When I first saw this wedding I was a bit disappointed because I thought I might not be able to feature it. I thought, oh, it’s a destination wedding, but after second glance I discovered it was a beautiful Michigan wedding, and I’m so excited to share it. It’s bursting with bright color, and DIY details that I love to feature on Middle of the Map. Kate is an avid crafter, and although Desi thought she was crazy to try to do so much for their big day, she dove right in. She made all the paper flower garlands, bunting and napkins out of IKEA fabric, corsages from silk scarves for the bridesmaids, plus all the centerpieces made from flowers purchased at a local market. All their hard work added up to a truly personal wedding. A big thank you to Katy for sharing all the details of their day, and to Theresa Scarbrough Photography for the vibrant, fun images!
Who, What, Where ~ Reception: Foundry Hall, Photography: Theresa Scarbrough Photography. Flowers: Stems for bouquet, Reflect Glamour for bouts, farmers market centerpieces, Catering: Cristine Ferris, Cupcakes: Desserts by Lori, Coordinator/Planner: Elements of Elegance, Veil: Megan Lim, Dress: Jenny Yoo.
From the bride…
Desi and I have known each other for about 10 years. We met at DePaul and ran in the same social circle. We never dated then, but we both had unspoken crushes on each other. After college I moved to South Africa for three years and when I came back two of our friends set us up and we’ve been together ever since.
We had tons of help from our friends and family, and that was really special to us. We had friends not only help us with the crafting, but we also had friends that designed our wedding invites, took our engagement photos, collected milk glass for us, made my veil, and got up early the morning of the wedding to decorate the reception hall.
I think all of the small touches really made the wedding special for everyone. We borrowed an old typewriter for the reception and asked people to write us love, or good luck notes. Instead of doing traditional favors, we took images from the invites and had buttons made. Desi is Filipino so the guys all wore Barongs to represent and respect his culture. Desi also picked out boutonnieres made with succulents so the guys could take them home and replant them as a souvenir.
My parents moved to South Haven, Michigan about 2 years ago and there was no doubt that Desi and I would get married there. The town is quaint and the beach is beautiful. We really wanted everyone to enjoy one last summer getaway and this was the perfect place for that.
It’s hard to pinpoint the best part of the wedding day, but Desi and I both agree that we have never felt so much love in our lives. It was amazing to be surrounded by people that were there just to show us love and to support us. What more could we have asked for?