An Elegant Winter Wedding in Detroit | Jessica + Austin


bride and groom kiss in the entrance of Saint John's Resort in Plymouth, MI with gold decorated Christmas trees on each side of them

Winter weddings hold a unique charm, and when coupled with the enchantment of the Christmas season, the result is nothing short of magical. On December 16, near Detroit, Michigan, I had the pleasure of photographing a stunning winter wedding that unfolded at Saint John’s Resort in Plymouth and continued its festivities at The Meridian in Farmington Hills. The bride’s vision was a classic winter wonderland, embracing the magic and joy of the holiday season.

Bridal Fashion

Jessica’s wedding look was a Disney x Allure Bridal dress, inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast. The dress featured rose lace details on the top layer and stamped roses in glitter on the second layer for depth and contrast. Paired with long Swarovski crystal earrings and a dainty bracelet, her accessories were a perfect complement to this statement-making dress.

bride and groom with their eight person bridal party in all black at Saint John's Resort

Floral Details

Jessica wanted to embellish her floral bouquet as much as possible and had it full of sparkles, diamonds, and pearls. The bridal bouquet, filled with all-white roses, baby’s breath, and orchids, contrasted with the groom’s pocket square featuring red baby roses—a nod to classic love and Christmas spirit.

bride and groom snuggling under the veil outside in front of a Christmas tree at Saint John's Resort in Plymouth, MI
bride running while holding her dress outside during her winter wedding at Saint John's Resort in Plymouth, MI
bride and groom snuggle under the veil outside of Saint John's Resort on their winter wedding day
bridal portrait in the Saint John's Resort in Plymouth lobby
bride with her bridesmaids in black dresses in the hallway of Saint John's Resort in Plymouth
Winter wedding decor inside the Ballroom of the Meridian in Farmington Hills, MI

Embracing the Winter Essence

Since Jessica and Austin got married a week before Christmas, they wanted to use frosted accents, lots of candles, and other neutral color tones to embrace the feeling of the holiday season. Jessica and Austin aimed to embody the magic and joy felt during the holiday season, creating a winter wonderland atmosphere that resonated with the Christmas spirit.

Winter wedding reception in Detroit
bride and groom posing and smiling in front of their custom monogram waterfall and Christmas trees

Guest Entertainment

Jessica and Austin prioritized the enjoyment of their guests, ensuring a memorable experience. Welcome bags at the hotel, early rehearsal for out-of-town guests, and a provided shuttle demonstrated their commitment to guest comfort. During cocktail hour, a Saxophonist provided entertainment while guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation. Guests also could get their photo taken with the bride and groom in front of the custom monogram waterfall and receive a custom painting to take home from a live painter.

Saxophonist performing live during a winter wedding cocktail hour in Detroit, MI

The entire wedding was a labor of love, with the couple dedicating a year to source materials and bring their vision to life. Every detail was meticulously crafted, from hand-flocked trees to glittered centerpieces, stubbed vases, and fluffed garlands. The months of preparation and vision board planning culminated in a display of creativity and commitment.

silver and white frosted wedding reception centerpiece decor in Detroit, MI
bride and groom smile during their first dance at their wedding reception at The Meridian in Farmington Hills, Michigan

In conclusion, this winter wedding near Detroit was a celebration of love, creativity, and the magic of the Christmas season. From DIY details to enchanting decor and personal touches, every aspect was thoughtfully curated.

The Vendor Team

Hotel: Saint John’s Resort

Venue: The Meridian

Event Coordinator: Heather Cannon

Hair: Reborn Hair Company

Makeup: Alluring Alexys

Video: Joe Lewis

Dress Designer: Allure Bridals

Bridal Boutique: Becker’s Bridal

DJ: JD Entertainment LLC

Jewelry: Aveil Brides

Saxophone: Blu Mykals

Caterer: An Affair to Remember Catering 

Live Painter: Nicole Cunningham

In search of a Detroit wedding photographer? Contact me! I’m so excited to hear about what you’re envisioning for your own wedding day.

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Kaitlyn Cole Photography is a Grand Rapids based wedding photographer serving couples who believe in authenticity and legacy worldwide.