A Colorful, Rustic Wedding at Wildwood Family Farms in Alto, Michigan

In search of an outdoor venue that felt both rustic and chic, Molly Young (24 and a nursing student) and Visar Hoxha (30 and a restaurant manager) imm

In search of an outdoor venue that felt both rustic and chic, Molly Young (24 and a nursing student) and Visar Hoxha (30 and a restaurant manager) immediately fell in love with the charming Wildwood Family Farm in Alto, Michigan. “It was exactly what we wanted,” Molly says. Using vibrant flower arrangements designed on-site by the farm's co-owner, Kelly Heyboer, Molly and Visar incorporated dozens of DIY details and bold pops of color throughout the design. As guests watched from folding chairs arranged on the lawn, Molly and Visar walked down an aisle strewn with feathers and sequins to say “I do” in a ceremony officiated by Molly's sister, Abby. “She wrote the entire ceremony and it completely blew us away,” Molly says of exchanging vows while their pug, Sir Paul, looked on from a plush, vintage blue chair. “We wrote our vows and I walked in to Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’ I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.” After the ceremony guests played games on the sprawling lawn before retreating indoors for a night of dancing in the picturesque barn, which was outfitted with bistro lights, lanterns, chandeliers and candlelight. A naked vanilla cake was served for dessert, while white sangria and vodka cocktails served as the couple’s signature sips. “We didn’t have a DJ,” Molly says. “Instead, we rented sound equipment and made all the playlists ourselves. I don’t regret that decision one bit—in fact, I really recommend it." —Rachel Sylvester

Turquoise and metallic gold tassels added a touch of DIY flair to the couple's outdoor ceremony.
"I have a very modern style,” Molly says of her punchy wedding day look. She accessorized her strapless, white sheath-style dress with a pair of hot pink Schutz heels for an added pop of color.
“We really wanted a rustic-chic feel to the wedding,” Molly says of exchanging vows at Wildwood Family Farms. “When we saw the farm, we just fell in love with it.”
Since much of their decor was painted in a metallic gold hue, Molly envisioned bright, colorful blooms for the day's design. Kelly Heyboer, co-owner of Wildwood Family Farms, designed the floral arrangements based on one of Molly’s Pinterest boards. "She executed it better than I imagined," Molly says. As for the bridesmaids, each rocked an embellished ASOS maxi dress that Molly describes as "a little bohemian and a lot glamorous."
Molly's five bridesmaids rocked embellished ASOS maxi dresses that Molly describes as "a little bohemian and a lot glamorous."
Molly and Visar married under a lantern-laden arch in an outdoor ceremony officiated by Molly’s sister, Abby. “It was something Abby and I had planned since we were young,” Molly says. The couple's pug, Sir Paul, watched from a plush vintage chair as Molly and Vishar exchanged vows.
With a week of rain preceding their wedding date, Molly and Visar felt lucky to have an outdoor ceremony. “The day turned out to be perfect,” Molly says. Her mother scattered feathers and sequins in the ceremony aisle, adding a touch of whimsy to the outdoor nuptials.
Guests were encouraged to snap photos outdoors with the aid of fun props and oversize balloons.
Guests sipped cocktails and played cornhole during the outdoor cocktail hour on the sprawling lawn at Wildwood Family Farms in Alto, Michigan.
Molly’s florist displayed arrangements of hydrangeas, roses and succulents in various metallic and vintage vases, resulting in simple centerpieces. “The flowers were, without a doubt, one of my favorite elements,” Molly says.
Molly’s mother spray-painted toy animals, adding an eccentric touch to the barn's decor. “I love animals and wanted to incorporate little elements of that,” Molly says.
A large, handmade planter that read "love is all around" hung high above the couple's sweetheart table. "My mom and stepfather made it using flowers and floating candles," Molly says. "It really added a wow factor, since you noticed it when you walked into the barn."
Candles stood out atop white linen-draped tables, while bistro lights, lanterns and chandeliers illuminated the barn.
Dreamscape Desserts whipped up this vanilla naked cake with a raspberry filling for Molly and Visar’s reception. Bright flowers and a cheeky cake topper made this treat even sweeter. “It was exactly what we wanted,” Molly says of the three-tier confection.
After the reception Molly and Visar drove off in a vintage convertible with a "just married" sign.