12.28.12 – Ann and Darius – Colony Club (Detroit, MI)

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Ann and Darius’ wedding was one of those weddings that surprised me. It’s not that I wasn’t suspecting great things, but let’s be honest: a downtown Detroit wedding at the end of December? Well, let me tell you, it was a fantastic wedding! Overcast skies, cold weather, and all, it was a beautiful day! Even though I haven’t lived in Michigan for a few years now, I should know better. Michigan in the winter is a special place. You just have to live there, or at least have spent your formative years there, to know what I mean. To those who call Michigan home, it’s never been about the weather or the gray skies, it’s about family and friends. Ann and Darius’ wedding reminded me of that. That’s what made their wedding so special. Ann and Darius’ smiles lit up the room, like the sun does to the beaches in California! And the love they have in their hearts for each other, and shared among their close-nit families, warmed the church and ballroom as if it were a wedding on a summer day! Finding the kind of moments I gravitate toward as a documentary photographer was as easy as any of my weddings this year. I thoroughly enjoyed this couple, their families, and this day. Thank you Ann and Darius for allowing me to be a part of your wedding!

You can see these great moments above and below. The day began with the couple and wedding party getting ready at the Westin Book Cadillac in downtown Detroit. I captured a great skyline photo of Detroit from Ann’s hotel room and you can see it, as well as all the highlights, click HERE. The ceremony took place a few blocks away at the historic Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church. Following the ceremony, the reception followed at another iconic location, the Colony Club. If you have never seen either of these buildings, scroll down below to get a glimpse at their incredible and ornate architecture. Ann and Darius’ wedding party got the evening rolling with a lively, high-energy grand entrance. After dinner, the couple displayed their exceptional dance skills during their formal first dance. Ann and Darius obviously motivated their guests, because the dance floor stayed hot the entire night! There was even a tarantella dance for Ann later in the evening, celebrating the Italian heritage of this beautiful bride.

Like I said, I should have known better: it didn’t matter what the weather was like outside…

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2 comments

  1. Ray, your work is stunning. Thank you so much for capturing the spirit of our wedding. The pictures are true testament of the love and joy celebrated that day. I don’t think any other photographer could have understood us and our family as well as you did. Your really “got” us, and we are incredibly grateful to you for doing so.

  2. Ray, I also agree with Ann. You really did understand us and our love of family and celebration and exactly what is important and of value to us. You are perceptive, creative and artistic. It is obvious that you love what you do and you do it very well. I am so pleased that you were part of our celebration. Mille gratzie, The (Italian) mother of the bride!

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