It’s hard to know where to begin in introducing Lauren and Jon’s sweet vineyard wedding – from the vintage decor and soft pink, blue and gold wedding color palette to the crisp, fresh photos from Dan Stewart Photography every bit of this day is eye candy! To tell you all about it, we have both the bride, Lauren, and wedding planner Alicia Caldecott of A Day in May Event Planning & Design…
The Couple: Lauren and Jon
The Wedding: 6.23.12 – Ciccone Vineyard & Winery – Suttons Bay, MI
What three adjectives best describe your wedding day?
The Bride, Lauren: Romantic, elegant, timeless
Was there a decor theme that ran through your wedding? What was the inspiration for that particular idea and how did it reflect you as a couple?
Wedding Planner, Alicia Caldecott: Lauren came to A Day in May Event Planning & Design wanting to incorporate tri-metallics (gold, white gold, and rose gold) and a very refreshing blue/green tone – which we aptly dubbed Leland Blue Stone – into her wedding day decor. The stationery was wildly important in creating the romantic, vintage, layered look Lauren wanted, and the lace on her gown added a timeless quality to her vision. The location selection of Ciccone Vineyard also played a part in the design. Lauren and Jon were not looking to have a vineyard theme wedding but rather wanted to play homage to the beautiful location through subtle details.
What were some of the different ways you used decor elements to create the beautiful, cohesive event you were envisioning?
Alicia: The design for Lauren and Jons wedding was inspired by their romance, a timeless sophistication, and a love of all things beautiful. We used every ounce of Ciccones hilltop scenery to create a cohesive event: the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception were all held on location, and each was designed with a dominant metallic to highlight Laurens love of the layered hues.
Ceremony: During the ceremony, we wanted all eyes on the bride and groom – but we knew it was important to frame their love story using the altar and aisle. While Lauren and Jon were the focal point, we suspended a crystal chandelier over the altar, lined the aisle with petals, and embellished wrought iron gates with floral and vines.
Cocktails: After the ceremony, the guests flooded the lawn to mingle and navigate through cocktail tables draped in soft ivory fabrics. Guests enjoyed a variety of beverages, including two signature drinks in mint julep cups which included two types of wine bottled on site. Blues, pinks, and coral florals were present in the whimsical table and bar decoration, along with vines and wild garlic.
Dinner: The dining tent was the introduction and backdrop for the after-wedding festivites. At the entrance, guests were greeted by a stacked wine bottle display and wood veneer escort cards – which were foiled in Lauren’s signature tri-metallics and set with Leland Blue calligraphy. The tent itself was draped in rich gold hues, and custom copper wine charms acted as place cards and party favors. On one side of the tent, a mirrored bar and wall displayed the couple’s new monogram, and the west wall opened up to reveal a stunning panoramic view of the vineyard and rolling hills – with a viewing deck to take it all in. The tables, covered in trimetallic and blue linens, were topped with an ornate place-setting and accented with a stunning foil letterpressed menu. Florals and candlelight were abundant: bright pink, fuschia, tangerine, and coral flowers coupled by towering gilded branches with delicately hung candles were the crowning glory to the beauty of the space.
Dancing: Guests passed by the centennial barn on the property en route to the ceremony – little did they know, it would house the dance party as the final touch of the beautiful vineyard wedding. After dinner, the bride and groom escorted their guests to their lounge where the band played and played and played! Eggplant sofas and rose gold seating arrangements were flanked by festooned columns and dramatic overhead lighting.
Where did you choose to hold your wedding, and how did the location influence your decor decisions?
Alicia: Lauren and Jon fell in love with the beautiful vistas and privacy of Ciccone Vineyard & Winery, its proximity to Traverse City, as well as Black Star Farms (where the family and wedding party were staying for the weekend). Ciccone was also very flexible in allowing us to create a look specifically for Lauren and Jon; it was a blank canvas for their individual and unique style.
Looking back, do you have a favorite project or successful decor idea from your wedding? Tell us what you loved about it!
The Bride, Lauren: Our custom monogram was something that was really unique and helped to tie everything together. We used various forms of it on the save the date, invitations, custom bar, cocktail napkins, etc. And we now use it in our home!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Dan Stewart Photography
Event Planner: Alicia Caldecott of A Day in May Event Planning & Design
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ciccone Vineyard & Winery
Preparation Location: Inn at Black Star Farms
Transportation: Horse-drawn Carriage from Black Horse LLC
Videographer/Film Maker: Style & Motion
Invitation Designer: Custom Monogram – Monogram Inc; Stationery Design – A Day in May & Gwyneth Paige; Couture Letterpress
Calligraphy: The Elegant Touch by Vicki Corwin
Catering: Epicure Catering
Florist: Field of Flowers Farm
Cake: Aunt Bs Cakes & Desserts
Wedding Dress: Le Salon
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Women’s Apparel & Accesories: Nordstrom & Thomas Knoell
Groom’ Apparel & Accessories: Suit – Joseph Abboud; Shirt – Mens Wearhouse; Tie – Exclusive Mens Neckties; Shoes – Cole Haan
Hair: Niki Novak; Style North Salon and Spa
Make-up: Amber Kaczmarek
Cocktail & Ceremony Music: Bob Mervak
Reception Music: Simone Vitale Band
Sound: Sound Environments LLC
Transportation: Celtic Shuttle & Compass Coach
Photobooth: Northern Michigan ShutterBooth
Rentals: Special Events Rentals; Nuage Design; La Tavola Linen
Rings: The Jewelry Factory & Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry
Deacon: Ron Kenney of St. Johns Evangelist Catholic Church in Fenton, MI
Recycling: Bay Area Recycling for Charities
Amazing. Thank you, Lauren and Jon, for sharing the beautiful and unique details of your wedding!