Grand Haven locations highlighted by recent weddings
The unrestricted view of Dewey Hill, scenery and openness to the water helped Waterfront Stadium appeal to Jentry and David Karpin when they looked for a site for their Sept. 26 wedding ceremony.A Grand Haven-area wooded venue helped Duncan Memorial Park, commonly known as Duncan Woods, stand out to Alyssa and Tyler Daniels for their Oct. 10 wedding and reception.
The city typically receives requests for weddings for locations such as Central Park and City Beach, Grand Haven Public Works Director Bill Hunter said.
Throughout the approval process for a ceremony at Waterfront Stadium, Jentry Karpin said they were told no one had previously held a wedding there.
A couple was married at Duncan Woods prior to the Daniels wedding, Hunter said.
When Jentry, 31, thought about Grand Haven and what meant a lot to them, it led her to think of the stadium. Not only is it right alongside the water, but it’s also close to Porto Bello, where the couple met.
A little more than 130 guests helped the Grand Haven couple celebrate their marriage. About 50 chairs were set up to create an aisle for Jentry to walk down after walking out from under the bleachers, which were decorated and had a curtain to provide a little privacy before she made her entrance.
Instead of a unity candle, Jentry and David, 26, tied nautical knots, which carried out the nautical theme.
“I can’t picture a better ceremony site in Grand Haven now,” Jentry said. “It was perfect for us.”
Although the Danielses planned to get married a year after becoming engaged, a year’s worth of planning “boiled into a couple of months” to give the Duncan Park Commission a clear plan of what the wedding would require, such as lighting and decor.
Alyssa, 25, and Tyler, 24, said they wanted to have an outdoor wedding because Tyler is an avid hunter, and he proposed in the woods. The couple said they also wanted to get married somewhere close to their Grand Haven home.
Tyler said it took a lot of planning to make sure the accommodations were just right and followed the park’s rules.
“We had to sit down and make sure every little detail was planned out,” Alyssa said.
About 150 guests helped the Danielses celebrate their wedding, and Tyler said it’s “pretty cool” to be among the first weddings to take place there.
Instead of a unity candle, the couple had a Unity Tree for respect of the location.
Alyssa said their wedding turned out beautifully and everything went according to plan.