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41 Wedding Venues in Traverse City and Northern Michigan

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Exposures by Rah: Sparkler send off at a Sonshine Barn wedding reception

Traverse City wedding venues are abundant...

...and the surrounding area has so much to offer when it comes to weddings. Stunning views, waterfront ceremony options & show stopping reception spaces that will leave your guests talking about your wedding for years to come. If you're considering having your wedding in Traverse City or the neighboring northern Michigan small towns, this is a great resource to help you decide which venues to book a tour with.


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Address: 7788 E Horn Rd, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653

Aurora Cellars invites you to plan unforgettable events at their stunning Lake Leelanau, Michigan event venue. Give your guests a dose of rustic charm and classic beauty. Get married in their beautiful gardens, dance across their rolling lawns, enjoy views of the forest, and sip wine in their vineyard. The Estate venue is perfect for large events, sitting on two acres of land with a Victorian farmhouse, a small barn, and a majestic willow tree. The Tasting Room is an excellent choice for intimate events. The private area sits next to the Terrace Garden and is filled with breathtaking views and a stunning

vineyard setting.


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Exposures by Rah: Bride and groom kiss during wedding reception at Bay View Weddings at Gallgher Farms

Address: 8629 E Lincoln Rd, Cedar, MI 49621

Bay View Weddings at Gallagher Farms opened in the spring of 2019 as a premier wedding and events venue located in the beautiful and unforgettable Traverse City and Leelanau County, Michigan. Bay View Weddings offers a multitude of options to consider for your wedding day including a breathtaking view on their hill top overlooking Grand Traverse Bay and a wedding destination at their Overlook ceremony site that overlooks miles of Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties. On the property they also have a quaint and calm little pond, lush grape vines, and beautiful cherry orchards that may include beautiful white blossoms in early spring and gorgeous red cherries during the summer. Their farm offers a relaxing and breathtaking destination that will provide an environment to feel and enjoy every moment of your wedding or special event.


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Exposures by Rah: Wedding dress hanging in reception room of BlueBridge

Address: 1950 Ellis Lake Rd, Grawn, MI 49637

BlueBridge sits among 10 acres of stunning, mature hard woods, pines and open park areas. Experience true Northern Michigan beauty among their beautifully landscaped gardens, walking paths, small ponds with fountains and small bridges, and countless special touches. There are no shortages for great photo opportunities that will serve as the perfect backdrop for capturing your special day! Explore their beautiful venue space and come celebrate your wedding in northern Michigan!


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Exposures by Rah: Golden hour wedding portraits with Exposures by Rah at Brengman Brothers Winery

Address: 9720 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684

Conveniently located within 5 miles of Downtown Traverse City, Brengman Brothers Winery at Crain Hill Vineyard is the perfect place for your corporate, private or wedding event. A pattern of “better than what we thought” statements are shared from their clients about the intimate and charming vineyard setting together with the adroit staff making the event one that will never be forgotten. Traverse City wedding photographers like Exposures by Rah love this venue because the vineyard offers an attractive setting in simplicity and magic together with tailored options offers that higher-than-expected results.

Their gorgeous tasting room is the ideal space for inside groups of up to 70 people. Equipped with an impressive floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, handsome Douglas Fir ceiling beams and stunning candle-lit chandeliers, the tasting room is the perfect mix of timeless rustic and modern. The outdoor patio tented area is a comfortable and adjustable venue with the option to accommodate up to 200 guests, while offering an exquisite view of their vineyard


Address: 1500 Red Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684

Phone: (231) 409-8382

Historic Barns Park allows you to bring your corporate meetings to an exceptional location that will definitely inspire your attendees. The newly renovated event space will encourage the innovation, education, and appreciation of your attendees. Very different from the traditional meeting room, Historic Barns Park is sure to capture the attention of your attendees and stimulate the group in a way no other venue can. Historic Barns Park is able to accommodate all meeting types.


Traverse City Opera House Wedding Venue
Exposures by Rah: Traverse City Opera House Wedding Venue

Address: 106 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

The City Opera House offers a downtown location, state of the art lighting and sound, turn of the century curtain and backdrop, versatile venue setup, caterer of your own choosing, victorian red seating, a liquor license on site, and much, much more.

Rentals Include

  • Use of Lobby and/or Auditorium

  • City Opera House Event Manager “On Site”

  • Accommodates all Event Sizes:

  • Small: Under 100

  • Medium: 100-300

  • Large: 300-400

  • Theater: 650

  • Green Room Available

  • 12 Hours in the Historic City Opera House (Setup, Event and Cleanup)

  • One Wireless Microphone

  • Setup of Event: Tables, Chairs, Podium, etc.. (Decorations and Linens Responsibility of Rental Party)

The iconic venue, great location and superior service all add up to one spectacular event location in downtown Traverse City.  


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Exposures by Rah: Cobblestone Farm wedding venue in Traverse City, MI

Address: 3791 M-113, Kingsley, MI 49649

Cobblestone's all-inclusive experience includes:

• A charming farmhouse suite for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready.

• A separate, stylish ‘man cave’ for the groom and groomsmen.

• A delightful sweet treat area with snacks and mini donuts from Peace Love and Little Donuts.

• An interactive Mirrored Photo Booth in their bespoke photo booth room, complete with fun props for unforgettable photos.

🌐 New for 2023: The stunning 80’ Dome! This architectural marvel is not just a tent; it’s a statement. Designed to protect against Michigan’s unpredictable weather, it adds a unique flair to your celebration.

Setting up to decorating, and cleaning up, Cobblestone staff is taking care of you every step of the way, ensuring your day is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

💖 Pricing Options to Suit Every Dream


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Exposures by Rah: Mountaintop wedding in the Fall at Crystal Mountain Resort in Northern Michigan

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville, MI 49683

The natural beauty and serenity of Northern Michigan. The many options available for your rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. Beautiful venues. Well-appointed spaces. Excellent dining options for the rehearsal dinner, reception, and farewell brunch. An exceptional wine list and bar service. And comfortable overnight accommodations, all in a wonderfully quaint village, conveniently located just minutes from the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that an experienced, responsive team of wedding professionals are there to guide and assist you every step of the way.Crystal Mountain offers over 260 hotel rooms, suites, condominiums, townhomes and resort residences. On-premise lodging provides safe and convenient lodging for you and your guests. Explore the various Crystal Mountain lodging accommodations - you're sure to find one to fit your needs!

GROUP RATES


Group rates are offered to guests associated with a Crystal Mountain wedding reception. Prime time wedding bookings may require guests to stay for two or more nights. Crystal Mountain offers the group lodging rate for call-in reservations, but does not block rooms due to the large variety of accommodations types. Guests are encouraged to book their rooms early! Crystal Mountain does not guarantee availability. Save the date letters are recommended.


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Exposures by Rah: Wedding photos sailing on West Bay in Traverse City on the Nauti-Cat in Traverse City

Address: 615 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686

Exchange your vows by the bay and shine a little brighter as you and the love of your life make a grand exit aboard a sailboat, or host your pre-wedding events at their hotel. A rehearsal dinner at the glass-enclosed Birch Room or a farewell brunch are ideal ways to celebrate all aspects of your special day in Traverse City. BONUS: Sail away on the nauticat with your wedding party for a cocktail hour on West Bay in Traverse City!



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Exposures by Rah Elberta Life Saving Station outdoor wedding ceremony

Address: Life Saving Station, 1120 Furnace St, Elberta, MI 49628

The Life Saving Station in Elberta, Michigan is available for year round rental. Popular as a great all-in-one wedding and reception venue, the Life Saving Station is available for rental all week.



Address: 990 S Lake Leelanau Dr, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653

ONE OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S ONLY WATERFRONT WEDDING VENUES…

with space for your ceremony and reception, the resort offers a historic hotel with antique furnishings and 19 comfortably refurbished, 1-7 bedroom cottages. Established in 1889, Fountain Point is a National Historic Site with 54 acres of manicured lawns and woodlands with nearly 1/2 mile of panoramic shoreline on Lake Leelanau, in the heart of beautiful Leelanau County, Michigan. Fountain Point is for friends and families who want to spend quality time together in a picture-book setting with an atmosphere that has been personal and genuine for 127 years. Located 30 minutes drive north of Traverse City – near Leland, Suttons Bay and Sleeping Bear National Lake Shore.

Resort Amenities

  • Private Cottages in a Social Resort Atmosphere

  • Large Sandy Beach with Child-safe Swim Area

  • Two Waterfront Bonfire Locations with Wood Provided

  • Boat Harbor & Boathouse, Home of The Lake Leelanau Rowing Club

  • Canoes, Kayaks, and Paddle Boards

  • Nature Trail through the Woods

  • Game room with Piano, Pool Table, Ping-Pong, Foosball and Board games

  • Volleyball, Shuffleboard, Horseshoes, Bag Toss, and Frisbee Golf Holes


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Exposures by Rah: Fox Hill Event Center can transform in any setting, including a Star Wars themed wedding in a galaxy far far away

Address: 7640 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac, MI 49601

A unique venue for your wedding, reception, or special event!

– Spring time brings blossoms on the trees and spring flowers around the grounds which make a beautiful backdrop to your special day.

– Summer is relaxing as guests mingle on the manicured lawn and in the courtyard featuring a waterfall.

– Fall is showy with all the different colors mother nature has to offer featuring the changing trees, grasses with plumes, hydrangeas and all the perennials turning a beautiful fall hue.

– Winter is stunning with the sparkling, fresh snow in their serene setting. Your reception will be inside their event center that has glass doors and windows that invite the outside in. While you can host up to 275 people, the space is warm and inviting for groups as small as 75.



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Exposures by Rah: Frankfort Beach winter wedding elpement

Frankfort, MI

Picture this: Two beautiful lighthouses sit on the horizon in the background of your wedding on Lake Michigan's fresh coast. You and the love of your life exchange vows along the sandy shores of Frankfort Beach in Northern Michigan. The team at Exposures by Rah believes it's one of the best places to elope in Michigan. Extra points for a winter elopement!


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Exposures by Rah: Golden Hour at Garvey Family Wedding Barn

Address: 7490 Lautner Rd, Williamsburg, MI 49690

The Barn, originally built in the late 1800’s and located in Northern Michigan, has been lovingly restored by the Garvey family. The barn measures 40 feet by 60 feet and can accommodate up to 150 people. Their 36 x 40 foot cedar deck can accommodate an additional 80 people and can be tented. Of course, they have plenty of additional space for tent set up.

The pastoral setting nestled in a small valley makes this venue the perfect choice for your special occasion. “Rustic Elegance” probably describes this venue best.

The Barn’s hand hewn beams tie the barn to its past while the beautiful dance floor quality flooring provides updated beauty and comfort . Your wedding will be extraordinary, unique, and unforgettable.

they are located a short distance from Lake Michigan in Williamsburg less than two miles from the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa and the site of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), just 10 minutes from Traverse City. Grand Traverse Resort and the GLEF host events at their venue because of their proximity to these venues.


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Exposures by Rah: Grand Traverse Resort sunset portraits during golden hour

Address: 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Acme, MI 49610

Phone: (231) 534-6000

The Resort is home to a diverse selection of venues—from the beach to the ballroom to the barn—as well as numerous options for creating the perfect reception meals. On your wedding day, the expert hands of our spa professionals relax brides and attendants with lavish spa treatments and fashion perfectly-styled hair and makeup for the bridal party. Groomsmen and guests may choose to enjoy a pre-wedding round of golf on one of our three championship golf courses, a friendly game of tennis, or relaxing whirlpool.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has earned a national reputation as a premier wedding destination not only because of our on-site amenities, but also because of our team's expertise in collaborating with various parties, including the bridal couple's parents, wedding planners, and outside vendors chosen by the bride and groom. This teamwork has guided countless themes, visions, and exceptional photography to fruition.

A convenient, centrally-located Midwest wedding location, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is only ten minutes by Resort shuttle from Cherry Capital Airport and six miles from downtown Traverse City.



Address: 13996 Honor Hwy, Honor, MI 49640

Planning a wedding can be a stressful experience, but GreyStone Weddings is committed to providing a stress-free environment for couples on their big day. From the very beginning of the planning process, their team works closely with each couple to ensure that every detail is taken care of and every concern is addressed.

This venue is designed to create a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, with stunning natural scenery, elegance, and comfortable facilities. Their experienced staff is dedicated to making sure that everything runs smoothly, so couples can focus on enjoying their special day with their loved ones.

They offer an all-inclusive wedding experience, and our team is always available to provide guidance and support throughout the planning process. From catering and decor to music and bartending, and so much more, we provide trusted vendors to ensure that everything is perfect.

On the day of the wedding, their team takes care of everything from setup to cleanup, so couples can simply relax and enjoy their day without worrying about any logistical details. They strive to create an unforgettable experience for every couple, and our commitment to providing a stress-free wedding is at the core of everything we do.


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Exposures by Rah: Ballroom at The Hagerty Event Center in downtown Traverse City on West Bay

Address: 715 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686

Exchange your vows on our waterfront courtyard. The Grand Traverse Bay provides the ideal backdrop for your perfect wedding day, as well as a chance to take stunning sunset photos.

Host a magical reception with your wedding guests making memories for a lifetime in this waterfront ballroom. Their ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests with a spectacular view of the Grand Traverse Bay and excellent dining.


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Exposures by Rah: Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan

Address: 1 Woodridge Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Weddings in the Heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes

According to their guests, these are some of the top wedding sites in Michigan. Take a minute to discover our beautiful environment, and reputation for world-class service. We think you'll agree. 


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Exposures by Rah: Bride gets ready inside Hotel Indigo suite

Address: 263 W Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City, MI 49684

Welcome to Traverse City Hotel Indigo, located just a few miles from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the well known Turtle Creek Casino and the Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport. You’ll find yourself indulging in many unique and adverse areas that Traverse City has to offer. Hotel Indigo is an ideal destination, whether you are here for business or pleasure, you will experience sophisticated casual dining in our full service bar and restaurant .We offer a full bar and restaurant, with a vast variety of foods and beverages. Free high speed wireless internet, a well equipped Business Center for faxing, copying and support for all your needs. Our rooms are equipped with plenty of convenience outlets for all of your electronic needs. We have the state of the art Fitness Room for all of you exercise enthusiasts with built in TV’s, I-pod ports and complimentary fruits and drinks. And if you’re here for pleasure, you are just minutes away from outstanding shopping, dining, entertainment and many, many more adventures Traverse City has to offer. No matter what your reason is for visiting Traverse City, no matter what your flavor is, Hotel Indigo will enhance your visit with the comforts of luxurious bedding, historical décor all the cable, movie and sports channels you need. You winter activists will appreciate the no fuss window scrapping or snow brushing with our secure heated parking garage.


Address: 7100 East Traverse Hwy, M-72 West, Traverse City, MI 49684

It is our belief that time and space are key ingredients to creating a peaceful fun filled celebration. Orchard View gives you the opportunity to be completely present to soak every last drop of happiness surrounded by your life partner, family and friends (and hopefully your dogs too!).

Our packages give you the best opportunity and time to set up while enjoying the natural beauty and bounty of Northern Michigan. We encourage our guests to experience everything that Northern Michigan has to offer.


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Exposures by Rah: Bride and groom enjoy a moment away during golden hour photos at Jordan Valley Barn

Address: 4542 South, M-66, East Jordan, MI 49727

Jordan Valley Barn offer a unique rustic atmosphere while remaining elegant and intimate.

Beautiful and stylish decor is offered for you to use on your special day with no extra charge.

On-Site Housing

Spacious and well-stocked guesthouses on-site make planning and celebrating simple and stress-free.

Helpful Staff

Their friendly staff remains available for questions and assistance with setup/tear down, bartending, etc.



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Exposures by Rah: Engagement photos on the lawn at the Traverse City State Hospital, one of your ceremony site options when booking Kirkbride Hall

Address: 700 Cottageview Dr Suite 200, Traverse City, MI 49684

Kirkbride Hall is an intimate Northern Michigan wedding venue with accommodations for wedding receptions up to 160 guests. Looking for an outdoor location? Our historic front lawn acts as the perfect backdrop for a tented reception.

Venues range from our stunning, cathedral-like historic chapel to the natural and serene outdoor location on the front lawn. Whether you are looking for an intimate elopement or a 220-person guest list, they have all the options.



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Exposures by Rah: Leland Lodge in Leelanau County during fall colors

Address: 565 Pearl St, Leland, MI 49654

The perfect place to host your event! The year-round Leland Lodge can accommodate a wide variety of events including weddings, birthday parties, memorials, and other social events. For nearly 100 years The Lodge has been a favorite location for one-of-a-kind weddings. Black-tie or casual, big or small, their event space can be transformed into all that you desire. The Leland Lodge offer three event spaces which can be used jointly or separately. The largest event room, the Oak Room, overlooks the historic Leland Country Club to the east and their landscaped courtyard and garden to the west. Adjacent to the Oak Room, is the Wine Bar and Wine Cellar, which allows for a more intimate and upscale space for private events, including a private terrace overlooking the Leland Country Club. The Courtyard and adjacent Garden creates an idyllic outdoor event space.



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Exposures by Rah: Eloping at the Mission Point Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City

Mission Point Light is a lighthouse located in the U.S. state of Michigan at the end of Old Mission Point, a peninsula jutting into Grand Traverse Bay 17 miles north of Traverse City. When it was built in 1870, it was an exact copy of the Mama Juda Light, which was built on the Detroit River in 1866.


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Exposures by Rah: Pahl's Pumpkin Patch wedding venue in northern Michigan

Address: 11168 M-37, Buckley, MI 49620

This one is a secret gem that not many people know about! Pahl's Pumpkin Patch in Northern Michigan can host your wedding in their Enchanted forest with their covered bridge. It's not advertised as a wedding venue, but Exposures by Rah photographed a Northern Michigan wedding at this gorgeous location. If you're looking for an outdoor wedding venue in Traverse City or the surrounding areas, Pahl's pumpkin patch is located about 15 minutes outside of Traverse City limits, and for the wedding we photographed, they allowed campers to stay on site to prevent any drinking and driving. Call them today to have one of the most unique wedding venues in Michigan!



Address: 300 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Ensure your wedding dreams come true by choosing Park Place Hotel as your venue. From the tiniest details to the most ornate, their team makes sure everything is just as it should be on your special day. They make wedding planning stress-free! Nobody provides a better environment than Park Place Hotel. The character and charm of their event spaces have the capacity for 450 people and are only outmatched by their views of the city and Grand Traverse Bay. Your guests will be able to stay in one of their 140 classically decorated rooms, including two full suites. You and your guests will love the downtown restaurants, shopping, spas, and nightlife that are just steps away from Park Place.



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Exposures by Rah: Old Mission Peninsula wedding venue, The Peninsula Room

The grounds, garden, and stone patio of the Peninsula Room provide the perfect setting for any size wedding.  The following are included in the Peninsula room facilities fee:

·      Chiavari seating for up to 150 guests  

·      Indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pit that includes the private use of a large lawn with perennial gardens and stone patio with a pergola

·      All set up and post-event work 

·      Attentive, courteous service

·      China, glassware, silver, tables and chairs, linens (white tablecloths and napkins)

In-season: Memorial Day weekend – October 31st

Fridays $4,500*

Saturdays $5,500*

Sundays $3,500* 

Off-season: November – mid-May 

Fridays - Sunday $3,000*  

The Peninsula Room reserves their ceremony spaces for those couples who host both the reception and ceremony on property.  Their estate provides unparalleled ceremony locations.  Their great lawn will provide your guests an opportunity to sit among our majestic trees while enjoying stunning views of the West Grand Traverse Bay, Power Island and Bower’s Harbor. 

THE GREAT LAWN

Accommodates up to 150 guests ($1,500* Grounds Fee)Ceremony Fee Includes:

·       Use of their Great Lawn

·       Guests chair rental

·       Use of their bridal suite prior to ceremony

Ceremonies are held on the front lawn (exact location to be determined by Event Director in consultation with host). When hosting a ceremony, the bridal party may use the Bridal Suite, which has mirrors and a make-up areas, and restrooms prior to the ceremony.

 The Peninsula Room is used as a rain alternative (accommodates up to 150 quests).


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Exposures by Rah: An elopement in front of the Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort, MI

Address: 3701 Point Betsie Rd, Frankfort, MI 49635

At Point Betsie, we understand how important location is when planning for your wedding day or other special event. Whether you envision your occassion on the lawn or inside of the lighthouse, you will enjoy a vintage setting for your “first-look” or wedding ceremony.

Point Betsie Lighthouse is one of the premier small wedding destinations in West Michigan. Due to the nature of our historic facility, Point Betsie places a strong emphasis on maintaining and preserving the site. To learn more, please take a few minutes to visit with our helpful staff, by phone or in-person, to be sure that Point Betsie is a fit for your wedding or special event.

Please email reservations@pointbetsie.org to learn more about hosting your special event at Point Betsie. For a more detailed guide to weddings at Point Betsie Lighthouse, including preferred wedding photographers in Northern Michigan, click here.



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Exposures by Rah: Leelanau County vineyard wedding at The Ridge at Verterra

Address: 8080 N Swede Rd, Northport, MI 49670

Nestled amongst the vines on the Leelanau Peninsula, The Ridge is the only wedding destination with views of Lake Michigan to the north and Grand Traverse Bay to the east. Sky and water as far as the eye can see, beautiful rows of manicured vineyards, and natural woodlands all in the same panoramic view.  A reflection pool and babbling brook create the stage for your closest friends and family to enjoy your special occasion.

Our dedicated wedding staff will work within your vision to customize the reception space to fit your specific needs, from a cozy, intimate setting with areas for conversation to a grand celebration of up to 300 people. Come and create your destination event here at The Ridge at Verterra Vineyards. If you're in search of the perfect vineyard wedding in Northern Michigan at one of the finest winery facilities in Michigan, look no further!


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Exposures by Rah: Sleeping Bear Dunes elopement photographer in Northern Michigan

Address: 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630

Contact: dawn_majewski@nps.gov or (231) 326-4741.

With crystal blue waters, sandy beaches, panoramic overlooks, and historic farms and landscapes, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers breathtaking backdrops for small informal weddings. Accommodating weddings requires careful planning to protect park resources and limit intrusions on recreational visitors.

Scheduling a wedding

Wedding ceremonies may be scheduled up to one year in advance.Permits are issued for wedding ceremonies only; receptions are not permitted.Picnic areas may not be reserved and are available only on a first-come basis.Wedding permits will not be issued for heavy use periods – Memorial Day weekend, July Fourth weekend, and Labor Day weekend.

To apply

Submit a Special Use Permit application.Include a nonrefundable $50.00 cost recovery fee with your application or submit the application fee on pay.gov.Select a site from the List of Approved Locations for Weddings in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.Attached any maps, diagrams or other information that may be helpful to the park staff.

If your application is approved

A permit containing applicable terms and conditions will be sent to you.The permit must be signed and returned to the park with a $100.00 cost recovery fee for final approval before the wedding ceremony can take place.Cost recovery fees may be submitted on pay.gov.



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Exposures by Rah: Wedding dress hanging inside Sonshine Barn in Gaylord, MI

Address: 2838 Wilkinson Rd, Gaylord, MI 49735

Whats Included

The Barn 

  • Seats 250 guests

  • Bridal Suite with private entrance

  • Modern amenities including A/C and heat

  • 2 restrooms

  • Handicapped accessible

  • Deck

  • Caterers prep room & bar

  • Available from Friday noon to Saturday at midnight

The Farmhouse

  • 6 bedrooms/7 bathrooms, sleeps 24

  • Master Suite includes:

  • TV

  • Ensuite with shower and bathtub

  • Large Walk-in Closet

  • 2 spacious living rooms

  • Gourmet kitchen with an island

  • Dining room

  • Laundry room

  • Game room

  • Outdoor Fire Pit

  • Expansive Back Deck

  • Available from Friday noon to Sunday noon

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The Clubhouse

  • Half-court basketball gym

  • Billiard table

  • 2 full bathrooms

  • Small kitchen

  • Spacious deck

  • Available from Friday noon to Sunday noon

The Grounds

  • Accommodates outdoor weddings

  • Landscaped grounds & rolling hills

  • Fenced-in, lighted parking

  • Cobblestone driveway

  • Putting Green

  • Playground


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Exposures by Rah: Starry Night Barn Wedding Venue in Suttons Bay, MI on the Leelanau Peninsula

Address: 2421 N Jacobson Rd, Suttons Bay, MI 49682

Starry Night Barn & Studios opened in the spring of 2017 as a premier wedding and events venue located on the Leelanau Peninsula in beautiful Suttons Bay, MI. Starry Night Barn has been respectfully renovated (and continues to be), maintaining its historic barn bones, with modern conveniences and full accommodations to meet all safety and code requirements. This location is a dream for any northern Michigan wedding photographer. Starry Night Barn & Studios and Century Farm Cottages, our guest accommodations, are perfect for guests seeking a space that offers a slow-paced, relaxed environment to fully enjoy and experience every minute of your special event.  We hope to offer our guests peace of mind and time to be with family and loved ones to share, reflect, and be in the moment during their Leelanau County wedding.


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Exposures by Rah: The Enchanted Mirror Photo Booth is the perfect addition to your wedding reception at Stoneridge Barn in Buckley, MI

Address: 620 W Wexford Ave, Buckley, MI 49620

Reception and Ceremony $4,000 (as of Jan 2024)

  • Seating for up to 200 guests with white linen overlays.

  • Seating above 200 guests available for an additional fee, can seat 220 indoors and an additional 150 guests on the outdoor patio. 

  • Newly renovated commercial bathrooms.

  • Outdoor ceremony location. Ceremony chairs/ benches for wedding for an additional fee. 

Reception $4,000

(Same as above without ceremony)

  • Seating for up to 200 guests with white linen overlays.

  • Seating above 200 guests available for an additional fee, can seat 220 indoors and an additional 150 guests on the outdoor patio. 

  • Newly renovated commercial bathrooms.

Bar

  • Commercial bar located indoors.

  • All alcohol has to be provided by client, or a licensed bartender. Any alcohol WILL NOT be provided by The Stoneridge Barn. 

  • Outdoor patio bar can be used for an additional fee. 

Food

  • You may choose to have a licensed caterer but it is not required. 

  • You are responsible for all food or catering service. 

Extras

  • You can upgrade any table, chairs or linens by your own choice.

  • Any extras you will be responsible for. 

Set up / Tear Down

  • Seating set up and tear down of all items are included by The Stoneridge Barn according to the agreed upon floor plan.

  • All detailed setup must be arranged in advance and may be performed by an outside source, such as the bride/ groom’s family , friends, or Wedding Planner.

All Other Events

  • Price will be determined by function and amount of guests. 

PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE A TOUR! 



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Exposures by Rah: Timberlee Hills offers expansive northern Michigan views as an indoor or outdoor wedding venue

Address: 10484 S Timberlee Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684

"Surrounded by the natural beauty of northern Michigan, our outdoor ceremony space offers stunning panoramic views with the privacy you desire. Complete with perennial gardens, a waterfall, and pond, it’s a short walk from the lodge and its ample parking. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, a backup indoor ceremony site is also available.

After you say your “I dos,” it’s time to celebrate. Our recently updated, modern lodge has the versatility to meet the needs of every guest list. For parties of up to 70 people, our fireplace room offers a more intimate gathering spot. Our larger reception space and covered patio overlook the valley and, at a combined area of 4500 square feet, hosts up to 200 guests. If you’d rather keep everything in the fresh air, we can also accommodate outdoor receptions."


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Exposures by Rah: Wedding party jumps on the bounce pad at Timber Ridge RV Resort & Campground

Address: 4050 E Hammond Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686

"With our indoor banquet facility and outdoor tents, we can help create any atmosphere you’ll love, whether it’s a casual or elegant affair. With our gorgeous wooded setting we can help you customize just the event you’re hoping for.

Our onsite cabins and campsites means that your guests can stay right on the property. Many area hotels are just minutes away if that is your guest’s preference. With Timber Ridge, you have all you need to set up a successful event! 

Timber Ridge features an uncommon, natural environment for its group events. Hold your event in the log-cabin setting of the banquet facility (seats up to 170), cozy and intimate lodge (for up to 50 guests) or the natural surroundings of the woods in an outdoor tent (seats up to 250).

With an abundance of group activities, sports, games, accommodations, two kitchens and environment suited for festive celebrations and events, Timber Ridge is the perfect host venue. Planners can schedule events of different varieties, whether they are casual barbecues under the sun or formal occasions of rustic elegance.

Many packages are available that can compliment your event type."



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