Summer Days

Letter from the Editor
Photograph: iStock

SUMMER IN MICHIGAN — it’s glorious, isn’t it? Warm, lazy days at the lake, the bountiful locally grown flowers and produce, the laughter of children running after fireflies — summer in Michigan has an undeniable romance. For this issue, we channel the essence of that romance into the inspiration for your wedding day, no matter when — or where — you’re tying the knot.

Fashion is one of our favorite ways to capture the romance of summer, and our cover story, “Paradise Found” (page 66), is a sun-soaked look at the gowns and accessories of the season. If you’re planning a destination wedding outside of Michigan — or just want to look like you are — these light, breezy, flowing gowns are perfect for a wedding in paradise (or your own backyard).

For a more subtle nod to the season, turn to this issue’s Details section. Add a dose of whimsy to your wedding with Spun Sugar Detroit (page 42). Their sweet, organic cotton candy will transport your guests back to the summer carnivals of their childhoods. Take inspiration from your summer garden and incorporate floral products into your bridal beauty routine (page 44), or entice your guests to RSVP “yes” with a lush, tropical invitation suite (page 30).

For a bold interpretation of summer, consider going bright with your wedding color palette. Color is always one of the biggest trends of the season, and right now we are in love with Pantone’s Color of the Year, “Living Coral.” The hue is perfect for summer weddings, and for this issue, we asked three wedding planners to create moodboards showing how they would incorporate the color into a local wedding celebration (page 39).

As always, we’re also sharing real weddings from local couples that are sure to inspire your own celebration (page 97). These couples weren’t all married in the summer, but their weddings all share an undeniable romance. After all, true love never goes out of season.





Rebecca Voigt