A Storybook Wedding – In the Bride’s Own Words

A Storybook Wedding

NOTE:  This post is guest written by the bride, Erin.

The day of our wedding dawned clear and bright. Unlike the hectic chaos of the rehearsal the day before, I felt just pure excitement as I walked into the church to get ready. My fiancé and I had planned and prepared for over a year for that day, and it proved to be everything I hoped and dreamed it would be.

My then-fiancé/now-husband was a history major in college, and I was a literature major in college and grad school. We share a love of story that we wanted to be reflected in our big day. For example, our ceremony included readings from some of our favorite literary passages, and our reception was organized according to our favorite historical and literary couples. We didn’t have a table 1, we had an Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy table (from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice).

Our day was filled, as all wedding days should be, with loving family, wonderful friends, and good laughs. It was a day made perfect by the people who came to support us and love us well. We could not have, and still can’t, asked for a better day to start our life together.

Our day was made even better by the wonderful vendors and venues who helped make our day flawless. Ours was very much a DIY wedding. We made our own invitations, save-the-dates, programs, centerpieces, cakes, etc., but we couldn’t do it all on our own, and I’m so glad we had help from some of the best! Our ceremony was held at Alger Park Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is the church I attended while going to Calvin College, but it also has a beautiful interior, filled with beautiful stained glass windows. Our reception was held at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Ada, Michigan. This cozy, unassuming venue was perfect for an intimate reception with close family and friends. The views from the clubhouse that over look the greens are natural and gorgeous. The Quail Ridge staff catered the event, and they were even able to make the entire menu vegetarian for us! At both of our venues we were given the flexibility to make them completely our own, making our wedding day the perfectly unique day we had dreamed.

From the Photographer

This day was full of emotion throughout the entire day, tears of joy and laughter abounded.  It was immense pleasure to capture the emotions that told their story!

Outdoor bridal party photos were at the Ken O Sha park and the bridge photos were at the Ada Covered Bridge

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