Kate and Karl’s Bay Harbor wedding was very natural, incorporating a refreshing and clean style. The newlyweds gave us very thoughtful responses to our questions, so please enjoy their take on the day and all of their wedding photography!
Of the images that you’ve seen so far, do you have a favorite? Why?
For Kate: Do we have to choose only one?! I love the one of my dad and me walking down the aisle. I’m a bit of a daddy’s girl, his youngest daughter, and that was a really special moment for us. You captured it perfectly!
I also love the photo of us on the rocks, looking out on the lake. Cory snuck us out during dinner to catch a few shots when the sun was out (a miracle on an otherwise dreary day!) and I love the way you can see the wind blowing my dress and our hair and the sun is brightening the sky. Not only is the scene amazing, but it also was the perfect time for us to get away and actually digest what had just happened. It was surreal.
For Karl: Hmmm. Tough call, obviously I love all of the shots of my bride and me, but I really like the photo of Kate getting the finishing touches put on her dress with all the bridesmaids watching in the background. While planning a wedding you kind of lose track of the fact that all of your family and friends are coming because they support and love you so much. You kind of just think that you are planning a big party and everyone just shows up for some free booze and that’s that. But as soon as the day arrives, you feel all the emotion and are reminded of just how important everyone is to you and they let you know how much you mean to them. I thought this photo really captured this with all of Kate’s closest right there behind her looking on with love and support.
Where was it, and was there a significance to your location?
Our wedding and reception were at the Inn at Bay Harbor. I (Kate) grew up not far from there in Traverse City and Karl’s family spent summers at Torch Lake. We don’t live in the area anymore, but we love to go back as much as we can. It was special for us to have our families and friends there to enjoy Northern Michigan with us.
What was your theme or style?
We like to think our style was natural and simple. The decorations incorporated a lot of elements from the area, such as beach stones, wood, beach grass and sand. We wanted the natural beauty around us to be the focal point.
Tell us a little bit about the details…
It was an ivory fishtail-style gown by Nicole Miller. I loved how it flowed along the ground, was lightweight and had a deep V in the back that laced up a little ways. I thought it was the perfect combination of traditional, but different in a vintage sort of way that fit my style.
Yellow and gray were our colors, so the flowers included yellow Billy balls, dahlias and David Austen roses. Our florist, Jen from BLOOM, mixed those with dusty miller, eucalyptus, willow branches (for the tables) as well as some succulents. Getting back to our natural/organic theme, the bouquets were loosely tied and looked hand-picked.
Invitations / stationery:
Our invitations were printed by a man who does letterpress as a hobby in his garage in Florida. I found him through Etsy. The invites were natural linen paper with a dark gray letterpress ink in a combo of script and block lettering. In an ode to our last few months of living in NYC, we designed our save the dates to look like an NY subway sign. Not everyone got the reference, but the people who did got a laugh out of it!
We were lucky to have our dearest friends and all of our siblings share in our special day by being in our wedding party.
A memorable moment:
For Kate: When I first made the turn down the aisle and saw Karl for the first time he made a silly, opened-mouth, wide-eyed face. I’ve seen this face before—when he thinks something he said is really funny, when he thinks he’s getting away with something or any other time he’s being his comical self. For him to make that face at that moment probably kept me from having a complete teary meltdown (I was still a weepy mess…but it could have been worse). From now on that face has a whole new meaning and will forever remind me of that first time we saw each other.
For Karl: The most memorable moment for me was the split second we stepped into the dining room after walking back down the aisle as a married couple. It was the first time we were alone together even if it was for only a second or two. Kate and I looked right at each other with tears in our eyes and kind of excitedly both said “we did it”. It was a great moment and the emotion of recognizing what exactly just happened made it so special.
Thank you so much Kate and Karl – Congratulations!