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.
To see Ron Cummings decked out in 1800s attire, you would swear he traveled through time from another century. This was the effect he was aiming for when he chose his suit for this year’s Mayor’s Promenade.
“I’ve always been interested in art and history, and this costume has both,” said Cummings, who carried a puppet he made of gourds to represent General Tom Thumb, a little person who traveled with P.T. Barnum.
Each year, Cummings chooses a theme for his promenade costume, and this year’s ensemble was in honor of a stop the Barnum Traveling Museum made in Coshocton in the mid-1800s with Tom Thumb. Cummings dressed to represent his roustabout helper, he said.
“I’ve done almost all of the promenades. I think it works being part of the festival and Roscoe Village,” he said, referring to the 46th annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival that wrapped up Sunday.
This was the first year that the Mayor’s Promenade was part of the annual event. It was formally part of the Coshocton Canal Festival, but was merged with the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival after the Canal Festival disbanded earlier this year.
This year’s Mayor’s Promenade included about 25 participating locals in costumes, Coshocton Canal royalty that was crowned Saturday at the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival, and visiting royalty. The participants started their walk at the Lake Park Pavilion and made their way down the towpath, stopping at Frances B. Montgomery Memorial Garden at the Roscoe Village Visitors’ Center for a recognition ceremony.
“I try to get myself into the era,” said Cummings, who gets his clothing ideas for 1800s clothing styles from books on historical textiles, the Ohio Historical Society and the Carnegie Museum. “I refurbish clothing, and like to play with different types of jackets. I think next year I’ll do a traditional workman’s jacket,” Cummings said.
Amanda Meiser, chairwoman of the Mayor’s Promenade, explained that years ago, the Canal Festival and promenade took place in Roscoe, so it’s a good fit. “It think it’s perfect to be back in Roscoe Village,” Meiser said. “So many of these traditions used to be set in Roscoe; it’s nice to be back home.”
Following activities at the Montgomery Garden, many of the participants also walked through Roscoe Village for visitors to see. “People are so excited to see the costumes. It’s just something that sets us apart from other festivals,” Meiser said.
Nancy Porteus, of West Lafayette, has been to all but two of the Mayor’s Promenades. As a seamstress, making matching costumes worn by each of her family members has become a tradition that started when her daughters were kids and wanted “everything the same.” For the promenade, it’s also about keeping 1800s history alive through dress.
“It reminds you of yesteryear,” Porteus said. “I wouldn’t want to dress like this every day, but with the mayor leading us down the towpath and leading us into Roscoe Village; it’s like stepping back in time.”
This year, nine members of the Porteus family wore yellow and black plaid 1850s style riding costumes with top hats, similar to dresses women would wear to ride side-saddle in the 19th century.
“I love the lace,” said Sophia Dotson, 11, granddaughter of Nancy Porteus. The next generation to carry on the promenade tradition, Sophia said that taking part in the event makes her feel special. “I like that the mayor gets to lead us, and I like that we get to dress up and get a lot of pictures,” she said.
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She's known for her curvaceous figure and gym honed body.
And Mel B proved to be picture perfect as she posed for a glamorous shoot this week in an array of elegant outfits.
The 40-year-old America's Got Talent judge showcased her killer silhouette in a skin tight black dress, looking younger than her years in the stunning images.
The former Spice Girl looked stunning as she dressed her athletic form in an usual black dress that featured long sleeves and two hanging panels.
Mel looked confident behind the camera's lens as she put her best assets on show during the high-profile shoot.
She added height to her attire with a pair of white Louboutins while displaying a hint of her toned legs in the knee length number.
Mel delicately framed her face with her hands as the camera focused on her flawless beauty.
She kept her raven locks swept back while wearing a chic side fringe that gave her overall look a high fashion touch.
Her make-up look was soft with luscious lashes, a shimmering smokey eye-shadow and glossy nude lip stick.
The former X Factor mentor flaunted her shiny red nail varnish and diamond wedding ring while almost smiling in the close up shot.
She changed her outfit several times during the shoot, as she showed off her figure in a number of different ways.
Later donning a satin top with matching trousers that featured a colourfully beaded trim, Mel posed with her head tilted back while balancing in a pair of black heeled sandals.
Keeping her look simple in block colours, the star looked as though she had taken inspiration from her former band mate and fashion designer Victoria Beckham, who is famous for her classic image.
The mother-of-three displayed her natural side in another snap taken from the shoot, as she leaned on a black stall with her silky pins on show.
Wearing her hair slick back and pure white varnish on her toes, Mel worked the camera as dressed in men's polo shirt.
Mel looked more like her former alter ego Scary Spice in a behind-the-scenes shot of her wearing a pair of leopard print leggings as she was seen giggling away with her two make up artists.
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