A Whimsical Summer Wedding at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan

Inspired by the beauty of nature and their love of the outdoors, Laura Pridmore (26 and works in human resources) and Chris Geiger (27 and a doctor) planned an elegant summer soiree that paid tribute to Michigan’s natural landscape. “We weren’t tied to specific colors as much we were to an aesthetic that left our guests feeling comfortable and at ease,” Laura says. With its refined Tudor Revival architecture, distinct gardens and long history of entertaining heads of state, captains of industry and socialites, Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan, provided the ultimate backdrop for Laura and Chris’s fete. “Meadow Brook’s architecture and history are astonishing, but the gardens and outdoor spaces are what really sold me on the space,” Laura says. With beautiful weather in the forecast, the couple were able to host the entire event outdoors, beginning with an intimate ceremony on a flagstone patio in the heart of the estate’s rock garden. “We were lucky,” Laura says. “Our wedding was the only day in June where it didn’t rain!” 

Cocktail hour kicked off the evening’s festivities, with the newlyweds gathering their families and friends on the loggia for cocktails and decadent hors d’oeuvres. A loft tent dripping in twinkling fairy lights held the reception. The open-air format provided guests with panoramic views of the gardens and the night sky. Laura and Chris struck the perfect blend of midsummer romance and country charm with details like tree-slice table numbers, a moss-trimmed escort card display and lush peach, ivory and coral blooms arranged artfully in rustic wooden planter boxes woven throughout. Personal touches like a Doctor’s Orders signature cocktail and a popcorn bar added a note of playfulness to the evening. “As soon as the dance floor opened, we didn’t leave,” Laura says. “We passed out cookies and shots of milk for those needing additional sustenance after the dinner plates cleared, and the Dan Rafferty Band kept the energy up throughout the night.” A tip from Laura: “One of our favorite parts of the wedding was when our pastor asked us to turn around and look at all the guests who had traveled to be with us on our special day. It brought tears to my eyes, looking around and seeing all these people who we love so much and who in turn came to support and celebrate with us as we started our lives together. It’s an incredible feeling of support and solidarity.” —Libby MacCarthy