Kristin and Adam’s “How We Met” reads like a modern fairy tale (so, if you’re still scrolling through dating sites or swiping at Bumble, take heart!). These two lovebirds met on Match.com in a situation that can only be described as kismet. Explains Kristin, “I had been doing the online dating game for a while and was planning on letting my account expire to enjoy my family and friends for the holiday season. On the morning of the last day of my membership, I woke up to a message from a cute guy I’d been winking at for months with no communication back. That morning, Adam decided to broaden his geographic range on his account. I popped up and he sent me a message. We were living an hour away from each other and probably would have never met, but on our first date we discovered that we grew up 20 minutes away from each other andhad mutual friends.”
These two married in the same, gloriously beautiful spot in which they got engaged (that sweet story is below!)—Fountain Point Resort in Lake Leelanau, Michigan. They loosely created a wedding weekend with a camp vibe and focused on making it a celebration that felt like a family and friends reunion.
More from our sweet bride (who was a total star in her Astrid & Mercedes Splendor gown from One Oak Bride:
How did your sweetie propose?
“Adam is so great at surprises. I am type A and have a very hard time letting myself be surprised. We had been dating for a year and a half when Adam scheduled a surprise weekend away. When I would ask questions about what to prepare for he would give a wide variety of items (a snorkel, passport, airplane entertainment, a “nice sundress,” hiking gear) but wouldn’t give any other details. He packed a truck with a cooler of food, lots of various items, and we headed north. It wasn’t until we were nearly 3 hours north of our home when we passed a sign for Fountain Point Resort in Lake Leelanau, Michigan. I immediately screamed “Are we staying at Fountain Point!?”
That night, after checking in to our beautiful, historic cabin overlooking Lake Leelanau that he told me the story about planning his proposal. Our first big trip was to Vietnam earlier that spring, and one morning while lounging in our room I was scrolling Instagram and mentioned this old school, Dirty Dancing-esque resort in northern Michigan that I would love to visit with family or friends. He made a note of it and started planning the engagement then.
The day after we arrived, we spent time on the lake and hiked beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes. We returned to our cabin to make dinner and have a bonfire. He had dinner ready for the grill but suggested we sit by the lake to watch the sunset. We did, and before I knew it I had a ring on my finger! That entire weekend we kept saying “It would be so much fun to be here with family/friends!” The last morning during check-out we asked the owner about wedding date options for the next summer and booked the last one available—August 17, 2018!”
How did you choose your gown?
“I was never the girl that dreamed of her wedding. I never imagined myself in a white dress. I knew that choosing a dress would be one of the hardest parts of planning our day. I scoured the internet and looked at various designers and didn’t see anything that spoke to me. I gathered my sister and bridesmaids for a Chicago weekend to look for dresses. The women in my life are such great cheerleaders for me, and every dress came with cheers and the inquisition about how I felt in it. With my entourage, I felt like I didn’t have the ability to listen to myself. The next week I made an appointment at one oak bride, a very small bridal boutique in Traverse City owned by two young women with a great mission. I was going there on a work trip anyway and I loved the designers on their website. My appointment was with Annie and had the salon all to myself with her help. I tried a dozen dresses but kept eyeing the gown on the mannequin. Because I was alone, I was able to listen to and hear my heart and know it was the right one.”
Tell us about your day!
“We chose Fountain Point to have our wedding so we would have more than just one evening with our guests. We want it to feel as though we were at a family and friends reunion with all of our favorite people. And we did! We had a theme of Camp Duncan but wanted our wedding and reception to feel relaxed but elegant and low-key. The weather was perfect, the food was amazing, and we wouldn’t change a thing.”
What was your first dance song?
“ ”Mango Tree” by Zac Brown Band ft. Sara Bareilles (Adam’s pick, and we took dance lessons to learn the foxtrot!)”
What was the funniest moment of your day?
“One of our groomsmen and his wife unable to travel to the wedding from their home in Boston since they were expecting their first child within a few days of our wedding. To make sure that Pete was “with us” on our day, Adam had a life-size photo of Pete’s face printed, attached to cardboard, and taped to a broomstick from our cabin. Pete On A Stick took photos with us, sat at the head table, and danced the night away. He even did a post-reception keg stand. Baby Josephine was born early the Monday after our wedding.”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“South Africa! We spent time in Cape Town, hiking, enjoying the beach, wine tasting, and eating amazing food, then traveled north to an all-inclusive safari resort. We were so close to entire herds of elephants, giraffe, a mama cheetah and her five rambunctious babies, and our jeep was 20 feet from a lazy pride of lions. It was amazing!”
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
“Listen to yourselves! This is YOUR wedding. Everyone around you will have opinions, and yes, sometimes their opinions should be taken into account. Ultimately, it is a representation of you, your marriage, and your future together.”
Kristin + Adam’s Fountain Point Resort Wedding Vendors
wedding dress: Astrid & Mercedes Splendor via One Oak Bride | photographer: Riutta Images | coordination: fox + fern events | bridal hair + makeup: Sara Landis | venue: Fountain Point Resort | flowers + decor: 307events | tables, chairs, tent + bar: Monstrey MacDonald | food &+ desserts: Catering by Kelly’s