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Dearborn Inn Summer Wedding


August 27, 2021


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These high school sweethearts were married on the day of the “floods.” Anyone from South East Michigan knows exactly what I’m talking about because it was a record day for rainfall, and all of Metro Detroit got hit with crazy flooding, destroying many people’s basements, and closing a number of roads making driving to and from locations nearly impossible.

AT&T also had a tower outage, so for me, I lost cell service half way there and had to old school read a map to figure out how to make my way to the venue taking backroads, driving through subdivision since everything was closed. It was a challenge, but for the record I still made it early to the venue!

But back to the wedding! While I successfully made it to the venue in time, it didn’t take long for our timeline to get shifted around. What I always tell my couples is that a timeline is merely a guide for your wedding day, at the end of it, however the day truly unfolds is how we capture it, and we do our best to keep to time. It’s also nothing to get stressed out about, as we try to In this instance the flooding surrounding the venue made it difficult for everyone to get from the hotel to the church located in Detroit. Luckily once we got to the church, everyone got into their places quickly, and even the priest sped things up to get things back on schedule.

The Saint Anne de Detroit Catholic Church is one of my favorite historical churches in Detroit. It has so much character. While the church itself is very dark inside (and side note photographers can’t use flash in most churches like this one!) it is absolutely stunning inside and out, and makes for beautiful timeless photos. When I asked Courtney and Jake what was there favorite part of the day, they said 100% her walking down the aisle! They had been looking forward to that moment for so long.

After the ceremony and family portraits, we headed back to the Dearborn Inn for bridal party portraits. The courtyard at the Dearborn Inn is very unique that makes for beautiful photos.

If you ever get married at the Dearborn Inn, there are a few photos (In my opinion) that you should get! One includes the Dearborn Inn awning out front.

The reception, was absolutely stunning. Say it with Flowers did an amazing job with florals, it was hard to pick just a few photos to share of all the details.

There are always some top line wedding questions I love to ask my couples after their wedding to share with my potential couples.

Here is what Courtney & Jake would love to share about their wedding planning experience:

What has been the best part of planning your wedding?

Doing it together! We enjoyed the tasting and meeting with the DJ the most.

What was the hardest part about planning your wedding?

COVID!!! The pandemic made it incredibly difficult, but we still ended up having a wonderful day despite all of our changes!

What advice would you give other couples about planning their wedding?

Enjoy it! If it’s becoming stressful or starting an argument, take a step back. Compromise and decide what is important to have for each of you.

Did you use any websites or tools to help plan your wedding that you think would be helpful for other brides?

I liked The Knot, and I used Pinterest a lot


Church: St. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church

Venue: The Dearborn Inn

Cake: The Dearborn Inn

Flowers: Say It with Flowers

Hair/Makeup: Team Glam Detroit

Dress: Beckers Bridal

Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

DJ: Mike Staff Productions

Photography: Mallory Tahy Photography

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