With the first real week of cold weather in Atlanta, I love this sunny Michigan wedding even more! The bright sunflowers, sandy beaches and bright blue sky reminds me that those precious days of summer aren’t too far off. And for those new brides who are planning summer weddings, let the inspiration abound! Don’t miss this bride’s gingham shoes, custom luggage tags and other details in the gallery! Their wedding took place at Mission Point Resort wedding venue on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Thanks to Northern Michigan destination wedding photographer Paul Retherford photography for expertly capturing their gorgeous big day for all to see.
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever? We met through a mutual work friend. We were both working for the same company one summer, but never met at the office. Everyone at the company tended to hang out at a sports bar down the street on Friday nights after work. We ended up sitting at the same table one Friday night in June, but then did not see each other again until a month later when again we were both at that same sports bar. It was during that second night that we ended up talking most of the night together and Marc asked me for my phone number. He called me the next day and the next week we had our first date and we have been inseparable ever since!
Can you give us an overview of the event? We got married August 20, 2011 on Mackinac Island in Michigan. We had a beautiful wedding weekend! First, a little information about Mackinac Island. Mackinac Island is in northern Michigan and being on the island is like stepping back in time. There are no cars on the island. People get around by horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, and on foot. Mackinac Island is approximately 8 miles around and makes for a very nice bicycle ride, full of scenic moments. Our wedding weekend began on Friday with rehearsal at Trinity Episcopal Church followed by a fiesta theme rehearsal dinner to which all guests were invited, held on the promenade deck of Mission Point Resort. During our rehearsal dinner there was even a rainbow! Later Friday night, most of the guests joined us down at the Bistro on the Mission Point Resort grounds for some glow golf. On Saturday, my father, Tim Czerney, led a group of guests on a bike ride around the island.
(continued) Our wedding ceremony was absolutely beautiful! We spent a lot of time considering the music, the readings, the sequence of everything, and included a sand ceremony to involve Marc’s sons in the marriage ceremony. My parents surprised us and flew Jon Schmidt — the concert pianist and composer — to play piano at our ceremony! It was such an amazing surprise. We are still pinching ourselves that Jon Schmidt played at our wedding. After the ceremony, the wedding party took a carriage ride around the island to take more pictures while the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the balcony of Mission Point Resort. The weather on our wedding could not have been better. We lucked out with a beautiful blue Mackinac sky and comfortable late August temperature. Our reception was held in the Cypress Ballroom of Mission Point Resort and was an absolute blast. Sunday morning we said goodbye to our guests at a breakfast held at Island House Hotel.
Was there a specific theme or style? We did not have a specific theme or style. Mackinac Island to us is remarkable for its simplistic beauty and we tried to stay consistent with that. We wanted our guests to feel laidback, comfortable, and just have a wonderful time. Our theme, if I had to describe one, was more of a garden type party, just not oustide. Our colors were lavender and black and white gingham. We used the black and white gingham to tie everything together. It was on the save the date, invitations, thank yous, programs, escort cards, table runners, and even the ribbon tying the bride and bridesmaids’ spring mixed bouquest. The bridesmaids wore short, strapless J.Crew chiffon dresses in sweet thistle, a lavender color. The groom and groomsmen wore gray suits with a gingham inspired purple tie. We chose to do pocket squares instead of boutinierres because it was simpler and something we could make. The other motif that was seen in various places was the horseshoe. I love horses and being driven away from our ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage was a big draw to having our wedding on Mackinac Island so wanted to include that in our decor. There were horseshoes that said “Lucky in Love” hanging from the doors of the church and I made the table numbers using real horseshoes I purchased online from a 4H club in Colorado.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique? I think what made our wedding unique is the careful thought we put into many of the details. Our escort cards were luggage tags and served as our favors as well. We took pictures around the island and then had name, address, phone, etc. lines printed on the other side with our wedding date to be the insert cards for the luggage tags. A guess a playful twist is that our guests rang bicycle bells as we exited the church. Trinity Episcopal church did not allow birdseed, rice, bubbles — really anything to be thrown as we left the church so we had to be creative. My sister came up with the idea and it was a really cute moment, plus another thing our guests could take away as a favor from the wedding. The bells were then used again during the reception instead of guests tinking their glasses with a fork or spoon, they rang their bells. My something old and borrowed were also very special and I think added to the uniqueness of our event. My mom is much shorter than me so wearing her dress was not even an option if I wanted to so I removed some of the buttons from her dress and put them on mine. I also removed her veil from the lace cap she wore, attaching it to a regular comb so that I could wear that as well. Additionally, the hair comb I wore was borrowed from my sister-in-law.
Did you DIY any of the details? We did A LOT of DIY for our wedding. I designed all of the print materials and then my father’s company printed them. Our invitations were according style with the RSVP a tear off postcard on the last panel. We did all of the flowers ourselves, purchasing the centerpieces from www.fiftyflowers.com and all of the bouquets from a local grocery store. My mom sewed all of the gingham table runners. I designed and created the escort cards/luggage tags. We made the pocket squares and the “junior best men’s” ties. I made all of the table numbers and the “Mrs. Castro” hanger for my dress. We also made fudge and trail mix to put in our welcome bags. We basically DIYed anything we possibly could! We did not stress about it, but instead made a nice day just us girls — my mom, sister, and I — to accomplish many of the DIY tasks the Monday before the wedding.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be? There is not a single thing we would change about our wedding! My parents received thank you notes from some of the guests for inviting them to the wedding and putting on such a spectacular event! Marc and I had the most perfect day and from what we have heard our guests really enjoyed themselves as well. Mackinac Island is only 4 hours from where we live, but surprisingly many of our friends and family had not been there, or if they had it was years ago and they never stayed on the island. It was great to be able to share the beauty and fun of Mackinac Island with all of our friends and family and the room rate discounts at Mission Point Resort made staying on the island an option that most would not have otherwise had.