A Vintage Wedding at American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan
Newlyweds Lisa (28 and a physician educator) and Michael (31 and a marketing director) share a history that goes way back -- all the way to elementary school! "Our parents used to carpool us to elementary school when we were younger," Lisa explains. "They kept in touch over the years, but it wasn't until we were both in college that our relationship really began." After nine years of dating, Michael proposed to his bride bedside along with a pear-shaped diamond from Harris Gems. "That same day, Michael planned a limo ride to an engagement shoot along with a surprise dinner with family and friends," the bride explains. For their vintage-inspired August wedding, the couple said 'I do' at Our Lady of Hope Parish, where their childhood parishioner presided over the ceremony. "We didn't want someone marrying us whom we barely knew," Lisa explains. "The most important element of our wedding was the sacrament of marriage itself and having a full mass with all of the Catholic traditions." The bride was inspired by a gray and orange color palette found on Pinterest, which she pulled off by using orange roses and a gray ribbon in each of her six bouquets. A few white roses were even mixed in to the bride's flowers to pay homage to her grandmother. "We had a few white roses mixed in to honor my grandmother, who carried an all-white, rose bouquet on her wedding day," the bride says. "A navy rosary that my pilot grandfather kept in his pocket while he flew was also intertwined in there as well." Post-ceremony, the couple and their guests celebrated with a reception at the American Polish Cultural Center in nearby Troy. "The best element of our wedding was the fact that we managed to plan an event that was relaxed and fun while incorporating little details that meant so much to us," the bride says. "We wanted everyone to have a great time and enjoy each other's company. When it was all over, our guests told us how much they loved being a part of our wedding. That alone makes the memory of that day even more special."