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Aruna & Steve: An Outdoor Wedding in Ann Arbor, MI

  • Eve Restaurant, Ann Arbor
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Aruna carried a hand-tied bouquet of white orchids, pink and maroon ranunculuses, white stars of Bethlehem, and roses.
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Jasmine flowers are a symbolic part of Pakistani weddings, and the couple chose to honor the tradition by wearing jasmine leis.
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White programs with the couple's monogram embossed in a green henna print introduced guests to the wedding party and chronicled the history of the arboretum where the ceremony took place.
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Green, patterned paper cones tied with green ribbons held white flower petals that guests used to shower the couple following the nuptials.
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Surrounded by tall trees, the couple exchanged vows in the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum. Aruna's brother officiated the ceremony.
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Aruna and Steve placed large images of vintage postage stamps, from locations that were special to them, on each table. "This allowed guests to see all the places we have visited," says Aruna.
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Guests enjoyed a family-style meal at Eve, the couple's favorite restaurant. Formerly a grain mill, the dining room featured exposed brick walls draped with white curtains. The tabletops were draped with white tablecloths, while places were set with green napkins and a single jade orchid.
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Tall vases filled with white orchids and green hanging amaranthus complemented shorter vases packed with spider chrysanthemums, roses, white stars of Bethlehem, and ranunculuses.
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In honor of their honeymoon, the couple designed a white cake with a green dotted line motif topped with vintage luggage and a sign that said, "Next Stop: Peru." The three-layer confection was filled with vanilla and chocolate cake with fresh raspberries.
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Guests lit sparklers for the couple's send-off. "We decided not to have a real, official exit because we didn't want people to feel like they had to leave -- it was wonderful," says Aruna.

Aruna & Steve in Ann Arbor, MI

Aruna and Steve met at work, but it was their mutual love of nature, adventure, and travel that brought them together. They were immediately drawn to each other, built a solid friendship, and eventually dated on and off. It wasn't until they both relocated to Seattle that the relationship became serious. The Bride Aruna Mall, 27, freelance art director The Groom Steve Busch, 40, creative director The Date September 23 On New Year’s Eve, Steve surprised Aruna with a leather-bound journal that read "A Life's Journey Together" pressed into the cover. The front page had a handwritten letter from Steve, and when she turned the page she had a feeling it was going to be a happy new year. Large holes cut through the pages revealed three rings -- one from Steve and two to represent his children -- with the words "Will You Marry Me?"
- Tia Albright
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