This past Fall I had the honor of capturing the wedding of Kevin and Brittany who were married at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth Michigan. It was such a beautiful ceremony and reception but what made it even more special was that the wedding was entirely designed and completed by the bride (with the help of her mom.) Every detail was thought of!
Kevin and Brittany choose the Inn at St. John’s for a couple of reasons, they for one loved the beautiful architecture, the fact they could have both the mass and reception at the same place, and also how amazing the staff is! It so happens both of Brittany’s sisters were married there too!
Why did you guys opt to do a first look?
We did a first look for practical reasons with a late mass it would have been too difficult to get pictures later. Kevin and I also dating for a long time and waited so long for this moment that we didn’t want to wait to see one another.
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment for me was having my father walk me down the aisle and reaching Kevin at the alter. I love the symbolism of it. My dad has been by my side my whole life loving, supporting, and guiding me along the way and although he will always be there for me Kevin is now my daily love, support, and guidance. I feel so blessed to have two wonderful men in my life and am so thankful that I met Kevin who shares so many of the same wonderful traits and values I grew up with.
Since you did a lot of the planning and design of your wedding day what was your inspiration?
With regard to planning and creating the details I knew I wanted very classic look with gold and champagne color tones and black accents. This color palate drove a lot of my design decisions from the metallic bridesmaid dresses and black tuxes to the simple black and ivory invitations with a very classic script font. I follow several calligraphers and stationers on Instagram and there were certain elements I had seen incorporated in other designs so I knew I wanted a wax seal, vellum, and ribbon and played around with different variations of that to create my own unique design. My mom has a very artistic eye and was able to help me with layout and assembly.
What would your advice be for a DIY bride?
My advice for a DIY bride would be to start as early as possible, doing things your self take more time than you would think and it is much more difficult to complete projects to the standard you want on a short timeline.
Any advice to newly engaged couples?
Take time to enjoy the process, don’t stress. Try to make it a fun adventure and when you are feeling stressed take a break to have a date where you don’t talk about anything wedding and just enjoy each other’s company.
Planning: Bride & Brides Mother
Hair & Makeup: Maria Martin Abbots
Florist: Brides mother