Mike + Ashley serendipitously met in college… as two shy souls on the middle of a dance floor. They had an instant connection and amidst transition, travels, and training a pup, they continued to fall deeper in love and blend their lives together. Work settled them both in NYC (you may remember their Manhattan engagement session from this past winter!) and they began planning their wedding soon after Mike proposed on a trip to Maine. It didn’t take them long to decide on a wedding in Michigan where Ashley spent most of her summers. Though they have traveled the world together (literally!), the family cottage is one of their most favorite places. It just felt right to host their wedding there… and introduce their loved ones to lake life!
Guests traveled from Chicago, the east coast, the west coast, and even Africa to celebrate their nuptials. Their ceremony was held on the shore of the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club. The sun was shining, the breeze was warm, and laughter filled the air all afternoon. The reception followed at the lovely MillCreek Wilde Barn just a few minutes away. There, guests enjoyed cocktail hour + games on the lawn and a delicious BBQ dinner before the band took the stage. It was a quintessential summer evening… I have to say, Michigan was really showing off for everyone! ;)
Besides the beautiful venues, the wonderful people, and gorgeous details, one of the best parts of the day was their ceremony! Mike + Ashley scripted the entire ceremony themselves – blending in poetry + scripture from the likes of Einstein, Mary Oliver, Jesus, and Kahlil Gibran. Together, they spoke the desire of having a marriage based on three core values of: curiosity, generosity, and individuality. It was sincere, hopeful, and full of love – the perfect beginning to a marriage journey.
Mike + Ashley, we hope that marriage is a wonderful adventure for you two. May you always stay curious, be generous, and respect the individuality of each other. May you wake up everyday trying to make something better for the other… and never ever forget to have fun :) Cheers!
Ps… We have to give a shout-out to these amazing vendors who helped make this day extra special for Mike + Ash!
WEDDING DAY COORDINATOR: 1928 Planning Co. // FLORIST: Marco Alexzondra Florals // BAND: Bluewater Kings Band