Van Thomas Vaughan
A Detroit Institute of Arts Wedding
We're rarely left speechless, but Jeffrey Lewis Bennett Wedding Photography sure wowed us with this gorgeous wedding at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The venue is beyond stunning! It's the perfect space for modern nuptials.
The grooms look so chic in their suits with matching Lanvin sneakers. We love the play on formal & casual combined.
Their 80-foot tablescape was pristine with palm leaves, clean lines and navy blue everywhere! The opulence of the venue is perfectly matched by the exquisite design of this fête!
This is the perfect way to kick off a new year of weddings!
And we adore the love story...
"Vaughan and Van Thomas met in 2005 at a conference in Miami. For the next seven years they lived in different parts of the country and built a friendship over the phone. When Vaughan moved to Hong Kong in 2010 they took the opportunity of increased inconvenience to see if their relationship could go to the next level. Two years later Van Thomas joined Vaughan in Hong Kong which they used as a base to travel throughout Asia. While on a trip to the Philippines the couple got engaged.
The first wedding "brainstorming PDF" followed almost immediately. During a trip to Van Thomas's hometown in Michigan, his sister recommended visiting the recently renovated Kresge Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Both Vaughan and Van Thomas fell in love with the venue's architecture, history, and impressive collection. Over the next six months they planned their wedding and relocated to New York. One week prior to their big day, the couple exchanged intimate yet casual vows and were legally wed in Manhattan.
July 19th started with a morning run along the Detroit waterfront promenade, light lunch, and a photo session with the incredible photographer Jeffrey Lewis Bennett. At six in the evening, guests arrived at the Museum greeted with cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and the Horizon String Quartet playing their favorite popular music selections. Once everyone mingled and relaxed the couple invited their four siblings to the top of the gothic staircase to share meaningful readings focused on love with their guests.
Vaughan and Van Thomas then recited emotional vows to each other and toasted to their union. After guests toured the private museum they were sat. The five course candlelight meal was served on an eighty foot table designed by Jen House Design centered in the Great Hall surrounded by fresco ceilings, antique armor, and notably one of Diego Rivera's greatest works. The evening ended with music, dancing, and an abundance of indulgent comfort food. "
- Photography By Jeffrey Lewis Bennett Wedding Photography
- Florals & Décor By Jen House Design
- Venue & Catering By Detroit Institute of Arts
- Vaughan's Tux By Fendi
- Van Thomas' Suit By Gucci
- Vaughan's Ring By De Beers
- Van Thomas Ring By Boucheron
- Matching Sneakers By Lanvin
- String Quartet By Horizon Strings Group