05/13/2013 11:30 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Detroit Weddings: Ana & Joel Celebrate Wedding With Bikes, Local Vendors At Belle Isle, Casino Venue

Lance Havelka via Love in the D

This post comes to us courtesy of Love in the D, Detroit's blog for socially conscious local weddings in the city.

Q: Tell me about your love for Detroit.

Joel: We are passionate about spending our money in Detroit. A wedding is a major capital investment, so we made a commitment that we wanted to get married in Detroit and use Detroit vendors as much as we could. I work in sustainability and am excited about Detroit being a hotbed for a more sustainable, greener society.

Ana: My dad had a big presence in Detroit as an advertising photographer who was really involved in his community. My father was known by many people in the city and had a very deep love and commitment to the city. After coming back from the west coast, I knew this is the place where I want to spend the rest of my life.

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Q: Sustainability is a big part of your lives. How did that translate into your wedding meal?

All our food at the wedding was grown within 100 miles of Detroit. Most of the food was grown much closer. The meat was purchased from an Eastern Market farmer. Brother Nature provided the greens. The Canapé Cart was excited about preparing our meal using local food! Instead of a wedding cake, our baker friends brought fruit pies.

See more photos from Ana & Joel's wedding at Belle Isle, and explore more possibilities for socially-conscious local weddings at Love in the D.

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