An Outdoor Wedding in Traverse City, MI

At a Parents’ Weekend brunch during their freshman year at University of Michigan, Kelly and Jeff didn’t say a word to each other. But their parents t

At a Parents’ Weekend brunch during their freshman year at University of Michigan, Kelly and Jeff didn’t say a word to each other. But their parents totally hit it off and talked the whole time! When Jeff saw Kelly a couple of weeks later at the local movie theater where he worked, he immediately remembered her and said hello. After a year-and-a-half of running into each other, Jeff finally worked up the courage to ask Kelly out to a movie. The Bride Kelly Edwards, 25, a graduate student The Groom Jeff Richardson, 26, a university events coordinator The Date August 15 Four years later, Jeff proposed beneath the tree into which generations of couples in his family had carved their names. They’d been in Michigan for Jeff’s family reunion and shared the news with everyone before carving their own names into the tree the following day. As for Kelly and Jeff’s parents, they got back in touch after the couple had been dating for about a year, still get along well -- and couldn’t be happier.

To match their ticket-style escort cards, the couple named their reception tables after old movies, displaying framed print-outs of the movie posters on tables.
Casual Wedding Reception
First Dance
In keeping with the garden party vibe, simple white and yellow arrangements lined the aisle. The mums, lilies, alstroemeria and mini sunflower cushions hung in galvanized buckets from shepherd’s hooks via black-and-white polka-dot ribbon.
Five minutes after they got engaged, Kelly asked Jeff’s parents if they could get married in their yard, which overlooks Elk Lake. The neighbors even chipped in, primping their own adjacent garden for the wedding.
Instead of wedding cake, Kelly and Jeff had wedding pie. Friends and family donated pie stands for the occasion, and they ordered a variety of fillings. Each pie had little pastry hearts on top.
Keeping the environment in mind, Kelly and Jeff had their yellow, black, gray, and white invitations printed on recycled paper.
Kelly designed the escort cards to look like old-fashioned movie tickets. She and a bridesmaid printed them at Kinko’s and spent an afternoon cutting them down to size. Kelly displayed the cards in an old soda-pop crate she and Jeff found in their Brooklyn neighborhood. Vintage soda bottles surrounded the crate, each with a daisy inside it.
The bridesmaids wore black sleeveless cotton dresses from Target, with fitted bodices and full skirts. Varying accessories -- like a simple white belt and gloves -- reflected the Gatsby style. Jeff’s groomsmen, who also wore cotton, had been skeptical about seersucker vests and pants until the temperatures soared on the day of the wedding, and they were relieved not to be wearing tuxes.