The moment this New Jersey couple decided they wanted to get married near the water, Alana, who grew up visiting Mackinac Island in the summers as a Girl Scout service guide, suggested a destination wedding on Mackinac. “It was my idea of a dream wedding,” she says. And just as soon as her husband-to-be stepped off the ferry onto this idyllic freshwater island for the first time, the dream was a done deal. After exploring the island, they chose the historic, luxurious Mission Point Resort as their venue and a gazebo right on the water’s edge as their ceremony spot.
Close to 90 friends and family members traveled to the island for the celebration, with almost everyone staying right at Mission Point.
On the eve of the wedding, the couple and their guests took an Arnold Transit Co. ferry on a private cruise around the island, with a dinner catered by Patrick Sinclair’s Irish Pub.
The ceremony started at 5 o’clock Saturday evening, and—ideal timing—just as a cool breeze came in off the lake, guests moseyed up to the Summit Room to start the cocktail hour. Before heading up to join them, Alana and William took a moment to bask in their day in Mission Point’s trademark Adirondack chairs, overlooking Lake Huron.
Alana’s dress is from the Barcelona design house Pronovias (“I loved the antique-y Spanish lace,” she says; she found it at a boutique in Chicago. Weber’s Floral and Gift on the island created her bouquets, but the flower in her hair is silk: “I didn’t want it to wilt by the end of the night!” Alana, her bridesmaids, mother and mother-in-law all had their wedding-day hair done at Seventh Heaven Spa and Salon at Mission Point Resort.
The celebration took place in Mission Point Resort’s Summit Room. Guests dined on crab cakes with Chardonnay butter sauce and a grilled New York strip steak. Guests of all ages had a blast on the wedding weekend; during the down time they took carriage rides, rented bikes or took advantage of the lawn bowling, croquet and tennis, all right on the resort grounds.
The cake was created by Kim Sperl of Bella e Dolce in Cheboygan. “That cake was delicious!” says Alana. The couple ordered two flavors: Irish cream cake with chocolate buttercream and pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling.
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