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A Modern Wedding in Detroit, MI

  • Jessica Johnston Photography, Ann Arbor
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Joanna & Hebert in Detroit, MI
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Joanna carried a rustic bouquet of roses and dendrobium orchids in a lily grass caging and hanging amaranthus. Its length worked well with her dramatic dress.
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To spice up her look (and match her bridesmaids), Joanna wore black-and-white snakeskin leather heels with patent-leather roses.
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Joanna’s nine bridesmaids wore three different-style gray dresses by the same designer. All the dresses had some kind of black accent -- a bloom at the neckline or a sash around the waist. Besides Hebert and his best man (who wore black), all the groomsmen wore gray suits.
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Both Joanna’s and Hebert’s families are Christian, so their ceremony included mostly Christian traditions. Because Joanna is also Jewish, the two married beneath a huppah of greenery and incorporated some wedding traditions from that faith as well.
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Joanna and Hebert planned their wedding around an urban-meets-natural theme. They worked with a graphic designer friend of the couple to make their vision come to life visually, creating a city skyline-leaf design for their stationery. The couple chose a color palette of stone gray, yellows, and greens to further evoke a city-meets-country feel.
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Joanna and Hebert both love art and culture, so following their religious ceremony and an afternoon reception, they had an evening party at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Joanna even earned a degree from College for Creative Studies, located right behind the DIA.
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To add more depth to the room, the couple chose four different types of centerpieces to alternate on the tables, each with a minimalist vibe. Their own table had a low, square vase filled with white hydrangeas, green dendrobium orchids, yellow craspedia, and green moss balls and stones.
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Like all the wedding stationery, the menu cards featured the couple’s signature design of a city skyline within a leaf. Joanna and Hebert went with a thin, all-caps font for a sleek, modern look.
Chris Asimoudis, Radar Concept & Design, Ancaster, ON
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Joanna and Hebert served a three-tiered, buttercream-frosted wedding cake at their evening reception. The square tiers evoked a city feel while green cymbidium orchids, salal leaves, and yellow craspedia added a rustic touch.
Beverly Denyes, Waterford
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The guest’s escort cards did double-duty: The table numbers were printed on CDs, which were filled with music played throughout the day. The couple also included a note letting them know about their donations to two charities.

Joanna & Hebert in Detroit, MI

Hebert says he flirted with Joanna the entire time they had volunteered together with their church’s youth group, but Joanna never noticed. A full year after they met, Hebert asked Joanna to dinner, which she thought was pretty out of the blue. The Bride Joanna Milan, 25, a designer The Groom Hebert Cabral, 23, a mechanical engineer The Date July 25 Two-and-a-half years and many more dates later, while Joanna and Hebert were star-gazing up north, Hebert started speaking in Portuguese, his first language. At first, Joanna thought she was in for another lesson, but then Hebert translated what he had said: He had asked her to be his wife.
- Jaimie Dalessio
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  • Jessica Johnston Photography, Ann Arbor
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  • Chris Asimoudis, Radar Concept & Design, Ancaster, ON
  • Beverly Denyes, Waterford

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