When I first chatted with Katherine and Whit and she told me she had found a blue wedding dress, I was obsessed. I love when couples want to do something different and fun for their wedding and aren’t afraid to break away a bit from tradition. And as I got to know Katherine and Whit and I learned more about their plans for an intimate vintage-inspired wedding where the bride wore blue, I knew it was going to be a sweet and beautiful day.
Katherine and Whit met freshman year of high school when they both played cello in orchestra and were in the same math class. The two stayed friends through college and 10 years after first meeting, they reconnected when a mutual friend of theirs hosted a game night. Even though they were living in different states at the time, they had so much fun together that night that they made plans to see each other again anyway. And the rest is history!
Whit proposed on Halloween, Katherine’s favorite holiday. With covid making in-person Halloween parties not really a thing at the time, they decided to do a fun candy scavenger hunt around their house, and instead of finding candy, Katherine found a ring (which was a family heirloom from Whit’s great-great grandmother!
Just like their proposal, Katherine and Whit’s wedding was a wonderfully intimate affair at a family friend’s barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With just their family in attendance, they held a brunch wedding complete with swords and champagne, and a bubble exit. Keep scrolling to see more of Katherine and Whit’s intimate wedding and their amazing vintage-inspired details.
When I arrived at the barn, Katherine and Whit and their parents were hanging out and munching on the coffee and pastries from Zingermans. Once I had photographed their details and they were ready to get things going, they went off to different parts of the house to get ready. With the help of her mom, Katherine got dressed in a room of the main house with blue walls and I loved how it complimented her amazing blue wedding dress. Her wedding day getting ready space was beautiful and she was so excited to put on her dress, veil, and fun vintage boots.
Once the two were dressed and ready to go, we went out to a field behind the barn for their first look and some photos of the two of them.
From Katherine’s engagement ring to Whit’s family crown she wore, the day was filled with personal touches and family heirlooms. I loved it! Katherine’s parents and generations before them had all incorporated a small parent blessing before the ceremony into their weddings and so naturally, Katherine and Whit did the same. As a few more family members arrived for the ceremony, inside the house, their parents gathered around them and wished them a life of happiness together.
With everyone seated and the blessing done, it was time for the ceremony. With a string trio and a sunny morning, they were married by a family friend of the bride, and with a beautiful view of the property, it couldn’t have been better. And I loved the Persian rug at their altar for a fun touch of color and pattern.
After the ceremony, we took photos of the family before Katherine, Whit, and I wandered into downtown Ann Arbor for a few photos on the University of Michigan’s campus.
When we came back, it was time for brunch and cake from Zingerman’s! Some of their family took turns giving toasts before Katherine and Whit cut the cake and had their first dance. Katherine’s dad even opened every champagne bottle with a sword and to round out the celebration, Katherine and Whit left through a bubble exit!
Katherine and Whit’s intimate vintage-inspired wedding where the bride wore blue was as exciting and as sweet as I knew it would be from the first call we had. I love small weddings and was so happy to see all of Katherine and Whit’s personal touches throughout their intimate celebration. I wholeheartedly believe your wedding day should be exactly that, yours! Traditional, alternative, or somewhere in between, I love being an advocate for every couple’s vision, whether that’s eloping out of state, hosting an intimate brunch wedding with only family, or gathering hundreds for a lavish celebration. To learn more about weddings with Emily Kyle Photography, just click below!
Florist: Lily’s Garden Florist | @lilysgardenflorist
Dress: Lace Bridal By Karen Wu (Etsy) | @LaceBridalshop
Suit: Jos. A Bank | @josabank
Engagement Ring: Family Heirloom
Wedding Bands: Brilliant Earth | @brilliantearth
Bride’s Jewelry: Family Heirlooms
Paper Goods: The Knot | @theknot
Catering: Zingerman’s Catering | @zingermanscateringevents
Cake: Zingerman’s Bakehouse | @zingermansbakehouse
Photography: Emily Kyle Photography | @emilykylephoto
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