From Photographer Kristeen Marie:
About the Couple
As cliché as it sounds, this couple is a match made in heaven. These two met when they were both camp counselors at a showchoir Camp. During camp they fell head over heels for each other and decided they wanted to try the whole long distance thing. After three years of long distance relationship (and lots of gas and Facetime calls later) these two decided to tie the knot and Trevor proposed to Elizabeth.
About the Wedding
The wedding and reception were both stunning. The bride, groom, and all the guests were full of emotion. There were lots of tears of joy throughout the whole day. My favorite moment was the father daughter dance. The bride was surprised by what the first dance song was. It was a tear jerking moment and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Nearly everything at this wedding was DIY. The bride worked like crazy on hand painted signs and banners, finding vintage books to use as centerpieces, and even crocheting the doilies that will be under the books and the ball jars as part of the centerpieces. I don't think there's a single detail that doesn't have the bride’s little stamp on it.
The doilies that were used under the centerpieces and around the flowers were an important thing for the bride. The bride’s grandmother used to crochet them, and she is the first person in the family since who has not only learned to crochet but done many of the same patterns she did. The bride used one of the ones she made to wrap my bouquet, and all of the ones that are used as decorations or centerpieces I made. It was a massive project, but definitely helped the bride feel connected to a side of the family she never really got to know.
Along that same line the bride wore her grandmother's headpiece, which she was MORE excited about wearing than her actual dress. She wouldn't buy a dress until she had tried the headpiece on with it. It's just one of those things that sat in her closet since she was little and she knew on my wedding day that she had to wear it. It's a little funky and old fashioned and yellowed, but it's absolutely perfect. The bride never knew her grandmother but this was her way of feeling connected to this family on the day of her wedding.
Books and keys are also a major part of the wedding. The guestbook is where people left their "key to a successful marriage" tied to an actual vintage key. The guests were asked to sign a dictionairy next to a word that represented their key to a happy marriage.
The groom, groomsmen, and dadswore keys on their boutonnieres, and there was some tied to mason jars as part of the décor. The ring bearer "pillow" was actually a vintage copy of Jane Eyre with the rings tied to them, and the centerpieces were stacks of books with the mason jar on top. The arch that the ceremony took place in front of was filled with books (the shelf was made by a family friend), and every single book was part of the bride’s personal collection.
In conjunction with the cocktail hour, the couple decided to do lawn games. The couple had some custom wedding corn hole boards set up and there was a tournament bracket going (whoever wins the tournament has to play team Bride & Groom). There was also ladder ball and giant sized Scrabble.
Their invitations were designed by one of the bride’s sorority sisters and printed on linen. They are pretty awesome and unique
The wedding favors are lollipops from a local shop in the groom’s hometown in Michigan.