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Top 9 Bridal Gown Designers


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How gorgeous is our July bride, Bailee, in her Galia Lahav gown pictured above?! Selecting your bridal gown is one of the most exciting parts of the planning process. Trying on exquisite gowns with your friends and family is one of the moments when the excitement of the wedding planning process and the fact that you are a bride truly sinks in! With many talented designers and fabulous bridal boutiques across the country, we have compiled our top 9 favorite bridal designers who will make you look (and feel!) your best on your wedding day!

  1. Monique Lhuillier – there is a reason Monique Lhuillier is the most popular designer amongst our ADIM brides…her designs are sophisticated, stylish and embody a playful, femininity! The acclaimed designer cites nature as one of her biggest inspirations, thus hosting her gorgeous Spring 2017 collection at Ladurée’s gardens made for the perfect setting!
  2. Oscar de la Renta – Oh Oscar…so classic and so chic! The line can bring out the romantic in all of us with the stunning silhouettes made of the most luxurious fabrics. Lead Designer Peter Copping strikes the perfect balance of classic and modern elements. We especially adore Look 10 from the Spring 2017 collection – a sculptural trumpet gown with satin organza bow!
  3. Vera Wang – Vera is an iconic bridal designer. She effortlessly captures the modern bride through her work. This season Vera opted to create a film with director Gordon von Steiner, instead of showcasing her collection in a showroom or atelier. While Vera has moved to a moodier aesthetic, we adore her use of floral and pearl embellishments on her gowns.
  4. Ines di Santo – Raised in Buenos Aires and studying in Milan, the influence Ines de Santo finds from her Spanish and Italian heritage is evident in her work. The dedication to feminine form and exquisite craftsmanship is evident in every collection.  A sense of movement and stunning lace and embroidery can be found in the designer’s gowns!
  5. Marchesa – There is always a sense of fantasy in Marchesa’s bridal collections – they are seriously dreamy! For Spring 2017, designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig cite “fairytale gardens” as their biggest inspiration. Marchesa understands the allure of destination weddings and multiple ceremonies. They have created gowns with detachable skirts, allowing brides to wear two different silhouettes!
  6. Reem Acra – An upscale bridal market favorite, Lebanese-born Reem Acra launched her eponymous bridal line in New York in 1997. Her romantic dresses are adorned with beautiful beadwork and embellishment. When discussing her Spring 2017 collection, Reem says it is “where the trend begins and the tradition continues.” Her gowns are perfect for brides who wish to be in style but timeless!
  7. Galia Lahav – Based in Tel Aviv, Galia Lahav designs elegant gowns for the modern bride. The dresses are acclaimed for their illusion backs, cascading silk tulle skirts, and Italian ivory lace, each hand made by a team of expert seamstresses. The level of detail and the fit of these gowns are truly breathtaking…I mean have you seen Bailee in her gown above?!
  8. Jenny Packham – British Designer Jenny Packham creates the loveliest gowns with a slight bohemian flair. The gowns exude old romance, while capturing modern touches. Our bride this past weekend wore Jenny Packham and looked absolutely divine!
  9. Elie Saab – Spring 2017 marked the designers bridal collection debut! Elie Saab is always glamorous and never afraid of creating grand, embellished red carpet looks. It is easy to say his debut collection did not disappoint! Swoon!

Happy Anniversary Erik & Craig!


Erik and Craig,

Like your wedding day, we hope your first year of marriage has been filled with contagious laughter, heartfelt smiles and pure joy. We are so thankful you allowed us to be a part of your special day one year ago. The love your share for one another is truly inspiring and as we reflect back on your wedding day, our hearts are warmed with the fond memories we hold so dear. Happy anniversary! We send our love and best wishes for many more years of wedded bliss!


The Ladies of A Day in May Events

p.s. your wedding trailer still brings happy tears every time we watch!


Q&A with ADIM – The Team’s Wedding Days

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It is a bittersweet week here at the ADIM office. We have two very exciting events coming up on Saturday, and on Sunday I will be returning to Ann Arbor to get ready for school. I’ve spent the last three months planning parties with these ladies, and in the meantime, thinking of my future (okay, extremely distant future) wedding. Let’s see what they have to say about their very own special days.

Where did you get married?

Alicia:  Emily and I both got married at a venue in Northern Michigan on the shores of Lake Leelanau… Crooked Creek Ranch. My best friend’s uncle has owned the property for years, so 11 years ago (wow, it’s been a long time!) when we were looking for a venue this was the original barn location in Northern Michigan and with a charm that we loved.

Tana: My husband and I got married at Snow Moon Ranch in Maple City, MI. It’s a beautiful working llama farm (I know it sounds weird) that’s perched up on a bluff. This allows for panoramic views of Big and Little Glen Lake and Leelanau County. Our wedding date was September 28th and we had the most amazing Indian summer day. The leaves we’re starting to turn and it was absolutely picture perfect!

Emily: Pieter and I got married at Crooked Creek Ranch on Lake Leelanau. We both wanted a barn wedding, surrounded by natural property, but when we found that Crooked Creek is also on the water, it was the cherry on top. With me being an avid equestrian and Pieter being a Merchant Mariner, this blend of ‘barn meets water’ was truly the perfect backdrop to say our vows. 

Kerry:  Our wedding ceremony was at Ciccone Vineyard and the reception was at the Hagerty Center here in Traverse City. These two locales allowed our guests to experience two of our favorite things about Northern Michigan: the water and the wine 🙂


Image via Jen Kroll Photography
What was your favorite moment of your wedding?

Alicia: Just like we tell our couples to enjoy the moment because the day goes by so fast that you have to make a conscience effort to slow it down, close your eyes and make a point to remember, my wedding day flew by! I have so many little memories of our wedding day that make it special, but probably my favorite, and one that most may feel is the most traumatic, was when it started raining in the middle of our wedding ceremony. We were playing Russian Roulette with the weather (I guess that’s what happens when you are a planner) and since the rain plan was my call I chose to risk it. We thought that we were in the clear as there was a little baby storm cloud in the distance and started the ceremony on time, outside, under a beautiful apple tree. After I saw my handsome groom at the end of the aisle, and my dad and I were standing at the altar, the rain started. I could see the water spots on my flower girl dresses and the rain on Kyle’s jacket collecting. My dad politely interrupted our officiant, as only a concerned dad could do (afterall I was squeezing the crap out of his arm and whispered “let’s go”) and like a good old fashioned church revival, all 133 guests picked up their chairs and moved into the back up tent which we had on stand by a stones throw away. Our friends and groomsmen moved the musician’s equipment, my dad and I stood under an umbrella and we waiting patiently and our ushers carried our pergola to the cover of the tent. God bless my wedding coordinator, Polly, she was probably dying as she watched what was happening, but to me it was incredible. All of these special people in our lives, whom we invited to celebrate with us, to host and take care of, were doing life with us. We could not control the rain but no matter what happened we were still going to get married and as community gathered that rainy day in May, we all did life together.

Tana: So many favorite moments- having all of our friends and family join us and be able to experience Northern Michigan, getting down on the dance floor with the ladies of ADIM, being able to celebrate the day with trusted colleagues who are also dear friends, our amazing ceremony performed by Rabbi Chava Bahle, I could go on and on but it was the very best day (now only second to the birth of our son).

Emily: Celebrating with everyone! Honestly, it was terribly cold during our September wedding and I think it encouraged everyone to get on the dance floor to stay warm. It was such an incredible feeling to be surrounded by the laughing, smiling (and sometimes singing) faces of everyone that you love so very much. Friends and family came from all over the States, and even as far as the Netherlands, to support and celebrate Pieter and me. I will never forget that perfect day of being all together.

Kerry: I loved being surrounded by our incredible friends and family. The day was filled with so much love all around…but my favorite moment was probably our “first look” where Jeff and I did a sneak peek before our ceremony and we were able to share a few special moments just the two of us before we spent the rest of the day celebrating!


Image via Jen Kroll Photography

What advice do you have for newly engaged couples who are planning their wedding?

Alicia: Well that’s obvious… hire us! Just kidding… kinda. In all seriousness, the advice I give to everyone I talk to, whether we plan their wedding or not, is to “enjoy the process.” I wish that as a young bride that I would have enjoyed being engaged more than the planning and one way to do that is to hire a planner and a team that will support you and your vision throughout the entire process, not just the wedding day. Also, when you make a decision, rest soundly in that decision and move on to the next item on your to do list. If you are working with a planner, trust them and the items they lay before you. If you are planning the wedding yourself, the only way to move forward and keep on task, aka: manage your project, is to keep order and build upon each decision. Set reasonable goals and give yourself enough time to complete each task.

Tana: Don’t sweat the small stuff. While a lot of details and planning- and a couple late nights/early mornings- went into our day, by the time Friday rolled around if something wasn’t done or had been bothering me, I didn’t care. To have all of our friends and family in town enjoying Northern Michigan and celebrating with us, that’s all that really matters.

On a more serious note, make sure you take a good hard look at your guest list. If it would have been up to my husband, I swear we would have had 300 people invited but knowing that I wanted a semi-small wedding (we ended up with a guest count of 135) and we had a budget, I fought back on sending invites to certain long lost friends and distant relatives. Chances are, if you haven’t talked to them in quite some time or don’t even know who they are, you won’t miss them at your wedding.

Emily: Enjoy the process!! Planning a wedding can be stressful at times but I truly believe that if you stay organized and stop to smell the roses along your route, you’re going to enjoy the experience. Don’t get so caught up in the black and white details that you aren’t able to realize what special and meaningful elements you’re selecting as your backdrop. Call on your family and friends for help and don’t forget to ask the experts! There’s a wealth of knowledge out there and don’t be afraid to call on those who can help you when you need it.

 Kerry: Don’t get stressed and wrapped up in the minute details…that’s what great planners are for 😉  Be in the moment and enjoy your engagement, the planning process and most importantly, your wedding day!  It is such a special time for you and your fiancé. Be present! The day goes by too quickly to sweat the small stuff.

Image via Alicia Magnuson Photography

What do you believe is the key to a happy and fulfilling marriage?

Alicia: Being married is the hardest, most difficult, most rewarding and incredible thing I have ever done. The key to creating a happy life with your significant other, whether married or not, is to embrace change. Life is full of twists, turns, ups, and downs. It’s not about how you weather the storm, it’s how you ride the waves; together. And its ok to reach for the swim floaties one day and do a hand stand on the surf board the next!

Tana: Patience, compromise, alone time and wine haha! In all seriousness, I love my husband but there are days when we drive each other absolutely bonkers (I’m blaming it on the fact that we’re both the first borns in our families and are very strong willed and not first to admit we’re wrong). We’ve found that it’s helpful that we each have our own hobbies and spend time away from each other just as much as we spend time together. We moved into a new house this spring (before we were a bit cramped in our condo) and the fact that he has his garage and I have the house is a blessing. Also, being able to get outside and enjoy our deck, a couple libations and conversation after the little guy goes to bed is a good thing and is certainly relaxing.

Emily: Respect and support. 100%. You cannot have a successful marriage if you don’t respect and support the person you’re with. Respect their dreams, their endeavors, their passions and their goals. Support them in their accomplishments, successes and especially when they need to be uplifted. You’ve chosen this person to be by your side forever and by being a supportive team, you’ll forever be the strength you need in each other. Laugh along the way and don’t forget to be friends. Make sure to take breaks together  from life’s hectic turns to enjoy the life that you’re creating together. I firmly believe that the reason Pieter and I are such a great team is because we are always each other’s support system.

Kerry: Laughter. When you find someone you can laugh with and you truly enjoy one another’s company, you will be able to navigate life’s highs and lows and have a fun time throughout the journey! Planning regular date nights and taking in new experiences together is also important!


Image via Jen Kroll Photography

While I love the times I get to joke around and laugh with these women, they are, to the core, the most caring and loving people and I cherish the times I get to see that side of them. As a girl with a bit of a black soul (Tana is with me on this one), the ADIM team somehow has convinced me to love love.

Not a goodbye but a see you later,


Oh, and don’t forget, GO BLUE!







Happy Anniversary Chris & Scott!


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It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since “Camp Wanderlust” aka “The Best Week Ever.” You are such a special couple and we love getting to witness your beautiful journey together. We hope your first year of marriage has been spectacular and filled with much love and endless adventure as you have embarked on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Though we may be miles apart, we will forever be close at heart. Happy Anniversary!

With love,

The Ladies of A Day in May Events

Inspired by Gray Malin


We have been spoiled with warm, sunny days here in Northern Michigan. Channeling our love for long days at the beach, is photographer Gray Malin. His work sparks a sense of wanderlust and makes you want to escape to dreamy tropical locales. Through his camera lens, Gray Malin can take viewers on visual journey to some of the most beautiful locations around the world. His work has captured the attention of art and fashion enthusiasts. Expanding from photography prints to a comprehensive lifestyle brand, we adore Gray Malin’s perspective.


Bondi Beach


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Maiori Umbrellas


Prada Marfa at Dawn


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  1. Gray Malin Beaches Book
  2. Coogee Beach Horizontal Print
  3. The Maroubra Bay iPhone Case
  4. Carry on Cocktail Kit 
  5. Fun in the Sun Gift Wrap Party Pack
  6. Champagne Balloons Print