Wedding Season ’15: Sarah + Brian

As of August 1st, wedding season has officially concluded! This past weekend we celebrated my cousin Sarah and Brian’s wedding on the beautiful Mackinaw Island in Northern Michigan.

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The hubs and I dropped Emery off at Grandpa + Grandma’s house on Friday morning and proceeded to head allll the way north to Mackinaw City where we met up with my Mom and Dad. After a drink and some whitefish paté at the Dixie Saloon, we made our way to the ferry which would take us across the water to the island. No cars allowed! Since it was a little breezy/ choppy, we sat on the lower deck where I shot a few pics of the Mackinaw Bridge.

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Once we arrived, we sent our luggage via bike to Mission Point Resort and moseyed over to the Island House, where the pre-wedding cocktail reception was happening. We met up with my Uncle Tim and Michele and enjoyed the stunning views from the front lawn.

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After checking into our room, we grabbed a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant and ate sandwiches and smores under the light of GPop’s iPhone flashlight 😉

Saturday was wedding day! Dad, hubs and I started off on the right foot with a 3 mile runsploration along the water. It’s amazing how peaceful a place can be when you remove cars and city life. My kind of place for sure.

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Let’s go, Dadyo!!

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The ceremony was held at noon at the incredible St. Anne’s Church. Or was it Stanns?

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Like the church, Sarah was a breathtaking bride. She radiated beauty in every way. Congrats to the newlyweds!!

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Since the ceremony was held earlier in the day and the reception didn’t start until 530p, we had lots of time to kill. While the boys opted to hang in the room and watch some golf, the girls decided to hit the town and spelunk! Too bad I didn’t wear my vivofit because man we racked up a lot of steps that day! Did I mention it was a gorgeous day?? Couldn’t have asked for better.

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A few hours later, we met up with the boys at the bar where we hung for a bit before the wedding.

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Finally it was reception time at Mission Point!

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I wish I would’ve gotten some better pictures of the bride and groom, but such is the life of a busy couple!

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I did however manage to snag a couple good pics with this handsome man 😉

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It was a picture perfect day for a wedding. We couldn’t be happier for Sarah and Brian!!

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Sunday morning, Mom and I took a morning walk.

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Carcosa?? (#truedetective)

On our way back from our 2 miler, we noticed the skies were looking a bit dark. And sure enough, as soon as we got back, the bucket turned over and it started to monsoon. We met up with our family for a quick breakfast at the hotel but when we tried to make it to the ferry station, we had to wait for the horse&carriage to shuttle us over (so we could stay somewhat dry). Long story short, it took fo-ev-er and we didn’t make it back to our car until noon. And then there was a slight mishap when getting onto I-75. An $8 and 30 minute mistake added onto an already 8 hour drive home. Any guesses what direction we mistakenly took?

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After a long drive through storms and super winds, we made it to our boy by 630p and home by 915p. What a day!

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Speaking of E, he had a pretty awesome weekend too, with a trip to the zoo and seeing some live choo-choos!

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Thanks to Grandpa and Grandma for letting Mama & Dada have a weekend away!

All in all, a wonderful weekend away in one of my favorite places. Best wishes to the new couple!

 

 

Wedding season ’15,,, dunzo :)

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