A Vintage Industrial Loft Wedding at New Vintage Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sjonne’ Mitchell (29 and a manager) and Andrew Badgerow (31 and a lawyer) met at a bar after a Michigan State game, but “I ignored his texts because I wasn’t interested in having a long-distance relationship,” Sjonne’ says. (She was living in Detroit, and he was in Grand Rapids.) Two years later, Drew accepted a job in Detroit, contacted Sjonne’ on Facebook and asked her out. That was it. “We basically never stopped hanging out,” she says. A year later, they were engaged and planning a wedding. The couple felt it was important to host their ceremony and reception in the same venue to make it convenient for out-of-town guests. “We didn’t want to worry about anyone having to drive from one space to another,” Sjonne’ says. “This was a huge reason why we picked our venue.” They chose New Vintage Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as their ceremony and reception venue, an old furniture factory with soaring open-architecture ceilings, expansive windows, original brick and exposed pipes. “The place was absolutely amazing.” The overall theme took on a vintage feel, Sjonne’ says. They incorporated champagne, gold, blush and “a gorgeous navy/royal blue that really brought everything together.” During the ceremony, guests sat on padded black chiavari chairs and watched Sjonne’ and Drew exchange vows between two large pillars. For the reception, lights were strung across the ceiling, and tables were decorated with gold charger plates, champagne and rosette satin linens, gold chiavari chairs and a centerpiece mix of candelabras and crystal hurricane vases. They served apple carrot cake, handed out gold monogrammed stemless wineglasses as favors, danced to reggae, rap, Top 40 and classic songs and served hot dogs and fries as a late-night snack. “Drew and I look back at our photos and can’t believe how well our venue and photographer encompassed our vision,” Sjonne’ says. “It was everything we were looking for and more.” —Chrissy Sorenson