Grand Traverse Resort Wedding

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Jonathan Thrasher

This grand affair at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa began with the rehearsal dinner on the shores of East Grand Traverse Bay. Guests mingled on the deck and beach at the resort’s Shores Beach Club, sipping margaritas and enjoying a specialty kebab menu.

The next morning groomsmen enjoyed golf at the resort’s Jack Nicklaus–designed championship course, The Bear, while the bride and her attendants indulged at Spa Grand Traverse.

The couple spent an intimate moment in the serene Aerie lounge on the resort’s 16th floor overlooking the bay, forests and orchards just before walking down the aisle.

And what an aisle it was—the 141-foot walkway leading from the doors of the hotels to the Pavilion created quite a grand entrance for the guests and, of course, the bride. After the ceremony, resort staff was at the ready, flawless in their white-gloved formal uniforms, to butler-pass jumbo shrimp, crab cakes with red pepper aioli and spanakopita. The Lower Michigan–based Spanish flamenco band Domingo and accompanying flamenco dancers entertained the guests before a luscious dinner and dancing in the resort’s Governors’ Hall.

The Governors’ Hall was a grand backdrop for the bride’s dream reception. “She wanted her guests to come in and say, Wow,” says special events manager Rachelle Grockau. A whole team from the Fenton florist and rental company Gerych’s came up with a semi the week of the wedding to stage the hall with special linens, white leather slipper chairs with custom pillows and rose balls hung from the ceiling. The resort’s chef created a filet and lobster dinner complete with a pink grapefruit sorbet intermezzo.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s pastry chef Carolyn Riley created the resort’s signature cake, La Dame Blanche—white cake with white chocolate cream over whole raspberries and raspberry puree, masked in Italian buttercream.

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Wedding photography: Jonathan Thrasher, Jonathan Thrasher Photography, 616-304-6924, jthrasherphoto.com
Facilities photography: CoreenE Smith, Tavla Studio, 231-715-6814
Venue: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, 800-748-0303

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