A Rustic, Floral Wedding at a Private Home in Ludington, Michigan

If you asked Sarah Yost (33 and a graphic designer) and Luis Chen (35 and a community outreach manager) how they would describe their wedding style, they would say it was colorful, optimistic, organic, romantic and clean-cut bohemian. To say the day had personality would be an understatement, with every detail from the custom-designed stationery to the spiritual elements of the ceremony and the acro-yoga “first dance” telling the story of the couple’s relationship. Sarah’s family home on Hamlin Lake in Ludington, Michigan, hosted the intimate celebration, with the calm water, acres of lush forest and perfectly blue sky contributing a stunning backdrop for the day. “We knew we wanted to be married outside, and this felt perfect,” Sarah says. “It’s also the place Luis proposed several years earlier.” The day started with a ceremony overlooking the lake, where the couple incorporated traditions like guided meditation, which spoke to their spirituality, an important aspect of their relationship. “Our yoga and meditation practices play a huge role in our relationship,” Sarah says. “Coming from different parts of the world, raised in different cultures, speaking different languages, working in unrelated fields, you could say that our spiritual life is the one thing Luis and I have in common.” The decor reflected the happiness of the occasion, with the couple looking to a spectrum of bright colors and bunches of fresh wildflowers to infuse the serene setting with energy and life. Putting her finely tuned design skills to work, Sarah created all the stationery, including the invitation suite, signage, programs, thank-you notes and even their wedding website using collaged flowers from the Biodiversity Heritage Library as inspiration. The floral theme was carried over into the rest of the decor, which allowed Sarah and Luis to incorporate as many bright colors into the day as possible without overwhelming the senses; strings of floating flowers, flower bomb favors, floral linens and vintage floral post cards used as a guest book are only some of the many elements that brought their design vision to life. After a mouthwatering vegetarian meal, lovingly made by Kulture Catering, the couple and their guests danced under the stars to the Living the Dream band. “During their break we had a Latin playlist with salsa and fun stuff, so the Panamanians could show us how it’s done,” Sarah says. And for guests with two left feet, there were bonfires, s’mores and a selection of board games. A tip from Sarah and Luis: “It really is one of the most special days of your life. Be true to yourself and don’t get burdened by traditions or others' expectations if they don’t resonate with you.”