A Detroit Affair
The Love Story, as told by Chelsea Binder...
So, our love story starts in a tattoo studio. I came in as a customer, and she was working. She actually made fun of the tattoo I wanted, so, naturally, I was drawn to her immediately. By the time I left, we had exchanged phone numbers and witty banter. I still got that tattoo, too. After a summer of juke box nights, a first kiss in a parking lot, and one two-man tubing trip, we were in love. Fast forward three years; new jobs, a move across the country, a new puppy, countless date nights, and the loss of our home to a fire, a proposal came on New Year’s Day. In a very last minute decision, we decided to attend a New Year’s Eve party in my hometown. I won’t say it was a total surprise as Chelsea’s behavior was very out of the ordinary all night long. Usually the life of the party, she was nervous, much quieter than normal, and was oddly concerned about me having a great time that night. The proposal occurred the following morning and included the phrasing “I forgot to ask you something last year” in the living room of my childhood home.
When we began our wedding planning process, we agreed we wanted to do something downtown Detroit; a short drive from our home and where we spend many days off. We started researching venues. On our way to look at one of those venues, we passed a place, called the Garden Theater, neither of us had heard of before. Lucky for us, we were able to get in to see the theater that same day and we both knew it was the perfect venue for us.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? We had a friend give us some advice that we now try to pass on to any couple on their big day. He told us to take a few minutes together, without anyone else around to step back and soak it all in. Take a moment to look at your most favorite people in the world, all there to celebrate your love. Step back and look at how all the hard work of planning such a beautiful day came together. We were able to go upstairs to the balcony of the theater and take those few minutes looking out on everything. It was like freezing time. I’m so grateful we were able to take that advice and hopefully pass it along to many other couples.