How They MetOur mutual friend Ashley had invited us both to spend a day on the lake in Waterford, Michigan. I’m fairly convinced we had crossed paths during our college days, as we had a number of mutual friends, but it wasn’t until that day in July that we were officially introduced. I also think that the separation prior to that day was a result of me being a Wolverine and Case being a staunch Spartan.
It was a wonderful day filled with water and sun, followed by barbeque at The Woodshop in Clarkston. I think fondly back to that day where I met both the man I would spend the rest of my life with, and also met a new group of friends that I would grow close to in the years to come.
How He Proposed
Case surprised me on my birthday with a Memorial Day weekend trip to The Inn at Bay Harbor. We stopped at Short’s Brewing (craft beer being one of Case’s favorite things ever) in Bellaire where we enjoyed sandwiches and beers before heading to the hotel. Case mentioned that he had made dinner reservations in Petoskey, but wanted to walk along the water beforehand. We ventured towards the pier where, along the way, Case got down on one knee in front of a beautiful Lake Michigan sunset.
Why They Chose to Marry in Northern Michigan
The view at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Overlooking Little Traverse Bay from the Perry is one of the best views in the world, and we wanted all of our friends and family to be able to experience it with us. We also knew we wanted to be near water for our special day: Case grew up on a lake in lower Michigan, we met on the water, and we were engaged on the Bay. The weekend was more perfect than we could have ever imagined, and we can’t wait to get back up to Petoskey soon!
- We distributed welcome bags that included a map of the area and some of our favorite snacks, including Oma’s Apple Butter from Friske Orchards, where we took our engagement photos (also special because Case’s grandmother goes by “Oma”, the Dutch word for grandma). We also included a list of our favorite spots in Petoskey which our guests used to explore.
- I had lace from my mother’s wedding veil wrapped around my bouquet, along with small snapshots of my grandparents, who are no longer with us. It was nice to feel like they were close to me throughout the day.
- Our slight pineapple theme came from the Perry’s logo. My parents also had a pineapple chandelier that my grandfather made hanging in their dining room throughout my childhood, so the fruit was always close to my heart. It just happened that the summer before our wedding, pineapples were everywhere! I ended up accumulating a superfluous amount of pineapple paraphernalia.
- Case’s father is from the Netherlands, so we included a Dutch wish tree as a type of guest book. Friends & family wrote well wishes on little tags and hung them from the branches. We look forward to re-reading the sentiments on our future anniversaries!
- We gave out chocolate chip cookies from Tom’s Mom’s cookies (located in Harbor Springs) at the end of the night. They’re seriously the best!
Luke & Anna from Dan Stewart Photography
Cake: Simply Sweet by Jessica
Flowers & Centerpieces: Jamie @ A.R. Pontius
Dress: Brides by Demetrios
Color Scheme: blush, navy, cream, plum
DJ/Band: Pat Digneit at Double Trouble DJ’s
Hair & Makeup: Talulu Beauty Lounge
Submitted by Allison