March 12, 2014

{Real Wedding} Debbie & Kevin

Before the winter is over (which if you are like me and Kellie Hetler and live in the North, you are probably soooooo ready for it to be gone, gone, gone!) I have a couple winter weddings for you to enjoy! Today's winter wedding is from Hetler Photography who specializes in wedding and lifestyle photography-serving mainly Michigan, but willing to travel. I absolutely love their flowers, the reindeer, and Kevin's Mess Dress Air Force uniform!

From the bride, Debbie, "Kevin and I met in the mid 1990s while working at the same restaurant. We dated for a short time, then went our separate ways. We reconnected again in February 2010 when Kevin flew me to Las Vegas while he was briefly stationed there. We started dating again after that, and got engaged in April 2013 while I was visiting him in North Carolina. We wanted to get married in 2013, but it had to be a the end of the year because of Kevin's 3-month deployment in late summer/early fall. We ultimately chose December 7 because it didn't interfere with Thanksgiving or Christmas plans. We had a great wedding experience. I enlisted the help of my sister-in-law, Aletha Vander Maas of Pearls Events, to help with the planning because we wanted to get married in Grand Rapids, but I was living in Lake Orion (near Detroit), and Kevin was in North Carolina and then overseas. Aletha helped us find all of our vendors, which saved us a lot of time. During one week in July, Kevin and I were both in Grand Rapids and we did the marathon of meetings. We met with the caterer, florist, cupcake maker, minister, photographer, and church wedding coordinator within the span of 2 days. We decided on blue and white for our main color scheme with a hint of red. The wedding day was perfect. Everything ran smoothly, and everyone had a wonderful time." Thank you Debbie for sharing your story and to Kellie Hetler for sharing their beautiful photos.

Vendors: Planning & Design:  Aletha, Pearls Events – Grand Rapids, MI // Ceremony Location:  Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church – Grand Rapids, MI // Reception Venue:  Frederick Meijer Gardens – Grand Rapids, MI // Bridal Gown:  Mori Lee from A’Dora Belle – Waterford, MI // Catering:  Applause Catering – Grand Rapids, MI // Cake & Cupcakes:  Mirabella Confections – Grand Rapids, MI // Floral Centerpieces and Bouquets:  Posh Petals – Grand Rapids, MI // Music & Entertainment:  Music Host Productions – Grand Rapids, MI // Hair Stylist:  Erin Brown // Make-up Artist:  Julie Strating

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