Real wedding: Kayte + David

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How beautiful is this wedding?  There’s such great little details (like the paint tubes as escort cards) that are just absolutely perfect!

The most important part of our wedding was to gather our family from across the country and show them a good time. The key to that is great food, plenty to drink and a killer band! We chose The King Plow Art Center because of it’s industrial vibe and the inspiring selection of art in the gallery room. We choose W Scott Chester Photography because we knew they could creatively capture the energy of the party and the personalities of our friends and family. With the help of our coordinator Suzanne Reinhardt from Magnolia Events and Bold American Catering and Decor, we designed our wedding in classic black and white with splashes of bold colors to play off the amazing artwork. We kept the centerpieces low to the tables, and used canvas’ on mini easels as table numbers and oil paint tubes as seating cards. The bridesmaids and myself each had custom hair accessories made by House of Telsa, a boutique found on Etsy.com. The groomsmen wore suites, each with a different purple tie given to them by David and he wore a pink tie (the first gift I gave to him years ago). Using the same fabric as my birdcage veil by House of Telsa, I had a custom belt made for the ceremony, I also had custom pockets and a sweetheart neckline added to my Melissa Sweet dress. The reception started with a Georgia Peach Sweet Tea Cocktail Hour with music by DJ Fluff and light hors d’oeuvres in the gallery. For the rest of the night Hitman, a blues band from Savannah, rocked out and themed food stations consisting of fall flavors, southern classics and a stir fry noodle bar were set up around the gallery. The wedding cake by Matty Cakes was decorated with crystal dress trim and was tiered in pumpkin cake and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. The amazing night ended with a sparkler exit!

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Love shoot: Kelly + Matt

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I’m totally loving this shoot that Courtney of Merriment Events did with photographer extraordinaire, Katie Stoops! Its got such a great vintage vibe, and I definitely think that last photo with the piano is my favorite! Courtney gives a little insight below…

Our couple are college sweethearts. They’re everything that being young and in love is about.

Since we were on a college campus in this magnificent old house called “Camelot,” we took a lot of our inspiration directly from the surroundings.

Camelot is a Grey Gardens kind of place. A house you can imagine was magnificent in its day, but has since fallen in disrepair. The disrepair is the cool part though. I felt like we were going back in time, to the kind of place where vintage books line bookshelves and unpolished silver is plentiful.

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[images from Katie Stoops Photography]

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Studio tour: Dooby Design Group

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Name: Aisha Holly

Location: 124 Pearl Street, Suite 503 Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Company: Dooby Design Group

What is your aesthetic?modern with a touch of traditional, clean lines, bright, fresh

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I’m very fun and outgoing (hence the orange walls). When designing our space, I laid out every single detail in my head then on paper before actually looking for each piece. The same with our clients, we like to get to know you and find out your personalities and story. Thus making each event personal and unique, down to the fine little details.

Favorite part of your studio? My office, it over looks the entire downtown Ypsilanti.

Where do you go for inspiration? Fashion, Home, Architect and of course wedding magazines/articles.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My Mac, can’t live without nor do business:)

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes, I would love to one day have a store front. The view is lovely up here but the interaction with people coming in and out everyday; would be awesome!!

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[images from Dooby Design Group]

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