GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – “I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” -The Chaos of Stars
A woman’s wedding day is often viewed as the biggest day of her life – a night she thinks about from when she’s just a young girl. It’s the night she marries her love, her best friend, and her forever roomie.
It’s not until you’re planning a wedding that you really realize all that goes into this magical day. Bring on the stress, the laughter, the tears, the romance, the nerves, the “bridezilla” moments, and more!
Each month we’re choosing one West Michigan bride to feature her wedding day and all the fun, crazy steps in between.
Meet our bride, Shelby Bensinger of Holland. She originally had a vision of a casual barn wedding, but her big day took a turn and landed in a magical place somewhere in-between sweet and glamorous. Her personal touches like a donut bar and garden-inspired favors transported guests to the pages of her fairytale day, when she wed husband Justin. Read on to hear her charming love story from the West Michigan lakeshore…
Question 1: Tell us your engagement story…
The big day was February 20, 2016. It was one of the beautiful, nearly 70 degree days we had that winter. We went to St. Johns (MI), where his family lives to go hunting. While I don’t hunt myself (I’ll sit out there with him but would never have the heart to shoot an animal), I do love being in the woods and exploring.
It was our mission that day to take down old tree stands, put up new ones, and to find deer antler sheds.
“My mom always joked that he would propose to me in a tree stand. The hunt was finally over after 10 years of dating!”