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Best of 2011: Ceremonies

Weekly Wrap Ups

We’re continuing our look back on our favorites of 2011, with a focus today on our most adored ceremony sites and decor! It was no easy feat to narrow down our choices, but we picked some we know you’ll remember and love:

streamer ceremony backdrop ideas
1.Philadelphia wedding, captured by Love Me Do Photography

barn wedding ceremony decor ideas
2. Rochester barn wedding, captured by Eric Lundgren Photography

theater wedding ceremony ideas
3. Illinois wedding, captured by Deidre Lynn Photography

steampunk outdoor ceremony ideas
4. Wedding at Serenbe, captured by W Scott Chester

indoor woodsy ceremony decor ideas
5. New Orleans wedding, captured by Kelly is Nice

ceremony decor ideas using doors and furniture
6. Tennessee Wedding, captured by Dixie Pixel

industrial ceremony ribbon backdrop
7. Atlanta warehouse wedding, captured by Kyle Hale

big willow tree ceremonygreenhouse wedding ceremony

8. Texas wedding, captured by Ryan Price; 9. Dublin wedding, captured by Magda Lukas with Brosnan Photographic

desert offbeat wedding ceremony stage
10. Mojave Desert wedding, captured by Made U Look Photography

handmade outdoor ceremony backdrop
11. Canadian Wedding, captured by Sweet Heirloom Photography

ghost chairs ceremonyBig Sur elopement
12. Australian wedding captured by CKMetro Photography, 13. Big Sur California Elopement, captured by Evynn LeValley Photography

boat canoe ceremony backdrop
14. A Steampunk Wedding, captured by Feather Love Photography

church pews outdoors ceremony ideas
15. Florida garden wedding, captured by Ben Sasso

We have many, many more to show here in the photo gallery!

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Michigan Metropark Wedding

DIY Weddings

Alex, the bride, is not new to Ruffled – she was one of our DIY Contest participants (and the winner!) two years ago with this adorbs DIY pom pom bouquet. Today she is back to share a little bit of her wedding day with us:

Alex & Travis

From the bride, Alex: When Travis and I got engaged, we were living in Portland, Oregon. We decided that we wanted to get married in our home state of Michigan, even though it meant planning from thousands of miles away. We did everything we could from there – got our outfits, booked a venue sight unseen, booked our photographer – and then scrambled to get the rest done once we moved back. I am a crafter by nature (and by profession) so of course, that meant I wanted to make EVERYTHING. I ended up giving in and having someone else make my dress (good decision), but I made my headpiece, designed all the paper-bits, made our canopy (if you can call it that) and did all the florals with some help from friends. Our overall “look” was a sort of “antique prettiness mixed with old-timey-natural-science-museum,” complete with dinosaur skeleton cake toppers (a tribute to my husbands dino-geekery. He also wore authentic dinosaur bone cufflinks!)

Alex & TravisAlex & Travis

Alex & Travis

We decided early on that we wanted our wedding to reflect only the things that mattered to us, with little regard for tradition. Instead of walking down the aisle, we had a parade to our outdoor ceremony site, complete with kazoos and other instruments. Our ceremony was extremely short- just a few words by our friend/officiant and an exchange of rings and red string bracelets (which we also handed out to guests.) Then we went inside to have dinner and rock out.

dinosaur wedding cake toppers

Alex & TravisAlex & Travis

We skipped the special dances and sappy songs, opting to let things unfold naturally- I ended up dancing with my father to “I wear my sunglasses at night”, haha. We hired a photo booth to give people something to do when they got tired of dancing, with some amazing results! Our goal was to create a true celebratory atmosphere, high on love and fun, low on cheesiness, stuffiness, and waiting-around. I think we succeeded :-)

Alex & Travis

Alex & TravisAlex & Travis

Alex & Travis

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding vendors (White Lake, MI):

Wedding venue: Indian Springs Metropark, Environmental Discovery Center / Wedding photographer: Nicole LaDonne / Wedding cake: Decadent Delight / Wedding caterer: Kosch / Succulents: Succulent Designs / Wedding dress: Urchin Re.Design / Hair accessory and jewelry: made by bride / Wedding shoes: Irregular Choice / Groom’s suit: Bespoke by Duchess Clothier / Groom’s shoes: Walker & Whyte / Wedding stationery: bride / Transportation: Motor City Party Bus

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