A Sophisticated Winter Wedding at the Colony Club in Detroit, Michigan

Liana Jarrah (26 and a nurse) and Jason Greenlee (30 and a medical student) planned a festive winter bash for their December nuptials in the heart of Detroit, Michigan. Wanting to channel the old-world elegance and glamour of Motor City’s golden age, the pair looked to two of the city’s most prominent landmarks to host the affair. The day began with a traditional Catholic ceremony at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, an early-20th-century architectural gem with marble floors, stately stone walls and lots of personality. Since the wedding was only two days after Christmas, the cathedral was already adorned with festive seasonal trimmings, like poinsettias, trees, wreaths and brightly lit lights. After exchanging vows, the couple and their guests headed to the Colony Club for dinner and dancing. Opulent architecture and detailing captured the essence of a bygone era and set the tone for the rest of the decor, with each element speaking to the evening’s wintry, timeless theme. Varied bunches of lush white blooms, including hydrangeas, roses and baby’s breath arranged alongside warm candlelight transformed the ballroom into a romantic, winter scene, while gilded accents and shimmery sequin linens introduced a whimsical quality to the room. From shrimp cocktail during cocktail hour to a filet mignon and halibut at dinner and comfort foods like hot dogs and fries at the end of the night, the food was a huge hit with guests, but it was the music that really stole the show. The Sean Blackman Quintet provided the soundtrack for cocktail hour and dinner, while Sawa Entertainment and DJ Mac D got guests out on the dance floor with their set lists of Arabic, Greek and contemporary hits. A tip from Liana: “If you don’t have a wedding planner, ask a vendor you really connect with for recommendations for other vendors. They've been around and have seen both the good and bad at other weddings; they will know who will fit the style you're going for.”