Society Confidential: Fairy tale wedding in Detroit

Chuck Bennett

Abood, Aoun have fairy tale wedding reception

Passers-by on Woodward Avenue downtown Detroit last weekend were curious about the marquee on the Fillmore Detroit. Is it a concert? Is it a movie? It simply read, “The Wedding Joelle and Jeffrey Abood.” In actuality, it was the venue for the reception of a truly spectacular fairytale wedding. Jeffrey Abood (a lawyer) and Joelle Aoun (a doctor) created a nuptial ceremony that dreams are made of, including the escape from the church in a plumed horse-drawn carriage adorned in a cloud of white tulle. Among the multitude of “wow” moments at the Fillmore were fire performers, aerialists, a concert from Ben Sharkey, a marvelous food orgy orchestrated by Mark Zarkin from Lelli’s on the Green and an enchanting garden of white calla lilies, hydrangea and roses created by Jeffrey Floral Architecture. The happy couple is honeymooning in St. Thomas and will reside in a new home in Birmingham.

Zana Smith tries her hand as a disc jockey

In celebration of 33 years in business, Zana Smith, who owns Spectacles in downtown Detroit, gave birth to a new series, “Zana Spins Vinyl,” which will take place every Tuesday in July at Truth Music Cafe. Last week, the festivities kicked off with a concert in the park, from Collective Peace, featuring Amp Fiddler and Dwele. Some 200 people came out to Harmonie Park to see the contemporary group perform songs from their chart-topping album, “Introducing Collective Peace.” Afterward, about 50 people were invited to come across the street to Truth to hear Zana make her DJ debut.

“I know a lot of DJs – Derrick May, Norm Tally, Jeff Mills – but they’re all international celebrities,” Zana explains. “I decided I had to take matters into my own hands. What fun. Most of my selections were from albums from the 1970s. The crowd seemed to really enjoy it.”

Next week, musician Brandon Williams takes the stage in the park at 6 p.m. before Zana spins the vinyl at Truth Music Cafe at 8 p.m. For more information call Spectacles at (313) 963-6886.

Townhouse Detroit fashions a brunch ‘journey’

Sunday brunch has become a huge deal in The D as of late, often requiring a 30-minute wait before guests can be seated. Beans & Cornbread in Southfield transforms its entire cocktail bar into a long buffet filled with an array of soulful delights, including everything from fried catfish to miniature sweet potato pies (cocktails can still be ordered). D’Amato’s in Royal Oak offers a Bloody Mary Bar, along with homemade cinnamon doughnuts and live jazz. Most recently, Jeremy Sasson at Townhouse Detroit has tossed his hat in the ring with a series of themed brunches, starting with a “Veuve Clicquot Journey” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“Detroiters have become quite serious about their Sunday brunch options,” Sasson comments. “They want more than the usual made-to-order omelets. So we’re going to give them unforgettable experiences that will keep them coming back.”

The Veuve brunch will feature exclusive dishes crafted with the popular Champagne, like mimosa French toast with orange-infused Veuve Clicquot syrup. There will also be a Veuve-branded photo booth and Champagne features offering various discounts.

“For your listening (and maybe dancing) pleasure there will be ear candy from Captn20 and DJ Whip,” Sasson says. “Fashionable attire is preferred. Champagne drinking is required.”

For more info, call (313) 723-1000.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of and the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador.