Wedding at Hydrangea Blu, Rockford Mi
Wedding at Hydrangea Blu, Rockford Mi
Tucked away in the gorgeous town of Rockford, Mi is a 10acre farm that houses many events and weddings from the months of May to Octobers in it’s beautiful rustic Blu Barn, Hydrangea Blu. The rustic Blu barn houses the perfect setting of your dance party that follows your “I Do’s” with a gorgeous tent just off the barn to laugh, indulge in yummy food, and toast to the new couple.
I was contacted by Allie and Colin to do their wedding flowers for their I Do’s in June and when she mentioned they had booked one of my favorite Photographers, Cynthia Boyle, I was pumped. I knew this wedding would be one to write about.
Once we sat down to chat flowers, I asked her about her wedding venue, Hydrangea Blu. She couldn’t stop gushing about how beautiful it was and how amazing Kate, the owner and coordinator, was to work with. To me, that was music to my ears. Connecting with venues that have hands on owners or coordinators are my favorite and ones that are easy to communicate with are even better.
As I do with every venue I haven’t visited yet, (because let’s be honest… there are so many beautiful venues in Michigan, specially barn venues, you can’t possibly been to all of them) I look them up on Instagram and their webpage to stalk their beauty, get equated with their story, and their staff.
I was instantly in love with all that Hydrangea Blu had to offer. Let’s start with the unique Blu of the barn. It’s the darkest blue I have ever seen. A mix of navy blue meets black. If you look at the barn as your inspiration for your color scheme you can go a few ways..
Light color palate will pops against the dark.
If you’re more into the dark and moody color scheme the barn will make for a perfect compliment to the burgundies, dark purples, deep reds.
I can only image what it would be like to have a jewel tone wedding with you mix of greens, purples, fuchsia and royal blue with the dark blu barn as your back drop. Sign me up for that wedding please!
Allie and Collin went with a soft romantic palate and it was gorgeous. The soft blushes, ivory, nude tones and light greenery played well with the over all setting of the location. Bridal portraits in front of the farm house, bridal party pictures through the grasses and fields surrounding the venue and the “I Do” backdropped with a beautiful old tree.
The ceremony site… just you wait till you see it in person. I think my eyes popped out of my head when I saw how beautiful the whole set up was. A large four corner chuppah or arch or pergola or (whatever you want to call it) with a gorgeous tree and open field behind it, set as your “I Do” backdrop. Then add in the reveal doors at the end of the aisle.
Picture this, the groom standing at the end of the aisle. He hasn’t seen his soon to be wife yet, dressed in a T in her bridal look. Guests are all seated, the bridal party has made their way down the aisle. The music starts to play, as the doors slowly open. There in the middle stands the bride dressed to impress, hair done up, make up to a natural minimum, supporting figure on one arm (dad, mom, grandpa, brother, uncle, whoever it is that is specially chosen to escort the bride) and her bridal bouquet on the other. Beaming smile across her face, cheeks turning rosy read, and eyes only on her man.
One of my favorite parts of the wedding are the first looks whether it’s private or during the ceremony. The raw emotion that is shown during those moments are beautiful and priceless. Allie and Collins were no different.
Did I mention that the venue has fainting goats? Yes, I said goats. This is literally my dream, a farm with goats! Secretly this may have been my favorite part about setting up Allie and Colin’s wedding was seeing the goats. It was also a little hard to stay focused on flowers because all I wanted to do was go pet the them.
Ok, so the goats are only a side note but I couldn’t help it. I had to add include Mary Jane and Willie into the story because they are adorable and a big part of the Hydrangea Blu family.
Back to the Barn. There is a beautiful white tent that sites just outside the barn. Enough room to give everyone a little cover from the sun and add the perfect setting for an outdoor reception. Then you have the renovated hay barn with beautiful exposed wood beams, ample amount of dance flooring to get your dance moves on, small seating areas and a bar to stay hydrated.
I always ask the bride if they’re getting ready on site or in a hotel or home before the wedding. Most venues offer some type of space for the bride to at least hide out in as the guest arrive. Hydrangea Blu has the perfect setting for both the groom and his best men and the bride and all her best gals. A seating area, little side tables, and long counter to place bouquets, jewelry, and a long mirror to make sure all the finishing touches are in place.
The last bit of the venue is their staff. Although I was only there during set up, I got to connect with both Kate and her coordinators who had an eye on directing all the moving parts of the vendors, helping the couple with all they needed to get ready to say “I Do,” then turned their attention to the incoming guests and parking.
If you’re planning your wedding and have the dreams of getting married on a farm in a beautiful old barn make sure to check out Hydrangea Blu. It’s close enough to downtown Grand Rapids your guests can make a weekend out of the stay, or kill time visiting the thriving downtown area of Rockford visiting the local brewery and shops. Thanks to Kate’s suggestion, you MUST check out Herman’s Boy for your morning coffee and fresh bagel.