An Intimate, Elegant Wedding at Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan

For Taylor Duda (25 and a pediatric speech language pathologist) and Josh Mick (26 and a mortgage banker), finding a way to make a wedding of 200 guests feel intimate was the top priority. After selecting the European-style Townsend Hotel as their ceremony and reception venue, the couple started planning an affair that was simple yet elegant. A short, personal ceremony—officiated by a pastor who mentored Josh in his youth—was followed by a cocktail hour in the hotel's lobby, set to a Frank Sinatra impersonator. A neutral palette of ivory and champagne paired with the warm glow of gold mercury glass offset the vibrant, textural centerpieces, inspired by Taylor's vision of "perfectly imperfect" florals. In their quest for a small-wedding feel, Taylor and Josh incorporated custom details like a gelato cart and a live eight-piece band and skipped wedding traditions that didn't feel right. The result? A wedding that focused on personal details, cherished relationships and meaningful moments. "It was not just about us," Taylor says. "But it was a celebration for everyone who has special meaning in our lives." —Michelle Thomas