The Blakely/Payne Wedding

August 9, 2008

The rustic elegance of Frog Pond Village in Interlochen was the perfect backdrop for the chocolate brown, deep pink and lime color palette of Megan and Rob’s wedding. The downstate couple chose Frog Pond for its lovely 10 acres of ponds, gardens and woods, and because the ceremony and reception could be held at the same venue.

Wearing a strapless mermaid gown with beaded seam detail, Megan walked down the aisle of the open-air chapel beneath lush cascading ferns set atop poles to look like Northwoods palm trees. The bridesmaids’ chocolate-colored dresses complemented the groomsmen’s khaki suits. The tone-on-tone bouquets of black baccara roses with cymbidium orchids were designed by Frog Pond Village’s co-owner and on-site florist, Karen Jackson-Snyder.

After the ceremony the couple slipped away for photos beside Ellis Lake. Meanwhile guests mingled at the outdoor bar—lit by candles, white lights and the starry Northern night sky—while waiters passed hors d’oeuvres. Chocolate brown cocktail napkins with gold inscriptions of the new couple’s names were a lovely touch at the outside bar.

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A beautifully-plated dinner by Grandview Catering was served in the ballroom bedecked with white lights and white swag hung from the ceiling. Espresso-colored tablecloths with lime napkins were complemented by the centerpieces that Jackson-Snyder created by filling clear, tall vases with limes and bouquets of branches tied with crystal beads and orchids. For a fresh twist, Jackson-Snyder grew wheatgrass on a thin slice of bark and used it as a nest for place cards. A giant Champagne bottle and a metallic pen stood in for the old-fashioned guest book.  As they took their seats, guests found decoratively wrapped chocolates in the shape of P’s (for Payne) on their plates.

The bride’s aunt made the wedding cake at her home in Big Rapids, then drove it up the day of the wedding.


Coreene Smith, Tavla Studio, 231-715-6814,


Frog Pond Village, Interlochen, 231-357-9128,

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