Megan & Cade had a beautiful early spring wedding at Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan. Their yellow and grey color scheme with pops of green was perfect for their early spring wedding; it’s one of my favorite spring palettes. Paul Retherford Wedding Photography captured this sweet couple’s special day and all its lovely details.
From the Bride, Megan:
How did you meet?
Cade and I actually grew up in the same small town…just a few miles from each other. However, we didn’t know each other (because he’s a little bit older than me). When we met, I was in a “ready to give up” period of my life. Just so tired of the dating game. I liked my life! In fact, I loved it! I was just very ready to share it with someone. I was actually at my mom’s house one night, having this very tearful conversation, when I received a Facebook message from this guy named Cade. It was a very sweet message. He had seen me at church and wondered if I’d be interested in talking. I completely ignored the message…just too emotionally exhausted to care. A couple of months later, Cade messaged me again. His sincerity was incredible and his sweetness seemed honest…I was intrigued.
He made me laugh before we even met in person. I saw a video of him with his niece and nephew…making music with their armpits and singing together. That’s all it took. He was sincere, sweet, but also FUN. So, I finally replied, and we talked for a couple of weeks before meeting. Then, on Thanksgiving evening, he asked if I’d like to come over for a piece of homemade chocolate pie. (The pie was so delicious, I’d have thought he lied about the homemade thing. Except that he’s made it since. And it’s the real deal. And almost as sweet as he is!) On that Thanksgiving night…I remember getting ready, borrowing my sister’s shirt, and running out the door. My mom (even though it was a family holiday) was sooo excited to see ME get a little bit nervous/excited about my pie date with a stranger. (Any guy who makes homemade chocolate pie is apparently non-threatening.)
I remember what song I was listening to when I pulled into Cade’s driveway just a few minutes later. We had practically been neighbors!!! The rest happened pretty quickly. We got engaged about 11 months later (on Halloween), and married 6 months after that!
What were your Wedding Planning, Inspiration and Style?
Never in my life have I really lived by or bought into the whole “less is more” thing. I mean, let’s be honest. As a girl, that’s a hard idea to adopt! But, for some reason, when it came to our wedding, that was my mantra. When Cade and I talked about the kind of wedding day we imagined, we each described an intimate event. (You know, like the wedding in the end of “Dan in Real Life.”) So, for us, it worked! Small, private, few “extras” but yet details that mattered to us. We wanted our wedding to be simple – but elegant. And, I think, it was exactly that!!! (Thanks to Castle Farms and our amazing vendors.) In our planning process, we looked at Pinterest and wedding mags, but to be honest, most of what we did just seemed to happen. We knew what we liked. One small decision lead to another…and before we knew it, everything came together perfectly!!!
I knew that I wanted charcoal as a wedding color. It seemed classic. And, I was leery about the yellow at first, but our florist encouraged us that it would provide the perfect “POP” to a spring wedding at our venue, which had a lot of stone and brick. No surprise – she was right! And, any time you can use flowers called “billy balls,” you know it’s going to be a fun event. 🙂
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
One of my favorite memories from the day is when, after the ceremony and family pictures, Cade and I were alone to get our pictures taken. Our families and friends were busy getting the party started, and Cade and I could enjoy an hour or so with each other, our first hour as husband and wife (and photographer, Paul). 😉 We were relieved, I think, to get the ceremony behind us (as perfect as it was, it was also emotionally draining…see image of me crying like a newborn). We could let loose a little bit, act silly, and connect again after spending the first part of the day apart. We walked around the castle, feeling like king and queen! Paul kept telling us to turn and stare at each other, kiss, kiss again, hold hands…and there was nothing we wanted to do more. Paul’s “orders” were our pleasure!
Cade says, “My favorite part was seeing Megan at the ceremony. Beautiful dress, smiling face. When she stepped forward and we grabbed hands, she whispered, ‘Hi.’ I said, ‘hi.’ Then, she said it again. It sounds silly, and it was so simple. But her voice carried so much emotion in that one word. She was nervous, excited, giddy. It was probably the best moment of the day.”
Do You have any advice for other brides?
Remember what matters – your spouse. Okay…your spouse and your photographer. (Well, it’s true!!! Aside from your husband, I’m pretty sure your photographer is the next most important person that day. You are trusting that person to document the BIGGEST day of your life!!!!!) Anyway, back to your husband. Keep it about HIM (and you, of course). It’s your day.
That doesn’t give you the right to behave like those diva brides on tv. It means that you need to keep the distractions to a minimum, whatever your distractions might be. And focus on the fact that you are beginning the rest of your life. It’s so special – so important – that it deserves your best attention. You’ll want to remember every detail. Every perfect detail.
Photographer: Paul Retherford Wedding Photography| Reception Venue: Castle Farms| Officiant: Charlevoix Wedding Pastor| Dress Store: Davids Bridal| Event Planner: Inn at Bay Harbor| Bakery: Kingsley Cakes | Photo Booth Equipment: Paul Retherford Photography | Hair Stylist: The Spa at The Inn at Bay Harbor | Dress Designer: Vera Wang