When the inquiry for this wedding first landed in my inbox describing a black tie DIA wedding with a couple named Ryan and Zach, I admit that I assumed this was going to be a gay wedding and got a bit excited since I’m always looking to represent love in all it’s forms through my business (because love is love, like, duh). Sadly, when we Skyped, I realized that Ryan was, in fact, not a man in a same sex relationship but instead an astoundingly beautiful woman. I remember her apologizing to me for not looking her best because she had “just come from the gym”. I sat there contemplating all the ways I could tell her to go jump off a cliff without losing out on booking their wedding. I resemble a sweaty tomato for approximately three and a half days after I go to the gym. Ryan looked like she had just strolled from 5th avenue onto my computer screen which, considering I was skyping with the two of them from their place in NYC, was quite possible.
I managed to move past my disappointment over their heterosexuality and came to like them in spite of it. Ryan and Zach were honestly a dream to work with. Ryan works in the art field so I was admittedly a bit nervous about being responsible for creating the visual record of her wedding day but she trusted me completely. Zach proved himself a gentleman and had surrounded himself with friends for whom the same was true. The two of them just made sense together. Their DIA wedding was exactly what I expected from the two of them: elegant, understated, and filled with love.
Detroit continues to inspire me and I hope that my work documenting love in this city does it’s part in showing the world what Detroit is really about.