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A Promise For Life Is Made At Waldenwoods Banquet Center in Howell, Michigan


Wedding mirror at Waldenwoods Resort. Music by Rondo String Quartet.

The history of Waldenwoods is a testimony of one man's dream and vision for his community. After World War I, John R. Crouse assembled 1,500 acres and developed an impressive pastoral retreat around Lake Walden. He gave it the name Waldenwoods in honor of the noted naturalist and author Henry David Thoreau. It was designed for business meetings and social gatherings but was enjoyed in the summer by his rapidly growing family. The village of Hartland and Hartland Township also received the benefits of J. Crouse's vision. He conceived the "Hartland Area Project," a series of plans and projects to improve the social, educational, economic and cultural life of his hometown. Most of his projects, foundations, and dedicated building survive to this day as does his guiding principal, "friendly association for wholehearted service.


It was here beside Lake Walden, that Madison and Zach exchanged vows. The flowing melodies of Pachelbel's Canon and Vivaldi's Spring escorted Madison and her bridal party down the aisle. Bill Fenton, of "I Do's Your Way" officiated from which the phrase "Marriage is a Promise for Life." Guest enjoyed an elegant reception dinner in Cromaine Hall late into the evening.



Wedding at Waldenwoods Resort. Music by Rondo String Quartet.

Inside of Waldenwoods set up for wedding. Music by Rondo String Quartet

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