GOING TO THE CHAPEL…

…and we got MARRIED! On September 7, we joined in union to official become husband and wife.

It was the most beautiful day. After two years of planning, it was so rewarding to see all of the loose ends and small details come together. The day was beyond perfect.

We have to give a shout-out to our photographer, Andrea Kerbuski (or as Laryssa calls her “my Andrea.”) She was top-shelf AMAZING. She was actually the first vendor we nailed down, months before we had our venues or even a date set! We had a “trial run” with her during our graduation/proposal pictures, and we were so excited that she agreed to do our wedding too! If she would have said no, we would have eloped.

We both love the way she makes us feel good about ourselves and her natural ability to catch the small details of the day. The photos she took tells an incredible story. She was fast as hell too; we were married on Saturday, and we had our complete set of wedding photos back by Monday evening.

“My Andrea” is the owner of Blonde Bedhead, a fashion and lifestyle blog. We have been followers of her for YEARS. We love how blunt and real she is. You can also see her photography portfolio at her other site AK Stories. Seriously, do yourself a favor and hire Andrea for your next big event or family photo session. She was amazing. We hope to someday have her take photos of us around The Beck Street House, but we have lots of half-finished projects to complete before then.

We’re planning to share a few more posts with more details, especially highlighting all of the amazing vendors we used, but here a few key pieces we’ll share on this post. We were married in Jackson, Michigan, and our ceremony was held at the First United Methodist Church of Jackson. It was beautiful. Our reception was at Venue 634, a cooperative that provides tools and resources to local artists. We hired “my Andrea” as our photographer, and Franz Knight of FM Studios as our bad ass videographer (we can’t wait to see the video he puts together!)

We used a local florist, KaDe Floral for our flowers. Her and her staff do AMAZING work and we can’t imagine using anyone else. We really appreciated all of the special touches Kathy and her husband put into our day – like having cold waters for us at the church as soon we left the sanctuary.

Our rings both came from Sweet Custom Jewelry in Lansing. Both are custom made rings, and Alan’s has the pattern of a petoskey stone – he knew he wanted this one since the first time we walked in the store 3+ years ago. We loved working with Alissa and Bob Sweet to design these rings!

Like we said above, we’ll make an entire list of all of our vendors and sources for our later post – the list is long! The last one we want to include is for our cake topper, which was made by Laura at Little Clay Land. We’ve ordered handcrafted ornaments from her for the past two years, and we were so excited when she added cake toppers to her portfolio!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who made our special day possible – our family, parents, friends, and amazing vendors. We are both so incredibly grateful.

Cheers!

Alan + Laryssa

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