Mill Creek Barn Watervliet ~ Lauren + Tim 6/13/14

Tracie was thrilled to be contacted by the Fontana family to provide Day of Coordination for their daughter Lauren’s June nuptials. Having previously provided DOC services for both of Lauren’s sister’s weddings, Tracie was looking forward to working with the family again and seeing how their families have grown.

Here is Lauren with her sisters Denise and Lisa also former YTB Clients! 

YTB left Metro Detroit bright and early to head to the west side of the state for Lauren and Tim’s vintage barn wedding. The warm sunny day was perfect for an outdoor ceremony. The team arrived at Mill Creek Barns in Watervliet MI. at noon to help set up the reception space inside and the cocktail hour outside.

As the caterers got to work on setting up the tables, we started setting up the place cards, chalkboard signs, photo booth area, bathroom baskets, card box, guestbook, pie tables, centerpieces and all other decor to the already beautiful barn. The centerpieces consisted of purple and white hydrangea with some baby’s breath. YTB along with Nanny Ohla and Lauren’s grandmother and aunt helped cut and prepare the flowers for the centerpieces. We used a mix of smaller blue mason jars and larger transparent mason jars for the centerpieces and tied little chalkboards on them with bits of twine to write the table numbers on them.We also placed menus on the tables tied with the same twine used on the mason jars to complete the tablescape.

The tables were draped with white linens, burlap table runners and purple napkins to compliment the hydrangea. The finished product was a gorgeous dining room with a vintage rustic feel.

In lieu of traditional wedding cake and to go with the country feel, the couple chose to have a pie station. The variety of pie flavors were blueberry strudel, cherry crisp, apple crisp, raspberry-rhubarb, pumpkin, and sugar free.

Lauren and Tim brewed their own beer to give away to guests as favors. 
To finish off the reception space, we draped a “Mr and Mrs” sign over Lauren and Tim’s chairs. We had to work quickly to fix a spelling error on the sign as it came misspelled out of the package. 
With the help of the Mill Creek Barn staff we were able to secure a new photographer after the photographer bowed out before the ceremony. Jennifer Mayo, graciously agreed to shoot the wedding and came right out to save the day. With no time to spare she arrived with her assistant and the beautiful ceremony began. 
The bridesmaids wore amethyst purple and carried white hydrangea bouquets.
The groomsmen wore tan suits with purple ties to match the purple color scheme.
Lauren and Tim’s best friend Bella was also a part of the wedding. She was so well-behaved the entire time before and during the ceremony. After the ceremony I had the honor of driving this adorable dog to doggie daycare. 

 Lauren and her parents were smiling from ear to ear as they walked together toward an impatiently waiting Tim. 

The sand ceremony was the perfect way to symbolize the joining of the two families into one.

This sign says it all! After the ceremony it was time to celebrate this special union.
The cocktail hour was outside and guests mixed and mingled while the Bridal party took turns taking photos and hanging out with the rest of the guests.

Guests were given mason jars to drink out of to add to the country theme of the wedding.

When it was time for the reception, the guests easily flowed inside to continue the party.

After the fabulous grand entrances from the bridal party and bride and groom, the speeches were intermixed during dinner. The guests were served grilled shish kabobs, pork tenderloin and country sytle mashed potatoes to go along with the country feel of the wedding. The bride and groom cut their pie and guests enjoyed their wedding pies, as well.
After dinner it was time to get the party started again. The ceremonial dances were lovely and the guests gathered around to watch. 

When the band started playing the guests packed the dance floor.

Using the Wedding Booth for iPad app and an iPad stand, the couple created their own photo booth and brought in props. The guests had a blast.
When it got dark, there was also a bon fire pit set up for guests to gather around and enjoy. The transportation services that night were bright yellow school buses.

Congratulations Lauren and Tim! 
YTB is honored to have been a part of your special day. 
We wish you all the best! 
Venue-Mill Creek Barns
Caterers-CK Catering
Bar-Events with a Twist
Liquor-Liquor Cabinet
Photo-Jennifer Mayo Studios
Video-All Star Productions
Florist-Flower Girl Floral
Day-of Coordination-You’re The Bride, Tracie & Kimberly
Officiant-Father Divine
Band-Anything Entertainment
Ceremony-Musician Harpist Meg Rodgers Sharp
Pie-Crane’s Pie
Limo-First Student Charter Bus
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