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Colony club wedding: karla & durell

1.16.18 - weddings by Courtney

Friends and family traveled from all over the country to celebrate with Karla and Durell on their wedding day. They picked Detroit, in the middle of winter, and things couldn't have been more perfect. There were jokes about the cold (and oh was it cold) but looking back what stands out the most about Karla and Durell is the way these two lit up the room with their happiness.
Everything about their day was gorgeous. The guys and ladies each got ready in Airbnb’s which were the perfect vibe for a city wedding. I love "at home" shots and these locations provided just that feeling. A great sense of family and togetherness was felt the moment I walked through the door. The light on the third floor of Karla's place was amazing and she looked absolutely stunning as her sisters and mom helped her into her lace gown. I loved the simplicity of her jewelry and her cathedral veil. She looked like perfection.
Durell looked so sharp in his suit and bow tie but his look was definitely completed after he got his first look at Karla. The smiles on each of their faces during their first look was pure happiness. There is nothing sweeter than a groom busting out in the biggest smile when he first sees his bride and Durell's smile was definitely one of the biggest I've seen. We spent some time in the Aloft building taking photos in the comfort of indoor heat but I can't tell you how excited I was that they were willing to brave the bitter cold for some natural light photos outside. It was the perfect blend of scenery for a downtown winter wedding.
Following that we were off to the Colony Club for their ceremony and reception. Their ceremony was filled with family traditions and a beautiful song sung by Durell's aunt (talk about an amazing voice, wow!). Their choice of decor played off the decorative elements of the building perfectly. White linens, light flowers and touches of gold set such an elegant setting. The cake by Jamboree Cakes & Events was gorgeous with some amazing gold detail work and the flowers by Royalty Linens & Events brought a beautiful touch of nature to the tables. As the dancing began the dance floor was filled with celebration that lasted well into the night.
Congratulations to you both. I am honored to have been able to capture such a beautiful day.

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