Event venue Ivy House celebrates first wedding, ribbon cutting in Saugatuck

SAUGATUCK — A new wedding and event venue has celebrated its first walk down the aisle in Saugatuck.

Earlier this month, the converted plant nursery at 3291 Blue Star Highway welcomed guests, vendors and — of course — a bride and groom. Last week, the venue hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening garden party.

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The seven-acre property came with two storefronts that make handy suites for couples to get ready, a large greenhouse and space for an outdoor cocktail hour. 

“We have a lot of clientele that like the idea of something more barn-like, but they don’t like the idea of not having climate control,” Candice told The Sentinel in October. “They want beautiful, nice bathrooms for their guests, and a luxurious-feeling reception space with coverage and comfort.”

That’s what Ivy House aims to provide.

Candice Grant, and her husband, Brian, are the owners and operators of Ivy House and Port 393, a wedding and event venue on Cleveland Avenue in Holland.

The beginnings of Port 393 were laid when Candice developed a special attachment to vintage furniture while planning her wedding. In October 2018, she took her own collection and opened My Vintage Affair — a rental company that provided vintage cups, plates, furniture and decorations for weddings.

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That business, located at 729 Lincoln Ave. in Holland, closed when the couple began plans for Port 393. Both venues have quickly become popular along the lakeshore — with local and nonlocal couples booking into 2023 and, now, into 2024.

— Contact reporter Cassandra Lybrink at cassandra.lybrink@hollandsentinel.com. Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.