From the Photographer… Oh this wedding! This wedding was as beautiful as it was near and dear to my heart. I have photographed both of Hillary’s sisters and it was so special to see not only them, but the entire family. By this point, their family knows me pretty well and I got to watch each of them grow throughout the last three years. This wedding was simply beautiful and fun [as I would expect nothing less].
We incorporated jewel tones with greenery and different metallics to give off an industrial/geometric/art deco/vintage type of vibe.
We stuck with our vision and rolled with it. The majority of our decor was DIY. We designed our own centerpieces and table numbers and Hillary lettered all of the signs scattered around the reception. We found little ways to throw in pieces of our relationship into the decor and it was amazing knowing that our wedding truly felt like “us”.
Hillary went with a natural romance theme with a cascading bouquet of ranunculus, dahlias, thistle, lisianthus, lavender, eucalyptus, olive branch, rosemary, and purple sage. With Laura being a chef, she went with a natural herb theme. Hers was filled with purple sage, rosemary, garden roses, baby’s breath, and thyme. It was exciting because we kept our flowers a secret from one another. We didn’t know what each other’s flowers would look like until the wedding day.
Laura is a chef and we wanted our wedding to be an opportunity to showcase her food. Our entire menu of appetizers and dinner was cooked by Laura. With an October wedding, what better way to scream fall than a Thanksgiving feast? We had Michigan farm raised turkey breast and applewood smoked turkey legs with all of our favorite sides. Luckily, Laura’s mentor and friend, Chef Borden, was there the day of to heat and serve. The food was easily one of our favorite parts of the wedding. We were told we probably wouldn’t have much time to eat on our wedding day, but there was no way we were missing this meal!!
From the beginning, Hillary envisioned having a wedding dress with lace sleeves. Before she went dress shopping, she saw a photo of her dream dress. It was by a designer that Becker’s Bridal carried so she kept her fingers crossed it would be in the store to try on.. and luckily it was! She tried on a few dresses beforehand but as soon as she tried THE dress on, no others were a match. Laura knew she wanted a dress with lace. She tried on several dresses and started to feel disappointed. As a handful of dresses from her dressing room were about to be put back on the rack, she saw one that she didn’t put on yet and decided to give it a try. It had a lace, beaded bodice with a keyhole back. She knew right away she’d be wearing it on her wedding day.
We met in Grand Rapids during our last semesters of college. Once we graduated, it worked out that we are both from the east side of the state and we moved back to be closer to our families. We’ve been in Metro Detroit ever since. For the first few years of our relationship, Laura made it clear that she wanted to propose first. She planned a NYE party at our place and invited our closest friends and family. I had no idea that within one minute left of 2016 I would be saying “Yes!” to becoming her wife. A few weeks later I drove her back to Grand Rapids where we first met to propose to her at Rosa Parks Circle.
The best part was our handwritten vows and our first dance as Mrs. & Mrs. Those were the moments when it felt like no one else was in the room but the two of us. The second best part was Laura watching all of our friends and family chow down!!
Take a step back and ask yourself what parts of the wedding day you most want to remember and also have your guests remember. Focus on those aspects and don’t spend too much time on the others. Just know that everything will come together. It’s also not recommended to cater your own wedding 😉