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Elegant Outdoor Blush Wedding at Sunset Lodge in Michigan


Beautiful waterfront wedding

Oh my pretty! Mackenzie and JJ’s lakefront wedding was truly flawless from begging to end! Soft shades of blush, peach and gold popped against the lovely backdrop of Sunset Lodge and created a fresh look and feel to their dreamy day in Michigan.

The DIY signage and overflowing bouquets are just a few of our favorite details! Get a first hand look at the entire wedding in the full gallery here captured by the talented Samantha James Photography. Enjoy!

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Bridesmaid toast

"We do" invitation suite

Gorgeous Michigan brideOverflowing bouquet with greenery and white roses

Their story 

From the bride: Our story began 9 years ago when we met during a northern Michigan summer. It would be another 6 years until we would reconnect. JJ is a helicopter pilot in the Navy so our time dating was a lot of weekend adventures and old fashioned letter writing until I moved out to San Diego to be with him. JJ proposed (it was breathtaking) and then was called out on his first deployment. During that time his dad was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer so I planned the wedding on my own while JJ was serving overseas.

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses

Shades of pink dressesOverflowing bouquets

Navy groom and his men

Cute chalkboard wedding sign

Kiss for the happy coupleJust married!

Navy saber salute

Intimate Weekend wedding

Each decision was made with family and every detail had a personal significance to us. Our wedding was intimate and emotional as we welcomed home 3 soldiers who stood up next to us, and JJ finally saw his dad again. I chose the beautiful setting of The Sunset Lodge which so kindly allowed us to host our sweet and small wedding. Everyone cozied up and we made an incredible weekend stay out of it.

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Wine and flowers centerpiece

Elegant floral centerpiecePretty gold charger place setting

Head table details

Simple and sweet naked wedding cake

Pretty decor ideaTasty cookiesColorful macarons

Whimsical romance

Our ceremony over looked grand traverse bay and we danced under the northern Michigan stars. My mom and ladies crafted each bouquet and flower arrangement and my maid of honor did all the hand lettering. It was a perfect fall day full of whimsical romance and everyone we loved was there to celebrate with us. What more could and bride and groom ask for! Big thank you to Samantha James for capturing the magic.

Cutting the cake with a swordCutting the cake

First dance for the happy couple

To get a closer look at this elegant outdoor blush wedding check out the wedding film Opensail Productions created below!

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