We Are Modernly
We care about design as much as you do.
To provide eclectic, modern, and vintage event rentals and experience-driven design.
Caryn Noel Photography
Modernly Events is a specialty event rentals and event design company serving Detroit, Ann Arbor, and the greater southeast Michigan area.
We’re all about making your day not feel like the same old, same old. So no folding tables and plastic chairs here! We care about design and wedding day vibes a lot. As a result, we’ve curated a collection of fun and stylish furniture and decor available to rent for your wedding! Our rentals collection includes icons of mid-century modern design, handmade furniture, bohemian textures, and fun vintage finds.
Beyond providing rentals, we offer a full event design service for a limited number of weddings each year. Our goal is to help you have the wedding you’ve been envisioning. We want to transform your venue, personalize your design, and create an immersive experience for you and your guests.
Make your next event Modernly.
Meet the Team
We’re small, but mighty, and we love good design.
We’re Aimee and Matthew Paquin, the husband and wife team behind Modernly Events!
It’s just us, doing this event rentals thing. You’ll usually see one or both of us on delivery and event days!
Aimee is the founder, designer, buyer, and client manager. When you reach out to us, Aimee will respond to your inquiry. She will also meet with you for a consultation and be your design consultant. She’s the one who decides what to buy for the rentals collection and helps you select the pieces for your event. Aimee’s also the one with big and crazy ideas for custom installations and handmade furniture.
Matthew is the head of logistics, inventory manager, and 75% of the delivery crew. He’s behind the scenes making Aimee’s ideas a reality. He built our fleet of modern hairpin leg farm tables and he’s always working on the next build or keeping the rentals looking like new. Matthew’s also a master at furniture Tetris. On delivery and installation day, he makes sure everything fits and is delivered safe and sound.
Kerby Lou Photography
For those curious about how we got our start in the rentals biz.
That Time We DIY-ed Our Wedding
When Matthew and Aimee were planning their September 2012 wedding, they struggled to find decor and rentals options that fit their design aesthetic. Many of the available options felt too corporate or dated, and just not their style. They also chose a venue that they wanted to transform – the Ford Piquette Plant. So, naturally, the solution was to DIY much of their wedding! They collected or DIY-ed much of their wedding decor, even thrifting a vintage sofa and using their own furniture for a lounge area.
After the wedding, Aimee missed the creative aspect of wedding planning. She also realized that maybe she had what it took to start a wedding business – with a little help from their wedding photographer and publications in Grey Likes Weddings and The Knot Michigan.
The Beginning of Modernly Events
Aimee officially founded Modernly Events in May 2013 with a focus on vintage rentals and event design. She chose the name Modernly because it felt like the right expression of her design aesthetic and love for mid-century modern design. At that time, Aimee was about 4 years into her career as an architectural historian and consultant, and enjoyed it. She explored her love of weddings over the next couple years, while also continuing to work full-time as an architectural historian. Modernly Events became Aimee’s creative outlet. At first, Aimee offered vintage rentals, full event planning, and day-of coordination. After completing a few day-of coordination jobs, she quickly realized the planning side of weddings was not for her! So Aimee began focusing on the rentals side of the business, continuing to thrift and collect vintage furniture and decor.
Modernly Events Today
In 2015, Aimee became a first-time mom and decided to take a break from Modernly Events to figure out that whole work-life balance thing. Less than a year later, Aimee restarted Modernly Events after receiving a well-timed referral from their wedding photographer and acceptance as a vendor into the Rock Sugar Alternative Wedding. Thus kicking off what Aimee considers the true beginning of Modernly Events as it exists today. Over the last two years, Modernly Events has found its niche in the Detroit area providing eclectic event rentals and event design to elevate and transform weddings in a modern, stylish, and fun way.