Planning a Mackinac Island Wedding from Five Hours Away

Native Michiganders Mark Jordan and Kristin Yash are in the process of planning their dream wedding on Mackinac Island. Today, they give us an inside look at the process and their reasoning behind choosing the picturesque island for their wedding location.

We chose Mackinac Island as our location because it is the most beautiful place in Michigan and because it was where we had our first vacation together.

When we first picked our location we were not sure how it was going to work since it was five hours from home but the staff in particular the wedding coordinator, Alana, at The Island House changed our mind in an instant.  We had never been to The Island House previous to booking our venue. We fell in love with Alana and all of the staff we met that would be a part of our special day.

The best part about being five hours away is there was an excuse to travel to the island multiple times before the wedding. Not to mention that working with our wedding coordinator has made my life a breeze. She is so attentive to our needs, responds to emails and phone calls within seconds even after 11pm at night.  She is helping me the day of the wedding with setup and when we come up to visit it is like we are spending time with family and friends we have known for years.

Alana provided us with a detailed list of Mackinac Island Wedding vendors that again made for simple planning. In total, Mackinac Island Wedding vendors are providing flowers, party favors, carriage tours, wedding cake, DJ, Pastor and the rehearsal dinner.

We are so in love with where we picked, we would do it every year if we could. Best planning experience I have ever had due to amazing staff and location. For anyone planning a wedding with travelers coming from far distances, I highly recommend the Pellston airport; it is only 15 minutes away by taxi.

 

Mark Jordan (groom) is from Livonia, MI and Kristin Yash (Bride) is from Hartland, MI. We met in August 2011 in Royal Oak, MI. We currently live in Royal Oak, MI where we just built our first home in 2012. We got engaged on July 8, 2013 at Cliff Bells in Detroit, MI and we will be celebrating the big day on Sunday September 1, 2013 at The Island House on Mackinac Island. 

For more on Mackinac Island, visit michigan.org.

Get Pure Michigan FIT this Summer

If your Labor Day or summer travels land you in Michigan, the Michigan Fitness Foundation has plenty for you to do and many chances for you to be “Pure Michigan Fit.” From their annual Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run to other intiatives, there are a number of ways to get moving this summer. Read from their team below and visit michigan.org to see more ideas on staying active around Pure Michigan.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation and Pure Michigan FIT envision a healthier Michigan and provide tools and resources that promote physical fitness and health in Michigan while hosting and promoting events geared toward fostering healthy lifestyles. If you’re visiting the Great Lakes State and looking for a fun activity that promotes health, there are a many fitness and wellness events to participate in and you can help Get Michigan Moving!

The Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run is one of many fitness events hosted by the Michigan Fitness Foundation that aims to Get Michigan Moving. The Mackinac Bridge Run is a non-competitive five mile run that brings friends, families, and runners all across Michigan together and moving on Labor Day! The run is in its 10th year and it takes place on the beautiful Mackinac Bridge at sunrise on Labor Day. Hundreds of runners line the bridge and take part in the Michigan tradition of staying active on Labor Day.

We don’t just want to Get Michigan Moving, but keep Michigan moving and the Mackinac Labor Day Bridge Walk has kept Michiganders walking for the past 56 years. The Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk brings thousands of people, together on Labor Day to get active and celebrate the end of summer while promoting and encouraging physical activity. While many see Labor Day as a day of rest and a celebration of the end of summer, we see it as a day to come together and promote physical activity and fitness around the state.

The push to Get Michigan Moving is always in effect. There are many events around the state of Michigan that promote physical activity and fitness on Labor Day. If you’re visiting, check your nearby community to see if they’re hosting a Labor Day Community Walk event. Community Walk events are organized communities walks that bring people together and moving on Labor Day. This event allows you to take part in the Michigan tradition by being active while having fun and exploring the communities around you.

If you already have plans for Labor Day, don’t worry, there are many fitness and health events happening all summer long in Michigan! The Michigan Fitness Foundation has partnered with Pure Michigan FIT to endorse fitness events that are a part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series. This series highlights programs that promote physical fitness, wellness and healthy living. No matter where you land in Michigan or what you like, there is something for everyone to do. From 5k races to relay teams, there is a variety of fitness events to keep you moving all summer long.  A list of events can be found through the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s event finder tool.

If you want to spend your Labor Day being active and promoting physical activity and being Pure Michigan Fit, then visit the Mighty Mac and take part in Michigan’s tradition. Take part in Getting Michigan Moving, you’ll be glad you did.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by helping people eat healthy and be physically active. The Governor’s Council and Michigan Fitness Foundation works to bring about behavior change through programming, special projects and events that encourage citizens to build physical activity and sound nutrition into their daily routine.  By empowering, facilitating and celebrating healthy choices, we will foster prosperity for all.

15 Reasons to Love Summer in Michigan

Summer is officially underway in Pure Michigan! To celebrate the season, we asked fans on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram “What do you love most about summertime in Pure Michigan?”

From outdoor events and festivals to long days at the beach and much more, summer means something special to everyone. Below is a roundup of just some of our favorite responses from fans. If yours is missing, tell us in the comments section below what summer in Michigan means to you!

“Swimming in and boating on Lake Charlevoix, camping, Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix, Torch Lake, and Walloon Lake sunsets!! I LOVE where I live!!” –  Teena McKenney Haskin

“Driving down backroads at night racing with the lightning bugs, eating fresh blueberries and strawberries, hearing whip-poor-wills at night and the first lake swim of the season, among others. I love Michigan!” – Marlene Guyton

“Camping at the many state parks especially in the U.P., canoeing the Platte River, hiking endless miles of trails at Ludington State Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes, music at Interlochen, waterfalls and lighthouses, Higgins Lake, Warren Dunes, 4th of July fireworks on Silver Beach in St. Joseph and the Cherry Festival in Traverse City. So many great places….aaahhhhh Michigan how I love you!”  -Tracy Weber

“Warm, breezy days, and yards filled with flowers. Fresh cherries and strawberries and watermelon! Fresh veggies from farmer’s markets too! Love the wonderful beaches along the west coast and the fun towns nearby, like Saugatuck, Grand Haven and Traverse City. Love the beautiful lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. Love camping and cottage time and meeting visitors from all over the country! Tiger’s games and visiting all the suburbs of Detroit and the cool restaurants and bars, like Madison’s in Mt. Clemens! Up north, “The Bridge”, Mackinac Island… Really, what’s not to LOVE about Michigan in summertime! OH! And the first day of summer is my birthday too! So there you go! PURE Michigan, simply the best!” -Susan Van Dyke Bowersox

“Sitting on the bluffs in South Haven, enjoying ice cream from Captain Nemo’s.” – Jan Walters

“Everything! The lakes, summer fruits and vegetables, Woodward Dream Cruise, art shows, festivals, family birthdays and get-togethers, 4th of July fireworks, lightening bugs, listening to the frogs at night, graduations, and more!” –Nancy Perkins

“Crystal clear blue water, beautiful forests, the smell of pine and sand between my toes. There’s no place like home in the mitten.”  -Anita Hoogenstryd Boonstra

“Warm and beautiful days and cool evenings. Mustn’t forget the gazillion stars on a clear, summer night!” -Renee Cummins

“Making our annual trip “home” to the Manistee/Arcadia area to visit the family and state we love so much….Family bonfire by the lake is always the highlight” - Tracy Dan Daberkoe

“I love hiking in the Porcupine Mts. And secondly, walking the beach at Grand Haven. Then there’s Copper Harbor…so many awesome places.” – Nancy J Occhipinti

“Everything – sunrise in Caseville, beaches on the west shore from South Haven to Arcadia, wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and golf.” – Joel Roach

Concerts. Baseball. Exploring Up North. Classic cars, parades, and shows. Finding constellations in the starry sky. Fireworks over the water.” – Liz Rademacher

“What I love about summertime in Michigan is EVERYTHING!” – Whitney Reed

The Grand Haven beach town feel. Just moved back after 10 years in Minnesota and now I take none of the luxuries and privileges of this town for granted!!” – Ben Pierce

“Campfires till really late under a starry sky, and warm sand to bury my feet in. Silver Lake duning!” – Terry Ellyatt Klein

Why do you love summer in Michigan