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A Lakeside Wedding in Cement City, MI

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Brooke & Erik in Cement City, MI
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Brooke wanted a 1950s glam look and her strapless, silk-shantung gown had just the right vibe. She accessorized with chunky rhinestone earrings.
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Instead of a sign-in book, Brooke and Erik asked their guests to fill out Mad-Libs inspired cards, which they included with the invitations and guests sent back with the RSVP cards. For cute extra decoration, they displayed them with mini clothespins at the reception.
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Brooke and Erik’s red, white and blue invitations perfectly conveyed the wedding’s lakeside-picnic vibe.
Echo Letterpress, Jeffersonville, NY
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Instead of programs, Brooke and Erik put all the info guests needed for the ceremony on a chalkboard. The basket of a vintage, bright-blue bike was the perfect vessel for the red geraniums.
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During the cocktail hour and reception, guests mingled around the farm, so yard chairs and tables were placed throughout the property -- as well as a couple of bars.
The bride’s parents’ yard
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Brooke and Erik had the names of everyone sitting at each table printed onto heavy laminated stock with red borders that were shaped like fish, which they hung from fishing hooks to carry through the lake theme.
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Brooke’s parents’ yard is tiered, which made every seat a good one for guests at the ceremony. They set up white wooden chairs on their lawn and quilts on their neighbors’ hilly lawn so guests who wanted to could sit less formally.
The bride’s parents’ yard
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Galvanized buckets (filled with beer and ice) and vintage-style patterned napkins decorated the reception tables.
Chocolate Moose, Jackson
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Brooke and Erik decided that pies felt more fun and summery than cake, so they ordered 44 fresh pies like cherry, apple, peach, and blueberry and displayed them all on a large table with a vintage tablecloth. As a centerpiece, they placed a vintage porcelain bride and groom inside a glass cloche.
Nancy Pangborn, Horton
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Brooke’s aunt and cousin made a board for guests to pop their heads through to take pictures. They cut out holes for vintage-style frames and added plaques and the couple’s initials.

Brooke & Erik in Cement City, MI

Both Brooke and Erik had been going to Perdition, a bar in New York City, for years before they met. When they finally did, Erik made an appointment with Brooke to set up a charity event between his students and her organization. That appointment turned into a date. About a year-and-a-half later, he was ready to propose. The Bride Brooke Johnson, 34, global communications consultant The Groom Erik Petitti, 34, a deputy principal The Date June 27 He’d planned to do it in Michigan after asking Brooke’s parents for permission while the two were visiting at Christmastime, but when he received an unexpected job offer, he just couldn’t wait any longer. In early December, Erik proposed in his living room in New York.
- Jaimie Dalessio
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  • The bride’s parents’ yard
  • Chocolate Moose, Jackson
  • Nancy Pangborn, Horton

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