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Ann Arbor Wedding from Jeffrey Lewis Bennett + TwoFoot Creative

We always say that it’s the little details that you add into your day that will leave your guests with that warm and fuzzy feeling. So, so true in today’s wedding. Although the beautiful bride admits, her DIY projects took a little bit longer than anticipated, they were a big part of creating her wedding, her way. With Ana Skidmore of TwoFoot Creative and Jeffrey Lewis Bennett Photography by their side, this bride and groom have tons of wonderful memories to cherish forever. Take a look at the gallery for more of this delightful Ann Arbor wedding.

From the Bride… I met Steve at my summer job shortly before I left for
 graduate school. He was essentially my supervisor, but all of our 
co-workers were rooting for us. They used to spy on us from the second 
floor windows when we ate lunch together, and they conspired to leave 
us alone after work at happy hour. A couple of years of dating, 5
 years of engagement, a move to Michigan, and one Ph.D later, we
 finally tied the knot. We had spent most of our relationship living
 in southern California, but we quickly came to love Ann Arbor and knew 
it would be a beautiful place to plan a wedding. I knew I wanted 
a classic estate feel, and Earhart Manor was perfect. Located on the
 Huron River, the home has beautiful stone architecture, early 20th
 century furnishings, and mature landscaping. We were married between 
two white hydrangea trees on the west side of the manor, had cocktail
 hour on the stone patio, and moved on to a gorgeous tent for the 
reception. Out of some unholy combination of ambition and insanity, I 
decided to make the table numbers, bunting, menus, signage, and bar
 decorations, but in the end I think it came together well. We also 
brought in two ridiculously high-backed chairs from our living room 
and used them for our reception table. It’s actually a lot of fun to 
look at them every day and remember how much fun we had. We also
 planted the two hydrangea trees in our yard, side by side. It was a
 perfect day, due in no small part to my amazing planner and her staff.
 And I couldn’t be happier with the pictures, which I know we will
 always treasure.

Wedding Photography: Jeffrey Lewis Bennett / Wedding Venue: Earhart Manor, Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan / Wedding Planning: Ana Skidmore of TwoFoot Creative / Floral Design: Wedding Flowers by Heidi / Cake: Sweet Heather Anne / Dress: Ivy & Aster (Blossom) via The Gown Shop Ann Arbor / Earrings: Haute Bride Design via The Gown Shop Ann Arbor / Rentals: Chair Covers & Linens / Lighting: Quest Productions / Ceremony Music: The Panache Group / Band: Collision 6 / Hair + Makeup: Posh Hair & Makeup Studio / Bouquet Preservation (on Canvas): Curly Art

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Ann Arbor Wedding from TwoFoot Creative + A Girl In Love

Planning your wedding creates so many new memories and pretty often, so many new friendships. You work side by side with your vendors – usually for months – and as Ana, the principal event planner at TwoFoot Creative will tell you, when the sun sets and the day is done, it’s often a bittersweet moment. Such is the case of Ariana & John’s classic Ann Arbor wedding. Seeing all of your clever collaborations come to life is a breathtaking moment that few planners – or couples ever forget. Brides around the globe will agree that the day goes by way too quickly – but these knock-your-socks off  images from A Girl In Love  do a phenomenal job of conveying this couple’s story – from first look to closing bell. Join us in the gallery for a tasty macaron from Sweet Heather Anne and the museum wedding reception!


From Ana of TwoFoot CreativeAriana & John were married on May 12th, 2012 in the Pendleton room at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor, MI. I worked with them for the past year and it was bittersweet to see all their amazing details come to life – I am going to miss talking to them all the time! I arrived with Zingerman’s bagels and coffee in hand at 11am to the Bell Tower to make sure the ladies were getting off to a good start that day. Imagine Three did an amazing job with their hair and makeup, and then everyone got dressed and ready to go! Ariana & John had their first look at Ingalls Mall. Before the ceremony, as Ariana & John signed their ketubah downstairs in the Tappan room, guests began to arrive. They were given non-alcoholic welcome drinks with gold and white twisted straws that Ariana had imported from New Zealand. A quartet that her brother Jason organized played music in the background.

Immediately after the ceremony, guests were ushered downstairs for a group photo on the steps of the Michigan Union. We flipped the room for cocktail hour, and when they came back up, they were served drinks and appetizers for over an hour while all the details for the reception were finished. At 7pm on the dot, guests began their walk across the street to the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)! Ariana & John greeted guests as they entered the Museum. Guests found their seats via escort cards tied to champagne glasses. Once seated, they were greeted by a platter of Zingerman’s crudités (just in case they were still hungry after cocktail hour). After the couple’s grand entrance, we heard a few toasts and then dinner began!

Bill Hamilton Designs did an amazing job with all the decor for Ariana & John. A friend of hers (Sloane Harmony Design) created all the beautiful paper products. Zingerman’s served salad and a third course, and then the band (the amazing Killer Flamingos) came on for their first set. Almost everyone got out of their seats to dance! After a 30 minute dance set, guests sat back down to enjoy the third course which was followed by chocolate éclairs and coffee. The party really got started with the hora – and it was non-stop from there!

From the bride… We met in Ann Arbor, Michigan while going there to graduate school. We decided almost immediately after getting engaged that it would be the perfect destination for our wedding since I am from New York, John is from Wisconsin, and our family and friends are scattered throughout the country. We loved the beautiful atrium of the University of Michigan Museum of Art for the reception, but decided to hold the ceremony in the Michigan Union. John and I wanted the ceremony to be intimate, personal, and a real celebration of our relationship. One of our best memories was the letters that we wrote to each other that were read during the ceremony. My brother, a violinist, arranged all of the instrumental music for the ceremony, processional, and cocktail hour. We also invited a number of our close friends to participate in our ceremony, and we loved hearing their wishes for us.

Since the wedding would take place in two different venues, we decided that the ceremony décor would be natural, rustic, and capture John’s love of the outdoors, and the reception would have a more modern, romantic feel. We entered a room flooded with candles, walked down an aisle lined with floating lights and flowers, and were married under a chuppah constructed from branches.

After the ceremony and cocktail hour, we proceeded across the street to the reception. Since the museum is elegant and airy, we did not want to compete with the beauty of the space. Rather, we tried to complement it with neutral colors, burlap linens, simple table design, and gorgeous white and blush flower arrangements. After we had difficulty finding the perfect tables, our event planner, Bill Hamilton, built by hand long wooden farm tables, which became one of our favorite touches. We did add a little brightness to the space with a colorful photo booth backdrop, created with my mother’s help and a lot of crafting glue on the floor of our hotel room in the days leading up to the wedding.

John and I agreed that the most important aspects of the wedding were those that directly contributed to the enjoyment of our friends and family. We wanted our guests to have an endless amount of food, champagne, and delicious desserts. We hoped to encourage a dance party throughout the evening, so we both felt that live music was crucial. Although the day went by far too quickly, it was everything we hoped it would be, and we had such an incredible day with all of our favorite people.


Wedding Photography: A Girl In Love / Wedding Ceremony: Michigan Union / Wedding Reception: University of Michigan Museum of Art / Wedding Planning: TwoFoot Creative / Floral Design & Decor: Bill Hamilton Designs / Wedding Cinematography: Owen Video / Catering: Zingerman’s Catering / Cake: Zingerman’s Bakehouse / Macaron Favors: Sweet Heather Anne / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge / Rentals: Chair Covers & Linens / Band: Killer Flamingos / Paper Products: Sloane Harmony Design / Hair & Makeup: Imagine Three

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Ann Arbor Wedding from Heather Jowett + Petals Planning Company

At the risk of being a little too cheesy, this couple has got chemistry – and I’ve totally fused right onto it. Petals Planning Company planned a soiree perfect for two self-proclaimed chemistry nerds, complete with blooms in beakers. Based on Heather Jowett‘s images, I’d say the day was a knock out, or an A+ if you will. Make sure to do your extra credit in the gallery – because that is some homework you’ll absolutely enjoy!

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We met at a company picnic in New Jersey while not taking part in the Electric Slide. After several additional awkward encounters, we discovered we shared the same love of music and roller coasters. Our time together was short lived as I had to return to my home state of Michigan to finish out my last year of college. Not to be discouraged, Dan hopped on a plane and met me on Labor Day weekend. A trip to a theme park sealed the deal.

We decided that the two most important qualities in a venue were our ability to provide our own caterer and one that would have an intimate feel. We are planning to travel to Japan for our honeymoon and we wanted to bring Japan to our guests in the form of the dinner menu.
As soon as we visited the Matthaei Gardens we knew it was the place we wanted to get married. The conservatory used natural elements to create a quiet space that was ideal for the small, intimate ceremony we envisioned. We were also able to reserve the auditorium space to host our reception (using our own caterer!) which allowed us to keep the entire event under one roof.

We are both chemistry nerds at heart and wanted to pay tribute to this mutual love. At the same time we didn’t want it to overwhelm the senses. We wanted our wedding to be subtly nerdy while brightly elegant. Purple has always been my favorite color, and I loved how it played with the equally prominent cornflower blue. Pink and yellow were used as accents throughout the design.

What made our wedding so special to us were all of the personal touches we had included. My grandmother passed away two weeks before the wedding, so I wanted to honor her at the wedding. Dan’s mother passed away when he was younger, so we had already planned to incorporate a small dedication to her that would be more personal. We set the tributes by one another in the reception area so they would be a part of the celebration. I also attached my grandmother’s engagement ring to my bouquet for my “something old” and “something borrowed.”

We took every opportunity we could to insert bits of our personality into the wedding. Music was one of the things we clicked over, so we used songs by the first band we bonded over during the ceremony. At the reception, flowers were in flasks and test tubes, and we added stacks of science fiction novels from our book collection for an extra personal touch. Our wedding favors were small flasks with almonds to honor the Italian tradition.

Photography: Heather Jowett / Flowers: Sweet Pea Floral Design / Event Planning & Design: Petals Planning Company / Venue: Matthei Botanical Gardens / Invitations: BlimpCat / Shoes: Kate Spade / Dress: Modern Trousseau via The Gown Shop Ann Arbor / DJ: Mike Staff Productions / Videographer: Mike Staff Productions / Caterer: Food For All Seasons / Bride’s jewelry: YJ Design / Cake topper: Tilly Biedron / Flask favors and beakers: Lake Charles Manufacturing / Almonds: Oh! Nuts / Sash: Ivy & Aster via The Gown Shop Ann Arbor / Veil and headpiece: Sara Gabriel via The Gown Shop Ann Arbor

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