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Beach Weddings: White Musings

Waking up to eight inches of fresh snow makes a person dreamy about a white wedding on a warm, sandy beach…well, maybe not any one, but it’s certainly an appropriate time for the bride- and groom-to-be to start planning for a romantic wedding on a Lake Michigan beach.

Despite the thick blanket of snow, Michigan’s Benzie County—tucked on the western edge of the mitten’s pinkie finger—is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. Years ago, I attended a beach wedding on the east coast, in an unnamed state on the Atlantic Ocean. Maybe it was just a bad year, but the beach itself was not very wide and the trapped algae and bits of junk was not, well, very romantic. In contrast, we have the Big Lake. Lake Michigan blesses Benzie County with beaches at the towns of Frankfort and Elberta. The endless stretches of well kept sand offers beautiful views and ample parking. Not to mention the more private, access road beaches; including Grace, Point Betsie, or Peterson roads—all would be great settings for a breath-taking sunset wedding.

But then what, after the ceremony does the whole wedding party have to travel miles inland for the reception? Nope, there are plenty of great wedding reception venues right here in Benzie County. The Grace Road and Elberta beaches are in close proximity to the renovated, historic Elberta Life-Saving Station, complete with outdoor walkways along the picturesque Betsie Bay. Frankfort and Point Betsie beach weddings would be more convenient to the Oliver Art Center, another historic landmark, recently renovated with a gourmet kitchen for cooking courses and reception events.  Depending on size of the wedding party, there’s many gathering places in- and outdoors—from local parks in Frankfort, Elberta, Beulah (don’t forget the gorgeous Crystal Lake), to lodges, bed-n-breakfast resorts, and town halls to rent. The exquisite natural beauty only adds to a stress-free, grand wedding in northern Michigan!

A bride who’s starting to plan her wedding day, really could not find a better place to dream up the perfect beach wedding, situated right here in Benzie County. Just substitute the white stuff on the ground right now for cottony, white clothing and imagine your barefeet massaged by warm sand….ahhhhh, this is the place to make a lifetime of memories.

Beach wedding on Lake Michigan

With my back to the Betsie Bay and Lake Michigan, I focused and took this photo of The Elizabeth Oliver Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Crystal Lake Art Center).

Right next to Harbor Shores beach wedding ceremoniesYou may have already heard, this is Benzie County’s newest and most exciting venue for special events, especially wedding receptions. They display beautiful art and work very well with professional catering companies,  like us!

They are located adjacent to Harbor Shores Resort, which has been accommodating brides and grooms by providing their beach on Lake Michigan for wedding ceremonies. Super cool for those who have always dreamed of have their wedding on the beach.

For more information, go to: http://crystallakecatering.com/community/venues.


Elberta Life Saving Station solid venue

This entire winter has been wacky. Wacky it was today as well. I sea kayaked the entire north shore of Crystal Lake. It definitely felt like a late summer day without all of the people and activities. Betise bay wedding reception siteI slept with the windows down last night. Its still winter!

Before a visit to the Colorado Rockies, I took this shot of the Elberta Life Saving Station. My buddy Ross fixed all of the windows and doors as you can see his construction materials. We catered about 7-10 gigs there last year and hope to do about as many this year too.   This place is one of Benzie’s premier wedding reception sites. Beach ceremonies are commonly conducted nearby at either the Elberta Beach or Frankfort Beach. Have your wedding ceremony on the beach and host your reception near by at The Elberta Life Savings station. You’ll be happy you did, especially if you have The Crystal Lake Catering Company share northern Michgan’s best with you and your guests.

For more information, go to: http://crystallakecatering.com/community/venues