Monday, December 14, 2009

Adrienne & Brian

Ceremony & Reception Location: Colony Club, Detroit

Wedding Colors: Burgundy & Gold

# Guests: 190

Emergency Kit Items Used: Double-sided tape, white ribbon, tea light

Adrienne is quite possibly one of the biggest sweethearts I've ever met! I was looking very forward to this one after meeting her once again, and spending quite a long time chatting at the good old Town Pump downtown a couple of weeks prior to the big day. She was soooo organized that she even made up a booklet for me that was chock-full of all of the wedding details. No information is bad information and I SO appreciate everything I can get my hands on!

This was my first wedding at Colony Club and it's a gorgeous venue. The main ballroom is just breathtaking with all of the mirrors, high ceilings and balconies. I was a little worried about parking, being downtown and all, but they have a nearby parking garage that is free for wedding guests and vendors.

The day was a bit chilly but still overall good (no snow storm at least!). We arrived to Colony Club and began setup. CC staff had already set out all of Adrienne's gold charger plates which saved us a ton of time!

The cermony was also to be in the ballroom where the reception was being held. Silk Thumb Florist arrived at the same time as us, and got busy setting up some beautiful arrangements with gorgeous black magic roses. Half of the tables had arrangements, and half had these really cute burgundy feather trees with gold glitter. Another festive touch were the placecard holders which were holiday ornaments. I am so sad that I forgot to take mine home! It is not neccessary for the bride to make up a place card for little ole me, but it makes me feel extra special when they do :)

There were so many pretty things to be set up and they all looked just beautiful in the room. The gold Chiavari chairs and ivory linens really tied everything together. There was a definite "wow factor" seeing everything put together!

Adrienne, Brian, the bridal party, immediate family and of course the famous Dionne Haglund of The Shooting Gallery (some pro photos here) met in the room prior to the ceremony for formal photos. Great idea! This allowed the couple and bridal party to attend and enjoy their cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony.

The ceremony went well, with Rev. Stephen Goodrum officiating, and Panache Entertainment accompanying. As mentioned, immediately following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers on the first floor while myself and the Colony Club staff got the ballroom changed over to complete the reception setup. Instead of a traditional long "head table," the couple opted for a "captain's table" in which they and the bridal party sat all around a large rectangular table versus all in a long straight line. It turned out beautifully once setup was complete.

The room was then once again opened up after the cocktail hour for the reception to begin and for Adrienne & Brian to make their grand entrance. Dinner was absolutely delicious. I've never had a piece of steak I could cut with a butter knife. A butter knife! It was perfectly cooked.

Bertha and Eric at Colony Club were absolutely accomodating and professional, thanks to both of you! I have two more couples who have receptions booked at Colony Club for 2010, so I am looking forward to working with their staff again.

Dave Lavasseur of Mike Staff Productions kept bodies on the dance floor all night, playing some great tunes. It was fun to be able to watch everything from the mezzanine/balcony area.

Other vendors for the day included Aleksandra Adams for makeup, Jason Meyers (248-626-9900) for hair, Cakes By Stephanie, and Adam of SR2 Productions doing video. Invitations by Kate at Custom Paperworks.

Congratulations, Adrienne & Brian! Hope Jamaica was WARM and relaxing! Adrienne, I will miss talking to you, keep in touch!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Taryn & Brian

Ceremony & Reception Location: Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth MI

Wedding Colors: Red, Gold, Brown

# Guests: 130

Emergency Kit Items Used: Safety pins

I was looking forward to this one, as I have not really been to Frankenmuth in years. It also turned out to be a lovely day weather-wise!

We arrived at Bavarian Inn and stopped in to Taryn's suite where her makeup was being done by Jen at Deux Adore. She was energetic, happy, and looked so pretty! We then trekked around to the banquet room area to locate everything and began setup. The banquet lobby at the Bavarian Inn was decked out for the holidays with an impressively HUGE Christmas tree and all sorts of other holiday decor. It looked gorgeous.

Marcia at MK Designs did the florals and centerpieces, and Maya from Sposa Seating was ready with her team to begin the chair covers.

The room really came together after all was complete. Taryn had some of the cutest table numbers I've ever seen, and the DIY Jones Soda bottles (also slightly unique to them because this is also her married last name now) were a huge hit! A soda bottle was placed at each guest setting, on top of a small square placemat in the wedding colors, and we then also placed a ribbon tag on each bottle. We also set up the placecard table and all of the other items for both the reception and the ceremony (which took place at the same location in a different room).

In the ceremony room, even hotel guests could watch it from the balconies of their rooms that looked out to the area. It went smoothly and Taryn & Brian gave each other a cute "high five" after they were pronounced!

Guests headed to the reception room lobby after the ceremony for some appetizers and cocktails. Bavarian Inn served beer, wine and some assorted punches that were delicious.

The dinner buffet to follow was huge and seemed never-ending! There were so many choices and all were tasty! Bavarian Inn staff was very accomodating and on point, even bringing drink orders right to guest tables.

Later the party got started with DJ's Ed & Jason of E & J Entertainment. They did this really cute "Newlywed Game" with Taryn & Brian that everyone got a kick out of, and later a traditional German wedding event called "Sie Leben Hoch" in which the newly married couple are raised in to the air on chairs to be cheered and wished well.

It was also great to work again with photograher Amy Boeve. She does beautiful work and is so easy to work with (some pro photos can now be seen here). Jamie of Shutterspeed Productions was also there to do the video ~ I saw the sneak peek preview and it was great!

Congratulations Taryn & Brian!