Fall weddings are my favorite. Especially when those affairs are tucked inside a beautiful rustic venue like Cherry Basket Farm. It’s just as you would imagine; rolling hills, colorful leaves, cozy blankets and the yummiest dinner feast. That, plus an adorable pup named Otis. Head to the gallery for even more as seen through the lens of Michelle March and be sure to hit play on the film from Lonetree Productions.
From the Bride… Growing up in Michigan, Donovan and I have always looked forward to Fall. It’s the time of year when we get to go to the apple orchard for fresh cider & donuts, take nice long drives to explore the countryside and cozy up in plaid throws!
After searching the midwest for the perfect venue we stumbled upon Cherry Basket farm in Omena, MI (only five hours North from our hometown). We, including our sheepdog, Otis, fell in love with every aspect of the venue at first sight. We wanted our guests to get an entire “fall weekend” experience during our wedding weekend. Driving to the venue you couldn’t help but get butterflies in your stomach while passing rolling green hills, birch trees with falling yellow leaves & pops of orange & vibrant reds.
To get to the ceremony site you walked down a hill, through a field and sat down on a hay bale with a vintage throw to keep warm. There were cups of cider & donuts for refreshments & a copy of “our story” which acted as the programs. In our story we included details of personal adventures from our 9 year relationship and travels around the world together.
Saying our vows was my favorite memory from our wedding (the bridesmaids and I were all barefoot). It was so magical looking around at the beautiful farm, seeing 70 of our closest friends & family and hearing the bagpipes in the distance. I noticed Donovan was wearing the tie clip I bought him after our engagement with the latitude & longitude of where we got engaged (Rock Creek, Montana); I touched it & he smiled so big… I could see everything from our relationship rush through both of our heads at the same time. Such a surreal moment.
Shockingly one of the first things we crossed off our list was finalizing the menu. Food was a very important detail to us. We had all of our favorites and everything was local/farm to table. Starting with the most delicious pumpkin soup of all time!
Growing up with a love of old things & owning a vintage shop, picking a favorite decade is very challenging for me. I love so many different things about every era and my personal style is very eclectic. It’s very common to find me wearing a blouse from the 20s with a sweater from the 70s and a modern skirt. So I wanted incorporate the 20s-70s in our wedding details. I found my 1930s wedding dress at one of my favorite vintage shops, Dear Golden. From the moment I tried it on and the peachy colored lace hit every spot just right, I knew it was the one! I didn’t have to have a single alteration made which is really really rare because I’m the alteration queen, everything in my personal closet has little tweaks. My reception dress was the complete opposite of my ceremony dress, It’s from the 50s and a super fun little party dress… it was made to dance and twirl! Another one of my favorite details was the bridesmaids dresses, I assigned each of them with a decade that suited them best starting with the 20s-70s and they got to pick they’re ivory dresses! It was such a fun process, all the bridesmaids were really happy with their dresses and can wear them again! I styled them with the same shoes and accessories (Swedish Hasbeens and custom gold twig bracelets from Dallas Maynard).
Photography: Michelle March | Videography: Lonetree Productions | Flowers: FiftyFlowers | Wedding Dress: Dear Golden | Cake: Chimoski Bakery | Shoes: Anthropologie | Engagement Ring: Ageless Heirlooms | Wedding Bands: Dallas Maynard | Catering: Cherry Basket Farm | Hair And Makeup: Emily White | DJ: Eternal Entertainment Group | Grooms Suit: Brooks Brothers | Belt: BHLDN | Bow Ties And Ties: Fox And Brie | Cake Topper And Signs: First Snowfall | Groom's Suspenders: Sun Mark Studio | Grooms Wedding Band: Hersteller | Pinetree Favors: Green World Project | Reception Dress: Lived In | Rentals: Fancy Fray | Ring Box: End Grain Wood Shop | Tie Clip: Spiffing Jewelry | Veil: Lost Girls Vintage | Vintage Stamps: Darling One | Wedding Invitation: Ello There | Wedding Venue: Cherry Basket Farm