The brave men and women who make up America’s military armed forces are heroes to us all, at home and abroad. When Castle Farms decided to pay homage to our troops, we couldn’t think of a better way than to honor one special military couple with a dream wedding, Castle style. The Heroes Military Wedding Giveaway, sponsored by Castle Farms and Preferred Service Providers, was open to couples all across northern Michigan and the U.P. with one (or both) active military or veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The winners were announced on Nov. 11th, Veteran’s Day. Crystal Holmes and Isaiah Hope of Kincheloe, Michigan were stunned when they learned they’d won their dream wedding. Read more about the lead up to their big day.
July 10th dawned, a beautiful summer day at the Castle. Photographer Meg Paxton of Paxton Photography was on hand to capture all the special memories which will last a lifetime. Guests gathering in the Queen’s Courtyard for the late afternoon ceremony were greeted by musical interludes and ceremony music performed by harpist Sylvia Norris. The Courtyard was decorated with wildflowers and yellow roses designed by a Touch of Spring, who also provided the bouquets and boutonnieres.
The bride walked down the aisle in a shimmering strapless gown, her hair flowing over her shoulders in a stunning design created by Chello’s Salon. Crystal and Isaiah’s two young sons were there to witness the wedding, which was officiated by the Rev. Judy Grimes.
Following a cocktail hour, dinner was served in the King’s Great Hall. Crystal and Isaiah chose a décor of rustic elegance, with bits of burlap and lace. A birch-tree cake, complete with the bride and grooms ‘carved’ initials, and cupcakes by TasT Creations, provided a sweet ending to the meal, a delicious farm-to-table style dinner catered by A Matter of Taste. The evening reception’s entertainment was provided by A+ Event Entertainment, which kept the couple and their guests dancing well into the night. Photobooth from Shutterbooth was on hand to catch all the fun. Transportation was provided by Mackinaw Shuttle & Limousine. Crystal and Isaiah’s wedding night suite accommodation was courtesy of AmericInn Lodge and Suites.
Congratulations to the happy couple, Mr. and Mrs. Isaiah Hope. We wish them every happiness in their married life together!