Marah and Allan

Grand Rapids, Michigan



Photography | Devin Hendrick Photography | @devinhendrickphoto

Ceremony Venue | Kuyper College

Reception Venue | University Club of Grand Rapids

Gown Designer | Justin Alexander | @justinalexander

Gown Salon | Renee Austin Wedding | @reneeaustinwedding

Bridesmaids Dresses | The Dessy Group @dessygroup

Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse | @menswearhouse

Makeup Artist | Erick Gerson

Rentals | The Rental Company

Rentals | Gala Rentals | @galarentals

DJ | Bee Entertainment

Cinematography | Ingalls Pictures | @ingalls_pictures

From the Photographer

Fourth Generation grandson, Allan Robinette, is married!!! His family owns Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery in Grand Rapids, MI… a cute little apple orchard that has the best donuts!! A two and a half year engagement makes for an epic Apple Blossom Time themed wedding.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

I wanted my wedding to be DIFFERENT, and I got just that. My husband’s family owns an apple orchard called Robinette’s in Grand Rapids so I knew I wanted the theme to be Apple Blossom Time, and getting married in May, there was a chance we would get some blossom action going on. I stuck to green, gold and ivory. It’s simple yet elegant and timeless.


Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme style or color palette?

After I got engaged, I sat down with a glass of wine and asked myself, ‘how do I want my guests and I to feel on my wedding day”. The number one thing was I didn’t want to have the stereotypical wedding. Finding different and unique ideas took up most of my time during our 2 1/2 year engagement. My husband’s family owns an apple orchard called Robinette’s here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We planned on doing our first look in between the apple trees. Can we say romantic? May is prime Apple Blossom time so that’s the theme we went for! I stuck to an emerald green, gold and ivory for my colors. It’s simple yet elegant and timeless.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

I wanted everything to be clean, simple and elegant. The church had a small alter with some greenery and unity candle on it with our marriage license. The reception had our engagement photos strewn about everywhere you looked. I paired it with some glass votive holders and mercury glass tea light holders for a timeless look.Everybody loved seeing our photos!!! For the centerpieces, I experimented with so many taper candles!! I had to find the one that was going to burn the best and not melt everywhere. I tried around 15 brands and finally found the perfect one. Phew! Not one single one dripped or blew out. Success!!!I put the taper candles in glass hurricanes and staggered them on the tables. The candles made it so romantic and cozy feeling.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Big bunches of salal leaves, lemon leaf and seeded eucalyptus were placed in the middle of the tables. Creme hydrangeas were scattered into the greenery to give it an elegant feel. My bouquet had creme hydrangeas and peonies galore I had so many flowers packed into the twine, it was hard to keep them all in there! I also had my sisters jewels she used at her wedding in there as well!The bridesmaids bouquets were just smaller versions of mine


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Favorite parts? Ugh there is so many! I loved our first look in the orchard among all of the blossoms. We had around 10 huge ivory balloons that we used for our first look. It was breathtaking. Our save the dates were these cute vintage newspaper magnets so when I saw newspaper programs on Etsy, I knew I had to have them!! Everyone loved how different they were and the cute little facts inside. The confetti canons for our exit at the church was a last minute idea. People loved that they could interact in our special day and boy did it make for some epic photos! And of course, having our videographers show our guests our wedding video at the reception. I don’t think there was a dry eye in that room.


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I wanted the biggest dress I could find but without looking like I was going to my 16th birthday party. When I slipped into that Justin Alexander dress I knew it was the one. Simple yet elegant and huge! 84 dresses later and I said yes to this dress!Allan picked a classic look. Black tux with a crisp ivory shirt, black bowtie and a single white orchid on the chest.I knew that we would look simple yet elegant.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

I started working at Robinette’s, a cute little apple orchard in Grand Rapids, Michigan, back in 2012. I met him on my second day in front of the donut machine!! How romantic is that!I’m obsessed with Christmas so he took me to Frederick Meijer Gardens and proposed in front of a HUGE Christmas tree on December 14, 2016. It was so magical and I immediately said yes!


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The best part of the big day was hands down watching our wedding video at the end of the night with all of our guests. Being able to see our wedding day unfold right in front of us, knowing “wow, we did it!!” was the best feeling ever.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Enjoy the process!!! It goes so fast and you only get to do it once!