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An At-Home Wedding in Grand Haven, Michigan

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Jamie & Ryan in Grand Haven, Michigan
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Jamie and Ryan's invitation suite was custom designed by Laura Hooper Calligraphy. The invitations had a unique monogram of two crossed burgees with couple's first initials as well as playful polka dots and stripes.
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Jamie's bouquet had a romantic, feminine look with peonies and roses in soft ivory and pink colors.
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Jamie wore her hair in a simple half up style with soft waves and a navy satin bow clip. She kept her makeup understated and natural looking.
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Complementing the polka dot, stripe and all around nautical theme, the bridesmaids wore short navy chiffon dresses with white polka dots. The guys wore khakis and navy blazers with crisp white shirts.
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The couple held the ceremony right on the beach of Lake Michigan at Jamie's parents home. They exchanged vows in front of a unique driftwood arch, which they made from pieces of wood that they had collected from the beach over the summer.Large beach umbrellas were scattered among the aisles to provide shade from the summer sun.
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Reserved seats were marked with polka dot signs and navy and white striped ribbons. At each seat, Jamie and Ryan placed a pair of white sunglasses and a sachet of lavender.
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Jamie wanted her look to be simple and elegant, but not plain. She found a stunning Vera Wang gown in a classic, ivory, A-line style with ribbon-inspired details.
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The couple served signature drinks like rum punch and Ryan's favorite whiskey during cocktail hour.
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It was important to Jamie and Ryan that their guests were comfortable during the ceremony. At the entrance, they laid out a spread of refreshing drinks for guests to enjoy.
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The couple set up a formal lounge area, complete with woven chenille couches, white end tables and framed photographs, on the sand - just mere steps from the water.
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Jamie's mother spent months collecting driftwood, which they later bleached and then hand calligraphed with the name and seating assignment of each guest.
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The reception was held under a large white tent right along the water's edge.
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The newlyweds and bridal party sat at a long table set with navy and white striped linens and bright coral napkins.
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Dark brown chiavari chairs paired perfectly with the navy, white and coral color scheme, adding a sophisticated touch.
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Monkey's fist knots held custom table cards with cheerful coral pocket dots, perfect for the wedding's preppy, nautical theme.
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The tables were decorated with small bouquets of peach, pink and ivory flowers like dahlias, roses and ranunculuses arranged in gold mercury glass vases.
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Guests sat along long tables set with white linens embroidered with a Swiss dot design and topped with navy napkins. Gold chargers and silverware brought an added elegance to the tablescapes. Jamie loves a bit of spice, so mini bottles of Tabasco sauce were placed at each place setting.
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The menu cards, made by Laura Hooper Calligraphy, had the same nautical theme as the invitations and programs.
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In addition to a full dessert bar, the couple had a small, three-tiered wedding cake with navy stripes and a Swiss dot pattern. A single pick dahlia and "best day ever" cake topper added fun, playful touches.
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The couple made their exit through a lane of sparklers before driving off in a golf cart.

Jamie & Ryan in Grand Haven, Michigan

When Ryan Duffield (27 and an attorney) met Jamie Loeks (also 27 and an attorney) during their first year of law school at the University of Michigan, he joked that she was the most nautical person he knew. So three years later, when it came to plan their wedding, they chose the shores of Lake Michigan and a nautical, preppy theme for their day, complete with stripes, polka dots and monograms. The beach-chic affair combined formal, indoor elements with their open-air lakeside locale for an elegant-yet-laid back vibe. Textured linens, feminine florals, natural wood and glam pops of gold paired with a color palette of white, navy and pink brought it all to life.
- Libby MacCarthy
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