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A Homestead Wedding in Glen Arbor, Michigan

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Karie & Mike in Glen Arbor, Michigan
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After two years of dating, Mike proposed to Karie with a stunning Simon G. engagement ring during a weekend getaway for her birthday.
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"Besides the lace, I wanted to somehow incorporate my obsession with the 1920’s art deco era into my wedding look," Karie says. "I had a beautiful bead and rhinestone sash that was sewn on the lace overlay. This sash, my hair pin, earrings and bracelet all paid homage to the 1920’s."
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The bridal bouquet was a colorful collection of late summer flowers that were gently arranged and tied with burlap and navy grosgrain ribbon.
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Mike wore a double craspedia (billy ball) boutonniere with succulent backing and hemp twine wrap.
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The creative "wooden" programs were folded wood veneer booklets with a letterpressed logo and a navy grosgrain ribbon.
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The ceremony took place atop Bay Mountain overlooking Lake Michigan and the couple left this stunning view as the main decor.
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The outdoor aisle was adorned with wooden skis and brightly colored flowers which popped against the white chairs.
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Both Karie and Mike share a passion for skiing and wanted to find a way to incorporate that love along with the beauty of northern Michigan into their wedding.
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Karie found a navy Bari Jay dress with a similar silhouette to her gown and flutter sleeves for her two bridesmaids.
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Guests rode chairlifts to get to the ski hill ceremony site overlook Lake Michigan.
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Each table was given a “slope name” and the corresponding “slope ability level” color completed the DIY signs' authentic look.
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The menus were die cut wood veneer and then lettepressed cards with the menu options were slid behind escort card belly bands.
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A variety of ski-related signs decorated the reception's entrance table including an illustration of the newlyweds printed on wood.
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To go along with the vintage ski theme, retro ski boots were filled with vibrant flower arrangements.
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Karie's father harvested and bottled the homemade maple syrup favors while the bride designed and labeled each jar.
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Instead of a wedding cake, Karie and Mike offered guests a trio of mini desserts including Michigan State University cake pops.

Karie & Mike in Glen Arbor, Michigan

As avid skiers, Karie and Mike planned a destination "vintage ski" themed wedding in northern Michigan with a wood and navy color palette. Complete with chairlift transportation, wooden ski aisle markers and retro ski boot flower arrangements, this ski hill soirée shared the newlyweds' passion with family and friends.
- Lauren Levy
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