The Homestead Resort

Amy Carroll

Everyone at Daisy Rizzo and Greg Deau’s wedding made a grand entrance. Guests and the bridal party rode up a ski hill by chairlift to a sweeping patio overlooking the Manitou Islands. Staff at The Homestead, a golf and ski resort nestled in the bluffs of Lake Michigan, were on hand to assist.

Pixel—the couple’s dog—made an earnest flower girl adorned with Daisy’s namesake bloom. “Greg has this whistle that I can’t even do. She tucks tail and hauls, so she just came running down the aisle,” says Daisy. Post ceremony, Daisy and Greg took a romantic chairlift ride while their guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the patio of the rustically elegant reception site, Mountain Flowers Lodge. Daisy and Greg wanted a relaxed reception with homespun touches like wildflowers in Mason jars and homemade tin can lanterns. “We had a reusable, eco-friendly thing going on,” says Daisy.

After mingling and dancing all evening, Daisy asked The Homestead staff to deliver a dinner and cake back to the newlywed suite. (She took a cue from a friend who, on her wedding night, hit the drive-thru.) It was a cozy dinner for two to cap off the perfect day.

Thanks to the internet, The Homestead wedding coordinator and day-of coordinator Aletha VanderMaas of Grand Rapids’ Pearls Events, the Plainwell couple could plan their wedding remotely. Photographer Amy Carroll snapped the wedding party at The Homestead beach and Daisy by the waterfall behind Mountain Flowers Lodge. Parasols offer shade on a hot day and softer light for photos—Daisy found inexpensive ones at Greg’s dad crafted handmade signs from wood culled from Daisy’s grandparents’ barn, and she hand-lettered them. She also gave weekend-appropriate bridesmaid gifts—lined bikini bags for wet bathing suits.

Daisy stamped table numbers on simple wooden slates; her mom gets credit for collecting different sizes of antique blue canning jars. Florist Marla Courtney Wood of Interlochen created the wild, natural bouquets and centerpieces. Daisy never wanted fondant until she tasted Jennifer Dontz’s of Sugar Delites in Manistee. “She makes it with white chocolate and has buttercream underneath,” Daisy says. Glass artist Jerry Harty, whose work is at Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor, made the heart cake topper.

Daisy found her Novissima dress at a trunk show at September’s Bride in Holland. The veil, made with Russian birdcage net, was custom from Jennifer Leigh. The place cards, designed by Daisy, were nestled in moss inside antique boxes from Plainwell Canning Company. Guests moved back and forth between the dance floor, music from Traverse City’s Harbor View Entertainment, and the Mountain Flowers Lodge patio, which features an outdoor fireplace.

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Photography: Amy Carroll, Amy Carroll Photography, 616-460-6638
Venue: The Homestead, America’s Freshwater Resort, 231-334-5000

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Photo(s) by Amy Carroll