What’s a little rain on your wedding day? Despite a few raindrops, Janelle and Shaun had a beautiful day, full of pretty, rustic, DIY details. “When I first mentioned that I wanted to go see a barn as a possible wedding venue, Shaun was pretty leery,” says Janelle. “I know visions of cow pastures and smelly old barns were going through his head. But when we both stepped foot at Millcreek Barn, it was everything we wanted our wedding to be – a natural, intimate setting, laid back style and something fun and different for our guests. In order to make our décor best fit the surroundings, we chose woodland inspired reception décor and a palette of greens and whites. The barn was the perfect clean slate for us to add personal details everywhere!”
During the outdoor ceremony, it started to sprinkle. Shaun and I had not discussed a back-up plan in case of rain, so we were both getting nervous. During our candle lighting ceremony, we saw a bolt of lightning in the distance, and we knew we had to get the ceremony moving! I whispered to Shaun to signal to the string quartet to stop playing, and he abruptly turned around and made a cut signal, which our guests found very funny! Our families are still talking about it.
Janelle and Shaun had a true DIY wedding, from the programs to the table numbers to the cake stands: My mom and I worked on the favor escort cards together, covering small clay pots from the dollar store in moss and planting an herb in each one; I printed the programs and menu cards on my home computer; Shaun and I worked on table numbers together; my dad worked tirelessly on the pie stands made from dead logs, sanding and polishing all of them; my mom and her friends created boxwood wreaths that lined the entrance to the barn; Shaun’s mom created our bird cake toppers, inspired by Ann Wood’s handmade birds. The birds were made out of each of my grandmothers’ wedding dresses. My aunt and cousin made our cake, which was just a small cake that we used to display our bird cake toppers, and then we served a variety of different pies to our guests – apple, brown sugar, pecan, pumpkin and rhubarb.
Since we had a bonfire at our wedding, we had to have s’mores!
Photography: K. Holly Photography
Venue: Millcreek Barn in Watervliet, Michigan
Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew
Congratulations Janelle and Shaun! You can see lots more from this charming wedding over on the K. Holly photo blog.
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