You may recognize this remarkable power couple from their downtown Detroit engagement session last October. Sandra is a brilliant and beautiful woman that makes the cutest scrunched up nose when she smiles. JP is a highly motivated and dapper man that cherishes his Sandy with all of his heart (just look at how he looks at her throughout the post below – ah!). When they’re not being kick-ass lawyers, JP and Sandra are usually surrounding themselves with friends and family, enjoying a little tequila, or planning their next trip around the globe.
JP and his groomsmen prepped for the big day by suiting up and shared some laughs over their love for WWE. Sandra and her girls got a little pampering at Lavish Salon and arrived to the house looking fabulous. Before we headed to the ceremony, Sandra’s maid of honour surprised her with a touching gift from JP. He had written her a toast of admiration to be read aloud in front of all of her friends, and arranged for a special bottle of Dom Perigean (vintage 2006 no less!) to be shared among them. With that, they left for the church filled with joy and excitement.
Their heartwarming ceremony took place at Ste. Anne’s Parish in Tecumseh. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house watching JP’s face as his favourite girl walked down the aisle towards him. After some meaning scripture readings and a blessing, we headed to The Art Gallery of Windsor for a clean, modern, and fresh photos.
The reception followed at Fogolar Furlan where Elegance By Design brought the ivory, champagne, and blush wedding theme to life that JP and Sandra had dreamed of. Shelby’s Sweet Shoppe added to the beauty with a stunning desserts table for their guests. Highlights of the night were the speeches made between friends and family. These people love and value each other on such a deep level. Even we were in tears! DJ PJ got the party started with his enthusiastic drumming and ACS Productions set the mood with lighting for an epic dance party.
JP and Sandra, we adore you both, and could not be happier that you have been so lucky in love. Thank you for inviting us into these once in a lifetime moments to share in your joy! We will never forget the love, admiration, and gratitude we felt that day between you and your families. We know you already know how blessed you are! Never forget it. xo
“The first time I saw you, my heart whispered, “that’s the one”.” -Unknown
“We are so incredibly happy to have chosen Arica and Josh at Manifesto to capture our engagement and wedding photos. Arica and Josh, not only are you two amazing photographers, but you are even better people! We instantly felt comfortable with you after our initial meeting over beer and cookies at your studio. We had a blast during our engagement shoot in downtown Detroit. That session felt like hanging out with old friends rather than a photo shoot. What a great night that was! We want to do it again! On our wedding day, Arica and Josh kept everything in order and captured our favourite moments, from Josh hanging out with the boys at our house, to Arica helping the ladies look their best. Arica and Josh wore many hats on our wedding day to ensure that we were as comfortable and happy as we could be! (Arica even helped with the bustle on Sandra’s dress!) By the time our wedding day came, we were glad that Arica and Josh were spending it with us–not only as our photographers, but as our friends. The world needs more people like Arica and Josh, we look forward to building on the friendship we have established!” – Love, Sandra & JP
Ceremony: Ste. Anne’s Parish
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Felichia Bridal
Hair: Lavish Hair Concepts
Makeup: Rose from MAC
Bridal Gown Brand: Essense of Australia
Bridal Gown Shop: It’s Your Day
Florist: Emily Elizabeth Floral
Desserts: Shelby’s Sweet Shoppe
Decorator: Elegance by Design
Lighting: ACS Productions
Videographer: Steve Shelson from Straylight Films
DJ/Band: DJPJ Productions
Reception Venue: Fogolar Furlan