Dee & Jack

Lake Como in Michigan

Detroit Yacht Club
Photographer: Niki Marie Photography

When D&J approached us about their wedding, their ultimate desire was to feel as if they were celebrating at a beautiful destination abroad, while also embracing their home - Michigan - at the same time. Mainly inspired by the Lake Como region in northern Italy, we wanted to bring the experience of a lakeside garden soiree to our couple's guests. Choosing the historic Detroit Yacht Club as the venue, we decided to bring the garden indoors, building a starlit forest for guests to wine and dine under throughout the evening.
Complete with a champagne-toasted speedboat trip across the Detroit River, as well as late night limoncello and cigars, guests enjoyed this 'destination' wedding in the comforts of their own city.

D&J met years ago in middle school. He always had an earlier lunch hour than she did…so every school day, he would leave a chocolate chip cookie from the cafeteria in her locker to get her through to lunch.
Fast forward many years and these two officially tied the knot in front of their nearest and dearest at the Detroit Yacht Club, a Mediterranean-style building founded in 1868 on Belle Isle, and remains one of the largest and most prestigious private Clubs in North America.

The Ceremony, located in the DYC's Fountain Room, was designed with the idea of bringing the outdoors in. Surrounded by a wall of greenery and an aisle of classic white roses, the couple said 'I do' before 190 of their closest family and friends.

During Cocktail Hour, while guests were enjoying cocktails and light bites, we arranged for the Bride and Groom to take a boat trip along the Detroit River in a Lake Como-inspired Chris Craft, complete with a bottle of bubbly.

When designing the dining experience, the overall idea was to bring the aesthetics of an Italian garden into the ballroom. With its Mediterranean styling, the main ballroom space leant itself perfectly to the overall aesthetic, transporting guests to a European villa, whilst still located in the city.
Under 6 sprawling trees decorated with glowing Moravian stars, guests dined at 3 long tables set with botanical linens, classic wooden cane-back chairs, and place settings of white china, ornate silver flatware, and cut-crystal glassware.
Complete with overflowing white and green floral centerpieces, twinkling candlelight, and the most beautiful embossed menu books tied with an oversized white silk bow…the dinner experience was completely magical from start to finish.

After dinner, guests enjoyed dancing into the evening along with late night cigars and limoncello out on the veranda overlooking the water. A perfect end to a perfect summer night.