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