Learn about our story and the dream team that makes it all happen for your special day
We are Candice & Brian, the owners of Holland’s newest luxury event venue: Port 393.
After going through the planning process for our own wedding in 2019, we were unable to find a venue that we felt met our needs. We believe that couples navigating the course of life together should enjoy the engagement process and be given all the tools necessary for a successful occasion.
We made the decision to host our own wedding at home and simultaneously create a plan for our future business together.
We poured our hearts and souls into the creation of Port 393 and incorporated all the simplicity, beauty and elegance we wished to find for our own wedding. We chose not to remodel the previous structure on the 393 Cleveland property because we did not want to settle.
We wanted to provide an exceptional view of the lake, a relaxing rooftop patio, a luxurious lounge, a large, modern reception space, and every other minor detail necessary to creating an enjoyable planning process.
“The Port 393 mission is to turn dreams into realities and ensure every client is beyond pleased on the day of their celebration.”
– Candice Grant, Owner
Meet the Dream Team
Client Experience Coordinator
Lauren spends her days making sure our clients have the best experience possible, as our Client Experience Coordinator.
Education: Grand Valley State University
Hometown: Holland, MI
Corporate Event Planner
Linda is our in-house Corporate Event Planner with a Public Relations focus.
Education: Major in Business Administration in Communications at Michigan State University
Hometown: Battle Creek, Michigan
Passions: Traveling, “From the Sol” Floral Outreach, and Creativity
Lipscomb Graduate and current Bride-to-be at Port 393! Kiley is our in house rentals guru whose focus is on all of the details for your event!
Education: Double Major in Marketing and Graphic Arts at Lipscomb
Hometown: Hartland, Michigan
Passions: All things design, decor and floral. As well as, travel and snorkeling.
Michaela is our newest team member, specializing in day-to-day operations here at the venue. She just moved to Holland!
Education: BS Facility & Event Management, MS Nonprofit Management at Grace College & Theological Seminary
Hometown: Rockford, Illinois
Passions: Jesus, people, kayaking, and anything else outdoors!
Food & Beverage Manager
Wendi is our in-house Sommelier (who you will see at Champagne Club) and she also works weddings while managing our bar operations!
Education: Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, Restaurant Management and Event Management Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Passions: Kiddos, teach about wine, and making people happy
Port 393 Intern
Current Senior Hope Student Jessica is currently an Intern at Port 393!
Education: Communications Major with a Business Minor from Hope College
Hometown: Allendale, MI
Passions: Being on the lake, investing in people, and exploring
Venue Manager & Day-of Coordinator
Rachel makes sure everything comes together just like it should on your special day.
Education: Double Masters in Vision Rehab Therapy & Rehabilitation Counseling at Western Michigan University
Hometown: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Passions: Traveling, hiking, & learning new things everyday!
Port 393 Intern
Current Senior Hope Student Taylor is currently an Intern at Port 393!
Education: Double Major in Communications and Political Science
Hometown: Woodstock, Illinois
Passions: Traveling, Hiking, & Champagne
Event Planning & Management
Molly specializes in event planning and management here at Port 393.
Education: Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings & Events at Grand Valley State University
Hometown: New Buffalo, MI
Passions: Hiking, Kayaking, Coffee, Reading everything in Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club