I feel like every time I blog a wedding, I end up sharing more and more images. I just have a hard time not picking images from every part of the day. And even though this post is HUGE, I actually showed a lot of restraint, I promise! Sarah and AJ chose one of our favorite venues, The Colony Club, and they were actually the first clients we’ve had who used the newly opened 4th floor for their ceremony. I have mentioned my love for this venue before, but please indulge me as I list some more reasons why it’s one of my favorite places…
- It’s absolutely gorgeous inside. Classic ballroom perfection.
- Great location in the heart of Detroit and steps from great places to stop for photos.
- They are constantly making improvements (like the new 4th floor, and the renovations done to the bride and groom prep rooms)
- The staff is extremely courteous and friendly to everyone, even us lowly vendors. (You seriously can tell a LOT about a venue by how they treat the other vendors.)
- They are a 15 drive from home for us. (Big bonus there!)
- We know when we work there that we won’t be shoved in a coat closet (it’s happened!) or seated really far away from the action. The upstairs balcony is a perfect place for us to keep an eye on guests during dinner, so we don’t have to worry about missing any impromptu speeches.
- It’s gorgeous, and everybody there is really, really, nice. Did I already say that? Well, it’s worth repeating!
So, yes, right off the bat, I knew this was going to be a great day. And Sarah & AJ did all the things us wedding photographers love – they picked a great hotel to get ready in (The Westin Book-Cadillac), they did a First Look, and they gave us a good chunk of time to play with before their wedding. They even hired our all-time favorite DJ, Mary Ann Ross. They had a beautiful, elegant wedding without taking things too seriously – there was plenty of room left for fun and spontaneity. They rented a party bus and enjoyed the company of their friends as we made our way around Detroit for photos – and even managed to duck into Cliff Bells for a quick drink. At the reception, guests who wanted to see the bride & groom kiss had to work for it – they were required to sing instead of just clanging on glasses! (See the photo towards the bottom of this post.) Sarah’s sister gave a beautiful speech that was touching and poignant. I’m in love with the photo when she see Sarah for the first time all done up in her gown, and she’s waving back tears. Moments like that make me love my job.
Here are some of our favorite images, enjoy!
Sarah + AJ – look at this amazing day you had! It was our privilege to be there to document it. We loved working with you both and wish you the best! :)