We met while we were both at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. We worked in adjacent stores at the mall and Sean would drive remote control cars into the store I worked in and then pretend they were “out of range” when they got near me, so I had to bring it back to him. After a couple times, Sean asked me on a date. After 13 years together and living in 4 different cities in two countries, we tied the knot at last!
Why We Chose To Marry In Northern Michigan
No matter where we live, Michigan is still home; Sean is from Lansing and I am from Houghton. Sean’s family have a cabin in Boyne Falls on a beautiful lake where he spent many summers as a child. I always wanted to get married by the water and Petoskey is about halfway between Houghton and Lansing – so this was perfect!
We set up photos of us with our grandparents who are no longer with us.
We had guests sign Jenga pieces. Now every time we play Jenga we will be reminded of our wedding and all the people who celebrated with us.
Instead of a bouquet toss to the single ladies, we honored the longest married couple with the bouquet after an anniversary dance. It turned out that our parents were the longest marriages in the room!
We planted a small tree in a pot during the ceremony. The day after the wedding, we planted the tree near the family property in Boyne Falls.
Instead of traditional favors, we rented a Photo Booth, which everyone enjoyed.
Ceremony Location: Family property on Lake Louise (Boyne Falls)
Reception Location: Stafford’s Bay View Inn
Photographer: Brockit Inc. Photography
Flowers: A. R. Pontius Flower Shop (Harbor Springs)
Centerpieces: Hurricane Lamps and Potted Flowers by A. R. Pontius
Cake: Dessert Table by Stafford’s
Color Scheme: Navy & Pink
DJ: A+ Entertainers
Hair & Makeup: Ilaria (Bay Harbor)
– Submitted by Nicole