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A Summer Wedding in a Tree House? Bliss!

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Up, Up and Away

Nothing Could be Greener

(By Abbey Fowler, 6.25 Paper Studio)   Could there be anything more romantic or adorable than a wedding in a tree house? A tree house is where we as children “play” wedding. But to actually have a real, grown-up wedding on a tree-covered hilltop with a beautiful view of your hometown and zoo!? Awesome.

The Bissell Tree House is John Ball Zoo’s newest indoor event space, situated on one of Grand Rapids highest points and is an elegant venue with a sweeping view toward downtown. To get there, up to 30 guests at a time take a funicular uphill to the sweeping structure with a long sloping roof designed to collect rainwater for an adjacent garden. Rain on your wedding day? Yes, please!


Photo of Bissell Treehouse courtesy of John Ball Zoo Society.

The bride, Jessica, and her mom, Sue, came to me in January to start planning. We began by looking at Jessica’s Pinterest boards and matching colors from a swatch of bridesmaid dress fabric she brought along (I still have taped to her folder!). She wanted simple and fun, not over-the-top or frilly. Jessica wanted emphasis placed on the couple’s love for one another, their family and their friends. It was a direction I was eager to work with.

With that in mind, we took a look at our ombré wedding invitation suite called Benjamin, personalizing it by adding wording the bride wanted to include. (For you guys out there, “ombré” is a term used to describe a color transition from dark to light.) Using her romantic coral and mint palette, we created a wedding set that sets the mood using Neenah’s ENVIRONMENT® Paper.


We met again shortly before the June wedding with renewed inspiration. We composed a cheerful wedding ceremony program. The couple used the ombré effect on their wedding cake, too.


The bride created the rest of the wedding and reception details herself, such as adorable Michigan tags for her homemade jam favors, and a welcome sign that invited wedding guests to “Come as you are, stay as long as you can, we are all family here, so no seating plan.” Perfect. Tables were set with rented and borrowed antique details and simple flowers.


It was a joy to work with Jessica and Derek. They enjoyed their wedding day and all that went into it. Not once did they overdo things but instead kept the focus on family, friends and mutual love.  Those are the most important details of any wedding!


Wedding event photos courtesy of Matt Pratt, Grand Rapids wedding photographer.

Hey!?! What’s the Big Idea

The wedding set was printed using Neenah Paper ENVIRONMENT® Paper Cover Natural White 120C PC100 (100% post consumer waste). “Nothing is better than wedding sets on paper that take and make a lasting impression,” says Abbey. Go see  6-25 Paper Studio’s  for abundant ideas using eco-friendly paper for wedding décor, gifts and printed elements. Need more inspiration? See the 6.25 Paper Studio ombre wedding inspiration board on Pinterest.

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    […] We were honored to work with this couple and loved everything about this wedding, so much so that we wrote about it on the Neenah Paper Blog. Check out the full post (with more lovely photos) about this Michigan treehouse wedding! […]