Welcome to Simply Exquisite by the Bay


Simply Exquisite by the bay, formed in 2009, is a full service wedding planning and floral design business that is located in beautiful Benzie County, Michigan. We are dedicated to making memories that will last a lifetime.  We plan, design and coordinate your special day or event to reflect your style from simple, classic elegance to exquisite.

Our dedication to enhance your perfect day with special attention to the smallest of details while encompassing all the natural beauty that surrounds us in beautiful Northern Michigan is our commitment to you.

We wish you all the joy and happiness as you plan your special day and would like to assist with as little or as much of the planning as needed to ensure you have a stress free event and time to enjoy your guests.  We are happy to discuss your needs for the perfect occasion, drop us a line or call today for an initial consultation.

Kristine Mills, Owner & Lead Coordinator
Kristi, a native of Benzie County, has had a long standing passion for creativity and design with the belief that “all things happen for a reason”.  With many years of experience hosting the combined family holidays and many hours volunteered in the community and as an Odyssey of the Mind Coach for five years and the Box Tops for Education Coordinator for the past eleven years at Frankfort Elementary.  Kristi’s passion for coordinating has evolved from helping in the community to a full service event planning business with something for everyone. Simply Exquisite by the bay has provided assistance for over 150 couples as they have planned their Up North dream wedding.
After 17 years of being a Domestic Engineer, Kristi has expanded her duties to better serve the community by planning events with her taste for the Exquisite Up North.

Kristi enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh and four boys, playing on the beach, attending sporting events, and entertaining family and friends in their home. They live, work and play in beautiful Benzie County.


Rachel Gray Wedding Event Planning Benzie CountyRachel has been a design assistant for the past seven years and has enjoyed working alongside her cousin Kristi learning the ins and outs of wedding planning. Recently she has been called to duty as an Ordained Minister and looks forward to helping you as you plan your ceremony on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.  She just finished her sophomore year at Lake Superior State University in the nursing program. She has a strong passion for singing and a spiritual calling to help others. Recently she has attended two Missions trip to Haiti and plans to return this May for her third trip.  After her second trip to Haiti, Rachel felt a strong calling and made the decision to change her major to religious studies. She just transferred to Grand Valley where she will finish her degree. Rachel will be a camp counselor fort the third summer during the weekdays and available on the weekends to plan, design and coordinate weddings.

Rachel loves all animals especially her dog Dakota. Her favorite color is purple. She enjoys time with friends and family and you can find her in her free time enjoying the many local beaches. Rachel was born and raised in Beautiful Northern Michigan and loves to share the Up North experience with everyone she comes in contact with.

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