If you have a love for the outdoors and stately trees, than you are going to be in awe of the following featured wedding, submitted by Kellie Saunders Photography. Janelle & Craig wanting something rustic, and they also wanted to incorporate the outdoors + natural elements into their wedding day. Their chosen wedding colors consisted of shades of purples and blues – what a wonderful combination.
From the Photographer: Janelle and Craig were a couple on a budget, but Janelle didn’t want to have an ordinary ceremony. She decided to do something that was truly unique – especially in our area of urban Detroit, Michigan. She found a nice area in the woods to have her wedding. She dressed up the woods with a simple aisle, a couple of musicians, a few chairs, etc – but what really made this ceremony unique were the trees. Janelle knew she would have great photos with these trees.
From the Bride, Janelle:
How did you meet?
We both worked at the same dealership. As I was pulling my car out one day to go to lunch, another employee turned their car into mine, causing damage. I got out of the car to assess the damage. My now husband was the first to respond to the scene. He helped me figure out what to do next. He got in my car and drove with me to the body shop. After that I kept running into him while at work and we slowly started hanging out at the same spots and then exclusively.
What was your Wedding Planning, Inspiration and Style?
The one word that comes to mind when thinking about what our theme was is: Rustic. We both love the outdoors. I wanted it have a woodsy, outdoor, green feeling, using as many natural elements for decorations as possible.
What was your Favorite memory of the day?
Walking down the isle to be greeted by my future husband and starting the ceremony to become husband and wife. It all became REAL at that moment. It was a great feeling as all of the hard work and planning was all taking place and we were finally in the moment and actually Getting Married!
Do You have any advice for other brides?
The brides and bridal party flowers are important because they are in many of the photos so make sure you love them and that they are the type of hardy flowers that will hold up well after hours out of water, also contrast in the flowers looks great my flower shop suggested that I remove one of the colors in my bridesmaids bouquets just before the wedding which made them blend right into their dresses. I wish I would have went with my gut and left the third color flower in so their flowers popped more against their dresses. I also downsized my bouquet at the last minute and it was smaller than I wanted or expected.
Find a photographer you love and that you get along well with. You spend most of the day with them and it is important that you not only love their work but do not have clashing personalities. Let your photographer know if there are special things you want them to make sure to capture, like the little details you worked so hard to create or special pictures with your wedding party or new husband.
Don’t have expectations of what your day will be like to a tee because there will always be things that are different than you imagined. Be relaxed and just go with the flow on your big day.
If you are able to see the reception cite set up right before your event it might be a good idea just in case there are things that are not set up to your liking.
You can save a lot of money if you get creative and make things yourself. This is also nice because you are saving money and getting exactly what you want.
Start looking for wedding shoes early as they seem to be much harder to find than I expected.
Photographer: Kellie Saunders Photography
Other: Stony Creek Park