Inspired by Detroit’s Local Landmark, the Illuminated Mural, the team behind this styled session gave a contemporary spin to Detroit’s most romantic and ornate landmarks. Event planner and designer, Meagan McPhail, from Mitten Weddings and Events, collaborated with me to bring a truly dreamy elopement session to life. Our idea for the inspired shoot was to incorporate some of Detroit’s vibrancy to the wedding. I selected Belle Isle and the Z parking lot to create the perfect backdrop and lighting for romantic photos. We looked all over Michigan for the perfect crop top bridal gown and we were thrilled to find out Detroit’s premier bridal shop, Beautiful Bridal With Keasha, has this beautiful long-sleeve lace crop top wedding dress with silk taffeta ball skirt by Reem Acra! Working with Keasha Rigbsy was a dream and it was so fun having her onsite as our stylist for the day! We designed the table-scape around our inspiration: The Illuminated Mural. Light and airy with a pop of water color through the soft shades of pink and tangerine create a sunset look in the city. The splash of water color continued to show throughout the details such as the invitations by Alisa Bobzien, hand-painted tiered cake by Sweet and Savory Bake shop, and table-scape. The flowers by Gerych’s reflect the mural's colors and included peonies, dusty miller, blue thistle, free spirit roses, pink garden roses, blupeurum, succulents and silver dollar eucalyptus. Cali O'Rourke Calligraphy designed gorgeous hand written palm leaf escort cards placed on each table setting. Throughout the entire shoot we had touches of Michigan and Detroit spirit: from the his and her’s Shinola watches to Mawby’s Detroit sparkling wine. Detroit is making its comeback and I absolutely loved working with the local talent!

Venue: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Wedding Planner: Mitten Weddings and Events - Meagan McPhail

Bridal Apparel: Beautiful Bridal With Keasha

Invites & Menus: Alisa Bobzein

Calligraphy: Callie O'Rourke Calligraphy

Chair Decals: Kellie Rankey

Cake: Sweet and Savory Bake Shop

Florist & Rentals: Gerych's

Photography: Shanell Photography

Videography: 97 Films

Watches & Bicycle: Shinola

Hair: B's Makeup Artistry

Makeup: Makeup by Ashley

Wine: L. Mawby

Jeweler: Coughlin Jewelers

Linen: Luxe Event Linen

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