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Feb 042016

Sometimes in the great search for the perfect wedding venue, you don't even know where to begin. The answer? Browsing the top-notch spots to get married. Ever. In our new February/March 2016 issue (on newsstands now!) we call out the best venues— indoor and outdoor, big and small, luxury and budget-friendly— across America. How did we go about creating such a list? We asked more than 1,500 real brides and grooms nationwide to weigh in on the best spots to say "I do" by rating their own wedding location on everything from the service to the food to the view. From great plantations and rustic farms in the South to elegant libraries and grand hotels in the Northeast to romantic, swoon-worthy wineries on the West Coast, we found them all. So take note, brides-to-be! These are our readers' favorite bridal boutiques in the Midwest.

Museums, music halls, and chic barns rule the Heartland

Zingerman's Cornman Farms, Dexter, Michigan (Above)
The farmhouse and restored barn on 42 acres of pastures are the stuff of country-wedding fantasies. Bonus: Choose between the famous Zingerman's Deli or Roadhouse, an upscale barbecue palace, for your catering.

Adler Planetarium, Chicago
This venue lets you marry right on Lake Michigan, so get hitched on the terrace before heading over to the reception space for sights of the Chicago skyline.

Symphony Center, Chicago
Even if you're not into doing an elevated ceremony on Armour Stage, you'll love the Grainger Ballroom's embellished ceilings and grand arched windows overlooking Michigan Avenue.

Downtown Market Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Set above a farmer's market, the modern greenhouse and rooftop terrace offer an urban oasis for a ceremony one floor away from the city streets.

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Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
This resort is known for its geranium-dotted 660-foot veranda (perfect for ceremonies) and its fantastic planner, who will put out any last-minute fires, like when a groomsman forgets his pants (true story).

A'bulae, St. Paul, Minnesota
This loftlike space has a roof for your I do's, floor-to-ceiling windows in the ballroom, and a luxe dressing room. (You and your 'maids will each have your own hair and makeup station. Fancy!)

Peabody Opera House, St. Louis
Exchange vows on the red-curtained stage in the theater, then head back to the marbled lobby, which doubles as the two-story ballroom of your dreams.

The Club at Hillbrook, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
A Tudor mansion in the woods, this venue gives off major fairy-tale vibes. Plus the wedding team goes above and beyond, even finishing that final DIY project for you.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
A three-story glass atrium filled with trees adds a contemporary edge to the museum's original 1916 architecture, perfect for a traditional-meets-modern affair.

Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio
Want a lush space for your in-town nuptials? This greenhouse is stuffed with palm trees, and its exterior sports a super-cool light installation by artist James Turrell.

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee
Guests can tour the galleries to see the works of Picasso while you slip outside for photos in front of Quadracci Pavilion, a Calatrava-designed masterpiece meant to look like a ship's bow.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES February/March 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

Want to see more Midwestern venues? Check out our Midwest Venues page to find your perfect location!

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This Vintage-Chic Michigan Wedding Was All About the Flowers

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Dec 152015

On May 3, 2014, nine years after high school sweethearts Megan and Sebastian first met as sophomores, the pair headed toward the Kilauea Lighthouse during a trip to Hawaii, where Sebastian surprised Megan with a proposal — and a ring he designed himself. While the pair lives in Florida, they decided to head back to the bride's family home of Port Austin, Michigan, to wed. And with good reason! "My grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents were all married in Saint Michael Catholic Church in Port Austin, and I knew I wanted to do the same," says Megan.

The pair combined their DIY skills with a group of amazing Michigan vendors, including Reinhardt Blooms ("Our wedding date was based around their availability!" reveals the bride) and The Farm Restaurant, to create a vintage farm-chic celebration that made the most of the location and the late June bounty. Keep reading to see the stunning shots of this June 20th, 2015 wedding for 160 guests, photographed by Justine Montigny.

Sebastian designed Megan's engagement ring and wedding band, using petal-like shapes to complement the sparkling center stone.

"Our passion as a couple is our 1942 Chandler & Price Letterpress," Megan says. So you can bet the bride and groom put it to good use, designing and printing their invitation suite and every piece of paper used throughout their wedding day.

When Megan and her mom arrived at The Gown Shop in Ann Arbor, they both immediately spotted a silk and lace Sarah Janks gown on display. Megan tried on a few others, but as soon as she put on the soft silhouette and fluttering lace cap sleeves, she knew she'd found the one. She topped it all with her mother's cathedral-length veil.

Megan paired her gown with a romantic bouquet of garden roses, daisies (to represent her mother's bridal bouquet), and ferns (to represent their Hawaii engagement) in blush, cream, and deep red hues.

The vibrant blooms popped against Sebastian's blue three-piece suit.

The red-studded bouquets were a perfect match for Megan's maid of honor's floral-print ASOS gown, which was the inspiration for the day's color scheme. "We were excited to find gowns that were a little less traditional — and less expensive!" Megan says.

The groomsmen wore their own dark blue suits to complement Sebastian's, and all wore matching ties and succulent boutonnieres.

"Planning a wedding from out of state isn't easy," says Megan, "which is why we decided early on to source all of our vendors from Michigan — and to surround ourselves with the best we could find! — to help it all run smoothly."

To add to the family history of the day, Megan and Sebastian rode to the church in the bride's grandfather's 1922 Model T, driven by her father.

The only decorations at the church were two wreaths on the light blue doors, inspired by a simple photograph of Megan's grandparents at the church on their wedding day. "We let the space speak for itself," she says.

After the I do's, Megan swapped her mother's veil for a lush flower crown.

The reception took place on the lawn at the Farm Restaurant, where vintage furniture and café lights set the scene. Tables were topped with oyster linens and low arrangements of loose garden roses and greenery. Pink mismatched glassware lent an eclectic feel to the tablescape.

Megan turned to Rusted Rose Vintage Rentals to compile 160 unique place settings, each with a different vintage china pattern for the dinner plate, charger, and bread plate.

Guests were served family-style roasted chicken, stuffed prime rib, and vegetable strudel before Megan and Sebastian cut into a naked vanilla cake decorated with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

For a special take on a first dance, Megan's maid of honor and her cousin sang an acoustic version of John Mayer's "XO."

While the couple took on a few projects of their own, Megan advises brides and grooms to know when enough is enough. "Keep your DIYs to a minimum, because what's worse than a poorly executed project on your wedding day? Instead, hire the best professionals you can — there's a reason they do weddings for a living!"

Ceremony Venue: Saint Michael Church || Reception Venue, Catering & Cake: The Farm Restaurant || Day-of Coordinator: Heyday || Bride's Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks || Shoes: BHLDN || Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS || Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein || Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Golden Earrings Fine Jewelry || Floral Design: Reinhardt Blooms || Invitations & Paper Goods: Sebastian Mejia Design || Music: McNabb DJ Service || Rentals: Crown Party Rentals, Rusted Rose Vintage Rentals || Videography: Kris Colavecchio || Photography: Justine Montigny

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One Couple’s Flower-Filled Greenhouse Wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan

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Oct 052015

Facebook had just launched when Melody Akhavan and Ashkan Abbey decided to become online friends, but despite their interest in one another, the two put as little confidence into the connection as they did in the social networking site. Seven years after they first accepted the friend requests, Ashkan was inspired by a status Melody posted on Facebook and decided to reach out with an email. "I was caught off guard because I hadn't spoken to him in so long, but I was very pleasantly surprised," Melody recalls and remembers sharing their first date soon after.

On a sunny day in June, Ashkan got down on one knee but Melody can hardly recall what he first said! "I had promised myself that I would listen carefully to everything he said if he popped the question," she says. But the bride admits, in the shock of the moment, it was easier said than done. Luckily, Ashkan was able to repeat his romantic speech word for word since he'd been practicing for weeks out loud at the gym. "The people around him probably thought he was insane!" Melody laughs.

Dating long distance (Melody resided in New York City while Ashkan called Michigan home) didn't make planning a wedding easy but the pair pulled it off with thanks to plenty of FaceTime video calls. With the help of a stellar wedding planner, the couple hosted a bash that celebrated their Persian heritage. Keep reading to see all of Jill DeVries Photography's photos of their April 19, 2014 wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Melody wore a three-piece dress, keeping the same fit-and-flair skirt for both the ceremony and reception, but changing into different tops for each. Her first look included a sheer, long-sleeved lace top with a plunging V-neckline. Then, she changed into a sleeveless bustier for the reception.

"When I saw this two-piece gown in the showroom, I had to try it on," the bride says. "Once I did, I saw that it was simultaneously sexy and elegant, and the lace detailing was just stunning. I felt truly beautiful in it, and beyond that, I felt like I looked like myself and not a generic bride."

Ashkan donned a bespoke black-and-white tuxedo and pinned a white garden rose to his lapel.

Melody arrived at their ceremony, which was held at the Planterra Conservatory, in style: A vintage black car carried her to the door while she toted an oversized, lush, and unstructured bouquet of white peonies, hanging amaranthus, seeded eucalyptus, and greenery.

The couple chose the property for the both the ceremony and reception based first on aesthetics. "It's a truly stunning venue," Melody says of the conservatory, which boasts floor-to-ceiling glass walls and plenty of greenery. "With the right décor, we believed it could be absolutely magical. In fact, we booked it sight unseen!"

Wearing a ballet-inspired dress, Ashkan's niece, walked the ceremony aisle ahead of the couple and carried a banner that read, "All you need is love." After their young attendant made her debut, Melody and Ashkan entered the ceremony together hand-in-hand. "It was important to us to show that we are equals, teammates, and in this together," explains Melody. "We loved this non-traditional aspect of our ceremony."

The couple did, however, stick to a traditional Bahá'í marriage ceremony, opening the ceremony by chanting a traditional prayer, then sitting side-by-side with a prayer book and their Bahá'í marriage certificate between them. "We asked our dear friend, Jake, to speak about the significance of the Bahá'í marriage ceremony and about our relationship," Melody says. "He created a truly unbelievable speech. We are so grateful to him for his thoughtfulness and kind and beautiful words."

She continues, "I didn't want a lot of pomp and circumstance, but a rather minimal and pared-down ceremony with only the most meaningful readings, prayers, and songs. In fact, we elected not to have a wedding party at all. Ashkan and I wanted to keep the entire evening focused on a celebration of our relationship."

The couple's 100 guests found their seat assignments attached to eucalyptus sprigs, and were then greeted with a magical sight: Long banquet tables topped with gold candelabras, swaths of greenery, and table numbers etched in copper calligraphy awaited inside the reception space. "We customized every aspect of the décor, from linens to table settings to lighting," Melody says.

Lighting was especially important to the couple because they wanted to ensure that their photographer would have the perfect glow to capture all the details, but also didn't want to detract from the ethereal vibe of the evening. They let candlelight cast a romantic glow over the celebration.

The reception décor came together after months of back-and-forth pinning on a secret Pinterest board with their wedding planner. "After we had a vision board set with some of the most important elements like the seating structure, we created a secret Pinterest board," says Melody. "I would pin things that I liked and elements that I wanted to incorporate and our planner would comment as to whether it was feasible. This is the process we used to narrow down everything from my final bouquet, to my flower crown, to the pens we put next to the guest books."

One of Melody's favorite decorative elements was a a custom-made chandelier of greenery that was suspended over the dance floor.

Guests enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres of beef Carpaccio, miniature New York-style Reuben's, and a spring pea emulsion, then dined on a plated dinner duet of filet mignon and chili-glazed salmon. But the couple was sure to include a vegetarian option too: A wild mushroom pasta accompanied by salad. "Ashkan selected the menu," says Melody. "Since he was the only one living in Michigan and able to attend tastings, the food became his domain. He did a great job!"

Melody and Ashkan's four-tiered cake was covered in ivory fondant, while the bottom layer was decked out with an edible gold leaf treatment. It was topped with fresh blooms and a custom cake topper with the couple's names scrolled in gold script.

Great music was a must-have for the pair, who first bonded over their love of certain tunes. "We tried to weave in as much Persian culture as we could, so our first dance was actually a traditional Persian wedding song," says Melody. "We also asked our DJ to play both Persian and American music during the reception so all our guests would have an equal chance to party." Even though the couple chose not to serve alcohol for religious reasons, the party went on all night. "Everyone still stayed out on the dance floor until the last song!" Melody says.

"The whole wedding day was incredibly fun," says Melody. "But I have to say the best part was the dancing! The mix of music got everyone dancing the whole time! Persian and non-Persian, young and old. We had some great throwbacks in there, and, for the last song, Ashkan serenaded me with R. Kelly's 'Bump n' Grind!'"

Melody and Ashkan also offered guests a photo booth, complete with a custom backdrop of draped greenery and ivory peonies and their loved ones could not get enough.

Reflecting on their wedding day, Melody says: "You should really aim to be yourself when crafting your special day. Although it took a lot more effort to handpick every single detail to reflect our personalities, I am convinced it's totally worth it. It creates a magical experience for both you and your guests."

Venue, Catering & Floral Design: Planterra Conservatory || Wedding Planner: VLD Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Yaki Ravid, purchased at Bridal Reflections || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Figo Salon || Makeup: Todd's Room || Groom's Attire: 1701 Bespoke || Invitations & Paper Goods: Rock Paper Scissors || Music: DJ Graffiti through Snapfuze || Cake: Sweet Heather Anne || Rentals: Special Events || Videographer: Two Penny Productions || Photography: Jill DeVries Photography

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Aug 052015

Sometimes in the great search for that one perfect dress, you don't even know where to begin. The answer? With an appointment at a top-notch bridal salon. In our new August/September 2015 issue (on newsstands now!) we call out the best 50 bridal salons — big and small, luxury and budget-friendly, boho and traditional — across America. How did we go about creating such a list? We asked more than 1,100 real brides nationwide to weigh in on the best spots to find that dream wedding dress by rating and submitting their own gown-shopping experience. From precious, personalized boutiques in the South to giant wedding dress meccas in the Northeast to intimate indie shops in California, we found them all. So take note, brides-to-be! These are our readers' favorite bridal boutiques in the Midwest.

Ultimate Bride, Chicago
Owned by industry vet Elena Grapsas, this Oak Street salon specializes in swank labels like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. "But I never felt pressure to spend more than I wanted," says a bride.

M.H. Pomander's, Indianapolis
Bringing Mom is a must, say reviewers: Along with gowns from the likes of Lee-Ann Belter and Theia, the shop is known for its flattering MOB dresses. P.S.: In-house seamstress Erin Young is couture trained.

Laura's Couture Collection, Shawnee, Kansas
This chic boutique carries fresh-off-the-runway gowns from designers like Marchesa and Pronovias. Says one bride, "My mom and sister couldn't be there, so owner Laura Mease FaceTimed them while I was trying stuff on."

Roma Sposa, Birmingham, Mich.
Fashion-forward Detroiters, take note: Anna Castaldi-Roselli stocks her salon with haute designs from Vera Wang and Inbal Dror. Reviewers raved about the trunk shows: "After she knew my taste, my consultant suggested I go for one by Ines di Santo. I found the perfect gown and met the designer!" says a bride.

A & Bé Bridal Shop, Minneapolis
Owned by the same duo as Denver's Anna Bé, this laid-back boutique is beloved by boho brides, who tout the crazy-good selection of indie labels (Anna Campbell, Rue de Seine) and range of prices: Many gowns ring in under $1,500.

L'Atelier Couture Bridal, Minneapolis
At this gallery-like salon, you'll find gowns by hot designers like Jenny Packham and Mira Zwillinger displayed like works of art. As for the service, one recent bride told us that her consultant made a video to show the out-of-state 'maids how to bustle her gown.

See more: The Ultimate Wedding Dress Guide: The Best Necklines by Body Type

Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique , St. Louis
Again and again, reviewers said that shopping here was the highlight of their wedding-planning experience. Not only is it the only salon in the city with sought-after designers like Rivini and Judd Waddell, but if you avoid a Saturday appointment you'll also be the only bride in the store.

Rhylan Lang, Omaha, Nebr.
Love lace? This chic salon is the state's go-to spot for ultrafeminine lines like Hayley Paige and Anne Barge. Area brides are obsessed with the private dressing rooms; each one has an elevated platform and enough space to fit even the largest entourage.

Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal, Cincinnati
At this intimate spot, each bride gets the whole shop — and a reserved parking spot — to herself. Says one, "I was greeted at the door with champagne and a sign that said, 'Welcome, Jennifer!'"

Something White, Independence, Ohio
This light-drenched salon is filled with gowns from hard-to-find labels like Leanne Marshall and Ivy & Aster. It's also the only Ohio store selling perennial fave Lela Rose. "I loved that they weren't afraid to stray from the poofy princess dress," says a fan.

Gigi of Mequon, Mequon, Wis.
City brides flock to this mecca outside Milwaukee for gowns by Peter Langner and Monique Lhuillier and spoil-you-silly service. Says one, "In Chicago, appointments are stacked on top of one another. Here, I felt like the only bride they'd ever dressed."

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

BRIDES Michigan: Say “I Do” to This Lake Huron Wedding Venue

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Mar 272015
Brides Michigan Wedding Venue Grand Hotel

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The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan is the perfect locale for a Michigan bride's idyllic wedding day. Tucked away on an island in Lake Huron, your guests will be transported into a magical wedding weekend from the moment they set foot on the island. Since cars are not permitted on Mackinac Island, arrange for horse-drawn carriages and bicycles to transport guests to the hotel.

Plan to exchange vows on the legendary Grand Hotel porch, which is lined with beautiful boxes brimming with bright red geraniums, or wed amidst a lush array of flowers in the property's Tea Garden. For your reception, there are five formal choices as well as four more casual off-site restaurants. That means you can host literally any type of bash at this destination location.

See More: 5 Times You Should Say "No" During Wedding Planning

If the views and endless options aren't enough to entice you, we're willing to bet the food will. Start with a cocktail hour complete with drink stations, an ice carving, and hors d'oeuvres like vegetable spring rolls, fajita stations, and a tapas display. Then dine on a variety of dinner options, including cream of lobster soup, diver scallops, strip steak, and crab-stuffed shrimp.

You don't have to go far to find a cake baker, either. The Grand Hotel offers speciality wedding cakes with tasty flavors like Bailey's Irish Cream, pumpkin, and banana in addition to classic vanilla and chocolate options.

At the end of the evening you and your guests can retreat to the property's guest rooms and enjoy a weekend-long celebration on this quaint island.

Brides Michigan: The Perfect Countryside Venue for Your Wedding

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Nov 122014
Brides Michigan Blue Dress Barn

Photo: Courtesy of The Blue Dress Barn

One of the most popular trends in the wedding world right now? Tying the knot in a renovated barn. Not only are these venues absolutely breathtaking, but they also offer plenty of space for large weddings, yet they can still feel intimate for smaller fêtes. Plus, they come equipped with tons of style that you just can't get in a more traditional venue. And one of the most spectacular barn venues, The Blue Dress Barn, is located right in Benton Harbor, Michigan (conveniently located only 15 minutes from bustling and beautiful Saint Joseph).

The property, which was renovated and restored in 2000, features gorgeous lawns, a 4,600 square foot open timber barn, and decks overlooking the vast gardens, all of which are perfect sites for your wedding ceremony and reception.

See More: The 5 Most Common Wedding Planning Mistakes

The Blue Dress Barn has rentals available from noon to midnight and can accommodate up to 280 guests inside the barn, which is romantically lit with elegant wrought iron chandeliers. Start with an outdoor ceremony between two towering silos before moving the party into the historic barn for an evening of dining and dancing.

And while the venue itself is absolutely breathtaking, hosting a wedding at The Blue Dress Barn comes with some serious perks. Not only does it include all of your tables and chairs (a rarity among barn venues, which generally require the bride and groom to bring everything in themselves), the owners also provide tables for your cake and place cards, DJ and catering stations, an outdoor firepit, and twinkle lights or paper lanterns to adorn your space.

See the complete list of the best wedding venues in the U.S. here!

A Refined Fall Wedding at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, MI

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Jan 222014

Ask any New Yorker, and they'll tell you just how unlikely it is that you'll meet your future husband at a bar. But Alexandra and Todd are an exception to the rule. Before moving to New York, Alexandra spent a summer in the city and went out with friends for a post-work happy hour. That night, she met Todd, but they didn't keep in touch after she left. When she moved to Manhattan full-time for work, the two reconnected and began dating almost immediately. In full New York fashion, they had their first kiss at Yankee Stadium!

In January of 2013, Todd invited Alexandra up to the rooftop of their new apartment building. He'd strung lights around the roof and hired a photographer to capture the moment as he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Of course, she said yes!

For their wedding on September 9th, 2013, Alexandra and Todd headed back to her hometown of Rochester, Michigan. Meadow Brook Hall was the perfect venue choice—they were able to have the ceremony and reception all on the property, and delicious in-house catering made planning a wedding in eight months even easier. "The home is so gorgeous and full of little details. It speaks for itself," says Alexandra. They infused the space with a touch of Gatsby glamour, complementing the building's elegance with white flowers and a hint of mirrored shine that brought the couple's wedding dream to life.

Alexandra and Todd kept their wedding party small, both choosing to have only two attendants. The bride and her bridesmaids carried simple rose bouquets, hers in cream and theirs in light pink, wrapped in silk ribbon.

"We chose to do a first look, and it was such a magical moment," says Alexandra. "I was so glad we got to see each other before the ceremony, as well as enjoy the rest of the day without worrying about missing anything to take photos."

Todd and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos. Alexandra wore a scoop-neck gown with a tiered skirt from David's Bridal, while her bridesmaids wore black tulle and cream lace ball gowns.

The couple's outdoor ceremony was short and sweet. Rows of white chairs were decorated with pomanders of white chrysanthemums. Alexandra was escorted down the aisle to the wedding classic, Pachelbel's Canon in D.

Meadow Brook's gardens and grounds provided an elegant backdrop for the couple's portraits.

The couple introduced the Gatsby theme during cocktail hour. Place cards, featuring vintage-inspired fonts, were arranged on an antique table topped with a mirrored display of candles and white hydrangeas. Each table was named after a one of the couple's favorite places in New York City, from parks to restaurants and bars.

Tables were topped with either off-white or black and white striped linens. Arrangements of white hydrangeas and glowing candles were a minimal but beautiful finishing touch.

Tall hurricane vases were wrapped in crystals, while oversized arrangements of white hydrangeas rested upon sleek glass vases.

Guests loved getting creative in the couple's photo booth during the reception.

Todd and Alexandra's first dance was to "Annie's Song" by John Denver. As a nod to their hometown of New York City, they served New York cheesecake instead of traditional wedding cake. "It was a total hit," says Alexandra.

While they were planning, a friend gave Alexandra and Todd an amazing piece of advice. "They told us to enjoy the night together instead of splitting up to talk to different people," says Alexandra. "It would have been so easy for us to make the rounds alone, but instead we made a sincere effort to stay by each other's side all night long. Todd even walked me to the bathroom!" Alexandra really cherishes that she and Todd have the same memories from the evening, and that they got to enjoy the whole day by one another's side.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Meadow Brook Hall || Wedding Planner: Dorothy Burlakowski of Dochelle Custom Creations || Bride's Wedding Dress: David's Bridal || Shoes: Unlisted by Kenneth Cole || Hair & Makeup: Via Linda Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aidan Mattox || Groom's Tuxedo: Suitsupply || Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Jos. A. Bank || Florist: Viviano Flower Shop || Invitations: Kim Gray of One Girl Press || Printed Materials: Dorothy Burlakowski of Dochelle Custom Creations || Music: Horizon Strings Group, Rare Blend || Catering: Meadow Brook Hall || Cake: Maggiano's || Rentals: Luxe Event Linen || Videography: Tweed Weddings || Photography: Widdis Photography

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