A Rustic Elegant Wedding at Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan

The theme was rustic elegance when Cortney (32) ?and Mike (31, both in retail management) tied the knot at Charlevoix's Castle Farms. "We wanted somet

The theme was rustic elegance when Cortney (32) ?and Mike (31, both in retail management) tied the knot at Charlevoix's Castle Farms. "We wanted something entirely different than every other wedding we've attended," Cortney explains. "I found the place online, we took the four hour trip up north and instantly fell in love." The two-be-weds said "I do" in an outdoor ceremony in the venue's courtyard under a rustic stone arch while 75 friends and family members looked on. "We had drinks waiting for our guests in mason jars when they arrived," the bride says. When the reception rolled around, wedding guests were ushered into the "Knight's Castle", where the couple had created a scene of rustic romance using a rich purple and gray color scheme paired with outdoor elements. Centerpieces were crafted using various succulents and cuts of birch wood while simple, white folding chairs kept the overall reception from looking too cluttered. "Our wedding reflected us as a couple because nothing was too fussy," Cortney explains. "We had a beautiful, unique venue with various outdoor elements and didn't go overboard with the decorations. We just let the venue speak for itself."

The bride wore royal blue peep-toe heels with a feminine bow detail.
Maggie Sottero Strapless Lace Wedding Dress
Elegant Updo with Curls
Cortney's Elegant Updo Wedding Hairstyle
The bride added a delicate, pearl hair pin to her elegant updo.
The strapless dress with minimal beading that Cortney wore was by dress designer Maggie Sottero
The groom designed the invitations himself using a mixture of elements that the couple liked in preprinted invitations that they have previously seen.
The couple found the venue online and took the four hour trip up north to see if for themselves. "We instantly fell in love with Castle Farms," Cortney says. "The ceremony was outdoors in the courtyard and the space was ours for the evening, but the reception was held in the 'Knight's Castle'."
Castle Farms Wedding Venue in Charlevoix
Blue Wedding Shoes and Black Sneakers
Gray Groomsmen Suits with Black Shoes
Rustic Succulents Bouquet
The bridesmaids wore charcoal lace dresses with eggplant-colored belts.
Charcoal Gray Bridesmaid Dresses with Purple Detail
"We wanted our florals to be a bit different, so we chose arrangements of succulents for the bouquet," Cortney says of the flowers created by Debi Hoeksema.
Each of the groomsmen wore gray suits paired with purple and gray plaid ties. "We wanted a classy, elegant look that still matched with the rustic feel of our venue," Cortney explains.
Cortney wore a strapless, lace dress by designer Maggie Sottero.
Cortney and Mike First Kiss
"We wanted something different than every other wedding we've attended," Cortney says of her nuptials at Castle Farms.
Gray and Yellow Wedding Programs
For the ceremony, drinks were prepared in mason jars and passed out to guests along with chalkboard tags.
The rustic centerpieces were a mix of succulents and branches paired with a single birch wood log.
Four-Tier Gray and White Wedding Cake with Topper
Silver Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Cake Topper
Cortney and Mike First Dance
Strapless White Maggie Sottero Wedding Dress with Sweetheart Neckline