Nathan & Katelyn were married in August in Petoskey.
High school friends, Kirk and Jordan, came to visit me (Katelyn) and other friends at Michigan State and had brought Nathan along. He went to visit other friends in East Lansing for a while and I helped him find his way back to the group over the phone. Our two friends, Kirk and Jordan were a part of our wedding, Kirk was a groomsman and Jordan played the guitar and sang during our ceremony!
In the fall of 2012, I was living and working in Ann Arbor and had planned a tailgate for the Michigan vs. Michigan State football game on October 20, 2012. We had planned for Nate to drive over Friday night for pumpkin carving. When Nate didn’t answer his phone, I was worried, but he called later and said he had been caught up doing “errands.” Little did I know, he was busy preparing to pop the question, including calling my dad and step-dad for their permission. The next day, I was in full entertaining mode, paying little attention to Nate or anything but cooking! Nate came into the kitchen and told me he had gotten us t-shirts to wear for the day, and we should go get them from the truck and take our dog, Moose, outside before the game. As we walked to the truck, I remember Nate commenting on how nice of a day it was and how he probably didn’t need the coat that I hadn’t noticed he was wearing. We got to the trick where Nate pulled out two t-shirts, one MSU and one U of M. He then asked me which one I wanted, which of course replied the MSU shirt. Nate then said, “Well, there is something you need to see first.” He flipped the shirts over and on the back of the MSU shirt is said NO and the U of M shirt it said YES. I believe my first response was something to the point of “that’s not fair!” as he got down on one knee and unzipped his coat to reveal a shirt he also made saying “Katelyn, will you marry me?” Of course I said YES! Luckily, Nate had planned even further and got our friend Chris, to capture the whole thing with pictures from my apartment balcony.
Why They Chose To Marry In Northern Michigan
My family has vacationed in the Boyne/Petoskey area for years, which lead us to look up there. The location was so naturally beautiful and we wanted it to be a fun destination for our guests and ourselves to visit in the future!
- Between the ceremony and reception, our party bus got stuck in the sand in the parking area of the Petoskey State Park!
- Our dog, Moose, was the ring bearer
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey
Reception Location: Stafford’s Perry Hotel – Rose Garden Veranda
Photographer: Heather Jowett
Flowers & Centerpieces: Petals of Charlevoix
Cake: Sweet Maria’s
Color Scheme: Coral, Navy and White/Cream
“With our friends and family, we all had an amazing day at Stafford’s Perry Hotel! We just wish it could have been longer!”
-Submitted by Katelyn