An Intimate, Vintage-Inspired Wedding at Zingerman's Events on Fourth in Ann Arbor, Michigan

For their romantic, vintage wedding in Ann Arbor, newlyweds Alex Hayes (25 and a non-profit fundraiser) and Don Armstrong (28 and a plumber) kept thin

For their romantic, vintage wedding in Ann Arbor, newlyweds Alex Hayes (25 and a non-profit fundraiser) and Don Armstrong (28 and a plumber) kept things intimate in an outdoor ceremony at the Earhart Manor at Concordia University. "We wanted to have our entire wedding outdoors, but thanks to Michigan weather, we were a little nervous," the bride says. "Thankfully, the manor has a garden-like outdoor space with the vintage feel that we were looking for. We exchanged vows in front of a huge window surrounded by trees, so the entire ceremony felt super cozy and majestic at the same time." Dressed in an Amy Kuschel gown and Untamed Petals headband, the bride completed her vintage-inspired look with a sentimental bouquet wrap that has stood the test of time. "All of the bouquets were wrapped in lace from my mom's original wedding dress and veil," Alex says. While in the midst of planning their September wedding, the to-be-weds didn't have to search far for the perfect reception venue. "Once we found Zingerman's Events on Fourth, it was game over," says the bride. "The reception space had brick walls, distressed wood floors and string lights. It was exactly what we were looking for – cozy and intimate with tons of character." Thanks to the rustic charm of the space, not much was needed in order to turn the famed Ann Arbor deli into a dream wedding venue. "We used a lot of pink and mint with plenty of gold accents," Alex says. "Some flowers and candles were all we really needed to add to the space." Guests spent the night snacking on an array of eats courtesy of Zingerman's – including apple butter spice cupcakes and a blackberry preserve wedding cake filled with vanilla pastry cream. "We just wanted our guests to eat and drink as much as possible!" Alex says. "Don and I are both pretty private people, so it meant a lot of us to share our special day with those we love most."

The cozy, Ann Arbor venue featured brick walls, distressed wood floor and string lights. "It was exactly what we were looking for," Alex says. "Cozy, intimate and filled with tons of charm."
The bride's pink and white bouquet was wrapped with lace from her mom's wedding dress and veil.
Bride Reading Note from Groom
Bridal Updo with Untamed Petals Headband
White DIY Window Pane
"I originally wanted a really flawy, ethereal gown, but it’s just not really my style," Alex says. "Once I tried on the Amy Kuschel dress, I knew it was the one. It had the vintage look that fit with our theme and it was very 'me'. Irnknew it was the one once I got weak in the knees thinking about walking down the aisle to Don in it!"
The couple exchanged vows on the campus of Concordia University at the Earhart Manor. "The space was so intimate and had the vintage, garden-like feel we were going for," the bride explains. "It was super-cozy and majestic at the same time."
The maid of honor wore a knee-length, mint dress with half sleeves and lace detail. "It had a scalloped lace design that matched the lace detail on the bottom of my own gown," the bride says. "Both of our dresses complemented each other very well."
Groom and Groomsman in Gray Vera Wang Suits
Alex and Don First Kiss
Baby's Breath Arrangement with Gold Mirror
Pink and White Flowers in Gold Bud Vase
Guests enjoyed carrot cake and a vanilla chiffon cake filled with pastry cream and blackberry preserves courtesy of Zingerman's.
The newlyweds gifted guests with small packages of either coffee or tea. "A lot of guests stayed in hotels that night, so it was just enough coffeernor tea to have the next morning in their hotel rooms," the bride explains.
"We really wanted the reception space to feel intimate, but Zingerman's did such a good job of doing that without our help," Alex says. "Some flowers and candles were all we really needed to add to the space."
Alex and Don Photo Decor