A Whimsical Formal Wedding in Pale Blue and Fuchsia Hues in Michigan

Frances and Andrew


When Frances and Andrew tapped planner and Martha Stewart Weddings contributor David Stark to plan their big day, they gave him just two directives: Use the colors in Frances's favorite D. Porthault fabric pattern (blue, fuchsia, orange), and make the day feel just like her mother's did: "joyous and family-oriented." The result? A fanciful setting on family property filled with live music, whimsical details, and larger-than-life landscaping.

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The Fashions

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Andrew, sporting J.Crew, embraced Frances, who wore a vintage gown purchased by her grandmother at Saks Fifth Avenue in the 1950s. The dress, which was also worn by the bride's mother, was updated with a dyed-to-match paper veil commissioned from Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave.

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Groomsmen Gifts

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Andrew gave each of his groomsmen a tie in a keepsake lacquered box.

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The Ring Bearer

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The ring bearer was decked out in a J. Crew seersucker suit playfully paired with Converse.

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Eclectic Elements

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A golden egg was one of the many whimsical surprises that guests encountered.

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The Welcome Gifts


These canvas welcome baskets were packed with a list of cultural activities and snacks, including homemade granola.

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The Ceremony


The stunning ceremony space was nestled in a courtyard between the garden and the house.

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Father Daughter

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Just outside the greenhouse, Frances and her father began the processional march into the garden as a seven-piece string orchestra performed henry Purcell's "Chaconne."

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The Recessional


A judge and friend of the bride's family served as officiant.

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Family Time

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The bride and groom, flanked by her family on either side, pose for a picture.

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The Sheep


Lalanne sheep statues were grazing in a meadow of daisies, while nearby in a tree house, a lute, flute, and cello trio greeted guests.

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Cocktail Hour


Cucumber martinis helped keep the 150 wedding-goers cool, while Lalanne dove chair-sculptures kept them amused.

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Giant Chickens


Larger-than-life "chickens" crafted from boxwood stood tall.

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The Hors d'Oeuvres


Hors d'oeuvres included wild mushroom arancini with fontina Val d'aosta.

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Elegant Bites

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Truffled grilled-cheese sandwiches with celery relish were served in tiny bites.

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The Tablescape


Custom pale blue linen napkins with fuchsia trim from D. Porthault topped each setting, and bamboo-inspired cutlery lent a casual sensibility to the Paola Navone plates.

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The First Course

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Frances's favorite part of the wedding decor was the place settings, which coordinated with the Porthault fabric tablecloth. The first course: a slow-cooked farm egg, fennel puree, artichoke crisps, and morels.

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Colorful Staff

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Servers sported in-palette jackets that were custom-made in Milan.

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The Pool


A reflective pool was set for guests to hang out around, creating a lounge area.

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A Custom Crest

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A crest above the stage in the tent echoed the design on the stationery.

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The Guest Book

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A quill-like pen using paper rather than a feather accompanied the D. Porthault fabric-swathed guest book.

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A Slice of Cake


Dinner (during which Parisian sister act Les Nubians played under a paper moon) was capped by the cutting of a chocolate cake. the family recipe was prepared by the bride's family's chef and decorated with fresh flowers from the garden."We just had to share it with everybody," says the bride.

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A selection of mini treats matched the Porthault fabric.

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Photography: Aaron Delesie

Event Planning, Decor, and Flowers: David Stark Design & Production

Catering: Olivier Cheng Catering & Events

Stationery and Calligraphy: Bernard Maisner

Custom Crest: Happy Menocal

Guest Book: Boutique by Cypress

Music: Apollo's Fire; Les Nubians

Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

Lighting: Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging

Tents: Partytime-HDO Productions

DJ: DJ Pirahnahead

Audio: Aerial Enterprises (810-231- 2500)

Additional Rentals: Special Events Rental

Draping: Show Supplies

Hair and Makeup: Emile Salon & Spa

Bride's Earrings: Taffin

Groomsmen Ties: Salvatore Ferragamo

Transportation: 4 Star Inc. (248-682-1800)

Fabric Basket Bag: VintageJamie

Paper Bag with Window: Plastic Bags for You

Colored Tissue Paper: Paper Mart

Tube: M&J Trimming

Caramels: Knudsens

Lacquer Box: West Elm

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