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Coral Floral Casual Wedding Inspiration: Alexandra and Carvil in Michigan


Have you ever went to a wedding where everyone was truly happy?  Where there was no drama and stress?  I don’t know if those weddings exist, but this one came pretty close.

Alexandra Raney and Carvil Richards were married in May 2017 in Michigan on a perfect spring day.  The Christian ceremony was reverent yet fun, and was followed by cake, pictures, and a reception at an Indian restaurant.

As soon as I heard that Alex wanted a floral wedding dress instead of white, I knew this wasn’t going to be a cookie cutter wedding.  There were so many little personal touches that made their wedding special.

Related: Alexandra and Carvil’s Canadian Reception

The theme?  I like to call it “Coral, Floral, and Fun,” although maybe it’s more blush pink?  Shh. . .don’t ruin my rhyme.

I was super excited and a little bit nervous to arrange all of the flowers for the wedding: Four bouquets, 8 boutonnieres, 1 hair piece, and 2 wedding cakes.  Alex ordered what she liked online, and I did my magic the morning of the wedding.  She chose the colours of everything based on the fabric of her gorgeous floral wedding dress.

Thinking of arranging your own wedding flowers?  Learn how to make bouquets, boutonnieres, and decorate your own cake!

The girls weren’t the only ones who got to show their colours.  The groom and groomsmen all wore navy suits, floral bowties, brown shoes, and these funky coloured socks.

Can I also say how much fun this wedding party was?  I went into this knowing only the maid of honour, but I came out of it with a whole group of new friends.  It was great getting to know everyone in the few days before the wedding.  It was even better getting to know my new brother-in-law.  He’s such a wonderful addition to our family.

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Alex made and iced her own wedding cake.  She made chocolate and vanilla layers with a super delicious Nutella chocolate icing.

Fun fact: it was super terrifying trying to get these cakes to the wedding.  I held one between my legs and another on my lap.  It was the longest 10 minutes of my life.

Related: Naked Cake Tutorial

Obviously everything turned out fine.  🙂

All pictures you see in this post were taken by Donna and John LaVanture at Donna LaVanture Photography.  If you’re in the Southern Michigan area, check out her work!

We took the pictures at the Notre Dame Campus.  Obviously there wasn’t any time to explore, but it’s on my list of things to do when we go back to visit someday.

I am seriously in love with Alex’s choice of dresses for all of us.  She asked the maid of honour to purchase a dress in cream, and the rest of us to purchase something in blush pink.  Everyone got a dress that she will actually wear again, and no one spent over $100.

I LOVE this photo of the happy couple.  I also selfishly like that it shows off that beautiful hairpiece that I made.

As we were getting close to finishing up pictures, one of the groomsmen asked the university students if we could use the volleyball court for the wedding pictures.  Have you ever tried to play volleyball in wedding attire?

Super hard, but super fun!

I love this picture because we’re all celebrating, and Dominic is sad because no one let him hold the volleyball at this particular moment.  Thankfully, the university students were kind enough to play with him a little bit.

Mommy was also super happy to console him and get some extra cuddles.  Call this picture my Mother’s Day present.

Alex is Canadian and Carvil is Jamaican, so not all of their family members were able to attend the wedding.  They recently held a reception in Canada, then will be doing the same this winter in Jamaica.

Alex and Carvil are such an adorable couple and I wish them every happiness in their new life together.  If you know them, leave a note of encouragement for them in the comments.


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Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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