Patricia & Michael’s fall wedding in Ann Arbor took place on a beautiful October day this year. Most of their guests traveled for the wedding, so thankfully Michigan showed them how gorgeous it can be! We worked with Patricia & Michael for Wedding Management – pulling together all the details they planned along the way.
The couple opted not to do a first look, but wanted to have a moment between them prior to the ceremony. Exchanging cards with a door separating them was their compromise. It helped relax their nerves a bit before getting everything started!
Their ceremony took place at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in the Perennial Garden. The ladies all wore cowboy boots as a nod to the couple’s Texas roots!
The florist brought all their centerpieces to the gardens to first use as aisle decor, and then transported it to the reception once the ceremony ended.
Fleece blankets in a basket let their guests from Texas stay warm through the ceremony. They were also heavily used later on a night once the temperature dropped!
At the Botanical Gardens you can’t go wrong – their backup plan is inside the gorgeous conservatory! Many couples head there for pictures, as Patricia & Michael did with their bridal party.
The plants and flowers in the conservatory look fabulous all year long too – so winter weddings and engagement shoots would do well here!
Ann Arbor photo ops
The steps in front of Angell Hall are a popular photo location. Many couples return to Ann Arbor because they met at the University of Michigan, and they make it a destination wedding for their guests. It’s a great opportunity to show everyone where you met, and why the city is important to you!
Details from a Fall wedding in Ann Arbor:
The reception followed at Gandy Dancer Restaurant, an Ann Arbor staple that is situated by the tracks. Their Courtyard holds 150 guests for a wedding reception.
Instead of a seating chart, Patricia & Michael opted for a few reserved tables and then open seating for their guests. To indicate their meal choice, we instructed guests to find the pumpkin with their name on it. Then they could bring it to a table of their choice!
Fallen Soldier Table
Michael served in the military, and it was important to him to honor his fallen brothers. He asked for a fallen soldier table, which was placed close to the head table with various items visible.
The setting represents your wish that the fallen men and women of the armed forces could be present at the happy occasion with you.
The candle represents the light of hope. The rose opposite the candle represents the families who love and keep faith with the men and women who serve.
The yellow ribbon represents loyally waiting for those who are serving away from home. An inverted wine glass – for the men who cannot dine tonight. A salted lemon for their bitter loss and tears shed.