Couple dances on dock overlooking Lake Michigan

Meet Jessica & Adam.

Jessica and Adam planned a micro wedding at a VRBO property for their 25 closest people, and they paid attention to every detail, making sure that their wedding day was beautiful, memorable, and full of surprises for their guests. And boy, was it perfect!

All gorgeous photography by Donna Miller Photography.

Groom getting ready with brother before wedding day
Bride getting in wedding dress with mom

VRBO Wedding Venue

Planning with a VRBO was simple. Just like any wedding venue, there are rules for having a wedding at a VRBO property, though with this particular VRBO property, Tom was a delight to work with, had very simple guidelines for us, and was a lovely partner in bringing this wedding vision to life. Thank you Tom!! We would go back to that venue in a heartbeat.

Since the VRBO house was not originally designed to be a wedding venue, we had to be creative to make accommodations to turn it into a wedding venue, and we were happy to bring those skills to the table. We coordinated all the STUFF that is needed at a wedding, like tables and chairs, linens, garbage cans, and all the basics to make the home feel like a wedding venue. On the day before the wedding, we took plenty of time to set everything up and make sure that it felt ready and beautiful. 

Bride has first look with all the ladies
Bride having first look with her dad
Bride and groom sharing vows during first look
Bride and groom walking in the woods at VRBO wedding
Bride and groom embrace after first look on Lake Michigan
VRBO property backyard wedding space

Starting off with their choice of florals, they hired Something Borrowed Blooms. We had never worked with this company before, but now that we have, we will recommend it to future couples! They deliver lovely silk flowers right to your door, and the finished product was beautiful. After the wedding, you put the flowers back in the box and send them back, leaving little to no waste from the wedding florals. We love this sustainable choice! Plus, it was fairly inexpensive.

Bride and groom with wedding party in green backyard wedding
Wedding party in green and blush in backyard VRBO wedding

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place in the backyard overlooking Lake Michigan, and boy was it lovely! After the ceremony, cocktails were served in the front yard to give our team time to flip the ceremony space into the reception space, complete with the dance floor cleared of chairs, and dinner seating set up on the back patio. What a charming venue!

Bride walking down the aisle with dad in backyard wedding at VRBO property
Floral arch from something borrowed blooms
Reserved sign on ceremony chairs at lakeside ceremony
Pouring sand during ceremony at Lake Michigan
Ceremony overlooking Lake Michigan in Two Rivers
Recessional with maid of honor and best man dancing down the aisle
Couple walking down the aisle after ceremony

The Reception

The backyard wedding venue of this VRBO property was so magical. There was space for us to create a walking tour of Jessica & Adam’s relationship in pictures, there was space for cocktails on the back deck, yard games, a food truck, dancing, campfire – you name it. This reception had it all.

Guests hanging out during backyard VRBO wedding
Bride with margarita in backyard wedding reception
Cocktails at backyard wedding reception
Ladder golf in backyard wedding reception
Mini golf at backyard wedding reception
Walk our story in the woods with photos at wedding reception
Bride and groom walking in backyard at VRBO property reception
Back deck wedding reception dinner table setup
VRBO property backyard wedding reception

And a quick mention of Wild Fire Pizza – what a fabulous food truck. Their pizza was DELICIOUS, and the talk of the night! Jessica and Adam also chose to have their favorite dessert, cinnamon rolls, instead of a wedding cake. 

Bride and groom in pizza food truck
Cinnamon roll for wedding reception dessert
Bride and groom with pizza at wedding reception
Table setting with natural colors at backyard wedding reception
Wildfire pizza food truck
Bride and groom walking in the woods on wedding evening
Bride and groom eating wedding reception meal on back deck
Back deck wedding reception guests mingling and eating

The dance floor was just beautiful. We turned the ceremony space on the dock into a dance floor, complete with strings of lights and great music. How magical to dance overlooking the lake! Jessica and Adam surprised all the guests by giving them sweat suits as a gift, so the end of the night was a cozy celebration with all their special people. We loved this touch, especially when it was time for the bonfire. Cozy on cozy.

First dance on the dock overlooking Lake Michigan
Bride and groom first dance on dock overlooking Lake Michigan
Kid in the splits on the dance floor
Guest doing the worm on wedding dance floor
Guests dancing overlooking Lake Michigan
Bride and groom with sparkler exit on wedding night
Backyard campfire at outdoor wedding
Bride and groom dancing in sweats on wedding night

Jessica & Adam's Wedding Vendors

This was a full wedding planning client, which was a blast, because we basically were able to work with all our friends. What a delight! We assisted in choosing the vendors for Jessica and Adam, so we knew the quality that was on our team, and they certainly delivered. 

To be directed to each vendor’s website, click on the business name below.

Groom carrying bride on the beach
Bride and groom walking on the beach

All our love!

Jessica and Adam, we hope your first months of marriage have been even MORE magical than your wedding. We have such fond memories of our time planning your wedding together, and it has been so fun to look back at all these gorgeous photos and live it again. 

All our love,

Marsha & Team

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