I cannot think of a better way to end last year; Abby and Ian’s gorgeous, winter wedding. All I can say about this one friends is, wow. Love this couple. Loved these locations. Loved the fresh snow. Loved everything about this day. I couldn’t feel more lucky that Abby and my paths crossed a few years back while we were working on a wedding together. This woman is simply a gem and I’m honored that I got to take part in her and Ian’s beautiful day.
They started the day getting ready at the Inn on Ferry Street in Detroit. This was my first visit to the Inn and I certainly hope it’s not my last! Both the inside and out made a beautiful backdrop for the beginning of their day.
You’d think, after all of this time, I wouldn’t be taken aback to how breathtakingly gorgeous my brides are… You’d be wrong. These few moments alone I have with them to take their bridal portraits gets me every. single. time.
Abby and Ian wrote personal vows to one another that they read to themselves right before their first look. It was such a special moment. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE first looks.
Ian’s dad Patrick is a floral designer with Chris Engel’s Greenhouse in Detroit. Can I just say, he created some of the most gorgeous floral arrangements I’ve been honored to photograph! Abby and her bridesmaid’s bouquets were simply stunning.
Before heading to the Gem, we walked over to the Detroit Institute of Arts for a few more shots. (I love shooting at the DIA in the winter!!)
Abby and Ian were married on the main stage of the historic Gem Theatre surrounded by their closest family and friends. It was a beautiful ceremony filled with so much love and laughter.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before heading down to the main ballroom.
I LOVE when my clients put their own special touches to the details of their day. Abby and Ian opted to have wedding pies for their guests from Achatz pies instead of a traditional wedding cake. YUM!
After dinner, we headed back to the main theater to continue the celebration!
The Persuasion Band put on an amazing show as the guests danced the night away!
Congratulations Abby & Ian! Thank you so much for just being YOU! I am honored that you chose me to photograph your day.
Photographers: Shauna Wear & Janell Traicoff
Ceremony & Reception: The Gem Theatre – Detroit, MI
Hair: Allie Pastoria, Tortoise & the Hair Salon – Troy, MI
Makeup: Tammara LoMedico
Flowers: Patrick Fitzgerald of Chris Engel’s Greenhouse – Detroit, MI
Pies: Achatz Pie Company
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein
Entertainment: The Persuasion Band
Wedding Hashtag: #PerfectFitz