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Alicia & Nate: A Modern Wedding in Detroit, MI

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Alicia & Nate in Detroit, MI
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The bride wore a lustrous silk gown with a draped bodice and dramatically gathered skirt by Ulla-Maija. Her cathedral-length veil was edged with threadwork in a scrolled pattern, which was cleverly echoed in a striking modern necklace of concentric diamond circles.
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The atrium where the ceremony took place featured remarkable eight-story bamboo trees, and bamboo stalks were bound onto the reception place settings and ceremony programs. "We wrote our entire ceremony ourselves and also wrote our vows," Alicia says. "We wanted every part to be meaningful and significant." Readings included the essay Nate had writ ...
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Alicia's two bridesmaids wore chocolate brown, floor-length ensembles by Amsale and carried fresh bouquets of orchids and greenery.
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The bride carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas.
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Alicia and Nate’s wedding consultant, David McKnight, transformed the already elegant space, embellishing the hotel’s Asian-inspired, contemporary design with streamlined flowers and décor in a fresh color palette of pale blue, chocolate brown, and celery green. Dramatic strands of pale green orchids descended from the ceiling over the square table ...
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The three-tier square cake was light blue with bright green hydrangea and orchid trim. "It was simple and beautiful," says Alicia.
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The Simone Vitale Band, local favorites who have played for the President as well as for various celebrity audiences, rolled out a mix of Motown and old classics and treated Alicia to a pair of memorable serenades. First, one of the original members of The Four Tops made an appearance with the band and sang for the bride. Then, "near the end of the ...

Alicia & Nate in Detroit, MI

Two years after meeting through an Internet dating site, Nate Landesman surprised Alicia Bennett with a romantic weekend trip to Chicago. The couple stopped for dinner at a sushi place they both loved, and as Alicia remembers, "Nate opened up about how happy he was and how the only thing that would make the night even more perfect was if I would be his wife! I was so surprised, and I thought my heart would explode." The Bride Alicia Bennett, 26, pharmaceutical representative The Groom Nate Landesman, 31, physician The Date March 6 The biggest surprise was still to come, though. "We sent in an essay to be entered to win the Channel 7 Detroit Dream Wedding and won!" says Alicia. Winning the contest gave the couple the opportunity to host an elaborate affair for their 100 guests, with every detail attended to. "The planners took a few of our ideas and ran with them and really made it a dream wedding for the two of us," she says.
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