Garland Resort Wedding : 5/7/11 Bethany + Chris

Our first wedding of the season was on May 7 in my hometown of Lewiston, MI. I was so excited when this wonderful family hired You’re The Bride to start planning this event last August. It was nice to get a couple extra trips up north to visit my parents while planning this wedding since unfortunately I don’t get up there too often with my schedule. This event kept me quite busy working out all of the details from 4 hours away when I could not be in Lewiston. I was thrilled to have my Mom working as my Assistant that day
since I thought it was a little too far for my interns to travel. I went up a couple days early also to do a final venue walk through and finalize other last minute details.

If you follow my blog you will know that I also planned the couple’s wedding shower back in March
at Woodward Avenue Brewers. What a great time was had by all.

The weekend started with the rehearsal and cookout that I planned and coordinated for 56. It was a little chilly but the rehearsal went very smooth and the guests had a great time enjoying the BBQ menu and time by the bonfire.

Garland Resort and Lewiston are special to me for a few different reasons so it meant a lot that I could
actually plan something in my hometown. My Grandmother used to take me there for golf lessons  when I was a teen and I grew up in this little town in Northern Michigan where things are just peaceful and calm. If you have never been you should definitely plan a trip, it’s worth the drive! You will love this quaint resort that is nestled between tons of trees and all that it has to offer. Ok enough about me now on to this fabulous wedding!!

Planning a wedding 4 hours from Detroit definitely has some challenges but I was up for them and so happy to be part of this celebration. We decided to bring the linens, DJ and cake from the Detroit area as finding vendors in Lewiston and surrounding areas is not the easiest task.

My favorite moment of the day was the “First Look” for the Bride and Groom to finally see each other before all of their pictures started. It is sooo exciting and went beautifully! Although I had went to all of the fittings with Bethany I was still dying to see her completed look. She decided to have a special bow/sash made for the side of her dress to wear during the ceremony. The bow was later detached and gave her dress a completely different look for the reception exposing the gorgeous beaded waist.

Garland Resort-Aaron and Tracy
Engagement Pictures-A Thousand Words Photography
Photography-Silvercraft Pictures
Hair and Makeup-Life Salon and Spa
Dress-Le Salon
Event Planning and Coordination-You’re The Bride
Linens-BBJ Linen and lots of ascot chair tying by my amazing assistant Sue
DJ-Que-Encore Entertainment
Ceremony Music Duo-Bride’s Aunt Shelley and Uncle Neil (loved these two)
Cake-Tanya-Domestic Arts
Favors-Pretzel Creations
Officiant-Rev. Toby Stadden
Misc. Items-Mother of Bride (she is very creative-from sand ceremony, seating chart, card basket, table names)
Slideshow-Father of Bride