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BG Bride: Hayley

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Wedding Date: May 5, 2018

"Sean and I met at Wayne State University in Detroit at a career fair for physicians. He was representing psychiatry and I, being interested in psychiatry (and maybe him), approached the booth. We didn't hit it off then, but we kept running into each other after. We began talking and while Sean says I gave him the run-around, we eventually ended up grabbing dinner and drinks. We had just begun dating when Sean had to move to D.C. for further training so we did long-distance for a year. It was tough, but we made it fun and made Pittsburgh our meet up spot since it was half way between Detroit and D.C. After the year of training was up, Sean moved to Windsor (he's Canadian!), which was as close to me as he could get. And I guess the rest is history!

"I went into dress shopping with a specific style in mind. I wanted to find a dress with a lot of lace, sleeves, a higher neck line, and an open back. When I began trying on dresses similar to my ideal dress, I realized it just did not work well for me. I was overwhelmed because that was the style of dress I had been looking at for so long and now I wasn't sure what would work for me. It was then that the horse hair bottom of the Maggie Sottero Zulani caught my eye. It was not a dress I could see myself in, but there was something about it I was drawn to, and when I tried it on...sold." 

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"I already wish we could do [the wedding day] again. We had a long day with the ceremony not even starting until 4pm, so we decided to do a first look so we could spend some of our special day together. That was one of my favorite parts of the day. We got to see each other with no one else around and we were able to just take it all in, which as I found out, is difficult to do on your wedding day. We then joined our wedding party for more pictures, got married, and headed off to the reception at The Gem, a historic theatre in Detroit. It was so romantic and so full of character. One of my other favorite parts of the day was our first dance, which was sung by my friend and accompanied by my uncle playing my late grandfather's guitar. It was so beautiful and meant the world to us." 

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"[My advice for future brides is to] just enjoy the ride and be flexible. Things change or may not always go according to plan, but it will be beautifully imperfect. As far as wedding dress shopping goes,  try one dress you could never imagine yourself might be the one you walk down the aisle in."

Photographer: Laura Jude Hathaway, Optical Amusements

Florist: Viviano Flower Shop (St. Clair Shores)

Tux: Indochino

Venue: The Gem in Detroit

Bridal Gown: "Zulani" by Maggie Sottero  from Bridal Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Carly Garvelink