Lauren and David met her first year in college at Butler University. Although it may not have been love at first site it was definitely the beginning of a relationship that will last forever. The way these two look at each other and smile is contagious!
The historical Felt Estate in Holland, MI was chosen as the background for the couple’s big day since the bride is from the area. The Mansion was the perfect venue to reflect the romance and elegance of the overall design for the day. Custom invitations were mailed to the guests, details included the couple’s personalized crest, hand painted tulip envelope liner, Michigan shaped RSVP card and hand painted rendering of the Felt Mansion.
The night before the groom and his groomsmen stayed at the house, disappointingly, without a visit from Mrs. Felt’s ghost! The ladies joined the men at the house the next morning to get ready onsite. Lauren surprised her mom by asking her to walk her down the aisle instead of her brothers, it was a tear filled moment.
The bride wore a stunning Vera Wang dress and veil adorned with the most lovely lace! Her attendants were dressed in floor length slate blue dresses from and carried scent filled bouquets of pale blush and white peony. The men looked sharp in their black tuxes and bow-ties from BlackTux.com
The ceremony took place on the stone steps of the little white chapel on the grounds. Lauren and her mom arrived at the aisle in a vintage white Silver Cloud Rolls Royce. Officiated by Lauren and David’s pastor from Indianapolis and with vocals sung by Lauren’s younger brother, the service was filled with personal details and touching moments.
After the ceremony, the guests headed over to the Mansion for cocktail hour. They were greeted by gourmet Popsicles, which were a welcome surprise on the 100 degree summer day! Lauren requested the flavors be themed after Harry Potter to surprise David for his love of the books. There were gilded hand lettered mirrors placed around the grounds to direct the guests to important areas. Yard games were set up in the lawn for the guests to enjoy including Butler University corn hole, a giant Jenga set and vintage croquet.
Once it was time for dinner, the guests were directed down the hill to locate their escort cards in the birch branches on the table outside the tent entrance. The ceiling of the large tent was hung with cafe lights and garland strung from side to side and around the perimeter. With dark wooden farm tables, wooden cross back chairs and slate blue linens the effect was quite magical. The place settings were created around blue patterned plate the wedding planner found at Pier 1. Blue vintage water glasses, simple white hemstitched napkins and custom menus designed with the couple’s custom crest added the last perfect touches. To top off the place setting a small box tagged with a thank you from the couple and filled with two French macarons were given to each guest as their favor. The centerpieces on the long tables consisted of eucalyptus garland with peony and baby’s breath tucked in. And round compotes with the same ingredients were placed on the round tables.
The delicious dinner was followed by a full night of non-stop dancing and a late night pizza food truck. The couple ended the night by making their way through a sparkler lined tunnel and into the waiting vintage Rolls Royce get away vehicle. With a send off kiss from the bride they disappeared into the night and off to their honeymoon in Bora Bora.
Photographer: Abbey Moore Photography
Venue: The Felt Estate
Planning & Design: Red Heels Events
Florist: Pat’s European Floral Market
Dishes and Glassware: Gigi & Laclede
Dress: Vera Wang
Macarons: LeBon Macaron
Catering and Bar: The Gilmore Collection
Hair and Makeup: Cheeky Strut
Videography: Inkling Pictures
Food Truck: Pizza Parliament
DJ: Everything AB
String Quartet: Signature String Quartet
Paper Products: Sable & Gray Paper
Gourmet Popsicles: Summer Pops MI
Mirror Signage: I-Do Signs