19 Mar

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

How’s this epic church for a ceremony? Crazy beautiful. Kristin + Matthew said ‘I Do’ there and then it was onto Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa for the reception out in a field in Michigan, a location they decided on after a little back and forth—she’s from Kansas, he’s from Michigan, and they live in NYC. See how they merged their Midwestern roots with an NYC love story in these stills by Erich McVey

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Kristin’s Veil! Yes, yes.

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Matt’s family has a cabin at Crystal Mountain and he grew up skiing at the Northern Michigan resort. We chose this location because it was a place we loved and we wanted to share this beautiful part of the country with our guests. Our vision was to create a tented reception in a remote field. They found the field we used on an old property map. It was perfect. It felt so isolated and special. The night before we had our guests ride the ski lift up for mountaintop cocktails and live music. It was an ideal spot for a summer affair. (Check out their design inspiration on Pinterest.)

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

A little Michigan flair: local baby’s breath, Michigan cherries in fruit baskets, a cherry pie for dessert. The chalkboard signs that Kristin’s aunt wrote up now hang in their NYC apartment too.

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Elegant outdoor Michigan wedding | Photo by Erich Mcvey | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Elegant-outdoor-Michigan-wedding

Planning tips from the bride:

Get your dress fitted early.

The day is about you and your spouse, enjoy each moment, each person, and let the little details that do not matter (like things that go wrong) fade into the background. They will be good stories to tell later on.

Everything costs more than you would expect. Don’t be afraid to be creative and ask for help. Everyone wants to help in your special day. Thanks to all who helped out with ours!

Don’t assume that people are not coming if you did not get a response. Call them directly and make sure they received the invitation.

Cheers!

Photographer: Erich McVey / Venue: Guardian Angels Church in Manistee, MI / Reception Venue, Catering, & Guest Lodging: Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa / Coordination, Planning, & Event Design: Chandra Wheeler of Orchestrated Grace / Flowers: Victoria’s Floral Design / Hair: Pavlova Salon & Day Spa / Makeup: Susan Ruoff of Venus / Invitations: AnnsPaperie / Vintage Stamps: Etsy / Pie: Cherry Hut / Vintage Rentals: Fancy Fray / Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Jetty Rae / Reception Music: Outer Vibe / Welcome Party Music: Shout Sister Shout / Officiant: Father Thomas, Visiting Priest / Shuttles: Celtic Shuttle & Crystal Mountain Shuttle / Tent: Monstrey’s / Website: Riley & Grey / Donation site for charities (instead of gifts): Plumfund / Bride’s Dress: Zac Posen / Wedding shoes: Pour La Victoire / Reception boots: Joie / Veil: Basia Custom Headpieces & Accessories / Wedding Band & Engagement Ring: Tiffany’s / Charm Bracelet: Bride’s Mother & Grandmother / Groom’s & Groomsmen Suits: Custom Tuxedo by NYC Tailor Richard J. Contratti / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Wedding Band: Ken & Dana Design, NYC / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell / Flower Girls: Nelly Stella

 
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18 Mar

Yay x 100, guys. Minted’s 2015 line of wedding invites is here! We’ve got one heckuva giveaway to celebrate, whoo hoo! But first, let us gush over the new designs, which basically encompass everything we love about wedding design this year: flirty florals, hand-painted details, gold (or rose gold or silver) foil, and lots more—here’s a peek:

Minted's 2015 wedding invitation line

Floral perfection, if we do say so ourselves. As always, all of Minted’s products come straight from a community of independent designers, including all their luxury pieces like real foil-pressed designs, die cut shapes, and premium papers. These and all the others are fully customizable too…

Minted's 2015 wedding invitation line

Minted's 2015 wedding invitation line

With Minted you can also make sure all your details match by getting custom day-of goodies too, like menus, programs, and the like. (And if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask their design team to create it—they’re available daily from 8a-6p PST.) Custom services include: custom color real-time viewing, a dedicated “Perfection Team”, free guest name printing on matching envelopes + more.

Minted's 2015 wedding invitation line

Minted's 2015 wedding invitation line

Minted's 2015 wedding invitation line

Minted's 2015 wedding invitation line

How beautiful is this agate-inspired suite? They really covered their bases this year as far as incorporating the best of the best wedding design trends. We love how they reimagined watercolor too:

Minted's 2015 wedding invitation line

Minted's 2015 wedding invitation line

Yep, pretty much any style you can dream up, they’ve got… Learn a bit more about them in this post.

Minted's 2015 wedding invitation line

Guess what? Minted is giving away $500 to one suuuper lucky 100 Layer Cake reader! (Yeah, that’s two zeroes!) Click here to enter by filling out the form on Minted.com. All you have to do is log your entry by March 21st @ 11:59p PST, and you’re golden! In the meantime, you can shop invitations here.

Good luck!

 
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18 Mar

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Yesterday’s ballerina bridal editorial was dreamy, right? Today’s shoot by Alixann Loosle Photography has a similar ethereal vibe, except taken outdoors against greenery and river rocks. The team really wanted to share a bride with a bit of an edge, and model Evelyn Eslava‘s pastel locks did the trick, we think!

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

The inspiration: Peruvian model Evelyn, her hair, and her style.

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

La Fête whipped up a bright bouquet to contrast with the airy whites.

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Who doesn’t love to see a bride in Free People? Especially adorned with a Lacielle Roselle headpiece and hair + makeup by MaKayla Robinson.

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Bohemian bridal inspiration | Photo by  Alixann Loosle Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peruvian-bridal-and-floral-inspiration

Stunning.

Props to Alixann Loosle Photography + the guys below for sharing how far a few little deets and a natural backdrop can go!

Photographer: Alixann Loosle Photography / Flowers: La Fête / Hair & Makeup by MaKayla Robinson / Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle / Dress: Free People / Model: Evelyn Eslava

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