2017-04-06 / Life in Leelanau

Congratulations to our Wedding Guide winners


CRISTY SWOPE and Jon Crandell took second in the contest. CRISTY SWOPE and Jon Crandell took second in the contest. It’s no secret that planning the perfect wedding is an expensive affair.

After cutting checks for equipment rentals, venue fees, bridal gowns, chair covers, invitations, photos and everything else needed for a traditional wedding, it’s not uncommon for couples to spend tens of thousands of dollars. Factor in a honeymoon, and you’re looking at even more.

This year, the Enterprise held a special Wedding Guide giveaway to help two lucky couples ease that financial burden. Included in our annual wedding guide was an entry blank for a random drawing. The prize: gift certifi- cates to local businesses that serve the wedding industry.

Scores of entrants later, we are happy to announce our two winning couples. Ashley Grant and Aaron Helwig were the first-prize winners, and were awarded $250 from Forget Me Not Florist of Suttons Bay. Cristy Swope and Jon Crandell were selected as the second-place winners, and were awarded $100 in stationery from Carlson Craft.


ASHLEY GRANT and Aaron Helwig took home the top prize package in the Wedding Guide contest. ASHLEY GRANT and Aaron Helwig took home the top prize package in the Wedding Guide contest. Both Grant and Helwig are Leelanau natives.

“We both grew up here in the county,” Grant said. “We always knew we wanted to get married here. Many of our greatest memories are from boating with friends on Lake Leelanau and spending time on the beaches of Lake Michigan.”

Their wedding date is Sept. 2 at St. Mary’s Church in Lake Leelanau. This summer, the couple plans to move to the East Coast, so the wedding will serve as a beautiful send-off as they begin their married lives together.

Swope and Crandell will be exchanging vows on Sept. 16 in Lansing. A reception will be held at “The View,” a special events venue on the Cooley Law School campus. Jon is the son of Jon and Marilyn Crandell of Traverse City. Christy is the daughter of Chris and Angie Swope of Holt.

Best of luck to both couples!

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