Jennifer & Doug’s DIY “Key” Themed Wedding
Jennifer and Doug paid homage to how they met by centering their wedding around a key theme (Jennifer herself will tell you about this in a bit so I won’t spoil the story for you). They incorporated a lot of charming key-related DIY details including an actual door that they re-purposed into a menu chalkboard! Considering the couple only had a 6-month planning period plus a 1,000 mile distance between the wedding location and their residence, their wedding turned out perfectly as you will see in the photos below.
Say hello to Jennifer and Doug! We have Misty Minna Photography LLC to thank for this lovely feature and here’s what she had to say about the couple and the event:
They enrolled in a study abroad program through Michigan State to explore new cities and experience culture different than their own. Instead they found something unexpected. Jen accidentally locked herself out of her room one night and Doug faithfully brought her keys to her. She would later call her friends and tell them about this boy she met. And Doug would do the same, not knowing what would come of the pretty blonde girl that he rescued that night. Doug was always joking around. He was the kid at the tailgate party dancing on top of a car, but his friends all saw the change. He was a little more reserved, serious… in love. Jen brought out the best in him and together they are carefree and always laughing. Both Jen and Doug’s mothers passed away from breast cancer and I loved the way they set up a memory table during the reception to watch over them. Jen also tied in her “key” theme with the escort cards and menu door that her sisters helped create.
This lovely flower pinned on the hip of Jennifer’s gown was made from fabric from her mom’s wedding gown. And of course, keys representing how the couple met was present all throughout the celebration.
Let’s meet the beautiful couple. Jennifer’s here to share a little about themselves as well as the very cute story of how they met:
My husband and I met on a summer study abroad program in England five years ago. We stayed in flats across the hall from each other, and the very first night I accidently left my keys hanging in my door when I left for the pub with part of our group. Doug came a little later and brought me my keys that I had left. I was super embarassed at how stupid it was of me to forget my keys, but he didn’t seem to mind. We spent a lot of time together the remainder of the trip and became close friends. I thought a relationship was out of the picture since he was graduating and moving to Chicago and I still had a year left of school in East Lansing. We eventually worked it out and began what would end up being a 4 year long distance relationship.
Doug and I are good complements for each other. He is a little crazy, while I am more reserved, on top of things while I have my blonde moments, saver while I’m a spender, and lives on the edge, while I keep things steady. But overall, we enjoy spending time with each and have several of the same hobbies.
He proposed on the edge of Lake Michigan overlooking the city of Chicago. Comminting to marrying each other is what finally forced a personal move to be in the same city as each other. Instead of only one of us moving to the other, we both picked up and began our new lives together in Orlando, FL. A year later we are enjoying married life with our already large family of five (including 2 inherited family dogs and a cat).
Totally adoring their looks of love for one another <3
LOVE the chic tiered bridal and bridesmaid dresses!
The couple incorporated many personal touches into their wedding, one of which was the memory table:
Both of our mothers have passed away, but they were such a huge part of our lives and were so looking forward to our wedding day. To honor and remember them, we had pictures and a memory/ring pillow made from my mothers wedding dress. We also donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Lung Association in lieu of traditional wedding favors for our guests.
Love how they incorporated the key theme into the card box! That vintage pattern is awesome.
So digging the shade of green they picked + white elements. Everything looks fresh and pretty!
I labored over what our theme would be and whether or not we even needed a theme for quite awhile. When I finally saw the idea, I knew it was a perfect fit for us considering the story of how we first met. We incorporated the theme into the wedding shower, having the guests write me “keys” to a successful marriage, and also had homemade keychain favors. We also found an old door that we were able to use as our menu board after painting it with chalk paint.
Colors were an easy choice. Although I considered other options, I always came back to the fact that I love black and white, and my favorite color is green. It was the perfect pop of subtle color. We also ended up mixing in some gray and ivory, which ended up working extremely well.
Music was another non-tradional aspect of our wedding. I still wanted everything to sound beautiful but didn’t want to go with the normal “Here Comes the Bride.” We settled on the Vitamin String Quartet (modern string music). We also chose a band that played at our college bars which a lot of guests were also familiar with.
I had no idea how my wedding was going to turn out, but looking back on it, it was totally different and a true reflection of us. I wanted simple, beautiful and unique, and think I achieved all three.
Yes you did, Jennifer!
As for advice, the couple had this to say — “The night is over before you know it so only spend the time and money you need to make it special for the two of you.”. I totally agree! Thank you so much Misty for sending your wonderful images of this wedding my way, and congratulations Jennifer and Doug! Here’s wishing you a blissful life together!
Photography: Misty Minna Photography LLC
Venue and caterer: Twin Lakes Golf Club (Oakland, MI)
Officiator: Stephen Stawicki (The Wedding Connection)
Bakery: MacRay Harbors Pastry Chef (Shelley Hein)
Salon/Makeup: Encore Salon, Okemos, MI)
Wedding Dress: Alyne by Rivini (Megan gown)
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Impression (Style #20049)
Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
Accessories (jewelry, cufflinks, special shoes or watch): Ties-Necktie.com, Etsy
Flowers: Viviano Flower Shop
DJ/Band: Jedi Mind Trip
Invitations: Dahlquist Printing (Orlando, FL)
Chairs/Linens: Affairs to Remember (Commerce Twp, MI)
Jewelry: Joel Singer
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: DIY weddings, garden weddings, handmade weddings, outdoor weddings