Stephanie Bloom and Spencer Lucker celebrate their union with family traditions, hometown pride — and pie.
By Leena Rao
Photography by Blaine Siesser Photography
For their July 6 wedding, Stephanie Bloom and Spencer Lucker combined two of their passions: appreciation for Jewish traditions, and excitement about Detroit’s resurgence.
Bloom, the director of client engagement at Bloom Asset Management in Farmington Hills, grew up in West Bloomfield, and Lucker, who hails from Arkansas and works for the Detroit Mayor’s Workforce Development Board, has made the city his adopted hometown. (The couple, both 32, live in Detroit.) “Detroit is such a vibrant city, both historically and currently, that I knew it would be a great place to welcome friends from all over the country and world,” says Lucker. “It’s an exciting place to celebrate big life moments.”
While Bloom envisioned a small wedding “in a backyard,” she says, the couple realized they’d need a bigger space to accommodate their large families and group of friends. They settled on the Garden Theater, a historic venue built in 1912 that happens to be located across the street from their first apartment in Michigan (the couple moved here from Washington, D.C., in 2018).
With the help of Carlyn Roth from The Bash Events in Birmingham, Bloom and Lucker set out to create an elegant wedding that combined their favorite local foods — like pie from Sister Pie and tacos from The Fountain Detroit — as well as Jewish rituals and family traditions from both sides.
Bloomfield Hills-based Breath of Spring florists (who also did the florals for Bloom’s bat mitzvah decades earlier) created a rustic chuppah — a canopy under which the bride and groom stand during the marriage ceremony — that nodded to the couple’s “forest” theme. It featured white flowers and a fabric covering that included parts of wedding dresses worn by Lucker’s and Bloom’s grandmothers, plus Bloom’s sister and mother. The ceremony also incorporated Jewish prayer shawls that belonged to both the bride’s and groom’s relatives.Bloom (who wore a strapless dress by Israeli designer Mira Zwillinger) wanted a more intimate feeling, so the chuppah was constructed in the center of the room, with the wedding’s 250 guests seated in a circle around the couple. ”Everyone could see the ceremony from every seat in the venue,” she says. “It was the most beautiful setting I’d ever seen.”
Before the ceremony, the couple’s matchmakers — friends who’d set them up — signed the Jewish marriage contract known as the ketubah. “Everyone was singing Jewish songs in a circle,” says Bloom. “It was so touching because they were songs we’ve both grown up singing our entire lives.”
After the ceremony, the couple’s guests were treated to a surf-and-turf dinner from Forte Belanger, and salted-maple and strawberry-rhubarb pies from Sister Pie. Tunes were provided by Rhythm Collective, a group Bloom saw during a wedding-band-scouting trip to New York (she knew they were perfect for her wedding after witnessing a particularly awesome Motown set).
Bloom and Lucker kicked off the party with their first dance, to Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are,” a reminder of the early years of the couple’s relationship, when they’d sing along to Joel tunes while making dinner. The song’s theme — accepting your loved one, flaws and all — is fitting, says Lucker. “It reminds us that we are both imperfect, yet full of unique traits that we love about each other.”