Sydnie & Alex
Sydnie first met Alex in college when she was 19 years old. One of her bridesmaids was a coworker and friend of Alex’s and introduced them. During a trip to Sunset Point on Presque Isle in Marquette, they were talking and watching the sunset from Alex’s truck. Sydnie felt so at home and safe there and thought that she could do this with him every day for the rest of her life and never be sick of it.
They said “I love you” after about 2 weeks of knowing each other and they both knew the feelings were real even though it was early on in the relationship. Now 7 years later, they’re married, living in Traverse City, and have a sweet little English Bulldog named Winston.
They are most looking forward to have someone to choose every single day. They recognize that there will be highs and lows of course, but they are such a strong unit and have so much faith and love for each other that they know they can get through anything together.
Two days before Christmas of 2021, Alex took Sydnie to the park for an impromptu photoshoot with his brother who dabbles in photography. She thought they were just going to have a few cute Christmas photos as a couple and then be on their way because it was freezing outside. But they stayed at the park a little while and walked around, and at one point Sydnie was turned away from him and when she turned back around he was down on one knee. They both were crying happy tears, and she said yes with absolute certainty. It was one of the happiest days of her life.
The Day & Design
Sydnie and Alex describe their wedding as timeless, vintage, and classic. They had a very traditional style ceremony and reception, where they wanted people to feel like they were transported into a different era, from the newspaper wedding programs, to Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday playing during the cocktail hour and reception. A few unique details about the day is that they had Blackrocks Brewery bring in a keg of Honey Lav, which they describe as the very essence of summer. The newspaper wedding program written from their dog Winston’s perspective. Their beautiful balloon arch set up with a photo booth. They also had Sydnie’s family sit on the right of the aisle and Alex’s family on the left of the aisle, this way both of our sides could face us during the ceremony.
The Couple’s Advice
Work together as a team and make it about both of you. It’s easy to get caught up in trends, but staying off Pinterest will literally save your mental health. Also, grooms should check in with their fiance’s and see what they need help with instead of expecting the bride to just give you a to-do list – being a proactive groom is going to make your future wife very happy and feel supported.