Winter Wonderland dreams in Spring

I know yesterday was the first day of spring, but I’m still dreaming of this February winter wonderland wedding between my dear friend Magic and the love of her life, Jonathon. Most brides that dream of having a winter wedding will say “I would totally have a winter wedding if I was guaranteed the perfect snow fall,” and then go on and plan a wedding any other season except for winter. Because, let’s face it…you’re never guaranteed the perfect weather on your wedding day, no matter the season. Magic was a bit different, this girl took winter wedding and ran with it and prayed every day for the perfect snowfall, and to say that’s what she got on her big day is an understatement!

Leading up to Magic and Jon’s wedding I couldn’t help but obsess over the weather! Earlier that week, there was a pretty snowfall and my fingers were crossed that it stuck to the trees through the Saturday nuptials. That was not even an issue, as the snow started to fall Friday prior to the rehearsal (which every single person in the wedding party attended) and didn’t stop until the party started the day of the wedding. The snow made for the most gorgeous backdrop and was every winter brides dream come true.

Noah’s Event Center is set back off a corporate drive, kind of hidden in the woods (which is where most of these photos were taken…I know makes you think this wedding party hiked through the woods to get these shots, nope it was literally a median separating the street ) and has a great space for both sides of the bridal party to get ready (guys, they totally have a pool table and shuffle board in the grooms room). Magic gifted her party wtih adorable flannels wear in before stepping into their rented (yes, I said rented…this is a bride was definitely looking out for her friends) dusty blue dresses (and grey suite, she had a bridesman). The colors of the dresses and the beautiful full bloomed flowers by Goldner Walsh popped against the backdrop of fresh snow.

It was a day of decision, but the fact that this couple decided to open the doors of the ceremony space and embrace the weather they were given made their first look so romantic, and you could feel all the love and emotion in the room, as it was filled with their friends and family. After this timeless first look, the bridal party braved the cold and headed out for what I think are some of the most beautiful winter wedding shots I have ever seen (also this bridal party gets the Best Bridal Party of the year award. Not a single one of them complained about the weather, how cold they were, or the fact that they just paid money to have their hair done and it was getting snowed on…now that’s love). Dan Cox was the mastermind behind these photos, he managed to capture dark, moody and romantic in this bright white snow, and did it impeccably.

As guests arrived the outside heaters were cranked up to help keep them warm, and the ceremony began. I have said this before, and I will say it again, but I love how we live in a world where you make your ceremony, you. Magic and Jon incorporated so many personal aspects into their ceremony with their uncle blessing them with a heartfelt song that was accompanied by a friend playing the piano, as well as their whiskey barrel ceremony in place of a unity candle. Each detail of the ceremony was truly them.

The guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the bar (which was the grooms room converted into a bar…Noah’s really knows how to turn rooms around and use them for multiple aspects of the wedding) and were then escorted into the reception area, which had large windows to overlook the woods. Upon their grand entrance, the new Mr. & Mrs. Richards danced their first dance as husband and wife, followed by a very heartfelt speech from Jon’s parents that brought tears to the entire room. In luau of a cake the bride and groom chose yummy cheesecakes from Peteet’s Famous Cheesecake. Dan from Michigan Wedding DJ cranked the tunes and kept the party rocking all night!

Magic was the epitome of a glowing bride throughout the entire day, she smiled with her eyes even when they were filled with happy tears. And can please talk about the way Jon looked her the entire day? It was enough to melt your heart. These two have known each other and had been dating since they were teenagers, and have truly grown up together, which is something so rare. Magic and Jon, may your marriage be as beautiful as your wedding day, may you continue to see each other through the others eyes and never stop growing together. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the most memorable day of your life, I look forward to celebrating future milestones with you and wish you nothing but happiness.

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