A Whimsical Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Chelsea, Michigan

Six years after Amanda Daniels (23 and a musician) met Benjamin Daniels (30 and a musician) through her sister, the pair returned to Benjamin's childh

Six years after Amanda Daniels (23 and a musician) met Benjamin Daniels (30 and a musician) through her sister, the pair returned to Benjamin's childhood home to say "I do" in a waterfront unity ceremony surrounded by family and friends. "Our wedding had a woodsy shabby-chic feel to it with subtle Marie Antoinette-inspired details," Amanda says of decorating the outdoor aisle with tree stumps, pinecones, gold-painted sticks and ivory rose petals. After Amanda and Benjamin planted a maple sapling together to signify their union, the newlyweds and 280 guests retreated to a tented reception on the lawn, where decor included moss-covered tables, sliced wood chargers and DIY signs that read "Let them eat cake." 

Handmade sashes made from fabric flowers were draped across the back of each chair (a feat that took nearly a year to complete), while vintage books and candelabras and sheet music came together to create an array of whimsical centerpieces. "We covered everything in moss, faux fur and lace," Amanda says. "I had collected several pieces in the year leading up to the wedding, so there was something unique in every nook and cranny." Guests sipped on strawberry-infused vodka and signature cocktails named after Amanda and Benjamin's two pets, Lola and Pop, before digging into a mix of chocolate-, vanilla- and strawberry-flavored naked cakes. "I still had frosting on my face from the cake cutting when we began our first dance," Amanda says. Despite the sunny aesthetic under the tent, a little unexpected rain threatened to ruin their plans for a cloud-free reception. "Remember that even if it storms, your wedding day will be the happiest day of your life," Amanda says. "You're surrounded by family and friends, so just breathe and keep in mind that miracles do happen. Also, wine helps!" —Rachel Sylvester

In addition to an ostrich feather shrug, Amanda accessorized with a pair of embellished satin wedge sandals.
Amanda carried a compact bouquet of dahlias, roses, seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller, while bridesmaids carried dinner-plate dahlias.
Amanda's bridesmaids opted for taupe, beaded blouson gowns by Adrianna Papell.
Groomsmen donned dark gray suits by Egara along with gray bow ties and brown leather shoes.
The whimsical outdoor ceremony took place at the groom's childhood home in front of a pond. Tree stumps lined the aisle, along with painted sticks and pinecones for a more rustic feel.
As a nod to the Marie Antoinette-inspired motif, trees were hung with DIY wooden signs that read "Let Them Eat Cake."
Vintage books lay on a bed of green moss to create a whimsical one-of-a-kind centerpiece.
Round reception tables were topped with ivory linens, a vintage lace overlay and sliced-wood chargers. Eclectic centerpieces ranged from rolled-up sheet music to vintage books and antique candelabras paired with natural moss.
Centerpieces ranged from rolled-up sheet music to vintage books and antique candelabras paired with natural moss.
A vintage book, rolled-up sheet music and gold bud vases came together to create a whimsical centerpiece arranged on top of a bed of moss.
Mercury-glass votives and live moss were displayed in terrariums placed on top of vintage white carts.
Sliced-wood chargers topped reception tables along with vintage candelabras, sheet music, vintage books and live moss.
Pastel blooms were placed in glass apothecary jars as an alternative to traditional bud vases.
In addition to this ruffled buttercream cake, the newlyweds served naked cakes, cupcakes and strawberry-infused vodka displayed in miniature corked glass bottles.