A Modern, Rustic Wedding at The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Despite the number of lush gardens, grand ballrooms and historic venues available in Grand Rapids, to-be-weds Alyssa Bowerman (22 and a photographer)

Despite the number of lush gardens, grand ballrooms and historic venues available in Grand Rapids, to-be-weds Alyssa Bowerman (22 and a photographer) and Andrew Schultz (24 and a marketing consultant) looked to the sky in order to secure their dream wedding space. "We booked The Bissell Tree House at The John Ball Zoo before it even opened!," the bride says. "We wanted a new venue that our guests hadn't been to before." Nestled among the trees overlooking one of the city's highest points, the brand new tree house was a natural fit for the couple's modern, yet rustic aesthetic. "The flowers were very important to me and they turned out beautifully," Alyssa says of the lush, succulent-filled arrangements crafted by Hastings-based florist Ambiance Expressing You. The natural blooms popped against vibrant Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses and even served as simple cake toppers for Alyssa and Andrew's three tier buttercream cake. In keeping with the natural theme, the couple even gifted guests with succulent favors as a way of expressing their gratitude. "We just wanted our guests to be comfortable while enjoying good food and drinks," Alyssa says. "I think that we succeeded!"

"Flowers were very important to me and they turned out beautifully," Alyssa says of her lush, succulent-filled arrangements.
Natural green succulent bouquets popped when paired against each purple bridesmaid dress.
Natural green succulent bouquets popped when paired against each purple bridesmaid dress.
Alyssa went for a classic, elegant look thanks to a white lace Allure wedding dress that rested slightly off of her shoulders. "It was very modest, yet I loved the low back," she says.
Gray Suit with Green Succulent Boutonniere
The couple's love of all things natural was even incorporated into their simple, succulent-filled boutonnieres.
"We wanted a new venue that our guests hadn't been to before," Alyssa explains of their decision to hold their reception at The Bissell Tree House at The John Ball Zoo. "It was close to our hometowns, so it was just perfect."
Guests found their seats via purple escort cards nestled in rustic, birch logs.
Aside from appearing in the lush bouquets, boutonnieres and a top of the couple's buttercream cake, succulents even doubled as a creative wedding favor for guests.
Rustic DIY Mr. and Mrs. Pennant Flag
A single succulent topped Alyssa and Andrew's three tier, buttercream cake courtesy of The Cakabakery.
Aside from appearing in the lush bouquets, boutonnieres and a top of the couple's buttercream cake, succulents even doubled as a creative wedding favor for guests.