This Michigan wedding is absolutely stuffed to the gills with handmade rustic decor, sure to inspire any bride out there! Seriously, how amazing is their floral chandeliers at reception? We love that it looks like it appeared out of nowhere in the middle of the woods! Shot by Lauren Gabrielle, this DIY wedding was truly a labor of love.
From the bride, Karrie: When Joe and I were first engaged we had already mulled over what we wanted our day to look and feel like. As we were excitedly discussing our June nuptial plans with family and friends the one word we found leaping out of our mouths constantly was “cozy”! With “cozy” being the theme in mind, the only place we could picture exchanging vows at was my Aunt and Uncle’s home in the quaint town of Owosso, Michigan where I grew up.
When I started to dream up what the ceremony and reception would look like, I knew I wanted a lot of handmade details and vintage aspects and I knew I would need some help if I were to pull it all off! We have an incredibly talented set of family and friends that really made the process of planning fun and stress-free. We collected vases from local thrift shops for months, and made our table cloths and runners out of inexpensive painters tarps and burlap from a hardware store. We ordered our flowers from a wholesaler and my aunt and friends took on all of our floral design.
Our dear friend and wedding planner Sarah Starr created all of the decor for our reception site from estate sales, thrift shops, and family heirlooms. We had countless family members making our assembling, and hand burning our whimsical paper poofs made from coffee filters for months! My mother made the ring bearer pillow, the flower girl basket amongst many other things and I did my bridal parties make-up and up-dos. I loved that everything from the ceremony location, to the place cards, had a memory and significance attached to it. The end result was a whimsical, warm and dreamy celebration that everyone took personal pride in, and much to my husband’s and my delight the ambiance was undeniably communal and cozy.
Wedding Vendors (Owosso, MI):
Reception Venue: Wrought Iron Grill / Wedding Photographer: Lauren Gabrielle / Event Coordinator: Sarah Starr / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry: Local thrift shops