Brianna and Ahrin met through mutual friends in college and started dating shortly after. Ahrin scheduled a private wine tour at a local winery, Chateau Chantel, while the two were visiting Traverse CIty. “Towards the end of the tour there was a wall of old wine bottles, and the tour guide explained how different wines age and showed us a couple old bottles,” recalls Brianna. “Then, he explained how some of them are newer and handed me a bottle. The label read, ‘Brianna, Will You Marry Me?’ and Ahrin got down on one knee. Total surprise! After a gasp, a couple of yes’s, hugs and kisses, we were engaged! One of my best friends popped out taking pictures from behind some boxes, and we walked out to the veranda where some close friends and family were waiting to congratulate us. A perfect day!”
Brianna knew she wanted a small, simple and natural wedding, and she derived her inspo from Pinterest as well as her own ideas. She says, “I had a big binder that held all my inspiration pictures, vendor contracts, appointment dates, contact information, etc. I didn’t have a wedding planner, so that book was my brain!”
The couple fell in love with Bread and Chocolate for their simple, slightly rustic, indoor wedding. “The brick walls, hardwood floors, and lots of natural lighting were just want we were looking for!” Brianna says.
Brianna found her dress at Bella Donna’s Bridal in Wyandotte, Michigan. “I knew I wanted lace, but other than that, I was open minded,” she says. “My dress was the second one I tried on and I ended up going back to it. What sold me were the flower details on the train and illusion neckline!”
Brianna’s special touch was a blue heart she had sewn onto the inside of her dress. “The material came from a cooking apron that belonged to my grandma who passed away a couple years ago,” she says. “She had a big impact in my life so it was special to remember her in that way.”
Almost all of the couple’s decorations were D.I.Y.-ed or purchased from Etsy. Brianna’s dad also made all the wooden boxes for the centerpieces.
Desiring a soft and romantic wedding, the couple decided on lots of natural tans, ivory, blush and gold accents. The gorgeous florals featured blush peonies, white hydrangeas and white roses.
Advice From the Bride
Brianna says, “Stay organized, don’t stress about the little details and get a day-of coordinator to keep things running smoothly! It went by so fast, and it was so much fun so take the time to soak it in and enjoy it.”
What We Love
Brianna says, “I loved flipping through WeddingDay Magazine while I was planning! It was helpful to discover different vendors in the area and nice to see what the various venues offered and how each couple made it their own.”
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