Gallery: 18 couples embrace the holiday spirit and each other in downtown Detroit

December 19, 2021, 8:50 PM by  Alan Stamm

Robert and Andria LaMothe of Eastpointe are dressed in holiday style. (Photos: Instagram)

Campus Martius and Cadillac Square Park have a huggy-kissy vibe again, a contrast to last December's less-festive scene when you-know-what closed the rink, carriage rides, vendors' booths and restaurants.

Though plague risks rise anew, holiday traditions pull visitors downtown from city neighborhoods, from around the region and from distant points. Many pose near the 65-foot Norway spruce with 20,000 LED lights, alongside the skating oval and at Insta-ready winter tableaus in Cadillac Lodge.

Jada and Wendell Browning with their visiting children

After a rough pair of years, the towering evergreen, bell-ringers, clopping horses, Winter Market and bright lights are touchstones of the time before. Daily crowds include couples of all ages, enjoying Christmas time in the city, dressed in holiday style. It's a time for recalling past holidays, reflecting on a year gone by, building new memories and walking in a winter wonderland. 

Scenes of comfort and joy, posted on Instagram, show Detroit's charm and sentimentality in a season of promise and passion.

We hope those emotions burn brightly for you too as you look for anyone you may know in this gallery of 18 couples.

Brittany and David Vitu Jr. of Vassar in Michigan's Thumb region. "Life can get hectic, dates with your spouse should always be a priority," he posts.

Stephanie Swiercz of Detroit, a White Glove marketing manager, and Brian Jones, aka DJ Wave Point

Jose J. Martinez and Sara Doty, a Beaumont Health registered nurse, pose after he proposed Friday at the tree.

Nicholas Viox of Traverse City and Anthony Nowaczyk of St. Clair Shores

Jessica and Aaron Arnold of Waterford wed in 2019. She's an artist and he's an engineering survey technician.

Accountant A.J. Mestdagh of Royal Oak proposes Friday at Campus Martius to Molly Rose Livingstone of Pleasant Ridge, who said "yes."

Niko Niemi of Cottrellville and licensed practical nurse Nikki Leonard of Marine City, also in St. Clair County.

Leanna and John Okar of White Lake

Madeline Schmidt of Shelby Township, a Henry Ford Hospital intensive care nurse, and companion

Michael and Jessica Behen of Wyandotte married in October.

Sterling Heights nurse Jordan Howard with her fiance

Megan and Chris Rea of Rochester Hills
Tabitha Sumerville, an emergency medical technician in Ingham County, and her boyfriend Mike of Warren

Jennifer and Robert Trevino of Adrian married 25 years ago and have two children.

Steve and Courtney Scibilia of Wyandotte

Teanna VanHorn and Alex Zuker of Howell, posing at Cadillac Lodge, plan a May wedding.


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