The cozy vintage farmhouse called Applesauce Inn was the ideal setting for this charming French Market inspired wedding shoot in Bellaire, Michigan.When Stacy at Juniper & Lace Events invited me to join the amazing team of vendors she had gathered for this French inspired shoot, I jumped at the chance to join.
If you aren’t familiar with a styled shoot – it’s when a group of vendors and creative individuals get together and play wedding. Well, actually it’s a lot of work, but it doesn’t really feel like work because we are doing something we truly love and are passionate about. The end result is a collaboration of grand ideas brought to life in a full out pretend wedding complete with bride, groom, flowers, cake, and decor based on the chosen theme. All this talent and inspiration transported us to a charming French Market wedding right in the heart of Northern Michigan. Can you tell I’m a little excited about this? It was the first time I was involved in a styled shoot, and I had a blast!
A styled wedding shoot in August is a little crazy for a group of wedding vendors – it’s smack in the middle of our busiest four months of the wedding season. But, when the moment happens, you have to go for it! Here’s what Stacy had to say about the inspiration behind this dreamy styled shoot.
We Found the Groom First
“Most styled shoots start with a creative idea. Ours started with a conversation that went something like this, ‘Hey, if you ever need a model for one of your styled shoots, keep me in mind. I have tattoos.’ Sold. Granted, we still needed a few pieces to come together, but when one of the most popular business owners in our creative events community offers face time AND tattoos, we’re already mentally debating the white shirt with rolled up sleeves and open collar vs the bowtie and suspenders.”
The “groom”, Alex MacDonald, of Monstrey MacDonald Events asked his wife Tracy to be the bride – and she said yes! Alex’s crew from Monstrey MacDonald Events were the perfect choice for groomsmen. The bridal party was rounded out with Bridesmaids: Emma Cloninger (Nature Michigan), Samantha McGuire (Monstrey), Kate Basemore (Stacy’s sis), Jennifer Cocklin (Tracy’s friend), Brittany Rose & CaraLynn Parks (contest winners). Oh, and the cute little ring bearers Axel and Ryder belong to Tracy & Alex. They were all troopers and such a fun group to hang out with for the day!
Applesauce Inn in Bellaire, Michigan, was the venue for our August styled shoot. The charming bed & breakfast is a “vintage farmhouse with cozy rooms”, beautiful flower and produce gardens, a small flock of chickens, a stately tree, a relaxing pergola, and a sprawling backyard. It’s a peaceful rural setting for an intimate wedding. Thanks Jamie at Applesauce Inn for sharing your lovely space!
The Applesauce Inn was perfect for Stacy’s overall vision – a romantic French country market vibe. Her ideas for the ceremony and French Market were a soft romantic “up north” palette of lavender, blues and blushes – “down-to-earth” but not rustic.
Lakeside Bridal styled our bride Tracy in a dreamy gown with a lace top, tulle bottom and champagne underlay. Thanks to Kendra at Lakeside Bridal for ordering custom suspenders and bowties to coordinate the guys with our lovely ladies.Accessories featured pendant necklaces and earrings custom made by Korner Gem from Leland Blue and natural local stones in shades to coordinate with each dress color. They were stunning!
Mikaela Joy Designs worked magic designing printed items incorporating the colors and design inspiration.That tree!!!Amy Kate and her team from Amy Kate Designs knocked it out of the park with a stunning display of flowers trailing around the trunk of the towering walnut “ceremony tree”. Wow. Just Wow. Not to mention the gorgeous table scape accent and bridal bouquet florals. Amazing!
Did Someone Say Bunnies?
Yes, we had real live bunnies! The cute furry kind you can cuddle and hold! What a fun concept in lieu of flowers for the bridesmaids. These were some of my favorite photos of the day – I’m obsessed with the bunnies!
Cocktails, Toasts & Dinner
Adding Activities to Your Wedding Plans
Before the festivities began, I got the chance to take a few deep breaths with the girls as I led them through a few yoga moves on the lawn right between the cute little chicken coop and beautiful flower garden. It was lovely!
And what’s more perfect for a French Inspired wedding than croquet on the lawn? “Croquet is believed to have been first played by thirteenth century French peasants who used crudely fashioned mallets to whack wooden balls through hoops made of willow branches.” So much fun!
An eclectic mix of upholstery, wooden chairs and vintage furniture compliments of The Flying Pig in Bellaire gave the perfect vibe for the aisle decor and market scene.
A total of 22 talented vendors, some of the very best in northern Michigan, collaborated on this dreamy French Market inspired wedding. It was such an honor to be a part of the great energy of such an ambitious and inspiring group of talented creatives, right in the middle of our busy season.
Stacy, you continue to amaze me with your talent for organizing the perfect team to bring your creative vision to life. You go above and beyond and always with enthusiasm, kindness and grace. As always you covered every detail in your meticulous planning – all the way down to the pizza delivered for the vendors celebrate at the end of the day!