DIY Wedding Breakfast by Benjamin David Photography

You know what I love the most about this DIY wedding by Benjamin David Photography . . . the sheer JOY that is jumping out of every image. Well, admittedly that’s not the only thing that I love. I love how it’s a wedding breakfast held at 8am in the morning when everything is fresh and the air is crisp. I also love the sweet handmade touches such as the simple burlap and lace wrapped mason jars filled with pretty baby’s breath, the DIY vintage styling and the yummy looking breakfast buffet for their guests. But what I think is really awesome is the couple’s message on a chalkboard sign asking their guests ‘to choose a seat, not a side’ – what a wonderful sentiment. It’s just one of those weddings which makes you smile and feel the love!

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Photography: Benjamin David Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Michigan DIY Wedding by Emilia Jane

There’s really no better way to kick off a Monday than with a pretty soiree  – and this stylish Michigan DIY wedding captured by Emilia Jane is just the thing! Boasting one sweet DIY detail after another, a perfect Spring palette of yellow, grey and white, and a pretty ribbon theme throughout, it’s pretty meets whimsy at its finest.  And when you catch a glimpse of the bride’s drop-dead gorgeous yellow shoes, you’ll be grinning from ear-to-ear for the rest of the day.

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Michigan Wedding at Yarrow Golf Resort
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Bride Erin shares the details:

What was your wedding theme?

I wanted a rustic DIY wedding with LOTS of yellow and personal touches. The backdrop of our ceremony was made of ribbon so I used that as my theme through out the ceremony/reception.

What was the size & budget of your wedding?

We had 70 guests and my budget was $10,000 (I believe the grand total was $8,500)

Ceremony & Reception Details

At first we contemplated a destination wedding in Mexico… but then I knew that many of my guests could not make it. So, I Chose our location Yarrow Golf Resort in Augusta Michigan. My husband is from Traverse City MI (Way Northern Michigan) and I am from a small town in Central Illinois. This location was a middle point between both our home towns so no one would have to travel 8 hours. The fact that it was NOT in either of our home towns allowed us to keep the guest list to a minimum. The location was perfect because we spent the entire weekend there. All the lodging was on site and it was in the middle of the woods and SO rustic. Plus my husband LOVES golf!

Color Palette & Flowers

Our color palette was Yellow, Grey and White. For the flowers we had a mix of Dahlia’s, Football Mums, and Lisianthus. For the centerpieces I collected white milk glass vases in all shapes and sizes.

Wedding Cake & Favors

I never like the cake at weddings so I opted for an Ice Cream sundae bar and cherry pies on a stick. The Cherry pies on a stick also doubled up as wedding favors.

Wedding Style

My dress was Enzoani Blue. It had lace on top and tulle on the bottom. I wore Yellow Nina shoes. The bridesmaids wore yellow J Crew dresses with silver heels. Dan bought the suits for his groomsmen at Perry Ellis. They wore yellow football mums for boutonnieres.

Wedding Bouquet

I wanted LOTS of texture. My bouquet was mostly yellow because I wanted it to pop and it had a ribbon streamer hanging down. Ribbon was my theme so I had it everywhere.

How much of your wedding was DIY?

I did almost everything myself. I made ribbon table runners, table numbers, seating chart (in an old window frame), ribbon wands for guests to wave as we walked out, ribbon backdrop and the Yellow “E & D” signs for the ceremony.

What made your wedding unique?

The fact that is was a small intimate group of friends and family. My Dad still raves about how he really got to know all of our friends that he has heard so much about. We invited everyone to the rehearsal dinner so everyone knew each other the day of the wedding. It was like both of our lives really came together and everyone walked away life long friends.

What was your biggest challenge?

Managing all the DIY projects and getting them in place the day before. No one really understood my ‘vision’ until it was complete.

What were your favorite moments?

Driving off in the golf cart for a private moment after the ceremony.

 How would you sum up your wedding day?

The best day of my life!

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Photography: Emilia Jane / Event Venue:  Yarrow Golf & Conference Resort / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Laid Back Beach Wedding in St Joseph Michigan

When you’re struggling to come up with the perfect wedding details, it is always simplicity that wins hands down, and this pretty little laid back beach wedding in St Joseph Michigan goes all out to prove that point. A barefoot ceremony on a beautiful beach, a relaxed and glowing bride in her casual short white dress and a groom who radiates love for his girl from every pore, make this seaside soiree touching and uniquely special. Thanks to McDonald Photography for putting us right there, up close and loving every intimate moment.

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Photographer Jennifer shares: The bride and groom have a unique story –  both of them crew sailing ships for a living, and hence met when working on board a ship in 2005.  When they decided to get married they wanted a beach wedding. On the information sheet, when asked if there was anything I should know about the groom’s fiancee, he said: “Yes! She is totally awesome.”

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Photographer: McDonald Photography / Cake Designer:  Dee’s Specialty Cakes / Wedding Venue:  Silver Beach County Park / Submitted via Two Bright Lights