I just happened to schedule an afternoon out to see Beauty and the Beast with friends the day after Lauren and Kyle’s wedding, and as I jumped into editing that week, I couldn’t help but see the similarities between their wedding and the gorgeous royal castle where it all takes place. Even the candlesticks had a striking resemblance to Lumière—and Lauren’s classic white bouquet by Petal and Forrest echoed the colors of the 2011 royal wedding that we all know and love. Add in a classic cathedral veil and gold chairs from Chair Happy, and you have the perfect elegant, timeless wedding. Scroll all the way down for more details from Lauren, along with a list of wedding vendors.
From Lauren, the bride:
Kyle and I worked really hard to incorporate a lot of the traditional items in weddings that were important to us, a family-focused and intimate event, and also something that really reflected both Kyle and my personalities. Some details we incorporated to make it unique to us:
- Our wedding colors: I’m a Spartan grad (therefore, green and white) and Kyle is a graduate of Adrian College (black and gold). Much of our relationship grew while I worked at Adrian College, and we spend a LOT of our time on the campus of MSU. We incorporated our past and our present with the colors.
- Our wedding party: Not only was it important to us to have some of our best friends by our side—including fraternity brothers, lifelong friends, and high school besties. But also our siblings! On Kyle’s side, his little brothers joined in as groomsmen. And on my side, my best friends in the whole world (besides Kyle!), my brothers Brent and Matt (who served as my “best men”—or, as they’d like to call themselves, “Hand of the Bride”)
- The decor: I’m definitely more into fancy, traditional, ornate things—so things like decorative chairs, special charger plates and fancy invites. Kyle is more rustic and has an extensive background in biology—so we incorporated wood accents, lots of flowers.
- Our vows: We wrote our own vows
- Our wedding music: It was important to my mom that “The Lord’s Prayer” be sung, as it was sung at my parents’ wedding. Kyle’s grandfather, Phil Knapp, is an avid singer. It matched perfectly! A song that is important to my family, and singing that is important to Kyle’s family. It was a lovely blend of the two. (My mom’s best friend, Tama, played the piano to accompany Phil.)
- Spending time with just our wedding party after the ceremony and before the reception started: These people are our besties—and we knew the day would be busy. Setting aside a small amount of time to hang out with JUST them was important to us.
- Obviously family is important to us, so we made an effort to make sure each person had a role that day. Our brothers served as groomsmen. My dad walked me down the aisle. Our moms served as hostesses. Kyle’s dad gave the blessing.
- Ceremony: MSU Alumni Chapel, East Lansing, Michigan
- Reception: Kellogg Center, East Lansing, Michigan
- Hair and Makeup: Kenneth Brandt Salon
- Flowers: Petal and Forrest
- Chairs: Chair Happy
- Cake: A Piece O’ Cake
- Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
- DJ: Jump Start DJs
Check back next Tuesday for a brand new blog post.