Real Weddings

Industrial and Traditional Grand Rapids Wedding

Hands down, Cheney Place is one of the most interesting venues we've laid our eyes on. The exterior and interior are strikingly industrial, but upon further examination, the minute details and the furniture pieces are vintage. Harmonizing the two motifs are no easy feat, and it takes an open mind to take such an idea on. Monica and Blane ultimately had an industrial and traditional Grand Rapids wedding that definitely opened our minds to blending some of the most starkly different wedding designs.

Fall weddings brings out multitudes of creativity and dabbling in playing with colors and styles akin to the season. When Monica and Blane sought out a venue, they knew they wanted to host their guests at an elegant wedding at a rustic/industrial area. It's fascinating because their overall wedding style is elegant, refined, and simple with traditional tones. Even the pair's attire is so uncomplicated; a delicate crepe dress with plunging neckline for Monica and a dapper black tuxedo for Blane. Yet for their florals by Stems Market and overall design, it emanates a feel of classical whimsy with a dash of eclectic. We have to pause here: how many more descriptions can we use before we run out to describe this eye-catching wedding?

How did you meet?

Blane and I (Monica) meet each other through dentistry. Blane was doing clinical rotations in his 4th year of dental school. Luckily he was sent to the dental clinic I was currently working as a dental assistant. He was kind and we became friends. We stayed in touch and a few months later he asked me on a date. The rest is history! 

What is your proposal story?

We went on a rustic camping  trip to Mio, Michigan. We both love the outdoors and attempting to “live off the land”. Our fur baby, Remma was with us and we took a walk to the nearest river, to wash up and replenish our water stock. While enjoying a picnic made of trail mix, water and whiskey, Blane got down on one knee right on the river bank and asked me to be his wife. It was pure bliss. We spent the rest of our camping trip dreaming of the future in peaceful solitude with no cell service to share the news immediately. It was a magical weekend that we will never forget. 

What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

We chose to splurge on food as I am a total foodie and it was very important for me that this was represented. However, even though our caterer was phenomenal, he was also very affordable. We skipped on a videographer in order to book our ideal photographer. I’d say that the music and food were the two things we were concerned about To ensure our guests had a great time. The photographer (Carrie House) was for us and our family, so we can look back on the most important day of our lives. 

What were your favorite parts of the day?

The ceremony. Honestly, the party was a blast and seeing all of our Family and friends was amazing. However, marrying each other is why we were all there and what a great feeling it was!

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Just make sure it represents you. At the end of the day, you’re married. That’s the goal, right? There will ALWAYS be things you would change and mistakes will be made, but in the end, none of that really matters. Remember to savor the day because in a blink of an eye, it’s over.