Mackinac Bridge Lovers

When Paul asked Amy to marry him, the two were 562 feet above the Straits of Mackinac, looking out from the Bridge Tower. Having a close connection to Michigan and to the Bridge itself, Paul dreamed about the one place he would choose to ask for her hand – the Mackinac Bridge.


In case you don’t know, The Mackinac Bridge, or the “Mighty Mac” as it is known, is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere, and connects the lower and upper peninsulas of Michgian.  Spanning 3800 feet, it crosses over the Straits of Mackinac. 


Dreams came true, and Amy said, “Yes!” 

The selection of the wedding location had to be made.

Amy, a University of Florida graduate and a native Floridian and Paul, a Michigan State graduate and from Michigan, chose Mackinac Island.  Friends of theirs from their home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Paul and Amy met, were invited to the wedding which was held at the Inn at Stonecliffe, with an all important and beautiful view of Mighty Mackinac Bridge!

Wedding Coordinator, Carole Erbel, of For the Love of Mackinac! was selected to plan and coordinate the wedding. The bride was readied in the Mansion, and her hair and make-up was provided at the hotel by Christy Lucas of Vintage Glam on Market

The wedding ceremony was held on the lawn of the Inn at Stonecliffe.  Floral arrangements were provided by Samantha Belonga of St Ignace in Bloom.  A scrolled, heart design of white rose petals created an aisle runner for Amy. Standing floral arrangements on each side of the bride and groom were stunning focal points.  The service was conducted in by Minister Marie Hulett. The guests were let in on a private joke of Paul’s which included baiting Amy to come down the aisle with chocolate chip cookies.  Guests laughed and held out the treats to the surprise of this stunning bride! The open lawn and portico of the Inn at Stonecliffe was the location of the cocktail hour. Guests and the couple enjoyed live string music, Cornhole and Lawn Jenga until it was time to enter the reception tent at Stonecliffe.

Photographer Christi Dupre, of Island Photo, walked Paul and Amy around the grounds of the resort, through wooded trails and to an opening revealing full length views of their special Mackinac Bridge. Many beautiful photos were taken during this fun and intimate time for Amy and Paul. 

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Following photos with Island Photo, the dinner reception began.

A garland of greenery and a chandelier centerpiece beautifully created by St Ignace in Bloom provided a sophisticated flair to the lovely reception setting. A sweet tooth by confession, Amy’s desire of a cookie and cake sweets table was abundantly provided by Paige Armstong of Bella e Dolce.  Favor’s of fudge were provided by Joann’s Fudge.  The night continued in a relaxing pace, allowing Paul and Amy to enjoy their favorite place with their favorite view, the Mighty Mac, where it all began. 


Christi Dupre