Alisunn Virginia Curtin

and

Robert Michael Jones

Alisunn Virginia Curtin and Robert Michael Jones

The Meet Cute

It happens when you least expect it. Robert was volunteering at an event at Space 4 Art (where his sculpture studio is located and where Alisunn previously worked) when the two struck up a casual conversation. There was an immediate connection, both feeling at ease and comfortable with each other. They went on their first date shortly after and it was soon apparent they had found something unique and special in each other...and, most importantly, Alisunn's cat ultimately gave her approval. They moved in together and started to take on the world as a duo- supporting and encouraging one another and at times challenging and frustrating each other but always with love and respect. During the summer of 2016, in the middle of being separated for eight weeks, it was clear to both they had found their partner. Like their relationship, the proposal wasn't flashy or over the top. The moment was genuine, heart felt, and honest.

We couldn't be more excited to share our big day with all of you. Thank you to all for your love and support as we continue on this journey together!


Events

Wedding Ceremony + Reception

4:00 PM, September 2, 2017
Ypsilanti Freighthouse
100 Market Place, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

The Ypsilanti Freighthouse kindly requests guests utilize the Maple Street parking lot, just a short walk around the railroad tracks from the building. Please do not cross the tracks at any point other than the corner of Cross Street and River Street. The railroad tracks are on private property and there is a hefty fine for those who trespass.

The Maple Street Parking lot is located at 1 Maple Street, Ypsilanti MI 48198.
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Wedding Party

Emileigh Curtin

Maid of Honor

Emileigh is my sister - what else is there to say!? She is the one who has literally been there since day one, mastering the tricky balance of protecting and harassing me. While we didn't agree on much growing up, I've come to understand how important a big sister is and she has been my biggest cheerleader. She's fiercely loyal and one of the most generous people you'll ever meet. I'm very lucky to have her on my side!

Nahal Nikoumanesh

Bridesmaid

Nahal and I met our sophomore year in High School. She thought I had an attitude and I thought she was too loud and bossy but Pepperidge Farm Goldfish brought us together and 15 years later, we're still best friends. She's the person who will give you the advice you need but might not want to hear, she gives 100% in whatever she does and will always put a smile on your face.

Katie Stancil

Bridesmaid

Katie and I have known each other since Middle School but we didn't become close until 9th grade. I think it was our mutual love of General Hospital and Celine Dion that really sealed the deal. Living the furthest away from all of our friends, there were a lot of nights practicing the final dance routine from Sister Act II, eating ramen noodles, and figuring out how we could get on "Oprah's Favorite Things".

Jessica Cheadle - Theis

Bridesmaid

Jessica and I met in grad school in 2010 in Minneapolis. Being transplants, we quickly became friends because of her sense of humor, kindness, and our mutual love of the Minnesota State Fair. She is constantly thinking of others before herself and is always up for a late night adventure!

Jason Riley

Bridesman

Is there such thing as a bridesman? Yes, there is! I couldn't imagine leaving Jason out of my wedding festivities because he's such an important person in my life. We met in High School, in our junior year Physics class. He graciously helped me with our homework (because he saw I was a permanent passenger on the struggle bus) and has been helping me ever since. Whether I need a shoulder to cry on, a slap in the face, or words of encouragement, Jason is always there.

Chris Hill

Best Man

A fast friend my freshman year in college, Chris and I pushed each other in the gym, on the floor hockey court, and onto the dance floor. He bitch slapped my anxiety with his chillness and I kicked him in the ass when he needed it. His prankster ways and brilliant timing with a joke made for fun times. A year after driving him out to San Diego, I drove myself out and moved in down the street. Chris has introduced me to many of my closest friends. We have climbed out windows, jumped off bridges, won and lost tournaments, had cats fall out of our ceiling, and have become brothers along the way.

Kyle Bergquist

Groomsman

Kyle was my randomly assigned bunkmate freshman year at the University of New Hampshire. We immediately became friends and roomed together all four years of our undergrad. Unlike my genetically related brothers, who are all so similar, Kyle and I had complimenting personalities; opposite leaning dispositions which lead to being the best roommates ever. Kyle and I shared many interests and experiences. I could always count on a big smile, a big hug, and a new perspective. He is my brother from another mother and one of the warmest friends anyone could hope for.

Bryan Jones

Groomsman

My older brother Bryan has led me by example from my first steps. He showed me how to stay out of trouble and then later how to get into it. Being only a year ahead of me in school, we were classmates and teammates and despite getting completely frustrated with each other and arguing non-stop we were always friends. Bryan has taken on burdens for me and shown me tremendous strength in the darkest times. He is someone who rises to the occasion and exceeds what you thought possible.

Sam Jones

Groomsman

Sam was my right hand on many adventures and in many battles against ninjas, dragons, and at least one time, a ninja dragon. He has always been willing and able to go deep into imaginative places with me. Although Sam had two older brothers, he paved his own path and has become a brilliant and inspirational friend. We challenge and push each other intellectually and I often find myself asking for his help both professionally and personally.

Elliot Holbrook-Dunn

Groomsman

When I was nineteen I became an older brother for the second time. Since 'younger brother' was already taken Elliot became my 'wee bro'. It has been such a joy in my life to see Elliot grow up. He is amazingly imaginative, intuitive, and compassionate. I admire him and I am sure soon enough I will look up to him (literally). Simultaneously, as he becomes a man he helps me to remain a kid.

Travel

Airport

The closest and most convenient airport is Detroit Metro (DTW) located approximately 20 minutes east of Ypsilanti.

Hampton Inn Ann Arbor South

There are a limited number of rooms being reserved at the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor South at a rate of $119/night until August 1. If calling, please mention the Curtin-Jones wedding to receive the group rate or click on "Visit Website" below to make reservations online.

Located at 925 Victors Way, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48108.

Check In: 3PM
Check Out: 12PM

Located approximately 8 miles from the Ypsilanti Freighthouse.

*The block of rooms are for the evening of Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2. If you would like to extend your stay, please call the hotel directly to make your reservation so you can still take advantage of the group rate.


AirBnb (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti)

AirBnb has a variety of accommodations around the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. You can find anything from a private room that is more budget friendly than a hotel room to an entire house/apartment for larger groups.

FYI

Wednesday, August 30-Friday, September 1 is The University of Michigan's Fall Orientation for students which is usually directly followed by move in weekend for returning students. This typically means hotels and other accommodations are fully booked over those dates so please plan accordingly. Additionally, Ann Arbor will be very busy over the weekend with increased traffic and visitors.

Local Attractions

Restaurants

Zingerman's Deli (Highly Recommended!)
Sandwiches, Coffee, Desserts
422 Detroit Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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The Original Cottage Inn
Pizza, Salad, Pasta
512 E William Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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Tomukun Korean BBQ
Korean BBQ
505 E Liberty Street Suite 100
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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Palio
Italian
347 South Main Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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BD's Mongolian Grill
200 South Main Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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The Session Room
Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads, Beer Garden
3685 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor MI 48103
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Ma Lou's Fried Chicken
15 W Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti MI 48197

Sightseeing & Shopping

Michigan Stadium
1201 South Main Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Your trip to Ann Arbor isn't complete without a stop at The Big House! The second biggest stadium in the world, record setting attendance drew a crowd of 115,109 in 2013 when UM defeated Notre Dame.

Although the stadium is not open to the public, you can request a tour here: http://facilityrentals.ath.umich.edu/index.php/facility-tours/
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The University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Abor MI 48109
UM boasts quite an impressive art collection. Work by Edgar Degas, Picasso, Ansel Adams, and more can all be found here.
http://umma.umich.edu/
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Downtown Ann Arbor
Main Street
State Street
Enjoy a day of walking around downtown and exploring. Peak into gift shops, stop for lunch, or grab a coffee and enjoy the day.
http://mainstreetannarbor.org/
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Briarwood Mall
100 Briarwood Circle
Ann Arbor MI 48108
Get your shopping on.
http://www.simon.com/mall/briarwood-mall
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 North Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor MI 48105
The Botanical Gardens includes exotics plants from around the world, trails, and outdoor display gardens. The Gardens are free and open 7 days a week.
http://www.lsa.umich.edu/MBG/

Bars

Ashley's
338 South State Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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Conor O'Neills
318 South Main Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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Heidelberg
215 North Main Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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Bab's Underground Lounge
213 Ashley Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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Arbor Brewing Company
114 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104

Detroit, MI

Detroit is approximately 40 miles west of Ypsilanti. The City is on the rebound and is full of historic architecture, good eats, and museums. Below are some of the highlights.

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
www.dia.org
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Motown Museum
2648 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48208
Detroit is the birthplace of Motown! The Museum has an impressive array of artifacts, photographs, and other memorabilia.
http://www.motownmuseum.org/
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Michigan Science Center
5020 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Live stage shows, an IMAX® Dome Theatre, a Planetarium, 250+ hands-on exhibits, lab activities, special exhibits and more!
http://www.mi-sci.org/
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Belle Isle Park
The bridge to enter Belle Isle Park is located at the intersection of Jefferson Ave and East Grand Blvd, just east of downtown.
A 2.5-mile-long, 982-acre island park, located in the international waters of the Detroit River featuring a number of historic public landmarks including the Belle Isle Aquarium, Belle Isle Casino, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and the James Scott Memorial Fountain. Walk over the bridge and the park is free!
https://www.belleisleconservancy.org/
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Astoria Pastry Shop
541 Monroe Street
Detroit, MI 48226
This place is heaven.
http://astoriapastryshop.com/

**Astoria Pastry Shop is located in Greektown which always fun to check out! http://greektowndetroit.org/
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Casinos

Motor City Casino - 2901 Grand River Avenue
Greektown Casino - 555 E Lafayette Street
MGM Grand Detroit - 1777 3rd Avenue
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The Detroit Tigers
Staying after the wedding? Watch the Tigers at Comerica Park!
Sunday, Sept. 3 at 1:10PM (vs. Cleveland Indians)
Monday, Sept. 4 at 1:10PM (vs. KC Royals)
http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/

Photos

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Registry

Your love, support, and company on our wedding day is truly the greatest present we could ever receive. Therefore, we have not created a registry and do not wish for any gifts. However, we understand there are those who would still like to honor us with something extra so a contribution to our saving pot would really make our day.

We can't wait to celebrate with all of you!
Phrosne Ras