A Ski Lodge Wedding at Bay Mountain at the Homestead in Glen Arbor, Michigan

Kelsey Carpenter (22 and a preschool teaching assistant) and Austin Smith (22 and a student) met in high school. “Austin was the quiet type and I was the loud cheerleader,” Kelsey says. Even though they went to a very small school—only 35 people were in their graduating class—they didn’t start dating until their senior year, when Kelsey realized she had a crush on him during a class trip. “A few months later we made it official, and we’ve been together ever since,” she says. The couple are from Ann Arbor but wanted a Memorial Day weekend getaway wedding away in northern Michigan, and they fell in love with Bay Mountain at the Homestead the minute they saw it. “It felt comfortable and relaxing but still very elegant,” Kelsey says. The couple went above and beyond to make sure guests felt appreciated, hosting a party Saturday night with an open bar, pizza and s’mores, the wedding on Sunday (decorated in a pretty palette of gold, ivory and navy) and a brunch Monday morning. Instead of favors, guests received welcome bags featuring the couple's favorite Michigan-made products: Faygo soda, Better Made chips, Bell’s Oberon beer, assorted small boxes of Kellogg's cereals, a road-trip CD with their favorite songs (for the drive home), Tylenol, sunscreen, bottled water, a map of nearby Traverse City, a list of things to do in Glen Arbor and a schedule with wedding details. “We wanted them to know how thankful we were that they would spend their weekend celebrating with us,” Kelsey says. For the ceremony, guests took the ski lift to the top of the hill for stunning views of Lake Michigan. Lanterns, navy ribbons, garlands of ruscus and simple floral arrangements decorated the aisle, and guests were encouraged to pick up a paper cone filled with ivory rose petals. A massive cross, made by the bride’s cousin, finished the ceremony decor. “Our faith is very important to us,” Kelsey says. “Christ truly has blessed us with more than we deserve.” After the ceremony, guests rode the ski lift down the hill for the reception at Mountain Flowers Lodge for an evening of eating, drinking and dancing. “Everyone had a blast,” Kelsey says. —Chrissy Sorenson