Loren & Joe are an absolutely gorgeous couple. Since they are both firefighters, it was no surprise they planned their wedding around this theme – fire truck included!
They day was beautifully styled with amazing florals and brightly colored red roses to tie in the fire truck theme. At the end of the day, the sunset provided a beautiful golden glow that most photographers would dream of.
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
“Both my husband and I are firefighters. Our favorite holiday to decorate for is the 4th of July, and we are fans of anything patriotic. We really wanted to do a tasteful, classy, toned down version of the good old fashioned red, white, and blue. I didn't want it to look like a summer picnic, and I think we were able to pull it off. We included several fire department apparatuses, and included a thank you to all service members in attendance during the ceremony. Our officiant is also a fireman as well.”
Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
“I always dreamed that I would have a dress with lace and ruffles. I found a dress I loved on Pinterest, and scoured the stores and websites looking for it. I ordered it without trying it on, and I am so happy with my choice. It felt feminine, flirty, and I don't think people expected that to be my style. It really blew my husband away. He ended up being more worried about my dress getting dirty towards the end of the evening that I did. Sticking with the red, white, and blue theme, we of course put the groom in navy. I wanted him to stand out from the groomsman, and the contrast between his navy and their light grey looked great in photos.”
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
“I wanted earthy, relaxed, yet pretty flowers. I have been a big fan of red roses, as well as silver dollar eucalyptus. I wanted the bouquets to be fun. Brandi Mire, owner of Owen's Floral Design, took the idea and ran with it. There were fun berries and additions to the bouquets that made them feel happy and different. She incorporated similar flowers around our arbor for the ceremony, and paying homage to our firefighter theme, even wrapped the boutonnieres with some super cool chrome wiring.”
Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
“I was so in love with the venue, that I didn't want to do much to take away from it. I didn't do a lot by way of decorations, but everything I did, we made at home. The wooden, black walnut discs on the tables, we cut down from a family property. Friends helped us collect wine bottles that we spent nights at home wrapping with twine. All of the mason jars holding the baby's breath once held home grown, canned food of our own. Additionally, my wonderful friend, Ashleigh Henderson, co-owner of With Love From Buffalo, handmade a few of our signs, including my favorite, the unity cross sign we used during the ceremony.”
Photographer: Apaige Photography
Dress: Poshmark, Allure Bridals
Florals: Brandi Mire
Catering: Sherry’s Catering – Fenton
Cake/Desserts: Cupcakes and Kisses – Holly, MI
DJ: Prime Time – Devin Baysdell
Hair: Katie DaCorte, Northern Roots Salon
Make up: Farah Savaya, Mandy Rose Studio
Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie
Tuxes: President Tudexo
Venue: The Grand Belle – Holly, MI