Like cotton-candy for the eyes—that’s how we feel about the pastel colors of Logain and Basim’s fun, urban portraits and modern-glam wedding photographed by Paige Gabert. The couple, who met and live in the Bay Area, are both originally from the Midwest and decided to throw a “destination” wedding in Detroit. And they definitely made sure to choose a venue with a view—the 72nd floor of theRenaissance Center! We’re loving the intimacy of the day and the simple, modern-glam elements like the ruffle-y cabbage rose bouquet by Natalia, gold leafing on the cake and the sleek architectural bar. Gorge!
What made the wedding special and unique?
Our wedding was unique because it was really simple and it was almost a destination wedding because we both planned it from California. We chose to keep the wedding in the Midwest to have it be easier for our families to come to it. The venue was in the Detroit Renaissance Center in Coach Insignia on the 72nd because we felt like the cozy intimate feeling of a smaller venue coupled with the most amazing views from the top would make the wedding special and unique.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
The Wedding Dress was a Casablanca Gown and I found it while shopping with a friend in Brides of California Boutique in Northern California! I actually didn’t find the dress on my own, the consultant helping me (her name was Sam and she was awesome) actually picked it out and put it in my room to try on and it was one of the last ones I tried on! It was so unique because of the fabric and color. My favorite part of the dress is the three different layers of it. You truly have to see it in person to realize how unique the dress is. The bottom layer is a Pink Silk topped with two layers of see-through light ivory chiffon that had one with velvet work done and the other with lace. It was so beautiful, I already miss wearing it! I wanted to show Basim the dress so badly, it was hard to wait until the day of. The gown looked incredible with the Veil from Pronovias that had beautiful Ostrich Feathers in it.
What were some touches added to make it personal?
Basim actually created the entrance song and collaborated with our DJ to make it perfect. He spent a lot of time to have the perfect song that had Arabic and The Rock since it’s his idol! The entrance was really fun! I think he spent more time working and worrying about the entrance song than the first dance. Also, the video my sister created was amazing. It’s like our lives put in a short 15min movie and she interviewed us individually too, so it was super cute.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
There were so many but at the top of my list was when my mom helped me in my dress and then followed by the beautiful speeches my brother and sister prepared. Basim would argue that the whole day was memorable from start to finish, I remember looking at him and he had the biggest smile I had ever seen on him since we met. That made me really happy.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Basim and I are both from the Midwest and we moved to California to pursue new lives and careers. We met at an Improv Show in Downtown San Francisco. The theater was packed and I thought I would have to sit on the stairs until I noticed only two seats left at the top for me and my friends. As I walked up the stairs, I remember looking at Basim and smiling. We randomly sat next to each other and hit it off right away! After that, we spent a lot of time getting to know each other and we knew there was a connection between us that we had never felt before with anyone. We couldn’t wait to get our families involved and let them know that we were thinking of getting married. Basim visited my parents to ask for their blessing in Minnesota and then the next week I was in Michigan meeting his family as well.
Photography: Paige Gabert // Coordinator: Regina Peter // Florist: Natalia // Videographer: Ryan Inman // DJ/Band: DJRamz // Caterer: Coach Insignia // Bakery: Baked Impressions // Hair + Make-Up: Sarah Ordo