We just had a fantastic wedding in Lake Leelanau this past weekend and I wanted to share.
This wedding was into planning before the engagement as the groom to be had asked for his soon to be fiancee's hand from her parents and then began searching for a venue and other vendors.
The bride excitedly accepted a few weeks later and the vision continued. She was thrilled with everything that had been laid out and is as darling as they get. She and her fiance visited Northern Michigan and she was smitten. Lots of showers followed along the way as the anticipation grew.
Now getting to the mom 'posse;' the bride's mom had several lifelong friends who wanted to throw a shower and this mom asked her friends if they would mind helping in other ways since there had been a multitude of showers for the bride already or were already planned. As great friends would they jumped in with gusto. This was a homegrown, family-grown and friend-grown wedding.
One friend painted vignettes throughout the venue (Field of Flowers Farm) coming up with about 15 pieces of art which became the table markers and in miniature the escort cards, another came up with pictures to put on the portable bathrooms, another found a chicken coop, made a nest of raffia, found a couple of cool chickens, an egg and more to make a receptacle for gift cards, others found vintage tablecloths for the candy and fresh Traverse City cherries table, made chalkboard signs and more.
Then the morning of the wedding armed with set-up notes they went to work to bring the bride's vision to life. These friends (the posse) were from the mom's childhood, her high school days, college days, young married days and neighborhood days. They all have become friends collectively and they worked diligently for a few hours to help.
We loved having them there as they understood their friend and the bride as only best friends and family can and we got to know them and the family a little better for the time spent.
They had a blast together and it was heartwarming to hear them laugh and tell stories.
This shall I say "posse effect" reminds me of my mom talking about when she got married or when her sisters and friends got married that everyone got involved. I have seen it a few other times and being reminded about it this last weekend I found it to be a remarkable sense of community!
Kris Rundblad is owner of Merry Makers, a local social and corporate event planning company. Her column, Cause for Celebration, appears on the fourth Friday of every month. Send your questions about weddings and entertaining to Rundblad at (231) 547-5061 or email@example.com.