A DIY Barn Wedding at Mount Bruce Station in Romeo, Michigan
Despite their original venue canceling on them three months before their wedding, Cheryl Timm (33 and a teacher) and John Kowalski's (32 and a controls engineer) farm wedding at Mount Bruce Station in Romeo, Michigan, went off without a hitch. Since the two knew they wanted to wed in a barn (a tough space to find on the east side of the state), both Cheryl and John quickly found a backup venue thanks to the advice of a shop owner in Oxford, Michigan. "He suggested that we reach out to his old boss who owns a barn," Cheryl says. "As soon as we pulled up to the property, our jaws dropped. The place was beyond beautiful." Armed with a navy and ivory palette fitting for fall, the couple incorporated rustic elements through the sprawling barn space, including antique milk bottle centerpieces and burlap-accented place settings. Cheryl was even able to re-create a sunflower and thistle bouquet she found on Pinterest, thanks to a little help from Beth at Amazing Petals, a florist in Lake Orion, Michigan. Another rustic element we loved? Cheryl's decision to pair her white Maggie Sottero gown with brown cowboy boots. In fact, the bride even chose knee-length dresses for her bridesmaids, so they could show off their matching pairs. As the reception unfolded, guests sipped on Michigan craft beer and snacked on pulled-pork sandwiches before surprising Cheryl and her husband with an unexpected gift. "My brothers-in-law stopped the music and started to give a speech before sitting us down near the dance floor," Cheryl says. The two then started dancing in sync before the rest of Cheryl and John's guests moved toward the dance floor. "More and more people joined in—it turned into a flash mob," Cheryl says. "I sat there in complete amazement wondering how they pulled it off." Check out all the sweet details, captured by Visi Productions, below.