• Yana

Intimate wedding venues for artsy couples in Michigan

Updated: 2 days ago

If you're not the type that is satisfied with a generic interior of typical wedding halls, keep reading. You are in for a treat!

Spaces have a unique ability to set the tone for a wedding, there is a bit of magic to be found, when peoples' personalities perfectly blend with the vibe of the architectural features of the venue. My favorite spaces are quirky, inspiring, they evoke a certain feeling, a bit of melancholia, or bring out a lovely memory. But most importantly - they are a vibrant visual addition to our shoot.

As a wedding photographer located in Michigan, I get to explore new venues in Ann Arbor, Detroit and surrounding areas each season, so it would be a shame not to compile a list of the magical favs! From industrial venues in Detroit to barns surrounded by fields of tall grass.

PLANTERRA, West Bloomfield, MI


Planterra Conservatory is a glass-enclosed, botanical garden venue. With European curved trusses, indoor koi ponds and a dramatic stone archway, the Conservatory houses a wide collection of ush, exotic botanicals. Providing views of the stars on a clear night and soft, natural light during the day,



Vinology provides a unique space in the heart of Ann Arbor! The entire lower level, consisting of all three event rooms, may be booked to seat up to 100 guests. Weddings have the unique opportunity to utilize the event spaces by transforming them from ceremony, dinner, to reception.



Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is a historic, multi-award winning event space, wedding venue and working farm in Dexter, Michigan. The 42 acre farm and its venues were restored from their 1834 foundations with the most discerning guests in mind. Featuring a beautiful exhibition kitchen, chef’s garden, a classic farmhouse, four-season barn and a stunning tent pavilion, guests can enjoy the beauty of the countryside just minutes from downtown Ann Arbor.

LOFT 310, Kalamazoo, MI


Located in the trendy Entertainment District downtown Kalamazoo, Loft 310 is unlike any other in MI. With 10+ original venues on half a city block! Located inside the Rosenbaum Building overlooking East Michigan Avenue, the space loves nothing more than to sit back and let you run the show without any ugly details to botch your imagination.

University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), Ann Arbor, MI


UMMA hosts upwards of twenty weddings a year for the most discerning of clients. The elegant sophistication of the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Apse makes it an ideal location for a wedding ceremony, reception or other special celebration. Housed in the Alumni Memorial Hall part of the building, guests are greeted by luxurious marble floors, a soaring 40-foot skylight, and works of art from our permanent collection. The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Apse can accommodate 275 guests for dinner and up to 500 for a reception. For smaller events the modern sophistication of the Forum or Commons makes a lovely event space. You can choose your own caterer from our list of approved caterers to create the perfect event for you and your guests. Galleries may be open for your event for a private viewing experience.



The site, formerly home to Hook and Ladder House No. 5 and the Detroit Fire Department Repair Shop, is inextricably associated with the development of Detroit’s professional fire department. Erected in 1888, Hook and Ladder House No. 5 is now the second oldest standing fire station in the city of Detroit. A unique, industrial space provides a blank canvas for an imaginative couple.



The historic Garden Theater, one of Detroit's first neighborhood theaters, was designed in 1912 by famed architect C.Howard Crane (Fox Theatre). After decades in ruin, the Garden Theater underwent a multi-million restoration and reopened October 2013.

If you two are looking to take a different direction and get married outdoors in an epic landscape, check out my website and related blog posts about elopements and outdoors weddings in Michigan and all over the US.

After all - this day is about you two have the absolute right to celebrate your nuptials in a way that is your own!

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since 2012

Mary + Brett
katina + blake
Julie + Michael

Ann Arbor, Detroit, Michigan & Midwest boutique wedding photographer.
Traveling worldwide for adventurous weddings & intimate elopements.



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