Colorful Grand Hotel Vow Renewal
We woke to a steady grey drizzle, packed the car, and headed North.
Hopping the ferry with our gear, we crossed the straights -- where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron swirl together -- and touched land on Mackinac Island.
As far as a grey, rainy wedding goes, this one was the brightest I've ever seen. We met Erick and Patrick in their guest room at the Grand Hotel -- an historic landmark, constructed in 1887, restored and decorated with an imaginative use of vibrant colors, floral patterns and bold contrasts. This is also a hotel with a dress code, a swimming pool named after Esther Williams, and the world's largest porch.
After a jaunt around the parlor level of the hotel and some photos in a quaint ice cream shop, Erick and Patrick exchanged vows from the tippy top -- the Cupola Bar. Starry carpet and jewel toned chandelier accented the space, and glasses of champagne were passed for the most heartfelt and genuine toasts I have heard to this day at a wedding. Next up, horse drawn carriages (there are no cars allowed on the island) delivered us to the final location of the night, The Woods. This is actually the name of a restaurant, though yes, it is in the woods. The opulent Tudor mansion was embellished with spectacular stained glass and mounted deer, moose and duck trophies.
Thank you both for the glittering adventure, and letting us capture the deep, unadorned love you share.