The Gold/Vernon Wedding

September 20, 2008

Guests from as far away as Sao Paulo, Brazil, Paris and Los Angeles traveled to Leanora and David’s wedding at the Inn at Bay Harbor. The ceremony took place on the Lake Lawn on the shore of Little Traverse Bay, one of the many outside ceremony venues offered by The Inn at Bay Harbor.

The romantic setting is tucked between the rambling, elegant, Victorian-style inn and the aquamarine bay. The couple said their I do’s under an arbor intertwined with flowers in shades of purples and pinks that were reminiscent of an English country garden. The bride’s brother walked her down the aisle. Her father officiated, reading the vows Leanora and David had written for each other, as well as a piece he’d written for the occasion.

“I feel like a bride in this,” Leanora said after she tried on her Ulla Maija gown from Marina Morrison in San Francisco. Nieces of the groom—ring bearer Tori and flower girl Cloey—in their Jenny Yoo dresses with flower wreathes in their hair. Leanora’s bouquet was a mix of mini calla lily, freesia, lisianthus, astilbe, trachelium and lavender. The bride’s veil was custom—simple ivory with plain edge, no finish and a classic comb.

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As the newly married couple walked back down the aisle, guests threw ecofriendly confetti (the bride made the purple cone-containers for the confetti). After a few family photos, the couple slipped off to their suite at the inn and enjoyed a Champagne toast alone before heading to the Bay Harbor Golf Club for the reception.

At the reception, romantic centerpieces, that included green and purple roses, purple lisianthus, purple astilbes, purple trachelium, Italian ruscus and lavender, complemented classic white linen tables. Maid of honor, Carrie Scott, tied sprigs of lavender with a purple ribbon for each guest. The lavender was a tribute to a trip the best friends took to Southern France, as well as trips David and Leanora have taken to Paris together. Many toasts, heartfelt and humorous, were given by the couple’s closest family and friends.

Guests dined at a plated dinner on miso glazed salmon, New York strip steak, ravioli and asparagus. The bride and groom mingled with guests and danced the night away before heading to their suite. The couple’s first dance as husband and wife was to Coldplay’s “Green Eyes,” a song chosen by David because Leanora has green eyes. Brunch at the resort’s Sagamore dining room was held the following morning for all wedding guests.


Jessica Johnston Photography, 734-786-8377,


The Inn at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor, 800-862-6963,

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