Detroit Fowling Warehouse Wedding
August 26th, 2017 was an epic day for me. After being a longtime listener to the Drew and Mike show, dating back to their days on 101 WRIF, I got to talk to my childhood heroes. I was so geeked, even starstruck. I was contributing to a story they were covering and explained the role I played in the story. I mentioned that I was wrapping up a proposal shoot that I photographed in the Guardian Building when they began asking me about the photography business. We bantered back and forth a bit, wrapped up the story, and parted ways. Detroit Fowling Warehouse Wedding Wedding in Hamtramck, Michigan.
Fast forward a few hours. I receive an email from a bride, “Hey! I heard you on Drew and Mike and checked out your website. I love your work! Anyone who is cool enough to listen to them would be perfect to shoot our non-traditional wedding.” What a day! Not only do I get to talk with my favorite radio personalities, I get to photograph a wedding out of it too.
As it turns out, I met with Matt and Autumn in Hamtramck’s Fowling Warehouse. If you haven’t been, you have to go. If you haven’t heard, it is bowling+football+bag toss all in one and it is a lot harder than it seems. It is so much fun. Matt and Autumn’s ceremony and reception was going to take place at the Fowling Warehouse on New Year’s Eve. Guests would be treated to games, gourmet food and handcrafted pizzas, a killer beer selection, dancing, and endless rounds of fowling before they dropped the ball and kicked off 2018. Detroit Fowling Warehouse Wedding wedding on New years Eve.
I can tell you first hand, it was hard to just be a vendor at this wedding. Everyone was having so much fun; I desperately wanted to join in. The fowling lanes were always packed, as well as the dance floor. Joe Cusumano from JAC Entertainment was spinning and mixing various genres of music that was giving me flashbacks and had me rapping behind my camera. If people weren’t fowling or dancing, they were laughing and mingling. It truly was a unique and enjoyable wedding experience for everyone. Check out the Detroit Fowling Warehouse wedding.
As I look back and think about the fun that not only I had, but that Autumn and Matt had as well, it all comes down to two things: they gave themselves enough time on their wedding day to be together and enjoy it. Secondly, they made their wedding exactly theirs. Autumn and Matt did a first look in Detroit prior to the ceremony and spent a total of four hours together before their ceremony. Some of this time was taken up by photos, other time was spent mingling with immediate family before there ceremony. Regardless, it was all time spent making memories together. Lastly, the wedding was perfectly “them.” Matt wore Chucks. They requested to stop at Lafayette Coney Island for a quick coney, a throwback to one of their first dates. They wanted their guests to have fun in a comfortable environment and chose the Fowling Warehouse accordingly. they even picked a wedding photographer, in part, for his mutual love of a radio show!
If there is any advice I can give couples as they plan their wedding, it is be like Autumn and Matt: make it uniquely yours.