Rustic Winter Wedding in Monroe, MI: Brooke + Ben

Brooke + Ben's Monroe, MI wedding began our 2015 wedding season on a snow covered March afternoon while the warm sun streamed through the skinny tree branches. Brooke and Ben's love story began in high school and 7 years later the ones that got away, came back together more in love than ever as they were truely meant to be. 10 years to the day from Brooke and Ben's first date, this reunited couple stood up in front of their close family and friends and promised to be there for each other for the rest of their lives.

Brooke + Ben you both have beautiful hearts and your love (and silliness) for each other was reflected in all the details and moments throughout your wedding at the Redeemer Fellowship Church in Monroe, MI and at the reception at the Stone Creek Banquet Facility in Flat Rock, MI. I am honored to have been among your close family and friends on this very special day in your life and relationship.

Love Always,

Courtney Carolyn

(Want to see more of their complete wedding story? See the full slideshow here.)

  Brooke prepared for the day at her family home, where her faithful (and adorable) dog, Fred, kept watch by the door.

Brooke prepared for the day at her family home, where her faithful (and adorable) dog, Fred, kept watch by the door.

  Wearing comfortable shoes was a must for their wedding day, and their Converse shoes were one of a kind, adorned with their last name, which the Mother of the Bride hand stitched herself.

Wearing comfortable shoes was a must for their wedding day, and their Converse shoes were one of a kind, adorned with their last name, which the Mother of the Bride hand stitched herself.

  I had to contain a laugh when Brooke placed - or should I say smacked - her hands over Ben's eyes during the first look, although Ben didn't seem to mind.

I had to contain a laugh when Brooke placed - or should I say smacked - her hands over Ben's eyes during the first look, although Ben didn't seem to mind.

  Brooke told me during the wedding planning,   "I still can't believe I am going to marry this man, who two years ago I never believed I'd even get to see him again."

Brooke told me during the wedding planning, "I still can't believe I am going to marry this man, who two years ago I never believed I'd even get to see him again."

  It's hard to believe Ben's first pick-up line to Brooke wasn't,   "You have beautiful eyes,"   but instead he lead with,   "So, do you have a microwave?"

It's hard to believe Ben's first pick-up line to Brooke wasn't, "You have beautiful eyes," but instead he lead with, "So, do you have a microwave?"

  "I absolutely love Courtney's style. The quality is exceptional and I love the soft and sweet feel she gives to the photos."

"I absolutely love Courtney's style. The quality is exceptional and I love the soft and sweet feel she gives to the photos."

Photos aside, how do you envision your wedding to be like?

"Since it is going to be towards the end of winter, we decided to embrace the cold weather and do a snow/forest theme. Lots of candles, spruce and pine cones with artificial snow. I imagine a very simple and sweet ceremony, and quirky but fun reception. We are a couple of goofs so don't expect anything super rigid and uptight."

  "We found our homes in the wrinkled corners of each other’s souls."   - Sarah Schwab

"We found our homes in the wrinkled corners of each other’s souls." - Sarah Schwab

Many (many) thanks to the talented team who were a part of creating this beautiful wedding

Ceremony Venue: Redeemer Fellowship Church, Monroe, MI

Reception Venue: Stone Creek Banquet Hall, Flat Rock, MI

Cake: Cakes by Stephanie

Music: DJ Andrew

Photographer: Courtney Carolyn Photography