The excitement built on Erin and Jason’s Grand Hotel wedding weekend every time a ferry pulled up to the docks. “We ran down to greet as many of our guests as we could as they came off the boat,” says Erin. She fell in love with the romance of this island where horse and buggy is the only mode of transportation when she visited with her husband-to-be after college.
The festivities began with a rehearsal paired with a sunset cruise with hors d’oeuvres for all 250 guests on the Arnold Transit Co.’s Straits of Mackinac II.
On the wedding day, a grand line of horse-drawn carriages carried the bride and groom and their attendants to the ceremony at historic Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church. The guests filled the church and balcony, waving fans that Erin made with the ladies of her family.
Guests mingled on Grand Hotel’s magnificent front porch—said to be the longest in the world—for the cocktail party, sipping bellinis to the lush sounds of a string quartet. Dinner and dancing followed in Grand Hotel’s Theatre Room.
On their wedding night, the newlyweds stayed in the Grand’s lavishly appointed Lady Bird Johnson suite with a stunning view of the Mackinac Bridge.
Before joining their guests for the cocktail party on Grand Hotel’s famous front porch, Jason and Erin took a carriage ride alone through the island’s hilly interior. This grand wedding weekend went off without a hitch because of careful coordinating by Carol Erbel of For the Love of Mackinac.
As night fell, Cassens Murphy, a 9-piece band out of Detroit, transformed the Theatre Room into a ballroom. Belle e Dolce’s Kim Sperl transports her from-scratch masterpieces with hand-sculpted sugar paste flowers across the lake to island weddings every summer.
The table was set for the wedding feast in the Theatre Room with a gift of Mackinac Island fudge from Joann’s Fudge for each guest. The wedding day flowers were created by Grand Hotel’s own Margaret’s Garden florist. Erin’s dress and veil came from Leonardo’s Bridal in Cleveland.
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Photos from the Price/Charnley wedding at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel. Photography by Jeffrey Dupre, Island Photo.