Things are weird right now. Social distancing, weddings postponing, and probably the most weird thing is me recapping a winter wedding when the temperature is threatening to reach 60 degrees! Nevertheless, since we are staying inside right now, I think we can all identify with the “cozy” vibe of this wedding.
I could probably write a full novel about this wedding. There was so much inspiration. When I first met Emily & Jason they described their dream wedding to me — a cozy winter wedding with glitz. As I got to know them more over the next 20 months, we turned that cozy winter wedding into something magical. After deciding on a historical mansion as the setting, we set out to work on the details.
They had a small intimate ceremony and invited a larger group to celebrate with them at their reception. Being a December wedding, an outdoor venue was out of the question. However, with the abundance of windows and a sunset ceremony, the dreamy glow made it feel like a snow globe in this room.
We added white rose petals down the aisle and lanterns to give it that cozy vibe. The alter was simple with vases of curly willow and fairy lights to give it a little twinkle.
When I asked Emily if they were interested in doing any kind of unity ceremony she was indifferent and asked for some options. I mentioned the idea of a unity cocktail and they immediately jumped on board! The cocktail they made contained a few of each person’s favorite ingredients. They mixed it on the spot and shared their first drink of the evening. Later, we offered the same cocktail at the reception as a signature drink.
After the ceremony, we invited everyone into the bar so we could flip the ceremony space for dinner and dancing. Since some of the guests were arriving during this time, we wanted to kick off the party right. One of my favorite elements from this wedding was the place card table. Each guest was greeted with a full glass of champagne where they found their acrylic place card and seating assignment from Scripted Ever After.
Dinner was held in the Great Hall complete with roaring fireplaces, gold and champagne adorned tables, and touches of holiday decor.
We tucked their sweetheart table in front of the beautiful fireplace.
The entire wedding was vegan. All of the food including the appetizers, buffet, and all of the desserts were customized to achieve this. Guests that knew about this ahead of time were skeptical to say the least. However, I can tell you with 100% certainty that everything was delicious and all of the vendors that came together to pull this off were amazing! The cake from Zingerman’s was vegan red velvet and vegan buttercream with real gold flakes. Other desserts were a selection of vegan cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes, and cookies from Milk + Honey.
After dessert there was dancing. Lots.Of.Dancing. I am not kidding when I say the dance floor was packed all night. Even when the lights came up at the end of the night we had to pull people off the dance floor thanks to Michaels Entertainment.
It was an amazing day! This couple will forever be in my heart. They are so sweet and I could not be happier that I can now call them friends.
Planning & Floral – Vows & Veils
Venue – Pine Knob Mansion
Photography – Chad Wu Photography
Beauty – Danielle K Studio
Cake – Zingerman’s
Desserts – Milk + Honey
DJ – Michaels Entertainment
Ceremony Entertainment – Stacy Mason Violinist
Tux – Brighton Tux Shop
Dress – The Dress Shop & Jenna in White
Officiant – Thom Glasovatz
Rentals – Special Occasions
Stationary and Signs – Brighter Beauty Design
Place Cards – Scripted Ever After
Transportation – Lavdas Limousines
Party Bus – Limelight Limousines
Lodging – Crowne Plaza Auburn Hills