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A Traditional Wedding in Ann Arbor, MI

  • Amy Carroll Photography, Grand Rapids
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Lisa & Greg in Ann Arbor, MI
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Lisa knew she didn’t want strapless, she didn’t want pouf, and she didn’t want to spend a fortune. After trying on nearly every dress in the Detroit metro area (and then more in Lansing), she found an organdy gown with lace and beading on the straps, bust and bodice -- and knew it was the one.
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Greg and Lisa gave the groomsmen black-and-blue argyle socks to wear at the wedding. They added a bright pop of color to the guys’ looks.
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First, Lisa sent her bridesmaids a survey asking them what they wanted to wear to the wedding. After she got their input, she chose the designer, Anne Taylor, and the color, Pacific Blue, and had the girls choose their own styles.
Anne Taylor
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Lisa and Greg printed table numbers on small white pieces of cardstock, which they then slipped into tiny lake-blue envelopes. They printed the cards and wrote guests’ names on the envelopes, and then matched everything up when they finished the seating chart. They hung them from clothespins and twine on fabric-covered boards, which stood on easels ...
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For a natural, garden feel, the centerpieces were Mason jars filled with scabiosa, viburnum, Queen Anne’s lace, delphiniums, and bells of Ireland.
Chelsea Flower Shop, Ann Arbor
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All the menus were written on chalkboards that Lisa’s father made himself!
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Lisa and Greg chose a four-tiered, buttercream-frosted cake -- neither of them care for the taste of fondant. They wanted a simple design but liked the look of “rough” sides around the cake. Clusters of fresh roses, Queen Anne’s lace, blue delphinium, lily, and lisianthus decorated the top.
Jefferson Market & Cakery, Ann Arbor
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Guests could kick off their heels and grab flip-flops, labeled with sizes, from a galvanized tub set up at the main entrance to the reception tent. Lisa and Greg made sure they had no excuse not to dance.

Lisa & Greg in Ann Arbor, MI

Lisa first spotted Greg at Buffalo Wild Wings in Ann Arbor, where her friend (and Greg) worked. Lisa and Greg met, and her friend passed him Lisa’s number -- he called the very next day. They ended up losing touch but ran into each other a year later and started talking again. After dating for two-and-a-half years, Greg took Lisa out for a special dinner. Afterward, back at his condo, Greg told Lisa he had a surprise for her. The Bride Lisa Hopkins, 29, an assistant director of student life The Groom Greg Boothroyd, 26, a management systems specialist The Date August 1 Immediately, Lisa thought it was a ring, but decided when she saw the gift bag that it couldn’t be. She opened it to find a stuffed puppy with a red ribbon tied around its neck. Hanging from the ribbon was an engagement ring. As soon as she noticed it, Greg got down on one knee and proposed.
- Jaimie Dalessio
Their Ingredients
  • Amy Carroll Photography, Grand Rapids
  • Anne Taylor
  • Chelsea Flower Shop, Ann Arbor
  • Jefferson Market & Cakery, Ann Arbor

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