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Some brides just aren’t the “flower-bedecked” type of girl; if you find yourself wondering how you can pull off carrying a bunch of flowers without feeling weighed-down or conspicuous, you might enjoy taking a page from this bride and groom’s wedding album — and substituting something else entirely for the flowers. Wedding photographer Stephen DeVries describes this couple as “fun-loving,” and there’s little doubt of that when you see how far they were willing to take their favorite object, a childhood “pinwheel,” for this special day. Pinwheels are everywhere in this celebration: from maids in blue-gray dresses with bright sunburst-yellow “twirlers”, to the groom, his men, and even the minister wearing pinwheel “boutonnieres.” It’s a touch that sets a lighthearted tone for the day from the first moment — an attitude that carries through the rest of the festivities.

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The aisles of the wedding chapel are decked with flowers, but that’s as formal as it gets; the atmosphere is simple and family-centered, the kind of ceremony in which, if a flower girl wants to, she can lie on her stomach to observe the proceedings on stage. (And if the bride and groom feel like dancing up a storm on an outdoor path, they can, too!) Informal daisy-themed centerpieces grace gold-bedecked reception tables; cheese and crackers are set up for cocktail time, just as you’d do it at home. And, as the bride and groom are sent off on their new life by guests holding sparklers, doubtless you’re thinking how this kind of celebration might make your guests feel right at “home,” too. Gather some ideas from this creative couple, and you might just “spin” your way into wedding bliss as well.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).