Who says the bride has to wear white?! This ceremony at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and reception at the Ann Arbor Art Center had quite a few non-traditional touches that still kept a classic feel. Rather than the bride wearing white, all of the floral arrangements were white – even using birch to tie the theme together. While many couples wait to sign their license after the ceremony, the license signing was incorporated into this ceremony with a special table set up at the front. Don’t worry about the summer sun being too intense for your outdoor ceremony, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens will provide your guests with lovely parasols. If you are looking for a ceremony site in the Ann Arbor MI area that offers plenty of natural beauty, this venue should definitely be on your list of choices!
The Ann Arbor Art Center offers a very intimate reception setting surrounded by conversation pieces. Rather than having the traditional many round tables, this reception had one long table for everyone – allowing all of the guests and the happy couple to easily spend time with one another. If you’re looking for ways to personalize your reception, consider a nod to your home state with your food or beverage choices (Faygo anyone?!) or a cake that acknowledges where your families and friends come from!

*Second Shooter for Amanda Mae Photography*