Friends of this Traverse City couple were thrilled when the invitations arrived with Crystal Mountain listed as the wedding venue; many guests booked extra days at the resort to make it a long getaway weekend Up North.
A rolling forest-scape made the backdrop for the ceremony at the top of the ski hill. For her walk down the aisle, Lindsay rode up the chairlift with her parents. All the guests rode the chairlift to an intimate lantern-lit reception at the bottom of the hill.
As a tweak to the traditional head table, Lindsay and Mike sat at the end of a table set on both sides so they could see everyone, and the entire wedding party and their dates could easily talk and toast. The bride made a special toast with the family—a happy birthday song for her grandfather’s 90th birthday. The Jelly Roll Blues Band, a favorite of the couple’s, kept all the generations dancing into the summer night.
Lindsay saw her Jim Hjelm wedding dress in the window of Traverse City’s To Have and to Hold Bridal Boutique—it was in town for a trunk show. While waiting for all to arrive by chairlift to the ceremony on this 85-degree day, guests enjoyed lemonade with tea cookies from Potter’s Bakery in Traverse City.
At the bottom of the ski hill, wedding coordinator Sarah Wild strung clothesline between two antique wooden skis and clothes-pinned on the guests’ place cards. Interlochen’s Marla Courtney Wood created the bouquets. Crystal Mountain’s onsite caterer prepared a mixed grill with filet mignon and salmon with dill sauce.
The reception room was aglow with white lanterns Lindsay found at chineselanterns.com; the multicolored lanterns were above the head table. Lindsay is an elementary school teacher, and the mom of one of her students created the raspberry almond wedding cake with buttercream frosting.
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Photos from the Walton/Annelin wedding at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. Photography by Angel Walsh