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Michele ♥ Vaughn 11.8.14

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The unending smiles and abundant laughs which filled the Shadowland Ballroom on November 8, 2014 were all but expected from Shadowland staff when Michele and Vaughn were married. Throughout the planning process is was evident how fun the couple was, as well as how deep their love ran for one another. Finally the countdown to the wedding finally rolled to zero, and the wait was over. The Big Day had arrived…

The girls donned their pearls and brushed on their makeup as the men fastened their cuff-links and straightened their ties. The appearance of the couple’s wedding was chic and classic. The bridesmaids sported one-shouldered navy dresses and the men wore light grey suits with navy ties. The light pink rose bouquets, which enhanced the coral accents of the wedding, were designed by Flowers by Anna. read more

Ceremony Locations

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Shadowland Ballroom has been the host to many ceremonies in the past, but for those couples who like the idea of experiencing more of the beautiful Southwest Michigan, we thought maybe you’d like some recommendations on different ceremony venues! Whether it be toes-in-the-sand or the want for fresh air and a wonderful backdrop, St. Joseph and surrounding areas offer some of the best ceremony opportunities! Check them out…

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 Dunes Pavilion at Silver Beach

Rental prices:
Weekday – Resident $100, Non-Resident $150
Weekend/Holiday – Resident $200, Non-Resident $250 read more

Mindi ♥ Adam 9.14.14

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Mindi and Adam brought much light and love to the Shadowland Ballroom on September 14, 2014. From the very beginning stages of preparing for their wedding, it was apparent that the day’s events would be focused on sharing this part of their love story with their friends and family.

The couple was blessed with a beautiful sunny day along the shores of Lake Michigan. As the two readied themselves in their suites at the Boulevard Inn, it became even more apparent how thankful they were for their guests. Seemingly less concerned with her own preparation, the bride fluffed her bridesmaids’ dresses and brushed on makeup for her little sister. The groom spent the morning hours with those who traveled for his wedding and watching football with his groomsmen. It was a morning full of smiles, laughter, and memory-making. read more

Top Five: Fall 2014

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The fall wedding season is being pushed aside by the upcoming winter weather, but that doesn’t mean our fall weddings were anything to scoff about! From embracing the cooling temperatures to warming the Ballroom with autumn’s colors, Shadowland was blessed with new ideas and inspiration. Here are our top five favorite concepts that took place in the Ballroom this past season:

1. Indoor Ceremonies

Shadowland’s Sunset Room offers a beautiful backdrop for a wedding ceremony. With the temperature dropping and chances of rain increasing, couples took to the Ballroom for their entire wedding celebration. Cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvre are usually served in the Boardwalk as guests socialize or take a Carousel ride as the Ballroom shifts from ceremony to reception. read more

Tiffany ♥ Jason 9.13.14

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Photos courtesy of Jennifer Mayo Studios

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Thank you for sharing your special day with all of us here at Shadowland!

Peach & Sage

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Last week we held a beautiful wedding in our Ballroom and I absolutely fell in love with the color scheme: peach and sage. After a bit of research, I was delighted to see that these colors are actually trending for 2014, Fall 2014 specifically. With rich orange tones paired with a hearty countryside green, what’s not to love?

As the seasons begin to cool, darker hues of hunter and cranberry will be more the rage, but don’t discount their lighter cousins for an elegant and feminine touch. Include touches of chocolate, hints of coral, and accents of copper or brass for additional individuality! read more

The Wedding Dress

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It is easy to get caught up in a nuptial frenzy. At every turn, family members, friends, experts, magazines, blogs, Pinterest, etc. are offering inspiration and helping instill panic in every bride-to-be. One bride or groom’s “nice-to-have” is another couple’s essential. It’s common to hear “You cannot possibly get married without a champagne toast!” or a church ceremony, or a live DJ, or a designer gown. So how does a couple decide to save or splurge?

There are necessities for a wedding and then there are “like-to-haves.” One particular “like-to-have” is a pretty white gown, but see, the thing is, the marriage will occur whether my bridal gown has a designer label or not. read more

Aqua

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Aqua, one of the season’s hottest colors, is a reflection on all things aquatic. It is no wonder that the power of water has captured the attention of many couples seeking wedding color inspiration. The color is both soothing and intense with ranges from bright turquoise to rich indigo.

There are so many fun ways you can incorporate this theme into your wedding, and it would work perfectly for your something blue! Pair with pale pink, ivory, or gold, or think outside the box and try an unexpected pairing with poppy red or lemon. Aqua is so versatile, your choices are virtually limitless! read more

Top Ten: Summer 2014

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The wedding season has been in full swing here at the Shadowland Ballroom. With over thirty beautiful weddings completed this summer, we saw a lot of new and inspiring ideas pass through our walls and want to share them with you! Here are ten of our top favorite ideas which took place in the Ballroom this past season:

1. Unique Table Numbers

From bride+groom photographs to open seating, table numbers are no longer 1, 2, 3. Our bride from the wedding shown below is an English teach and decided to letter the tables rather than number — how awesome! read more

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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