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Charlevoix, Michigan | December Wedding at Castle Farms | Heather + Adam

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Since Game Of Thrones is in it’s last season, I thought it was the perfect time to share last December’s wedding at Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan. Heather and Adam’s wedding had it all, a gorgeous castle setting, swords and even a dragon! Although we didn’t have any snow, the day was still beautiful and full of love and celebration.

Photographer: Sydney Marie Photography

Venue: Castle Farms

Caterer: Pigs Eatin Ribs

Bar service: Tonic and Lime





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KJ Events | Event Planner

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KJ Events is a newer Grand Rapids based planning company by Kourtney and Jacqui. I recently worked with Jacqui (pictured below, who just had a beautiful baby girl!) on a promotional shoot for the Grand Rapids Wedding Gala, which they are putting on. I’m so excited to work with them not only on the Gala but also with weddings!

Below are a few of the questions I asked Jacqui about KJ events. If you’d like to learn more about KJ Events, visit their website or Facebook.

In a few of your own words, describe what you do. We are an event planning company out of Grand Rapids, MI specializing in day of coordination, partial, and full service planning.

What is the importance of your role(s) at a wedding? Making sure everything runs smoothly and allowing the wedding party and family to enjoy the day without having to make decisions and answer questions.

What Makes your business stand out? I [Jacqui] have worked in catering for over 3 years and Kourtney for 2 years. We have also dabbled in many aspects of the wedding industry; such as photography, catering, event coordination, design, floral, and interning with a wedding venue. Kourtney also attended CMU for public affairs and took courses in graphic design.

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Where do you draw inspiration? From people's personal style and color palettes.

What do you love most about what you do? Seeing everything come together and the client being overjoyed with how it turned out.

Best advice for clients? Don't become overwhelmed with trying to have everything figured out at once. Let your planner know your likes and dislikes and trust you are in good hands. With that being said, make sure you hire someone you trust and mesh well together. Consultation meetings in person are important!

What wedding trend do you foresee loving? All of the different floral people are utilizing and the pampas grass.

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Interested in booking Sydney Marie Photography or do you have a few questions still? No problem! The more information on the form below you give, the easier I can help make this process go and make your wedding the most memorable day of your life.

Grand Rapids, Michigan | March Greenhouse Wedding at Downtown Market | Ariel + Travis

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Opening up my 2019 wedding season with Ariel and Travis’ beautiful March wedding at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. I have to say that this was the perfect wedding to start out the season, Ariel and Travis are just the sweetest and everyone was just so excited that they were FINALLY getting married. The day before their wedding was actually their 10 YEAR anniversary of dating so the overall feeling was just finally and so much love between their families and friends.

My part of the day started off with meeting the ladies in the conference room at Downtown Market for Ariel to get dressed and have her first look with Travis. It was so nice doing a first look, I think it definitely calmed both of their nerves but also made it so easy to do portraits before the ceremony. The first look was right in the greenhouse where the ceremony would be taking place, so it was just super special. After the first look we did some portraits of Ariel and Travis and moved onto the wedding party portraits (which were SUCH a hoot!)

I asked Ariel how her and Travis met this is what she had to say, “Travis and I met in high school through some mutual friends who were (at the time) dating.  Our first date was awkward and I never expected to see him again afterwords. We were forced on a 2nd date (by the same friends) where we finally started to hit it off. Six months later on March 8th 2009 we were officially dating.”

I had to ask her about Travis’ proposal, “After taking me out for a ridiculously good dinner, Travis took me back to where we ended our first date on Lake Cadillac. There he got down on one knee and proposed to me on a very cold, snowy, and beautiful February night. I believe my response was "about dang time."
Later I found out that both of our families knew and kept it a secret for two whole weeks before he proposed!”

Ariel and Travis’ ceremony was so sweet, they did a planting/watering unity ceremony. Which actually has a pretty funny story, they money tree that they originally bought ended up being left at the house they were staying at. No biggie right? Well, when someone went back to get the plant, they accidentally grabbed the plant from the house not the one they bought. LUCKILY, the greenhouse at Downtown Market sells their plants and a new one was purchased. It really goes to show things happen at weddings, but Ariel and Travis were both cool as cucumbers and just let things happen. Just watching the pure joy on their faces after being announced husband and wife was just so beautiful.

After the ceremony we had a little break for guests to check out the market and for the reception space to be finished. All three formal dances were amazing and so beautiful, the food was amazing and those cupcakes were to die for! One of the most fun parts of the night was watching another couple get engaged in the greenhouse, it was so cool to be able to be the first to congratulate them!

Thanks again Ariel and Travis for having me be your photographer. It was such a wonderful day and I wish you both the best in your marriage and relationship.

Here’s the awesome vendors that made Ariel + Travis’ wedding possible:

Photography: Sydney Marie Photography

Hair: Cheeky Strut

Makeup: JGS Beauty Co

Florist: The Bouqs Company

Venue: Downtown Market

Caterer: Vault Catering

Bakery: The Salted Cupcake

DJ: Opus Events





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Grand Rapids Wedding Gala | Save the Date June 18th 2019

 
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I’m so excited to be joining KJ Events for the Grand Rapids Wedding Gala. The gala is a new way to experience wedding vendors and have some fun with your fiance or wedding party! Save the date, June 18th from 6pm-10pm at the Revel Center (1535 Monroe Avenue Northwest Grand Rapids, MI)

What makes the gala different from other wedding expos? The Grand Rapids Wedding Gala is a mock reception, you can dress up and enjoy a night out in a relaxed setting, meeting wedding vendors in the Grand Rapids area.

What vendors are going to be there? The awesome thing about the gala is that a lot of the vendors worked together for the promotional photos! The vendors included are:

Linens & chargers: Special Occasions West

Dress: Renee Austin Wedding

Tuxedo: Bunny Tuxedos

Photography: Sydney Marie Photography

Dishes and napkin bracelets: Gigi and Laclede

Floral: Copper and Sage Collective

Hair & Makeup: Danielle Obermeyer Hair

Calligraphy: By His Grace Calligraphy

Venue: Revel Center

Other vendors:

Jorge’s Cigars

Hot Diggity

Bella Bianchi

Flower and Feast

The Cake Girl

How much and where can I get my ticket? Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Can’t wait to see you there!





Interested in booking Sydney Marie Photography or do you have a few questions still? No problem! The more information on the form below you give, the easier I can help make this process go and make your wedding the most memorable day of your life.