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Handmade Michigan Wedding

DIY Weddings

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I have to admit, when I first saw this real wedding from Just Alex Photography, I was certain it was a styled shoot. Aren’t newlyweds Allie and Josh just the most gorgeous duo? We love that Allie didn’t give up on her dream wedding gown and finally had a dressmaker craft it, and it so perfectly suits her!

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From the bride, Allie: When Josh asked me to marry him I knew exactly what we envisioned for our day. He’s a country boy and I am a sucker for anything vintage, shabby chic and rustic. We wanted the wedding to be us so we combined all of it!


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We would describe our wedding as Vintage, Rustic, DIY, Casual, and Us. Our color theme was mint, and all accents were lace, burlap, and dusty rose. Everything you see in our wedding was special to us. I antiqued for every single piece, and hand created with help of family and friends every decoration. That’s what made our day so special. Everything in our wedding has a story that we will always remember.


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I struggled with my wedding dress for quite some time. I bought one and felt like I was settling because I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. I drew up a design of the dream dress in my head and took it to a lady who helped make my vision come to life. I didn’t want a veil with my dress because everything was so casual and our day wasn’t traditional. I found my halo on etsy and knew it would go perfect with the belt I had for my dress. I found my shoes before we were engaged at an antique store. When I started planning our day I knew they would be perfect with the vintage theme. I was struggling with my jewelry and found an old locket on etsy. I got our date engraved on the inside and fell in love! Josh got me a bracelet that I added to the ones I already had. We exchanged gifts before we saw each other and his came with a long note. It was a charm bracelet that he explained would grow as our love does! He is so sweet!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? BE YOU. If you like something make it happen. Don’t change your style because your mom or friends don’t like it. You only get this day once so make it everything you have hoped and dreamed of. Also be in the moment all day. It goes by so fast and all your left with are the amazing memories!

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Gravel Lines,” Amy Seeley
Bridal Processional: “After Afterall,” William Fitzsimmon
Sand Pouring: “She Is Love,” Parachute
First Dance: “Wanted,” Hunter Hayes

Wedding Location: Ravenna, MI / Wedding Photographer: Just Alex Photography / Wedding Venue: The Hitching Post / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Wedding Caterer: Branns / DJ: Greg Bugbee’s DJ Plus / Wedding Invitations: DIY by bride

Introducing our Sponsors!

Sponsor Welcome

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It’s that time again, when we get to shine the spotlight on some of our sponsors! We have a really great batch of businesses this round, who will be sure to dazzle you with their unique products and stellar services – everything from one-of-a-kind bridal gowns to custom wedding magazines. Sit back and get acquainted with their fab work if you haven’t yet:

Twenty Pages designs unique and personalized “magazines” that tell the love story behind every wedding. Your twenty pages are about Fun Stuff like your story and history and Practical Stuff like important wedding information for your guests. The magazines are really versatile! You can use them however you wish: wedding programs, invitations, table decorations and inside welcome bags, just to name a few.

From We Love Photobooths: Our booth is different (and we think better!) than everything else out there. We built it entirely ourselves using our love for photography, design, and good ol’ photo-making fun as our guide. We wrote our own software and built our own light, hardware, and walnut case. The result is a handcrafted photo booth that produces flattering, luminous photographs shot after shot, and looks great while doing it!

Mill Crest Vintage offers an amazing collection of authentic vintage wedding dresses and vintage bridesmaids dresses for the bride who loves vintage and wishes to express her own unique sense of style on her wedding day. Brides can shop their online boutique or enjoy a private bridal consultation in their beautiful bridal salon.

MIDORI is a luxury ribbon, gift wrap and wedding accessories brand. Their products are designed with unique weddings in mind, helping every couple to personalize their special day. They currently offers seven bridal collections that feature hand-picked products personalized to a distinct wedding style – from Preppy to Shabby Chic. These collections take the guesswork out of planning, allowing each couple a fun, simple way to add their own unique touches to their décor, favors and DIY projects.




Whimsical Prints specializes in unique and affordable invitations with quick three day service. From whimsical love birds to classic cherry blossoms, we have a variety of designs to choose from to fit your wedding personality and theme.



Katherine Feiel creates custom wedding gowns using fabrics of the highest quality. She offers a very personalized service, working with each bride to discuss fabric and design choices and to create the perfect gown. All gowns are handmade to the highest standards and are guaranteed to fit without alterations or fittings. Katherine ships worldwide from her e-boutique.

Images are from Katherine’s Queen Annes Lace collection, photos by Sadie Dayton Photography

Daily Pick

Mydolcefarneinte – Weddings and Events in Italy

Dear beloved couples,

Thousand of kilometres divide us and you have to take a very important decision of choosing your destination wedding planner. Yes, i know it’s difficult to do without meeting the person. So, before we can have a Skype call to meet each other virtually, just a few lines about me. I’m a Tuscan soul since 2002, can’t stop thanking heavens for having “dropped” me in this marvellous land. Also for me the reason of moving to Italy was love :)
I’m completely in love with the wedding planning that I’m involved in since 2011. Your wedding is my wedding so if you choose Mydolcefarniente, you choose a highly professional team. I don’t apply the same fee for every event. I give the opportunity to the couple to choose the most appropriate solution for their dream wedding to come true. We work in a flexible way and offer different solutions unless we find the right option that satisfies your needs. We don’t have restrictions because the only things that counts is to make you happy.
Hear from you soon, Yuliya

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Weekly Wrap Up + Tennessee Local Guide

Local Guide, Weekly Wrap Ups

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Hello and Happy Friday to you all! It’s been a pleasantly busy week here at Ruffled, so we’re glad to take some time to breathe in some crisp autumn air and sip on chai tea. We thought we’d help you kick off your weekend with a little treat, a peek into our Blue Label vendors from Tennessee. Not only are these some fab wedding pros, but they’re also willing to travel near and far — so check them out!

Nashville wedding photographers
View this real wedding in all its glory here and all others we featured shot by Dixie Pixel here

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Above images by by Dixie Pixel

Tennessee wedding photographers
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View this real wedding feature and view all featured weddings by by Ulmer Studios here


Above wedding video from Clockhouse Films

If you are a vendor and would like to be considered in our vendor guide, please click HERE to apply. If you would like to recommend additional local resources to this list, please email us. We’d love to hear from you!

In case you missed any features from this week…

Colorful Maui wedding
DIY moss table numbers
Fall wedding details with Bows N Ties
An Oregon farm wedding
Love Unites inspiration shoot
Sweet Melbourne wedding
Getting the most from inspiration shoots to real weddings
Paintapalooza wedding ideas
DIY marbled place mats
DIY painted votive holders
Glam Nashville wedding

This week, in Recycle Your Wedding…

Vintage print cloth napkins
Outdoor wedding sign
Seafoam green rustic table
Remington portable typewriter
Lot of 10 lace tablecloths
3 navy dotted Brooks Brothers ties
125 black lace placemats

Daily Pick

PajamaSutra

We believe all women are goddesses, and deserve elegant loungewear worthy of their beauty.

The PajamaSutra Bride’s getting-ready moments are graceful, glamorous, and radiant. We are so honored to be a part of a bride’s sweet moments before Mrs.

Lounge Like A Goddess.

Photo Credits: Nicole Goddard Photography, Tom Cisneros, Sachi Anand Photography, Alisha Crossley Photography

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