THEIR STYLE - After having attended many large weddings (and always having fun), when it came time for their own wedding, the Bride and Groom realized they were ‘small wedding’ people. The ceremony happened in the gardens of a heritage building followed by an intimate candlelight dinner inside.

INTIMATE GATHERING - The attendees included only immediate family with their spouses (or partners) and the Bride’s best friend. The Bride met her best friend in grade school and they went to high school and college together.  They even graduated in the same subject. The Bride is an avid baker and made the wedding cake herself.  For months leading up to the wedding, whenever guests went to her place, she would have them sample different recipes for batter and icing. After dinner the group proceeded to the Bride’s Parents’ house for more dessert, wedding cake, board games and fireworks. As the Groom left the reception room, he said, “That was REALLY good!” For them, it was the perfect start to the rest of their future.

 

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MEANT TO BE - The Bride and Groom met at a party years before, but did not date because they were both too busy. When finally they did go out, they knew it was meant to be and then things move quickly.

THE WEDDING DAY - They were married in a building that had served as a convent before it was converted for housing. The original alter room was preserved and restored. The Bride and Groom were married at the marble alter as light streamed through three antique stained glass windows beside them. The reception was held at a hotel's reception room. The room was decorated with touches of azure blue (the Bride’s favorite color).  After the dinner and the first dance, the Bride changed into an azure blue dress to celebrate and mingle with their guests.

 

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THE BRIDE AND GROOM - There are three things you need to know about the Bride and Groom of Romantic Rustic: they enjoy the outdoors; they are avid about D-I-Y; and contentment is defined as hanging out with good friends sampling microbrewery.

THEIR WEDDING - For their wedding they wanted to combine all of the things that make them happy. They were married by a good friend (who was also a minister) at a Metropark, near trails they had hiked at many times, surrounded by close family and friends. They had a tap set up so they could greet each (adult) guest with a sample of Michigan microbrewery beer.

THE CUPCAKE DISPLAY - In lieu of a cake, they had a bakery design cupcakes with sunflowers and sugar-glass butterflies that were displayed on a stand that was handmade by the Groom. He used slices of wood, from the trunk of a tree he had cut down, for the “plates” of the stand. To add patina to the wood, he charred the edges, sanded the surfaces and finished it off with a coat of stain. For the risers, he use smaller tree branches, cut so the cupcakes could stack nicely.

FRIENDS AND FELLOWSHIP - After dinner and speeches, a cooler of Dragonmead’s Armageddon beer was unveiled to the cheer of their friends. The celebrations were concluded around a fire-pit-marshmallow-roast as sounds of laughter and fading music filled the night.

 

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THE LEAVES UNDERFOOT MEANS THAT FALL HAS ARRIVED - With a nice breeze and rays of sparkling sun for our backdrop, I had the pleasure of capturing some memories for Kris and her family. Her daughter, Sydney, was too cute! She laughed, she ran, she giggled and she played hide-an-seek. They said that with all of the activity she was going to sleep well when bedtime rolled around. That makes two of us!

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