A Detroit Wedding at Belle Isle Casino


Casandra and Joe Kieta

I’ll never forget coming across this sweet couple’s inquiry in my inbox saying that no matter what, they wanted me as their wedding photographer. I am always so honored to photograph any wedding, but the large emphasis they put on the importance their wedding photos and especially on having me made it so special. They have such a sweet love story, which begins back in the days of high school. Sitting next to each other in pre-calc, Joe worked up the courage to ask Casandra to the Homecoming dance – and that was the first “yes” she said to Joe.

After years of dating, Joe was planning on a destination proposal. However, COVID interrupted those plans and Joe improvised by driving Casandra around the city of Detroit in a convertible Mustang to meaningful locations in their relationship – including the Detroit Institute of Arts and a dinner downtown on the riverfront. That evening, with the sun setting and surrounded by dozens of roses, Joe asked Casandra to marry him and Casandra again said, “Yes!”

Casandra and Joe chose the Belle Isle Casino as their Detroit wedding venue because of the significance the city had with their relationship and also because of the beauty of the venue – including the fountain, river and architecture of the casino. Another special element of their wedding day was that Joe’s father was the officiant of their wedding ceremony! Casandra and Joe entered their reception in style in a Challenger Hellcat and even choreographed their first dance.

Kind words from this sweet couple: “We really cannot express how happy we are with the photography you did! You made us feel so amazing the entire day and we appreciate the excitement you showed the whole day. Never once did we worry about anything with photography. You even helped with things that weren’t photography related and we are so grateful. I don’t think we could have had as successful of a day as we did without your amazing work!”

Reception Venue: Belle Isle Casino Detroit | Ceremony Venue: Peace Lutheran Church, Livonia | Hair and makeup stylist: Noelle Williams | Entertainment: Kai Pearce | Dress Designer: Melissa Sweet | Bridal Boutique: David’s Bridal | Florist: Conner Park Florist | Catering: Elite Catering Co. | Cake: Josef’s European Pastry Shop | Groom’s Attire: Joseph Abboud

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