A Northern Michigan fall wedding at Traverse City’s Grand Traverse Resort celebrates Tatiana and Kyle in chic simplicity.

Since they first started dating as students at Western Michigan University, Tatiana and Kyle—both natives of Lower Michigan—began a tradition that would one day become the inspiration for their Northern Michigan wedding. Every year since 2007, they have taken a Northern Michigan wine tasting getaway with their family and friends to enjoy the vineyards and beautiful scenery of the Traverse City area. “Every time we went wine tasting, I said, we have to get married up here in the fall,” says Tatiana.

After Kyle asked for her hand in an elaborate proposal that included a hayride to a chandelier-lit hut in the forest, the couple began to look for Northern Michigan venues. From the moment they experienced the Grand Traverse Resort’s sweeping bay views, sophisticated feel, and all-inclusive convenience, they knew they had found the perfect place to become husband and wife.

Against the dramatic views of Grand Traverse Bay from Level 17 at the Grand Traverse Resort, the couple recited personalized vows written by Tatiana. To incorporate their love of local Northern Michigan wines, the couple shared a “wine ceremony” to symbolize their union in marriage. With white wine poured into a carafe by Tatiana and red poured by Kyle, the couple made a rosé, and then each took a sip of their blended new wine.

The décor of the wedding reception in Grand Traverse Resort’s Michigan Ballroom also incorporated elements of viticulture, with tables identified by different varieties of wine, empty bottles as place card holders, and large, cork-filled glasses as centerpieces. With warm creams, blushes, and deep burgundies, the color scheme evoked the style and charm of Northern Michigan’s wine culture. Splashes of gold matched the glowing ambiance of autumn Up North, bringing Tatiana’s dream of a beautiful fall wedding to life.

“We really wanted a simple, chic wedding, and to make sure that every one of our guests just had a really great time,” says Tatiana. After the reception dinner, the couple and their guests cut loose with music, dancing, and, of course, plenty of Northern Michigan wine.

Photography for the ceremony provided by Bryan and Mae Photography

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