It’s been awhile since we had a Real Wedding Saturday! Denise is a Snippet & Ink reader who was kind enough to share her totally DIY wedding with us, and she wrote such a darling little love story…

Once upon a time there was a boy from Munich and a girl from Barcelona. They both traveled far and wide looking for love, but little did they know that love had other plans for them. One unexpected day the boy came home to find the girl sitting in his living room. Meet my sister, said her brother. Meet my brother, said his sister. She smiled, he gulped, and so the spell was cast.

Matthias and I shared our love with our family and friends on a traditional Bavarian estate in Munich, Germany. We had a very personal ceremony in the tiny chapel situated on the grounds, where we asked for the blessing of our family and friends.

In true international style, the party kicked off with a Bavarian Beer Garden and was followed by English Afternoon Tea. Dinner was served in the barn where we later danced till our feet ached. We put all the love we could into every single little detail, crafting and designing and sewing practically everything ourselves. The most amazing thing was how our family and friends pitched in. From all corners of the globe, everyone added their own personal touch to make it even more special.

Congratulations Denise and Matthias!

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Today, another beautiful and intimate wedding – just the bride, groom, and their twelve guests. Why such a small wedding? Says the bride:

Originally we wanted to have our wedding on the beach in Hawaii with our immediate family, but when it came down to planning we worried whether the older members of our family could make the trip. So we made the decision to have a wedding in Michigan in September – I grew up there and knew the scenery and atmosphere would be perfect for who we are as a couple: laid-back and casual. We also knew that all of our grandparents could make it easily.

I have to say that the entire day was a joy. Since the wedding was at sunset, we took casual family photos with Andy [Wakeman] and goofed around, then on my own time I got ready for the big moment. There wasn’t a timeline and someone pushing me to go, go, go. I was very relaxed!

My advice for other brides is that the dress is not everything and big weddings aren’t worth the debt if you can’t easily afford them. We walked away from our wedding debt free, and without feeling like we missed out on anything. And on top of it, we got to spend a whole weekend with our 12 family members – it was wonderful!

One of the greatest things about the day was that someone [not in our party] paid for our entire dinner at the Sagamore restaurant! They were completely anonymous and did such a wonderful thing. My husband and I decided that we will pay it forward in the future should the opportunity arise.

Photography: Andy Wakeman

Venue: The Inn at Bay Harbor in Bay Harbor, Michigan

Bride’s dress: Mori Lee

Groom’s suit: Banana Republic

Flowers: BLOOM Unique Floral Creations

Congratulations Dana and Zack – thank you for showing us that simple and sweet is a wonderful way to go! And thank you to Andy Wakeman for sending over these lovely photos.

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