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Intimate Backyard Wedding


A feeling that is hard to evoke without authenticity. 

(Maybe that’s why Jane Austen had to spend so much time developing characters and storylines before she could successfully insert a romantic scene. Pride and Prejudice definitely wouldn’t work without this concept...but, we digress.)

Getting to witness authentic love expressed between a new husband and wife? In a setting they love? With a vibe that is just so them? It makes one really feel the romance. 

Such was the case with Emily and Steve’s intimate wedding. It took place at the bride’s childhood family home on Lake Michigan. (Technically, it was a backyard beach barbecue but labeling such a dreamy day thusly makes us feel uncomfortable.) 

The ceremony began on the beach, just down the hillside from the house. With the incredible backdrop of a calm Lake Michigan, Emily and Steve said their vows under a birch log arch, seemingly pulled out of the surrounding forest that morning. Emily’s romantic dress, with intricate lace appliques on the train, sang beautifully next to all the green foliage of the woods around the house. The reception spread was lighthearted and dreamy, with white tables dotted in bud vases full of Michigan wildflowers collected by family members and handpicked-for-the-guests-specifically-sitting-at-that-table bottles of wine. The cool blues from the lake and pool provided the eye relief from all the green and feet relief from all the dancing. 

Every choice this couple made for their day was intentional and them and we are so here for it. 



White Dahlia

Month-Of Coordination: White Dahlia Events

Photographer: Michael Koch

Ceremony + Reception: Michigan Private Residence

Catering: CK Catering

DJ: Tabitha Boorsma

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