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Plus Wedding Wednesday: Beautiful Michigan Wedding by Amy Carroll


Plus Wedding Wednesday: Beautiful Michigan Wedding by Amy Carroll has teamed up with Pretty Pear Bride to bring you Real Wedding Wednesday’s. Each week Pretty Pear Bride founder and owner Shafonne Myers will bring you real plus size brides that you can relate to.


I absolutely love the way purple looks and especially for weddings. I was in awe while looking at these amazing pictures where the colors were purple, plum and platinum. LOVE!!! The bride and groom look so happy and in love. I love their theme, modern elegance. This has become such a popular theme but not many have been able to pull it off as glamorously as Rachel and Andy.

Bride’s name: Rachel

Groom’s name: Andy

Ceremony and Reception both took place on Sunday, September 6, 2009

We had an interfaith (Christian and Jewish) wedding ceremony, as I (Rachel) am Christian and the groom (Andy) is Jewish. We incorporated Jewish traditions such as a Chuppah and the breaking of the glass into the ceremony, along with common Christian traditions like a sand ceremony and traditional vows. We also signed a Ketubah, which was written in both English and Hebrew.

We held the reception at the Grand Rapids Hilton, as all of the groom’s family had to travel from his home state of Maine, and we thought our guests would appreciate the ease of having the reception at the same place they were staying. We made up welcome baskets for each room, with pamphlets of the weekend’s wedding-related events, a Grand Rapids visitors guide, bottles of water, aspirin, snacks, and such. To this day, we still get comments from friends and family members about how they could tell we went above and beyond to make everything easy and accommodating for them and how much fun they had because of it. This is EXACTLY what we wanted, and we’re thrilled that our guests noticed the effort that went into making them feel appreciated.

The theme for our wedding was modern elegance and our colors were plum, platinum and dark lavender. We used purple uplighting at the reception to completely transform the room (I highly recommend uplighting!), along with platinum linens on the guest tables, black chair covers with matching platinum sashes, and plum linens on the cocktail tables. This all helped give the ballroom the ultra modern and rich feel that we wanted.

Our first dance was to the beautiful “When I say I do” by Matthew West (which he actually wrote for his wife on the morning of their wedding day)!


Photographer: Amy Carroll Photography (

Videographer:  Baran Video (

Day of Coordinator:  Ele3 Events (

Floral:  Elements of Elegance (

Makeup:  Lindsey Smith (

Hair:  Emilio of Alex Emilio Salon (

Uplighting:  AV7 Weddings (

Paper Products:  Tulaloo Stationery Studio ( and Sondra’s Ink (

Ceremony location: The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe (, Grand Rapids, MI

Reception location: Hilton Grand Rapids (, Grand Rapids, MI

DJ:  Extreme Creative Entertainment (

String Quartet:  (

Dress:  Brides by Demetrio’s

Paper Products:  Tulaloo Stationery Studio ( for invitations, place cards, menus and bar signs, and Sondra’s Ink ( for programs (using a design inspired by Tulaloo).

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