Rustic Elegance at The Grand Belle
I have known the bride, Ashley for many years, since she was a young girl in Girl Scouts. She has one of those smiles that will light up the room, and a laugh that is contagious.
When she contacted me about capturing her wedding, I was honored and thrilled. And to be honest, a lot emotional. You see, her family is like a second family to me. We have weathered the years of Girl Scout meetings and events, the tween years, into High School and Marching Band.
I have watched her grow into this amazing, capable, and caring woman who just graduated with her Nursing degree.
Corey, her husband is enrolled in the Michigan State Police Program, and they had spent the last few months apart while he completed his training. Their wedding day was going to be the first time they had seen one another in two months!
We started the day at Allure Hair Company in Fenton. The studio and staff were amazing. Ashley and her squad spent the morning being pampered, with Mimoa’s, hair and make-up.
Ashley & Corey chose an intimate, rustic venue for their ceremony and reception. The grounds of The Grand Belle in Holly, Michigan are beautiful. But, the old barn gracing the property and hosting the reception is the pièce de ré·sis·tance!
With its wide, oak beams and weathered exterior, the Barn takes us back to days gone by. The interior is updated and outfitted with elegant touches, such as a glorious crystal chandelier which hangs over the dance floor. Original windows stream plenty of natural light, and add to the rustic charm.
There is a bridal suite attached with all the amenities one could ask for. Below the barn, the cellar has been transformed into a gorgeous guest gathering area, with sliding doors accessing the outdoors and lawns. A fire pit, lawn games and relaxed seating await guests who wish to explore.
Ashley wore an ivory lace gown, with pearl details. Her bridal party was outfitted in Gray and Plum.
Ashley and her mom, Trish, are very crafty and created all the decor elements. Each table setting had a different arrangement embellished by guests at her bridal shower. How clever is that?
The Ring Bearers appeared all dressed in black, wearing sunglasses and carrying “security” cases. These two little guys put on a show.
The ceremony took place in front of the barn, beneath the shade of Oak and Maples. They said their “I do’s” in front of a white arch adorned with flowers while guests looked on.
After the ceremony, the reception moved inside that glorious barn. The couple danced the night away amid family and friends, their love never more tangible.
They say a bride just glows, and Ashley was no exception. You could often hear her laughter ring out, and the constant joy on her face.
I wish Ashley & Corey many, many years of happiness, love and laughter. Thank you for permitting me to share in your Love Story.
Venue: The Grand Belle
Hair & Make-Up: Allure Hair Company Michelle MacDonald