Holiday Inn is known for their grand tented lawn weddings in the summer months, but has intimate indoor spaces that can often be overlooked. Photo Shoot coordinator, Kendra Higgins of Holiday Inn shares, “Most people think beach weddings and summer sun when planning a destination wedding in the Grand Haven area, but West Michigan is also a winter paradise bordering Lake Michigan with mounds of lake effect snow and gorgeous sunsets. These natural elements we face each year pushed us to heat things up with a romantic wedding that felt more like a lodge retreat”.


The inspiration for the day was hyper focused on warm earth tones laced with sensible details giving a high end rustic lodge feel with blues, ivory, and gold to glam it up. The bride was wearing a low back all over lace sheath dress with an organza sash bow by Mikaella (provided by Renee Austin Weddings) was adorned by a faux fur shrug, and graceful jewelry handcrafted right in Spring Lake, by Rose Water Designs.  The groom was fitted in a steel grey twilight tux provided by Dunhill Tuxedo with an ivory dress shirt and cosmopolitan black squared toe shoe pairing nicely with a solidly groomed beard. The brides make-up was simple and bold with her hair elegantly pulled back letting a sweeping strand frame her face.





The stunning florals provided by Wasserman’s Flower Shop included Italian ruscus greenery, hypericum berries along with soft garden roses weaved into a vibrant flower crown and simple bouquet illuminating the models natural beauty. Window panes, succulents plus altar glass terrariums along with the added artichokes and cabbage leave centerpieces added classic touches that turned this rustic shoot into something glamorous yet so attainable for any bride-to-be. The invitation suite was fashioned by Jamie Lynn Creative on kraft paper enveloped in lace with a navy wrap and twine detail. Place cards and signage maintained the same font style and hints of stylized elements.




Linens, gold charvarie chairs and glass chargers rimmed in gold beads were provided by Elegant Linen Designs. Brown, navy and plaid were strategically layered to create warmth, with scarfs tied to signify the seating arrangement of the bride and groom. A vast amount of candles interlaced the tablescape vignette of antique ornaments by add{vintage} creating sheen alongside the birch and tin covered vases. The romantic scene had unpretentious values in every element carrying out the amorous undertones in the setting outdoors.




An exquisite two tier chocolate cake layered with seasonal flora bordered by ambrosial solid dark chocolate fencing sat as the centerpiece of the dessert table. Mini desserts were produced from Jack’s Waterfront Bistro + Bar’s kitchen culinary team with chocolate mousse napoleons, vanilla cream horns with lemon curd,  chocolate chip cookie sandwiches and mini cheesecakes (not pictured).



Customized burn barrels under strands of café lights brightened the evening sky of vibrant hues set by a classic Michigan sunset. A s’more station held homemade heart shaped delectable marshmallows alongside mugs of hot cocoa warmed by handcrafted crochet sleeves. Kendra Stanley Mills Photography portrayed the vision in pictures that were both romantically airy and full of light.





Photographer:  Kendra Stanley-Mills Photography // Reception Venue: Holiday Inn Spring Lake // Ceremony Location: Holiday Inn Spring Lake // Desserts: Jack’s Waterfront Bistro & Bar // Design and Decor: add {vintage}// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Dunhill Tuxedos // Dress Store: Renee Austin Weddings // Linens and Coverings: Elegant Linen Design // Invitation Designer: Jamie Lynne Creative// Cake Designer: Spring Lake Cake // Equipment Rentals: The Rental Company// Floral Designer: Wassermans Flowers// Make-Up & Hair: Lyn Phillips Salon // Jewelry: Rose Water Designs