Getting Ready

We met up in the early afternoon with Katherine and Brian at the Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel. Katherine was getting ready with her girlfriends and Mom. She looks stunning in her handmade dress. The guys were hanging around downstairs in the bar for a bit. When Katherine was ready she came down the beautiful curved staircase in the lobby of the hotel to see Brian for the first look. Everyone looked on and watched the event with great joy.  Before leaving the Westin and heading to the Great Lakes Culinary Center we took off for downtown Detroit.


The goal was then to head downtown and get some pictures before the service. Our first stop was the Detroit Institute of arts. I love the white marble and the staircase. Brian is a member of the UAW because of his culinary work. He is a fantastic chef and knows some people at the UAW-Ford National Program Center downtown. We had access to the rooftop and got some great shots overlooking the city. A storm was rolling in and we had to work quickly. 

I love the fact that they went out into the wind. You can see the clouds rolling in behind them as we worked and then the skies opened up. Everyone hustled to the bus and  made our way back up to the Westin Southfield to get our cars.  We were now off to the Great lakes Culinary Center. Brian being a chef knows the Culinary Center very well. The Center pulled out all the stops for them and was glad to host this event for a friend and colleague. 


Only a few guests were invited to the wedding itself because of space limitations. They got married inside and had a micro wedding with less then people.Katherine walked in and all eyes were on her. They exchanged vows then took a break as guests began to arrive.  I have not seen and hors d’oeuvre spread quite like what we experienced here. The chefs at the culinary center are amazing! Absolutely amazing. They selected handmade treats from around Michigan and prepared them with care. It was without a doubt one of the best tasting hors d’oeuvre selections I’ve ever seen. We did a few family shots then got ready for their grand entrance. 

The Party!

Their entrance, cake cutting and first dance took place upon their introduction to the room.  Later on, toast by the best man and maid of honor and we’re done with great eloquence. Clearly they loved the couple and wanted to share in the celebration. After a splendid dinner, again one done with incredible skill by the staff, the dance floor opened up and the party was on. It was a full moon that night and we managed to coax the couple outside for a few shots in the moonlight. I’m glad we did it. We wrapped up our coverage later as the late night desserts were being served.

We wish them all the best and thanks for letting us be a part of this great celebration. I can’t stress enough how good the food and service was at the ?Great Lakes Culinary Center in Southfield… but then again, what do you expect? Congratulations to both of you and hope to see you again soon.

We can’t wait for our next Great Lakes Culinary Center wedding!  You can also check out a fun wedding an an unusual spot at this link.  Ashley and Randy go married at the National Gallery in London just before Covid-19 and we had a ball!

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First Look & Pre-wedding:  DIA  &  UAW Ford National Programs Center 
Wedding: Great Lakes Culinary Center Southfield
Reception: Great Lakes Culinary Center
Photographer:  Patrick A.