Jessica and Edward Marshall describe themselves as outdoorsy, romantic and old souls, so they knew that the rustic feel of Frog Pond Village in Interlochen was the perfect place for their wedding. The story of their wedding day was originally published in MyNorth Wedding 2015: A Magazine for Couples Who Love Northern Michigan.
When Jessica was working at a restaurant in Livonia, Michigan, she unknowingly befriended her future husband’s sister. His sister would always say to her, “You’re the female version of my brother.” Sure enough they were a matched pair: eight years later, Jessica and Edward married at Frog Pond Village in Interlochen.
The Northwoods elegance of the wedding venue suited Jessica and Edward, who describe themselves as outdoorsy, romantic and old souls. “We love that it had a rustic feel but with modern conveniences,” Jessica says. “It wasn’t too over-the-top.”
Jessica and Edward, both full-time graduate students at Wayne State, planned the wedding while attending school. Jessica’s mother, Ann Marie Bourgoin, was an integral part of the process. Jessica wanted the wedding to have a vintage, almost fairy-tale feel, which took her all over the Midwest to find dresses to match that mood, finally settling on a ball gown style wedding dress and pale pink bridesmaid dresses with ruffle details. “I chose pale pink shades because I wanted it to look gentle against the lush green colors of Frog Pond Village,” says Jessica. “Lighter colors seemed soft and romantic.”
All images: Molly Bea Photography
The wedding took place on a beautiful, clear day in August inside Frog Pond’s Bullfrog Chapel, where the fresh Northern Michigan breeze blew through open windows. After the ceremony, guests were treated to a cocktail hour complete with cheeses and fruit from Grandview Catering. The evening’s menu began with a salad dressed in lemon basil dressing and continued on to herb-crusted pork, chicken stuffed with sundried tomatoes, and roasted redskin potatoes. The lemon-flavored cake was as light and sweet as the summer night.
Throughout the evening, guests took Polaroid pictures of each other, then pinned them to a clothesline so they could be admired and laughed over. Jessica, Edward, and their friends and family danced the night away under a wood-beamed ceiling that sparkled with twinkling lights. The party finally dwindled around midnight—quite fitting for a fairy-tale wedding.