With the Summer wedding season just around the corner, we thought we’d share Ellie and Brian’s lovely outdoor Michigan wedding. Ellie and Brian were married last August outside a small country home overlooking a small lake in Port Sheldon, MI. Their very intimate ceremony and private reception incorporated very unique elements including mason jar centerpieces with fresh cut flowers and a cordial canoe ride on the lake. Their outdoor Michigan wedding was beautifully captured by Kelly Sweet from Kelly Sweet Photography.
Kelly tells us, “Ellie went barefoot the entire day and was totally up for getting in the canoe and floating around the lake before the ceremony. I loved her for that. The guests parked in an empty lot and a small bus shuttled the guests to and from the home. The ceremony was short and sweet, followed by a cocktail hour in the back yard. After cocktails, guests moved into the tent for a barbecue style dinner with toasting and dancing. The smoke from the tiki torches with the sun setting behind created some of the most beautiful lighting.”
The bride Ellie tells us, “We chose the location because I always wanted an outdoor wedding, and I absolutely loved his parent’s setting with the small lake. My wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses were designed by J Crew. We purchased the flowers at Holland’s Farmer’s Market from Hamilton Dahlia Farm the morning of the wedding and my aunts arranged them. The programs and the invitations were handmade by me, my sister, and my cousin. We simply wrapped twine around them and put a rock on top of it. The delicious cake was created by Brian’s aunt Carol (of Cakes by Carol) and was accented with peach ribbon wrapped around the tiers with freshly cut dahlias. Our tent and chairs were rented locally in Holland, MI from The Rental Company with tasty catering from Beechwood Catering.”
If you’d like to set up a tent at your outdoor reception, you can hire someone to do it for you. Try Find Me A Tent as one resource. They’ll help you figure out what size you’ll need, help you choose what kind of tent is best, and get a quote on pricing.
If you love these photos and want to see more from this Michigan wedding photographer, check out Kelly’s site Kelly Sweet Photography. You can also view Kelly’s listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.
All images courtesy of Kelly Sweet Photography. All Rights Reserved.
What a great location for such a beautiful wedding. Can you please provide details about the location? My fiancee and I would love a private area like this! Thank you!
Beautiful venue…I am also interested in having a wedding reception on the grounds if they are available for other receptions.
Please email me with any additional information.
I would love to know the details of the venue if you are able to email me. The grounds are gorgeous, and this is just what we are looking for. Thanks so much!
Andrea and Tim
This is the most beautiful wedding/venue ever!! My fiance and a I are also looking for a place as elegant as this! If you have details or if this isn’t a private home, I’d love to know! :)
Thanks in advance so much!
Julie & Matt
Your pictures are absolutely amazing! I was also very intrigued by this location and was wondering if I could get information on this venue as well. Gorgeous!
I stumbled across these remarkably beautiful photos while searching for a naturally beautiful and homey location to be married this fall! I have not been able to find anything even close to what I have been dreaming about since I’ve been a little girl, but this location is it! I know that this “venue” is someone’s home and is probably not open to the public, but I would be forever grateful if you could even pass my email onto the bride and groom so that I can inquire if this is even a possibility.
Thank you so much for anything you can do!
Thanks for your comment! This was a truly beautiful location! I will get in touch with you via email with additional details.
Thanks for visiting Emmaline Bride!
Sarah & Samantha:
Agreed! The floral arrangements are my favorite. Dahlias are so strikingly beautiful!
Ah, LOVE the floral bouquets! Beautiful DIY arrangements!
Absolutely lovely! So sweet and simple, and the dahlias are so striking!
a groom rowing his bride across a lake = maximum cuteness!
Kelly Sweet Photography did such a beautiful job!!! That pictures shooting up with her feet in focus and all that yummy bokeh!? Its to die for!
Izzy, I agree! She did a phenomenal job!
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