Cozy Winter Michigan Wedding: Amy + Jeff

intimate winter wedding

One of the main things we love about Amy + Jeff’s winter Michigan wedding was their choice to embrace the season, but not let things get too drab. A perfect example? Amy carried a lush bouquet, by Elements of Elegance, which featured cheerful orange kumquats! We majorly love it. There were also plenty of pines, plaids, golds and creams to go around and make the intimate setting feel nice + cozy.

A big effort was made to keep the day as genuine + meaningful as possible. Amy + Jeff helped each other get ready and decided against a traditional wedding party. And how sweet is it that the ceremony took place in the courtyard of a bakery owned by a close friend? So many lovely touches that seem to so clearly represent the two of them!

Thanks so much to Shutter Sam Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us today + big congrats to Amy + Jeff!

winter wedding invitation

getting ready

crystal bridal belt

giant antlers

giant antlers

fruit + green bouquet

Jeff surprised me with a trip to a local reindeer farm for our wedding pictures prior to the ceremony. I have a huge love of animals and he researched a place that would allow us to photograph there. We had a huge winter storm the night before and the trees and ground were covered in white snow. It looked like a fairytale. Add in some reindeer for good measure and it was something out of a movie.

moose and couple

intimate winter wedding

intimate winter wedding


Don’t these two look amazing? Amy snagged her dress from Modcloth! (For similar a style, check out the See You Swoon Dress + Ivory Fireworks Dress.) We love that she paired her frock with a cozy faux fur and that Jeff rocked an awesome patchwork-inspired scarf to stay toasty, too!

intimate winter wedding

winter flower crown

intimate winter wedding

intimate winter wedding

intimate winter wedding

intimate winter wedding

intimate winter wedding

intimate winter wedding

intimate winter wedding


Cozy blankets + throws are a must at a chilly, snowy celebration!

blankets

coffee bar

cheese platter

groom

meat platter

candle ceremony

intimate winter ceremony

intimate winter ceremony

intimate winter ceremony

intimate winter ceremony

intimate winter ceremony

intimate winter ceremony

bride and groom

Processional: Ends of the Earth – Lord Huron

Recessional: Midnight City – M83

First Dance: Anyone Else But You – Moldy Peaches

bride and groom

rustic tablescape

cake bar

cake bar

sparkler exit

Don't worry about everyone else's expectations. The day should be about you and your partner. Managing expectations will only work against you. Stay true to yourselves as a couple and everything else will fall into place.

photography: Shutter Sam Photography // venue: Ceremony and Cocktail Hour – Cakabakery; Reception – Speak EZ Grand Rapids, Michigan // event planning, design + venue florals: Heyday Event Lab // floral design + bride’s bouquet: Elements of Elegance // flower crown: Hey Gorgeous Events // wedding dress: Modcloth // hair accessory: Pixel and Hank // hair: Sarah Allchin with Brindle and Blonde // make up: Julie Strating // videography: Neil Kirby The Planit // invitations: Aaron Lee, Independent Designer // catering: Speak EZ // cake: Cakabakery // officiant: Andy Dragt The Branch 

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Comments

  1. I like how this couple embraced the aspects of a winter day. I love the bride’s bouquet. I’m wondering if they had a nature-based (pagan) wedding ceremony? It would have been a perfect choice for the apparent theme. Congrats to them.

  2. Reindeer wedding shot… Not something you see often!

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