Images courtesy Exposures by Rah
What is your connection to Leelanau County?
Kathryn and her family have long vacationed in the Traverse City area and now her parents have a home there. It was a logical and perfect place for a June wedding.
Briefly describe your style as a couple.
We’re a pretty eclectic couple, and enjoy vintage style—clothing, furniture, music, the works. We’re also equally at home in both the city (we live in New York) and the country.
Describe how you envisioned the look & feel of your wedding.
We fell in love with the idea of having the wedding on a working farm, as food and wine was the centerpiece of what we wanted. We worked closely with our wedding planner to incorporate a lot of our eclectic style—we had the barn decorated with vintage furniture and a wall of vintage neckties (which the serving staff also wore).
What did you want your guests to take away from this experience?
The centerpiece of our celebration was food and drink, so all the events were oriented around a menu highlighting local specialties—dishes, ingredients, locally produced beer and wine, and custom cocktails featuring locally distilled liquors (the groom is a part owner of a bar). We wanted a family-friendly event, as many of our guests had young kids, so we incorporated a ‘smores station around the fire pit.
What, if any, were your big stressors during the planning process?
None. Seriously, none. All credit to our amazing wedding planner, Meaghan Jameson at Fox + Fern Events, as well as the amazing staff at Epicure.
What advice would you give to newly engaged couples planning their wedding in Northern Michigan?
Take advantage of the amazing food and drink opportunities in Northern Michigan and incorporate that into your vision of the wedding.
Vendor Team: Venue: Cherry Basket Farm / Catering: Epicure Catering / Planning & Coordination: Fox + Fern Events /Photographer: Sarah Armstrong, Exposures by Rah / Decor: Meaghan Jameson at Fox + Fern Events, Serradella Vintage / Transportation: Blue Lakes by the Bay / Invitations: Minted / Hair & Makeup: Impres Salon