I am SO excited to share Shelby and Ethan’s feature film!! Now that the chill of winter is behind us, we can look upon it with fondness in the form of their beautiful Detroit Athletic Club winter wedding! Shelby and Ethan have been an absolute joy to work with, and they capture what we love best about making wedding films: we got to tell their beautiful love story, and create a memory for them that will remain long after their wedding day. What I love about their story is their joy and gratitude in celebrating with the people they love. Everything about the day was about the relationships that had brought them to this point. They were kind enough to give us a bit more insight into their story before the wedding day!
Shelby and Ethan’s love story began in what they would both consider the most unlikely of places – new employee orientation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in June 2011. After three long days, it was finally time to head back to Chicago. Ethan and Shelby had talked briefly throughout the three days – most notably Ethan commented on her small stature which is ironic given the fact that he is not a beacon of height either – but the connection really began on the 90 minute train ride back to the Windy City. On his ride to his apartment from the train station, Ethan called his mom to let her know he met someone…someone special.
On September 21st, 2013 at the Michigan State vs. Notre Dame game at Notre Dame, Ethan proposed to Shelby overlooking the Golden Dome and the Grotto. Together they went to the Grotto and light a candle for their future together. Ethan had planned the engagement for weeks, if not months. He first took a trip to New York City to design Shelby’s ring with the help of his mom, he of course asked her parents permission, and then made sure that all the parents were at the game to surprise Shelby after the proposal. Ethan thought of every last detail and functioned as “air traffic control” for a full 48 hours trying to get everything “just right”. It was an amazing day filled with SO much love and laughter…that love, laughter and joy would continue for another 15 months as the two planned their winter wedding for December 12th, 2014.
The entire wedding planning process was an amazing experience from beginning to end. It brought both the Winstanley family and the Douville family closer than ever before. The love and joy that was bestowed upon Ethan and Shelby were more than they could ever imagine. They truly feel blessed and honored for all the love, support and generosity from their family and friends.
After 15 months of planning and organizing the day had finally arrived – December 12th, 2014. Ethan will tell you that he wasn’t nervous one bit for the wedding, Shelby on the other hand was a bundle of nerves, joy and excitement. The two truly balanced each other out throughout all of the wedding festivities. From beginning to end, the day was truly the best, most magical day of their lives. It was an emotional and happy day for so many reasons – Shelby and Ethan were thrilled to be celebrating their union but were also thrilled to be celebrating all of the people who have gotten them to that point. The two would not be the people they are today without the constant love and support of their amazing families and friends. It was truly a magical day; a day that Shelby and Ethan won’t soon forget.
I could probably write a novel filled with praise for 3rd Street Films… Words can’t accurately describe the true joy Ethan and I feel when we watch our wedding videos and we could not be happier with how our story was told. 3rd Street Films is incredibly talented in that they not only capture the wedding day but they capture the emotions of the day and have this unbelievable ability to piece together hours and hours of footage and tell the most beautiful love story. We would use them again in a heartbeat, absolutely no questions asked. Thank you 3rd Street Films for taking us back to our wedding day time and time again! The way you were able to capture everything and tell our love story is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and far surpassed our expectations and is better than we could have ever imagined! We truly can’t thank you enough!!!! ~ Ethan and Shelby Douville
Shelby and Ethan, we can’t thank YOU enough for being such wonderful costars in your wedding film, and such gracious clients. We are truly flattered by your kind words and are honored to have been a part in your special day. And special thanks to photographer extraordinaire Abby Rose Photo for being so fun to work with and for allowing us to use your beautiful images. Congratulations Shelby and Ethan!
Editor | 3rd Street Films
Reception Venue | Detroit Athletic Club
Ceremony Venue | Saint Paul on the Lake Catholic Church
Photography | Abby Rose Photography
Coordinator | Julia Alden
Florals | Flowers by Gabby
Entertainment | Skyline & the Backstreet Horns