A DIY Barn Wedding at the Dairy at Eisner in Howell, Michigan

Nicole Andreu (29 and works in client services) and Louis Worth (29 and a mechanical engineer) met at a CrossFit gym in Los Angeles, California. They became addicted to the fitness regimen, and Nicole showed Louis her jump rope tricks during their workout. They began dating shortly afterward. After they moved to Michigan and adopted their dog, Brody, Louis popped the question. In planning the big day, Nicole says it was important for everyone to have fun: “Don't feel like you have to have a traditional wedding. Do what you want to do, and enjoy the ride. But most of all have fun with it.” They were married in the fall at the Dairy at Eisner in Howell, Michigan, the first wedding at the venue, in the shadow of a big red barn. Dahlias lined the aisle for the outdoor ceremony as Nicole walked in to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend.” Nicole wore a gown from David’s Bridal and did her own alterations, adding a corset back and lace at the bottom. Six bridesmaids wore long plum dresses from the same store and six groomsmen wore tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse. Plum and charcoal served as the theme colors, which fit the season and stood out against the color of the barn. Nicole and her bridesmaids put together all the flower arrangements to stick to the budget and chose them based on the local farmers' market selections. Festivities moved inside the barn for the reception where tables were set up. Nicole also made table runners with floral fabric from Ikea and added vintage china and mismatched silverware rented from the venue. Flowers were tied together with lace and battery-operated lights and placed in milk jugs. Outdoor bar tables and a bonfire area with hay bales and blankets were an added touch. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Nicole's friend made pavlova, a New Zealand dessert with fresh berries; after-dinner treats also included a s'mores bar and doughnuts. —Caroline Eubanks