Michigan natives Marion and Ben grew up near lakes, share a love of sailing, and even got engaged on the beach. So it was no surprise that Lake Michigan played a key role in their wedding. The couple exchanged vows aboard the Manitou, a replica of a cargo schooner from the 1800s, then headed back to shore for a beach-themed reception at the Park Place Hotel.

This couple cruises their way into marriage with a seaside celebration

Michigan natives Marion and Ben grew up near lakes, share a love of sailing, and even got engaged on the beach. So it was no surprise that Lake Michigan played a key role in their wedding. The couple exchanged vows aboard the Manitou, a replica of a cargo schooner from the 1800s, then headed back to shore for a beach-themed reception at the Park Place Hotel.

A bridesmaid's bouquet is displayed in a vase with shells and stones. In keeping with the wedding's beach theme, shells were sprinkled throughout the reception room and clipped to organza covering the chairs.

Location: Traverse City, MI