Natalie and Michael’s Modern Urban Industrial Wedding

Natalie and Michael’s contemporary industrial wedding, captured by Carrie House Photography, includes cool lighting, pops of colour and a really fun atmosphere! Natalie and Michael first met at work and we loved their proposal story – “Michael proposed at Bonobo Winery in Traverse City, Michigan. I was pre-occupied planning and hosting my sister’s baby shower the day of I had no idea that he was going to propose. He had worked behind the scenes with my family and his to ensure everyone we loved was there for the proposal. We walked into the winery and Michael asked me to go out on the patio to take a picture. As we were posing for the picture, I saw his whole family (who was not originally with us) walk outside. I turned to him very confused and that is when he got down on one knee and proposed! Afterwards we shared a private dinner with our families at our favorite restaurant. It was so special! He also had custom wine bottles made with pictures of us and our dogs on them!” Natalie tells us more about the details of their wedding below too…

“We fell in love with our venue, The Cheney Place immediately when we toured it – it was so beautiful with exposed beams, eclectic decor and vintage furniture. It matched our style perfectly. We wanted our wedding style to flow with the season (winter) and the venue. I knew I wanted to do a mix of soft blues and greens with greenery and white flowers. To compliment the soft colors and greenery, I wanted to incorporate a mix of different metals. We decided on silver, gold, and white mercury glass accents. I love greenery, especially for weddings so I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the table decor and wedding florals. For the ceremony we rented vintage pews and couches and had a family friend design a greenery arch for our back drop. For the reception, we wanted to incorporate color into the table decor. We decided on slate blue tablecloths which matched the bridal party and decorated the tables with greenery and eclectic mercury glass.”

“I knew I wanted to do a mix of colors for my bridesmaid dresses and decided on soft blues and greens. I chose floor-length dresses, but let the bridesmaids pick their style so everyone was comfortable. I really love the eclectic bridal party look – everyone was in a different shade and style. The groomsmen wore a slate blue 3-piece suits with a soft blue tie. Michael wore an ivory tie to set him apart as the groom. For my wedding dress, I had seen geometric lace on Pinterest and thought it was very unique and pretty. I wanted my dress to be unlike anyone else’s I had seen. I went into the dress shopping experience very open-minded, but ultimately landed on a geometric lace sheath style dress from Allure.”

“The most important aspect of our wedding for us was that everyone had fun! We chose to splurge on the venue, food and bar. We wanted a beautiful venue that would be able to host the ceremony and reception for our larger guest list. We also wanted to make sure the venue reflected our style and would include planning and day-of coordination. Our life and schedules are busy and we are so happy we chose The Cheney Place. The additional services they provide (bar, linens, rental furniture, day-of coordination, etc.) made the planning process so smooth! Michael and I are huge foodies so we knew we had to have a great caterer. We went with Kangaroo Kitchen and Catering and decided to serve the food family style to make the reception dinner more social. We did not want to spend a fortune on decorations. We purchased a ton of ours from the dollar store which happens to have a great mercury glass selection. We also saved a lot of money by purchasing the greenery and flowers for our decor ourselves from Costco.”

“Our favorite part of the day was our vows. We wrote our own and it was very special to be able to share our love for each other through our vows in front of our friends and family. The toasts from our dads and the bridal party were also very special and heartwarming. Lastly, getting to enjoy the evening with everyone was so much fun! The dance floor was packed all night. Looking around and seeing everyone having a great time was amazing for us.”




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