a sultry, autumn affair

From JS Weddings & Events “As one season ends and we prepare for the next, there are treasures to be discovered and wonders to see! With each season comes a new beginning and the ever-changing colors unfolding before our eyes.

With a fascination for the mysterious and a desire for the inexplicable, we take a walk deep into the trees of Riley Trails in Michigan. Enter into this ethereal forest, where under the sparkling canopy of copper and bronze, the woods come alive with the marvelous and extraordinary wonders of the season!”

Purple and grey wedding invitations with calligraphy | Kate Marrow Photography Gold brushed macarons | Kate Marrow Photography Jewel toned bridal bouquet and black lace wedding dress | Kate Marrow Photography Wedding quotes | Kate Marrow Photography Outdoor Michigan forest wedding reception | Kate Marrow Photography

From JS Weddings & Events – “A dark and sultry photo shoot tells a story reminiscent of the darkest of forest shadows, the blackest of winter skies, plush verdant moss, and a dazzling setting sun.

In my desire for something different, I drew inspiration from an unexpected place: a black wedding dress! Using the finest and silkiest of English tulle and lace, I hand dyed the fabric over five times to reach the richest of blacks, and then pieced this dress together by hand, layer upon layer.”

Autumnal lounge area | Kate Marrow Photography Gold charger plates | Kate Marrow Photography Black lace and tulle wedding dress | Kate Marrow Photography Candelabra | Kate Marrow Photography Pink rose boutonnière | Kate Marrow Photography Wedding signage | Kate Marrow Photography Bridesmaids in plum and a black wedding dress | Kate Marrow Photography

“With such a dress as the inspiration, the style ante was brought up a notch or two. Moody and vibrant berry hues were highlighted against midnight blacks, winter creams, and opulent metals.

Delicate and feminine embroidered lace played alongside luxuriously textured fabrics like velvet and wool. Locally grown harvest vegetables were paired with colorful fruits and sweet treats.”

Black lace and tulle wedding dress | Kate Marrow Photography Menu card | Kate Marrow Photography Bouquet with black velvet ribbon | Kate Marrow Photography Outdoor Michigan forest wedding | Kate Marrow Photography Stylish gold bar cart | Kate Marrow Photography Chair greenery | Kate Marrow Photography Jewel toned bridesmaids bouquet | Kate Marrow Photography Black lace wedding dress | Kate Marrow Photography

“Multiple linens were layered to add drama and depth to the elegantly styled head table that was adorned with escort cards written with whimsical calligraphy and placed atop the most gorgeous of china.

Dark and intense blooms accented by trailing leafy branches complimented the vintage furniture, beautiful chalkboard signs, and two seriously gorgeous couples.

This day would not have been a success with out each vendor bringing years of expertise and talents in various art forms. I would like to extend a big thank you to each and every one of them!”


Photography: Kate Marrow // Design, Florals, Styling, & Planning: JS Weddings & Events // Macarons: Le Bon Macaron // Paper Goods: A Fabulous Fete // Chalkboard sign: I Do Signs // Rentals: Special Events Rental // Bridal Dress: Jessica Swagman // Bridesmaid Dress: Bianka Bridal // Groom’s Accessories: Modern Renaissance Man // Models: Nicholas Hawkins, Zachary Hawkings, Sarala Therpstra, and Sandhya Poelman // Venue: Riley Trails in Holland, Michigan.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. I LOVE THIS!! Gahhh. The details are absolutely gorgeous.. and the colors of the natural surroundings blended magnificently with the decor <3 Lovely post!! Thank you very much for sharing this with us. 🙂

  2. The jewel tones are gorgeous!

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