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A Formal Wedding in Ann Arbor, MI

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Kelly & Dave in Ann Arbor, MI
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In her own bouquet, Kelly carried soft pink and ivory peonies with fiddlehead ferns.
University Flower Shop, Ann Arbor
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Kelly loves peonies, and when she found out the bridesmaid dress color she and the girls had picked was called “wild peony,” she took it as a sign. Her bridesmaids carried bouquets of fuschia peonies with deep blue delphiniums.
University Flower Shop, Ann Arbor
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To match Kelly’s and the girls’ bouquets, Dave’s boutonniere was an ivory peony bud accented by a fiddlehead fern.
University Flower Shop, Ann Arbor
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Kelly and Dave had decided on fuchsia for the bridesmaid dresses. From there, navy seemed like the perfect fit for the guys. They even found fuchsia and navy–striped ties!
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Kelly and Dave designed their invitation suite on their home computer and had the pieces printed professionally with navy and fuchsia soy-based inks. Kelly made envelope liners with lokta, or rice, paper from a local shop, which she trimmed to fit the envelopes.
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To create some sort of an altar space for their ceremony in the Pendleton Room of the University of Michigan Student Union, Kelly and Dave stood in front of one of the tall window bays. They decorated with three bouquets of pink peonies on either side of the aisle.
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At the cocktail hour, Kelly and Dave set up a makeshift photo booth with mustaches made from wood and vintage hats and silly ties from an antique store. To take the photos, they hired a University of Michigan undergraduate student who brought fun musical instruments like a banjo, a tambourine and a saxophone to add to the mix.
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Kelly and Dave designed and printed their menu cards at home using the same paper and patterns as the invitations. Going the DIY route not only saved them a little money, it also allowed them to pick out their own 100 percent recycled paper.
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The barn was a historic venue, so Kelly and Dave couldn’t hang anything on the walls. Instead they relied on table décor to convey the vintage-chic style. For the centerpieces, they gathered old bottles and jars from antique stores to hold one or two pink or white peonies each.
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Kelly & Dave in Ann Arbor, MI

After eHarmony “matched” them, Kelly and David agreed to meet at a local café. Kelly arrived for their 7 p.m. date, and after 30 minutes of waiting for Dave, finally called to see where he was. As it turns out, Dave had been sitting in another café waiting for Kelly! After they cleared up the miscommunication, Kelly knew Dave was “the one” about a month later. Despite dating long-distance at times, Kelly had been hoping Dave would propose starting nine months into their relationship. The Bride Kelly Sisson, 28, a graduate student The Groom David Lessens, 27, a medical resident The Date May 24 A year later, she even left Dave a note in her jewelry box with her ring size, in case he ever looked inside to check out her rings and figure it out himself -- which, he did! They had been dating for almost two years when Dave proposed, down on one snowshoe, while the two were enjoying a winter day in Ann Arbor.
- Jaimie Dalessio
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