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A Traditional Wedding in Ann Arbor, MI

  • Anne Ruthmann Photography, Boston, MA
    Bliss Weddings, Brighton
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Shannon & Kayu in Ann Arbor, MI
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The bridesmaids carried pink roses with sprays of hypericum berries added for texture. The bouquets popped against the green dresses.
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Shannon wore a strapless Mori Lee gown with a dropped waist. She paired it with ballet flats since she and Kayu are the same height.
Marshell’s Bridal-Aire, Great Falls, MT
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Bill Levkoff, BillLevkoff.com
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Shannon and Kayu’s wedding bands were placed around the necks of two tiny bird figurines in a nest.
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A basket of pink parasols amped up the wedding décor and shaded guests at the outdoor ceremony.
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Kayu designed the ceremony programs that also served as fans to keep guests cool on the warm day. Shannon tied on green and pink streamers to bring in the colors and add a whimsical touch.
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Shannon and Kayu got married at the  botanical gardens to save money on flower decorations and be conscious of the environment at the same time.
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Since the ceremony took place in a botanical garden, Shannon and Kayu had little decorating to do. But green flowers on strands of ribbon polished the venue’s wooden pergola.
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The pink and green paper lanterns that hung at the ceremony added to the airy, summery vibe.
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One of the specialty drinks the couple chose was “Apple of My Eye,” which fit the wedding’s green color scheme.
Michigan League Ballroom, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Damask-print hat boxes evoked a vintage, romantic feel and gave height to the pinspotted arrangements of pink roses and green hydrangeas.
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To incorporate the garden into the ballroom reception—and for a sweet touch—teacups held pink roses, instead of tea, on tables.
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When she couldn’t find a hairpiece she liked, Shannon bought crystal buttons and glued them to bobby pins to place among her loose pin curls.
Linda Djonovic, Bellisima Salon and Spa, Shelby Township
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Shannon and Kayu’s pink wedding cake was decorated with green sugar flowers and topped with a pair of birds. Below, cupcakes in green flower pots kept with the garden theme.
Cake Nouveau, Ann Arbor

Shannon & Kayu in Ann Arbor, MI

It’s a good thing that Kayu wound up staying in college for an extra year. He and fellow Air Force ROTC student Shannon had mutual friends and hung out occasionally before Kayu’s fifth year, but Shannon had always thought he was kind of uptight. Once they started spending more time together during Kayu’s final year, Shannon got to see his softer side. The Bride Shannon Phillips, 25, Air Force missileer The Groom Kayu Ng, 25, Air Force pilot The Date August 17 They dated for a little more than a year before Kayu proposed to Shannon while she was visiting him in Columbus, Mississippi. Kayu had planned to tie the ring box to his dog, Oliver, but the pup wouldn’t cooperate. Still, he got a yes out of Shannon. They had a year-and-a-half-long engagement, during which they planned their wedding long-distance—Shannon from Montana and Kayu from his new base in Texas. They chose to hold their wedding in Michigan because it’s where they met at college.
- Jaimie Dalessio
Their Ingredients
  • Anne Ruthmann Photography, Boston, MA
  • Bliss Weddings, Brighton
  • Michigan League
  • Costco, Costco.com
  • Marshell’s Bridal-Aire, Great Falls, MT
  • Bill Levkoff, BillLevkoff.com
  • Michigan League Ballroom, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Linda Djonovic, Bellisima Salon and Spa, Shelby Township
  • Cake Nouveau, Ann Arbor

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