A Simple Wedding at Highland Manor in Apopka, Florida

Between the custom-meets-DIY wedding dress and venue-inspired decor, this celebration was filled with personal and unexpected details. Emily Fedel (24 and a teacher) and Matthew Fedel (27 and a supply-chain analyst) started the day with a spiritual ceremony under a more than 100-year-old oak tree. “Since both of us prioritize our walk with Jesus Christ, we wanted to make sure that our ceremony was sacred and people were exposed to the Gospel,” Emily says. Matt’s college pastor from Texas A&M University presided over the service as they took communion and sang a group hymnal. Another sweet detail that caught our attention was Emily's dress. Emily’s friend from Dresses by Lisa designed the look while Emily helped pick the fabric, sewed each button onto the lace back and added their wedding date to the lining in blue. (Talk about personalization!) Matt stood beside her in a classic black tuxedo. Once they exchanged vows, the celebration continued with an indoor reception at Highland Manor in Apopka, Florida. Each table was met with a tall or low arrangement of anemones and roses as pink tealight candles surrounded its base. But the most important part for Emily and Matt was keeping all their guests entertained. With this in mind, a DJ from Grant Hemond and Associates played a mix of music from every decade that kept the dance floor packed. For future newlyweds, Emily shares a tip: “Definitely plan the wedding together. It's not just about the bride and her day; it's a day of celebration and should reflect both of you as a couple.” Michelle Stoker Photography captured every detail of their day, below.