Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Weekday, Log Cabin, Beach Wedding...

The absolute simplicity and loveliness of this wedding excites me... Like, to my core... First of all, Crystal and Sam got married on a Thursday. I feel like I'm starting to see more and more of that, or maybe I'm just writing about it a lot, but either way, it's still so completely out of the norm, and I love it! Second of all, the wedding was on the beach at a log cabin. I mean... That's just fucking great! So, between the weekday wedding, the log cabin and beach venue, home cooked food and hand picked flowers, etc., etc, etc. I'm just so excited to share it with you.

Brideys, not to sound like a complete cheese ball (although I'm about to), but you can feel the warmth of this wedding through the screen. No, really. Reading the excerpt from the photographer combined with the pictures will bring a tear to your eye. So, my suggestion? Enjoy it! Recognize that you don't have to spend a shitload of money to have your dream wedding. You just need to surround yourself with the right people and the right venue.

Emily of Emily Alt Photography: When Crystal first got in touch to describe her wedding vision, I knew it was a wedding I had to shoot. Crystal and Sam rented a log cabin on Northport Bay that was built in the early 1800s for their ceremony and reception, and I honestly cannot image a better spot to get married—it was absolutely, totally beautiful. The Pure Michigan vibe that these two were able to create in every little detail of their day was perfect.

I met up with Crystal, and all the girls in the family on Wednesday, the day before the big day to pick wildflowers at Omena Cut Flowers along M22 (about 2 miles north of Sutton’s Bay) for the bouquets and decorations (when I asked Crystal if she’d ever made bouquets before she said, “Nah, but it can’t be too hard, right?”—and from what she produced for Thursday, it appears she has a knack for it!).

On Thursday, when Ian and I arrived for the wedding we were blown away—not only was this house absolutely amazing, but the amount of work and support all of Crystal and Sam’s family had put into getting the day ready for the couple was amazing—Sam’s mother and sisters cooked all the food, Crystal’s aunt and uncle hauled their pontoon boat a few hours North to ensure Sam and Crystal had a proper “getaway” car, and all of their nieces and nephews were over the moon excited to help the couple get dressed and pretty-fied for the big day—it was definitely a community effort and it was definitely great.

Sam and Crystal had their first look on the beach, and then walked one another down the aisle. Their ceremony, which Crystal had written herself, was unbelievably sweet and induced a few tears not only from them, but from all of their parents as well. Immediately following the ceremony, Crystal and Sam jumped onto the Struggle Bus and headed out into the bay for a cruise as newlyweds. The night progressed into a huge potluck style spread of some of the best wedding food ever, cold Oberons from the keg and some rock solid dancing in the yard.

I am DYING over this table. The China, the mason jars... OMG!

Um, YUM!!

I mean... Is this not the most stunning pie you've ever seen?Cheers!!I am really loving the old typewriter...Awwwww......

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PhotographerEmily Alt Photography
Other: Bell's Brewery
Dress Store: David's Bridal