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Intimate Midwest Wedding in Michigan

Get ready for the sweetest intimate Midwest wedding in Michigan, with aallllll the sweet farmhouse inspiration. But before we dive into their wedding day, here’s the beginning of their story:

How They Met:

Cody and Jessie met as tutors at their university’s tutoring center – she was tutoring accounting and he was tutoring economics! They had a few mutual friends who figured they were nerdy enough for each other and pushed them to get together after they had a few shifts together.

The Proposal:

“Since a majority of our big relationship milestones have occurred on or near bridges and our goal is to visit all of the MLB stadiums, Cody combined our greatest hobbies into one perfect proposal. On a trip to NYC to see the Yankees play (and also on the single hottest day of 2019 in NYC), Cody got down on one knee at the promenade just below the Brooklyn Bridge. He bought me a jersey that said “fiancee” and had the date of our engagement on the back to wear to the game later that day, too. We celebrated with brunch and some big-city exploring. It could not have been a more perfect day – although Cody would probably argue it would have been nice if the Uber driver’s navigation system didn’t reveal the proposal destination to us both as soon as we got in the car.”

Their Changed Wedding Plans

Jessie and Cody had originally planned to have an intimate wedding in Sedona, Arizona but COVID had other plans for their day. Jessie said: “Our pre-COVID plans for an intimate wedding in Sedona were primarily driven by our MLB stadium goals (still need to check Chase Field off of the list!) and our desire to explore the American Southwest together for the first time. We wanted to enjoy a week of celebration with our immediate family members while creating memories together and spending some time exploring outdoors. We wanted our wedding day to be a cause for celebration, rather than a source of anxiety, especially given that I get worked up quite easily. 

Once we determined that we were not comfortable asking our families to travel to Sedona during the pandemic, we battled with the decision of whether or not to elope just the two of us or plan something with our families closer to home. After doing some research and coming across Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, we knew we had found the perfect location for a laid-back, but elegant, ceremony and reception celebration. Having such a small group of guests allowed us to really focus on the details and thank those people in ours lives that have done so much for us. It also allowed us the time and opportunity to make sure that we were really able to focus on each other and truly enjoy our day.”

Throughout all of the changes that happened with their day, here’s the moments that ended up being their favorites from their wedding day:

Jessie said: “My favorite part of our wedding day was when we cut our wedding cake. The whole experience was a mess for several reasons – the adorable clay figures that we had made of ourselves kept falling down in the melting frosting (thanks to the beautiful MI humidity), we could not seem to get our piece of cake out for the life of us, and we could not stop laughing the whole time. It felt like a great representation of our messy first date that led us to our big day and I will cherish that memory forever.”

Cody said: “My favorite part of our day was when Jessie and I parted ways to start getting ready for the day because, during that time, I went through an array of emotions all at once. I was sad to be leaving Jessie for the morning, nervous to see her in her wedding dress in a few short hours, excited for the ceremony to come and to celebrate with my new wife and our families, and grateful for our journey together that brought us to that point. I was excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.

Cheers to these two babes and their gorgeous wedding day!

Allison

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