Backyard Bellaire Wedding | Jess + Joe | By Anna


“We have vacationed in Bellaire, Michigan, at my gandparents’ cottage since I was a little girl. The roots go as far back as my grandmother’s parent’s vacationing on Lake Bellaire. Joe and I were able to make many special trips to Michigan over the five years we dated and both fell in love with its beauty…we call it, ‘our happy place.’”

There are a lot of beautiful wedding venues in Northern Michigan. But there is something so uniquely special about a backyard wedding in a place that already holds so many beautiful memories. And for Jess & Joe, that place was Jess’ grandparent’s backyard.

Jess & Joe’s day was everything a Northern Michigan backyard wedding should be. It was personal, fun, and full of unexpected surprises! “There are so many moments that stick out to me! Coming into the first look on a jetski my brother was driving and getting to see Joe on the dock… sitting at the end of a dock together on Lake Bellaire in our wedding attire… watching the sunset and waiting for the boat to arrive to take us to our reception was a special quiet moment… Our uncle carried us on his back to the boat as his boat couldn’t make it into the shallow shoreline. And they had champagne waiting for us on the boat…magical! Also, sitting down to dinner ‘Go Cubs Go’ anthem started playing and the entire tent started singing in the middle of dinner… Go Cubbies!”

Jess & Joe, your day was 100% absolutely perfect for you two, and it was privilege to watch you two become husband and wife. Congratulations!

Bride’s Dress: THEIA Bridal Poppy Top and Marlena Skirt from Flutter Bridal Boutique | Engagement Ring: Mother’s Engagement Ring | Wedding Ring: Blue Nile | Groom’s Suit: INC International Concepts – Seersucker from Macy’s | Groom’s Ring: Etsy | Bridesmaid Dresses: Hacienda Maxi Dress – Bouquet Beauty from Show Me Your Mumu | Preparation Location: Shanty Creek Resort | Ceremony Location: St. Luke Catholic Church in Bellaire, MI | Reception Location: Private Residence | Hair Stylist: Sam Doll | Florist: Kristi Castino | Caterer: Trout Creek Tavern and Eatery | Sweets: Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery | DJ: Mr. Music DJ and Event Service