When Kyle Pederson got down on one knee in front of Katie Clymer, he produced both a diamond ring and the most endearing DIY project ever to accompany a proposal. This creative guy, who owns a continuing education company, had crafted a scrapbook that chronicled the couple’s two-year courtship, including concert tickets, e-mails—even parking receipts. “I was overwhelmed that he had so much faith in our relationship from the beginning,” recalls Katie, an artist. The project set the tone for their University of Minnesota wedding, which, despite the modern setting, had a homegrown vibe. The pair asked guests to forgo gifts and to contribute poems, drawings, and stories, which were put on display at the reception. “We have an incredible keepsake to visit each anniversary,” says the bride.