An Industrial DIY Wedding at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, Minnesota

Eric Johnson, 21, who works in information technology, wed his bride Alexis Germolus, a 23-year-old member of the Minnesota Air National Guard, in a vintage and sea-inspired wedding in their Minnesota hometown. The bride and groom grew up one block away from each other and attended the same church and high school. Following a two-year engagement, they hosted both their ceremony and reception at Clyde Iron Works, an old steel foundry that was turned into a restaurant and venue. “We instantly fell in love with the rustic and industrial feel the venue had to offer,” Alexis says. The couple took a very personal and DIY approach to their nuptials including the bride creating all of her bridal party dresses by hand. The décor matched the wedding’s “Seas the Day” theme and paid tribute the bride and groom’s love of Lake Superior. “We had a vintage map of Lake Superior blown up and used as our guest book, which now hangs in our living room above our fireplace,” Alexis says. Many family and friends had roles in the celebration, with the couple's childhood pastor serving as the officiant and their 8th grade math teacher as the DJ. “We are such a sentimental couple, we wanted everyone to enjoy the simple things in life with us, each other!” Alexis says.