Bridget + Ted : Belle Isle Boathouse : Detroit Wedding

August 18, 2018

It's not until this past year that I started visiting Belle Isle. I know! What was I thinking? It has a beautiful beach with a great view of Detroit, lots of spots for picnicking (and stepping on goose poop) and so many willow trees. It also holds the Belle Isle Boathouse, which is a GEM of a wedding venue and perfect for Bridget and Ted. The amazing wedding planner extraordinaire, Ryan Abney Event Design, told me that they only just recently opened it up for events. If you're looking for a historic wedding venue in South East Michigan, go book this place! Every room is stunning, full of light and uniquely charming. Bridget Sullivan is an amazing dress designer in Detroit, and I couldn't WAIT to see the two dresses that she designed for her big day! BEAUTIFUL. She floated and twirled throughout the whole day with the grace, joy and carefree heart of a Disney princess! It was such a joy to be with Bridget and Ted on this touching day. They and their families are some of the kindest and most loving people I’ve met. To Bridget and Ted! May your lives always be full of joy and wonder.

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Every single detail of the day was gorgeous and so well thought out! How beautiful are these white and blush roses?

Every single detail of the day was gorgeous and so well thought out!
How beautiful are these white and blush roses?

Bridget is a dress designer in Detroit and she made BOTH of her dresses. Go look at her stuff! It is magical. To say that I was excited to see them in person was an understatement. This morning was all about Bridget and her dresses and I couldn't have been happier.

Bridget is a dress designer in Detroit and she made BOTH of her dresses. Go look at her stuff! It is magical. To say that I was excited to see them in person was an understatement. This morning was all about Bridget and her dresses and I couldn't have been happier.

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I always love when disposable cameras are a part of the wedding day. It might be how I shoot my own imaginary wedding! Lol. It's so fun to see the day from endless perspectives.

I always love when disposable cameras are a part of the wedding day. It might be how I shoot my own imaginary wedding! Lol. It's so fun to see the day from endless perspectives.

Bridget's mom was the cutest, Exhibit A.

Bridget's mom was the cutest, Exhibit A.

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Bridget hand painted the flowers you see dancing across her dress. She’s a beautiful writer; you can find her blog posts about the process  here.

Bridget hand painted the flowers you see dancing across her dress. She’s a beautiful writer; you can find her blog posts about the process here.

Shout out to my girls for helping this short girl get this beautiful gown up there.

Shout out to my girls for helping this short girl get this beautiful gown up there.

Cutest mom, Exhibit B.

Cutest mom, Exhibit B.

Bridget had so much fun twirling in her dresses, it was honestly one of my favorite parts of the day. Witnessing her bubbling joy. During the bridesmaids’ first look and for the rest of the night.

Bridget had so much fun twirling in her dresses, it was honestly one of my favorite parts of the day. Witnessing her bubbling joy. During the bridesmaids’ first look and for the rest of the night.

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There were so many happy tears.

There were so many happy tears.

Cutest mom, Exhibit C.


Cutest mom, Exhibit C.

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Even Ted's details were gorgeous!

Even Ted's details were gorgeous!

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I can't say enough how beautiful the  Belle Isle Boathouse  is. This was only a side room and it's filled with so much character.

I can't say enough how beautiful the Belle Isle Boathouse is. This was only a side room and it's filled with so much character.

And now for the first look!

And now for the first look!

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After we took all of the formal group shots, Bridget and Ted snuck away for some alone time (with me and my second shooter XD).


After we took all of the formal group shots, Bridget and Ted snuck away for some alone time (with me and my second shooter XD).

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The only thing they for sure wanted were shots at the  Belle Isle  Fountain. I'm so glad they suggested it! I love how they stand out against the subtle marble and glistening water behind them.

The only thing they for sure wanted were shots at the Belle Isle Fountain. I'm so glad they suggested it! I love how they stand out against the subtle marble and glistening water behind them.

She’s about to put a ring on it.

She’s about to put a ring on it.

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Now. I don't know if you've noticed Bridget's towering designer wedding heels yet, but she gets five gold stars in my book for even being able to walk in them. Let alone wear them for hours! We had a long walk for one of our locations, so Ted had an idea.

Now. I don't know if you've noticed Bridget's towering designer wedding heels yet, but she gets five gold stars in my book for even being able to walk in them. Let alone wear them for hours! We had a long walk for one of our locations, so Ted had an idea.

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belle isle wedding bride and groom
Worth it.

Worth it.

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Then it was back to the boathouse to cool off.

Then it was back to the boathouse to cool off.

Seeing his daughter for the first time. Yep, dad cried.

Seeing his daughter for the first time. Yep, dad cried.

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IT'S TIME.

IT'S TIME.

belle isle boathouse wedding ceremony
belle isle boathouse wedding ceremony
belle isle boathouse wedding ceremony
belle isle boathouse wedding ceremony
belle isle boathouse wedding ceremony
belle isle boathouse wedding ceremony
Part of the ceremony was watering this flower bush that they've now planted at their first home.

Part of the ceremony was watering this flower bush that they've now planted at their first home.

belle isle boathouse wedding ceremony
belle isle boathouse wedding ceremony
belle isle boathouse wedding ceremony
belle isle boathouse wedding reception
belle isle boathouse wedding reception
I was stunned at the love that was shared at this wedding. Not just between Bridget and Ted, but their whole family.

I was stunned at the love that was shared at this wedding. Not just between Bridget and Ted, but their whole family.

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Dress # 2: Feathers! Swans showed up in every part of her wedding, including this gorgeous wedding dress she made.

Dress # 2: Feathers! Swans showed up in every part of her wedding, including this gorgeous wedding dress she made.

feather wedding dress
feather wedding dress
feather wedding dress
Onto dinner! A beautiful place for a reception, right on the water, with a view of Detroit.

Onto dinner! A beautiful place for a reception, right on the water, with a view of Detroit.

Perfection.

Perfection.

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belle isle boathouse wedding reception
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After dinner, we snuck out for sunset wedding photos on the  Detroit River .

After dinner, we snuck out for sunset wedding photos on the Detroit River.

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belle isle boathouse detroit wedding photos
belle isle boathouse detroit wedding photos
belle isle boathouse detroit wedding photos
Ted was way into these macarons. For good reason! They were divine. He kept telling everyone, "Make sure to try all the flavors!" Ted, I can assure that I did. XD

Ted was way into these macarons. For good reason! They were divine. He kept telling everyone, "Make sure to try all the flavors!" Ted, I can assure that I did. XD

We couldn't have asked for a more sherbet sunset.

We couldn't have asked for a more sherbet sunset.

THIS, my friends, was a PARTY!

THIS, my friends, was a PARTY!

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Ted’s mom was cooler than all of us.

Ted’s mom was cooler than all of us.

Cute mom, Exhibit D.

Cute mom, Exhibit D.

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When the Bride is having the most fun of everyone on her wedding day, you know she planned something right. Bridget twirled, laughed and loved all day and night.

When the Bride is having the most fun of everyone on her wedding day, you know she planned something right. Bridget twirled, laughed and loved all day and night.

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Planning/Coordination: @raeventdesign 
Florals: @cindy_hicks1572
Bridal Gowns: @thebridgetshow 
Groom Tux: @generationtux 
Venue: @belleisleboathouse