Today’s post will feature a beautiful March wedding in the heart of Michigan, there may have been a few drops of rain, but that did not stop the two love birds Brittany & Caleb tying the knot. One of my favourite Michigan wedding photographers Miranda Lynn did a remarkable job of capturing images that simply cannot be put into words.
Just like any other bride Brittany had her concerns about the weather for a March wedding, as it isn’t the prettiest time of year in Michigan, the trees have little to no leaves left from the winter months, and the grass looks rather dull. To top that up rain has been in forecast for their wedding day, however Brittany did a remarkable job of brightening up her wedding day with beautiful shades of pastel pink and silver, not to mention the gorgeous umbrella photoshoot (we have all seen it on Pinterest but never had the courage to do it, so hats off Brittany everything looked just perfect).
I personally think rainy day weddings can look so romantic, maybe it is my love of the old movie “Singing in the Rain”. – Photographer Miranda Lynn
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
Brittany: I met my husband when we were 14 and 15 years old. He hates when I tell this story because I actually was the one to chase him around! He finally asked me to be his girlfriend when I was 15. We dated for 7 years before getting engaged. I was in the middle of nursing school and things were crazy, my life was upside down and very stressful, during christmas break I had a few weeks off school and Caleb wanted to take me somewhere to just get away and relax before school started back up. I thought nothing of it… We had talked about marriage and agreed to wait till I was done with school, well so I thought.
January 1st we drove to JW Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI. Beautiful hotel overlooking the river. Little did I know what was in store. We got the keys to our room and he opened the door, I seen candles and rose pedals lining the entrance to the room… I looked at him in all seriousness and said “Oh my gosh, I think were in the wrong room!” He said “I don’t know, just go in”, I said “but what if people are in there, I don’t think this is our room!” He said “Go in!” I walked in around the candles and petals to see photos of us from the past 7 years hanging all around the room, bed covered in rose pedals with a heart and “C & B”. I looked at him and said “oh my goodness, how did you get someone to do all of this! Why did you do all of this!? This is so sweet honey!” He was silent and just grabbed my hand, and started to kneel down on one knee, and then I lost it! Waterworks, I was sure ugly crying. I couldn’t believe it! After I picked myself up and said YES of course, he said “there’s one more thing” and i specifically remember saying to him.”what more, is there a pony too!?” he laughed and directed me to go back out of the hotel room door. I opened the hotel room door and there stood my mom, and my best friends. Like seriously !? What more could you ask for !? It was a dream come true, I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it!
Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
Brittany: I went to Beckers Bridal and put the first dress on and of course fell in love, but wasn’t sure if it was because it was the first one I’ve ever put on, or because it was THE one! I tried on probably 10 more, just not feeling the same. I decided to wait and think about it. I tried on a couple more at a local store and all I could do was think about that first dress I put on, a mermaid dress, beaded was not what I thought I was looking for, but I felt like a princess in it so I knew I had to have it! My husband wore a light grey suit with white vest and paisley white tie, and white shoes. The groomsmen had light grey suits with grey vest and pale pink ties; Our bridesmaids wore floor length, chiffon pale pink dresses.
Q : Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
Brittany: As a lot of other brides would probably say, Pinterest inspired most of my wedding design and theme. My husband would just say “happy wife, happy life” when I asked his thoughts or input, I bet he didn’t think Id have the guys wearing pink though! I chose a light grey, and pale pink with silver accents for our color palette. We both wanted an elegant theme for our wedding day.
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
Brittany: We kept the floral arrangements simple and elegant. We used white hydrangea’s, pale pink roses and seeded eucalyptus for bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets as well as our two varrying centerpieces. I was hesitant about them all being the same flowers but it blended really well and we couldn’t have been happier with how it looked. We opted for the groomsmen and groom to have pocket squares rather than boutonnieres.
Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Brittany: Ceremony space we kept very simple, as our church was already beautiful! We placed pale pink rose pedals down both sides of the aisles and some greenery with pink at the front of the church. Our beautiful flower girls sprinkled fresh pale pink rose pedals down the aisle. Our reception tables were a mixture of two different floral arrangements. Half of the tables had a 5×5″ square glass vase with white hydrangea’s, pale pink roses and seeded eucalyptus. The other tables were 24″ pilsner vases with the same floral arrangements in them. For the head table we kept it simple with a light up “MR & MRS” sign and then 7″ vases for each bridesmaid to place their bouquet in.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
Brittany: One thing we did do that you don’t usually see is a mother/daughter dance at our reception. It was something I was very adamant about. My mother is a huge part of my life, my best friend, my rock, my voice of reason. She had helped so much in the wedding planning process, I really wanted her to feel appreciated. We did it following daddy daughter dance and she had no idea I was doing it. We danced to “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina. Tears were shed of course, and we opened the dance floor up to other mothers and daughters to join us, it was so beautiful and I know it meant so much to her! Some of my favorite parts of the wedding were that special moment with my mom, seeing my husbands face when I walked down the aisle and definitely our first dance, it felt like time stood still and we were the only two in the room, I will always remember that moment.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Brittany: The most anticipated moment of our wedding day was seeing each other as I walked down the aisle. I had joked to him months leading up he better start practicing fake crying because if he didn’t start crying when he seen me I jokingly said I would turn around 😉 We always joked about it and he honestly said he didn’t think he would shed a tear. Well, he did! The moment I turned the corner and came down the aisle he started crying which made me start crying, which made my mom start crying who was also walking me down the aisle with my father. I was so thankful we didn’t write our own vows because we could barley mutter through the few sentences we had to say! The energy and love between us was so intense at that moment, and I will never ever forget the way I felt!
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Brittany: I would say to not sweat the little things! Never will everything go perfect on your wedding day. Don’t check the weather 15 days in advance and stress every day because it says it is 90% chance of rain. In the end, yes it poured on our way to the church, the sun shined throughout our ceremony and bus ride to where we took pictures. As soon as we started taking pictures, it rained! But some of our favorite pictures include our clear bubble umbrellas! The details don’t matter, my dress got wet and muddy, my centerpieces almost didn’t end up working in their vases last-minute, but at the end of the day we got MARRIED! I did not care in the moment what the bathroom baskets ended up looking like, did the photo booth have enough props? were they cutting the cake on time? it doesn’t really matter folks, all that mattered to me that day was that I was marrying the man of my dreams and I wish I would have told myself to not sweat the details months ago. Focus on you and your husband to be and the love you have for each other, all the other details don’t matter! And my favorite piece of advice comes straight from my husbands mouth, “happy wife, happy life!” 🙂 Happy wedding planning!
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I would like to thank Miranda Lynn for the magnificent photos, as well as the lovely couple Brittany & Caleb for sharing their inspirational special day with us, I wish you both a lifetime full of happiness.
Photographer – Miranda Lynn
Cake Artist – 2 Blondes & a Bakery
DJ – JAM Entertainment, Jason Mize
Makeup Artist – Lisa Waligora
Hair Artist – Rachel Yeager
Wedding Dress – Allure, Becker’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses – Perfect Fit
Men’s Tuxes – Men’s Wearhouse