A rustic industrial space mixed with soft blush details created an evening of winter romance for Cassie and Patrick’s Michigan wedding. Transforming Journeyman Distillery, an old featherbone factory turned distillery, rich industrial details that added a unique, eclectic vibe were infused to the wedding day style. The wood floors, large warehouse windows, brick walls, and other architectural details allowed this couple to get creative with their design, and we’re loving it!
We love that they not only created a visually beautiful day, but that they spent time creating an emotionally beautiful day with heartfelt moments that will carry them through a lifetime. From the groom and his sister performing during the ceremony, to the special moments and details during their time spent getting ready, this couple truly celebrated in a deeply personal way with friends and family.
A romantic air settled in as they cozied up indoors at candlelit farm tables lined with greenery as the ground outdoors was covered in snow. Make sure you take a moment to catch the sweet details that the bride, Cassie shared with us as she walked us through their wedding day. You’re sure to love this dreamy winter wedding that Tiffaney Childs Photography has shared with us!
Tell us about your attire choices.
I wanted a dress that was different, yet elegant, timeless, and classic. My “dress” was actually two pieces, a skirt and a top! The blush skirt added the uniqueness I was looking for, while the delicate white tank added the comfortable, classic look that made it into a “wedding” dress. And on top of it, I have never seen anything I didn’t love from Carol Hannah–(the dress designer).
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).
I went into the wedding planning process with 7 Pinterest boards of ideas that needed to be narrowed-down all too quickly. Trying to coordinate every idea, color scheme, table setting, venue, cake concept, and, of course, dress option, down to one cohesive, picture-perfect day was lending itself to being quite the task right off the bat. My mom and sisters bought me a wedding planning binder that became my best friend for the next 12 months. As I started to fill the binder out with vendors, color ideas, a guest list, and every other finalized detail, I could finally see our dream day becoming a reality. However, it wasn’t until we picked our venue that everything finally “clicked”. We had toured everything from a country club to an apple orchard before deciding on Journeyman Distillery. It was an obvious choice for Pat and I.
Having grown up in the same Northwest Indiana-town, we had both spent summers–and even some winter days–up near the Dunes of Lake Michigan and southwest Michigan area. Journeyman offered the most eclectic, romantic, rustically beautiful feel nestled in a small Michigan Town. We decided to hold our ceremony and reception in their large open Warren Hall, complete with cafe lights, factory style windows, and original wood floors–I fell in love with the details of the space, and I was certain our guests would too!
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
I would like to think of myself as a relatively “low-maintenance” bride, (though my mother and now-husband may tell you differently!) But my ideas for decor were simple–greenery and candles, cut logs and lanterns, long, family-style dinner tables and small, personal details that would take all of the ideas from Pinterest and wedding magazines and make them ours–unique to Pat and I and the love we shared for each other and for our guests. I wanted the focus to be on a celebration of the covenant of marriage and the fusion of our two families–and while our decor came out beautifully, I believe the love and joy shared on our wedding day was its most beautiful feature.
While I would do the process over and over again in order to relive our wedding day, I would encourage future brides looking to plan their wedding to take the process on with a grain of salt. Understand that there are SO many ideas and concepts out there that can flood your brain with more details than your wedding will realistically be able to handle. Throughout the process, focus on the true reason behind the wedding and the person you’re making a lifetime commitment to, and I promise all of the details will fall into place!
Also, your wedding guests will have no idea whether you picked the $5 water goblet or the $8 water goblet, so save your money for a nice dinner date with your new husband and go with the $5 goblet!
What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)
The day played out better than I could’ve expected. Every detail–from our incredible bridal party, family heirlooms gifted from my Godmother, mimosas in the bridal suite, the sunny, winter weather, the candid pictures taken in the photo booth, hilarious speeches, donuts for dessert, musical performances during the ceremony, and, of course, my dress, lent themselves to the most amazing wedding day–making all of the planning, decision-making, and occasional turmoil so worth it.
What a beautiful eclectic space that set a fun casual vibe for a perfect evening of celebration! And passed donuts for dessert? That’s not a bad way to end the evening!
VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Photography: Tiffaney Childs Photography // Ceremony Venue: Journeyman Distillery // Reception Venue: Journeyman Distillery // Catering: Fiddlehead Restaurant // Floral: Marco Alexzondra Floral and Event Design // Stationery: Minted // Stationery: Ann’s Bridal Bargains // Stationery: Ciao Bella Studio // Engagement Ring: Martin Binder // Wedding Ring: Martin Binder // Ribbon: Honey Silks & Co. // Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah // Groom’s Attire: Renior // Bride’s Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson // Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell // Bridal Salon: MH Pomanders // Earrings: Martin Binder