A Detroit Wedding at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Tell us your love story!
While we were living in Washington, DC, we met during a happy hour event for DC Strokes – the nation’s oldest LGBTQ rowing team. Adrianna had been a part of the team for a few years (ask her to show you her medals!) and Bri wanted to grow her involvement in the gay community while picking up a new sport and hobby. Throughout the evening, we kept mentioning this feeling of deja vu, like we had met before but couldn’t put our finger on where. We ultimately realized that earlier in the year, we had planned to meet after a few messages online. As the date neared, a massive snow storm swept through the North Eastand shut down the city. We were never able to reschedule. Three months after we “reconnected” at the happy hour, we started dating.
What about the proposal?
Neither of us are big on surprises, so we decided to go through the proposal process together by planning a weekend away to Santa Barbara….or at least, that was originally the plan! Much like how we met, bad weather came through Southern California bringing along with it a long weekend of heavy rain. In the end, we decided to make a day of it from our home in LA, but we had to improvise. Adrianna woke Bri up with pancakes spelling out “Marry Me?”, and Bri created an elaborate beach-themed picnic in the living room, using an inside joke to seal the deal.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
Looking back now, our serendipitous happy hour is all the proof we need.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew that we wanted a very small and intimate ceremony and a separate party with all of our friends and families. We married in a private ceremony in San Francisco during Pride Week, and later planned for a celebration in Bri’s hometown of Detroit. We knew we wanted a venue that spoke to our personalities and our own history, so we originally had our hearts set on Detroit’s Boathouse – fitting for having met on a rowing team, right? We also knew we wanted everything to be more laid back - no cake cutting, no special dances, no toasts, just our closest friends and family getting together to eat, drink and dance. Our wedding planner, Ryan, helped us figure out how to represent all of that into the perfect event.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
When it comes to surprises, we’ve already had a few, and if you were thinking the bad weather would end with first dates and engagements...well, that’s where you’d be wrong. Nine days before our wedding reception, our venue flooded. (Are you sensing a theme?) Ryan called us with a backup plan already in place and she effortlessly handled all the changes. We were planning our reception in Michigan from our home in California, so getting a wedding planner was the easiest decision we made. The hardest decision might have been choosing ice cream flavors...
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Things never really go as planned, and that’s okay. And honestly, it may end up being better than what you had originally planned in the first place.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Think about what’s important to you. We talked a lot about what we wanted to feel and experience together on that day. We sent those vibes to our vendors and we let them do their thing. Trust them, it’s their specialty.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
All the love we shared with our family and friends, and the candy bar.
Adrianna has brown hair and Bri is blonde and has glasses.
- Venue: Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
- Photographer: Heidi Uhlman Photography
- Planning | Candy Bar: Ryan Abney Event Design
- Florals: Willa Rose Floral
- Catering: Slow's Bar B Q
- Dessert: The Detroit Ice Cream Company
- Music: Prestige Entertainment
- Hair & Makeup: Antoine Salon
- Attire: Nordstrom
- & David's Bridal
- Bartending: Miss Mixology
- Charcuterie: Mongers' Provisions
- Transportation: Royal Transportation Company