Taylor and Connor’s intimate wedding at Bea’s Detroit was a great way to kick off the year and the perfect celebration for them and their families. Taylor and Connor met when they were both working at Ford and had cubicles near one another. One night out with everyone, Taylor made a move on Connor, and from there, their relationship grew steadily over time.
Taylor loves spending time at home so Connor proposed at their house, just the two of them, on Christmas Eve. His original plan was Christmas Day but he couldn’t wait!
When I first started chatting with Taylor and Connor, it was clear that they wanted a stress-free, small wedding that was really about the two of them and their closest friends and family. They just wanted to have a good time together and hit the dance floor hard at the end of the night! With just about 50 guests, Bea’s was the perfect Detroit wedding venue for them.
The morning of the wedding, I met Taylor at the Shinola Hotel while she finished getting ready with her mom and sister. Then, Taylor and Connor did their first look in Parker’s Alley, right outside of the hotel. As a surprise to me, Taylor whipped out two shots of tequila to get the party started and you could say we had a good time, just the three of us, roaming around downtown Detroit. We took some photos in Parker’s Alley and along Woodward Avenue before heading over to Bea’s for their rooftop ceremony.
At the start of cocktail hour, we snuck out for a few more photos around Eastern Market before their strolling dinner and reception started. And when it came time to dance, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such a high-energy dance floor!
I loved Taylor and Connor’s intimate wedding at Bea’s. With 50 guests, no wedding party, delicious food and some serious tunes, the day ran smoothly and gave us plenty of time for photos. A smaller wedding day also allows for more time to be spent together, as a couple, and really take in the day together.
If you’re planning a wedding, and are debating whether eloping or having a larger wedding makes more sense for you, something else to consider is an intimate wedding with fewer guests. Sometimes, it’s the perfect balance for an intimate affair while still including friends, family and the “traditional” ceremony and reception parts of the day. And if you’re on the fence, here are 8 differences between an elopement and wedding you should know.
Venue: Bea’s Detroit | @beasdetroit
Photography: Emily Kyle Photography | @emilykylephoto
Stationery: Zola | @zola
Hair: Bridal Beauty Couture | @bridalbeautycouture
Make Up: Bridal Beauty Couture | @bridalbeautycouture
Florist: Studio Terrain | @studioterrain
Dress Shop: David’s Bridal | @davidsbridal
Shoes: Lulus | @lulus
Groom’s Suit: Macy’s | @macys
Cake: Cutting Edge Cuisine | @cutting_edge_cuisine
Caterer: Cutting Edge Cuisine | @cutting_edge_cuisine
DJ: Motor City HDJ | @motorcityhdj | @motorcityhdj
Favors: Tigerlily Cat Rescue | @tigerlily.catrescue
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