A Vintage, Glam Wedding at the Peninsula Room in Traverse City, Michigan

Two years after Laura Freed (33 and a human resources manager) and Nadira Kharmai (27 and a marketing specialist) met by chance at a local restaurant,

Two years after Laura Freed (33 and a human resources manager) and Nadira Kharmai (27 and a marketing specialist) met by chance at a local restaurant, the two found themselves packing for a weekend trip to Traverse City, Michigan. “Laura thought it was a late birthday gift, but right before we left, I told her we were heading north to celebrate our first trip as a newly engaged couple,” Nadira says of dropping to one knee right in the middle of their living room. “Our weekend in Traverse City was romantic and filled with good food and wine. We knew right then that we wanted to get married there." The following fall, the pair once again traveled north to Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula to seal the deal in Michigan’s charming wine region. “We wanted an ethereal, woodsy vibe that also felt vintage and glamorous,” Laura says of selecting a vibrant teal and metallic palette to dress up the day. Textured, jewel-toned arrangements filled with dahlias and seeded eucalyptus adorned the intimate ceremony space, where guests tossed fresh lavender at the newlyweds after Laura and Nadira said “I do.” Inside, tapered candles and gold dinnerware topped reception tables along with verdant garland centerpieces. Laura and Nadira shared a sentimental first dance to Jon McLaughlin’s “I’ll Follow You” before cutting into a caramel apple cake topped with fresh florals for dessert. When guests weren’t indulging in bite-size doughnuts or posing for snapshots in the photo booth, family and friends could be found at the s'mores station by the Peninsula Room's stone fireplace. "At the end of the night, we lit dozens of wishing lanterns as our send-off," Laura says of their exit. For a peek at all the romantic details, check out all the shots from Willow Noavi Photography, below. —Rachel Sylvester

Laura and Nadira fell in love with the Peninsula Room's ethereal, woodland-inspired feel. “While we were planning, we expected the fall colors to be in full bloom,” Laura says of their autumn nuptials. “They were actually quite a few weeks behind that year—everything ended up looking much greener than expected!"
"Matching two dresses together was not an easy task," Laura says of choosing two separate gowns that felt similar yet not too coordinated. Nadia wore a tulle BHLDN design while Laura's ivory sheath-style dress featured scalloped lace and sheer, off-the-shoulder sleeves.
Attendants sported a vibrant mix of ribbon-wrapped boutonnieres that coordinated perfectly with the bouquets. As Laura and Nadira walked up the aisle, guests tossed cones filled with fresh lavender.
Both brides wore flowers in their hair in lieu of traditional veils. While Laura donned a vibrant flower crown, Nadira accessorized her look with a floral comb.
Guests blessed the couple's rings during the outdoor ceremony shortly before Laura and Nadira tied a unity braid together, signifying their union. "The act symbolized the biblical verse that states, 'A chord of three strands is not easily broken,' " Laura says.
“Our wedding day was surreal,” Laura says of their intimate outdoor nuptials. “The morning was cloudy until the moment we walked down the aisle. The sun came out just for our ceremony!”
Guests found their seats thanks to vintage keys affixed with a label bearing their names in silver calligraphy.
At the end of the night, guests took home locally made doughnuts in flavors that included cider, pumpkin and cinnamon sugar.
Vibrant blue linens, gold dinnerware and lush florals topped each reception table, lending a cozy appeal to the warm interior of the Peninsula Room in Traverse City, Michigan.
A vintage gold mirror highlighted dinner fare in white calligraphy as an elegant alternative to paper menus.
Vintage details and lush, fall-inspired florals gave the dining tables an intimate feel. "We wanted an ethereal, woodsy vibe that felt a little vintage glam," Laura says of their design inspiration.
Guests indulged in a nearly naked caramel apple wedding cake topped with autumn-inspired florals and a sweet drizzle of caramel.
When guests weren't dancing or snapping pics in the photo booth, they could be found at the s'mores station by the Peninsula Room's stone fireplace. "At the end of the night, we lit dozens of wishing lanterns as our send-off," Laura says of their exit.