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Christina and Aaron had their wedding at her parent’s home in Union Pier, Michigan. The ceremony was held on the private beach overlooking Lake Michigan.  Not only was this an awesome combination of beach and backyard weddings, but it had unique details throughout. Personalized papel picado, luchador catering staff, and an expanding paper cake topper definitely made this wedding one both their guests and this blog will remember.

Photographer: Justin Bursoni Photography / Catering: The Tamale Spaceship / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Stephanie Smith / Flowers & Decor: Dilly Lily / Bride’s Dress: Badgley Mischka / DJ: Style Matters DJ

Fall is upon us! It might have been upon you already, dear reader, but here in Texas where I currently live, it just showed up. Luckily, this wedding is perfect for ushering in my fall mood, as it features vibrant orange flowers, ominous skies, and nautical rope details everywhere. Then there is the fact that it took place at a boutique hotel that MIGHT be haunted that’s perfect for exploring as a new husband and wife, and said couple chose a delightfully classic cake topper, and I am just completely charmed by this wedding on Lake Michigan.


From the Photographer:

Becky and AJ are sailors on Lake Michigan. They wanted a wedding that incorporated their love for the water and their love of the autumn season. The Perry Hotel allows for both since the ceremony and reception locations both face out towards Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay. The fall colors were almost at peak and it was a gorgeous fall day in northern Michigan.

Photographer: Paul Retherford Wedding Photography / Hairstylist: La Dolce Vita Salon / Catering/Venue: The Perry Hotel

I believe that every girl has once dreamt about getting married at a castle, and for this bride, Lindsay, she was able to make that a reality. Brett & Lindsay were married at the beautiful Castle Farms in Northern Michigan. This stunning backdrop was accented perfectly by the couple’s purple and pink decor. From the outdoor ceremony, to the reception inside – this venue is breathtaking, and was the perfect place to exchange I Do’s.
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From the Photographer

Castle Farms is located in Northern Michigan in Charlevoix and is the location of 100s of destination weddings every year. It is a historic brick castle that was once a rock concert venue. Castle Farms has converted to a full time wedding venue with multiple location on premise. They have a large staff to coordinate your wedding too.

Lindsay and Brett live in west Michigan and decide on the castle for it’s unique location. They chose the Knight’s Castle and Courtyard for their day. It is all within a few hundred yards of each other, including the parking lots.

Wedding colors were grey and pink. Lindsay wore Maggie Sottero wedding dress. 

They danced to Everything by Michael Buble.

Photographer: Paul Retherford Wedding Photography / Hairstylist: Panache Hair Studio / Flowers & Decor: Sky's the limit flowers / Reception Venue: Castle Farms / Cake Baker: Cake Connnection TC / Band: Nightline Band / Officiant: Charlevoix Wedding Pastor

I am a complete sucker for boutique hotels, and I will go extremely out of my way on road trips or while traveling to find one that ‘speaks’ to me and my sense of style. Maybe its the crazy artist lady in me? But, I think that these little (or sometimes big) gems can be a great inspiration for theme ideas for weddings or really fun honeymoon stays. Whether its a reception venue or a place to lay your head while exploring during your honeymoon, these hotels are rich in style and decor. So, let the list below inspire you from theme to decor to getaway goodness!

Hotel Red

HotelRED in Madison, Wis.

I was born with that infuriating middle ground of artistic talent. I can get away with a basic sketch and I can design you a business card, but I will never paint you a picture that will bring you back in time or take your breath away. But, I truly appreciate and value those who can.

That’s why I’ve chosen “The Art Coast of Michigan,” or Saugatuck/Douglas County, as today’s Hometown Honeymoon. It’s not far from many of you Landlocked Brides and its an art mecca that has stood the test of time. It began as an artist colony in the late 19th century and today offers gorgeous scenery, adorable lodging, art galore, and even its very own beach, Oval Beach on Lake Michigan. Below, we’ve collected a few images, places, local art, and scenery to inspire you to plan your own honeymoon in the area or even to just inspire your planning and dreaming for your big day.



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 Crane Orchards & Cider Mill  . Maplewood Hotel  . Ivy Inn 

The Felt Mansion  . Oval Beach . Sweetwater Sailing . Saugatuck Boatcruises

Treats & Trifles  . Peterson Mill . Oval Beach

Have you been to Saugatuck? What did you like best about it? What other small-town Michigan hideaways would you recommend for a honeymoon?