AS I SIT WRITING THIS LETTER at the end of May, it finally feels like we are turning the corner with the coronavirus. Vaccination numbers are going up daily, and case numbers are going down. People are starting to gather again, seeing family and friends in person for the first time in more than a year. Life is starting to feel normal again.
That return to normalcy has brought with it a renewed excitement for the summer wedding season ahead, and we have channeled that joy in the pages of this issue. From bold, bright wedding cakes in every color of the rainbow (page 37) to our lush, romantic cover story inspired by everyone’s favorite Netflix guilty pleasure (page 46), each page is filled with celebratory optimism.
While we’re looking forward to all that the covid-free future holds, we’re also taking time to celebrate the ingenuity and innovation that occurred within the wedding industry last year. Wedding photographer Abby Rosenbaum and her business partner, architect Lisa Sauve, launched StudioStudio, a unique creative space in Ann Arbor that has hosted everything from photo shoots to pop-up elopements (page 11). A little further west, The Collins Off Main, a chic new venue complete with a botanical champagne wall, opened its doors in downtown Chelsea (page 28). Tiffany Harold officially established her bespoke calligraphy and stationery studio, The Ambrosia Rabbit (page 24), and Elyse Finnegan and Nicole Jaber launched Smash Cakes Detroit, our favorite new way to ask your besties to be your bridesmaids (page 20). All of these entrepreneurs took a leap of faith in 2020, and their creativity is worth applauding.
I would also like to take this chance to applaud all the couples who wed in the last year. Whether it was a Zoom wedding like Jacob Lewkow and Lucas Aguera’s (page 32) or a fashion forward fete for 10 like Angela Wisniewski-Cobbina and Awenate Cobbina’s (page 70), celebrations of love were a bright light in an uncertain year.
Cheers to the future,