Joel & Katie

Joel & Katie’s wedding was on a picturesque, hot summer day in Southeast Michigan. Both the bridesmaids and groomsmen spent their mornings getting prepared for the wedding festivities at the elegant Dearborn Inn (founded by Henry Ford and designed by Albert Kahn). The boys got breakfast, and the girls drank mimosas, and as soon as you knew it, Joel & Katie were off to have a first look together.

The two saw each other first that below the clocktower at The Henry Ford Museum. Joel wore his dress blues – accompanied by an impressive collection of badges and metals, but Katie stole the show in her elegant beaded dress. And I should say that this was such a beautiful moment to witness between these two: Joel’s face frozen with an ear-to-ear grin, and Katie crying a river of happy tears. After the first look, the soon-to-be-married couple met up with the rest of their bridal party. The ladies helped Katie with her now mascara-stained makeup, while the boys probably teased Joel for being young and in love. From there, we headed off to take wedding party portraits at a park nearby the ceremony site.

The wedding took place at the Church of the Transfiguration in Southfield: a beautiful brick building and an awesome place to be married. The first look helped keep the nerves at bay. My favorite part of the wedding had to be the pronouncement of marriage, when Joel & Katie made their way through a tunnel of swords. Oh, and should I mention the tunnel of bubbles the couple left the church to just minutes after?

If what you’ve read so far sounds like a wonderful way to spend a wedding day, hold on to your knickers. Directly after the ceremony, Joel & Katie took their wedding party (& photographer) to Brome Modern Eatery in Dearborn for some of the best cheeseburgers in the state. As soon as we walked in, Katie was quickly mistaken for a princess by a little girl in the lobby. After burgers, we returned to The Henry Ford Museum for the reception. We weren’t stuck in a boring reception hall or anything. Joel & Katie instead opted to celebrate their marriage under a giant 1939 Douglas DC-3 Airplane. Quite fitting, considering Joel himself is a pilot for the United States Air Force. Dinner was impeccable.

Two families danced the rest of the night away, to the sounds of the Blue Water Kings band. I left soon after the traditional auction for a dance with the bride & groom. Can you guess who won?

I’m so thankful to have worked with Katie & Joel on their engagement and wedding photos. Looking forward to seeing them at more weddings in the near future.

Wedding Venue: Church of the Transfiguration, Southfield
Reception Venue: The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Coordinators: The China Closet
Hair & Makeup: 24 Luxe
Florist: Bellisario
Mid Day Snack: Brome Modern Eatery
Cake: Cantoro Italian Market
Band: Blue Water Kings
Lighting: The Lighting Guy


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