Elizabeth and Max had all of the ingredients for a perfect day, including celebrating with a Gem Theatre Detroit wedding reception.
Where do I even begin? I recently wrote in an Instagram post about how this year’s wedding season has been the best one to date. Every wedding has gone so smoothly and yielded incredibly beautiful portfolios. Max and Elizabeth’s wedding is no exception. If anything, their wedding set the bar! It was that spectacular and special. Every element of their day seemed like it was designed for awe, inspiration, or an incredible time.
Max greeted us in the lobby area of the Westin Book Cadillac with a smile and a confidence that only a man marrying his best friend could have. Max was helped by Elizabeth’s brother Jonathan while getting ready. As he put on the finishing touches to his tuxedo, some of his friends joined for a few photos.
After Max was done getting ready, we headed over to the stylish Shinola Hotel, where Elizabeth was getting ready with the help of her mom and Max’s sisters. Elizabeth was equally excited for her day to begin and to marry Max. She glowed and filled the room with a warmth that you couldn’t help but feel and share in her excitement. I knew during their prep shots that I was going to capture some beautiful and expressive moments between these two.
I had to laugh a little behind my camera as I saw Elizabeth’s demeanor change from appreciation to pure joy when she went from opening a gift of jewelry to opening her favorite Lions jersey. That is a true fan right there! #onepride
Waiting outside of the hotel was Max and his family. Max was going to share a moment with Elizabeth prior to seeing each other at the altar. We used this as an opportunity to create a few family portraits as well.
Although they didn’t want to see each other prior to walking down the aisle, Max and Elizabeth did want to share their excitement with each other. They decided to do a “first touch” at the Shinola Hotel.
A beautiful 1958 Rolls Royce was waiting to take Elizabeth to Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church. On our way out of the hotel, I couldn’t help but to take this photo in the hallway. I was drawn to the warm copper tones of the hallway and how they matched Elizabeth’s complexion.
Having just said “I do,” Max and Elizabeth were ready to celebrate their Gem Theatre Detroit wedding reception.
Anytime the couple can find time to be alone on their wedding day, I suggest they take it. Renting a classic car is a great opportunity to create those intimate moments…and create some beautiful images in the process. This beautiful Rolls Royce was our mode of transportation for the day, taking us to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library before dropping us off for their Gem Theatre Detroit wedding reception.
As we arrive for Max and Elizabeth’s Gem Theatre Detroit wedding reception, guests were already outside enjoying a cocktail and taking in the sights and sounds of Detroit. We snuck downstairs to photograph a few of the details before guests joined.
As dinner wrapped up, we headed up stairs for a few more pictures before guests joined and the dance floor opened.
There are so many tiny moments that go unnoticed by most; however, these moments add color to the wedding day story, like this moment of Elizabeth reacting to a little snafu during cake cutting. I love it!
Elizabeth’s dance background was on full display as her and Max and effortlessly glided over the dancefloor during their first dance.
It didn’t take long for the dancefloor to be packed after it was opened. It stayed that way all night!
As one final exclamation point on their wedding day, Max and Elizabeth had a sparkler exit with their family and friends.
Planner: Butorac Events
Film: Unscripted Films
Band: Blue Water Kings
Limo: Dream Limousine
Shuttle: Top Notch Party Bus & Limousine
Shuttle: Lavdas Limousines
Rolls Royce: Blue Diamond Limousine Worldwide
Linens: Luxe Event Linen
Venue: Gem Theatre Detroit
Hotel: Shinola Hotel
Hotel: Westin Book Cadillac