Antonio and Jessica’s wedding at The War Memorial was destined to be a beautiful one. From the moment we connected to discuss the details, their wedding incorporated some of my favorite spots in Grosse Pointe, including the Grosse Pointe Academy for their ceremony and The War Memorial for their reception. I have photographed at both venues on numerous occasions, but this was my first time being back to The War Memorial since they renovated.
Prior to the wedding, I spoke at length with Colleen, Jessica’s mom. She was so organized and detailed, I sincerely thought she was a wedding planner or had previously been one. It was clear with her level of detail and thoughtfulness, the day was going to be enjoyable and memorable for everyone involved. A few days before the wedding, I had the opportunity to meet Antonio’s parents. What I thought would be a quick coffee turned into an hour long talk, covering everything from their wedding day to some family history. Having connected with both sets of parents, by the time Jessica and Antontio’s wedding was here, I felt more like a guest than a vendor. The only two people left to meet were the bride and groom themselves!
Having met Antonio and Jessica on their wedding day, it was easy to see why they ended up together: both have a kind heart and friendly demeanor. Jessica was the first to get ready with the help of her mom in the beautiful sunroom at The War Memorial.
Once Jessica was hidden, it was Antonio’s turn to get ready. Sporting his grandfather’s jewelry, he decided to put on hs finishing touches in the library.
Next, it was time for their first look. Both Antonio and Jessica’s demeanor changed from being a bit reserved to joyously expressive once they saw each other.
After spending some time photographing outside of The War Memorial, Jessica and Antonio sat down in the library to share their personal vows.
Next, we visited the newly renovated part of the War Memorial and found it to be beautiful.
Next, it was time for the bridal party to join Jessica and Antonio for a few pictures prior to the ceremony.
We arrived at the Grosse Pointe Academy early, allowing us to take a few more photos before the ceremony.
After the ceremony, we headed back to The War Memorial for the reception. Guests gathered outside and enjoyed the patio and views of beautiful Lake St. Clair.
Once the dinner chimes rang, we knew it was time to head in and get the party started.
As the party continued indoors, Jessica and Antonio snuck outside for one last photo to commemorate their wedding.
Venue: The War Memorial
Venue: Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel
Film: Unscripted Films
Dress: B. Ella Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie
Tuxedo: Modern Groom
Flowers: Flowers by Gabrielle
Hair: Thomas James Salon
Make Up: Christine Azzo
Ceremony Music: Star String Quartet and David Troiano