Aaron & Kati had a beautiful sunny day at Castle Farms for their wedding, complete with a horse and carriage, and their closest friends and family.  These two were easy to smile and truly enjoyed each other, their daughter, and their day.

I love it when they cry!!  Tears of love and joy are one of my favorite things at weddings.  Dad went first at the sight of his beautiful daughter, April went next at the sight of her dad’s emotion, then Daniel at the sight of his amazing bride, then April again, then dad again, and mom, and sister.  Then, just after you thought everybody was all emotioned out, dad surprised April with a slideshow and there again came the waterworks.  For an emotional family like this, I hope that each one of these happy tears gives them 1 year of happy marriage.  Seriously, if that was the way it worked, they will be happily ever aftering well beyond this lifetime and the next!

Stacie and Jason, accompanied by their wedding party of 17, braved the light mist to have their “first look” on the draw bridge in Charlevoix before moving on to Castle Farms for an intimate evening ceremony with their daughter, and closest friends and family.

Kristin and George have been together for 18 years.  One day, not long ago, George suggested that they get married.  They chose the date that is exactly between the birthdays of their two beautiful boys.  This day threatened hail and tornadoes as the morning arrived.  But somehow, after the morning rains, the skies cleared and gave them a glorious, warm, dry, and even a little peeking sunlight for the afternnon, just in time to walk down the aisle.

Suzi & Ian, accompanied by their children and close family, shared an intimate wedding ceremony at Castle Farms in Charlevoix this past Saturday in Queens Courtyard and hosted a reception in Queens Tavern.


Venue | Castle Farms | www.castlefarms.com
Catering | Vernale’s | www.vernales.com
Linens & Rentals | Taylor Rental | www.taylorrentalpetoskey.com
Floral Design | Thyme Hill Designs | www.thymehilldesigns.com
Wedding Cake | Cre8tive Cupcake | www.cre8tivecupcake.com
Celebrant | Glad Remaly | www.bestclergy.com
Bar Services | Jeanie Morrow | 231.547.9732
Hair/Makeup | Panache Hair Studio |  www.panachecvx.com
Coordinator | MerryMakers |  www.merrymkr.com
Music/Entertainment | Platinum Sound | www.platinum-sound.com

Dean and Becky were married at Frog Pond Village on what turned out to be a cool, rainy, spring day.  We made the most of what we had and their love showed through it all.  These two had some fancy footwork for their first dance that put “Dancing With the Stars” to shame!

The weather changed it’s attitude the following day, so they put themselves back together, I did my best attempt at styling bridal hair, and we went out to play in the sun.


Kimberly & Derek were married at the Sequanota Club in Charlevoix, MI on a lovely, sunny May day, surrounded by their closest friends and family.  They designed their own custom wedding bands, had hand-made paper flowers, and a beautiful vista that perfectly matched their style.  This simple and easy event was officiated by Derek’s father and Kim’s hair and make-up was done by one of her bridesmaids.

Jodi, Todd, and their daughters were the willing participants in the Castle Farms Not So Real Wedding event.  Jodi and Todd are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this month and after hearing the stories about their real wedding years ago, they deserved this fantastic event!  They were so great to work with and be around! Days like this with lovely people like these, affirm my faith in long-lasting unions and make me proud to do my job.

This event was a bridal show alternative that showcased some of the best Preferred Service Providers from Castle Farms’ PSP list.  It showcased a vow renewal ceremony, delicious dinner, and dance party reception. Guests were able to have a full-sensory Castle Farms wedding experience; seeing, tasting, and hearing the wedding vendors in action!

Venue | Castle Farms
Wedding Planner | Johanna Alexander, Castle Farms
Photography | Paxton Photography
Ceremony & Reception Entertainment | A+ Event Entertainment
Wedding Cake and Sweets | Simply Sweet by Jessica
Photo Booth | Shutterbooth
Officiant | Rev. Glad Remaly
Catering | Grey Gables Inn Restaurant & Catering
Wine | Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery
Linens & Details | Taylor Rental
Floral Design | Monarch Garden & Floral Design
Transportation | Midnight Madness
Carriage | Abraham’s Carriage Service

Chastity & Scott were married in King’s Chapel with a reception in King’s Great Hall at Castle Farms on April 18, 2015.  Such a beautiful day in the upper 50s with full, glorious sun all day long!