Real Weddings: Danielle & Mike, Part II

2012-05-29T13:22:00Z 2012-05-29T13:32:34Z Real Weddings: Danielle & Mike, Part IICompiled by Ashley Boyer | Photography by Focus on Photography

Sent to Shore Bride by the bride, Danielle Ziulkowski, this gorgeous French-themed wedding was created with a mixture of D.I.Y. projects and the help of vendors and family friends, for a more personal touch.

Danielle and her husband Mike were married on May 7, 2011, on the couple’s nine year anniversary. They exchanged vows at Nativity of Our Savior Roman Catholic Church in Portage, Ind., in front of 160 of their closest friends.

Danielle and Mike’s wedding party was made up of 14 of their siblings and high school and college friends. The group enjoyed a ride on the Chicago Trolley to take photos at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, the dunes, and at a gazebo in the neighborhood where the couple purchased their first home.

Afterward, the couple celebrated at Aberdeen Manor Ballroom in Valparaiso, Ind., where guests enjoyed marble cupcakes with chocolate mousse filling and pink champagne cupcakes with strawberry filling, made by Chesterton Cake Shoppe and decorated with white French butter cream frosting, edible purple glitter and purple fleur-de-lis.

Danielle and Mike both were born and raised in Portage, Ind. and graduated from Indiana University before buying a home in Burns Harbor, Ind.

These beautiful photos were taken by Bonny Hildebrand of Focus on Photography. Shore Bride would like to thank Danielle for sharing her beautiful wedding photos and story with us this week!


The Happy Couple: Danielle Gingerich and Mike Ziulkowski

Ceremony Location: Nativity of Our Savior Roman Catholic Church

2949 Willowcreek Rd, Portage, Ind.


Reception Location: Aberdeen Manor Ballroom

216 Ballantrae St, Valparaiso, Ind.


Photographer: Bonny Hildebrand of Focus on Photography

Valparaiso, Ind.


Flowers: Laura Lute, family friend

Hair: Karen Mullen of Hair Razors

6311 Central Ave, Portage, Ind.


Makeup: Dionne Gingerich, sister of the bride, Sephora consultant

Cupcakes: Chesterton Cake Shoppe

139 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton, Ind.


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