Lizzy and Tigist had their wedding ceremony at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, with their wedding reception at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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HOW DID YOU MEET? Tigist: While I was in law school at UC Berkeley, I went to visit my friend Markus who was in grad school at the Harvard Kennedy School. We decided we’d join some of his friends from school at a local queer night at a bar called Zuzu’s. One of the friends who came was Lizzy, and we had some drinks and danced. We both really liked each other, but I had to return to California the next day – we stayed in touch for a while, but it kind of seemed like we were too far away from each other to actually date. I had to go back to Cambridge for a conference a few months later, so we had the chance to see each other again. While I was visiting, the worst blizzard in Boston’s history hit and it was named, coincidentally, Winter Storm Marcus. So my flight back to California was cancelled for a whole week, and Lizzy and I spent that week talking and getting to know each other better – and realized we were both planning to move to Brooklyn that summer. With that information, we decided to give a relationship a try, and it ended up working out pretty well!
THE LOCATION: Lizzy: We decided to get married in Detroit because that’s where my family is from, and it was a good central location for all of our friends traveling from all over the country. Plus, I had been living in Brooklyn for most of my adult life and really wanted to show our community how great Detroit is! We had both wanted to have our reception at the Detroit Institute of Arts because it’s so beautiful and Tigist was really awestruck the first time she saw the Rivera Court, but they don’t host any religious ceremonies so we decided to have the ceremony at the Book Cadillac Hotel since it’s such a historic and beautiful building (and made things very convenient for our guests).
DID YOU HAVE A FIRST LOOK? Lizzy: We did! It was on the staircase of the Book Cadillac, right after we both finished getting ready.