Classic Detroit Wedding

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A classic Detroit wedding at the Masonic Temple is elegant and spectacular. It has a striking, dominant presence in the Michigan city skyline and is definitely not your average wedding venue. It can accommodate the desired elegance of an occasion. All that to say, it was just what Liz and Adam wanted for their Michigan wedding venue.

Liz and Adam started their relationship in Chicago. At a going away party for Liz, Adam started a conversation with her boasting about how great it was that his boss brought him for free drinks. Then, he asked Liz who the party was for. That humorous conversation started the spark of a new relationship that turned into a dinner date a few months later. They quickly created something special, finding it easy to be themselves with each other. Making each other laugh is a staple in their daily routine.

Black Tie Classic Detroit Wedding

On the day of the wedding, it felt like race day. You know how little things can remind you of a moment? It could be a smell, the way the light hits trees, the feeling of the air… maybe all of those at once. As a runner, Liz compared her late fall wedding to “perfect race day weather.” The sun was bright and the air was crisp. There was an easy-going, low stress feeling to the getting ready process, complete with little nieces and nephews running around.

Black bridesmaid dresses and Nikes for the bride

Wedding attire was black tie. The wedding party dressed formally, with bridesmaids in full-length black dresses, and groomsmen were in black tuxes. Liz wore an ivory v-neck ball gown with sheer straps, and a sparkling beaded bodice. My favorite detail about what everyone wore has to be the second pair of shoes Liz chose – Nike’s for dancing. The bride’s bouquet combined white and blush roses with large white dahlias and lovely olive leaves for a pop of green. Adam’s Ted Baker tux and ivory bow tie unified his attire with Liz’s ivory dress. An heirloom ring from Liz’s great-grandmother was passed down for the occasion, and a pair of costume earrings from her grandmother were transformed into hair pieces to serve as subtle reminders of generations of love.   

As if stepping up to the starting line, the moments before the ceremony were equally filled with anticipation. It was time. Everything was happening. She shared an emotional walk up the aisle with her father. Both of them just clutched each other, but Liz caught some deep breaths as she moved towards Adam’s huge grin at the other end. From there, the day flowed. It was a blur, with the best moments all wrapped into one. A moment on the rooftop gave Liz and Adam a chance to pause and take it in, just as these photographs do.

Detroit Wedding Photographer

As a photographer, I’m always looking for the right client, and this often means people who align with my vision and trust my style. Liz and I have known each other since high school. This made working together even more natural. She trusted me completely and came open to my ideas. I photographed Liz and Adam for the first time on a warm November day in Chicago. We walked their neighborhood, enjoyed the sunset on Lake Michigan and ended with night time images and city lights. Honestly, it is an engagement session I will never forget, and it made their wedding day experience even better.

Vendor Team : 

Venue : Detroit Masonic Temple | Florals : Viviano’s and Laura Bishop | Dress Shop : Aisle Chic Chicago| Hair  : Alex Carlin | Makeup : Emily Gray | Invitations : Paper Source | Caterer : Thibault Moore Catering | Band : Bluewater Kings Band | Cake : Cornwall Bakery | Tux : Ted Baker | Bridesmaid Dresses : Brideside | Rings : Merry Richards Jewelers Chicago

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