So, you want a wedding unlike everyone else — something that will stun your friends on Instagram and be labeled anything but conventional. Perhaps that’s a vintage cottage winter wedding in the middle of nowhere at a private Airbnb, or maybe it’s at a regular venue with unique food options. Chances are, you’ve spent more hours on the internet than you care to admit looking for eccentric vendors to make your special day different than the rest. Close your laptop, grab a cup of joe, and read through our recommendations to make your wedding truly unique.
Sam Vanderlist has been in the business for 15 years, cultivating a relaxed, chill vibe. So it’s no surprise that she’s “hands off — as much as I can be.” In her off-season, she “macramés all kinds of shit” and is renovating a camper van. We asked the elopement and wedding photographer to share some inside scoops on how to have the best photo session.
Your surly grandmother somehow isn’t on the seating chart. The DJ might be a few hours late. Looking back, spending all your time on Pinterest looking at floral crowns for your flower girl’s doll might not have been a great use of your time.
We all have our summer mainstays — our favorite beaches, campgrounds and festivals — but there’s nothing like trying something new to create lasting memories. And until you make new friends, it can be difficult to find that “something new.” Well don’t worry, because we’re your friends now. Our writers have hand-picked some of our favorite hidden gems and perennial favorites for you to enjoy. Make it your goal to give even one (or two, or five) a try before summer disappears.
The farmers’ market was locavore and farm-to-table before those buzz terms existed. An idea as old as civilization itself, outdoor markets full of locally harvested produce and goods have always functioned as a social glue, where families can meet the people responsible for getting food onto their tables.
The holidays are over and your schedule is clear — cue the search for hip ideas and happy and fresh feelings for your wedding. There’s so many ways to go about it, so we asked Heyday Lab, a local wedding planning service, about what’s chic and what will make this day perfectly you.
There’s no need to take the same boring walk around the block for the umpteenth time, forcing your pup to smell the same mailboxes over and over, considering West Michigan is stacked with dog-friendly areas.
It’s time to expand your pet’s world. Get out there and explore!
Jennifer Waters was born and raised in West Michigan, went on to get a journalism degree from Michigan State University and spent time on the East Coast and in Chicago. However, 13 years ago, she moved back to West Michigan and by 2011 found her true passion in life: pet photography. Her company, Grumpy Pups Pet Photography, recently rebranded with a new name — Happy Dog Mom — and she is busy as ever, taking super-cute portraits and snapping shots for the Detroit Dog Rescue and at events like the Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelter days.
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