Traverse City Opera House Wedding | Alicia + Paul

As her fingertips laced up the delicate ties to her ballet shoes, Alicia could not help but be left in awe from the internal beauty of her hometown’s Traverse City Opera House. “She was inspired by the luxury of the late 19th and early 20th century, an ambience which the beautifully restored City Opera House captures perfectly.” After studying ballet for several years in the space, it seemed fitting to go back to a place with such meaning and splendor for her wedding venue.

In addition, both were in love with Northern Michigan, despite the fact they lived in Arizona. Neither could imagine getting married anywhere else, and on their day, Michigan delivered. It turned out to be a glorious summer day; however, as the sun arose, the couple’s emotions rose too. Some nerves, excitement, and anticipation crept up in the morning. “After a year-and-a-half of preparation that involved countless hours of drafting of invitations, figuring out the logistics for events, and practicing the first dance, Paul was ready to relax and enjoy the fruits of his and Alicia’s hard work.” This all became real when the two saw one another, leaving both comforted and reassured.

The nerves slipped away throughout the day when the most important part of the day, the ceremony, was upon them. As light poured in the church’s stained glass windows, Alicia was escorted down the aisle by her father and everyone else seemingly disappeared – Alicia & Paul were the only two that mattered.  “Our entire wedding day was so full of love and good wishes that my heart was ready to burst, but the marriage ceremony itself focused all of my emotions and the only thing that I was really aware of for about 20 minutes was Paul.”

Following their intimate ceremony, the two shared an unexpectedly meaningful stroll down Traverse City’s quaint downtown to their reception. “It was a wonderful pause in the flow of events. For those few minutes we were able to just be together, take a literal breath of fresh air, and to realize how excited we were to be on our way to celebrate with everyone who had traveled so far to ‘join us in T.C.!'” And celebrate they did! The reception was filled with amazing toasts, food, and music from a full orchestrated live band. A painter documented the stunning scene with warm hues and breathed life into the creation, while the newlyweds danced once more in the Opera House. Everything was smooth and overflowing with love. Congratulations Alicia & Paul! May God Bless your marriage!

Bride’s Dress: Anne Barge from Solutions Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Modcloth | Bride’s Jewelry: Maria Elena | Bride’s Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Bride’s Wedding Ring: Leigh Jay Nacht | Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers | Groom’s Wedding Ring: Carbon6 | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J. Crew | Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse | Preparation Location: Park Place Hotel | Ceremony Location: Central United Methodist Church | Reception Location: City Opera House | Wedding Planner: Katie Deisler of Sincerely Ginger | Hair Stylist: Pavlova Salon | Florist: Field of Flowers | Caterer: Catering by Kelly’s | Desserts: Grand Traverse Pie Company | Band: Paul Sherwood and The Rhythm Section Jazz Band 

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