Shannon and Steve met when they were both members of the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity at Michigan State.
THE BRIDE: Shannon, 27, graduate student at the U of M School of Public Health
THE GROOM: Steve, 27, works at the Ann Arbor Preschool and Family Center
THE DATE: December 31
For their New Year’s Eve nuptials, Shannon and Steve planned around three keywords: Detroit, vintage, and glamorous. They used a color palette of mostly black and gold, with punches of wintry cranberry.
The Ceremony Decor The couple created a sign asking guests to carry lit candles as a symbol of unity. Doing so set a romantic, dramatic ambience.
The Ceremony The ceremony started at 8 p.m. in front of the Colony Club’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Arrangements of feathers framed the space in front of one window to create an altar.
The Flowers Shannon is allergic to flowers. Instead, they decorated chairs at the ceremony with feathers, gold leaves, and branches.
The Centerpieces Shannon and Steve alternated centerpieces between clusters of vintage oil lamps and bouquets of branches from the house where Shannon grew up. Her mom dried them and sprayed them with gold glitter.
The Reception When it came to setting the date, Shannon wanted December 31 (a night everyone’s in the mood to party) and Steve wanted July 31 (their dating anniversary). In the end, they flipped a coin to settle the score.
LOCATION: Colony Club, Detroit
EVENT PLANNING: Bells and Bliss, Berkley
PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Taylor Photography
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