Bobby and I met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend in January 2008. Twenty-eight months later we traveled to Carmel, CA to celebrate Bobby’s 30th birthday. On our walk home on the empty streets of Carmel by the Sea, Bobby asked a very important question, and I said Yes!
Our choice to marry in northern Michigan was an easy one. My family has been vacationing in the Petoskey area since I was born. Bobby’s family has always been drawn to the water and Petoskey is one of their favorite ports. Our northern Michigan experiences and happy memories led us right to Petoskey for our Wedding Day, and Stafford’s Perry Hotel was the perfect fit!
August 20, 2011 was a perfect day to celebrate the time of our lives. The warm August sun and gorgeous sunsets over Little Traverse Bay from the Perry Hotel’s Rose Garden Veranda contributed to making our day unforgettable.
- Guests enjoyed our signature “Mary’s Martini” and “Bobby’s Beer”
- Tables were identified by photos of us hand made by Bobby’s mother
- Bomboniere – Italian wedding favors handmade by my mother featured elegantly wrapped almonds in a lace netting to wish health, happiness, prosperity, fertility, and a long life were given to our guests
- Our first dance was a re-creation of the famous Dirty Dancing “Time of my Life” dance routine
The staff at Stafford’s Perry Hotel were extremely helpful and accommodating. The level of service by all at Stafford’s Perry Hotel was first class. The food was amazing and flavorful. We continue to visit Stafford’s Perry Hotel multiple times a year.
Another key element to the success of our day were our photographers, Scott and Mary Paquette. They provided excellent service from the beginning of our day to the end. They did a fantastic job capturing meaningful moments throughout our special day. They recommended picture perfect outdoor spots that led to beautiful wedding day photos.
-Submitted by Mary D.
Ceremony Location: St. Francis Xavier held by Fr. Thomas Firestone
Reception Location: Stafford’s Perry Hotel – Rose Garden Veranda
Dress: W too Brides by Watters
Dessert: Stafford’s Cookie Bar and Kilwin’s Ice Cream
Flowers & Centerpieces: Nature’s Garden
Band: The Groove Party
Hair & Make-up: La Dolce Vita Salon
Photography: Photography by Paquette