brenna & brandon // traverse city, michigan

Romantic Chic Barn Wedding

The Weekend

Brenna & Brandon brought their sophisticated sense of style, romantic glamor and a remarkably fun collection of friends and family to Traverse City for an August weekend of revelry.

Festivities kicked off on Thursday with a welcome party downtown at North Bar.  Cocktails, small bites and a build-your-own welcome bag table complete with a custom “wedding newspaper” warmly welcomed guests (designed & hosted by the bride’s talented cousin).

Friday morning’s golf tournament rolled into an Italian dinner at Sorrelina.  The wedding day itself is told beautifully in photos from Jennifer Boris and video from Snow Creek Cinematography following and Sunday wrapped up with a family brunch with New York style Bubbies Bagels at one of the rented condos.

So much laughter.  So much joy.  So many fashionable and fun-spirited insta reels.  We are the luckiest to have been on the scene!



in the Meadow

We oriented the round altar stage to showcase northern Michigan’s landscape of forest and rolling terrain.  The chairs were set in curvature to compliment the circular platform and floral in blush tones made the scene a romantic dream.

Ribbon wands, parasols and paper fans accessorized the scene.  Tracy officiated a meaningful ceremony that ended with an African tradition called “jumping the broom”.


Cocktails on the Patio

The cocktail hour scene was a party vibe with pastoral views.  Horses grazed beyond the white fence line as Manhattans and paloma signature drinks were sipped from monogrammed cups under a cleartop tent on the barn patio.   A crystal chandelier hung over the luxe blush lounge and a disco ball hung over a white dance floor also featuring the custom monogram.  

An audio guestbook and an open air photobooth entertained while custom acrylic signage pieces and animated conversations enlivened the experience.


Romance under the

Barn Rafters

The barn transformation started on Thursday as chic swags of chiffon drape, tendrils of greenery and crystal chandeliers were all suspended from barn rafters.  Farm tables with modern wrought iron legs and the gleam of polished crossback chairs were centered under the drape and the play of lines formed a foundation for Saturday’s black metal centerpiece stands overflowing in greenery and blush blooms, the black flatware framing blush chargers, the black votives among blush wine goblets and the striking black table numbers nestled in candlelight.  Chic and modern with a soft romance – Brenna & Brandon’s vision was an exquisite composition of sophistication in an approachable scene.


And then they partied…

Dinner transitioned enthusiastically to the dance party as guests grabbed a slice of cake and headed back out to the cleartop tent to show that disco ball one of the best nights of its partied life.  They popped back in to revisit the gourmet cookie bar and grab a latte from the mobile espresso bar throughout the evening.  A Chick-Fil-A station of 5 piece nugget boxes & sauces refueled guests for departure to the casino for an after-party.  Epic on every level.

Creative Team Credits

Photography:  Jennifer Boris Photography

Videography:  Snow Creek Photo & Video

Design + Coordination:  Juniper & Lace Events

Venue:  Garvey Barn

Catering, Cake & Bartending:  Grand Traverse Resort

DJ:  In a Minute Entertainment 

Floral Design:  Field of Flowers North

Cookie Bar:  JoJo’s Cookies, The Flour Shop

Coffee Cart:  Lake Street Coffee Co

Photobooth:  Mammoth! Party

Officiant:  Tracy, The Social Butterfly 

Hair & Makeup:  Cici Brantley Beauty

Drape, chandeliers & ceiling greenery:  Sensational Events

Chairs & farm tables:  Eden Woods Rentals

Ceremony platform & sign bases:  Timeless Event Rentals

Place Settings, bar & lounges:  Event Theory

Linens & napkins:  BBJ LaTavola

Cleartop Tent:  RediRental 

Restroom Rental:  Swanky Trailers

Late Night Snack:  Chick-Fil-A