A Summery Waterfront Wedding at the Veranda at the Whitcomb in St. Joseph, Michigan

When Grace Blais (27 and a banker) and David Peat (31 and a banker) started planning their summer wedding, they knew immediately that St. Joseph, Mich

When Grace Blais (27 and a banker) and David Peat (31 and a banker) started planning their summer wedding, they knew immediately that St. Joseph, Michigan, would be the perfect place to say their “I dos.” The location had many memories for the couple, including some of their favorite dates, their first “I love yous” and their engagement. “He proposed on New Year’s Eve walking on the bluff in St. Joseph during a blizzard under all the holiday lights,”  Grace says. “Naturally, we decided to marry there too.” The day started with an intimate ceremony on the beach at Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor, Michigan, with Grace and David exchanging vows under an airy wedding arch, set against a backdrop of miles of calm blue waters. They then whisked guests off to the Veranda at the Whitcomb for an evening of celebrating. The breathtaking venue boasts prime views of Lake Michigan and elegant architecture that exudes historic charm. The couple chose a palette of pastel mint, aqua and coral to go with the beachy locale and dressed the tables with seashells, warm candlelight, understated arrangements of bright blooms and white lanterns. Dinner and cocktail hour were a big hit, with Grace and David serving specialty cocktails like the Cool as a Cuke Mule and the Sangri-Yeah alongside a delectable menu of home-style eats, including pulled pork, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and biscuits. A cupcake enthusiast, Grace skipped the traditional wedding cake and had Something’s Brewing whip up an assortment of delicious sweet treats. A tip from Grace: “If you're having a wedding on the beach, don't forget sunscreen and bug spray. Some of our bridesmaids got bitten up and sunburned during the ceremony. And enjoy every second of your day—it goes by fast!”

Peonies were the star of Grace and David’s floral arrangements, the bright pink blooms making an appearance in everything from the bouquets to the centerpieces and the couple’s stationery designer, Dianna McNicoll Design, even featured them on the wedding invitations to give guests a feel for the summery beach affair to come.
For Grace and David, the menu was the perfect opportunity to have a little fun and show off their fun, laid-back personalities. The couple created two signature cocktails for guests to sip on throughout the evening—Cool as a Cuke Mule, a Moscow Mule with cucumber-infused vodka and mint, and a Sangri-Yeah, a red wine sangria made with fresh fruits—plus a selection of locally brewed beer and wine. Dinner was a delectable spread of home-style favorites, including pulled pork, mac and cheese, chicken kebabs, mashed potatoes, green beans and cheddar biscuits.
White Lantern and Bud Vase Centerpieces
Pink Floating Seashell Centerpieces
When it came to the decor, playing up the beachy locale was a must for Grace and David. The couple chose a palette of soft mint, aqua and coral hues to bring a pop of fresh color to the warm-colored stone veranda at the Whitcomb in St. Joseph, Michigan, while matching the sand and surf beyond.
Grace and David put a few subtle twists on classic wedding traditions to give the day a touch of personal flair. Instead of a traditional guest book, the couple invited their guests to write their well wishes and advice on small pieces of paper and place them in a bright blue bottle decorated with fishing net, fitting of the wedding’s beachy theme.
Vintage Escort Card Display
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Grace and David opted for desserts that were easy for guests to eat while dancing and socializing. “I also make cupcakes as a hobby, so having cupcakes on the day of was a must,” Grace says. The couple had Something’s Brewing bake up an assortment of perfectly frosted cupcake confections for everyone to enjoy as a post-dinner treat.
Wedding Favor Sunglasses
Mint Mori Lee Angelina Faccenda Dresses
Strapless Asymmetrically Cut Wedding Dress
Pink and White Rose Bridal Bouquet
Summer Ring Bearer and Flower Girl Attire
Jean Klock Park Beach Ceremony Processional
Exchanging Vows at Jean Klock Park Beach
Jean Klock Park Beach Ceremony
From the start, Grace and David knew that St. Joseph, Michigan, would be the perfect place for their summer wedding. Many monumental moments in their relationship had already taken place there—it was where they first said, “I love you” and where David proposed—so it was fitting to add one more.
The Veranda at the Whitcomb Sparkler Exit