A Modern, Nautical Fall Wedding at Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Petoskey, Michigan

Laura Rybicki (28 and a tour director) and Chris DeChelbor (28 and a financial reporting analyst) grew up in northern Michigan and are proud alumni of

Laura Rybicki (28 and a tour director) and Chris DeChelbor (28 and a financial reporting analyst) grew up in northern Michigan and are proud alumni of Michigan State University, where they met. So it made sense to have their wedding waterfront on Lake Michigan. Laura had the color scheme chosen from the get-go—coral, pink, white and navy blue added preppy and nautical touches to the modern venue of Bay Harbor Yacht Club. The ceremony took place along the marina, on a dock just below the reception venue. After the ceremony, guests headed to the yacht club for cocktail hour and a major dance party. "I had several family members tell me they saw the dance floor concave in a few times from everyone jumping and dancing out there," Laura says. "There were guests of all ages out there a majority of the time, which was awesome to see." With the help of their wedding planner, Julie of Bay Harbor Yacht Club, and Jessica of Simply Sweet by Jessica, Laura created a dessert spread featuring an array of mini cupcakes and cookies. The table was decked out pink, navy and white streamers and chevron print details. Laura's sister, Sarah, created a cute pink and navy sign with the words "Love is sweet" as a finishing detail. We loved Laura's bouquet of roses, gerbera daisies, bupleurum and stock, which was created by Monarch Garden & Floral Design. It emanated the color theme with pops of coral, pink and white, and was bundled with silky navy cloth for a nautical touch. Dan Stewart Photography captured even more vibrant details from Laura and Chris's wedding, which can be seen below. A tip from Laura: "Remember to have fun while planning. It's easy to get caught up in all the details, but it's important to take a step back and remember why you are doing this and that it's supposed to be a memorable and exciting experience together."

Laura kept her jewelry elegant and traditional. She wore diamond and pearl earrings and a diamond bracelet, both borrowed from her grandmother. The jewelry's minimal design paired with Laura's intricate lace dress and allowed it to remain the center of attention in her look.
The bridal bouquet consisted of pink and coral roses, peach gerbera daisies, pink and peach stocks and bupleurum wrapped in navy cloth. Laura credits florist William Santos of Monarch Garden & Floral Design with creating an arrangement that pulled together her color scheme and nautical theme perfectly.
A-Line Wedding Dress With Layered Mermaid-Style Skirt
Rather than wear heels, Laura and her bridal party donned TOMS flat canvas slip-ons, keeping with the wedding's nautical theme. Laura wore a sparkly, silver pair, while her bridesmaids wore solid navy blue versions of the shoes.
Pink Floor-Length Bridesmaid Dresses
Laura and Chris's 215 guests gathered on a dock at the marina of Lake Michigan. The reception location, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Petoskey, Michigan, was in the same area, allowing guests to enjoy cocktail hour overlooking the water before moving into the banquet hall. Laura enjoyed the venue's simplicity and elegance, and used its waterfront location as inspiration for the wedding's nautical theme.
Pink Rose and Navy Ribbon Ceremony Decorations
Rustic Wooden Note Box
Beer, wine and liquor were served during cocktail hour, which immediately followed the ceremony. A whimsical cream and navy blue sign showed the drink offerings. During cocktail hour, guests could take pictures with props to hang on the couple's homemade photo wall in the venue's hallway.
Place settings for the sit-down dinner mixed preppy and nautical designs, with white and navy chevron napkins on black or white table cloths. Flower arrangements with roses, gerbera daisies and stock in the same colors as the bridal bouquet acted as centerpieces. White kraft-paper escort cards continued the nautical theme with a navy print and anchor design. Guests received anchor-shaped bottle openers as party favors. "They seemed very practical and went with our nautical theme," Laura says.
Laura and Chris's buttercream-iced, chocolate wedding cake was the focal point of their dessert table at the reception. It sat atop a navy and white chevron-patterned mat to match the table settings. Delicate pink icing roses on top matched the colors of Laura's bouquet and of her bridesmaid dresses. The cake was created by Jessica of Simply Sweet by Jessica.
Laura wanted her guests to have their choice of dessert, so she and Chris had a sweets table complete with raspberry-lemon and chocolate-buttercream cupcakes from Simply Sweet by Jessica. Bay Harbor Yacht Club wedding planner Julie hung navy, pink and white streamers to create a wall that table could sit in front of.  Laura's sister Sarah created a DIY pink and silver paper banner that read "Love is sweet."
Nautical Navy and White Chevron-Patterned Tablescape
Laura chose a mermaid-style cut gown with a form-fitting lace bodice. The bottom of the dress had bunched and layered fabric, adding a voluminous, romantic effect. She wore her hair in a low updo that was twisted, weaved and pinned near the nape of her neck. The style was accented with a delicate white flower behind her ear.