Sometimes you meet a bride and know instantly you’re going to be friends. (Well, lets be honest, that happens most of the time for me). This wedding was special, in that it was a C&B double-header weekend. I already had clients booked for Julie and Lindsey’s date, but she begged me to plan theirs as long as I had a team to tackle the day-of, so I said yes. And I’m so so glad I did – I not only got to get to know this delightful couple, but I got to be blessed by the magic that is my team of people who handled the day-of coordination for this event. There is something really special about the Detroit wedding industry, in my experience – in that everyone is really open-handed and willing to jump in and help each other rather than compete with one another.

They wanted an intimate ceremony in a non-conventional space, while their reception was at the historic Cliff Bells. We searched high and low, and were coming up empty handed (planning a ceremony in prime wedding season only a few months out will do that to you.) Then we reached out to the Detroit Foundation Hotel to see if we could use their private dining room for a minimal ceremony space, and were given the green light! It was such a fun adventure being the first ever ceremony there, and getting to pave the way for hopefully many more to come.

Below is one of my favorite captures of any wedding. That’s Kristin, a dear friend, owner of Detroit Bridal House, and part of my hands-on team for this day. She took the kids out of Julie’s hands for a breather and got them doing the Mannequin challenge. It was really a priceless gift to give Jules some minutes of quiet as she got into her dress, and the kids loved Kristin (as everyone does). Also, MEGA shout out to Erin, our photographer. She’s one of my very favorite humans, she’s SO talented, and was a perfect match for these guys and their unconventional style.

Julie and Lindsey were uniting two families with their marriage; meeting their adorable kids and learning everything about this special union was a perfect reminder of why I am in this business. I love nothing more than seeing a powerful love move mountains.

Lindsey came up with the idea of something fun for their guests to do while they waited during cocktail hour for the grand entrance – a trivia game! We collected “who did what” statements from Julie and Lindsey and left the cards out at every table. It was a huge hit! We also had the pleasure of using Motor City Vintage Rentals to cart them around for some quick photos, and its an experience not to be missed if you’re a fan of classic Detroit motors.

Photography: Erin Schmidt Photography

Venues: Detroit Foundation Hotel, Cliff Bells

Transportation: Motor City Vintage Rentals

Cake: Love and Buttercream

Paper Goods: Invitations by Caitlin

Rentals: Luxe Event Linen

Team: Chelsea (HelloGLDN), Kristin (Detroit Bridal House), Meaghan (Birch Affair)