Here you’ll find links to local venues I frequently work with in Chelsea, Dexter, Pinckney, Ann Arbor and beyond; some of my favorite local services and other random things.

Local Services

Diane Johnson Photography
Pro wedding photographer for over 20 years, Ann Arbor – Fenton area

Hello! Ice Cream
Artisanal ice cream, gelato cakes and frozen treats, vintage truck and carts, Ann Arbor

Gwen’s Cake Decorating
Experienced and trusted local baker in Saline

Dance Pro DJ Service
Professional experienced & friendly DJ, Ellen, based in Whitmore Lake

Venues

Dexter – Chelsea – Pinckney

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms
Historic renovated barn and working farm, Dexter.

White Oaks Farm
Authentic barn and rural farm, Dexter.

Chelsea Depot
The historic railroad depot in downtown Chelsea.

Hell Wedding Chapel
A unique mini chapel in Hell, Michigan. Just southwest of Pinckney.

Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast
Gorgeous log cabin mansion & gardens on Strawberry Lake, Pinckney.

Pinckney Recreation Area
Silver Lake Beach area is usually a good walk-in spot for elopements.

Ann Arbor

Frutig Farms (Misty Farm & The Valley)
Barns and fantastic rural setting, southwest Ann Arbor.

Cobblestone Farms
Historic barn, farm house & grounds in Ann Arbor.

Vinology
Private cellar & bubble room in downtown Ann Arbor wine bar & restaurant.

Ann Arbor City Club
An historic home and event venue with a lovely private garden. Downtown Ann Arbor.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Northeast of Ann Arbor.

University of Michigan Museum of Art
Reserve for large weddings, or walk in for elopements. University campus, Ann Arbor.

Museum of Natural History & Planetarium
Reserve after hours, or walk in for elopements. University campus, Ann Arbor.

Saline – Manchester

Sharon Mills County Park
Historically preserved building with pavilion and park grounds. Manchester.

Weller’s Weddings
A well-oiled wedding machine. Saline.

Jackson

Sandhill Crane Vineyards
Vineyard and winery with a modern wine tasting bar and restaurant with locally sourced menu offerings. East of Jackson.

Cascades Manor House
Jackson.

Plymouth

Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
West of Plymouth.

Meeting House Grand Ballroom
Downtown Plymouth.

Howell – Brighton – Fenton

Waldenwoods Resort & Conference Center
Campgrounds, cabins and beautiful lakeside venue. Near Hartland.

Vale Royal Barn & Inn
Gorgeous rustic barn, covered bridge and gardens. South of Fenton.

Other Stuff

American Atheists: Supporting civil rights for atheists and the separation of church and state. atheists.org

Center for Inquiry: Working to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Organizes local public events in Michigan. cfimichigan.org

The Freedom From Religion Foundation works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church. ffrf.org

About the Universal Life Church and ULC ordination. “We are all one” is the basic slogan of the ULC Seminary in Modesto, CA (ulcseminary.org).
“We are all children of the same Universe” is the slogan of the ULC Monastery in Seattle, WA (ulc.org or themonastery.org).
They are two different entities that split from the original ULC that was started long ago. Both groups accept people of all beliefs and offer online ordination. I have been ordained by both. (Please be aware that there are many similar groups out there, even others using the phrase Universal Life Church. None should profit on ordaining ministers or charge for the ordination.)

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