Handmade Michigan Wedding
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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