Romantic DIY Wedding in Vassar, MI

Check out this romantic DIY wedding that took place in Vassar, Michigan this year! The couple wanted an intimate outdoor wedding in the woods with their closest loved ones but didn’t want to spend a fortune. It was absolutely beautiful!

Personal touches made it special

I’ve been so fortunate this year to have been a part of so many awesome weddings with amazing couples. This wedding stands out to me because of all the personal touches and beautiful parts that came together after the couple spent months planning it themselves.

The ceremony took place in a small forest clearing near the Cass River. The beautiful florals, antique dresser altar, and rustic benches for the guests made the space cozy and welcoming. The couple did a special hand-casting during the ceremony- something I hadn’t seen before but was really cool!

We stayed in that spot for some family and couples photos, exploring around the area. For their reception, the couple rented out Shades of Teal, an intimate wedding and event venue in historic downtown Vassar. Shades of Teal isn’t just an event space- it’s also a rental business and event planning business. They rent out decor, furniture, arches, and more! Check out some of the cool items they offer.

A wedding day that felt so good

The celebration started out with drinks and a toast at the bar next door, then everyone gathered for the reception. Dinner was all homemade food and served buffet-style. And after dinner, the couple presented keepsake bronze-dipped roses to their moms and grandmas- a truly touching moment.

The night went on with dancing, drinks, and some twilight couples photos. It was absolutely perfect! Enjoy some of my favorite photos from the day!


Lume Photography is a documentary elopement and wedding photographer based in Michigan, traveling worldwide. Behind the camera you’ll find me (Andrea)- a girl who loves animals, the wilderness, and love stories. I believe in magic! My passion lies with documenting your moments; it doesn’t matter if they are big or small- everything has an emotional story behind it that deserves attention from someone as passionate about telling those tales through photography.

Are you thinking of eloping or getting married in Michigan? Let me help you design the most amazing, unforgettable wedding day and document it in beautiful photos for you! Just reach out and let’s get the conversation started!

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11 Comments

  1. Yeeeessss! I love Michigan so much, it’s genuinely such a beautiful part of the country and I can’t wait until the next time I get to go back. These are beautiful images!

  2. ahhhh! I love this! Intimate weddings are a personal fave of mine too! You did such an AMAZING job capturing all these emotions! Wow!

  3. This is a beauty gallery for these two to remember their day by. Love the contrast of the ceremony greens, natural, outdoorsy feels with the reception vibe and rustic brickwork. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These photos are amazing. It truly is about the little special touches. They make a world of difference! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Beautiful images! I love that they chose to do something different like hand casting for their ceremony!

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