Without fail, a good ol’ family gathering tugs at my heart strings like no other. And when it comes in the form of this intimate celebration captured by Mirelle Carmichael, the imagery becomes wedding-candy for the soul. Complete with a handmade dress passed down from the Bride’s mother, darling DIY details for days and so much love to go around, I’m betting this gallery will warm your heart right up!
From The Bride’s Mother… It all began when the bride, Annika Johnson (now Michetti), tried on her mother’s handmade wedding dress when she was 10 years old. As she swirled, twirled and laughed, she said, “I want to wear this on my wedding day!”
It was truly a family affair, with handmade decorations, home-cooking, and kind friends wanting to help. The wedding had the vibe of a lovely summer party and village fête! Fairy lights and strings of candy colored tissue-paper flowers created a canopy over the “family style” tables. The tables were studded with gorgeous standout features made by the family: napkins, jars of strawberry jam favors, sparkly letters of “Mr. & Mrs.”, miles of bunting, tea lights, gold polka-dot mason jars and assorted arrangements of country flowers.
For the ceremony pristine white tissue-paper flowers were attached to the front of the cottage and guests threw confetti from hand-sewn wax paper packets made by the bride’s sister, Miranda Reader. The presider and musicians were all friends and circled the couple with words and songs of love.
Vintage lace and linens, borrowed dainty china plates and country mice (that once graced the wedding cake of the bride’s parents) were all used to adorn the pie table. The pie table was stacked with assorted pies that were baked by the mother of the bride and her good friend during the peak of summer to ensure the best flavor for this special day. The happy couple used a machete (a pun on the common mispronunciation of their last name) to cut into the first pie.
The bride, Annika, was ethereal in her “restyled” mother’s wedding dress; floating in soft raw silk and chiffon. At the rehearsal dinner, she had also worn her grandmother’s wedding dress to the event. She created all the lovely hair pieces for the women in the bridal party, as well as sewing the final touches to her crystal beaded sash on her wedding day!
The groom created the wedding invitations/responses with the whimsical charm of flora and fauna inspired from the venue site. It was serendipitous to be able to have Mirelle Carmichael photograph the wedding as she had previously photographed the bride’s sister’s wedding as well! Her artistic instincts were much appreciated and her calming smile were soothing for the wedding party.
From the beautiful Bride…I was so incredibly blessed to have my mother and sister take on so many projects for the wedding. With only a five month engagement it was a huge relief to be able to tell my mother what my husband and I had in mind for the wedding and having her organize it and create a wedding more magical than we could have imagined. Wearing my mother’s wedding dress (after having a few alternations done) was very special, especially since my parent’s 32 year marriage has been an inspiration to me. Favorite moments for the groom and I during the wedding were giggling with the groom during wedding pictures with Mirelle before the wedding, the groom’s prayer during communion together and, seeing each other “all dressed up and fancy,”cutting the pie with the machete, the fun interactive toast by the maid of honor and dancing down the aisle during the recessional as guests threw confetti and the musicians sang “Hey Ho” by the Lumineers. The groom and I both thought we were blessed to be in love and have our families all around us!
Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Videography: Selah Video | Event Design: Alles Liebes | Floral Design: Alles Liebes | Invitations: Lee Michetti (Groom) | Ceremony Venue: Old Edna Townsite | Caterer: The Paring Knife | Alterations: Something Blue Fine Sewing | Hair Piece And Sash: Annika Laurel Designs