Every now and then I browse through trend reports and glance at what the “experts” are expecting to be big new fads for the upcoming wedding seasons. I read one such article not too long ago that mentioned that the influx of animals into weddings and wedding photography was going to be huge in 2017. And I thought, what an interesting but sort of fun, trend. Then I realized how ahead of the curve my brides actually have been on this note. I had a zoo wedding awhile back, in which the goats tried to eat her bridal bouquet. There was a gorgeous celebration at Misty Farms where I was greeted by a sheep on my first visit, a cat sat on my lap and the bride rode bareback on a horse (this one’s coming to Style Me Pretty soon, so stay tuned for that!). Finally, there’s the one I’m sharing with you today at a whitetail deer ranch, complete with all sorts of horses and hunter’s delights in the woods of northern central Michigan.
I love small and intimate weddings. While I absolutely understand the need for something on the larger scale, small really capture my heart. There were just under forty guests who gathered at the family owned ranch. Chairs were placed in the woods as guests were greeted in southern style with sips of refreshing sweet tea. Vows were exchanged under an arbor of foraged greens while the bride’s father sat with her bouquet on his lap, which was a moment I simply loved.
From there, guests mingled inside the ranch as the rain started pouring down. Dinner was served on a covered patio with bistro lights, seersucker napkins and lots of candles and lush blooms. I shared some of the behind the scenes of this wedding earlier this week here. The results were a perfectly casual, yet joyful air to the entire day with laughter and love lasting long into the night.
Photography: Emilee Mae Photography | Wedding Planning & Floral Design: The Day’s Design | Venue: Two Hats Ranch in Big Rapids, Michigan| Invitations: Minted | Rentals: Baker Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens | Cake: DeCADENt Desserts by Donna