This Venue3Two wedding editorial came to life as the warm embrace of late summer merges seamlessly with the crisp promise of early fall. Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Grand Rapids, I had the pleasure of photographing a stunning editorial that perfectly encapsulated the transitional beauty of this season. With a color palette adorned with shades of pink, red, and white flowers, this editorial was a harmonious blend of romance, elegance, and natural allure.
Venue3Two was built in 1925 by the McFarlanes. The 700 acre ranch and mansion was later purchased by Leslie Tassell to operate his tool and dye plant on. Over the years, he developed the land, moved his family into the mansion and raised horses, buffalo and other exotic animals on the property. Eventually Mr. Tassel and his family moved and the mansion had been vacant for 15 years. In 2016, Dwight and Karen Strayer discovered the property and renovated it for EAD (Equine Assisted Development) where horses are used to help people in difficult life situations. They created a profit-for-non-profit organization called 3TwoRanch.
The Strayers also wanted the mansion to be a place to give back to the community and celebrate life, so they turned it into a Grand Rapids wedding venue. With all the renovations, it is now the beautiful mansion you see today.
The venue’s interior boasts ample natural light that shines through large windows. The spacious reception area seamlessly connects to the outdoors, allowing for a harmonious transition between indoor and outdoor celebrations. For brides who appreciate attention to detail, the carefully curated aesthetics of the venue make decorating a breeze. From intimate gatherings to grand soirées, Venue3Two embraces each event with open arms, ensuring that every couple’s vision is brought to life.
I had so much fun photographing the Astoria wedding gown by Eva Lendel! “Astoria is a tender wedding gown with A-line silhouette. The strapless corsage with heart-shaped neckline is embellished with 3D floral lace and small beads. The waistline features the same lace and small bow. The lowered sleeves combine transparent lace and weightless tulle. The loose veiling skirt has a long train.”
FAQS – Addressing Your Curiosities of Having a Venue3Two Wedding
How many guests can Venue3Two accommodate for?
The venue can accommodate a maximum of 200 wedding guests. Venue3Two also offers other offerings for smaller, more intimate gatherings and celebrations.
How much does it cost to have a wedding at Venue3Two?
In order to get the most accurate and up-to-date pricing, reach out to Venue3Two and contact their office. They do require a 50% deposit to secure your date. The venue also offers military discounts and is willing to work with non-profit organizations.
Can I bring in the vendors of my choice?
Couples must choose a caterer and bar service from the venue’s preferred list. Beyond that, Venue3Two welcomes and works alongside wedding planners, florists, photographers, and other vendors of your choosing.
For Your Guests
One of the many charms of Grand Rapids is its ability to offer a multitude of experiences for both couples and their guests. The city’s vibrant culture is mirrored in its diverse attractions, ensuring that everyone finds something to enjoy.
First, for those with a love for nature, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is one of the nation’s premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks. The intertwining beauty of carefully cultivated gardens and captivating sculptures creates an ambiance of serenity and wonder. Grand Rapids also has a variety of festivals going on year round. Be sure to do a quick Google search during the time you’re in town!
Restaurants & Breweries
Additionally, Venue3Two is only about 20 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, which always has so many fun things going on. Grand Rapids has 40 craft breweries within 30 minutes of each other, so making your own brewery tour is always fun! Grand Rapids also has a variety of places for great food and dining experiences, including MDRD, Butcher’s Union, Downtown Market, Cooper’s Hawk, and Leo’s Seafood Restaurant and Bar.
Venue3Two stands as a testament to be able to merge modern charm with natural beauty. It provides couples with a space where their love stories can unfold in all their uniqueness. Beyond the venue, Grand Rapids offers a rich tapestry of experiences, ensuring that every guest will have a memorable time.
In conclusion, thank you to all the vendors who made this editorial possible:
Venue: @Venue3Two | Concept & Planning: @heatherbengeofficial @alexiawoolumssaa | Host: @styledshootsacrossamerica | Assistant: @eclecticelegancephoto @alexismastbrown | Florist: @largerthanlifeevents | Hair: @carleanadlc | Makeup: @dn_artistry | Stationery: @thepeonypaperie | Signage: @loveletteringbyerin | Cake: @sweetdetails.gr | Rentals: @specialoccasionsmi @venue3two | Tabletop Rentals: @gigiandlaclede | Linens: @nuagedesignsinc | Gown Salon: @lasoireebridal | Colorful Gown: @styled.gowns | Vintage Car: @matilda70.vwbus | Ring Boxes: @lovelyringboxes | Models: @aubreygracephoto @marahrobinette @endlessmgmt @rose_lilliian Styling Mats: @livstylemats
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