Wedding updates
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and with concern for the safety of our family and friends, we are rescheduling our wedding reception to 08/07/2021. We will marry on 09/19/2020 at home, in our backyard, with a small gathering of immediate family. We hope you will save another date for us and can't wait to be with you next year!
Allison & Brendan




Allison and Brendan

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Our Story

We met on a snowy weekday in January 2015 at the Black Lotus restaurant in Clawson, Michigan. It wasn't Valentine's Day yet, but (OK) Cupid brought us together! On that first date, we spoke at length about Africa and African politics, something we bonded over having both visited Africa for extended periods of time. In the many weeks and months that followed, we shared time in Birmingham where Allison lived, and Royal Oak where Brendan lived with his boys, Connor and Keegan. In those moments together, big and small, we discovered a deep love. We bought a beautiful farmhouse in 2017, which is now our home, our spot on the map.

Our story is not so different from many of your stories. We have built a relationship of love, respect and abiding discovery and are happy to share our wedding with you. It is our greatest joy to continue this incredible adventure of life and love with our family and friends. See you in Detroit!


Marriage Ceremony

5:30 PM, September 19, 2020

Detroit Opera House

1526 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226

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Cocktail Hour and Reception

6:00 PM, September 19, 2020

Detroit Opera House

1526 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226

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After Party

11:00 PM, September 19, 2020

Location TBD, nearby the Opera House

1526 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226

Please check back for updates on location. We plan to be within walking distance of the Detroit Opera House.
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Wedding Party

Jennifer Ball

Maid of Honor

Sister of the bride

Connor Nolan

Best Man

Son of the groom

Keegan Nolan

Best Man

Son of the groom

Cassandra Hartley


Friend of the couple



We were unable to secure room blocks because of the popularity of the Detroit area.
If you are planning to book a hotel, please reserve early and let us know if you have any questions.

The Siren Hotel

A small boutique hotel, just 295 feet from the Opera House, with a variety of uniquely decorated rooms. There's a coffee bar, a diner with a jukebox and an amazing cocktail lounge. We went to The Candy Bar on Allison's last birthday and shared some great drinks. We were lucky to get in; it's quite popular!
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The Element Detroit

Just 397 feet from the Opera House, the Element Detroit has a beautiful lobby and a complimentary breakfast bar. There are suites available. The Monarch Club is on the rooftop.
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The Aloft Detroit

In the historic David Whitney building, the Aloft Detroit is 0.2 miles from the Opera House and just adjacent to Grand Circus Park. It was recently renovated and the building is just stunning!
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The Shinola Hotel

The Shinola Hotel opened in January of 2019 and is 0.2 miles from the Opera House. This iconic hotel is thoughtfully designed and has a timeless sense of style and quality craftsmanship. We loved our time here in May 2019! San Morello restaurant and the Evening Bar are on site. Adjacent, in the Parker's Alley shopping area, are Penny Red's and the Brakeman.
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Green Dot Stables
La Feria
Slows Bar BBQ
Wright & Company
Maru Sushi & Grill


The Candy Bar
The Evening Bar
The Woodbridge (the site of our second date!)
The Sugar House
Two James Distillery

Things to See and Do

Detroit Institute of Arts
Belle Isle
The Riverwalk
The Detroit Zoo
Michigan Science Center
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Motown Museum


At the Candy Bar in the Siren Hotel for Allison's birthday.
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Gift Registry

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Other Information

Contact Us

Please email or call us with any questions.

Allison~ 248.962.8520
Brendan~ 313.802.3411
Kathleen Ball (Mother of the bride)~ 248.514.0991

Please note

To allow all wedding guests, including parents, a night of relaxation and uninhibited revelry, this will be an adults-only event. The only children attending will be Connor and Keegan, the groom's children and best men.


Cocktail attire


Airport: Detroit Metropolitan Airport, usually called Detroit Metro Airport, Metro Airport, or just DTW, is a major international airport in Romulus, Michigan. It is the primary domestic and international airport serving Detroit. Detroit is a Delta hub.

Local transport:

Detroit Opera House History


There is elevator access at the Detroit Opera House.


Free valet parking will be available at the Detroit Opera House on the day of the wedding.

There is valet parking at each hotel for about $30-35/night.
Leah Bisch