Judy and Patrick hosted a joyful day on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Mckenzie + Adam: DIY Wedding at Brighton Acres
Being teachers, Mckenzie and Adam wanted a beautiful but affordable wedding. From beginning to end, their wedding was full of DIY touches from their family and friends. The bride's mother designed all of the flowers, from the bouquets to the cake. Two days before the wedding, the bride and her mom picked out the center piece florals from a local farmer's garden. One of the bridesmaids created the couple's stationery and another designed the signs and chalkboards at the reception. Even the band that played was a friend of the family. After the ceremony under drooping willow trees, the guests dined in the romantic barn before dancing the evening away. After a surprise fireworks show, the couple dashed out under the flickering glow of sparklers.
From the bride:
It was misting and very cool in temperature for a mid-July day in Wisconsin. I saw the rain as a sign of a happy marriage. The groom, Adam, put together a slideshow of 365 "selfies" day by day from July 15, 2015 to July 15, 2016, as a surprise for me! It was perfect.
The outdoor ceremony was held under the willow trees. Our cousin married us and we felt the ceremony was truely "us"all the way through. Our favorite part was the time lapse box we embedded into the ceremony. The time lapse box was nailed shut, containing a bottle of champagne signed by the bridal party and intermediate family as well as a copy of our vows and unread letters written to one another which will be read on our one year anniversary.