Victoria and Brice made certain to have something blue on their wedding day. Their color palette of dusty rose and muted blues was gorgeous. Such a classic, timeless color combination that never goes out of style.

Bridal Bouquet by Flowers by Anna, Photographer Anji Monique Photography

Brice and Victoria’s adventure began at a summer camp and was capped by two…yes two!…proposals. The first was a very private moment – a special memory just for them. But when Brice dropped to a knee on the St. Joseph pier, it became truly official.

Victoria didn’t plan their wedding around a theme, per se, but the color blue and elegant vintage touches threaded their way throughout the ceremony and celebration. The centerpieces included vintage tea cups, handmade doilies and antique goblets, along with pearls (also reminiscent of times past) and blush pink roses in milk glass vases…an eclectic mix with just the right amount of color while paying homage to the past. The table settings were also beautiful antique china in a myriad of patterns. Roses, pinks and soft blues were very popular in the 1930’s-1950’s and are prominent in china from that era. So the colors created a cohesive bond between the past and the present, tying it all together beautifully!

The wedding flowers were done by Anna Gordon of Flowers by Anna. They were a very unique and unusual assortment of blues and pinks (rose) with multiple different flowers resulting in a bouquet that was as beautiful in texture as it was color! The blue came from delphinium and blue thistle. The pink/rose flowers were beautiful amnesia roses and blush pink astilbe. Astilbe is not a common wedding flower but it’s light and airy softness contrasted beautifully with the compact, dense blue thistle. So as not to overwhelm with color, white stock and white ranunculus provided the canvas and the soft greens of seeded eucalyptus, gunni eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus and seeded miller pulled it all together. This was truly a work of art!

The flowers on the antique arch in the Fairy Garden echoed those in Victoria’s bouquet. However not wanting to overwhelm with color, white predominated (with added hydrangea and cremon mums) but there were little touches of blue and rose sprinkled throughout. Truly classic elegance which provided a lovely backdrop but still allowed the eye to focus on the beautiful bride, not the arch.

A combination of factors went into their choice of Stonegate Manor as their wedding location. Their families are scattered but the couple was residing, at least temporarily, in SW Michigan. They wanted a place with a historical connection…hard to get much more historic than an 1847 estate… and one large enough to accommodate everyone but the beautiful Fairy Garden really clinched the deal.

Photography by Anji Monique Photography

It was a dream day. Victoria said it was amazing to have the people they love all come together in one place to celebrate with them. Great food, fun games and lots of love!

When asked about if she could impart any words of wisdom to couples planning their weddings, Victoria echoed what I often hear….read, read, read the contracts, know the vendor’s responsibilities & who does what before signing and make sure to read online reviews…both good and bad. It helps to know the experiences other couples have had.

Oh, and one last thing….the Stonegate staff could not have been more amazing!!!