REAL BRIDES: Valerie’s Vintage Detroit Wedding

Valerie and Mike throw a summer wedding in Midtown Detroit, at the historic Inn on Ferry Street.

When: 8/1/15

Venue: The Inn on Ferry Street, Midtown Detroit

Photography: Ramy Racelis

Valerie and Mike wanted a vintage-inspired wedding in the city. When Valerie first visited the Inn on Ferry Street, she decided immediately that this was the right location. The venue consists of 4 Victorian homes that have been restored as a Bed & Breakfast. The location hosted the outdoor ceremony and the reception.

Valerie and Mike's outdoor ceremony
Valerie and Mike’s outdoor ceremony
Valerie's bridal portrait
Valerie’s bridal portrait
Valerie and Mike with their niece
Valerie and Mike with their niece
Valerie's brooch bouquet from her grandmother's collection of brooches and pins.
Valerie’s brooch bouquet from her grandmother’s collection of brooches and pins.

Caterer: Union Street

Officiant: Thomas Bunting (Bride’s brother)

DJ: Detroit Party Pros-Bobby Starbuck

Cake: Eskimo Jacks provided an ice cream sandwich cookie stand

Wedding Colors: Gray and light purple

Wedding Dress: Jasmine Couture, color: ‘Cafe’

Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal, in ‘Pewter’.

Groomsmen: Dark Grey suits from Express

Valerie is from Alma, MI, and Mike is from Royal Oak, MI.  They met in Sterling Heights, MI, while working together at American Eagle as Assistant Store Managers.  Mike and Valerie worked together for a year before they ever went on a date. On a kayaking trip to Turnip Rock in Port Austin, MI, Mike proposed. Val and Mike now live in Ferndale, MI, where they both work at a large Metro Detroit mortgage company.

It’s true when everyone says that the wedding day goes by so quickly. You cannot really change anything the day of the wedding, so you might as well sit back and take it all in.

The ceremony, officiated by Valerie's brother Thomas.
The ceremony, officiated by Valerie’s brother Thomas.

Flowers and Centerpieces: Sunflowers and various accent flowers for centerpieces.

Bouquets: Bride’s bouquet was a collection of her grandmother’s brooches, that her stepmother made. Bridesmaids bouquets were created using purple silk flowers and brooches.

Linens: White linen with burlap and lace table runners.

Rings: Valerie’s engagement ring was Mike’s grandmother’s wedding ring. Her wedding ring is a double banded wrap from Kay Jewelers.

Jewelry: Earrings from Macy’s


After the wedding, Valerie and Mike took a short vacation to Saugatuck, MI, and then opted for a 10-day Honeymoon to Tulum, Mexico in November.

An outdoor dance floor!
An outdoor dance floor!

Valerie’s “old, new, borrowed, blue”: Grandmother’s brooches in the bouquet, new dress, borrowed garter that my friends and I each used at our weddings (which is also blue.)

First Dance Song: A Kiss to Build a Dream On, by Louis Armstrong.

Wedding Song: Wild Fire , by John Mayer. Sung and played (on guitar)by Mike’s mother, Jan Krist. She also played Stand By Me, by Ben E. King, during the ceremony.

Wedding party: 5 bridesmaids, 4 groomsmen, and 1 groomswoman. Two flower girls.


Most Memorable moment: Dancing with all of our friends around us-everyone having a great time


Valerie and Mike's first dance.
Valerie and Mike’s first dance.
Reception dinner
Reception dinner
Outdoor reception and dance floor
Outdoor reception and dance floor


Valerie’s Advice: If you are contemplating doing a ‘First Look’ photo, I totally recommend it. It was great to have that emotional moment with just the two of us. Those photos are the most natural pictures from the day.  It was also the only time we were alone together the whole day.


What was the biggest roadblock that you ran into while planning the wedding? Going way over budget.

Who/what gave you the most help in the planning process? My step mom! She made all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages

How much influence did your family/ fiancé have in the planning process? My fiance had a say in all planning. Our families did what we needed them to. But i had the final say on everything.

Which part of the process gave you the most stress? Anything that would be out of my control.

Valerie's vintage-inspired dress by Jasmine Couture
Valerie’s vintage-inspired dress by Jasmine Couture


What did you do that you found helped out with stress the best? Talking it out with my fiance.

Is there anything that didn’t go as planned? Nothing really major. Before our first dance, they hadn’t cleared the tables off the dance floor yet.

What was your favorite part of the experience/ event? Watching everyone have so much fun.

If you could go back in time, what would you have changed? I would have started saving up money for the wedding sooner.

What did you do to save money? We didn’t hire a florist. Bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres were hand-made. Family also helped with fresh flower arrangements on tables.

What was your biggest splurge? Catering.


The outdoor reception was beautiful at night.
The outdoor reception was beautiful at night.
The historic Inn on Ferry Street.
The historic Inn on Ferry Street.

mike and val on steps



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