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, 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