Our Story

We met in 2002 at Suncoast Motion Picture Company, the old movie store in the Grand Traverse Mall that used to be next to Hot Topic. I worked there part time while Matt worked at the movie theater. Most days, he would stop by Suncoast and join our mutual friend, Erin McCleaster, for dinner in the food court. Sometimes while he waited for Erin to get her things, we'd chat, and soon discovered a mutual interest in Anime. I'll never forget the day Matt stopped by with a video copy he'd made me of the original Japanese language copy of the Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away, which hadn't been released in the United States yet. I was impressed beyond all measure, and from then on counted him a friend.

Our paths crossed again throughout the year. We both arrived alone to a Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble concert around Christmas at the Dennos Museum, and happily spent the evening chatting and enjoying the concert.

The real romance started when we all (several people from Suncoast and other mutual friends) attended Anime Central in Chicago together. Matt and I carpooled down with Crystal, so in addition to the long drive, we spent much of the convention together. While there, I realized that he was not seeing Erin, and the mutual attraction became clear.

On May 19th, 2003, after the long drive home from the convention to Traverse City, when I dropped him off at his parents' house, Matt asked me to date him, and our relationship began to take shape.

We were still together when I left to study abroad in Japan in Fall of 2003. The long separation strengthened our bond as we spoke frequently (and racked up astronomical phone bills), discovered more interests we shared, and got to know each other better.

The years between then and now were rocky and tumultuous. Our on-again, off-again relationship faced difficult periods of separation as I completed college in Kalamazoo, spent another year abroad in Japan, and moved to Novi, Michigan for a job. I finally returned to Traverse City in early 2010, bought my house, and asked Matt to live with me. It turned out that living together was the key element our relationship had been missing (as well as life experience and maturity), and it was then that we realized we wanted to make this last a lifetime.

On May 19th, 2012, Matt proposed to me. We are both looking forward to having everyone join us on May 19th, 2013, our ten year dating anniversary and our wedding day!

Ceremony Information

Timing is Everything

The ceremony will begin at 2:30pm Sunday, May 19th 2013 so please arrive at 2:00 to make sure everyone has seated before we kick this party in the pants.

Location! Location! Location!

Our ceremony and reception are both being held at Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan. The ceremony will begin at 2:30 P.M. in the King's West Garden if the weather is fair, or in the West Garden Hall if rain threatens. The reception will follow in the West Garden Hall.

Directions to Castle Farms:

5052 M 66 North Charlevoix, MI 49720 (231) 237-0884 Castle Farms Directions

If travelling from Traverse City, follow US-31 N/Munson Ave north towards Acme. Stay on US-31 N until you reach Charlevoix, and turn right on M-66 S (where there is a Mobil and Walgreens on the corners). Castle Farms is on the left, approximately 2.5 miles further. Signs will direct you to the parking for the West Garden Hall.

Meet The Bride's Party

  • Sabrina Jordan (Bride)
  • Ariana Jordan (Co-Maid of Honor/Sister)
  • Olivia Gillham (Co-Maid of Honor)
  • William Barlaan (Bridesman)
  • Douglas Jordan (Father)
  • Daryl Webster (Mother)

Meet The Groom's Party

  • Matthew McGuire (Groom)
  • Nicholas Killian (Best Man)
  • Elizabeth Petrick (Best Maid)
  • Daniel McGuire (Groomsman/Brother)
  • David Hofmeister (Groomsman)
  • Michael McGuire (Father)
  • Nancy McGuire (Mother)

Other Important People

These are the people who are helping or have helped to make this event possible. They will feed you, entertain you, and preserve the entire event for posterity.

  • Darrell Christie (Photographer)
  • Dan Babiarz (Caterer with Canteen Services)
  • Brandon Palmer (Videographer)
  • Ryan Spalding (Music Wizard)
  • Cheryl Oliverius (Officiant)
  • Sara Miller (Invitations)
  • Ben Newman & Tony Deak (Bartenders Extraordinaire)
Reception Information


Please wear what you feel comfortable in. We would like everyone to feel at home wearing casual clothing, but if weddings are your excuse to dress up, feel free to do so.

Cocktail Hour Snacks

  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Fresh Fruit Tray
  • Fresh Veggies & Dip

Main Course - Taco Bar

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese Sauce & Shredded Cheese
  • Fajita Marinated Chicken
  • Guacamole


  • Punch / Lemonade
  • Coffee

Additional Food

  • Homemade Macaroni & Cheese
  • Surprise snack for later! :D


An open bar will include a couple selections of wine, beer from local breweries The Filling Station and Shorts Brewery, as well as mixed liquor drinks.

We will also have pop including Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Root Beer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Well, these would be frequently asked questions, if anyone had asked me about them. However, I believe that if anyone did ask me questions, these would be the questions in question!

Where's the game? I was told there would be a game. ;(

The game is taking a little longer to finalize than we had anticipated and Matt is busy flogging himself for not starting the whole thing much earlier, like, "when Sabrina told him to start it months and months ago" earlier.

Sadly, due to the deluge of other tasks needed to be finished to pull this party off, Matt offers his most sincere apology that the game will likely be completed after returning from the honeymoon.

(on the plus side, it'll likely be better written and not hastily thrown together.)

What time should I arrive?

Please arrive at Castle Farms at 2:00pm at the latest on Sunday, May 19th 2013. The time on the invitation was incorrect. Sorry about that. ^_^' If there are any other changes to the time, we will update this page, and the ceremony page above.

Where should I park?

Castle Farms will provide signage indicating where to park. We have reserved the West Garden Room, and there is specific parking reserved for us.

Will I have to pay for parking?

Absolutely not.

What should I wear?

We want you to be comfortable! Our May ceremony will be outside in the West Garden, weather permitting, so please keep than in mind when dressing for your comfort. Michigan weather is a little questionable in May (who are we kidding? It’s questionable year round!), so you may wish to bring a wrap or sweater or metallized polyethylene terephthalate blanket. If it rains, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the West Garden Room.

Is there a dress code?

Not in the least! Whether jeans and a dressy shirt make you happy or weddings are your excuse to get dressed to the nines, we do not believe you will feel out of place. The bride requests you refrain from wearing a wedding dress, but if that’s really all you have to wear, she prefers that to you going naked.

What kind of shoes should/shouldn’t I wear?

Do wear comfortable shoes. The outside ceremony means you might not want to wear your stilettos, unless you want to take root in the lawn, but other than that, please yourself! There will be dancing and Twister, if that affects your choice at all.

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Are kids welcome?

Although children can bring much joy to some events, we kindly ask they not be included in this day. We want all parents to have the chance to get away from their adorable rug rats for a day, let their hair down, and enjoy dinner without cutting up their kiddos food. We will be having an open bar with free-flowing alcohol, and all of our guests will be above the legal drinking age. If you have concerns or questions, please contact us.

Can I bring a date?

If we know your significant other, they are already included on the invitation. Our budget and other considerations have forced us to make some difficult decisions about “plus ones” and we are unable to extend everyone a “plus one” option. However, we will consider dates on a case by case basis, so please contact us if you can’t imagine attending without your Trusty Sidekick.

I am coming from out of town. Where should I stay?

Good question! You’ve got a couple of options. Our home base is Traverse City, so if you’re planning to spend time with the family or see our town, you may want to stay in Traverse City. If you’re planning to drink hearty at the reception, just planning to stay one night, or want to stay close to Castle Farms, you may want to book a hotel right in Charlevoix for Sunday night. Basically, when making your decision, just keep in mind that it is an hour long drive from Charlevoix to Traverse City, and the reception at Castle Farms ends at 11 PM.

When is the RSVP deadline?

Please RSVP by April 19th. (Instructions up above)

Are the ceremony and reception locations wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Although some other parts of the castle are not, the West Garden is wheelchair accessible.

What should/could I do between the ceremony and the reception?

There will be a cocktail hour right after the ceremony. We will have table games, there is a giant chess board on the lawn, and there will be some fruit and vegetable munchies before dinner.

What if I have a dietary restriction?

We are including a section on our RSVPs to note any dietary restriction. If you let us know, we will be able to provide gluten-free cupcakes or vegetarian alternatives to dinner. But if you don’t tell us, the bride will feel really horrible and guilty when there’s nothing there for you to eat. She’d rather put a little effort into providing you delicious and restricted food than feel guilty. So please, take pity on her and make sure to include dietary restrictions in your RSVP.

Will there be dancing?

Yes. There is a wonderful dance floor and we’re selecting most of the music ourselves. Also on this website is a place for you to suggest music, so please do! We might not be able to fit everything in, but we'll try!

Will there be any activities happening that I need to know about?

We will be having a photo booth guestbook with tons of silly props. It will print photo strips for you to include in the guestbook, and high-resolution digital images will be available after the wedding. Participation in the photo booth is absolutely mandatory, and the bride personally guarantees that she will bribe, blackmail, or cajole you into posing for a couple shots.

What time will the reception end?

The open bar will close at 11, and all guests and personal items must be completely out by midnight. The penalties for staying past midnight are excruciatingly painful and expensive (Castle Farms has a torture chamber AND an ex-mafia accountant, I’ve heard), so we can’t just party until dawn. However, you may leave your car in the parking lot overnight if you choose to take a taxi or catch a ride to your hotel. We just need to arrange a time (in advance) that you can return the next morning to pick it up.

Can I take pictures?

We would like every guest to be fully in the moment with us during the ceremony, so our officiant will ask everyone to turn off their cell phones and cameras. We will have two professional photographers capturing the images, so we want everyone else to be capturing the emotion. After the ceremony, however, we encourage all of our friends and family to whip out those cameras and gets lots of fun pictures during the reception! After the wedding, we will have Darrell Christie’s photographs available for all of you, and we sincerely hope that you will share your reception photos with us.

Is there a gifts registry?

More than anything else, the best gift you can give us is the gift of your presence. We have been extremely blessed in our lives and have had a merged household for several years. As a result, we have almost all the things that most newly wedded couples need. If you wish to contribute something to support our wedded journey, we have created our own honeymoon registry on this very site. We have long shared a love for traveling and adventure, and eagerly anticipate our journey in Europe. If printing out a honeymoon gift coupon isn’t your thing but you still want to give, we will have a few items registered on Amazon.com.

Is there transportation being provided between Castle Farms and the hotels?

Due to the different destinations (Traverse City and Charlevoix) and the varied schedule, we are unable to provide transportation for our guests. We will have local taxi information available at the reception (probably at the bar). If you are interested in carpooling, please let us know, and we will help like-minded individuals coordinate rides.

Will last names be changing after the wedding?

Yes. Sabrina will be keeping Jordan as a second middle name, but changing her last name to McGuire.

I have a question not answered here; how do I contact you?

Our phone number was provided on the invitations, and we would love to hear your dulcet tones. Given our busy work schedules, however, you might get a faster response if you email us.

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