Sean and Anne had a elegant and timeless wedding at Detroit’s Colony Club and St. Anne de Detroit.
They say that good things come to those who wait. Sean and Anne’s wedding is no exception. I remember receiving the call that they would need to postpone their wedding due to Covid. My heart sank. Not another one, I thought to myself. I was looking forward to their wedding for what already felt like years. I met Sean when I photographed his sister’s wedding and remembered him fondly. I knew Anne from photographing several of her cousin’s weddings and always seeing her at the events. By the time their wedding rolled around, it would practically be a little reunion for me!
Sean and Anne had all of the ingredients for a perfect wedding. Brisk October weather. Colorful leaves. One of Detroit’s nicest hotels, the Shinola Hotel for their prep. The beautiful St. Anne de Detroit for their ceremony. A friends and family-filled wedding reception at Detroit’s Colony Club. But most importantly, they had the right attitude going into the day. It wasn’t about the physical or aesthetic elements of their day that Anne and Sean were looking forward to the most; it was seeing each other, being with each other, and celebrating each other every step of the way. One of the things I loved about their portfolio was all of the moments I caught them laughing. Having fun was clearly their natural state with each other.
Both Sean and Anne got ready at Shinola Hotel before sharing a first look at nearby Parker’s Alley.
I always like to give guys a few shots that make him look like he just walked off of a shoot for cologne or a GQ cover. I would say Sean nailed the look.
Right down the hall from Sean, Anne was also getting ready.
On our way down to the first look, we briefly paused for a stunning shot using some nearby mirrors.
Around the corner from the Shinola Hotel was Sean, patiently waiting to see his bride. As soon as they saw each other, the fun and laughter began.
After their first look in Parker’s Alley, we headed to a few other spots in Detroit, including the Detroit Institute of Art and the Detroit Public Library.
On our walk around the DIA, Becky noticed the colorful trees and suggested we use it as a backdrop. Sometimes, nature does not disappoint.
Soon after arriving at the Detroit Public Library, the bridal party joined us.
Here, I was drawn to the open shade and backlighting as it highlighted the couple.
While we wrapped up shooting in Detroit, guests were slowly trickling into St. Anne de Detroit for the ceremony. I love the stunning architecture of the church. It is one of Detroit’s best (and oldest!)
Because church services are quite formal, it isn’t until the end of the ceremony that the personalities of the couple get to come out a bit. Sean and Anne was a little excited to hear themselves introduced as husband and wife.
After family formals, we had a few extra minutes to photograph in the church. I love creating images that show a harmony between the beauty of the bride and the beauty of the church.
After the ceremony, it was time to continue their wedding at Detroit’s Colony Club.
After guests found their seats, they were ready to celebrate Sean and Anne’s wedding at Detroit’s Colony Club.
As their party raged on upstairs, Sean and Anne stepped outside for a quick end of the night shot.
Video – Unscripted Films
Beauty – Sarah Friends Hair and Nails
Cake – Morning Glory
Flowers – Sean’s Uncle Leif
Dress – The Wedding Shoppe
DJ – Pro DJ Services