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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. read more

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: read more

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. read more

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? read more

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!  read more

Over-Night Locations

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St. Joseph is becoming a hot spot for destination weddings and as the Shadowland Ballroom’s clientel grows to reach new corners of the country, we would like to help those guests traveling by steering them to the best accommodations offered in town.


The closest accommodation to Shadowland is the Boulevard Inn which is ideally nestled atop the bluff. With newly remodeled all-suite accommodations, the Boulevard offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Silver Beach, as well as the perfect location to visit the quaint shops of Downtown St. Joseph. read more

Samantha ♥ Scott 12.31.13

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When originally deciding on a wedding date, Samantha and Scott never intended for a winter wedding. However, after being given an amazing opportunity to serve in an orphanage and school in Malawi beginning in Spring 2014, the couple moved their wedding date from May 31, 2014 to December 31, 2013. This date change did not dissuade from any other wedding plans though, rather it increased the overall image the two shared for their special day.


The couple were married amid the beautiful stained glass windows of the same church that the bride’s parents were married. The church’s Christmas decorations added a festive touch for the perfect setting. Samantha wore  a beaded lace gown with a chapel train and veil headpiece. Scott looked dapper in a black tux paired with white shirt, tie, and vest. The couple’s love for one another and for God was apparent as friends of the couple played key roles during the service’s worship through singing and special speeches. read more

Who to Ask: Bridesmaids

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There are a lot of imporant questions circling your mind now that you’ve said “Yes!”

What venue should my ceremony and/or reception be held?

Which caterer should I go with?

Which DJ will be most interactive?

Well, to assist you in your endeavors, we have found a great system to help you with another important decision: who should I ask to be my bridesmaids?

The most obvious question is how many attendants to ask and who should be your maid/matron of honor. A new trend in the wedding scene is an increase in bridal party members. While it is important that you include those people to whom you feel closest, the etiquette is to limit the party to 12. Also consider how many people can fit on either side of you while you’re standing at the altar. Ideally, the same number of attendants on both sides looks best, but there is no rule that says they have to match. read more

Silver Beach, A History

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Below the bluffs of downtown St. Joseph, Michigan, hugging both the Lake Michigan shoreline and the St. Joseph River lays an area where carnival music was once heard, merry-go-round carousel horses galloped in place, a rollercoaster roared, and Charleston dancers strutted their stuff.


The St. Joseph area was a hotspot for boaters. Canoes, rowboats, and riverboats provided scenic tours from St. Joseph to Berrien Springs. Logan Drake, owner of a boat livery on the St. Joseph River saw a higher calling of tourism in the area and began looking at ways to draw more people to the less-popular beaches of St. Joseph. read more

Feature Your Engagement or Wedding!

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As every couple is special and unique, we at Shadowland feel you deserve your time to shine even after your Big Day has come and gone. With that being said, we would love to feature your Shadowland wedding or Southwest Michigan beach engagement in our Real Weddings section!

If you would like your story or picture(s) to be considered for publication, you (or your photographer) can send color or B&W images to Ashley at

Featured weddings generally have occurred in the Shadowland Ballroom within the past year. This may include Silver Beach Carousel, Whirlpool Fountain, and Silver Beach Park photographs as well. Engagement sessions are asked to have been taken in Southwest Michigan. Ideally the engagement photographs include a few beach shots (whether they be on Silver, Tiscornia, Weko, or any other SWMI beach), but other local locations (Downtown St. Joseph, Benton Harbor’s Art District, various vineyards, etc.) are welcomed! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Ashley. read more