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detroit riverfront wedding: arielle & david

10.6.17 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

This wedding totally blew my mind. I photograph large and extravagant weddings often, but this wedding was on a whole other level. First, because they had over 500 guests and there are very few venues in Detroit with that capacity, they rented private property along the Detroit river and they built, yes BUILT, a temporary venue. And this wasn’t any sort of standard tent... it was metal and glass (or perhaps acrylic?) with drywall, paint, hard floors with carpeting, etc. AND they landscaped around it to add a lovely patio, bushes, mulch, etc. It was big enough to hold their large number of guests first in the ceremony area (with its incredible runway aisle and large hanging lily arrangement), and then in a separate cocktail area (with lavish displays of appetizers including sushi and caviar and a grand hanging balloon arrangement), and finally in a reception area with natural stone cocktail bars, a stage fit for a concert, lounge seating, and gorgeous acrylic tables and chairs. All of it was so tastefully done in my favorite color scheme ever: grey, white, and rose gold.

You might think that a wedding like this would be for a bride who is a total diva, but you would be wrong. Although Arielle has a keen sense of style and knows exactly what she wants, she is such a down-to-earth girl and extremely sweet. And David compliments her well with an equally great personality. They had a large bridal party with 13 on each side, and they too were all super awesome. Arielle and David did their private first look moment in front of the old Train Station, and their bridal party joined in for photos soon after. It was a joy to photograph such a gorgeous couple and their stunning bridal party, with some of my favorite images coming from when we photographed Arielle and David with her parents’ vintage car.

After the off-site photos we headed to their venue for the main parts of their big day. There were constantly impressive displays at every turn, including flower petals that were shot off for their sweet first kiss, a boat that shot water into the air during the cocktail hour, and fireworks later at night. All of their toasts were amazing, and I particularly loved Arielle’s dance with her father because it was to Rent’s Seasons of Love (and I LOVE the musical Rent).

This wedding clearly required a great deal of planning, and kudos goes out to their planner, Melissa Feldman of Vitale Events, who did such an amazing job. And here is the list of their other exquisite vendors...

Flowers by Gerych's Flowers
Invitations by Leah, from Lee's Specialty
Entertainment by Marianne Bennett Orchestra
Cakes by Sweet Heather Anne
Pastries by Momofuku Milk Bar
Video by Visi Productions
Rentals by Event Theory
Catering by Bacco Ristorante
Tent by Regal Tent Productions

We had the hardest time narrowing down the selections to show here on the blog because there are SO many incredible images from this wedding! Congrats to one lucky and very happy couple!!

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