#Bowkerpartyoftwo – Mr. and Mrs. Bowker – May 18, 2018

One of the best parts of our job is getting to work with so many great couples and to help them bring their wedding vision to life. After about a year (sometimes even longer) of meetings, emails, and details we have the habit of getting attached to our couples and take their wedding day very personally so it is important that everything goes smoothly! Bettina and James were no exception! Talk about a couple that just radiates love! Every meeting we ever had with these two left us even more excited to see them finally say “I DO!”

Bettina and James met in Highschool and it took them over 11 years to get down the aisle, but let me tell you, it was worth it. All of the intricate details made their ceremony and reception such a beautiful display of their love story!

At 4 pm on May 19th, 2018 we were honored to watch this stunning bride walk down the aisle to her new future. This ceremony featured yellow and grey accents including bouquets and boutonnieres made by the bride herself! After the Ceremony and recessional, the Waterford team had only one hour to completely transform the Ballroom for the reception. Handmade centerpieces featuring the couples engagement photos, a digital monogram, and a very personal and unique guest book are just some of the personal touches that made this reception so special! This couple also had the cutest idea to put out money jars on their cake table and whoever had more money in their jar, had the cake smashed in their face after the cake cutting (we may have put some money in on the groom for this, sorry James! 😊 )


Prepared by the Waterford Estates Lodge Food and Beverage manager, Doug Schultz


  • BBQ Meatballs
  • Sausage and Florentine Stuffed Mushrooms


Old World Polish Buffet

  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Kluski Noodles
  • Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy
  • Polish Sausage
  • Sweet and Sour Cabbage
  • Fried Chicken
  • Garden Lodge salad
  • Rolls with handmade whipped butter


Bettina and James put a great team in place to help everything run smoothly! Check them out here:

Ceremony Venue: The Waterford Estates Lodge

Reception Venue: The Waterford Estates Lodge


Event Coordinators: Katie Mast and Rebecca Bohn

DJ: Shawn with Gorav Events


Photographer: Kayla and Kris with Kayla Knies Photography


Cake and Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes


Hair: Salon Rouge South Bend


Makeup: Lexi Pollock


Officiant: Chris Arrowsmith

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