This day was absolutely perfect! Not just the beautiful weather, the stunning bride and groom, amazing friends and family, and gorgeous details. But also because of the loving and positive vibes, the flow of the day, the tears and so many special moments.
After Kylee was dressed, she decided to do a reveal to her bridesmaids instead of them helping her get ready. So her sweet mom helped her in her dress and then she walked outside where all of her bridesmaids stood out waiting for her big reveal! And oh, how stunning she was!!! Even both bride and the groom moms got to enjoy the moment and sweep away tears! The emotions were high and beautiful!
I especially loved when Kylee & Michael got to exchange gifts and a few words while holding hands before the ceremony. Never seeing each other, but able to be close on either sides of the gorgeous front door of the church.
After the ceremony, we stopped at the local bar (the Bombshelter) to put up their koozie as tradition has it there, to go along with the collection, and then headed to Hillside Winery where we were able to do some more photos and the wedding party could enjoy some more drinks. As they entered the receptions, they all had such fun ways to come in! Kylee and Michael had such stunning decor throughout the hall, and a beautiful cake they started cutting shortly after arrival. The rest of the night went by with so much fun and special moments. Their day was a true success!
How did he propose?? Here is the sweet and awesome story in the brides words:
I went on vacation with Michael's family to Traverse City, Michigan. We stayed in a cute little airbnb downtown. It was walking distance from the local bars and Lake Michigan. The fist day was spent touring several wineries on Old Mission Peninsula. Between each winery was about a 5 minute drive where we got to see lots of vineyards and fruit trees. We eventually made it to the tip of the peninsula where there was a pretty lighthouse. The next day we started out early and kayaked on Lake Michigan. That was quite the test for Michael and I's teamwork skills as we shared a kayak. We later went back and got ready for the rest of the day. Michael's sister, Melissa, suggested we wear dresses that day, so I did! (She had no idea Michael was going to propose). That evening, we went on The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. It is a drive with several stops to get out and look at the dunes. Stop #9 was the big one. The dune directly overlooked Lake Michigan at almost 500ft high. I had my nice camera with me the whole vacation and of course brought it on stop #9. We walked around a bit and took pictures and then Michael and his Dad wondered up another little dune. They shouted down at us and told us we should all come see the nice view from where they were. We made it up the little dune, where no one else was. (The area is pretty touristy). Michael's dad, Greg, offered to take some pictures of Michael and I. We took a few pictures and then Michael made his move. With the wooden ring box he made himself, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Greg continued to take pictures and as the pictures show, I was completely caught off guard and surprised! Especially because he later told had the ring box in his pocket for most of the vacation! He was so excited he was able to surprise me as much as he did. We ended the evening watching the sunset over Lake Michigan. Michael knows I love sunsets more than anything! It was the most perfect day. I'd say he nailed it!
Wedding Ceremony: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Wedding Reception: Fogle Center
Hair Salon/ Stylist and Makeup: Revitalized Spa/ Jayme Hahn
Dress Designer & Place of purchase: Christina Wu/ Bridal & Formal Cincinnati OH
Groomsmen Attire place of purchase: Gustwillers Ottawa OH
Invitations: Zazzle.com, made by bride
Florist: Barb Lauth
Cake Creator: Rhonda Maag
Decorator: Dana Roebke (YOUnique Decor), Teresa Bitters
Cateror: Kelly Gerten
Photography: Jessica Lynea Photography
Amazing videography team: Captured Video and Photography (Lima)
DJ: Phil Austin
Party Bus: Advantage Limo (Delphos)
Other Vendors: Ultrasound in Delphos (some linens and napkins)