Metro Detroit Weddings - Winter-Spring 2023

Page 1

$3.95, WINTER/SPRING 2023 PRESENTED BY HOUR DETROIT DISPLAY UNTIL JUNE 27, 2023 Harness the beauty of the West in the season’s wildly romantic gowns WILD HEART REAL WEDDINGS More than 30 pages of Beautiful Local Weddings PLUS HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS
1985 West Big Beaver Rd. Ste 100, Troy, MI 48084(248)509-5435 www.diamondsdirect.com
An Iconic City Venue | Expertly Crafted Cuisine Specializing in Multicultural Celebrations Book your wedding or special occasion by calling 1.313.465.8773 1777 Third Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226 mgmgranddetroit.com Excludes Michigan Disassociated Persons. your STORY CELEBRATE
By appointment | 586-574-2233 29214 Hoover Rd., Warren, MI 48093

GET UP AND GO

Breathtaking scenery and unforgettable moments. The paradise of a Northern Michigan wedding is more than inspirational views, a flowerlined path, or sunset stroll on the beach. More than tee times with the guys or endless pampering for the girls. It’s having all those things at your fingertips. You won’t believe it if you haven’t seen it. Get up and go at grandtraverseresort.com/weddings

Owned and Operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
GOLF SPA SHOP DINE CASINO
GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA
GET SOCIAL WITH US: 25766 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067 (1/2 Mile North of I-696) (248)968.3010 www.KramarJewelry.com info@KramarJewelry.com FINANCING NOW AVAILABLE Your Trusted, Local Jeweler Since 1962 Fine Diamond Setting. Expert Jewelry Repair.

Mark Ingram Bride Daffodil sleeveless crepe contoured mermaid gown, price upon request, at Mark Ingram Atelier, New York; 212-319-6778; markingramatelier.com Stetson Deadwood cowboy hat, $173, at Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear, Livonia; 248-476-1262; scottcolburnwestern. com Wrangler Fender Souvenir fringed denim jacket, $189, at wrangler.com Tory Burch Western ankle boot, $458, at Tory Burch, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-458-1307; toryburch.com on

Sareh Nouri Sarah Grace French Alencon lace off-the-shoulder slim flare gown, price upon request and available by special order, and Ariel Taub Chelsea veil, $350, at L’Amour Bridal, Dearborn; 248-308-2733; lamourbridalmi.com Stetson Deadwood cowboy hat, $173, at Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear, Livonia; 248-476-1262; scottcolburnwestern.com Tacori RoyalT

40 double take Perfectly paired cakes 46 wild heart Harness the beauty of the West in the season’s wildly romantic gowns features
this page
the cover
18K yellow gold diamond engagement ring with a cushion diamond bloom, price upon
Jewelry
Collection
request, at Lucido Fine
stores; lucidojewelry.com
con t en t s 10 Metro Detroit Weddings Winter/Spring 2023 64 dream honeymoons Bucketlist destinations for an unforgettable getaway 72 picture perfect A destination wedding flawless from every angle PHOTOGRAPH: MICHELLE CUPPY
cover photo by Michelle Cuppy

IN

EVERY ISSUE

14 letter from the editor 17 announcements

Local weddings and engagements 120 something blue

Say yes to a modern sapphire engagement ring

DETAILS

22 wedcetera

What’s new and now in weddings 25 food

Raise a glass with a chic mobile bar 27 stationery

Drawn to Detroit captures memories one building — and one wedding — at a time 28 planning

Give your gown new life after the wedding day 30 accessories

Bailarose's ballet-inspired line of accessories is perfect for brides-to-be 32 beauty

Travel essentials for a glow on the go 34 floral

Monica Brown brings a unique perspective to floral design 36 trends

Break tradition for an unforgettable wedding day 38 runway

Couture-inspired bridal looks with daring hemlines and sheer fabrics

WEDDINGS

79 real weddings

Find inspiration in these gorgeous local weddings

12 Metro Detroit Weddings 30 34 79
ELLIE
PHOTOGRAPHY (BOTTOM LEFT) AND ERIN
(BOTTOM RIGHT)
PHOTOGRAPHS:
COURTESY OF BAILAROSE (TOP),
FRANCES
SCHMIDT

wanderlust

AFTER YEARS OF STAYING close to home because of the pandemic, this issue we have a serious case of wanderlust. And we’re dreaming big. In our honeymoon feature (page 64), we set our sights on some of the dreamiest destinations to cross off your globetrotting bucket list. Whether you’re craving the serenity of the Maldives, the adventure of Iceland, the rich culture of Croatia, the stunning vistas of New Zealand, the Mediterranean glamour of Mallorca, or the one-of-a-kind wildlife of South Africa, we give you all the details for a perfect getaway.

We’re also giving you a taste of the West with our cover feature (page 46), inspired by the rugged landscapes of Big Sky Country and the undeniable cool of modern cowboy culture — and yes, everyone’s favorite Western family drama, Yellowstone This issue’s fashion shoot showcases some of the season’s most wildly romantic gowns, all perfect for saddling up and riding off into the sunset after your vows have been exchanged.

If your case of wanderlust is as strong as ours, consider taking inspiration from this issue’s Real Wedding (page 72) and chose a

unique destination for your “I Do’s.” Wedding photographer Grace Kalil and her husband, Matthew Werick, knew they wanted a venue that was “photogenic from every angle.” The pair eventually settle on the Ancient Spanish Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux in Miami. Originally built in Spain in 1133 A.D., it was brought to the United States in 1925 and reassembled, stone by stone. The historically rich monastery served as a stunning backdrop for their picture-perfect destination wedding.

If you and your beloved are homebodies rather than world travellers, never fear — our pages are filled with endless inspiration for planning the wedding celebration of your dreams. From a cake feature that’s double the fun (page 40) and Michigan’s most stylish mobile bars (page 25) to stunning florals by M. Dawn Floral (page 34) and Bailarose’s beautiful ballet-inspired accessories (page 30), we hope you find what makes your heart sing in this issue’s pages.

5750 New King Drive, Ste. 100, Troy, MI 48098 248-691-1800 Fax: 248-691-4531 editorial@hourdetroit.com

Volume 21 • Issue 1

PUBLISHER Jason Hosko

EDITOR Rebecca Voigt COPY EDITOR John S. Schultz

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lindsay Richards

SENIOR PRODUCTION ARTIST: Stephanie Daniel JUNIOR ART DIRECTOR Steven Prokuda

CONTRIBUTORS

Gerard + Belevender, Shannon Bishop, Michelle Cuppy, Angela Flynn, Blake Miller, Giuseppa Nadrowski, Jennifer Pickering, Erin Schmidt, Elizabeth Swanson, Gabrielle Yanke

PUBLISHING AND SALES COORDINATOR: Mikala Bart

SENIOR SALES & MARKETING CONTENT CREATOR: Cortney Woody ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES: Cynthia Barnhart, Regan Blissett, Karli Brown, Maya Gossett, Donna Kassab, Lisa LaBelle, Mary Pantely & Associates, Jessica VanDerMaas

IT DIRECTOR Jeremy Leland

DIGITAL DIRECTOR: Nick Britsky

DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER: Matthew Cappo

DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS: Jim Bowser, Marissa Jacklyn, Luanne Lim, Kevin Pell

DIGITAL STRATEGY MANAGER: Travis Fletcher

VIDEO EDITOR: Taylor Lutz

VIDEO PRODUCER: Nicole Toporowski

DIGITAL MEDIA ASSISTANT: Robyn Banks

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR: Jenine Knox

SENIOR PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Jill Berry

PRODUCTION ARTIST: Jonathan Boedecker

ADVERTISING COORDINATORS: Amanda Kozlowski, Haylee Mozug GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Jim Bibart

CIRCULATION MANAGER Riley Meyers

CIRCULATION COORDINATORS David Benvenuto, Laquetta Harris,. Cathy Krajenke, Rachel Moulden, Michele Wold

MARKETING & EVENTS DIRECTOR Jodie Svagr

MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR Jaime Presnail MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS LEAD Asia Jones

COMMUNICATIONS & EVENTS LEAD: Cathleen Francois

MARKETING & EVENTS INTERN: Crystal Baker

MARKETING RESEARCH DIRECTOR: Sofia Shevin

MARKETING RESEARCH COORDINATORS: Georgia Iden, Kristin Mingo

MARKETING RESEARCH SALES COORDINATOR: Alexandra Thompson

MARKETING RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Alyssa Fueri

PRS GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Alexa Dyer

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS Kathie Gorecki

ASSISTANT OFFICE MANAGER Natasha Bajju

SENIOR ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE Andrew Kotzian ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATES Samantha Dick, Austin Schmelzle

in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

Metro Detroit Weddings is a registered trademark of Hour Media.

CEO
PRESIDENT
Metro Detroit Weddings is published by Hour Media POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Metro Detroit Weddings, 5750 New King Drive, Ste. 100, Troy, MI 48098 FOR ADVERTISING INQUIRIES:
SELL METRO DETROIT WEDDINGS MAGAZINES:
© 2023 Hour Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction
DISTRIBUTION Target Distribution, Troy HOUR MEDIA
Stefan Wanczyk |
John Balardo
248-691-1800. TO
248-588-1851 Copyright
letter from the editor 14 Metro Detroit Weddings

TOP NOTCH PARTY BUS & LIMOUSINE

Travel in luxury and comfort on your special day. Enjoy the night without worry and make the night memorable with your family and friends with our professional limousine transportation service.

Top Notch Party Bus & Limousine is Metro-Detroit's premier transportation service company. We pledge to deliver the best in quality and class while ensuring your safety and satisfaction. W hether you are getting married, celebrating a birthday or having a night-out, we are here to transport you to your destination with luxury and comfort.

Call: 248-429-2202

Email: info@topnotchpartybus.com

Website: topnotchpartybus.com

Duke | 102

1 Regan Blissett, Richmond, to Austin Wright, Richmond

An August 2023 wedding is planned.

Photograph by Meggy D Photography

2 Hannah Miller, Rockford, to Riley Weaver, Caledonia

A July 2023 wedding is planned.

Photograph by Kassidy Rhodes

3 Taylor Steel, Lake Orion, to Bret Shrader, Novi

A June 2023 wedding is planned.

Andraya Croft Photography

4 Angela Polmanteer, Kalamazoo, to John Edwards, Detroit

A March 2023 wedding is planned.

Photograph by Emily Kyle Photography

5 Angela Marinich, Yale, to Nick Pantely, Bloomfield Hills

An April 2023 wedding is planned.

Photograph by Kellie Saunders Photography

6 Ashley Busch, Ann Arbor, to Zachary Rondot, Huntington Woods

An August 2023 wedding is planned.

Photograph courtesy of the couple

7 Emily Foust, Novi, to Michael Scudillo, Garfield, N.J.

A September 2023 wedding is planned.

Photograph by Emily Kyle Photography

8 Robin Sanders, Dearborn, to Ryder Del Signore, Bloomfield Hills

A June 2023 wedding is planned.

Photograph by Capture Couture LLC

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 17
engagements announcements
1 5 3 7 2 6 4 8
to see your announcement in Metro Detroit Weddings? Tag
on social media or visit detroitwed.com/submissions for more details! engaged?
Want
@metrodetroitweddingsmag

announcements weddings

1 Maria Anneke, Jakarta, Indonesia, to Jason Tedjasukmana, Birmingham

Married June 14, 2022

Photograph by Chelcie Lou Photography

2 Renee Hartert, Westland, to Jonathan Pernak, Westland

Married April 9, 2022

Photograph by Golden May Media

3 Sara Kauffman, Commerce Township, to Jake Pilarski, Romeo

Married July 16, 2022

Photograph by Onyx and Opal Creative Co.

4 Kristen Ickes, Toledo, Ohio, to Scott Whitfield, Bingham Farms

Married October 23, 2021

Photograph by Kellie Saunders

5 Allison Fisher, Wixom, to Luke Russell, Farmington Hills

Married August 20, 2022

Photograph by Samantha Leigh

6 Angela Bluhm, East China, to Adam Chavez, Farmington Hills

Married September 2, 2022

Photograph by Girl With the Tattoos

7 Alexandria Wessel, Brighton, to Douglas Bemis II, Farwell

Married October 15, 2022

8 Candace Sparkman, Macomb, to Jarred Gilliam, Yale

Photograph by Erika Christine Photography

Married October 22, 2022

1 Want to see your announcement in Metro Detroit Weddings? Tag @metrodetroitweddingsmag on social media or visit detroitwed.com/submissions for more details!

3 married?

2 6 4

18 Metro Detroit Weddings
5
7
Photograph by Miss Lyss Photography 8
Details
wedectera 22 food 25 stationery 27 planning 28 accessories 30 beauty 32 floral 34 trends 36 runway report 38 PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF PETROL VINTAGE winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 21
Petrol Vintage’s fleet of classic rental cars includes “Betty,” a 1984 Mercedes Benz convertible that’s a favorite for weddings.

new and noteworthy

WHAT'S NEXT AND NOW IN THE WORLD OF WEDDINGS

Petrol Vintage

When Amanda and Jackson Austin wed at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in October 2021, they drove off in a 1968 Ford Mustang to their reception at the Guardian Building. As they roared down Woodward, the gown Amanda wore barely fit in the classic car. It was a cinematic start to their life as newlyweds.

“We got so much attention. People were honking on the road and asking, ‘Is this real? Is this a get up?’ The car just demands attention,” Amanda says. “We didn’t think we were doing anything unique. We just knew we had a car that we loved and it was different … and it was ours.”

The retro muscle car, Paris as it’s affectionally known to the couple, was the spark for their recently launched classic automotive rental company, Petrol Vintage.

The couple, who purchased the car specifically for their wedding, “wanted something very specific. Very Americana,” says Amanda, a vintage enthusiast with a love of weddings, history, architecture and the 1960s. “It was hard to find something like that around here, so we just bought it!”

A self-declared “car guy” who grew up in a Ford family, Jackson always knew he wanted this specific auto for his wedding — it was bought before the engagement ring, the couple jokes. “I would always hear stories and see photos of my grandpa and

my uncles racing up and down Woodward with their hot rods,” Jackson says. “So for me, older cars have always had this really cool factor. Sentimental too.”

The classic burgundy coupe isn’t your traditional wedding day accessory — and that’s exactly what Amanda and Jackson loved about it. With its black racing stripes, Magnum 500 wheels, and the growl of the V8 engine, it’s the perfect fit for anyone wanting that iconic American drama.

“Our wedding photographer, [Anastasia Shaydakova of Anastasia Photography], was so in love with this sports car on our wedding day that she was like, can you guys please offer this to my couples because I

know who my couples are and I know they are young and lively and fun, and so she was like, please can you help me,” Amanda says. “She then was like, please find me a beautiful white car … And we found one! It was one of my dream cars, too — a 1984 Mercedes Benz.”

Their wedding photographer suggested they come up with a business name, and on August 1, 2022, Petrol Vintage was officially born.

“It’s been a fast two months and ever since we launched, literally that day, our life flipped … but we are definitely grateful for that,” Jackson says. “A dream of ours is to eventually get a location, so people can come and see the cars. So that they can experience them. All it takes is for people to sit in the car and feel how fun it is.”

Petrol Vintage offers three distinct vehicles in their fleet. Their beloved Mustang, Paris, is available to rent for staging and photography only. Betty, the white convertible Mercedes Benz, is by far the couple’s most popular car, as anyone over the age of 25 can rent and drive it all day. “I got to see a couple pull up to the Shinola Hotel in that car and everyone was out there screaming and clapping for them,” Amanda says. “It was a couple’s getaway car. There was no staging. They were driving off in it and it was so amazing.”

The third is a jaw-dropping 1970s Checker Marathon Taxi Cab. In mint condition and worthy of a museum floor, Ivy, as it’s known, is available for rent, features a spacious backseat, plush velvet cushions, and includes a chauffeur.

With hopes of adding more to their fleet in the future, Amanda says, “Our goal is to stumble upon something that is so unique and almost too good to be true.” Jackson adds, “We want to offer different experiences with each car.”

“We are not looking to do anything people can already get. We are really looking for those niche groups of people that can’t find what they want,” Amanda says. “I just want people to feel like they had this once-in-a-lifetime experience in their dream car.”

For more information, visit petrolvintage.com

details wedCetera 22 Metro Detroit Weddings
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF PETROL VINTAGE AND ANASTASIA PHOTOGRAPHY

Bubbles

Sareh Nouri 2023 CollectionEvening

success first-ever collection, Nouri has launched selection

The collection features timeless Nouri’s shoulder shimmer. season are gowns Nouri’s

After the success of her first-ever eveningwear collection, designer Sareh Nouri has launched yet another stunning selection of soireeready styles. The collection features timeless examples of Nouri’s sophisticated glamour — think dramatic off-theshoulder designs, tuxedoinspired detailing, and liquid sequin shimmer. New this season are gowns featuring Nouri’s breathtaking florals. The Laylee gown (named after one of Nouri’s daughters) features a chic and everclassic structured shift silhouette crafted of a mesmerizing floral organza gazar. Each piece is made to order in Nouri’s design and production studio in New Jersey. Offered in a variety of sizes and colors, Nouri also offers additional customization. For more information, visit sarehnouri.com.

Husband and wife duo Ashley and Austin Lonetz, the photographers and owners behind Diffuse Media, have recently launched your next must-book wedding vendor — Bubbles, the 1977 Volkswagen Transporter Van turned photobooth bus. “Austin and his family worked tirelessly to restore her back to her original glory, including removing countless amounts of rust, sanding down to the bare metal, repairing holes, adding new coats of paint, and completely redoing the interior,” Ashley says. “She has a lot of personality and gets lots of attention wherever she goes.” Packages include unlimited prints, 2-4 hour run times, attendant, props and more. For more information, visit bubblesvwbus.com

Rust Belt Market’s The Green Room

Until recently, Ferndale’s ever-popular Rust Melt Market’s wedding venue did not have a traditional bridal or groom suite to offer its clients. This year that has changed with The Green Room, a beautifully designed space that seats up to eight and evokes a luxurious bygone era. “With a mission to provide sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of event prep and party hype,” the room can be used for changing, hair and make-up, photography, “or even as a private lounge to sip bubbly with the couple’s closest friends.” Rust Belt’s co-owner, Chris Best, a licensed residential builder, was behind the design and building of the space that mixes art nouveau and speakeasy design elements. Luxurious features include finishes in green, brass and stone hues, antique frames, two custom-made doors from Ferndale craftsman, Laprairie Woodworks, diamond-tufted upholstered moss-green plush seating, a custom Detroit Wallpaper foiled wall covering, greenery styled by The Plant House, a custom, 8-foot full-length Hollywood-style lighted and dimmable floor mirror built by Best, a replica antique General Electric mounted fan, a refinished steel and glass 1930s antique single pane window, director’s chair, Marshall mini fridge, speakers and one of our favorite features, Best’s grandmother’s antique settee.

For more information, visit, rustbeltmarket.com

Sugar Honey

From a vintage horse trailer to a micro-business, Sugar Honey is metro Detroit’s beloved mobile macaron purveyor. “We specialize in handcrafted macarons, using as many high-quality, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients as possible,” says owner Victoria Lizabeth. “All macs are gluten-free, and we offer non-dairy options for those with allergy restrictions.” Sugar Honey began in 2021 as a pop-up outside of local businesses, but today the Mac Truck, as Lizabeth calls it, is offered for special events, weddings, late night snacks, bridal showers, and more. Custom macaron towers, favors, and even wedding cakes are also available. For those wanting to add a little more flair, custom signage, florals and décor can be used to tailor fit your style.

For more information, visit sugarhoneytruck.com

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 23 PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF SAREH NOURI, BUBBLES PHOTO BOOTH, SUGAR HONEY

salut on wheels!

Byrdie Bar

FROM OUTDOOR weddings to bridal showers and bachelorette parties, mobile bars are rolling into events all over Michigan. Here, we’ve rounded up seven distinct mobile bars — think vintage horse trailers, revamped campers, custom trailers — each with its own unique design and offerings, and each ready to take your event to the next level.

Byrdie Bar may have that chic vintage look, but don’t be fooled. Owner and founder Kristine Mannino had the luxe trailer custom built into her ideal mobile bar, one that also features a cool back bar with three stools. “I got to decide every inch of her and really bring everything I knew from brick-andmortar bars into mobile form,” Mannino says. “The bar is the number one most visited spot at parties, and far too often people underestimate the importance of high-level cocktail and drink service. That’s where we come in.” A favorite of guests, Byrdie Bar’s Signature Cocktails are a feature in some packages. “They’re made to order with fresh juice, handmade syrups, and a mix of ingredients like herbs, bitters, different rim garnishes, and more to really stand out. Anyone can go to a bar and order a vodka soda, but a Fig

and Honey Margarita — you’re only getting that at Byrdie Bar,” she says. Fun add-ons include items such as yard games, balloon garlands, and a cocktail lounge.

Pricing: From $995 Service area: 50 miles of travel from Berkley is included in the base price, with a $2/mile surcharge beyond that zone. For more information, visit byrdiebar.com.

The Black Barrel Bar

“Our renovated 1971 Airstream Land Yacht mobile bar shed its shiny sheen and traded its camping gear for cocktail glasses in 2019,” says Gwen Vryhof Bultema, owner of The Black Barrel Bar. Known for its sophisticated design, the handsome bar features handcrafted walnut cabinetry, stainless steel appliances as well as a double tab, half barrel keg system and cooler.

“My husband and I are in the hospitality and service industries,” Vryhof Bultema says. “He and I are both passionate about creating space and opportunity for individuals and communities to connect. The Black Barrel Bar allows us to serve and to cultivate relationships with folks from a variety of backgrounds, offering them a unique, fun, and elevated experience where they feel seen and heard and loved.”

Packages include full bar service (think the bar, the bartenders, the glassware, and the alcohol). Bar-only rentals are also available with a licensed and approved caterer or venue to serve.

Pricing: From $4,000 Service area: The Black Barrel Bar serves Grand Rapids and its surrounding areas, with occasional events beyond West Michigan. For more information visit, blackbarrelbar.com

VIA Bar Detroit

Unlike traditional mobile bars, VIA Bar Detroit is transforming the event scene with its retro-luxe 1959 camper that features a fully furnished social lounge for up to six guests, dual service windows, “and the opportunity to partake in spirits of your choice with our unique BYOB concept.”

Founded by Kiya Barden in July 2021, VIA’s rental packages include outside decor risers, four wooden chairs for an outside lounge area, two stainless steel beverage bowls, floral décor and disposable drinkware. Licensed bartenders are available at an additional surcharge. Additional upgrades include VIA’s luxury picnic setup (suitable for up to 12 guests). “I travel abroad quite often and would always see bar carts and unique event details,” Barden says. “I wanted to create something similar, but provide a dual experience — inside with the social lounge, and outside with a modern, picturesque aesthetic.”

Pricing: From $1,100 Service area: Rental packages include 20 miles of travel from downtown Detroit. Long range travel outside of the metro area may also be possible. For more information visit, viabardetroit.com

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 25
RAISE A GLASS AND IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS WITH ONE OF THESE CHIC MOBILE BARS
food detailss
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY
Byrdie Bar

Happy Bar Services

Happy Bar Services offers two charming vintage mobile bars, one of which was converted from a 1978 Champion Horse trailer and the other, a 1967 Pathfinder Camper. “We are one of the first mobile bars in Michigan, launching in 2019 in the West Michigan area,” says Wendy VanWagoner, CEO of Happy Bar Services. In addition to bartending at their mobile bars, Happy Bar Services is also “happy to bartend from the venue or clientprovided bars.” Packages include transportation, set up and take down of the bar, one professional certified bartender, ice, bar tools, cups, cocktail napkins, garnishes, mixers, and juices, as well as assistance in menu planning, an alcohol shopping list, a standard countertop drink menu, and décor add-ons.

Pricing: From $1,300 Services Area: Happy Bar Services operates within a two-hour travel distance from Rockford, with occasional travel beyond its standard service area. For more information, visit happybarservices.com

Sidecar Pony Bar

Since 2015, Sidecar Bartending has provided “everything needed for a full-service bar, including professional bartenders, bar options, mixers, garnishes, glassware, ice, among other offerings,” says owner Kathy Sullivan.

“Our signature cocktails made with fresh squeezed juices and homemade syrups are always a hit at events.” Among her standout offerings is the Sidecar Pony Bar, a vintage 1970 horse trailer that can be used for both indoor and outdoor events thanks to its petite size.

The Pony Bar includes five hours of service, two bartenders, and two taps for beer, wine or cocktails.

Sidecar also offers standard 6-foot bars for regular bar service and the Sidecar Bubbly bar a chic champagne bar.

“When we started there were no other mobile bars in Michigan, and we were one of the first in the Midwest,” Sullivan says. “We have grown so much we are now adding additional mobile bars, kegged cocktails, mixers and Sidecar Bar-in-a-Jar Infusions to our services.”

Pricing: From $300 Service Area: Sidecar serves events in Southeastern Michigan. For more information, visit sidecarbartending.com

The Mini Bar Detroit

Opened in February 2022, The Mini Bar Detroit has taken the area by storm with its sleek black 1977 converted horse trailer. Owners, fiancés, and “built-in bartenders” Jordan Acord and Dani Diehl (who have their own big day set for June 16, 2023!)

spent years in the food and beverage industry before deciding to launch their own venture. “We love to be versatile by accommodating any and all requests. Our clients can have a peace of mind in knowing that we are more than just a bar service,” Diehl says. With the interior featuring enough space for two people to bartend, two lines can be formed when grabbing a drink. “Two lines allow for the initial rush of cocktail hour to be cut in half. All your guests should have a drink in their hand within the first 15 minutes of cocktail hour,” Diehl says. Package extras include offerings such as coffee service, soda service, yard games (think Giant Jenga, cornhole and Connect 4), a luxe champagne shelf, and coming soon, a cocktail lounge.

Pricing: From $800. Packages range from $3 per person to $7 per person based on what experience you are looking for.

Service Area: Metro Detroit and surrounding areas.

For more information, visit minibardetroit.com

Sip Mobile Bar

Founded in 2020, owner Haley Zwerk of Vassarbased Sip Mobile Bar has just launched a more affordable self-pickup and drop-off option. A horse trailer turned sleek white cocktail bar, this brand-new offering — now the face of Sip Mobile Bar — is “the ultimate luxury,” Zwerk says. Features include a beautiful tile backsplash, quartz and butcherblock countertops, two tap CO2 system, and carefully selected fixtures and décor.

“Our high-end finishes and on-trend décor along with our reputation for providing an exceptional

customer experience makes Sip Mobile Bar stand out amongst our competitors,” Zwerk says. Nearly 500 vintage glasses in a variety of colors are also offered as an add-on option. Delivery of Sip Mobile Bar is also available for an additional cost.

Pricing: From $600$800

Service Area: Sip Mobile Bar serves all of Michigan. For more information, visit sipmobilebar.com

26 Metro Detroit Weddings details food
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY
Sip Mobile Bar

drawing memories

DRAWN TO DETROIT ARTIST LEAH CARROLL CAPTURES HISTORY ONE BUILDING — AND NOW, ONE WEDDING — AT A TIME

THREE YEARS AGO, artist Leah Carroll launched Drawn to Detroit, a collection of freehand drawings inspired by the city. A self-taught freehand illustrator and registered art therapist, Carroll unexpectedly began Drawn to Detroit during an assignment for her graduate program in Art Therapy at Wayne State University.

“In my second year of graduate school, our course work included an assignment to create 10 art pieces in our medium of choice. As an elementary art teacher at the time, I did not create much, if at all. I had always enjoyed drawing and decided to try my hand at the Grand Army of the Republic building. I sat at Beacon Park for a few hours while the spring afternoon absolutely flew by,” Carroll says. “Looking back at that drawing, I barely knew what I was doing, I just knew that I loved the process Eight buildings and many hours at my favorite coffee shop later, I completed my assignment!” At the end of her class, Carroll and her peers displayed their work from the semester — an exhibition that would lead to her first commission, The Owen House of The Inn on Ferry Street.

From custom illustrations to original drawings of Detroit’s iconic architecture, Carroll’s work is featured on everything from beautiful prints to magnets, totes, mugs, ornaments and more. “Each drawing is created in real-time, viewing the building,

and/or by a photo taken of the structure in its current state,” Carroll says. “The history and grit of Detroit architecture is what draws me in the most For me, the most historic buildings hold the most memories. Which is what I love about what I do — preserve memories through freehand illustrations.”

In 2020, as her collection of buildings grew, Carroll began offering save-the-dates that featured her original drawings. As more and more wedding-related requests began coming in — and eventually a commission for a full invitation suite with a custom color illustration of the bride’s wedding venue — Drawn to Detroit Wedding became official.

Through Drawn to Detroit Wedding, Carroll offers a full line of wedding stationery, including save-the-dates, guest books, invitations, detail cards, RSVP cards, thank you notes, and of course Carroll’s favorite, custom magnets as wedding favors. In addition, Carroll offers her couples the choice of printing their suites through the female owned-and-operated printing company, The Printed Event.

For Carroll, working with brides goes back to what she finds most fulfilling in her work. “I love being able to help different brides bring their vision to life and ultimately help celebrate a memory in the making,” she says.

For more information, visit drawntodetroit.com

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 27
Artist Leah Carroll’s architectural drawings for Drawn to Detroit are available as save-the-dates, magnets, invitation suites and more.
stationery detailss PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF DRAWN TO DETROIT

well worn

GIVE YOUR GOWN NEW LIFE AFTER YOUR WEDDING DAY

ONCE YOU’VE SAID “I do,” what do you do with your wedding dress after the big day? From donating to repurposing, there are countless ways to honor those glamorous gowns after the wedding.

Donate

There are several options for dress donation. Locally, there’s The Brides Project, a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor. They accept wedding gown donations, as well as veils, shoes, belts, and other accessories. Simply fill out their form online and either ship the dress to their shop or drop it off (they recommend calling ahead before dropping off items). The donation is tax deductible and gives other brides the opportunity to buy the dress of their dreams at an affordable price. Additionally, all purchases benefit the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. “Everybody wins with this,” says Jan Romans, director of The Brides Project. “The bride that donates wins because she’s doing a great thing, the bride that buys wins because she gets a great deal and a great dress, and of course the cancer patients win, and that’s who we really want to help.” thebridesproject.org

Consign

Make some fast cash by selling your dress via consignment shops. Once Again Bridal Shop in Clinton Township offers brides an opportunity to pocket some cash after their big day. “If you enjoyed your dress that much, somebody else would like to enjoy it as well, at a little bit of a lesser price,” says storeowner Patricia Mok. “You also can recover some of your money that you spent on just the dress.” The shop accepts dresses three years old or newer and will determine the reselling cost. Once it sells, they send the bride a check for 50 percent of the selling price. As a bonus, they also sell accessories, bridesmaid dresses, and motherof-the bride dresses on consignment. onceagainbridal.com

Preserve

Not sure what to do with your dress? Or perhaps you’d like to keep it as an heirloom to pass down to a family member?

If so, having the dress professionally cleaned and preserved is an ideal option to ensure its longevity. Janet Davis Cleaners in Royal Oak is one local dry cleaner that can carefully pack away your dress until it’s ready to be worn again.

janetdaviscleaners.com

Repurpose

Sure, there might not be another reason to wear a full bridal gown after the wedding is over, but those yards of satin and lace can be transformed into a new garment. Companies like Unbox the Dress can stitch dresses into keepsake robes, pillows, ornaments, and more. unboxthedress.com

28 Metro Detroit Weddings details planning
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF MIRAGE STUDIO (TOP), JULY PROKOPIV (LEFT) AND YURAKRASIL (INSET)
Michigan's Largest Bridal Event for over 26 years! Sunday January 15th, 2023 12PM to 4PM DOWNLOAD DISCOUNT ADMISSION VOUCHER - LIMITED TIME OFFER JOIN US FOR OUR FEBRUARY 26TH BRIDAL UNIVERSITY EVENT AT FORD FIELD Hurry! will100FIRSTBRIDES receive a GIFT BAG! COMPARE PRICES AND COMPLETE YOUR WEDDING PLANS IN A SINGLE DAY!! The MOST EXHIBITORS - 100's of Local and National Exhibits! The MOST SAVINGS - Save $$$ with Exclusive Show Specials found only at this Huntington Place Show!! The MOST GRAND PRIZES - Over $100,000 in FREE Gifts, Prizes and Special Offers, MORE than any other local Show!!! The Show Every Bride Waits For See More! Save More! Learn More! Seminars by Visit www.cbride.com for details

on pointe

A BALLET-INSPIRED LINE OF ACCESSORIES PERFECT FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

WHEN NATALIE PAUL was just a young g irl, her penchant for sewing began simply. “I’d sew ballet ribbons on my pointe shoes or sew things onto my costumes,” says the former dancer. As the years passed, Paul’s love for both dance and fashion grew, and the native Michigander found herself at the University of Michigan as a dance major. It was there as an underclassman that Paul began designing and fabricating costumes for dancers in various productions, all while teaching herself the nuances of fashion design and marketing.

After graduation, Paul moved to New York City, where her love for fashion blossomed further. But her transition into designing her own pieces didn’t come until a visit in 2007 to a holiday market at Grand Central Terminal. “I didn’t buy anything that day but it really inspired me,” Paul says. She was so inspired, in fact, that she began scouring Manhattan’s garment district for fabrics and trimmings to design her first piece: a headband.

Paul began casually wearing her hair accessories and “people on the subway or on the street would come up to me and ask where I got my headband,” she says. An ad in The New York Times in 2008, though, changed everything. Luxury department store Henri Bendel was looking for up-and-coming designers. After seeing her work, a buyer from Bendel purchased Paul’s entire collection and the line took off.

The ballet-inspired collection of headbands, fascinators, and hair accessories was featured in Teen Vogue and on Gossip Girl

Years later, Paul and her husband moved back to Ann Arbor where she became a Google executive. But her passion for design continued, and soon Bailarose was formed.

“My style is a mix of strong, modern materials but also really graceful,

romantic, and elegant things,” she says of the line of ballet-inspired hair accessories and jewelry. “I mix in vintage pieces with newer fabrics and materials.”

The collection ranges from headbands, hair clips, and fascinators to earrings and statement necklaces. “I’m an explorer, always on the hunt for things for my pieces,” says Paul of sourcing materials for her work from all over the world.

“Every piece has a story behind it, just like any ballet performance.”

To learn more, visit bailarose.com

30 Metro Detroit Weddings details accessories
A dancer models pieces from designer Natalie Paul’s Bailarose (above) and the Bailarose Vintage Crystal Brooch Necklace (left).
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF BAILAROSE

Every guest receives a two-room suite (double the size of a traditional hotel room), complimentary drinks at our manager’s reception and made-to-order breakfast each morning. Featuring over 8,000 square feet of flexible event space, on-site restaurant, in-door pool, 24 hour fitness center, local shuttle, electric vehicle charging stations, outdoor patio with fire pits and more. Contact us today.

850 Tower Drive, Troy MI 48098 248.879.7500 DetroitTroy.EmbassySuites.com EXPERIENCE OUR $15 MILLION DOLLAR REJUVENATION
one of Metro
nicest hotel destinations. From our lavish grand atrium to our unique
venue.
Each
is customized with the
Discover
Detroit’s
terrace
Embassy Suites by Hilton Troy is a venue that won’t disappoint.
event
help from our highly trained and knowledgeable staff, dedicated Event Managers and strong partnerships with some of Metro Detroit’s trendiest wedding vendors. Together we will make your dream wedding become a reality.
details beauty 32 Metro Detroit Weddings From left to right, top to bottom 1. Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment, 1 fl. oz, $85, at sundayriley.com 2. The Lipstick Journey Créme Lipstick in Secure, $22, at thelipstickjourney.com 3. Chloë Sevigny Little Flower Eau de Parfum, 3.4 oz, $225, at Coup D’état, Detroit; 313-782-4480; shopcoupdetat.com 4. CHANEL Baume Essential Multi-Use Glow Stick in Rosée, $45, at CHANEL, Somerset Collection North, Troy; 947-237-3564; chanel.com 5 Noto Fluxus – Multi-Bene Stick, $26, at Coup D’état 6. Noto Lip + Cheek Duo Brush, $25, at Coup D’état 7. Rugged Beauty Vegan and Cruelty-Free Nail Polish in White, $18, at weareruggedbeauty.com 8. Rugged Beauty Vegan and Cruelty-Free Nail Polish in Heartfelt, $18, at weareruggedbeauty.com 9. Noto Bian Stone Facial Tool, $25, at Coup D’état 10. Sparkle Diva Topia Cloud 9 Claw Clip, $28, at Coup D’état 11. The Lipstick Journey Liquid Lipstick in Promise, $22, at thelipstickjourney.com 12. The Lip Bar Four Play Everyday Eyeshadow Palette in Fairy Princess, $11, at The Lip Bar, Detroit; 313-952-5198; thelipbar.com 13. M·A·C Stack Superstack Mega Brush Mascara, $28, at area M·A·C stores; maccosmetics.com 14. Biossance Sunshine Set with included travel case and (not shown) rose oil, mineral sunscreen and vegan lip balm, $79, at biossance.com 15. Cirque Colors Cuticle Oil, $14, at Coup D’état 16. CHANEL N°1 De Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm in Lively Rosewood, $45, at CHANEL
bon voyage TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR A GLOW ON THE GO

Moxi laser is a gentle laser resurfacing treatment that that is ideal for all patients, no matter their age or skin type. Sun damage and other forms of of hyperpigmentation can happen at any age. This has led younger patients to seek improvement for surface-level skin concerns. Others are looking for a touch-up session to prolong laser resurfacing results. Since the laser laser is non-ablative, it effectively resurfaces your skin without the need for an extended recovery period, making it an ideal treatment for everyone. Be Be good to your skin by scheduling a consultation today.

60 West Big Beaver Rd, Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48034 248 220 6760 www.drellen.com www.enveeaesthetics.com

Be good to your skin. You’ll be wearing it for the rest of your life.

floral therapy

MONICA BROWN BRINGS A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE TO FLORAL DESIGN

SINCE 2014, Monica Brown of M. Dawn Floral Design has been providing couples with custom flower arrangements to celebrate their big day. While her company may be just shy of 10 years old, Brown herself is a wellseasoned entrepreneur.

At the age of 12, she started her own nail technician business, influenced by her grandmother who owned a salon and taught at several local cosmetology schools. It wasn’t until several years later

in 2001 that a family wedding ignited her interest in floral design.

Her sister was planning her wedding that year, and their family’s go-to florist was no longer available. Instead of using another vendor, Brown and her sister purchased artificial flowers and created their own arrangements. “It just kind of took off from there,” she says. “Family and friends were calling to have their weddings done, as well.” Thus, Silk Memories by Monica was born.

A friend introduced her to fresh flowers by taking her through a local wholesale shop, and she soon shifted from using “permanent botanicals” to fresh flowers. With this transition, Silk Memories turned into M. Dawn Floral, which officially launched in 2014.

She now provides floral arrangements for around 40 weddings per year. In addition to centerpieces and bouquets, Brown also creates wedding brooms for couples to jump the broomstick. “I have couples give me the colors they’re interested in and sometimes they have an actual theme that we’re working with,” she says. “I love doing them because each one is so unique.”

She may have a creative eye for design, but she also is an accomplished scholar, having a bachelor’s and master’s in social work. Her background in therapy and social work also helps her successfully partner with clients as they plan their big day.

“My expertise with therapy and working with families comes into play a lot when I’m doing consultations,” she says. “I want to calm couples, and I think that’s something too that comes from being a therapist and talking to people in a way that lets them know they can trust you.”

For as much as she helps couples bring their floral vision to life, her business also brings her a sense of peace as well. “Being a therapist and social worker, and having a difficult job in terms of holding people’s emotions and experiences, to be able to take time away from that and do something different such as floral design, it’s kind of my therapy!” Brown says. “That’s one of the things I love about it.”

To learn more, visit mdawnfloral.com

34 Metro Detroit Weddings
details floral
Monica Brown brings an entreprenuerial spirit and creative eye to her floral design company, M. Dawn Floral.

START YOUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER HERE

Dreaming of a private beach ceremony, a beautiful garden gathering, or an intimate affair in an island setting? We've got the picture-perfect location for your special occasion. Our wedding packages are great options for stress-free celebrations of love and include everything you need to get married in Saint Lucia. Planning your destination wedding in Saint Lucia should be anything but stressful! Let your journey begin with a carefree, customizable wedding package at Bay Gardens Resorts. BOOK YOUR WEDDING FOR JANUARY 2023 TO JULY 2024 AND RECEIVE A

COUPLES MASSAGE AND

CANDLELIT

TWO. Say 'YES' to new beginnings with your Bay Gardens Wedding experience and toast to everlasting memories with us.

SAY "I DO" IN THE SAINT LUCIA... MAKE 11 A $ay-(iarde\/fg wEDDING!
Bey Gardens Beach Resort TOLL FREE: 877.620.3200 EMAIL: weddings@baygardensresorts.com WEBSITE: www.baygardensresorts.com
FREE
FREE
DINNER FOR
Visit baygardensresorts.com/weddings to read more and book your Destination Wedding today!

rebel rebel

BREAK TRADITION FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING DAY

IT’S TIME TO BREAK THE RULES

Weddings are steeped in tradition, but the most memorable celebrations step outside of the box in ways both big and small. From making a fashion statement with multiple dresses to asking your adult sibling to serve as ring bearer, some of metro Detroit's top wedding professionals share the unique ways they’ve seen — or would like to see — couples break tradition on their wedding day.

One unique way that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing couples push the envelope on their wedding day is when they include their pets into the day. Whether it be having their fur babies present when they are getting ready, the actual wedding ceremony, some pictures added to their cocktail napkins or even a framed painted pet portrait where the couple snaps some photos. How sweet is it to see a German Shepherd in a tuxedo walk down the aisle with a wood sign around his neck? It’s probably one of my favorite wedding ideas ever!

—Shannon Bishop, Hair Stylist, Shannon Bishop Hair

Two dresses are better than one for sure it adds photographic interest and it’s dress insurance in case something happens to the first. Pick out a fun second dress that you can really move in for the late-night dance floor!

I just love watching couples do it their way all around! Don’t like cake? Don’t have a cake! Don't want bouquets for your bridesmaids? Give them wearable floral instead! Have your grandparents or friends be the flower girls instead of small children. You don’t need to serve the traditional chicken or beef — you can serve tacos for dinner! Wait to take your honeymoon when it makes sense for you, not just because it’s the day after your wedding. Remember this is your day and your time to share with family and friends who you really are as a couple.

I love to see couples breaking away from traditional white weddings and embracing color. You can use color to set your wedding apart and, more importantly, reflect your unique style and personality. Colorful florals or a wardrobe change to a playful outfit for the dance floor are great ways to incorporate color into your celebration.

—Liz Mally, Owner and Lead Designer, Betsy and Bobbie

My favorite way that couples break tradition is opting for a bold, colorful wedding cake on their big day. Even a cake in a solid color can be striking when guests are expecting white.

—Heather Leavitt, Owner, Sweet Heather Anne

36 Metro Detroit Weddings details trends
(RIGHT)
PHOTOGRAPHS:
HEADSHOTS COURTESY OF CONTRIBUTORS; ANDREY
RAYSKIY
(LEFT) AND CAT CARTY BUSWELL
—Blaine Siesser, Photographer, Blaine Siesser Photography

I’d love to see more couples get creative with their seating displays. It’s traditional to see a table of escort cards, which are commonly small folded tents, with the guest’s name and table number. Instead of going this traditional route, I love to see couples creating large displays that may be interactive or oversized. I've designed oversized seating charts that included a life size photo of the couple or a three-piece display that was designed to mimic a passenger boarding schedule because their reception was held in an actual renovated train station. A few interactive seating displays I've designed include a board that had a photo collage of their family and friends that was revealed as guests pulled off small envelopes with their names and seating cards inside of them. Another one was for a foodie couple whose event planner partnered with me to set up a display with painted cast iron skillets and applied custom labels to each of them with the guests’ names and tables along with a sign that read, “What's Cookin' Good Lookin” — so fun, right?! All of these non-traditional ways of getting guests to their seats provide couples with another area to incorporate their wedding branding into their decor, fun photo opps, and something unique and one-of-a-kind for their guests to experience, all while giving the couple the ability to infuse more of their personality and things they may love to do.

Our favorite trend is couples doing their engagement ring shopping together. There are so many engagement ring options beyond what is considered traditional and everyone has their own lifestyle, personal style, and story to tell through their jewelry and in planning their wedding. Getting married is a big life decision and it's exciting to see both partners getting involved in the ring buying process. At Elaine B. Jewelry we are all about relationships, stories and processes. We love hearing about couples’ lives together and designing the perfect ring for them.

—Elaine

I love when couples choose to break the rules and do their own thing. I’ve seen people find fun ways to incorporate their pets, wear pops of color, rock pantsuits instead of dresses, and so much more. Picking one thing that I would like to see is excluding littles as ring bearers and flower people. Too many times I’ve seen littles break down in tears or even throw full tantrums when it’s their turn. Yes, they may have done a fabulous job during rehearsal, but rehearsals aren’t in front of a full room of people they may not know. I saw an IG Reel that was brilliant! A bride had her brothers take those positions and it was everything. They made the guests laugh, had exaggerated movements to a fun, romantic song, and just had a good time. I’d love to see more of that, and if I ever have a wedding, I’m so going that route.

Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows that I always tell my couples “Do You” — which can mean many things and has taken on multiple definitions and presentations over the years. For example, I recently worked with a couple who had very specific things that they didn’t want for their wedding day and some other inclusions that were non-negotiable. At the end of our initial meeting, I told them that what they wanted was an “Un-Wedding,” which we deemed as a celebration of their love and future together with very minimal inclusions built on what is considered wedding protocol. The end result was a wedding ceremony and dinner with their closest family and friends aboard a local yacht, followed the next day by a celebration attended by 200 plus guests that took the place of a traditional reception. The celebration was held at their lakeside home and included a variety of casino tables, personalized casino chips, a snack table featuring Michigan small businesses, custom drink service, an ice cream cart with multiple dipping options, an epic 32-foot grazing and small bites table, lawn games, and lake access. Ultimately, their love was the primary focus. The “Un-Wedding” was a celebration that I hope can set a precedent for more couples to toss protocols to the side and “Do You” when it comes to their weddings.

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 37
Chettara T. Hunter, Photographer and Creative Director, Chettara T. Photography
PHOTOGRAPHS: HEADSHOTS COURTESY OF CONTRIBUTORS; MIRAGE STUDIO(LEFT),ALEX GUKALOV (CENTER) ANDSERHIIBOBYK(RIGHT)
—Ryan Abney, Owner, Ryan Abney Event Design

haute bridal

FROM DARING THE written

FROM DARING HEMLINES TO ROMANTIC SHEER FABRICS, THE SEASON’S COUTURE-INSPIRED BRIDAL LOOKS written by jennifer pickering

Sheer

the rounds in seasons. is for the a pair of shoes, and it can as an for the

Shorter hemlines have been making the rounds in the bridal world for several seasons. This style is perfect for the bride who wants to show off a fantastic pair of shoes, and it can be worn as an option for the reception.

Sheer wedding dresses seem like a more risque choice with their barely-there fabrics, but they are done in such an elegant way with embellishments that they are a couture bridal fantasy.

details runway 38 Metro Detroit Weddings
GALIA LAHAV MARK INGRAM MIRA ZWILLINGER SÉBASTIEN LUKE SAREH NOURI BRIDAL NICOLE + FELICIA THE ATELIER COUTURE BY PROFESSOR JIMMY CHOO

DOUBLE TAKE

Whether the couple cuts it at their reception or saves it for their anniversary, a perfectly paired mini cake creates a big impact

40 Metro Detroit Weddings
Photographed and styled by GERARD +
winter/spring 2023

MILK + HONEY

Inspired by

bakers

Cake and Crybaby Cakes, as well as the squiggle and over-piped cake trend, Milk + Honey's cake pair features varied buttercream piping and tossed sprinkles. Lemon cakes with mixed berry jam, lemon curd, and vanilla bean Swiss meringue buttercream, approximately $700 for pair of cakes, milkandhoneymakes.com

42 Metro Detroit Weddings
fellow Bayou Saint An architectural design with triangular fondant pleats, classic white sugar roses with a runaway vine, and an airbrushed pearl sheen adorn BELLA e DOLCE Cakes’ geometric confections. Lemon rosemary cake with blueberry and raspberry buttercream fillings, $685 two-tier cake and $210 single tier cake, bellaedolcecakes.com
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 43
BELLA E DOLCE CAKES

VENLA'S CAKES

44 Metro Detroit Weddings
Venla’s Cakes created a pair of kitschy, retro cakes inspired by classic cake design and sweetheart style, complete with over-piped buttercream frosting and royal icing dropstyle piping. Lavender blackberry cake and lavender lemon cake with lavender simple syrup, blackberry jam, and vanilla Swiss buttercream, $140 6-inch heart cutting cake and $375 two-tier heart cake, at venlasdetroit.com

SWEET BREE'S

The sculpted rice paper on fondant with a brushing of white pearl luster dust on Sweet Bree’s twin cakes evoke the romance of a veil blowing in a breeze. Champagne cake with fresh raspberry filling and mocha cake with salted caramel filling, starting at $6.50 per serving, ilovesweetbrees.com

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 45

Ines di Santo Amal vertical beaded sheath gown with illusion slit, $9,390, and overskirt, $5,790, at Roma Sposa, Birmingham; 248-723-4300; romasposa.com

Ariat Heritage round toe western boot, $160, at ariat.com

46 Metro Detroit Weddings

WILD HEART

HARNESS THE BEAUTY OF THE WEST IN THE SEASON’S WILDLY ROMANTIC GOWNS

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 47
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Michelle Cuppy STYLING BY Rebecca Voigt HAIR BY S hannon Bishop MAKEUP BY Gabrielle Yanke STYLING ASSISTANT: Jennifer Pickering SHOT ON LOCATION AT Azure Ridge Farm

Mark Ingram Bride Daffodil sleeveless crepe contoured mermaid gown, price upon request, at Mark Ingram Atelier, New York; 212-319-6778; markingramatelier. com Stetson Deadwood cowboy hat, $173, at Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear, Livonia; 248-476-1262; scottcolburnwestern. com Wrangler Fender Souvenir fringed denim jacket, $189, at wrangler.com Tory Burch Western ankle boot, $458, at Tory Burch, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-458-1307; toryburch.com

La Premiere x Inbal Dror Elise gown, $5,000, at L’Amour Bridal, Dearborn; 248-308-2733; lamourbridalmi.com Stetson JW Marshall fedora, $207, at Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear, Livonia; 248-476-1262; scottcolburnwestern.com Ranch Road Boots Presidio short western bootie, $548, at ranchroadboots.com Elaine B. Jewelry Orbit ring with pavé, $900, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry.com.

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 49

Reem Acra Sparkling Sky strapless embroidered couture gown with organza trimmed neckline, price upon request, at Reem Acra; for inquiries contact couture@reemacra.com Wrangler Fender Souvenir fringed denim jacket, $189, at wrangler.com Stetson Lariat cowboy hat, $325, at Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear, Livonia; 248-476-1262; scottcolburnwestern.com Elaine B. Jewelry Looking Glass 2.14 carat salt & pepper diamond ring, $4,000, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry.com

50 Metro Detroit Weddings
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 51

Justin Alexander Signature

satin A-line gown with side cutouts and detachable off-the-shoulder tulle straps, approx. $3,237, at Piera’s Bridal Couture, Shelby Twp.; 586-566-7800; pierasbridal. com Elaine B. Jewelry Mars 1.82-carat VS2 F color lab diamond engagement ring, $6,370, Eclipse ring, $840, Minimalist contour ring with pavé, $1,030, Stardust contour ring, $1,550, X ring with pavé, $830, and Concentric midi ring, $68, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry.com

2023
Tivoli

Chosen Ziva corset gown with hand draped tulle bodice and ruched tulle sleeves, $4,595, at Beloved Bridal, Ann Arbor; 734-834-4696; belovedbridal. com Nocona Belt Co. Ranger belt, $55, at Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear, Livonia; 248-476-1262; scottcolburnwestern.com Elaine B. Jewelry Mars 1.82-carat VS2 F color lab diamond engagement ring, $6,370, Eclipse ring, $840, and Stardust contour ring, $1,550, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry.com

Ines di Santo Amal vertical beaded sheath gown with illusion slit, $9,390, and overskirt, $5,790, at Roma Sposa, Birmingham; 248-723-4300; romasposa.com

2023
Blue Willow by Anne Barge Brookside floral organza fils coupe gown with detachable bows, $2,850, at Sposa Bella Couture, Birmingham; 248-480-4902; sposabellami.com Elaine B. Jewelry Sapphire Statement Elements necklace, $820, and Gemma Lariat necklace, $780, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry. com

Pronovias Nahal floral tulle gown, $2,840, at Bridal Couture, Birmingham; 248-645-0500; bridalcouturemi.com Stetson JW Marshall fedora, $207, at Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear, Livonia; 248-476-1262; scottcolburnwestern.com Elaine B. Jewelry Gemma lariat necklace, $780, You & Me Marquise necklace, $820, and Elements 1.04-carat green tourmaline ring, $690, Eclipse ring, $840, and Stardust contour ring, $1,550, and at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry.com Ariat Encore Rose western boot, $160, at ariat.com

2023

La Perle by Calla Blanche Camden fringed bell sleeve sheath gown with illusion sweetheart neckline, $2,200, at Piera’s Bridal Couture, Shelby Twp.; 586-566-7800; pierasbridal.com Stetson Deadwood cowboy hat, $173, at Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear, Livonia; 248-476-1262; scottcolburnwestern.com Elaine B. Jewelry Elements ring with tourmalated quartz, $690, Concentric stacking ring, $110, and Concentric midi ring, $68, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry.com

58 Metro Detroit Weddings
2023

Sareh Nouri Sarah Grace French

Alencon lace off-the-shoulder slim flare gown, price upon request and available by special order, and Ariel Taub Chelsea veil, $350, at L’Amour Bridal, Dearborn; 248-308-2733; lamourbridalmi.com Stetson Deadwood cowboy hat, $173, at Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear, Livonia; 248-476-1262; scottcolburnwestern.com Elaine B. Jewelry (left hand) Looking Glass 2.14-carat salt & pepper diamond ring, $4,000, Minimalist contour ring with pavé, $1,030, and X ring with pavé, $830, and (right hand) Elements ring with tourmalated quartz, $690, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry.com

winter/spring 2023
winter/spring 2023
Anna Kara Jolene gown with lace balloon sleeves, $2,695, at Beloved Bridal, Ann Arbor; 734-834-4696; belovedbridal.com Elaine B. Jewelry (left hand) Aura 1.48-carat Montana sapphire ring, $3,800, Minimalist contour ring, $440, Eclipse ring, $840, and Starshine contour ring, $800, and (right hand) Squiggle ring, $400, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry.com Ariat Dixon haircalf western boot, $210, at ariat.com.

dream honeymoons

Gone are the days of pina coladas on the beach. In 2023, magical places that marry wholly different cultures with exquisite cuisine and adventures are a must for newlyweds. Here are six that will have you checking destinations off your bucket list.

64 Metro Detroit Weddings
PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF THE BLUE LAGOON
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 65
Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Iceland

With a short six-hour flight from Detroit, it’s not surprising that Iceland has quickly become a top destination for newlyweds. This idyllic country features just the right mix of adventure and romance, not to mention culture and cuisine. Start with two days in Reykjavik, the country’s capital and largest city, where you’ll want to walk or bike Laugarvegur, the city’s main shopping district that’s chockfull of luxury storefronts and boutiques. Be sure to check out the Hallgrímskirkja, a stunning, contemporary church inspired by Icelandic traditions, and at night take a tour to see the Northern Lights from downtown. After a long day touring the city, lay your head at Reykjavik Edition. This luxury hotel is centrally located to everything in Reykjavik and boasts a modern aesthetic with a Nordic twist.

Then it’s time to hit the road for three to four days popping in and out of towns via Ring Road. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular and picturesque attractions and can best be seen with a stay at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon. The backdrop of the black lava on Reykjanes Peninsula coupled with the cobalt blue steaming water makes the trip Instagramworthy. Along the drive on Ring Road, adventure awaits with quick hikes to two noteworthy waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. No matter how you see the country — by car, foot, ATV, helicopter, or even horseback — Iceland boasts a plethora of adventure options.

iceland

66 Metro Detroit Weddings
PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF THE BLUE LAGOON

Mallorca

Couples who crave a bit of sand and sun but with a dose of rich culture and history, too, will want to add Mallorca to their honeymoon list. As one of Spain’s Balearic islands, Mallorca offers crystal clear blue water with the stunning backdrop of boat-lined marinas, limestone mountains,

and beautiful villas dotting the white sand shoreline. What it lacks in the quietness you might find on a Caribbean island, it makes up for in its Spanish architecture, wineries, and impressive upscale Mediterranean cuisine. Mallorca truly offers a little bit of everything, from charming mountain villages with quaint

cafes and shops to dynamic nightlife. One day touring Palma is a must with its Mallorcan fortresses and stunning gothic cathedrals. Stop by the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and 13th-century Santa María Cathedral, both iconic landmarks. A must is lunch or dinner at El Camino, where outstanding tapas and fresh-caught seafood abound. For adventure lovers, Soller offers biking and hiking to the tops of pine-clad mountains high above the turquoise blue ocean. But a visit to Mallorca wouldn’t be complete without getting out on the water. Seeing the island by boat allows you to take in the scenery that would otherwise be missed sitting on the beach.

There are plenty of accommodations to choose from in Mallorca, but Belmond’s La Residencia should be on the short list. A brief 45-minute drive from Palma, La Residencia is easily one of Mallorca’s most elegant properties. Nestled in the rocky hillside town of Deia, the hotel consists of several separate dwellings that seamlessly blend together, allowing guests to roam the property as if it’s their own private estate.

mallorca

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 67
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF THE BELMOND (BOTTOM), ADOBE STOCK (TOP)

new zealand

New Zealand

Too often New Zealand is overlooked for nearby Australia. But it should be the top of honeymooners’ lists with its stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains against rolling farmlands, abundant adventure options, and amazing wine offerings. Known for its dramatic landscape, which ranges from the subtropical beaches of the North Island to the glaciers and fiords of the Southern Alps, New Zealand has no shortage of adventure. Thrill-seeking couples can try their hand at bungee jumping and heli-fishing one day and lay low the next with a beach hike or game of golf.

To save time, you’ll want to choose between the North and South Island, with both offering a bit more of what couples want on a honeymoon: wine tasting, golf outings, hiking, fishing, ATVing, and more. On the North Island, a stay at Relais & Chateaux property Cape Kidnappers offers the best of New Zealand all in one place. Situated atop a grassy cliff overlooking crystal clear blue water, the property features rustic-inspired accommodations coupled with impeccable cuisine and world-class golf.

The New Zealand landscape is oftentimes best explored off road, so a Can Am tour through rugged terrain or a helicopter tour over the heart of Hawk’s Bay and Kaimanaw Forest Park with expansive views of Mt. Ruapehu’s crater lake is an outstanding way to take in the back country.

One last stop on the trip, though, has to be to Marlborough, the heart of New Zealand’s wine country. This breathtaking landscape is the exact place you’ll want to unwind after all of the adventures on the first leg of the honeymoon.

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF VELODROME COFFEE COMPANY; AARON PETERSON
68 Metro Detroit Weddings
PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF THE FARM AT CAPE KIDNAPPERS

south africa

South Africa

While it does take more than 16 hours to get to South Africa from Detroit, consider the long flight well worth it. South Africa should not only be on couples’ bucket lists, it should be boldfaced and underlined as the ultimate destination. The country features some of the most diverse landscapes in the world, from sandy white beaches where the crystal blue waves of the Atlantic and Indian oceans crash along the rocky moss-covered cliffs to arid deserts and valleys covered in vines.

There’s no shortage of things to do here, which means the country checks off all the boxes for all types of travelers, from foodies and adventure lovers to culture

buffs and fashionistas. Pepper in a couple of days in Johannesburg to start. The capital city is considered the heart of the country and is chockfull of museums such as the Apartheid Museum, which provides an important look into the country’s apartheid history.

Then head via plane two hours to Cape Town where the honeymoon really begins. South Africa’s wildlife is not to be missed, and the best way to see it is by booking a trip with luxury travel operator &Beyond. &Beyond runs KwaZulu-Natal’s Phinda Private Game Reserve, which features seven rich ecosystems, including a sand forest, savannahs, wetlands, and mountain bush. Elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards,

and buffalos are all living freely, and &Beyond brings you up close to all of them with their luxury accommodations coupled with tours throughout the countryside and reserves.

There’s so much to see and do in South Africa, but be sure to take time to visit some of its wineries as they’re some of the best in the world. Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, also known as Cape Winelands, is a 45-minute drive from Cape Town and well worth the trek. It features hundreds of wineries with tasting rooms, restaurants, and day spas perfect for making honeymoon memories.

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 69
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF &BEYOND

croatia

Croatia

Twenty years ago, Croatia may not have made the top 50 honeymoon destinations. Today, though, this historic European country has become immensely popular with its gorgeous coastal cities along the Adriatic Sea, world-class dining options, rich history for culture buffs, and idyllic pastoral landscapes.

A visit to the country would not be

complete without staying a few nights in the capital city of Dubrovnik, which means “pearl of the Adriatic” and it more than lives up to its name. This coastal city is one of the Mediterranean’s top destinations (so it may not be the best option during the summer when it’s booming with tourists) for good reason: it’s the perfect coupling of white sand beaches, turquoise blue water, and palm

trees with a rich culture scene and impressive history. One day touring the city should include walking the Walls of Dubrovnik and exploring old town. There, walk through a small “hole” in the ancient city walls to Buza, a bar atop the cliffs overlooking the Adriatic Sea. If possible, get out on the water and see the rich geography and picturesque architecture. Book a stay at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik. This luxury ocean-front hotel feels more like an intimate boutique property on a remote island in the Mediterranean, but it’s also in proximity to the culture, history and nightlife that Dubrovnik offers.

But there’s more to Croatia than Dubrovnik. With more than 1,200 islands and many off-the-radar quaint towns, there’s a plethora of places to see while there. One of the best destinations is Zagreb, a small town boasting impressive arts and architecture, not to mention an array of charming cafes and storefronts.

70 Metro Detroit Weddings PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF SUN GARDENS DUBROVNIK

The Maldives

There’s a reason the Prince and Princess of Wales head to the Maldives for romantic getaways. This wildly private country consisting of approximately 1,200 small coral islands offers the exclusivity and privacy some couples yearn for. If it’s an escape from reality and relaxation you want, the Maldives is the perfect honeymoon spot. With possibly the whitest sand beaches in the world coupled with standalone luxury bungalows over the bluest ocean, there’s no shortage of wow factor here.

Getting out on or in the ocean is a must when exploring the Maldives. Scuba diving or snorkeling three of the country’s most beautiful reefs is the best way to see it all. Bana Reef is one of the most popular reefs and features some of the most exotic and beautiful ocean life in the world.

Colorful Palette Surgeonfish (aka Dory from Finding Dory) and giant squirrelfish swim alongside breathtaking coral that you just can’t find in the U.S.

There’s plenty of luxury accommodations in the Maldives, especially if the privacy of an over-thewater bungalow is on your short list of honeymoon must haves. Kothaifaur Maldives offers the option of a beachfront villa or more than 30 over-the-water accommodations. The modern aesthetic results in a luxurious yet casual vibe where you can indulge in fantastic local cuisine without ever having to leave the property.

the maldives

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 71 PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF KOTHAIFAUR MALDIVES

Picture Perfect

A DESTINATION WEDDING PERFECT FROM EVERY ANGLE

72 Metro Detroit Weddings
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANASTASIA PHOTOGRAPHY AND ANGELICA MANUEL
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 73

Grace Kalil and Matthew Werick embrace on the grounds of their wedding venue, the Ancient Spanish Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux in Miami.

WHEN GRACE KALIL and Matthew Werick got engaged, they already had a list of wedding Do’s and Don’ts. After all, Kalil is a Michiganbased wedding photographer and Werick often works as her second shooter — so they’ve seen it all. “We wanted a destination wedding, something we’d never experienced before at work,” Kalil says. “We were also particular about how the venue would stand out in photos. It had to be photogenic from every angle. We wanted our photographer to be able to snap a picture at any turn and have it look candidly beautiful.”

After scouring venues throughout the United States and Europe, they landed on the Ancient Spanish Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux in Miami. It was originally built in Spain in 1133 A.D. but was bought by famed newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst in 1925. Hearst dismantled and brought the building to the United States, where it was reassembled, stone by stone.

“We are both Catholic — we flew our priest in for the ceremony — and we loved the history of the monastery,” Kalil says. “We visited it twice before our wedding. Both times we sat on a bench, watching the way the light hit the stones and seeing little lizards scurrying beneath our feet. We never wanted to leave.”

Kalil and Werick met through friends in 2019. Their relationship happened to hit just the right timeline so that no relationship milestones were altered by the pandemic. Werick is a biologist but enjoys having a creative outlet; when Grace asked if he wanted to help her shoot weddings, it only brought them closer. In October 2021, Matthew proposed and they started planning their dream wedding, which they celebrated on November 18, 2022.

“We notice that couples complain their wedding was such a whirlwind, that they don’t get a chance to talk to everyone,” Kalil says. “Having a destination wedding weekend allowed us to spend quality time with everyone

74 Metro Detroit Weddings
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 75
VISITED
OUR WEDDING. BOTH
SAT ON A BENCH, WATCHING THE WAY THE LIGHT
THE STONES AND SEEING LITTLE LIZARDS SCURRYING BENEATH OUR FEET.
“WE
IT TWICE BEFORE
TIMES WE
HIT
WE NEVER WANTED TO LEAVE.”
—GRACE KALIL

before the ceremony, so that by the time the wedding day came, we could all just relax and celebrate together.”

The couple crafted a black-tie affair that was truly a guest experience: flambe crepes and a string quartet at cocktail hour, a harpist at dinner. “We didn’t want there to be a lull in the day,” Werick says. “We didn’t want people to be just waiting for cocktails and dancing.” Kalil adds, “I am super romantic, so we added more slow dances than you usually see. We wanted to enjoy every moment.”

It was important that they enjoyed each moment of their wedding day together, as a couple. “We see so many weddings where the bride and groom are separated until the ceremony, but that’s what the bachelor and bachelorette parties are for,” Kalil says. That’s why they decided to do a first look. But instead of wearing her wedding dress, Grace chose a custom morning dress and changed into her gown just before the ceremony to maintain an element of surprise.

There to photograph every moment was their photographer, Anastasia Shaydakova of Anastasia Photography, who Kalil spent months searching for on Instagram. “I would scroll for hours,” she says. “I thought it would be difficult to give up the camera and let someone else take the lead, but then I found Anastasia and we just clicked. She’s even inspired me and changed my style as a photographer. Being a wedding photographer helped me plan my wedding, but getting married also helped make me a better photographer.”

Shaydakova’s candid, intimate style of photography is what attracted Grace — and the couple will cherish the images for years to come. “There’s something to be said for documenting the quieter moments of the wedding — those intimate moments that are full of emotion,” Werick says. “Even having a whole wedding weekend, it all goes by so quickly. But it will be so meaningful to have these photos to look back on for the rest of our lives.”

76 Metro Detroit Weddings
The couple's love of light extended to their dreamy engagement session in Ann Arbor.
Your perfect gown is waiting for you! By Appointment Only 248-876-0833 info@joyabendmode.com #ourjoyfamily joyabendmode.com @joyabendmodebridal Bridal Boutique

Weddings

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 79
PHOTOGRAPH: SOVA PORTRAITS
Real Wedding Inspiration from Local Couples
80 Metro Detroit Weddings weddings albums
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 81 ann & thomas Ann Kaniuk, Ray Township, t o T homas Poole, Armada June 19, 2021 WEDDING St. Augustine Catholic Church RECEPTION Private Residence PHOTOGRAPHER Sovaportraits GOWN Heirloom dress and Keepsake Designs SHOES Amazon GROOM Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Kay Jewelers BRIDESMAIDS Azazie HAIR & MAKEUP Absolute Beauty on Location FLOWERS & CENTERPIECES Keepsake Design CATERING Zio Catering CAKE & DESSERTS Family MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Elite Entertainment DECOR & LINEN Knights Tent & Party Rental STATIONERY Vistaprint TRANSPORTATION Dream Limousine

carly & craig

Carly Giles, Livonia, t o Craig Killeen, Westland March 5, 2022

WEDDING & RECEPTION Packard Proving

Grounds PHOTOGRAPHER Adrienne and Amber

Photography PLANNER Tricia Finn GOWN

Casablanca Bridal, Gina’s Bridal Boutique SHOES

IDIFU GROOM Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Orin

Jewelers BRIDESMAIDS Baltic Born HAIR & MAKEUP Bridesmaid Beautiful FLOWERS Mayesh

Detroit, Massey Gould, and Tricia Finn

CENTERPIECES & DECOR Tricia Finn

CATERING Chowhound Gourmet CAKE & DESSERTS The Buttercream Shoppe and family

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT DJND Entertainment

LINEN Your Event Party Rental STATIONERY Minted

weddings albums 82 Metro Detroit Weddings

jill & jonathan

Jill Zientarski, Commerce Township, to Jonathan Berti, Troy December 11, 2021

WEDDING St. Patrick Catholic Church

RECEPTION Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

PHOTOGRAPHER Frankie Photography, LLC

PLANNER Graham Stanton GOWN Essence of Australia, Beloved Bridal SHOES Badgley Mischka GROOM David’s Bridal and Otaa tie RINGS Massoud Jewelers BIDESMAIDS Azazie

HAIR & MAKEUP Configure Beauty Detroit

FLOWERS & CENTERPIECES Graham Stanton CAKE & DESSERTS Holiday Market MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT The Block Party DECOR Modernly Events STATIONERY Etsy and Prints of Love TRANSPORTATION Top Notch Party Bus and Metro Cars For

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 83
more information on Top
and
go to
16!
Notch Party Bus
Metro Cars
pg.

weddings albums

sarah & romano

Sarah Fioritto, Shelby Township, to Romano Sbrocca, Shelby Township June 11, 2022

WEDDING The Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church

RECEPTION The Palazzo Grande

PHOTOGRAPHER The Carters GOWN Atelier Pronovias, Piera’s Bridal SHOES Manolo Blahnik

GROOM Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Michael Agnello Jewelers BRIDESMAIDS Piera’s Bridal HAIR & MAKEUP Houda Hourani FLOWERS, CENTERPIECES, DECOR & LINEN Bellisario Florist CAKE & DESSERTS Elegance in Sugar and The Palazzo Grande MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT The Fantasia Band STATIONERY A June Event TRANSPORTATION Dream Limousine VIDEOGRAPHER Red Byrd Creative OFFICIANT Bishop Robert Fisher For more information on

84 Metro Detroit Weddings
Piera’s Bridal go to pg. 11!
Affordable Flowers Beautiful 33289 Woodward Ave. Birmingham 248-644-2244 AffordableFlowerShops.com

cheyenne & trevor

Cheyenne Hawthorne, Livonia, to Trevor Page, Northville

WEDDING & RECEPTION Meadow Brook Hall PHOTOGRAPHER Mallory Tahy Photography PLANNER Meriwether Social GOWN Vagabond, Lovely Bride SHOES Christian Louboutin GROOM The Black Tux RINGS Larson Jewelry of Novi HAIR & MAKEUP The Shampagne Room FLOWERS & CENTERPIECES Love Story Events CAKE & DESSERTS Sorellas Bakery MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT The Cabin Guyz DECOR Handwritten by Hawthorne signs STATIONERY All She Wrote TRANSPORTATION Rockstarz Limousine For more information on Meadow Brook Hall

86 Metro Detroit Weddings weddings albums
go to pg. 78!
weekendcomeback.com info@weekendcomeback.com (734)718-7716 Premiere Wedding Band serving the Great Lakes area Ceremony Cocktail Hour Reception Customized Song Selection MC Services We'll Keep You Dancing All Night Long BEST CATERER MULTI-YEAR WINNER SC D An extraordinary event deserves an elegant catered meal. Let our award-winning catering staff make your special day that much brighter! MARKET FRESH AWARD-WINNING Catering CLINTON TWP., 586.263.7870 | SHELBY TWP., 586.786.9230 | VINCEANDJOES.COM

weddings albums

sarah & nicholas

88 Metro Detroit Weddings
Bakery
ENTERTAINMENT Mainstreet
STATIONERY
For more
go
pg.
Sarah George, Berkley , t o Nicholas Ludka, Berkley July 9, 2022 WEDDING National Shrine of the Little Flower RECEPTION Red Run Golf Club PHOTOGRAPHER Ellie Frances Photography GOWN Alyssa Kristin, Beloved Bridal SHOES Badgley Mischka GROOM The Tux Shop on Woodward RINGS Rolf’s Jewelry BRIDESMAIDS Azazie and David’s Bridal HAIR Kirstyn Yaniello, Figo Salon MAKEUP Zemona Atto, Studio Z FLOWERS & CENTERPIECES Viviano Flower Shop CAKE & DESSERTS Crispelli’s
MUSIC &
Soul DECOR Angela Bonello and Ashley Neumann
Minted VIDEOGRAPHER TriFoot Productions
information on Viviano Flower Shop
to
89!
Hard Cider Company 1-2 Horizontal - MDW 2023.indd 1 12/1/22 12:26 PM
Blake's
weddings albums paige & zach Paige Young, Troy, t o Zach Carr, Brighton September 25, 2021 WEDDING & RECEPTION Packard Proving Grounds PHOTOGRAPHER Frankie Photography, LLC GOWN The Wedding Shoppe SHOES Badgley Mischka GROOM Brighton Tux Shop RINGS Cooper and Binkley Jewelers BRIDESMAIDS Show Me Your Mumu HAIR & MAKEUP Team Glam Detroit FLOWERS Twigs and Branches CATERING Lafeyette CAKE & DESSERTS Family MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Bee Entertainment DECOR Twigs and Branches, and Bride LINEN Luxe Events STATIONERY Bride VIDEOGRAPHER Retracted Film For more information on TheShoppeWedding go to pg. 113!
A BOUTIQUE LASER EXPERIENCE FOR THE BRIDE TO BE BRIDAL PACKAGES LASER HAIR REMOVAL + LASER FACIALS STARTING AT $45/MONTH SCAN TO BOOK YOUR FREE CONSULTATION PLUSHLASER.COM 248.535.7716 DETROITWED.COM
92 Metro Detroit Weddings weddings albums
Katelyn
Rochester Hills, t o Colby
Rochester Hills August 6, 2021 WEDDING Kirk in the Hills RECEPTION The Fountains PHOTOGRAPHER Copper Twig Collective GOWN BHLDN SHOES Seychelles GROOM Kenneth Cole, Brooks Brothers, and Aldo RINGS & JEWELRY Astrein’s Creative Jewelers, FiEMMA, Tiffany & Co., and Shinola BRIDESMAIDS Azazie HAIR & MAKEUP Mackenzea Landis, Salon and Co. FLOWERS Willa Rose Floral CAKE & DESSERTS Pete’s Oven Bakery MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT DJ Crashers
katelyn & colby
Shields,
Haan,
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 93

adrienne & elizondo

Adrienne Marrissa Gomez, Waterford, to Elizondo Gonzales, Waterford September 12, 2021

WEDDING & RECEPTION Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club PHOTOGRAPHER Copper Twig Collective GOWN Piera’s Bridal SHOES Village Shoe Inn GROOM Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Jared The Galleria of Jewelry BRIDESMAIDS David’s Bridal HAIR & MAKEUP Jazmyn Lopez and Kenia Delgado FLOWERS & CENTERPIECES Yesterday’s Florists & Gifts CAKE & DESSERTS Pammi Cakes MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Russel Cole VIDEOGRAPHER Immersion Culture

For more information on Piera’s Bridal go to pg. 11!

94 Metro Detroit Weddings weddings
albums
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 95
96 Metro Detroit Weddings weddings albums
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 97 elaine & brad Elaine Bageris, Grand Rapids, to Brad Popiel, Livonia May 21, 2022 WEDDING Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church RECEPTION JW Marriott Grand Rapids PHOTOGRAPHER Emily Kyle Photography PLANNER Begin Your Beginning GOWN Sophia Tolli, Jenna In White, and Renee Austin Wedding veil SHOES Bella Belle Shoes GROOM Generation Tux RINGS & JEWELRY Plymouth Jewelry and BHLDN BRIDESMAIDS Azazie HAIR & MAKEUP Salon 297 FLOWERS & CENTERPIECES Shelly’s Designs Florist CAKE & DESSERTS Connie’s Cakes MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT DJ AB DECOR & LINEN Special Occasions West STATIONERY Kelsea Rounds VIDEOGRAPHER Shadow Shine Film

michelle & dylan

Michelle Shember, White Lake, t o D ylan Walsh, Commerce Township June 25, 2022

WEDDING Christ Church Cranbrook RECEPTION Lafayette Grande PHOTOGRAPHER Patty Leonor PLANNER Loren Taylor, LDT Events GOWN Christina Wu, Gina’s Bridal Boutique SHOES Badgley Mischka GROOM The Suit Bar Clothier RINGS & JEWELRY Vrai, Blue Nile BRIDESMAIDS David’s Bridal HAIR & MAKEUP The Makeup Loft FLOWERS Fenner’s Floral CAKE & DESSERTS Cupcakes & Kisses MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Prestige Entertainment STATIONERY Cardinal & Straw TRANSPORTATION Detroit Classic Cars VIDEOGRAPHER 414 Wedding Films

98 Metro Detroit Weddings
weddings albums
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 99
100 Metro Detroit Weddings weddings albums
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 101 paige & cole Paige Pearce, Windsor, Ontario, t o Cole Solta, Windsor, Ontario July 2, 2022 WEDDING & RECEPTION Masonic Temple PHOTOGRAPHER Erin Schmidt Photography PLANNER Posh & Prim GOWN Bella Bridal Windsor SHOES Nina GROOM The Suit Effect BRIDESMAIDS Amsale and Jenny Yoo HAIR & MAKEUP BrieArtistry FLOWERS Parsonage Events CATERING T & M CAKE & DESSERTS Sweet Kathy’s MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Todd Everett Experience STATIONERY Minted
102 Metro Detroit Weddings weddings albums
winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 103 anthony & ben Anthony Hughes, Delaware, Arkansas, t o Ben Sharkey, Detroit May 29, 2022 WEDDING & RECEPTION Sandos Playacar PHOTOGRAPHER Samantha Sutarova ATTIRE Suit Supply SHOES Cole Haan RINGS Metals in Time ATTENDANTS J.Crew and Birdy Grey FLOWERS, CENTERPIECES, CATERING, CAKE, DECOR, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Sandos Playacar STATIONERY Lucky Lady Paper, Etsy TRANSPORTATION Ocean Transfers & Tours FAVORS Colory Tradicion, Etsy

weddings albums

kelsea & adam

Kelsea Barnhart, Commerce Township, to Adam Tandon, Commerce Township

WEDDING & RECEPTION Bay Pointe Golf Club

PHOTOGRAPHER

Hannah Marchien GOWN

The Brides Project SHOES Kate Spade GROOM

Brighton Tux Shop RINGS Lewis Jewelers HAIR Shear Serenity Salon MAKEUP Rosa Alcantara

FLOWERS Sage Green Floral Shop MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Fifty Amp Fuse

104 Metro Detroit Weddings
Planterra is pleased to present the Conservatory as a unique venue for your special occasion. BEST VENUE for A WINTER WEDDING • Space for up to 180 people • Glass European conservatory setting • Award-winning oral display team 248-661-1515 www.PlanterraEvents.com Jill DeVries Photography Alison & Bryan DetWeddings WinterSpring halfpg Paths.indd 1 11/25/22 11:34 AM
106 Metro Detroit Weddings weddings albums zaina & matthew Zaina Javaid, Monroe, t o Matthew Harney, Westwood, Mass. August 14, 2021 WEDDING Private Residence RECEPTION Detroit Athletic Club PHOTOGRAPHER Tec Petaja PLANNER Graham Stanton and Katie Lee GOWN Bunto Kazmi and Kamiar Rokhni SHOES Gucci and Prada GROOM Brooks Brothers RINGS & JEWELRY Tiffany & Co., Vrai & Co., and heirloom and bespoke jewelry made in Pakistan BRIDESMAIDS Sister and Anna Aziz HAIR Simona Vigh MAKEUP Talya Ashford FLOWERS, DECOR & CENTERPIECES Graham Stanton MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT DJ Kelton Higgins LINEN Luxe Event Linen STATIONERY Micah Burgess

Fort Street Presbyterian Church

631 W. Fort St., Detroit | 313-961-4533 | www.fortstreet.org

Welcome to the beautiful, historic facilities of Fort Street Presbyterian Church. All denominations are welcome in this 1849 Victorian and Gothic landmark. Our Gothic revival sanctuary seats up to 1,000 people. With over 20 years of experience, our wedding coordinator is happy to work with you to custom design a wedding that meets your spiritual, aesthetic and emotional needs.

Captured Visuals-1-2H.MDW.Win/Spr23.indd 1 12/6/22 5:43 PM
108 Metro Detroit Weddings weddings albums

julia & nikhil

Julia Roberts, Grand Blanc, to Nikhil Patel, Farmington Hills June 4, 2022

winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 109
WEDDING & RECEPTION Centerpointe Marriott PHOTOGRAPHER Erin Schmidt Photography PLANNER UTSAV Event Planners HAIR Brittney Fraiser MAKEUP B-Aesthetic Cosmetics FLOWERS, DECOR & CENTERPIECES UTSAV Event Planners CATERING Royal Cuisine and Centerpointe Marriott MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT DJ Vic & Sky Entertainment STATIONERY Zola

cara & leo

Cara Podeszwik, Plymouth, t o Leo Kukhar, Staten Island, N.Y. September 23, 2022

WEDDING & RECEPTION Pine Knob Mansion PHOTOGRAPHER Lars Hjelmroth GOWN Eve of Milady, Piera’s Bridal GROOM Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Tapper’s BRIDESMAIDS Bill Levkoff, Studio Bridesmaid HAIR Marissa Gatie, Bianchi’s of Troy MAKEUP Angelina Gojcaj, Bianchi’s of Troy FLOWERS & CENTERPIECES Viviano Flower Shop CAKE & DESSERTS Sweet Eats by Erin and Home Bakery MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Prestige Entertainment STATIONERY Minted

110 Metro Detroit Weddings
albums
weddings
to
For more information on Piera’s Bridal go
pg. 11! For more information on Viviano Flower Shop go to pg. 89!
BAVARIAN INN LODGE • Picturesque Settings • Guest Expectations • Affordable Luxury Scan QR code to see our Weddings website! Where happily ever after begins... WEDDINGS IN FRANKENMUTH   Celebrating God’s Gift of Marriage Fr. Chris Yaw | Wedding Officiant yawwedding.com Fractional 1/4 Vertical - DB - D500 - MDW - HG No Bleed.indd 1 12/1/22 12:20 PM

kaitlin & matthew

Kaitlin Christenson, Sioux Falls, S.D., to Matthew Austin, Rochester August 5, 2022

WEDDING Crouse Chapel RECEPTION Gabriel Farms & Winery PHOTOGRAPHER Shanell Photography PLANNER Brooks Floral & Co. GOWN Pronovias, Luv Bridal SHOES Badgley Mischka GROOM Custom RINGS & JEWELRY Hans Moellers Jewelers rings and PS With Love Jewellery earrings, Etsy HAIR & MAKEUP Vogue Salon FLOWERS & CENTERPIECES Brooks Floral & Co., flowers sourced from Open Sky Organic Flower Farm CATERING Crow’s Nest Catering CAKE & DESSERTS Bride’s sister MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Nick Austin DECOR Vintage LINEN Darlin’ Handmades STATIONERY Maeve Parker VIDEOGRAPHER Nights in Nostalgia MISC. Northern Blessings Alpacas

112 Metro Detroit Weddings weddings albums

THE FACES OF LINGERIE

A customized fit and extraordinary lingerie are the secrets to an exquisitely happy bride. Keeping the tradition alive, Lisa Hardy Hamill and Kim Hickson, granddaughters of Betty Harp, know that what you wear underneath your gown is just as important as the gown itself, and determines your silhouette and comfort — ensuring you’ll look and feel your best on one of the most memorable days of your life.

At Harp’s Lingerie, you’ll be showered with excellent

customer service and fit perfectly for undergarments that will accentuate the loveliness of your wedding gown. Harp’s carries a wide variety of intimate apparel for all your everyday and special occasion needs. Hard-to-fit sizes are their specialty; they carry band sizes from 32-54 and cup sizes from AA-N.

Come in and experience the Harp’s difference! Since 1947, Harp’s Lingerie has been fitting generations of brides. Let them help you shine on your special day.

265
BIRMINGHAM,
48009 | 248-642-2555 | HARPS-LINGERIE.COM
LISA HARDY HAMILL & KIM HICKSON — HARP’S LINGERIE
S. OLD WOODWARD AVE.,
MI
113

rachel & bryan

Rachel Smith, Westland, to Bryan Galczynski, South Lyon August 22, 2021

WEDDING & RECEPTION Greencrest Manor

PHOTOGRAPHER Clary Pfeiffer PLANNER Modern Day Collective GOWN Essense of Australia SHOES Emmy London GROOM Tom James and Karl Lagerfeld RINGS & JEWELRY Ritani and family heirloom BRIDESMAIDS ASOS HAIR Beauty Full Salon MAKEUP Eric Gerson Makeup FLOWERS, CANTERPIECES, DECOR, LINEN & CATERING Modern Day Collective CAKE & DESSERTS Bella e Dolce Cakes MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Preludio Entertainment STATIONERY Blossom and Ivory design and Porridge Papers printing VIDEOGRAPHER Shore & Summit

114 Metro Detroit Weddings
weddings albums

ALESSANDRA BRIDAL Warren • 586-574-2233 alessandrabride.com

BAVARIAN INN LODGE Frankenmuth • 855-652-7200 frankenmuthweddings.com

ANTOINE SALON

Troy • 248-822-8115 antoinesalonoftroy.com

BAVARIAN INN LODGE Frankenmuth • 855-652-7200 frankenmuthweddings.com

248-879-7500

detroitwed.com

Bloomfield Hills drellen.com • enveeaesthetics.com

BLAKE’S ORCHARD Armada • 586-784-5343 blakefarms.com/banquets

FORT STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Detroit • 313-961-4533 fortstreet.org

wedding resource directory winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 115
EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON Troy •
detroittroy.embassysuites.com DR. ELLEN PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY & ENVEE AESTHETICS

THE FACES OF BRIDAL BOUTIQUES

THE WEDDING SHOPPE 2186 COOLIDGE HIGHWAY, BERKLEY, MI 48072 248-541-1988 | THEWEDDINGSHOPPE.NET

The Wedding Shoppe believes finding your wedding dress should be the most memorable experience during your wedding planning. They also understand that finding your wedding dress isn’t easy — which is why they have highly trained bridal stylists to guide you on your journey. You and your guests will celebrate saying “Yes” to your dress in one of The Wedding Shoppe’s nine luxurious bridal suites. With more than 800 wedding dresses to choose from, it’s like visiting four bridal boutiques all at once! In addition to stunning wedding dresses, you’ll also find veils, headpieces, jewelry, belts, jackets, and other accessories to complete your bridal look. Their expert alterations specialists will have your dress fitting like a glove for your big day.

From start to finish, The Wedding Shoppe provides an exceptional bridal experience you’ll never forget. To fi nd your perfect dress, reserve your private bridal suite today.

116

GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA Acme • 231-534-6000 grandtraverseresort.com

HARP’S LINGERIE Birmingham • 248-642-2555 harps-lingerie.com

KRAMAR JEWELRY Royal Oak • 248-968-3010 kramarjewelry.com

LUCIDO

PLANTERRA CONSERVATORY West Bloomfield • 248-661-1591 planterraevents.com

detroitwed.com

THE WEDDING SHOPPE Berkley • 248-541-1988 theweddingshoppe.net

MGM

TOP

wedding resource directory winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 117
FINE JEWELRY Birmingham • Rochester • Sterling Heights 586-997-0011 • lucidojewelry.com
GRAND DETROIT Detroit • 313-465-8773 mgmgranddetroit.com
NOTCH PARTY BUS Troy • 248-429-2202 topnotchpartybus.com

THE FACE OF PERMANENT MAKEUP ART

SALON

2838 W. MAPLE RD., TROY, MI 48084 248-822-8115 | @ERSEILAG

With 18 years of experience in the beauty industry, Erseila Gorani has perfected her passion for permanent makeup. Gorani, of Antoine Salon in Troy, stays up to date with the latest techniques in the evergrowing beauty industry and is an educator, as well.

Trained by masters of the craft of permanent makeup, she has successfully completed 20 training and master classes. Gorani offers lip blush, microblading, powder brows, nanoblading, combo brows, eyelash enhancement tattoo liner, eyebrow permanent makeup removal, eyelash extensions, lash lift and tint, brow lamination.

Her priorities are always safety, comfort, and great results. She takes the utmost care to ensure sanitary precautions are in place, creating a clean and safe environment. To that end, all of the tools she uses are disposable.

For a customized experience, Gorani encourages a free consultation to meet the clients’ expectations and answer any questions they may have.

118
wedding resource directory winter/spring 2023 detroitwed.com 119 VINCE AND JOE’S GOURMET MARKET Shelby Township • 586-786-9230 Clinton Township • 586-263-7870 vinceandjoes.com VIVIANO FLOWER SHOP St. Clair Shores • Shelby • Rochester 866-293-7436 • viviano.com WABEEK CLUB Bloomfield Twp • 248-855-0700 wabeek.com WEEKEND COMEBACK Madison Heights • 734-718-7716 weekendcomeback.com WESTIN BOOK CADILLAC DETROIT Detroit • 313-442-1600 westinbookcadillac.com FR. CHRIS YAW Metro Detroit yawwedding.com ZINGERMAN’S CORNMAN FARMS Dexter • 734-619-8100 zingermanscornmanfarms.com detroitwed.com

shine bright

SAY YES TO A MODERN SAPPHIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

A MODERN, ARCHITECTURAL engagement ring designed to let abundant light shine through the stone, Elaine B. Jewelry’s Oval Aura Ring features a 1.50 carat Madagascar sapphire in a 14k yellow gold bezel setting. This one-of-a-kind, minimalist beauty is the perfect choice for a bride who wants a ring as unique as her.

Oval Aura Ring, $3,990, Starshine Countour Ring, starting at $800, and Stardust Countour Ring, $1,550, at Elaine B. Jewelry, Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry.com

something blue 120 Metro Detroit Weddings
OF ELAINE B. JEWELRY
PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY

FOREVER STARTS HERE

Experience your special moment in the newly reimagined Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Your wedding visions are endless in our refreshed ballrooms and event spaces. Connect with our Wedding Specialists today.

| Kelly.Higgins@Marriott.com |
BOOK CADILLAC DETROIT
Kelly Higgins
313.442.1616 WestinBookCadillac.com 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.