“I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” -The Chaos of Stars
A woman’s wedding day is often viewed as the biggest day of her life – a dream since she was just a little girl. It’s the night she marries her love, her best friend, and her forever roomie.
Although… it’s not until you’re planning a wedding that you really realize all that goes into this magical day.
Therefore, each month we’re choosing one West Michigan bride to feature her wedding day and all the fun, crazy steps in between.
Bring on the stress, the laughter, the tears, the romance, the nerves, the “bridezilla” moments, and much more!
*Meet Mrs. February, Marion Luxem.*
Tell us your engagement story…
We we’re in Colorado visiting my best friend. We went on a hike at Mt. Cutler when I noticed Sean acting weirder than usual haha. He took me to the edge of a cliff then he popped the question with my besties all around!
Who was your photographer? Where did you take pictures throughout the day?
Avery Phillips! She rocks. She started taking photos of us getting ready in our hotel room at Shoreline Inn, then we did our first look at the pier outside the hotel. We hopped on a trolley and took pictures at a Pier Marquette before heading to the church.
What month did your wedding take place?
What was your venue & why did you choose it?
The Lake House- we love the water and wanted a lake/beach themed wedding. It was amazing to be right on the water. Our guests could hang on the boardwalk all night long.
Who was your band or DJ? Are they from the area?
Our family friend, Pete, was our DJ. He also rocks.
What was your favorite part of the planning process?
Well, I’m pretty Type-A so I thrive on planning. However, I was working 2 jobs at the time so I was very thankful that Lake House included most things and Chalet Floral was heaven sent.
What is one thing you wish you would’ve done on your wedding day that you didn’t?
Nothing major- everything was perfect, but I do wish I had a little bit more time alone with my dad before the ceremony.
Did you do a first look? Why or why not?
Yes! Our ceremony was later in the day, so it just kind of worked out that way. But I’m so thankful we got our nerves out of the way and it made the day flow so much easier.
What was your least favorite part of the planning process?
How involved was the groom in planning the wedding?
Let’s just say I’m the planner.
Where did you find your bridesmaids’ dresses? Were they all the same or different styles?
Revelry! They were all the same style, but different shades of blue.
Favorite moment from your wedding day?
We arranged to arrive to the reception by boat. We managed to have some extra time to kill so we got some extra time alone on the lake before the rest of the night carried on.
Describe your wedding dress & where did you find it?
Simple, boho with lace. I got is for $250 at David’s Bridal! Total score.
Did you have a Bachelorette party? If so, where did it take place and what did you do?
Yes! My girls got us a room at Amway Plaza. We had a spa day at Lex Facial Bar, had dinner at GR Brewing Company, partied at the hotel for a bit then hit the town.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you have received?
Don’t sweat the little things.
What’s your best advice for staying on a wedding budget? / Where could you have saved better?
Set your budget as soon as possible! Then there won’t be any last minute surprises. I mean maybe floral….. but it was totally worth it.
Where did you get your bouquet? Was it from a place in West Michigan?
Chalet in Muskegon!
What was on your wedding menu & who catered?
Lake House catered our wedding. It was part of package there. We had honey mustard chicken/ top sirloin with mashed potatoes and garlic carrots. I still think about that meal.
What was your biggest ‘bridezilla’ moment?
Ask Sean. I think I was an angel.
What wedding detail was worth the money / splurge?
Video!!! I absolutely recommend paying for video. Ingalls Pictures was incredible and even produced a teaser by the end of the night that we could show at the reception.
Best idea that you stole (from Pinterest, magazine, or other wedding)?
Hmmm maybe my wedding favors. We did succulents with a tag I designed that said “let love grow”.
What’s YOUR best advice for brides-to-be?
Start planning early. We were engaged for a year and a half so I just plugged away at it little by little and made it so much easier as the big day got closer.