Fall weddings are always a little bittersweet for me, largely because it signals that the wedding season is coming to a close pretty soon. As exhausting as weddings can be, they are also an amazing honor to document and be a part of. Weddings are one of the best day of a couples’ lives…and I get to experience that many times over every year. Michelle and Jason had the perfect autumn day when they celebrated their St. Aloysius and State Savings Bank wedding in Detroit last month. The day started off with Michelle getting ready at an AirBnB downtown. Her bridesmaids made the morning relaxed and enjoyable as music and champagne flowed through the room.
After Michelle got dressed, she shared a first look with her dad.
Across the street, Jason was getting ready at the Westin Book Cadillac. I love the decor of the hotel as it serves as a beautiful backdrop for prep photos.
Next, it was time for Jason and Michelle’s first look. They chose to see each other outside of the church where they were about to be married, St Aloysius.
With guests beginning to arrive, we headed inside. The pews were filled with family and friends. It truly felt like a community of loved ones were there, supporting not only the wedding, but the marriage of Jason and Michelle.
Following the ceremony, family joined us at the Detroit Institute of Arts for some formals. The DIA is a classic backdrop of timeless wedding photos.
After the formals were complete, it was time for photos of just Michelle and Jason. I loved how natural and comfortable they were with each other.
On our way to their State Savings Bank wedding reception, we made one last pitstop for a photos at the Z Lot.
Meanwhile, Beautiful Day Planning was busy overseeing the transformation of the State Savings Bank wedding reception. With the help of Luxe Event Linen, Mary Ann Productions, and Encore Event Group, their reception was going to be perfect.
Family members showered Jason and Michelle with kind words, love, and support during toasts.
Jason’s brothers didn’t miss the opportunity to tease him one more time.
After dinner, it was time for dancing. I love the look of the grandiose ballroom at the State Savings Bank.
As the evening wound down, I pulled Michelle and Jason aside for one last photo to mark the end of the night.
The streets were shut down in preparation for the Detroit Free Press Marathon the next day. This provided us with an empty city and a quiet moment to behold.