Secret Gardens of Summer

We can already feel spring getting ready to make way for summer, and it has us day dreaming about this ethereal Secret Garden shoot we worked on last June. 

Delicate blossoms, dreamy light, fanciful gowns - insert sparkles emoji here! 

It's just the inspiration we need to gear up for the coming of June, and all the simple pleasures that come along with it. We're determined to appreciate these little things - the sun on our faces, the soft, sweet fragrance of fresh flowers, the stunning silhouette of a bride in her priceless gown  -  even during our busiest of days. Cheers to enjoying the little things! 

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Styling and Planning: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings / Photography: Cory Weber / Floral Design: Katie Wachowiak / Stationery: Ciarra Claire / Hair and Makeup: M.O. Hair and Beauty / Dress: Kate McDonald / Rentals: Monstrey MacDonald / Location: Brys Secret Garden

Spring Inspiration Shoot Shared on The White Wren

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." --Helen Keller

Collaborating with talented folks in this industry is what keeps my job so incredibly rewarding and interesting. It allows me to continue to push myself and grow, all while being a part of creating something beautiful. The White Wren has recently shared one of these collaborations with their readers, and it is such a breath of fresh air and a lovely sign of spring. Enjoy! 

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We played around with two palettes; the one above incorporating vibrant watermelon tones, and the one below showcasing a timeless, neutral feel.

Which one is speaking more to you  today?!

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Styling and Planning: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings / Photography: Cory Weber / Floral Design: Katie Wachowiak / Stationery: Ciarra Claire / Wax Seals: Wax Seals, Artisaire / Custom Linen Boxes: Wedding Story Writer / Hair and Makeup: M.O. Hair and Beauty / Dress: One Oak Bride / Table Top Rentals: Emerson James Rental / Linen: Latavola Linen / Featured: The White Wren

LAKE MICHIGAN BEACH WEDDING FEATURED ON CARATS & CAKE

We've got some fun news for you today! The blissful beach wedding we had the pleasure of helping create for Lauren & Adam has been featured on Carats & Cake. What an honor to be able to showcase the beauty of this special couple, Lake Michigan, and northern Michigan in general through the lens of the gifted Cory Weber. Here are a few snaps from this ethereal October day in Leelanau County. We hope the world enjoys his breathtakingly beautiful photos as much as we do! You can see the full feature on Carats & Cake here.

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Wedding Planning, Design & Management: Sincerely, Ginger Event Design & Production/ Photography: Weber Photography/ Venue: The Leelanau School/ Floral Design: Bloom Floral design / Entertainment: Mainstreet Soul & Festival Strings / Catering: Grandview Catering/ Cake: Aunt B's/  Stationary: Silver Fox Calligraphy & Holly Thomas Design / Rentals and Decor: Serradella Vintage & 307 Events

Northern Michigan Trillium Inspiration Shoot

Hi, friends! Wanted to pop over the blog today to let you know that this editorial shoot is being featured over on Wedding Sparrow today! You all know I have a deep love for film photography and beautiful flowers, this shoot was a dream to work on with Weber Photography, Bloom Floral Design and Tableau Events. And that dress from Kendal Leonard Designs? Simply perfect. 

Creative Direction & Styling: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings | Film Photography: Weber Photography | Floral Design: Bloom Floral Design | Design, Decor & Paperie: Tableau Events | Bridal Gown: Kendal Leonard Designs | Model: Shauna Shattuck 

Winter Editorial Shoot at Snow Moon Ranch

Couldn't be more excited to announce that the winter editorial shoot I styled is being featured on Style My Pretty! Cory and I had so much fun with our team out at Snow Moon Ranch in December. It was snowy and cold, but we made the best of the conditions. All of these images were shot on film, which I completely adore. I'll let the images speak for themselves. Enjoy! 

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Such a huge thank you to all of the vendors who contributed to this shoot! Especially to Kenna and Juliet. When I arrived onsite I promptly got my car stuck in the snow on the way up the driveway... everyone was so sweet helping me out. Goodness gracious. :) Now, don't forget to check out the whole post, along with a full description over on Style Me Pretty

Creative Direction, Styling & Floral Design: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings

Photography: Weber Photography

Venue: Snow Moon Ranch 

Dessert Bar: Everything Gal

Rentals: Gatherings Vintage Rentals

Paper: Mo Diggity

Bridal Attire: Bay Bridal Boutique

Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Romantic Northern Michigan Wedding Inspiration

Hooray! I am so excited to finally share the full roster of amazing images shot by my friend Bevin of Eliza Jean Photography. This editorial shoot is such a big piece of my heart and my story, a visual representation of what I love and what my business stands for. In my October goals, I mentioned that I was going to submit this shoot for publication to my favorite wedding blog. What did I have to loose? When Jocey from Wedding Chicks wrote me back and said the shoot was "amazingly pretty", I just about fell off my chair. How amazing to create something beautiful, and be able to share that with even more people? See the full feature right over here

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We decided to shoot in an amazing wildflower garden on Old Mission Peninsula, Hooper Farms! The owner, Terry, is just the sweetest and her location was perfect for what we had in mind. She graciously donated all of the blooms for the shoot, so I tried not to overthink the flowers too much before I got there. My goal was to bring to life a beautiful garden party, with gold details, yummy dessert, and colorful floral arrangements. 

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If you've had a chance to read my philosophy, and how my business name was inspired, then you already have a good idea of why I choose to incorporate a love letter. I was so excited that the Wedding Chicks decided to run with this idea! At each place setting we enclosed an inspiring quote or sentiment and addressed it personally to each guest, which also served as a place card. I love this idea for a small wedding, luxury truly is in the details. Holly did an amazing job designing the whole roster of stationery, I am in love with her watercolor invitations! 

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We strung bistro lights, ate dessert, and soaked in all the sweetness of summer in Northern Michigan. The photos turned out so beautifully! Later this week, I'm planning to do a post about what you don't see, what went wrong, and things I learned from my first shoot. I am so grateful to these amazing vendors who had faith in me and decided to jump in to make this little dream happen. I know Ginger would've approved. :) 

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Concept, Design, Styling & Florals: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings Photography: Bevin Deak of Eliza Jean Photography Cake: Penny Christians Stationery: Holly Thomas Design Venue: Hooper's Farm Garden "Kiss Slowly" Print: Sarah & Bendrix Gold Chiavari Chairs: Sweet Seats Bridal Gown: To Have & To Hold Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic 

Guest Post on I Love Farm Weddings

Today you can find a guest post by yours truly over on I Love Farm Weddings! Emily runs this super cute blog that I was immediately in love with the first time I saw it. We connected throught Making Things Happen- I love how Lara and MTH movement bonds people in such a unique way.

I had so much fun writing about how to incorporate feminine elegance into a rustic setting. This is essentially my style preference for weddings. In Traverse City we have a ton of beautiful, rustic settings for events that I just love! Wineries, barms, farms... my favorite. Down to earth and they lend to so many design styles. Check out my post here!

Here's a little teaser from my inspiration board...

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Image by Jose Villa, Styling by Easton Events as seen on Once Wed.

Thanks again for having me, Emily! :)