groom dipping bride during first dance in ambassador ballroom in downtown grand rapids michigan

Wedding Date
Number of Guests

300

Budget
$$$$$
Questions for the bride
Tell us about your wedding day?

Our wedding day was the best day of our lives! We loved having everything in one location, from rehearsal dinner to ceremony to reception and Sunday brunch! Brent’s father officiated the wedding, which kept the 300 guest ceremony more personal and intimate inside of the Pantlind Ballroom. We have the best family and friends (one of them even surprised us with a classic car for our first look!), so it was also important for us to make things as easy and fun as possible for them. Everyone was able to walk from the ceremony to cocktail hour down the hall and straight into dinner. After the delicious meals and heartfelt speeches, our guests were able to hit up the dance floor. Thanks to our band, the dance floor was packed until the very end!

Favorite moment of the day?

Lorene’s favorite moment was walking down the aisle as husband and wife and seeing all of our favorite people cheering us on! Brent’s favorite moment was the first look. It was an emotional moment that brought the day into full perspective.

Planning advice for brides?

Get all of the planning and big details (venue, photographer, band, florist) out of the way early so that you can enjoy the day stress free.

Day of wedding advice for brides?

Take some time with your new spouse just the two of you to soak it all in. The day goes by so fast, and it may just get away from you. Be intentional about finding moments to be together, as everyone is going to by vying for your time.

Is there anything you would change?

Making more time to eat the delicious cake! We had so much fun on the dance floor that we nearly missed it.

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