Inspired by their love of travel, and with the expertise of the Hey Gorgeous Events team, Danielle and Nick’s Michigan wedding was a perfect reflection of them and their life together. From details using Nick’s old aviation maps (as he is a pilot) and luggage tags, to the most gorgeous waterside setting and a Gatsby-inspired design, this couple’s destination wedding at The Inn at Bay Harbor is full of breathtaking moments and details that were all captured beautifully by Bradley James Photography. Danielle is here with us today also, sharing some insight into her planning experience- we can’t wait for you to have your breath taken away with all the beauty!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Rhiannon Bosse from Hey Gorgeous Events absolutely was my right hand gal from engagement to wedding day.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
I really trusted my wedding planner who would give me multiple suggestions for vendors. It was really important to us that whoever we worked with took the time to get to know us. Having those personal touches made such a difference the day of the wedding.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
Nick is a pilot and we both love travel. We collect vintage maps from every country (and sometimes city) that we travel to. I love the colors and character of a very old map. We used that as our starting point. Using something personal allowed us to be more creative and inspired.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Besides marrying Nick, having all our friends and family together in one place and getting to share such a beautiful day in such a beautiful place. We really wanted everyone to have a great time. We wanted our guest to feel the love that we have for each other and Northern Michigan.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Take the time and make the investment to find a full service wedding planner. It was the best thing I did. Rhiannon really took away any stress that I was feeling throughout the process. I loved her style and I knew no matter what it was going to be a beautiful day. That allowed us to focus on us and our marriage.
From the couple’s planner and designer, Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events:
“Danielle and Nick celebrated their long awaited destination wedding at The Inn at Bay Harbor on one of the most beautiful Northern Michigan summer days in July of 2015. Friends and family from all over the country came up for the weekend to celebrate the couple and soak up one of the most scenic and gorgeous places we have to offer in the state. Since the groom is a pilot and the couple share a love for traveling the world together, travel details were subtly incorporated into the wedding along with a Gatsby-inspired elegance. Some details included: a paper airplane recessional toss (made out of old aviation maps used by the groom!), vintage travel postcards in lieu of a guestbooks, a luggage tag escort display which also served as guest favors, and stationery with maps and vintage travel stickers used throughout the save the dates, to the invitations and even to the menus and pie tags. After the picturesque waterfront ceremony officiated by the bride’s brother, guests enjoyed a waterside cigar and whiskey tasting bar during cocktail hour before being treated to a four course meal at family style tables inside. Post dinner, guests danced the night away under a magical lit up tent on the terrace while the dueling piano band kept the dance floor packed until midnight (and the father of the bride joined in for one song with a harmonica solo!) It was a picture perfect day for a very deserving and sweet couple!”