Dream Big

Photograph: Amanda Dumouchelle

THERE IS SOMETHING UNDENIABLY magical about horses. They possess a wild beauty and graceful strength that has captured human imagination for thousands of years. From primitive cave paintings to fox hunting scenes in Downtown Abbey, the romantic power of horses is a cultural mainstay, inspiring the dreams of artists, poets, fashion designers, and little girls around the world.

For this issue’s cover story, “Unbridled Romance” (pg. 64), we harness that power, pairing gorgeous wedding gowns with iconic equestrian style. Shot on location at Cobblestone Farms, a beautiful horse farm and training facility in Dexter, this story is the perfect marriage of high fashion and little girl horse dreams come true.

Whether you grew up dreaming of horses or not, this issue is full of inspiration for your dream wedding. In “The New Black” (pg. 79) we showcase three ways to incorporate the color black into your wedding day. From dark romance to sweet whimsy, this haute hue brings an unexpected, stylish twist to the design or your wedding. To add even more impact to your big day, turn to “Flower Art” (pg. 48) for museum-worthy floral installations, “Isn’t It Llama-zing” (pg. 40) for what might be the world’s most charming mobile bar, and “Best Tressed” (pg. 42) for the season’s head turning bridal hairstyles.

Perhaps nothing is more inspiring than real love stories, though, and in this issue we share the uplifting tales of two couples. In our engagement feature, “Going the Distance” (pg. 52), you’ll meet Ajay Gokhale and Keerthana Sankar. The couple met and fell in love while attending the University of Michigan, and after four years of cross-country dating, they’re looking forward to their May 2020 wedding. For Macy and Mikael Temrowski (“Made in Michigan, pg. 88) there was no place like home for their big day. While they currently live in Los Angeles, Macy and Mikael (better known by his stage name, Quinn XCII) came home to Michigan to celebrate their wedding last spring.

From gowns and horses to stories of true love, I hope you find inspiration for your own wedding in these pages. After all, being a small part of your unique love story would be a dream come true.





Rebecca Voigt