I kicked off the wedding season in the Ann Arbor area with the new Mr. and Mrs. Decker, but what do I do when Troy’s brother-in-law gets married the same day in Nashville, Tennessee, requiring him to be present with his family? I reached out to Adam of DAYSIX Outdoors. Adam had shot with me before Troy and I became a partnership, and I knew he’d bring a fresh perspective to this Washtenaw Golf Club wedding!
Drew and Laura met at Taylor University. They had mutual friends and classes together and became really great friends during their Sophomore year. Laura said, “I can remember a lot of times with Drew, but I specifically remember when I locked myself out of my apartment and had to wait a long time to get back in, Drew was who I called in distress and he came to my rescue immediately.”
Laura graduated a semester early. During finals week her last week of school, they started spending a lot of time together. Drew even helped her move out of her apartment. Post-graduation they visited each other multiple times even with a 4.5 hour distance. As Laura said, “We started kinda of thinking ‘hmm… we are driving pretty far to see each other!‘”
Laura moved to northeast Ohio for a job a few months post graduation and Drew continued to visit consistently on weekends. It was now a 6.5 hour drive. Soon, they realized they were actually dating and almost immediately said, “I love you.” They knew from the start of dating that they would get married.
“We went to my parents’ house in Michigan for the weekend in order to go to the Ann Arbor Art Fair. A few of my closest friends were in town, as well as my sister and cousin. We spent the day at the Art Fair with friends. While there I saw a necklace that I liked, but I didn’t buy it.
My parents met us in Ann Arbor for dinner. They said they had to make a stop on the way home so Drew and I headed back to the house alone. My parents yard has a beautiful view of the sunset, and I love sunsets. Drew asked if we could play catch (baseball) in the yard. This was something we always did at Taylor. We had played on the intramural softball team together too. While playing catch as the sun set, Drew stopped and approached me. He said he had something for me and pulled a box out of his pocket. I was so excited. I thought he was proposing. He opened the box and it was the necklace I had wanted from the Art Fair. I loved the necklace, but I was secretly disappointed and embarrassed that it wasn’t a proposal. After he put the necklace on me he got down on one knee and said he had another surprise. That’s when he did propose. I said “yes” of course! The ring had been his great grandmothers. Afterwards, my family and friends showed up to celebrate and my dad shot off fireworks (something else I love) in the yard. Drew’s proposal was so thoughtful and perfect.
Milan Baptist Church Wedding Ceremony
Washtenaw Golf Club Wedding Reception
“I got the idea for the LIFE game centerpieces from the concept of ‘Life together’ which is actually a book we read while at Taylor. As a child I loved the game of Life and the thought of hitting life bench marks with Drew is so exciting!”
Drew and Laura, thanks so much for trusting us with your day! Blessings on your new life together!
Ceremony Venue: Milan Baptist Church
Reception Venue: Washtenaw Golf Club
Floral Designer: Enchanted Florist
Cake: Cakes by Stephanie
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Ticknor’s
Invitations: Borne of Ink