A Barn Wedding at MillCreek Barns in Watervliet, Michigan

When Katie Milan (28 and a librarian) and Garret Bowman (28 and a lawyer) realized that their wedding would be too big to fit into the barn on Garret's family property, MillCreek Barns in Watervliet, Michigan, caught their attention. The serene and rural venue reminded them of their home in Cleveland, Ohio. Millcreek Barns hosted the entire wedding, from the outdoor ceremony to the barn reception complete with dinner, drinks and dancing. "We loved how everything flowed in the space," Katie says. "Everything took place at this one venue, so it was easy and more laid-back for everyone." 

Katie and Garret incorporated elements into their wedding to make the day fun for everyone involved. In a celebration of all things vintage, Katie donned a birdcage-style veil and lavender and lace bridal shoes, while Garret sported a black suit that had already been hanging in his closet. His groomsmen were encouraged to wear gray suits that they already owned too. In an effort to keep things simple and elegant, the couple repurposed some of their wedding party's bouquets as centerpieces at the reception. They were sure to address their guests' food allergy needs (hello, gluten-free cupcakes), offered classic family-style staples at dinner and picked music that was upbeat and easy to dance to. "We wanted our wedding to be a big, happy family party," Katie says. —Alexa Wybraniec