A Rustic, DIY Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Plain City, Ohio

Christina Kramer (23, in graphic design and photography) and Andrew Stoltzfus (23, an administrative assistant) met in Colorado while they both served

Christina Kramer (23, in graphic design and photography) and Andrew Stoltzfus (23, an administrative assistant) met in Colorado while they both served for New Horizons Ministries, taking care of children with incarcerated parents. They both got to know each other through working closely together in the ministry, and one day Andrew decided to ask Christina out for a coffee date. That was all it took for Christina and Andrew to realize their connection, and soon after began to date. The couple wasn’t able to go out for Valentines Day because of work, so they decided to go out to a quaint restaurant for dinner the following evening. When they arrived back at the apartment, there were flowers and a card waiting for Christina. She read, “Will you marry me?” on the card with just a “yes” box to check, and so their seven month engagement began! Christina and Andrew held their wedding ceremony at an elegant church two miles from Christina’s parent’s home in Ohio. “The ceremony had a large wooden cross on front center stage with a flower arrangement on it, which was a symbol to us of what we wanted the ceremony to be all about, Jesus and His love for us the church, the Bride of Christ,” says Christina. The outdoor reception took place on their neighbor’s property in the fields, with a river in the distance. The couple went for a rustic themed wedding, using the surrounding natural landscape to do just that with additional vintage DIY details in a blue, pink and green color palette. Chalkboards had handwritten messages on them, from the dinner menus to the thank you note on the gift table. Guests were invited to write their names on a leaf when they arrived to add to the canvas guest book.

The wedding invitations were printed on brown cardboard paper and were decorated with string to go along with the rustic theme.
“I really wanted a modest look and David’s Bridal worked amazingly with us to customize the dress,” says Christina. “The dress is a short-sleeved chiffon soft A-line dress.”
Simple Tulle Veil and Wedding Dress
“All the flowers were done by my aunts, cousins and the groom’s mother,” says Christina.  They worked together to make my bouquet, which was extra special. Beautiful garden roses graced the bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets.”
The groom had an ivory ranunculus boutonniere accented with yellow hypericum berries.
Traditional Ceremony Inside Shilo Mennonite Church
String lights covered with white tulle decorated the pews inside the church where the ceremony took place.
Couple at Ceremonial Altar with Wooden Cross
The couple stood with their wedding party. Bridesmaids wore long navy dresses while the groomsmen wore light gray suits with blue ties.
Intimate Shot of Happy Couple
Happy Couple Intimately Holding Hands
“I’ve always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding since I was a little girl,” says Christina. “We had the ceremony in a beautiful church two miles from my parent’s place and the reception was held outdoors in a meadow on our neighbor’s property near a creek. Our dream was a rustic environment with vintage details.”
Vintage Decor and Rose Flower Arrangement
Flower and Table Number on Wood Slab
Rustic Place Setting on Ivory Tablecloth
A mason jar filled with coffee beans and a lit candle sat on top of two antique books purchased at a thrift store. Next to the arrangement was a simple brown cardboard paper table number.
Simple flower arrangements of baby's breath with colored roses in glass vases decorated the reception dining tables.
Pink Flower Girl with Cotton Candy
“One booth had popcorn in brown paper bags that were hand stamped with “Best Day Ever” on the bags,” says Christina.
Iced Cupcakes on Glass Stand
Couple Sitting Behind Tulle Drapery