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Alina and Chris

Suttons Bay, MI, United States

Chris and I have known each other for more than a decade and began our relationship as friends. He met my brother through soccer and began spending time with my family and our mutual friends while we were in high school. It wasn't until after college, when most of our friends were scattered across the country, that we began spending time together one-on-one and our relationship evolved. We had only been dating four months when I was accepted into DePaul's graduate program and made the decision to move to Chicago. Chris followed - and six years later, proposed on our rooftop overlooking the city we've made our second home.

I had always dreamed of getting married "up north" (northern Michigan). My parents have been exploring Michigan's northwest coast since the 70's, and we've spent summers and ski trips in the area since I was a little girl. When Chris and I started dating, he joined our annual family vacations and fell in love with the natural beauty and slower pace. We couldn't imagine celebrating our marriage anywhere else, and when it came time to search for a venue we prioritized the water, great food and an atmosphere with casual elegance. We chose Ciccone Vineyard for its breathtaking view of the bay, and worked with Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events to bring to life our vision. They curated a roster of expert vendors with our intention in mind: immersing our guests in an intimate experience embracing everything we love about the area - from local flavors and traditions to our own personal touches.

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