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I can’t say enough about Heather Saunders.  She’s simply amazing.  I truly believe in chemistry with your wedding vendors and as soon as I met Heather in her quaint little Royal Oak, Mich., studio I KNEW she was the ONE.  It was like knowing which wedding dress was THE ONE when you tried it on!  She just FIT! 

She is incredibly talented.  Geniune.  Fun.  And we LOVE LOVE LOVE her.    

Here’s the My Detroit Wedding sneak peek she posted on her bloggity blog.  see more on her blog. They’re prettier there too!

More to come soon.  Thank you HS!  We love them!  <sigh>

My Detrot Wedding Sneak Peek
 Courtesy of Heather Saunders Photography

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I really wanted a romantic and intimate feel to our wedding.  Which meant, I wanted lots and lots of candles…  

For colors… We kept it simple and opted for a black and white scheme with deep burgandy, purple and fuchsia accents.  I knew what I wanted from the very beginning, I just couldn’t find a picture of what I wanted.  I was hoping… I was really hoping it would turn out the way I had imagined in my mind.

When we first walked in the room, I remember thinking it was so beautiful. Really.  Breathtakingly beautful.  But, after that moment when you take it all in, it’s not about the room.  It’s about the people… and then your swept away in all the joy of the evening.   

Well, I’ve been pining to see some pictures of the ballroom before the reception began…  And my DOC Erika had these to share…  Thank you Erika!  See more here

My Black & White Wedding by Candelight

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Want to see something beautiful? Want to see a pair of wedding shoes that will make you green with envy, yet sigh with happiness?  Want to see the most stunning and vibrant wedding pic’s ever?  This is just a glimpse.  You have to see more…

I had to take pause (from basking in my own wedding glory) to share another Detroit wedding with you… Heather Saunders photographed this wedding in July 2009.  Heather’s simply amazing, isn’t she? Ah. I. Love. Her.

Augustina and Michael’s wedding was the first at the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit (most of you know it as the State Theatre) on Woodward Avenue, across from Comerica Park.  

The colors are rich.  The venue ornate.  The bride is breathtaking. The details are just so.  If this doesn’t say old Hollywood glam, I don’t know what does.

Oh, and recognize those shoes

Go see more.
Images courtesy of Heather Saunders Photography

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Curious to know more about the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit?  Look out for my Fillmore Venue Overview post in the coming days! 

Introducing… Amy and Steve

Amy and Steve met, fell in love, and then got engaged in downtown Detroit.   The engagement included an elaborate scheme that had Amy thinking she was having dinner with Tiger’s head coach Jim Leyland.  So, it only made sense when planning their wedding to have it Detroit.  They are both huge supporters of downtown and wanted their friends and family to share in the love and pride they have for a city some people have a not-so-favorable opinion of… They think it’s a big mission accomplished! 

Amy and Steve had their ceremony at the amazingly beautiful Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greektown.  After they said I DO, the couple went back to the place where it all began… an old time Detroit favorite…  Garden Bowl , America’s oldest active bowling alley, which is located inside the Majestic Cafe on Woodward Avenue for some fun shots. 

Before heading to the Roostertail for the reception, Amy and Steve stopped by at their favorite local watering hole, Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub at Woodward and Congress, for some local Michigan MIcrobrews. 

Amy and Steve incorporated the Detroit skyline into their save the dates, wedding invitations and menus which was inspired by the view from the room at the Roostertail.  Giving proper recognition to Detroit’s historical music scene, Amy and Steve asked that only Motown music be played during cocktails and dinner and the bridal party entered the room to Sam Roberts Band’s “Detroit ‘67.”


Real Detroit Wedding: Amy & Steve
Detroit, Michigan

All images belong to The Shooting Gallery.  Amazing, aren’t they?

Here’s a little taste of the next Real Detroit Wedding.  I can’t wait to post this wedding.  I’m loving these images by the Shooting Gallery.   They’re Fun. Happy. Beautiful.   

This wedding will introduce you to some old time Detroit favorites.

Stay. Tuned.  More to come.


This one is called ‘Worth the Wait.’  The bride never settled.  One day she met the guy.  Within a year they were married.  When you know, you know.  And, Julie definitely knows Shannon was worth the wait.  

She hunts, he hunts.  She fishes, he fishes.  She shoots guns, he shoots guns.  She golfs, he golfs.  She golfs better, so I hear!  They’re a perfect pair. 

I know this wedding was a true celebration, because I was lucky enough to be there.   Good people, lots of laughs, dancing, beer pong – YES, BEER PONG, props and all.  And, the groom sang to his bride.  Cool surprise.  Yes, this was a party.

And, more importantly, it was a truly joyful celebration.  Enjoy.

They were married at Clarkston United Methodist Church and had their reception at Bay Point Golf Club in Bloomfield Hills.  All images are courtesy of John F. Martin Photography.

Julie & Shannon
May 2, 2009
Clarkston/Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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This one is called ‘Worth the Wait.’   You’ll all see more this week!

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I don’t know two other people who love Detroit more than Bob and Sara.  So, it’s fitting that they are my first real Detroit wedding couple. 

Bob took Sara to the Tiger’s game on their first date… and about a year or so later, he proposed to her at Comerica Park.  They love the Tiger’s, love the City, and love each other.  They were married downtown and had their reception at the Greektown Casino-Hotel.  What a beautiful celebration!  From an old English “D” ice sculpture and groom’s cake (D, not only represents Detroit, but Bob and Sara’s last initial), to props on the dance floor, they got down in the D!

It was a perfect day and a stellar party.   All images are from J.S Photography.  Here are some of my favorites.  Enjoy.

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May 15, 2009
Detroit, Michigan

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If you’d like to submit your Real Detroit Wedding images, I’d love to post them.  Email me at

Who are getting married in downtown Detroit today!

I can’t wait to take a sneak peak of their Detroit Wedding… and I’ll be sure to post some pics and give you all the details.

Bob and Sara truly love Detroit, which I think is AWESOME!

I’ve never been to a wedding that better-represented the two people getting married than the one I just went to in Phoenix.  It was an honest and true wedding.  It was amazing.

They had their outdoor ceremony and reception at the Farm at South Mountain, which is a beautiful pecan tree farm (in the desert of all places).  Both being from the Midwest, the tranquil and rural-like location was perfect.   The ceremony was simple… their dog was the ring bearer and the bride walked down the aisle to the Princess Bride theme song.  And, at the reception they had a dance-off, flame throwers, a real tool box for the card box, and the bride traded in her tulle veil for a bandana veil.  Oh, and they had a fabulous mix of good-hearted people who truly loved them.  

Their wedding puts it into perspective.  It was a wonderful time!   

I can’t wait to share the pro pictures with you.   For now, here’s a couple of my own.

Carolynn & Greg’s Phoenix Wedding



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Married September 19, 2009

About Me

I love my guy. I love my town. I could have a torrid affair with every cake, cookie and cupcake I come across. I love sharing a good bottle wine with good people! And, I truly enjoy blogging about wedding finds. Which is why...

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When planning my wedding I loved researching and stalking out Metro Detroit venues, vendors and other finds. Now that I'm married, I'd like to turn this blog into a Metro Detroit Wedding resource for all of you. So, change is coming soon!

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