This is the stuff magic is made of. Brogan and Doug, Doug and Brogan. I’m so lucky to work with such incredible souls. When Brogan had first come to me to potentially be a part of her and Doug’s big day, she had just lost her sweet Mom. We talked on the phone for a good amount of time about her wedding dreams, her relationship with Doug (they are highschool sweethearts with a really special love story), and a few tears rolled down my cheek as Brogan told me about her Mom and how she needed someone to work with in planning her special day. Because without her Mom she wasn’t sure who would help. While I certainly didn’t fill those shoes and couldn’t never come close, it was beyond a pleasure getting to play a tiny part in such a monumental day.
Brogan and Doug, you two are a treat. You and your family welcome me and my staff into your lives. You were trusting, kind, patient, gracious, respectful and beyond that, so deserving of a wedding full of love and grace. Congratulations on your marriage and happily ever after. This is just the beginning of all that life has to offer you two. And with that, I share with you some of my favorite images from the day, captured by Harrison Studio. Enjoy the gorgeousness that is Mr and Mrs Hayden.
The bride has a love of anything equestrian related and that love is deep rooted in as early as her childhood. The family business handles equestrian related products as well so it was only fitting that we used this as a driving force behind the wedding details and aesthetic. Brogan and I called the wedding, ‘French Country Equestrian’ in the year before the big day and I loved thinking of clever ways to infuse this into the event. My favorite was the escort card display made up of equestrian ribbons with guests names written in calligraphy in the center. The tails of the ribbons (and ultimately the names of the reception tables) were named after horses the bride showed and owned growing up.
Brogan’s bouquet was made up of ivory and white peonies (they were stunning in May!), soft cream garden roses, camellia buds, white ranunculus, jasmine vine and bay leaf. It was so simple and lovely and complimented that stunner of a gown she wore. The long champagne colored silk ribbon streamers blew softly in the wind that day. And the finishing touch was a necklace the bride gifted her late Mom with years ago. It was fastened around the stems so a piece of her sweet Mom would be with her throughout the special day.
The leather coasters were favors created by the bride’s Dad. How wonderful and personal is that right?
You can view more over on Style Me Pretty today including the couple’s wedding trailer which ranks high on the list of my favorites ever! Thank you to the SMP team for the wonderful feature.
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Photography: Harrison Studio / Planning, Design and Florals: Hey Gorgeous Events / West Michigan Wedding Videographer Coastline Studios / Stationery: Sarah Drake Design / Catering: The Farmhouse Deli / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy /Bride’s Shoes and Earrings: J. Crew / Bride’s Gown: Ulla Maija / Cake and Macarons: Sweet Heather Anne / Linens: La Tavola / MOH Belt: BHLDN / Makeup: Morgan Myers, MoMichelle Makeup Artistry / Tent and Rentals: Special Events Rental / Veil: La Jeune Mariee / Venue: Greencrest Manor / Wood Sign: Made by MOH / Hair: Lola Hair Artistry