Do-it-your­self spirit trans­forms a Michi­gan homestead into a pic­turesque wed­ding site.

Country Sampler's Prairie Style - - Kick Off Your Boots -

Aba­gale Kun­caitis and Nick Wyma wanted the kind of old-fash­ioned wed­ding that Amer­i­cans who lived in the coun­try had en­joyed for cen­turies—and they didn’t have to go far to find the per­fect lo­ca­tion!

When Nick asked Aba­gale’s father for his bless­ing to marry his daugh­ter, he was also hop­ing her father would al­low the cou­ple’s wed­ding to take place on the old Amish farm in western Michi­gan where his fu­ture wife and her fam­ily lived.

The 40-acre prop­erty in­cluded a hand-built 100-year-old farm­house, a weath­ered wood barn, a corn­crib and a peace­ful pond.

On a sunny day in June, sim­ple wood benches and a pair of pews borrowed from a lo­cal Amish church were ar­ranged in the meadow fac­ing the pond.

Their wed­ding cer­e­mony used a bi­ble that had been passed down for six gen­er­a­tions. The table dec­o­ra­tions fea­tured can­ning jars filled with flow­ers.

A fire­place man­tel borrowed from the farm­house was set up as an al­tar and dec­o­rated

with sen­ti­men­tal keep­sakes, in­clud­ing dried flow­ers from fam­ily mem­bers’ gar­dens, “re­tired” horse­shoes once worn by the Kun­caitis fam­ily’s Bel­gian horses, and a clear glass vin­tage vase.

The vase was part of a unity cer­e­mony, meant to il­lus­trate the merg­ing of two in­di­vid­u­als in a bond of love. The moth­ers of the bride and groom pre­sented two cups of con­trast­ing col­ored sand to the cou­ple. Nick and Aba­gale then mixed the sand in the vase un­til the colors were com­pletely blended, sym­bol­iz­ing two lives be­ing joined into one in­sep­a­ra­ble union.

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