On October 11, my husband and I will celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. Our lives have changed a lot during these past few years. Together, my husband and I have lived in three different houses, we’ve become parents to a sweet, kind and funny little boy. We’ve bought and sold cars, changed jobs, gone on vacations. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our fondness for Detroit, The City of Love.
My husband and I were married at St. Patrick Catholic Church, which is located in the heart of the Cass Corridor, right behind the DSO. We took a gamble on the weather – October in Michigan ranges between 80 degrees and sunny or 40 degrees with a chance of snow. We were lucky. It was a beautiful, 70 degree day in our fair city.
After our wedding, my husband and our
entire wedding party were photographed in our favorite spots around the city. Campus Martius, Foran’s Irish Pub, Old Shillellagh, The Comerica Building, all places of significance to us.
When we were planning our wedding, we visited several venues hoping to find a banquet room that offered a view of the city. When we visited the Pontchartrain Hotel, now called the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, we knew we had found the perfect spot. Their banquet room, called ‘The Top of the Pontch’ is located on the top floor of the hotel, and the view was breathtaking. It was exactly what we were looking for.
Nothing says Detroit like Faygo pop, and we wanted to give each of our guests (who came from as far as California) a piece of Detroit to take with them. Each guest was given a bottle of Faygo as soon as they walked in the door.
The Candy Bar
My husband and I wanted to make the reception fun for our guests, so we included a candy bar. Each guest received a small box, and everyone was encouraged to visit the candy bar and fill their box with candy. Everyone, especially the kids, loved it!
Centerpieces and Table Names
October in Michigan is apple season, so we decided to use apples as the centerpieces for each of the tables. It added a rustic touch to the room, and they looked gorgeous.
Rather than give each table a number, my husband and I chose to name the tables after our favorite things. We named our tables after our favorite movies, books, songs, and television shows.
The Caricature Artists
We wanted to give our guests something to remember our wedding by, so we hired two caricature artists to draw caricatures of our guests. Everyone loved having their faces drawn. My husband and I framed ours and it is hanging on our wall.
The Dollar Dance
Near the end of the reception, my husband and I held a dollar dance. We donated the money we received to the St. Patrick Food Pantry, which serves residents of the Cass Corridor in Detroit, and to Turning Point, a local organization that provides assistance to survivors of domestic violence.
Our wedding day was perfect, our reception was fabulous, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully articulate how much love there was in the City of Detroit that day. But I do know that Detroit will always be our favorite city. Detroit is where we met, where we fell in love, where we were married, and where our son was born. To us, Detroit is the City of Love.