in 1999 through a mutual friend. Long story short, our lives went on without each other and in 2011 we reconnected (thank you facebook) and knew we were meant to be together!Bay View Inn Weddings, Petoskey Wedding, Petoskey Wedding Photographer, Up North Wedding, Up North Wedding Photographer, Bay View Inn Wedding Photographer, Pure Michigan Weddings,_0211

We got engaged on July 27, 2013. We were planning a summer party for that day. John seemed to be really concerned about the time it was taking me to get ready since I told him I’d probably just shower when he went to pick up his kids. He kept telling me that the time to get the kids was getting pushed back, so we had more time to prepare for the party, so I finally just went & took a shower. He finally leaves to get the kids and right after he left, he came back in telling me I need to keep my phone nearby because he just sent me a text that I needed to respond because he left something at the house. So, he leaves again and I get yet another text telling to me to respond when I’ve read it… I figured he was checking to make sure I had my phone nearby so I responded with “read,” letting him know I did in fact have my phone by me… just in case.Bay View Inn Weddings, Petoskey Wedding, Petoskey Wedding Photographer, Up North Wedding, Up North Wedding Photographer, Bay View Inn Wedding Photographer, Pure Michigan Weddings,_0213

What he actually meant to say was to let him know when I finished reading the email he just sent me. It was the most lovely email about how we have reconnected, our journey together and what we have to look forward to in the future. As I am reading the email, there is a knock on the door and all I can think is ‘come on people, I’m trying to get ready here!’ I thought it was my mom or sister showing up early for the party, so I go to the door and nobody is there. I get a little closer and John is sort of hiding off to the side of the door. Of course I am confused wondering what he’s doing there. So he comes in the house, says some more lovely things and asks me to be his wife!

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Bay View Inn Weddings, Petoskey Wedding, Petoskey Wedding Photographer, Up North Wedding, Up North Wedding Photographer, Bay View Inn Wedding Photographer, Pure Michigan Weddings,_0218We chose to marry in northern Michigan because we both have been coming “up north,” since we were little – both our families have cottages up there. We knew our wedding would be on the smaller side and figured it would be nice to have a wedding in northern Michigan with our closest family and friends. Bay View Inn Weddings, Petoskey Wedding, Petoskey Wedding Photographer, Up North Wedding, Up North Wedding Photographer, Bay View Inn Wedding Photographer, Pure Michigan Weddings,_0230Neither of us had been to Petoskey previously, but when we visited different cities and venues, we fell in love with Petoskey. Bay View Inn Weddings, Petoskey Wedding, Petoskey Wedding Photographer, Up North Wedding, Up North Wedding Photographer, Bay View Inn Wedding Photographer, Pure Michigan Weddings,_0232

Wedding Details

  • I really had no idea what anything was going to look like, including my bouquet and flowers for centerpieces, as well as the arch for the ceremony. I was so excited to see the beautiful ceremony and reception set-up!Bay View Inn Weddings, Petoskey Wedding, Petoskey Wedding Photographer, Up North Wedding, Up North Wedding Photographer, Bay View Inn Wedding Photographer, Pure Michigan Weddings,_0235
  • John and I decided to do a “first look,” and see each other before the ceremony. It was such a great decision! I loved it just being the two of us. Plus, we were able to go downtown and get some pictures in before the wedding.Bay View Inn Weddings, Petoskey Wedding, Petoskey Wedding Photographer, Up North Wedding, Up North Wedding Photographer, Bay View Inn Wedding Photographer, Pure Michigan Weddings,_0236

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Ceremony Location: Staffordshire Garden at Stafford’s Bay View Inn
Reception Location:Howard Room at Stafford’s Bay View Inn
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Desserts: Stafford’s Bay View Inn
Flowers: Bloom
Centerpieces: Containers provided by bride accompanied with Bloom flowers, burlap and lace table runners and votive candles
Dress: David’s Bridal
Color Scheme: Mint & peach with burlap and lace throughoutBay View Inn Weddings, Petoskey Wedding, Petoskey Wedding Photographer, Up North Wedding, Up North Wedding Photographer, Bay View Inn Wedding Photographer, Pure Michigan Weddings,_0248

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