The Couple: Ali and Ryan
The Wedding: 8.24.12 – Blue Dress Barn, Benton Harbor, Michigan
What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Vintage country, relaxed, and rustic.
What was your wedding color palette? Browns and greens.
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? We both wanted something unconventional and mainly outside. Ali loves antiquing and finding vintage treasures, so we wanted to incorporate some of them into the decor. We chose relatively local beer (Bells and New Holland breweries) and wine selections (Black Star Farms & Fenn Valley wineries) because we wanted to support Michigan businesses.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? Dancing to the music of the band, eating late night pizza and playing moonlit lawn games, smoking cigars (Ryan), enjoying the band, watching the wedding video with guests.
What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? Websites like Pinterest and Etsy are very helpful when trying to come up with planning ideas and themes. Try to have fun and enjoy the day. It is a lot of stress beforehand, and if you make the day stressful as well, whats the point? So dont sweat the small stuff, and focus on the positives because youll want to cherish the good memories.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Heather Jowett
Reception Venue: Blue Dress Barn
Videographer/Film Maker: Andy Owen
Invitation Designer: Inspirations By Amie Lee
Catering: Cravings Catering
Late night snack: Traveling Wood Fire Pizza Oven
Florist: Hamilton Dahlia Farm
Cake: Amber Gries
Wedding Dress: Septembers Bride
Bridal Accessories: Cowboy Boots – Tony Lama
Flower Girls Apparel: Dresses – Abercrombie & Fitch, Boots – Old Navy
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Pants – Bonobos, Shirt- Earnest Sewn, Vest – J.Crew, Boots – Ariat, Cravat – Steamiscellania from Etsy
Hair: Salon Cheveux
Make-up: Mariah Hansen
Live Music: The Appleseed Collective
Favors: Coffee bought in Costa Rica
Rings: Brides Engagement Ring – Todd Alan, Brides Wedding Band – Ceramic Gestalt, Groom’s Ring – Jewelry by Johan Tungsten
Bamboo Dinnerware: Susty Party
Thank you so much Ali and Ryan!