July 28, 2010
Real Wedding Follow-Up: Taryn and Brian
Posted by Shira Savada
Yesterday I debuted Taryn and Brian's stunning Michigan wedding. And as promised, today I'm bringing you photos from their welcome dinner on the lake. Enjoy the gallery of images from Cybelle Codish! And be sure to check out Taryn's blog of wedding inspiration and stylings!
3 Lavender lemonade was kept cool in large jugs with custom signs.
4 Taryn found tablecloths at Pottery Barn, which she trimmed down to make into runners and napkins.
5 Extra fabric from the table runners was cut into strips and tied around jam jars for cocktails and lemonade.
6 Clusters of hydrangeas decorated the tables.
7 Some tables had a grouping of flowers.
8 Epicure Catering created the menu for the evening, which included Leelanau Cheeese Raclette and Fromage Blanc, a well as other cheese platters, house-made dried cherry chutney, green olive tapenade, and roasted tomato compote.
9 The drink menus were printed on kraft paper and framed with polka-dotted fabric.
11 Taryn and her college friends posed for a group photo.
12 Napkin rings were printed on sticker paper. The "Yum Yum" print was fun and an easy way to personalize the party.
14 Hanging paper lanterns and colorful paper bag luminarias decorated the lawn.
15 Wanting to bring in elements of Oktoberfest, Taryn opted to serve soft pretzels and good, grainy mustard as a passed appetizer. Local beers from Shorts Brewing Company made it a perfect pairing.
16 Taryn and guests mingled in the back yard.
17 Deerings Market pork sausage, Pleavas Plevalean burgers, black bean and corn veggie burgers, and Greg Mikowski's sweet corn with roasted red pepper butter made up just a portion of the dinner buffet.
18 Each pie on the dessert bar had a label propped up in a stone.
19 Local Grand Traverse Pie Company brought four different pies, and served them with local Moomers ice cream in five delicious flavors (vanilla bourbon, cinnamon swirl, and chocolate malt, to name a few...)
20 Canning jars with candles lined the dock.
Taryn said the effect, at sundown, was brilliant and so romantic.
21 Taryn and Brian.
22 The dinner tent, right on the beach.
23 Since most of Taryn and Brian's guests had been to the lake house, and enjoyed a bonfire, the couple knew they had to have a bonfire on Friday night to keep with tradition.
24 Kraft boxes with homemade graham crackers, marshmallows from Zingermans (in Detroit) and local chocolates were on hand for s'mores.
The couple was thrilled to host the party at their grandmother's lake house in Glen Lake, Michigan. Taryn grew up swimming there and having bonfires on the beach, so it was fitting to host a similar event the night before her wedding. The catered evening boasted more than just s'mores; dinner was followed by a scrumptious pie bar and music for dancing.
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