On May 3, 2014, nine years after high school sweethearts Megan and Sebastian first met as sophomores, the pair headed toward the Kilauea Lighthouse during a trip to Hawaii, where Sebastian surprised Megan with a proposal — and a ring he designed himself. While the pair lives in Florida, they decided to head back to the bride's family home of Port Austin, Michigan, to wed. And with good reason! "My grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents were all married in Saint Michael Catholic Church in Port Austin, and I knew I wanted to do the same," says Megan.
The pair combined their DIY skills with a group of amazing Michigan vendors, including Reinhardt Blooms ("Our wedding date was based around their availability!" reveals the bride) and The Farm Restaurant, to create a vintage farm-chic celebration that made the most of the location and the late June bounty. Keep reading to see the stunning shots of this June 20, 2015, wedding for 160 guests, photographed by Justine Montigny.
Sebastian designed Megan's engagement ring and wedding band, using petal-like shapes to complement the sparkling center stone.
"Our passion as a couple is our 1942 Chandler & Price Letterpress," Megan says. So you can bet the bride and groom put it to good use, designing and printing their invitation suite and every piece of paper used throughout their wedding day.
When Megan and her mom arrived at The Gown Shop in Ann Arbor, they both immediately spotted a silk and lace Sarah Janks gown on display. Megan tried on a few others, but as soon as she put on the soft silhouette and fluttering lace cap sleeves, she knew she'd found the one. She topped it all with her mother's cathedral-length veil.
Megan paired her gown with a romantic bouquet of garden roses, daisies (to represent her mother's bridal bouquet), and ferns (to represent their Hawaii engagement) in blush, cream, and deep red hues.
The vibrant blooms popped against Sebastian's blue three-piece suit.
The red-studded bouquets were a perfect match for Megan's maid of honor's floral-print ASOS gown, which was the inspiration for the day's color scheme. "We were excited to find gowns that were a little less traditional — and less expensive!" Megan says.
The groomsmen wore their own dark blue suits to complement Sebastian's, and all wore matching ties and succulent boutonnieres.
"Planning a wedding from out of state isn't easy," says Megan, "which is why we decided early on to source all of our vendors from Michigan — and to surround ourselves with the best we could find! — to help it all run smoothly."
To add to the family history of the day, Megan and Sebastian rode to the church in the bride's grandfather's 1922 Model T, driven by her father.
The only decorations at the church were two wreaths on the light blue doors, inspired by a simple photograph of Megan's grandparents at the church on their wedding day. "We let the space speak for itself," she says.
After the I do's, Megan swapped her mother's veil for a lush flower crown.
The reception took place on the lawn at the Farm Restaurant, where vintage furniture and café lights set the scene. Tables were topped with oyster linens and low arrangements of loose garden roses and greenery. Pink mismatched glassware lent an eclectic feel to the tablescape.
Megan turned to Rusted Rose Vintage Rentals to compile 160 unique place settings, each with a different vintage china pattern for the dinner plate, charger, and bread plate.
Guests were served family-style roasted chicken, stuffed prime rib, and vegetable strudel before Megan and Sebastian cut into a naked vanilla cake decorated with fresh strawberries and blueberries.
For a special take on a first dance, Megan's maid of honor and her cousin sang an acoustic version of John Mayer's "XO."
While the couple took on a few projects of their own, Megan advises brides and grooms to know when enough is enough. "Keep your DIYs to a minimum, because what's worse than a poorly executed project on your wedding day? Instead, hire the best professionals you can — there's a reason they do weddings for a living!"
Ceremony Venue: Saint Michael Church || Reception Venue, Catering & Cake: The Farm Restaurant || Day-of Coordinator: Heyday || Bride's Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks || Shoes: BHLDN || Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS || Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein || Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Golden Earrings Fine Jewelry || Floral Design: Reinhardt Blooms || Invitations & Paper Goods: Sebastian Mejia Design || Music: McNabb DJ Service || Rentals: Crown Party Rentals, Rusted Rose Vintage Rentals || Videography: Kris Colavecchio || Photography: Justine Montigny
Want more romantic wedding inspiration? Then watch another couple say I do in a flower-filled event in the video below.