A Rustic, Winter Wedding at the Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton, Michigan

High school sweethearts and engineers Katie (23) and Scott (also 23) dated for nearly seven years before Scott popped the question. "Relatives and fri

High school sweethearts and engineers Katie (23) and Scott (also 23) dated for nearly seven years before Scott popped the question. "Relatives and friends hinted and nudged, but we each had some personal milestones we wanted to get accomplished before taking the next step," Scott says. "After having both received our diplomas, started full-time jobs, and settled into our grooves, I decided that it was time to start ring shopping for the girl I love." When it came to the proposal, Scott knew he had to find the right surprise to keep her from getting suspicious. He decided to use a last-minute suit fitting for an upcoming black tie event to propose to Katie when she least expected it. After a week of pretending to drag his feet about the appointment, Scott convinced Katie to come with him to the store, where the manager helped to hide away a bottle of champagne and a bouquet of flowers. Dressed in Katie's favorite suit with a ring tucked in the pocket, Scott asked, "So, on a scale from one to good enough to propose to someone in, how nice is this suit?" The startled and elated Katie quickly said yes, and together they set off on their nuptial-planning at the Oak Pointe Country Club in their hometown of Brighton, Michigan. Through seven years of high school dances, cross country meets, long distance dating, and changing dreams, Katie concludes, "Through it all, we were each other's constant."

Katie wore a mermaid-fit gown with lace cap sleeves by Justin Alexander. She then pinned back her half-up hairstyle with a special memento: a comb made from a decorative piece of her mother's wedding hat.
Scott's White Winter Boutonniere
For both her and her bridesmaids, Katie chose lush white winter-inspired bouquets incorporating ranunculus, anemone, white winter berries, silver brunia, hydrangeas, garden roses, standard roses, baby's breath, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, fresh cedar, and pinecones. Long, dangling white and gold ribbons complemented the bridesmaids' gold dresses.
The stone fireplace behind the sweetheart table helped give the Oak Pointe Country Club it's comfortable "lodge" feel. It was decorated with minimal winter greenery and a delicately-draped "Mr. and Mrs." banner.
On the outside, the scalloped wedding cake was classically simple with a single cascade of white roses. The inside, however, was far more complex. The four-tiered cake had four unique flavors: vanilla bean with strawberry filling, chocolate with peanut butter mousse, confetti cake, and snickerdoodle.
A Silver and Crystal Candelabra
Katie warmed up her winter wedding decor with lanterns and candelabras on every table. The centerpieces also incorporated flowers from her bouquet, like hydrangeas, baby's breath, and pinecones.
Wedding Rings Atop a Winter Pinecone
Scott's First Look
A White Winter Rose Bouquet
A Close-Up on the Veil
Although she originally intended to forego the veil, Katie found herself fawning over a lace-trimmed, cathedral-length piece that her younger sister now intends to inherit for her own wedding day. The purchase was a gift from Katie's grandmother, who said simply, "If you love it, then you have to have it."
Katie and Scott knew they wanted to get married close to home, where they shared all of their favorite memories together. They chose the First Presbyterian Church in Howell, Michigan, a 175-year-old church that Katie says "just oozed character."
Katie outfitted her bridesmaids in gold gowns modeled after her the prom dress her sister wore two years prior, saying, "The gold goddess dress was the perfect metallic style to complement the mood I was trying to set for the wedding day: romantic, sweet, and warm."
Scott's younger brother and best man, Tim, helped tie all the gray Calvin Klein bow ties for the groomsmen. While the men all wore matching charcoal tuxedos, Scott opted for a white bow tie and coordinating pocket silk to stand apart.
Katie and Scott at the Sweetheart Table
Along with the cake, dessert included treats made by three of Katie's incredibly talented aunts. Chocolate drizzled coconut macaroons, bumpy cake bites, tiramisu shots, and key lime shots were served alongside a sugar cookie display made to look like a poinsettia.