Real Wedding: Fall Vineyard Wedding in Michigan

Real Wedding: Fall Vineyard Wedding in Michigan

Our partners at 1928 Planning Co. have developed a really stellar process for guiding couples through wedding planning. One of our favorite parts of this process is getting some back-story from couples. It’s a few seemingly simple questions that results in us hearing the most amazing stories. Grace & David came through with some fabulous background and we knew from the start, this was going to be a fun outdoor fall wedding filled with really personal touches. 

Although Grace & David live in Chicago, they have a strong connection to Michigan and have been visiting this area with their respective families for years. So when deciding where to get married, their shared Michigan history and love of Michigan fall, made the choice to get married here easy. They chose The Vineyard because it fit their vision for an outdoor fall wedding that would showcase their unique style.

If you’re thinking an outdoor fall wedding might also fit your vibe, please reach out to get some info! Or if you find yourself still on the fence about having a fall outdoor wedding, let us help with some pros and cons based on our experiences.


To show their appreciation for Michigan fall, Grace & David added some great personal touches that truly take advantage of the season. The wedding party wore black and white to allow the natural fall colors surrounding them to stand out. Guests were treated to the very fall-esque treats of donuts and taffy apples for dessert and were able to enjoy them alongside the cozy fire pit. And if all of this didn’t already show their guests how appreciated they were, Grace & David also had a basket of warm pashmina’s to snuggle up in and a hand sanitizer station (a considerate gift of safety in this post-Covid world!).

So much of the decor fit perfectly together to create a cohesive design of simplicity and natural beauty. From the rustic farmhouse tables to the elegant crystal chandelier, each piece chosen balanced the others for an informal but classicly beautiful wedding. Greenery garlands adorned the long tables while centerpieces of white hydrangea, garden roses, and hybericum berry were the focal point for others.

Upon arriving at The Vineyard, guests were greeting with wine tasting and a welcome bar to get the party started on the right foot! Stationed appetizers included the always delicious bacon wrapped dates (I swear, you would love these despite their name!) and tomato bisque shooters with mini grilled cheese. Dinner was served from a choice of three options including CK Catering’s Maple Whiskey chicken. There was even a late night snack of quesadilla’s, walking tacos, and a nacho bar to ensure no one left hungry.


Overall, Grace & David’s outdoor fall wedding was the perfect showcase for their love and the extent this couple went to share that love with friends and family. Thank you for letting us be part of such a wonderful day!

You can check out Grace & David’s full gallery below along with shoutouts to their amazing team of vendors that made it all possible!



Venue: The Vineyard at 12 Corners

Planner: 1928 Planning Co.

Catering: CK Catering

Bar Service: Beverage Specialists

Rentals: 1928 Planning Co. (Napa tables, Victoria table, gold dessert trays, wood arch, fire pit, lounge furniture)

Lighting: Schades of Light (Cafe bulbs, crystal chandelier)

Florist: Flowers by Anna

Photographer: Just For a Moment, Weddings by Jessica Eileen

Band/DJ: Kaleidoscope Events

Baker: Froehlic’s Bakery

Transportation: Royal Excursion




Grace & David’s October Michigan vineyard wedding was a mix of rustic fall touches and classic elegance. Guests enjoyed the outdoor fire pit, cozy pashmina’s and wine tasting prior to the ceremony.


The ceremony took place in the apple orchard at The Vineyard. There will 8 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen to make up the wedding party. Grace’s Father was the officiant and nieces and nephews were honored at the ring bearers and flower girl.


Grace & David made sure to show their appreciation to guests who were treated to a welcome drink, wine tasting, plated meal and a full round of late night snacks. The happy couple even used David’s Grandmother’s glasses for toasting.


Grace & David reside in Chicago but shared a mutual love of Michigan where both families have been vacationing for years. Although the pair had known each other for years before dating, it was only a happy accident that they shared a long car trip together to start up a romance.

How to Plan a Classic Wedding in Michigan

How to Plan a Classic Wedding in Michigan

There is something about classic wedding photos that make us feel nostalgic and innocent, hearkening back to a simpler time. No wonder we find that engaged couples gravitate toward the elegance of a wedding style that draws on classic decor, food, dress and ambiance.

Luckily, crisp, elegant, and memorable weddings never go out of style – it’s about looking past all the fads and choosing elements that have remained truly timeless. These styling tips will help you plan a wedding that transcends time by incorporating traditional and classic touches in a fresh way that’s still very “now” in a style we at the Vineyard at 12 Corners call Classic Elegance.































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Choose An Elegant Backdrop

When it comes to choosing a venue, think elegant and simple – a subtle canvas upon which you can layer some more traditional and classic elements without it feeling over-done. At southwest Michigan wedding venue, The Vineyard at 12 Corners, we find that the combination of a classic white tent and the additional touch of a winery, perhaps with wine-themed decor, set against a view of the vineyard, create a perfect backdrop for a classically elegant wedding. 



































Keep Decor Timeless 

Classic neutrals like black, white, and grey can be blended with deeper colors like navy and emerald hues for effect, and you might incorporate metallics for an upscale, extra-elegant feeling. Light, summery colors can work, too – in this case, blending soft shades like pink, white, and natural tan can create a romantic feeling.  






















Floral arrangements will often center around well-known flowers like roses, dahlias, hydrangeas and peonies, often in a simple color palette and large arrangements. You can’t go wrong incorporating florals into table decor, along with small touches like chargers and flat napkin folds to add extra sophistication to tablescapes. Additional touches like personalized guest books in colors and lettering that match invitations and guest place cards can be a nice touch. 

































Let us help you plan the classic wedding of your dreams!

Whatever you do, don’t overlook lighting: luxurious, elegant elements like large chandeliers add flair, while more delicate details like string lights and lots of candles add to the romance. When used together in the right combinations, your lighting scheme can guarantee great photos.  



































A Traditional Experience

When it comes to the itinerary, a Classic Elegance wedding typically sticks to the tried-and-true. At the Vineyard at 12 Corners we find that most couples planning a Classically Elegant wedding choose to offer a cocktail hour with passed appetizers, a full bar with a signature cocktail or two and a traditional seated dinner. If a late-night snack is on the menu, it’s usually a caterer-created option that’s easy for guests to grab. Traditional, tiered wedding cakes are common in this style of wedding as well. 






















You’ll likely lean into the most recognizable order of events, too, from the toasts and speeches to classic wedding dances. If you do choose to shake things up by changing the typical lineup or incorporating unusual activities, keep those surprises sparing to maximize impact and maintain the classic feel.


































Let’s Get Started

Ready to bring Classic Elegance to your wedding at the Vineyard at 12 Corners? Our beautiful, elegant winery setting offers the perfect backdrop for the timeless wedding of your dreams, with plenty of flexibility to use the space in creative ways to make your experience unforgettable. Contact us and we’ll get started!

Vineyard Wedding: Melissa & Philip

Vineyard Wedding: Melissa & Philip










Melissa and Philip were married on July 21st











Wedding Photography was done by Lauren Crawford.












The wedding party included eight bridesmaids












and eight groomsmen.





















Because of the weather, the couple utilized their rain plan for the ceremony. Two rows of chairs were put on the dance floor and most guests watched from their tables.













































A chair in the front row was dedicated to the bride’s grandfather.










































The wedding program handout doubled as a personal fan.














































The groom was escorted by his mother.















































The bride was escorted by her father.



The groom’s father was the officiant.

Their wedding cake was ordered from Amisha Mays.


Transportation was through B&W Charters.


Guests left messages using metallic markers on this wooden decoration with their last initial printed on it.


Guests found their seats by referring to a printed gold framed poster.


For their head table, they rented a Napa from 1928 Planning Co.


Table numbers were printed in gold frames.



Centerpieces featured floating white candles, tea light candles, and long strips of greenery with light pink and white flowers.


Florals were done by Stem’s Market.


Guests received a bundle of Hershey’s Kisses on their place setting.


This embroidery hoop decoration was hung on the bar.


Cocktail tables were decorated with gold, geometric vases and tea lights.


Lighting was done by Schades of Light


Wine barrels were from 1928 Planning Co.


Alcohol and bartending service was provided by Beverage Specialists.


The DJ was with Wiser Productions.



Thank you to Melissa and Philip Champion for choosing our venue to celebrate their wedding.


Vineyard Wedding: Elizabeth & Dave

Vineyard Wedding: Elizabeth & Dave

Elizabeth and Dave were married on July 7th, 2018.





















They had one bridesmaid and one groomsmen.


The bride was escorted by her parents.


Two elegantly potted plants served in place of the traditional arch.


There were two officiants.


The guests were given small bubble containers to blow after the ceremony.


Two baskets containing bubbles and paper fans were set out on a chair next to a decorative stack of crates.


The centerpieces consisted of a wine bottle, a bundle of flowers in a wine glass and a photo that depicted the table ‘number’.


The bride and groom sat at a sweetheart table.


The tables featured white linens with a purple plate-folded napkin. The meal through CK Catering was family style.


The couple chose a live band called The Bluewater Kings to play at the reception.


They added a second tent from AAY’s Event Rental for the bar to be outside of the main tent space.


Alcohol and bartending service was provided by Beverage Specialists, with the wine coming from 12 Corners Winery.


The cake and desserts were from Froelich Bakery.


They chose to have a wide variety of individual desserts as well as a traditional wedding cake.


Photography was done by Kitty Lee Photography.

Vineyard Wedding: Melissa & Frank

Vineyard Wedding: Melissa & Frank

Frank and Melissa.


Frank and Melissa were married on September 22, 2018.


There were about 120 guests attending. Click here to view their layout.



Their comically cool wedding at the vineyard began with their ceremony at 4:30pm.


Crystal Florist provided these lily based arrangements as well as all florals.


This couple had a love for Marvel, specifically the Hulk.


As guests arrived to the tent, they picked out their name to find their table number.

They went for a clean white linen with an ivory napkin in a flat fold. Dinner style was buffet.

A glass bowl filled with clear decorative rocks with flower heads placed on top served as the centerpiece upon a natural wood platter.


The welcome handout was a Hulk shade of green.


The barrels and arch were rentals from 1928 Planning Co.


For dessert, they served cupcakes from Mimi’s cupcakes. Placing them on a tower like this is a cute alternative to the traditional wedding cake. The topper features a silhouette of Hulk and his wife and Melissa and Frank’s three cats.


They chose to decorate the tent with a package from Schades of Light.


Photography was done by Sweet Lemon Drop.

The wedding party consisted of six bridesmaids and eleven groomsmen.


The photobooth was done by Flip N Sweet.


They had an elegant card box.


Bartending was done by Beverage Specialists, with wine coming from 12 Corners.


27 Entertainment was the DJ for their wedding.

Again… Sweet Lemon Drop Photography.


Melissa and Frank’s fun personalities were excellently incorporated into their wedding.


Thank you for letting our team here at White Space Events and 1928 Planning Company be apart of your wedding day.


Vineyard Wedding: Alda & Davis

Vineyard Wedding: Alda & Davis



On July 21, 2017, Alda and Davis were married at 12 Corners Vineyards. The couple and their 150 wedding guests celebrated at the Vineyard at 12 Corners.


















































Their wedding photographer was Michael Koch Photography. His work is amazing; check him out here:



It is rare that a couple decides to walk down the aisle together, but we absolutely loved it. It really gives impression that they are in this together.



Their officiant was a family friend.



There were seven bridesmaids and five groomsmen. If your party numbers aren’t symmetrical, this can be an easily worked into the lineup by walking in groups of three.



The wedding party wore sage colored dresses and light grey suits. All of the floral colors were soft pastels to go along with the theme. Florals were done by Kelsey Zielke.



Adding a personalized chalkboard, this one rented from 1928 Planning Company, helps transition the space from ceremony to reception.



They opted to have a 48” round sweetheart table, with chairs that matched the rest of the reception’s.



This combination of mini cheesecakes and gourmet donuts looks gorgeous and tastes even better. The desserts were done by Amanda Marie’s Bakery. The natural wood towers gave a rustic touch to the display.



The bridesmaid’s bouquets were set in vases on the tables as centerpieces. This is a great way to get more use out of your florals and the girls can still take them home at the end of the night.



Beverage Specialists of Southwest Michigan are our exclusive bartending service.


The DJ chosen to keep this dance floor full of fun was a friend of theirs, DJ Awa.


This large piece of lightly stained wood served as their guest book. Once its full of messages from your family and friends, I imagine it would make a lovely home decor piece.



The tables were a simple white linen with a dusty rose colored napkin in a flat fold. The dinner service package through CK Catering was buffet style. A late night snack of sub sandwiches and cheese and crackers was served.



The tent was lit by the Schades of Light cafe bulbs that were strung across the width of it.




Thank you to Alda and Davis for choosing our venue for their happy occasion. This wedding was one to remember.