Do Sheena and Marko look familiar to you? They might from their recent engagement session at Esrey Park! As I shared in that post, their schedule allowed them the flexibility to spend the month of July up in the Keweenaw leading up to their wedding. While we spend their engagement session on the western side of the peninsula, we spent their wedding day up and down the eastern coast of the Keweenaw, starting the day in Calumet and heading out to Gay, MI and then back into the Bootjack area.
Keweenaw Peninsula Wedding on the Water
Sheena has worked in wedding planning and had a clear idea of how she wanted their wedding to take place. When she contacted me last year about their wedding, she shared the following:
“I want the focus of my wedding weekend to be on people and place. When I typically plan a party, I always say that I like to look at it through a window from the outside to watch the magic happening – people coming together and connecting … For the reception, I am planning on a relaxed picnic atmosphere … so want to have picnic foods, blankets, lawn and board games, and conversation … The Keweenaw is one of my most favorite places in the world, and I want to highlight it, my favorite spots, and the connection that we have to the land and the outdoors.”
I’m happy to say that Sheena’s vision pulled through in every aspect of how the day played out. From the ceremony location on Portage Canal to the well-chosen details highlighting the Keweenaw (spoiler alert: pasty sliders!!) to the picnic blankets available for the guests at the reception – it was a truly unique and relaxed wedding.
Marco and Sheena have lived in a number of states, from California to Utah to South Carolina (and some in between), and their day brought together family and friends who have become family over the years. Old friends reconnected and new friends were made. Rob and I had the opportunity to have conversations with several of their good friends and loved hearing about their shared experiences.
Marko got dressed for the wedding in a cabin on the water with some friends, including their officiant / fellow kiteboarding enthusiast. And – of course – Rascal was there in his little tuxedo! Marko wore his grandfather’s cufflinks and a custom bowtie made of acrylic with flowers which matched Sheena’s earrings (and more – keep reading!)
Sheena prepared at her grandmother’s Calumet home together with her cousins.
First Look at Tobacco River Park
Something I really appreciated about Sheena and Marko’s wedding is they scheduled extra time into their day to travel for their first look and have portraits after. That meant even though the drive ended up taking a bit longer than originally planned, there was still plenty of time without any rush!
You won’t find much when you google Tobacco River Park. Just outside of Gay, Michigan, it’s a little roadside park with water on three sides. It’s a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch or to cool off, wading where the river empties into Lake Superior!
We love doing first looks, and Marko and Sheena’s was no exception! Seeing the happy surprise and big grin spread across Marko’s face was so fun!
Wedding Ceremony on the Keweenaw Waterway
Marko and Sheena arrived to their Keweenaw Peninsula wedding ceremony together via boat. It was so fun to watch the guests’ reactions as they saw them coming down the canal!
The pair each shared heartfelt vows with references to the things they had already experienced together, including the infamous camper renovation and the travel that ensued thereafter. With all of their adventuring, Sheena and Marko are ready for whatever fun is next!
The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent relaxing and in conversation. Kids and adults alike enjoyed the lawn games and cooling off in the water.
I don’t often share pictures of the food, but I had to share these pasty sliders – what a fun nod to the Upper Peninsula!
Instead of a larger cake, the couple opted for a small simple bridal cake. The topper was designed to match Sheena’s earrings and Marko’s bow tie. According to the cakemaker, it is completely edible, “a sugar substitute melted down” complete with flower petals.
In closing: Sheena and Marko, thank you for asking us to be a part of your Keweenaw Peninsula wedding! We had such a fun afternoon getting to know your family and friends. You’re an amazing couple and clearly cherished by the people in your lives. We can’t wait to hear where you travel to next 🙂
Hair stylist/Makeup artist: Roxanne Kangas (Chroma Salon and Spa Seattle WA)
Bride’s Ring: Jonathan’s Jewelry
Flowers/bouquets: Protea Floral
Catering: Kangas Cafe
Day of Coordinator: Adria Laplander of Wedding Wishes
Photography: Enjoy the VU Photography LLC