Not many people can say that they get to marry the love of their life twice, but Natalie and Rob can! These two met during a “vinyl night” at the couple’s favorite bar and quickly knew they were meant for each other. This second wedding—the larger sequel to their original 40-person celebration from 2021—was truly a reflection of who these two are as a couple.
Natalie grew up in a suburb of the motor city and Rob has a deep love of Detroit, so a venue downtown was a must. Known for their fun, hospitable natures both as people and in Rob’s profession as a bartender, food and beverage were very important to them, so the couple landed on Shinola Hotel, which is situated in hip, downtown Detroit and known for its excellent food and service.
Planned and designed by Megan Westers, founder and creative director of Shoreline Events, the inspiration for the design began with one of the groom’s tattoos—a pineapple on his arm. Megan took that visual and ran with it, creating an event that was Detroit-chic with a tropical twist.
As guests arrived for the ceremony they enjoyed a welcome glass of champagne in the foyer before being led down a chic, minimalist hallway adorned with tropical-inspired ground arrangements by Michael B. Anthony. Officiated by the couple’s dear friend, Blake, the two exchanged personal vows in Shinola’s glass “Birdy Room” amongst their family and friends with a view of the city.
Guests moved to the hotel’s “Bixby Hall,” where they enjoyed a family-style dinner amongst candlelight, detailed stationery by Jade Social, and more tropical-inspired flowers. After heartfelt toasts by their loved ones, a cake cutting, and formal dances, DJ Dave Lawson, one of Detroit’s premier vinyl DJs, kicked off the dance party with a traditional Armenian dance song, paying homage to Natalie’s middle eastern heritage and immediately getting everyone onto the dance floor.