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Liz ♥ Marshall 8.2.14

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Marshall and Liz met at Central Michigan University in 2008 during welcome weekend. Although he was very interested in Liz, she did not give him the time of day. For three months Marshall tried to stay in contact to ask her on a date but she ignored his requests. In November of 2008, Liz and Marshall connected again at the same apartment party where they had first met, except this time his efforts did not go unnoticed. That night Marshall and Liz kissed for the first time and the rest is history. In 2011 Marshall moved to Kansas City, MO while Liz stayed in Michigan. They lived apart for almost a year trying to better their careers. Marshall proposed while on vacation in Daytona, Florida in front of several members of Liz’s family.

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The ceremony was held on Jean Klock park in Benton Harbor, MI.  They picked a simple ceremony including a sand ceremony with two vases of sand on each side of an empty vase, one representing the Bride, and one representing the Groom.  These separate vases of sand symbolized their separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends.  They also represent their lives before today.

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As these two vases of sand were poured into the third vase, the individual vases of sand no longer existed, but were joined together as one.  Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into individual containers, so will their marriage be.

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Liz drew color inspiration from Marshall’s love of football and the Pittsburgh Steelers; white, black, and yellow.  She kept everything very simple and classic.  Lanterns, birch candles, hydrangeas and wood flower boxes were all incorporated into the centerpieces.  With a shared love of Jack Daniels,  Liz’s signature drink was a Jack Honey and Lemonade and Marshall’s was the classic Jack and Coke.  They also had their guests give them advice into a Jack Daniels bottle which they will cut open and read on their one year anniversary.  One of the most emotional moments of the night was a surprise video the couple’s videographer filmed a few months before the wedding.  Liz’s grandfather has Alzheimer’s which hindered him from attending the wedding.  It’s tradition in their family for the bride to not only dance with her father but her Grandfather.  Knowing this wasn’t going to happen, Liz and her Grandfather danced to “What a Wonderful World” and showed the video for the family; there was not a dry eye in the house.

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Once dinner was cleared, speeches were said, and the bridal party dance was over the real fun began.  The photo booth was open – one of the best tokens Liz and Marshall got from the wedding.  They received a book with a copy of each photo taken in the booth complete with messages from the guests which got more interesting as the night went on!  The DJ not only played dance music but taught the guests different moves and played his electric violin with certain songs. He ended the night with a rap all about Marshall and Liz.

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The night was so perfect and the couple could not have asked for a better day with family and friends. Thank you for sharing your special day with all of us here at Shadowland!

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Ceremony Design: Stella Event Design
Officiant: Rev. Bonnie Corodan
Musician/DJ: Rodney Page
Transportation: Fantasy Carriage
Reception: Shadowland on SIlver Beach
Cupcakes: Cupcake Zoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Wedding Favors: The Candy Bar, Howell, MI (Taffy)
Photography: Jen Prouty
Videography: Tubbs Media Productions
Bridal Gown/Bridesmaids’ Dresses: I Do Too Bridal, Plymouth, MI

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