Sara and Spencer's Pure Michigan Fairy Tale Wedding

Sara Romano and Spencer Baird were married at the Inn at Stonecliffe in Mackinac Island on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Today on our blog, Sara shares details from the couple's dream wedding.

Spencer and I chose to get married on Mackinac Island because my family spent time on the island while I was growing up. Knowing we wanted to be married by the water, I immediately thought of Mackinac Island.

We spent a full afternoon exploring venues on the island. We each shared a similar vision of what we wanted in a ceremony location, but for reasons unknown, we never had that “this is it” feeling!

After spending a full day searching the island, we stopped in at a local cafe. One of the locals happened to overhear us discussing our dream venue. He told us we had to make the trip up to the Inn at Stonecliffe. The next morning, we took that carriage ride.

During the ride to the Inn, we imagined our guests arriving in horse and carriage, and for the first time, we felt we may have found our location.  Upon arrival, as we entered the gates, we found ourselves in utter amazement as we took it all in. Through the tall trees, we caught a glimpse of the Inn at Stonecliffe, and immediately knew that it was simply perfect!  The historic estate was very inviting and because of its location on the West Bluff, was very secluded.

For our ceremony, we chose the hotels’ terraced lawn, with panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Having the Mackinac Bridge in the background of our photos of while taking our vows was so meaningful to us and our families!

After our ceremony, Spencer and I were picked up by a private carriage and whisked away to spend some time alone as husband and wife.  Our photographer captured some great moments during that ride!  As we rode through town, many of the tourists and locals waved to us. We felt like royalty!

Following our cocktail reception on the estate’s grounds, dinner took place in Stonecliffe’s tented pavilion overlooking the Straits and the Mackinac Bridge. The tent was decorated with Chinese paper lanterns, and ornamental bamboo was placed in vases surrounded by tea lights as our table centerpieces.  Roses, Gerbera Daisies and Stephanotis blossoms decorated the head table and wedding cake.

The dinner menu featured a mixed gilled of filet and chicken breast followed by wedding cake and a sweet table with assorted petit fours.  After dinner our DJ played all our favorite songs while our guests danced the night away.  As our event drew to a close, some guests retired to their guestrooms at The Inn at Stonecliffe, while others jumped onto waiting carriages to head downtown to continue the celebration!

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