A DIY Michigan Wedding II

Our reception took place at the Glen Arbor Town Hall.  The night before the wedding, everything was decorated by us, and our lovely friends.  I can’t imagine what we would have done without their helping hands!  As we arrived at the reception, we were greeted with a shower of lavender.   I stuffed the lavender into muslin bags and hand stamped a butterfly on each one.  I wanted the reception to feel like you were being welcomed into our home, so I ended up using many items right from our house.  We have so many great vintage and antique finds. It was nice to be able to put them all to use.

The wooden vases were made special for the wedding by our two of dear friends.They had a really pretty vintage look to them.  The bunting was made from paper doilies and twine.    The flowers were picked that morning from a local flower farm for only fifty dollars.  My best friend, who used to work as a florist, did all of the super-cute arrangements for us!  The tables were covered with vintage linens and vases we had collected over time.

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For dinner, we served our favorite comfort foods, made by a local woman who cooks all the food from scratch in her home: Ribs, Mac’ and cheese, Cornbread, Cherry chicken, Potato salad.  Instead of your typical wedding cake, we bought homemade pies from a local stand, and served cupcakes, in three delicious flavors, that I decorated with vintage millinery flowers.  For wedding favors, my friend Jenny and I made homemade strawberry jam and filled lolly bags with our favorite treats.   We are lucky enough to be friends with the amazing band “Bear Lake”, who played during the reception.  All in all; it ended up being a dream come true, and more than we had ever hoped for.  We could not have an imagined a more perfect day for ourselves!  We truly feel so lucky!

Photography: Amy Carroll

Invitations and Paper Goods: Poppies for Grace

Veil and Alterations – Rita Waters

Shoes and Earings – Anthropologie

Flower hairpiece – Handle & Spout

Ceremony Location -Port Oneida Schoolhouse

Reception Location – Glen Arbor Town Hall

Wooden Vases –Wren Wood

Flowers – Handpicked from Omena Flower Farm

Pie Topper –  BaumBirdy

Groom’s ring – Custom made by Lake Street Studios

Ring bearer pillow and lavender/lolly bags – soon to be available at Stephanie’s etsy store The Lucky Button

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37 Responses to “A DIY Michigan Wedding II”

  1. emily

    Hey Mackenzie

    The bride’s ring is vintage and the groom’s ring was custom made by Lake Street Studios.



  2. Heather

    Yes, the dress is the most perfect one I’ve ever seen, been searching for months for something in this style, any info about it?

  3. Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper

    WOW! i love it! and i knew i would just from that “sneak-peak” photo last week!
    i canNOT believe she had that budget and made THIS magic, it prooves, it’s not about the money but your ideas and execution.
    this is PERFECT.

  4. Whitney

    I tried this dress on and loved it!! I made the mistake of NOT PURCHASING IT!!!! I dont’ know what I was thinking!!! Could you PLEASE tell me where it came from, or at least what brand it is????
    Your wedding is just beautiful, and so inspiring!

    Thank you so much!

  5. Megan

    What was the name of the woman that made the food. I am interested in having a wedding right in that area and would love to know who she is and give her some more business. Please Please let me know.

  6. Stephanie

    I want to say a big Thank You to Emily for featuring our wedding! I am so happy to see that all the readers are enjoying it! As for all the questions about my dress, here is some info. It was purchased at Loehmann’s in 2008 and since I had extensive alterations done to it, the tag was removed. If I remember correctly, it was by Allen Swartz. If anyone needs anymore information about our wedding feel free to contact me through my etsy stores!
    With Joy, Stephanie

  7. Jen

    Can someone tell me where the flower girl dress is from? It is perfect for my wedding!

  8. Kristen

    I love this wedding! Everyone loves cupcakes right now…i just posted about a really great website for recipes! xo

  9. Chanel

    I was also wondering where the flower girl dress is from! I love it so much! :) Thanks!

  10. Shauna

    Everything about this wedding is so lovely–I hope my wedding will have some of this magic. Thank you, too, for the information about the dress. I agree with all the comments about how perfect it is.

  11. Allana

    It looks like you did an amazing job with the Glen Arbor Town Hall!!! What did you think about the Venue? It seems perfect for our wedding too!

  12. Shannon

    Your hair is gorgeous! Did you do it yourself or have a stylist do it? I’m getting married in Glen Arbor this September and looking for someone.


  13. Carolyn Faught

    Wow, I’m thrilled to see flowers from my upick farm, Omena Cut Flowers so beautifully presented. Thanks for giving my business a plug. Another bride gave me your link. The wedding looks lik it was so lovely. If you could add my website to your vendor list I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

    Carolyn Faught, grower
    Omena Cut Flowers


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