DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS WEDDING PICTURES
Wedding day photography at the Detroit Institute of Arts (known to locals as the DIA) provided by Kellie Saunders and her team of Michigan wedding photographers.
I'd like to introduce one of my all time favorite couples and one of my all time favorite wedding venues! Jenny and Erich have been nothing short of enjoyable and such a pleasure to work with and taking wedding pictures at the Detroit Institute of Arts or DIA was amazing! If I had to pick one word that describes Jenny and Erich best as a couple, the word is genuine! When I first meet my couples to learn about them and their wedding day, I try to ask the hard questions. I want to know what makes them unique. What drew them to each other. Why, out of all the people in the world did these two meet and fall in love? I have heartfelt discussions with most of my couples at the initial meeting and this was no different with Jenny and Erich. But at the end of our meeting, Erich looked a bit uncomfortable. I couldn't help but wonder what was on his mind. I could tell he noticed I felt the energy change in the room. Then he leaned in towards me and said, "Look Kellie, I'm pretty sure we are going to hire you. But I need to make one thing clear. I want to have fun on my wedding day. My motto is more party, less Bull$h!t. Are you going to be able to roll with that?" I couldn't contain my laughter. I immediately fell in love with Jenny and Erich and I knew their wedding day would be outstanding.
Jenny and Erich met in Ann Arbor in the fall of 2013. Both were new in town, Erich moving back from his time in the Navy and Jenny arriving for a job after finishing her psychology training. Wanting to make new friends, they joined a young professionals meet-up group. Well, one meet-up was all it took for their love story to begin. Erich tried his best to go deep undercover and ask for Jenny’s number under the guise of joining her trivia team. (It’s only fair to note that he has yet to go to trivia with her). They started dating and soon knew they were headed towards a life together.
In May 2015, Jenny and Erich traveled to what I consider one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence, Italy. During an adventure-packed road trip into the Italian countryside Erich planned a stay at a historic castle overlooking a valley, where they could see the city of Perugia in the distance. As the sun slowly set, Erich asked Jenny to walk with her to the rose garden, where he then proposed.
Their wedding day was just as Erich said it should be, “more party, less Bull$h!t.”. We started the day at the historic Book Cadillac where they prepared for the day with their friends and family. They opted to have a first look, but shortly after they saw each other it began to storm. Jenny and Erich are realists and did not stress over a little thunder and lightening. As luck would have it, they had the most spectacular venue to go to, so we had absolutely no worries. We headed over to the DIA a little earlier than expected and was able to create some beautiful wedding pictures in the museum and had fun while doing it.
The Detroit Institute of Arts is an absolutely beautiful wedding venue! They don’t allow wedding day photos inside of the museum unless couples have their wedding there, so being able to work with Jenny and Erich was a special treat for me. The wedding ceremony was held in the Diego Rivera Court at the DIA. Painted between 1932 and 1933; the court contains a series of twenty-seven fresco panels painted by the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. These frescos are considered Rivera’s most successful work.
Jenny and Erich’s wedding reception was held in the Walter B. Ford Great Hall. It was lovely to photograph such an animated and lively crowd! Their friends and family certainly did not disappoint this wedding photographer! Before the night ended and since it rained so much earlier in the day, Jenny and Erich finished off their time with me by taking a few portraits outside at night. Those are some of my favorite and most authentic images from their wedding day.
Jenny and Erich headed out to the Wild West for a honeymoon adventure at a dude ranch in Jackson Hole! They are currently enjoying their time in Ann Arbor as Erich finishes his MBA. Congratulations to Jenny and Erich! May your life be filled with happiness and smiles!
Ceremony / Reception Venue: The Detroit Institute of Arts
Flowers: Jen House Design
Baker: Sweet Heather Anne
Entertainment / DJ: Dan Nichols
Gown: The Gown Shop Ann Arbor
Transportation: AllStar Transportation
Photo Booth: Photo Booth Plus
Invitations / Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas
Creative wedding photography in Michigan and at the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) by Kellie Saunders and her team of Detroit Michigan wedding photographers. Kellie Saunders is one of the best Metro Detroit Wedding photographers around. She is a professional artistic wedding photographer located in Birmingham, Michigan. Her work has been published both locally and nationally in print and online. Her studio serves the entire metro Detroit area and offers wedding photography at it's best. Each wedding is treated with love, creativity and care not found in larger studios. She has an authentic documentary style and specialized in creating sophisticated and timeless wedding portraits.