Nature lovers Brionne and Brian were set to have a large celebration at their local Nature Center before COVID-19 happened. “We could not have predicted how the coronavirus pandemic would throw our wedding plans for a loop, but as time progressed, we knew it was time to let go of our original plans if we were to marry each other on the date we had set.”
With their hearts set on becoming husband and wife, delaying their day wasn’t even an option. Instead of worrying about where they’d unite, they focused their efforts on finding a home which inadvertently became the perfect setting to say I do. “We decided to focus some of our energy on buying a home, which is a goal we’d been working towards for quite some time,” mentioned the pair. After finding the perfect house with 2.5 acres of woodlands, they saw the beauty of the space. “One day in June, in a moment of stressing about how to move forward with our wedding, I was calmed by visions of an intimate ceremony and dinner with our closest family members at our soon-to-be new home.”
And with that, they transformed the backyard of their Michigan home into an enchantingly wonderful wedding space; fitting for two people who love the outdoors!
Fall colors became the chosen palette, with family and friends all having a helping hand in making the details come to life. Flowers were harvested and planted, Brian’s father made an arch out of a hollowed oak tree, and his mother cooked up a feast of traditional Puerto Rican dishes for their small reception of 10. During their intimate celebration they even got to watch a video including toasts and advice from members who were originally supposed to be a part of their day.
“All of these elements were so special to us — we never planned for our family to work so hard to transform our home into a venue, but watching everyone gather in this space, bringing two families together, in the space where Brian and I will grow that family, was the foundation of what made our day so magical and spectacular to be at the heart of.”