Sunday, July 18, 2010

Beth & Justin, Revisited!

Beth & Justin were married May 15, 2010. I think Ryan & Holly Gauper of Gauper Photo captured my favorite bride photo to date...

"Beth, Tresemme' and Jesus"...

Beth & Justin's gorgeous memory table....

Place settings including well thought-out paper details...

Delicious cake ~

So many candles!

Another colorful personal favorite!

For the rest of the photos for Beth & Justin's day, please see my Facebook fan page album. All photos courtesy of Gauper Photo. Thank you!

Congratulations again, Beth & Justin!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Availability 2010

We still have some terrific dates available for this year!

Available 2010 Dates (Saturdays listed only; please inquire for Friday and Sunday dates):

August: 21, 28
September: 25
October: 9, 16, 23
November: 6, 13, 20, 27
December: 4, 11, 18

Please send me an email TODAY if you would like to book yourself some peace of mind on your wedding day!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Stephanie & Gabe

Ceremony Location: Holy Cross Hungarian Church, Detroit MI

Reception Location: Laurel Manor, Livonia MI

Wedding Colors: Dark purple & silver

# Guests: 160

Emergency Kit Items Used: My vehicle ;) , scissors

Another toasty but great summer day began with Stephanie and her girls getting dolled up by a family friend Debbie doing the bridesmaids' hair, and Kristen from Bridal Beauty On Location doing Stephanie's hair plus makeup for she and her mom. Stephanie's hair was mainly down and it looked just gorgeous; I love it when brides choose this over an up-do if they normally wear their hair down most other days!

This couple opted for our 8-hour reception package while a family friend handled the ceremony at Holy Cross Hungarian Church in Detroit. So, our day began a couple of hours prior to reception start time at Laurel Manor. When we arrived, Heather from MPE Events and her crew really transformed the space in to something spectacular! Half of the centerpieces were birch tree branches holding purple roses and small votive lanterns, and the other half were purple roses submerged in varying heights of cylinder vases which we surrounded with small votive candles. They had hung an ivory backdrop with deep purple swag behind the head table, and strung twinkling lights across the front. Adding to the ambiance were purple uplights around the entire room, and table numbers in lead crystal frames. MPE also did the chair covers with deep purple satin sashes, and all of the florals for the ceremony and reception.

Stephanie & Gabe's favors were personalized shot glasses with assorted candies inside, each in a cute box tied with purple ribbon. We also set up the place cards, and a small children's activity table complete with a tea set and a basket of various activity books and crayons. The children at this reception, however, seemed to enjoy the dance floor most of the night!

When the reception room doors were opened, guests were treated to cocktails, and a lovely table of hot and cold appetizers. Famous and fan-tabulous photographer Amanda Williams of Amanda Williams Photography, and videographer John Kerfoot of Tri-Foot Productions arrived with the bridal party after off-site bridal photos and our night began!

Guests enjoyed a plated dinner and then cake by a family friend Kathey Fox for dessert. Later, DJ Aaron of A-Team Productions got everyone out of their seats and on to the dance floor!

We did have a little bit of drama later in the evening, but it was on purpose! In order to celebrate their Hungarian heritage, the couple opted for something similar to a dollar dance but with a little more background. Stephanie and Gabe danced with guests as their maid of honor and best man collected the dollars on plates. At some point. our bride was "kidnapped" by a male guest and was held ransom, while Gabe and his groomsmen enjoyed a shot at the bar and got a game plan together. The money from the dance was taken from the plates and used to "buy back" the bride. Once she was rescued and brought back in, the groom broke the plates and together the couple swept up the broken pieces. Reading more on this part of it, I found the following from this source:

"This tradition has its roots in two superstitions; that chips bring happiness and the newlyweds show a will to cooperate by jointly sweeping the chips away and their marriage will therefore be harmonious"

With all of that excitement over, guests then danced the night away and enjoyed the rest of their time together.

Thank you so much for finding us, Stephanie & Gabe, and trusting us with your day! Congratulations and good luck!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Heather & Steve, Revisited

Heather & Steve were married in January 2010. I fell in love with the deep teal, silver & black color scheme and all of the pretty winter details! Pro photos by Jen MacPherson of Amanda Williams Photography.

Heather & Steve's wedding details here, and for more photos please see my Facebook fan page album, Heather & Steve, January 2010. Enjoy!

Yummy cake by Elite Sweets!

Pretty flowers!

Wedding rings in a crystal tree:

Signature drink ~ Snowball Martini!

Head table, two tiers!

Gorgeous brooch added to her bouquet:

Downtown Plymouth....

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy July Anniversary!

Happy happy one-year anniversary to Ashley & Trevor Sheldon, married July 10, 2009. Ashley & Trevor's wedding details here.

Photograph courtesy of Amanda Williams Photography.

More photos from their orange and pink wedding located in the albums of my Facebook fan page under Ashley & Trevor July 2009. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Alicia & Nathan

Ceremony & Reception Location: Fern Hill Golf Club, Clinton Township

Wedding Colors: Navy Blue & Fuchsia

# of Guests: 190

Emergency Kit Items Used: Super Glue, pins, tape

Alicia and her girls began this day with hair done by two of Alicia's bridesmaids, and makeup done by airbrush artist Aleksandra Adams. They all looked just terrific!

My assistant and I arrived to Fern Hill where the basic room setup was pretty much finished, all linens and chair covers done by Fern Hill. Photographer Mark Kelly of MPK Photo and videographer John Kerfoot of Trifoot Productions were ready and waiting for the arrival of our bride and her girls. Florist April Oboza of Irelynn Designs had also arrived to set up her beautiful floral centerpieces and all of the bridal flowers. Shortly thereafter, Nathan and his guys arrived and we began pinning bouts on them.

We then set out all of the wedding items...lots of candles and memory table, and even a basket of "dancing shoes" (flip flops that guests could later take when their feet got sore!). Alicia and Nate would later have Rock The Booth photo booth at their reception, so their escort cards were inside frames that would later hold the photo strips. Great idea!

The couple also opted for a "Captain's Table" over the traditional head table which goes straight across. I LOVE captain's tables! The entire bridal party (and in this case, their dates or spouses also) gets to sit together and have better views of each other while they dine.

The ceremony was on the Fern Hill grounds in their gazebo area on the golf course. There, we set up shepherd's hooks with fuchsia tissue pomander balls hanging, and instead of a unity candle they opted for a letter box. The letter box was locked and contained a letter written by each of them and is meant to be opened only when a reminder is needed of the reasons they chose to be married.

Guests then headed to the Crown Room for some appetizers and cocktails, then a buffet dinner and cake for dessert made by Nathan's sweet grandmother, Loretta. DJ's Josh and Charles of Bigfoot DJ lead dancing and MC'd for the evening.

All in all, a great day and night! Thanks Alicia & Nathan, so glad to hear your time in Mexico was great! Congratulations!