The bride and groom met as camp counselors, and dated long-distance while Heidi worked in Singapore as a missionary. Merritt visited her there in 2007, and proposed during their vacation on a nearby island.

One couple stages a relaxed, "country picnic" celebration on the grounds of the bride's church

The bride and groom met as camp counselors, and dated long-distance while Heidi worked in Singapore as a missionary. Merritt visited her there in 2007, and proposed during their vacation on a nearby island.

Originally, Heidi and her mother planned to design Heidi's wedding gown together, but during a visit to To Have & To Hold Bridal Boutique & Formal Wear with her bridesmaids to select their dresses, Heidi found the perfect gown for herself. "It matched the dress we envisioned exactly," she says. Merritt, an F-16 crew chief for the U.S. Air Force, wore his dress blues.

Bride: Heidi
Groom: Merritt
Location: Traverse City, MI