Back in 2014, Darrien and Ben met on a cold February night at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. Both were attending a Shabbat dinner hosted by NEXGen Detroit through Jewish Federation, a dinner that Darrien and Ben were coaxed into going to by a friend.
Darrien and Ben sat across from each other at the same table and locked eyes. It wasn't until Darrien stood next to Ben in the food line that she admired his Pebble Watch (a precursor to the Apple Watch) and complimented Ben's "techy" gadget. Unbeknownst to Darrien, Ben fended off two suitors who were vying for Darrien's attention - and number. Once Ben shooed them away, he struck up a conversation with Darrien and mustered up the courage to ask for her digits. A few months later (yes, you read that correctly), Darrien agreed to meet for a drink after many weeks of Ben's persistence and determination.
You see, Darrien was playing "hard to get" and this was no match against Ben's resolve. Darrien and Ben met at the Oakland in downtown Ferndale for a drink, and the date lasted over 3 hours! Darrien immediately fell for Ben's Israeli charm and knew that there was something incredibly special about this guy.
Here's the part in the story where Darrien and Ben tend to disagree on what happened next. From Ben's perspective, when they were saying goodbye after their great first date, Darrien tried to lean in for the "goodnight kiss" and Ben, being the gentleman that he is, swerved out of the way to be respectful.
Darrien denies this happened, although she has confessed that after a few drinks at the local bar, the details after the date are a bit fuzzy for her. And, the rest they say is history!
Shower and wedding invitations have officially been mailed! We understand the post office has been experiencing delays with mail as of late. Please don't hesitate to reach out and let us know if you have not received your invitation by Sunday, May 1st.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH
SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH
Rehearsal Dinner for out-of-town guests
1555 Broadway Street
Attire: All White!
Wedding Ceremony and Reception
State Savings Bank
151 West Fort Street
Attire: Black Tie Optional
We highly recommend booking your reservation at one of many fabulous Detroit hotels as all wedding festivities will be taking place in downtown Detroit!
We want to ensure that lodging and travel are most convenient for our out-of-town guests and family. Not to mention, all the delicious Detroit coffee shops, restaurants, and shops just steps outside your door. The Detroit Foundation Hotel is a 3-minute walk from the State Savings Bank, the closest hotel to the reception Saturday night where most family members and friends will be staying. The other Detroit hotels listed below are also fantastic options, and only a short walk or Uber ride from any of the two venues downtown.