Michelle and Chris met in 2003 as students in the architecture program at Miami University in Ohio. "Since we both studied architecture, we wanted to exchange vows at a venue where artistic culture is valued," says Michelle. The couple decided to book the Grand Rapids Art Museum and wed in the outdoor Pocket Park. "The space features clean lines and a slate water wall, surrounded by concrete walls and marble floors," says Michelle. Following the ceremony, guests walked to Eve at The B.O.B., a sleek lounge in downtown Grand Rapids, for the reception. "The space had a similar feel to the museum—clean and chic," says Michelle.
The couple's wedding featured a slew of design and DIY details, including square vases filled with hydrangeas and steel letters of the couple's initials that adorned the entrance to the ceremony; tables decorated with a mix of centerpiece styles, such as vessels filled with peonies and hydrangeas; notes to the bride and groom pinned to a display of picture frames they had designed; and a spread of the couple's favorite chocolate sweets, including white chocolate-covered pretzels made by Michelle's mother.