Andrew + Megan | Grand Rapids Wedding at Cascade Christian Church
Andrew and Megan are two of our great friends.
We have known Megan for 8 years, first while she was a college student, then as a young professional and now as a married woman.
Through her journey she and my wife Rebecca have become dear friends and when she met Andrew, we knew she had found the one she was to marry.
During their engagement, they sent us questions about their wedding day plans. We were happy to answer to the best of our ability.
Then came the wedding day.
These two have been one of the best examples we have seen of honoring God with their relationship. We were humbled how God was the center of their wedding day from the pre-ceremony plans, the ceremony itself to the party afterward at Noto's.
Ceremony Location: The Chapel at Cascade Christian Church
Reception Location, Catering & Cake: Noto's Old World Italian Dining
Bride's Dress: David's Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Heidi Christine's Salon and Spa
Flowers & Boutineers: Forrester Farm
DJ: Stacey with Dream Productions
The day began at Heidi Christine's Salon and Spa where Megan (and her 6 bridesmaids) had their hair and makeup done by a wonderful team of stylists.
They then headed to Cascade Christian Church where they enjoyed a low-key lunch, got into their wedding day attire and had a first look as "soon to be husband and wife" before the ceremony.
Megan and Andrew exchanged letters just prior to seeing one another and then Megan had the blessing to see her dad as well. Both moments were extremely emotional (to say the least) and because these two saw each other and arranged for photo time prior to there ceremony, by the time the ceremony happened, it was all down hill from there. They were able to enjoy time with their friends and family.
Their ceremony was held in the original Chapel at Cascade Christian Church, which, as you will see below, might become my new favorite small ceremony venue.
Two special parts of their wedding day were the participation of their service dogs. Megan is deaf and has Blarney as her service dog. Andrew has limited vision and Delass is his service dog. Both were walked down the aisle and served as "comedic relief" for the ceremony as no one was sure if they would behave as planned (they of course did, they're service dogs after all).
The second was the getaway vehicle, a classic red Mercedes coupe. The vehicle was purchased and restored by Andrew's grandfather and has been in the family for quite some time. The fact they were able to head out in the car was a unique moment of their wedding day.
For the reception guests headed to Noto's Old World where the upstairs ballroom served as the venue for cocktail hour, dinner and dancing.
As always, Noto's served a wonderful meal and cupcakes and entertainment for the night was provided by our great friend Stacey from Dream Productions provided music for the night of dancing and fun.
Andrew and Megan had an early dinner (around 6pm) and because of that, decided to exit the party early with a sendoff around 9pm. Guests enjoyed dancing following their official sendoff, while Megan and Andrew were able to enjoy an early evening (rather than a midnight or 1am hotel arrival time).