BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

Rustic Elegance Set the Tone for This Couple’s Real Wedding

by Katherine Callaghan

Michael and Emily tied the knot at King’s Hill Inn and Barn in South Paris, Maine. To truly personalize their wedding ceremony, the couple not only wrote their own vows, but they also recorded an instrumental version of “Only Jesus” for their wedding processional. Impressive, right? But the personalization didn’t end there. Emily did all of the wedding calligraphy, as well as the baking and frosting all of the cakes (yes, they had more than one!), with the help of some of her bridesmaids!

Scroll below for an intimate look at the real wedding of Michael and Emily.

All images courtesy of Anastasiia Photography

PROPOSAL

July 27, 2015, Mike proposed to me during my family’s annual camping trip on Richardson Lake. At sunset, we walked to my favorite spot on the campsite – an opening in the trees at the top of some bordering sandbanks that overlooks a large part of the lake – and Mike got down on one knee.

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

GETTING READY

The planning process was so fun. I come from a large family and everyone pitched in to help. My Aunt was our unofficial wedding planner – she helped so much to make the day run as smoothly as it did. Most things were DIY – my mother and aunts made ALL of the floral arrangements, my father built our beautiful wedding arbor and sweetheart table, my hubby and I recorded the song I walked down the aisle to, I did all of the wedding calligraphy, as well as baking and frosting all of the cakes for our dessert buffet with the help of one of my bridesmaids, etc. There was a lot of extra planning because of how many projects we took on, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

It took me some time to decide on it, as it was one of the first dresses I tried on. But I just kept coming back to it. The lace is so delicate and the length of the train is stunning. The V in the front and back was perfect – attractive, but still modest. I knew I wanted a timeless and classic style, and this dress couldn’t have been more perfect!

BRIDAL PARTY

The bridesmaids wore floor length chiffon dresses of various neutral colors. I knew I wanted a mix of colors and styles, and I loved the pairing of the neutrals with the guys’ navy suits.

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We had a complete color scheme change about three months before our wedding. The original colors were going to be maroon and charcoal gray, but Michael decided that he wanted to wear navy instead.

I didn’t want to have a red, white, and blue wedding in July, so I decided to change the entire thing to the navy and neutral scheme. We had to rush order the bridesmaid dresses, but luckily the decor still matches well with the new colors. I can laugh about it now, but it certainly was a stressful change so close to the wedding!

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CEREMONY

King’s Hill has unparalleled landscaping. Lush gardens, wide fields, charming stone walls, and beautiful mountain views stole our hearts. And the property is family owned – another huge draw for us. Kate, her mother, and family were a dream to work with!

We dreamed of a beautiful outdoor wedding filled with flowers, with a relaxed-elegance feel. The barn venue made the reception feel comfortable and fun, while our decor kept the style elegant.

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Mike and I wrote our vows together. We chose what promises were most important to us to use for the basis of both of our vows, and altered pieces that we felt were more applicable to our unique roles as husband and wife in our marriage. Michael vowed to guide and protect me as Christ does his church, and I vowed to support and follow him through all of life as he is led by God. And together we vowed to forgive and come alongside each other, even when we, as sinners, break our promises. As followers of Christ, Mike and I believe in the sacred nature of marriage and wanted our vows to be deep and meaningful.

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

Mike cried like a baby throughout our entire wedding ceremony. He could barely get through his vows. What a sweetheart!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

Our processional was an instrumental version of “Only Jesus” recorded by Mike and I. The recessional was “Love Like You” by Eric Hutchinson. We used mostly recorded music but did have some dear friends play and sing “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” as we took communion during our ceremony.

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

Our wedding ceremony was actually supposed to be outside. My dad had set up our beautiful arbor out on the grounds, and I was supposed to make my big entrance through King Hill’s beautiful gardens. But, just our luck, we had thunderstorms on our wedding day! Last minute, my dad and relatives lugged our arbor into the barn and we held the entire ceremony indoors. Our guests sat at their tables and my bridesmaids and I came in through the huge sliding barn door. Everything went beautifully. It rained all through our ceremony, and just as we were finishing, the rain let up and the sun came out, just in time for our portraits. What a blessing!

 

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

I chose to wear a crystal belt with my dress and decided to go non-traditional and skip the veil. I wore my mother’s diamond earrings and the opal necklace my father bought for me when I was born (to match my opal engagement ring!).

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

RECEPTION

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

We had assorted meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and crackers for appetizers during the cocktail hour, and served OTTO’s pizza to our guests for dinner. We ordered 60 pizzas all together!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

We DIYed almost every single thing in our wedding, but one of the most special details is our ceremony song. Music is a big part of our relationship, we’ve been playing music together at our church for years. Mike and I recorded an instrumental version of one of our favorite church songs, “Only Jesus”, and that’s what I walked down the aisle to.

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

I decided to go with a cake buffet for our wedding – all handmade by myself and one of my bridesmaids, who is also a baker. We had six cakes all together plus about 100 cupcakes. Vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream, Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, Coconut cake with coconut buttercream, Vanilla cake with blueberry compote filling and vanilla buttercream, Lemon cake with lemon buttercream, and Gluten-free chocolate almond cake with chocolate ganache.

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!
BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

DETAILS

BridalPulse: Real Wedding: Michael and Emily | Photo: Anastasiia Photography | Follow @bridalpulse for more wedding inspiration!

Photography: Anastasiia Photography | Ceremony/Reception site: King’s Hill Inn & Barn  | Officiant: Joshua Otte | Bridal gown: Andrea’s Bridal – Portland, ME | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Andrea’s Bridal – Portland, ME  | Hair/Makeup: Jess Corson – Chic Boutique – Windham, ME | Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Engagement Ring: D. Cole Jewelers |  Wedding Bands: D. Cole Jewelers Flowers/Florist: DIY | Invitation: Flourished Calligraphy, with help from Amanda Brill | Music (ceremony and reception): Reception: DJ – Aaron Simon (Nomis) | Cake: DIY | Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals | Favors: Sweet William’s Maple Syrup