real michigan wedding :: a california rustic wedding in saugatuck

Katy was one of my favorite kinds of brides. She came in with a big-picture idea –she wanted the wedding to feel organic, rustic–but not too rustic–and wanted to incorporate the color purple. And then she let us really run wild with the design and present a concept that was so much fun to put together. The color palette for this September was a twist on traditional fall colors, featuring persimmon, eggplant, mossy green and pops of soft blue. We also mixed in some pops of gold!
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We dubbed Katy’s wedding day style “California rustic”— organic and contemporary elements tied together with some rustic accents. There were no plain-jane vases here—wood serving trays, gold-dipped bottles, galvanized zinc cylinders, clay terrariums and glossy white vases all made an appearance in this eclectic design scheme.
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I just love Katy’s gorgeous dress–it was absolutely perfect on her! Ladies, if you have a chance to buy a dress with pockets, let me assure you that you will not regret it!

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The reception was held at the lovely Saugatuck Center for the Arts, which is one of our favorite venues. It’s centrally located right in downtown Saugatuck, and offers the entire building/grounds for events. The outdoor rain garden was used for cocktail hour, dinner was held in the pavilion, and the night was wrapped up with dancing in the lobby, which features 3 huge glass garage doors, so even the indoor space can feel like it’s outside! We utilized the contemporary red soft seating normally used throughout the building to create lounge areas, both in the front lobby for those who wanted to be near the action, and in one of the galleries, where guests could escape for a quiet escape to chat.
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I love mixing up linens and I was so glad that Katy was open to mixing and matching colors, solids and patterns! All in all we had 7 different linens that made appearances at this wedding, The dessert table featured a ribbon banner of eggplant and blue and showcased a small cake and an assortment of delicious pies from Crane’s. We brought in some warm tones via gold chiavari chairs, brick brown rattan chargers, gold-dipped vases, and some centerpieces even included brassy metal pine cones.
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Katy+Jeff, thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of our special day, and for trusting us with the look and feel of your wedding. We can’t begin to tell you how much we enjoyed bringing your vision to life!
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Vendors: Reception venue: Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Catering: Christine Ferris, Photographer: The Compass Points Here, DJ: friend of the bride, Bar service: Beverage Specialists by Liquor Locker, Tent: Taylor Rental of Holland, Chiavari Chairs: ChiavariChairsofMichigan.com, Floral: Crystal Springs, Pies: Crane’s, Centerpiece containers & props: Stella Event Design, Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental via Stella Event Design

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