When Hannah emailed me about her wedding and asked if we could meet up at a local pub to discuss over a beer, I said to myself, “I love this couple!” Down to earth, funny, and looking forward more to the marriage than the wedding, I knew working with Hannah and Ben would be a dream. As we walked away from Ale Mary’s that evening, the details for their Ford Piquette Plant wedding were coming together. Now all we had to do was wait…and wait…and wait.
Like so many couples in 2021, Ben and Hannah’s wedding was originally scheduled for last year. Covid reared its ugly head and forced Ben and Hannah to reschedule. Luckily, they were able to keep everything in tact – the venue, vendors, and even the anticipation – and simply move the date to just a few weeks ago. I say “simply” but let’s be honest, it sucks. Covid has cast a long shadow on the wedding and event industry. However, time and time again, love has trumped Covid as couples continue to commit to each other and celebrate their love and commitment. Surrounded by family and friends, Hannah and Ben celebrated their love at their Ford Piquette Plant wedding.
Ben and Hannah both got ready in one of my favorite Detroit hotels, the Westin Book Cadillac. I love the spaciousness and light that it offers for bride and groom prep shots. Ben was up first, getting ready with the help of his brother and Best Man.
After a quick portrait session, it was Hannah’s turn to get ready. While she finished hair and make up, we photographed her details.
I knew from our first meeting that Hannah was always up for some fun. When I walked in and the girls were about to pop some champagne, my hunch was confirmed: this was going to be a memorable day. Next, it was Hannah’s turn to get ready and later share a first look with her dad.
One both Ben and Hannah were ready, it was time for their first look. They chose one of my favorite locations in Midtown – a colorful archway that adds a pop of life to the photos.
All day, Hannah was smiling, especially when around Ben. You couldn’t help but appreciate their happiness on their wedding day.
As they were sharing their first look, a group of bikers rode by and showered them with congratulations.
After their first look, it was time for some photos.
After they spent some time together, Ben and Hannah were joined by their wedding party on the campus of Wayne State University.
After we were done with the bridal party, we used the beautiful campus for a few more photos with just Ben and Hannah before heading over to their Ford Piquette Plant wedding.
I have so many authentic and genuine moments between Hannah and Ben like this. Always smiling, always loving.
After our shoot at WSU, it was finally time for their Ford Piquette Plant wedding.
Before they could have their ceremony, they needed to sign their ketubah.
Hannah and Ben wrote their own vows, which included insights into their relationship and Ben’s dinosaur puns. (You would have had to have been there. Long story short, it was cute.)
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour prior to dinner.
Continuing with the fun and laughter, the speeches had everyone cracking up…and perhaps even a little embarrassed.
Immediately following their first dance, it was time for the horah! Wes from The Block Party kept the dancefloor packed all night.
When the dance floor was packed, the fun spilled over into the dining area.