A Modern Farmhouse Wedding at a Private Residence in Buchanan, Michigan

While in Chicago for their five-year anniversary, Dave Widmer (50 and a director of e-commerce) proposed to Chad Ross (42 and a visual market manager) in the most unusual way–by using custom Crate & Barrel boxes! With plans to wed in the fall, the couple stumbled upon their farmhouse venue after learning their close friends had recently purchased a summer home in Buchanan, Michigan. "When they heard the news of our engagement, they generously offered to host our wedding there after their renovation was complete!" Dave says. With their wedding location and date finalized, the to-be-weds began work on their chic outdoor celebration, starting with a whole lot of DIY details. "We wanted to keep things budget-friendly, so we planned most of the event details and decor ourselves," the couple explains. Their favorite project? A 60-foot long farmhouse table equipped with a modern trellis overhead. Clear lucite chairs added a modern touch to the casual, outdoor fete while scattered candles and string lights lent an intimate feel to the space. Industrial details were even incorporated throughout–including metal spring place card holders, stainless steel fire bowls and oil cans. "Part of the fun of our entire wedding experience included driving from Chicago to Michigan with our friends to get the details of the day set," the couple says. However, one of their favorite moments of the day included making their grand entrance through a set of rustic barn doors on the property. "We loved seeing all of our family and friends for the first time during our processional," Dave says. "We made sure our toast recognized all of the people that worked tirelessly so we can live and love freely with dignity and equality." Cheers to that!