Leslie and Adam

Mears, Michigan



Photography | AK Photography

Venue | Private Residence

Floral Designer | Where the Wild Things Bloom

From the Photographer

These two love birds had an intimate wedding on top of a sand dune at Little Sable Lighthouse in Mears, Michigan. Due to COVID-19, they were unable to have the “big” day, but this wedding was the most beautiful and so full of love!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

My fiancé and I had originally planned a 250 person wedding and reception for 8/8/2020! Due to COVID we wanted to keep everyone healthy and safe. We decided to get married at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, a place we had visited on a whim during our first year together. In June we visited the lighthouse again to see if it would be the place where we would say I do. Upon arriving we both teared up and knew it was the place we had dreamed of. We hiked up a sand dune to discover a remote area away from other people with space to fit about ten (just enough for our immediate family). It had the most perfect view of the lighthouse further solidifying to our decision. As for our theme, we knew that we wanted a boho style wedding with pampas grass, dream catchers and dried florals. One of the dream catchers was a Celtic tree of life and was made by our aunt to honor my fiancé’s Irish heritage.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

The decor for our COVID wedding was quite minimal especially when we found out the winds were up to 30 mph on the beach that day! We brought vintage mid century folding chairs for our immediate family, mid century vases filled with dried flowers, pampas grass that had to be buried into the sand (literally had to dig a hole for them so they wouldn’t blow away), handmade dream catchers most with vintage doilies besides the one from our aunt, and an old fish tank stand we turned into a table to place our sand (for the unity part) that I found at a vintage store for $4. We repainted it and added wood on top!


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

We used dried florals from Where the Wild Things Bloom (located in Lansing, MI)! She made a beautiful bouquet for me as well as a simple flower crown. The flower girls also had flower crowns and we had boutonnières and corsages made for the rest of our immediate family that was present. Even our little ring bearer (Adam’s nephew) had a magnetic one! We chose this option as we will be able to use them again next summer for our bigger reception! Also, it gave our wedding a more boho vibe!


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We wanted to make this small wedding as personalized as possible! One of my first cousins became ordained just to marry us and I wrote a song to walk down the aisle to. When the flower girls and ring bearer came down the aisle we played a cover I did of ‘A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes’ and I cried happy tears a few times just recording it. The 2 year old ring bearer came down the aisle really slow with open arms and the brightest smile and it truly warmed our hearts. For our vows we decided to write them in a song. We chose the song ‘Anyone Else But You’ by The Moldy Peaches and changed the lyrics to be our vows. We figured it was a simple melody to sing and one that we would be able to personalize quite well!


We framed our “vows” for the ceremony and since it was so windy, my cousin had to hold them for us! Adam played his acoustic guitar and I played my baritone ukulele. We kept the lyrics “I don’t see what anyone could see in anyone else but you” and took turns harmonizing. I’m a public school music teacher and private piano lesson teacher and he is a drummer (touring with Robert DeLong) and private drum teacher also. For our unity ceremony we used two bottles from the coffee shop where we first met and poured sand that was our favorite colors (mine yellow and his orange) into a mid century decanter with sand from the beach in it as well. The ceremony was perfectly us! Our immediate family guests received special gift packages that included bubbles, a rose quartz crystal, a copy of commissioned artwork of the two of us, tea, masks, a chocolate and cookie as well as a glow stick. We also had some yummy cupcakes after the ceremony outside of our hotel!


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Back in December I went with one of my best friends to a store called Fantastic Finds on a whim. I explained where our venue was (originally planned at an estate in the woods), showed her my vintage semi rose gold Art Deco engagement ring from Art of Nature Vintage and she pulled out four dresses. The one I chose was the first one that I tried on!! Adam chose his three piece suit from Men’s Warehouse because it was a beautiful navy with some floral fun (hints of orange, his favorite color). He didn’t even need it altered meanwhile I had mine adjusted four different times! 😉


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We officially swiped right on a little app called Tinder in 2016. We chatted a little via text and became Instagram friends. I was in the process of finishing a long distance relationship and he had started dating someone from work. Throughout the course of the next year we virtually liked each other and secretly wanted to meet. I first saw him with his then girlfriend at the mall and contemplating messaging him. It didn’t feel right to do that so I just let it be. I finally ended the long distance relationship the first week of February and Adam texted me once again exactly a week later. He had broken up with his now ex girlfriend in December. We immediately bonded further when we texted about making the exact same Annie’s organic Mac and cheese at the same time. We officially met at our favorite coffee shop a few days later Strange Matter and have been together ever since! As for the proposal, Adam knew that Disney World is one of my favorite places and his brother in law just happened to have a work conference there in the fall.


We all decided to go with his sister’s family! Adam secretly scheduled a pontoon boat ride to see the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. Right before they started he began dancing with me to the music on the boat and got down on one knee. He had chocolate covered strawberries dressed in tuxes and macarons (my fave)! It was truly magical!


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The most anticipated moment for me would be seeing Adam’s face as I walked down the aisle to the song that I wrote for him! We were also very excited to share our “secret” vows in the song we chose! We hadn’t shared what we wrote until the day of!


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Enjoy your special day and make backup plans in case it rains or there are other unforeseen circumstances! We officially planned our beach wedding only two months before we said I Do! We had a backup in case it rained and we made sure to keep everyone safe! We didn’t know that it would be so windy so shoutout to my Glamnetic magnetic eyelashes for holding strong in the 25 mph winds! Haha My main piece of advice though is to make your wedding your very own. It doesn’t have to be what other wants it to look like. Your wedding is an amazing opportunity to be your truest form, so do whatever you feel is right for the both of you. Celebrate your uniqueness and embrace things that make you two special! The more authentic of a ceremony/reception it is for you the more you will radiate your love and happiness!