Archives: July 2014

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10 Inspirations for Your Carousel Portraits

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The Silver Beach Carousel is a magnificent addition to the St. Joseph community. Not only is it a reminder of the city’s history, but it inspires all ages with its beauty and entertaining prospects. It is no wonder, then, that many Shadowland brides and grooms have been inspired to use the Carousel as means for truly unique and marvelous wedding photographs…

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Men’s Attire

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More and more weddings are moving away from the classic black tuxedo look and going more for a modern suit design, particularly with shades of grey or tan. Though wedding rules once stated that any wedding at night meant men would wear black tuxedos (usually with tails), now wedding parties are tending to make up their own rules. Basing a suit on the colors of the bridesmaids has become more popular, and wearing tan or light gray colors are now acceptable for anytime of the day.

Weddings seem to be becoming more relaxed, and the wedding party often exemplifies this trend. All weddings are not held in a church with a following reception; now weddings take place in backyards, music venues, and barns. Due to the lack of formality, the need to mirror the overall vibe of the big deal is pronounced. A suit allows for the wedding party to remain classic and well-dressed while straying away from the traditional tuxedo.

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After Party Locations

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One of the great things about holding your wedding or event in the Shadowland Ballroom is the close proximity of Downtown St. Joseph which enables you to continue the party after hours. Some top-rated restaurants and bars are within walking distance of the Ballroom and are open year-round, so no matter the season of your event the fun won’t stop!

Check out some of the fun, entertaining locations that will allow you and your guests to continue your celebrations after your/their time at Shadowland:

The smells of Silver Beach Pizza drift over to the Shadowland Ballroom’s Sunset Patio and make it hard for some to think of anything but the superior tastes found at this restaurant. A train depot turned “best pizza place in town,” SBP offers amazing customer service, two bars, and a great view of Whirlpool Fountain and Lake Michigan from its open-air patio. Not to mention, SBP’s famous frosted schooners. If you have an early event and want to continue the fun, definitely jump across the railroad tracks and grab some pizza!

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Kerri ♥ Michael 6.30.13

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Kerri and Michael were married on their sixth anniversary of being together. The ceremony was help on the beach at Tiscornia Beach with the spectacular view of the St. Joseph lighthouse in the background. Family and friends traveling from as far as Australia were serenaded by Kyle Williams and his acoustic guitar. The bride entered to the singing of “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes. She wore a laced, draping a-line dress with a vintage-inspired beaded headband. The groom wore a black tux and vest with a pale yellow tie, which matched the groomsmen ensembles. Bridesmaids wore short black dresses with yellow sashes.

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Black on Bridesmaids

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There is no doubt that the Little Black Dress is a fashion staple for a reason. Done properly, black bridesmaid dresses can be amazing. It’s a classic, sleek look that almost every woman can pull off because its flattering for every body type. Plus, your girls will actually be able to wear a LBD again! (Not saying she won’t want to wear that lime green dress anywhere else but…) However, is black appropriate for bridesmaids to wear at any time of the year, only during the fall or winter, or is the color not acceptable for weddings at all?

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14 Great Summer Wedding Ideas

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Blogging about weddings causes us to come across thousands of fun and unique ideas every day. With summer wedding season in full swing, it seemed only pertinent to share some of our absolute favorite fun ideas that will make summer brides swoon. (We’ve seen some of these in Shadowland, but would love to see more used as inspiration in the Ballroom!) Our fourteen top details and/or ideas for warm-weathered nuptials in 2014 are:

1. Skip the cake, hire an ice cream truck (or Mimi’s) instead! 

2. Your future is so bright, why not wear shades?

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