Friday, August 20, 2010

Christine & John

Ceremony Location: Longacre House, Farmington Hills

Reception Location: St. Mary's Cultural Center, Livonia

Wedding Colors: Red, Black, White

# Guests: 170

Emergency Kit Items Used: Glue, rubber bands, bobby pins, clear tape, super-sticky-extra-duty outdoor tape (I don't think that's the technical name for it though, but it worked!)

Christine and her girls began their day of beauty at 6 Salon in Birmingham. After all of their appointments, everyone headed to Longacre House in Farmington Hills for makeup by Aleksandra Adams and her team from I Make You Up. Longacre House is actually an historic home with various rooms set aside for different things. The home has a nice bridal suite with a private bathroom, and a similar room across the hall for the groom and his guys to get ready in.

While the girls were getting dolled up, my assistant and I arrived at St. Mary's to inventory all of the wedding items and begin set-up. We draped tulle and icicle lights from the head table, got the cookie buffet containers ready (the escort card table was to later be transformed in to the cookie buffet table), and set up the memory table. Jessica of Elegant Linens arrived to place the chair covers and tie the red sashes.

On to the ceremony site! Boy, was the air conditioning working over-time that day there, and everywhere in Metro Detroit! It was a HOT one. We had some hot July days, but this August day was a killer ~ One of those days where you walk out from a comfortably air-conditioned space and the heat and humidity hits you like a ton of bricks!

This was not to destroy Christine and John's day, however! The threat of rain during their outdoor ceremony was also no match for this wedding. It started sprinkling about 10 minutes before the ceremony was to start, but the show went on. Luckily it never reached downpour status and the ceremony went off as planned, and beautifully I might add!

We added shepherd's hooks to line the aisles, and hung pretty potted plants with white flowers, red flowers, butterflies and some greenery added by Christine's sister. Programs and unity sand set were placed, and also two large red bins with bottled water iced down - much needed and appreciated on this very hot day.

Rev. Kirk Haas officiated, with music by family friend Joann Wright. While the ceremony was underway, my assistant and I spent some down-time loading LOTS of trays of cookies in to our vehicles. The cookies were home-baked by members of Christine and John's families, and would later be used at the reception for their "cookie buffet".

After their ceremony ended, the couple exited to their Harley-Davidson F350 limo by Millenium Limousine to spend a few moments together. (Nice ride!) In a few minutes, they returned for formal photos with their photographer Tammy Labar of Tres Jolie Photography on the Longacre grounds and gardens. Our goal for the brief limo break was for the couple to leave and guests would hopefully then disburse and head back to their hotel or to the reception. However, I think a lot of guests thought that the reception was also to take place at Longacre inside the house, so they lingered for a little longer than we expected!

My assistant was sent back during the ceremony to make the final touches on the room. When I arrived at St. Mary's, Kathy of Floral Expressions by Kathy had the centerpieces in and was also making her final touches. DJ's Misty and Charles of Bigfoot DJ's had also arrived, and the wedding cupcakes had been set up by Just Baked.

Guests arrived to enjoy appetizers and the couple's signature drink, "The Dirty Fergie", one of the best signature drink names I have witnessed to-date! The name was fitting, considering that the bride's new last name was to be Ferguson.

My assistant and I served the bride and groom their salads and dinners, and everyone else was served buffet-style. Ice cream was served for dessert, and cupcakes in different flavors were taken from the cupcake tower. During dinner, we snuck out to the lobby and put the cookie buffet together. It was a huge hit; we were re-filling the cookie jars all night long!

After dinner, dancing ensued ~ and the couple was even treated to what seemed to be their own private rainbow in the sky! How perfect is that?! I cannot wait to see the photos of that one!

Christine and "Ferg", thank you SO much for letting us be a part of your day! Special thanks also to your sister Stacy and her partner Sue for all of their help, humor, and great conversation through the day and night! Hope you are having a fabulous time in Tennessee!!

Escort card table and signature mat ~ later the cookie buffet table:

Illuminated head table:

Memory table, special candles made for both of Christine's parents who have passed:

Cupcakes & Cupcake tower by Just Baked in Livonia:

All of the red, the candles and head table lighting created a romantic mood ;)

Centerpieces, candles, table numbers and red napkins:

Looking forward to the pro photos (Psst - Tammy....hehe)! I had to take these photos with my Blackberry camera!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stephanie & Gabe Sneaky Peeky!

Just a few amazing sneak peeks from Stephanie & Gabe's wedding in June!

Photos courtesy of Amanda Williams of Amanda Williams Photography who is not only fabulous and fun to work with, but also truly one of the best friends a chick could ask for. Thank you Amanda!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Alicia & Nathan Pro Pics!

Alicia & Nate were married June 26, 2010 at Fern Hill Golf Club in Clinton Township. Enjoy this sneak peek of their pro photos by Mark Kelly at MPK Photo!

More can be viewed here.

The navy & pink came together beautifully!

Beautiful ladies with their parasols!

Memory table:

A personal favorite! I am a fan of fleeting moments captured!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy August Anniversaries!

Sending very happy one-year anniversaries out to our August 2009 couples!

Kelle & Victor married on August 8, 2009. Congratulations are also in order as they are expecting their first child this winter! (Photograph courtesy of Kreativ Imaging) This couple's wedding details here:

Sabrina & Nate married August 9, 2009 (photograph courtesy of Sam Sarkis) This couple's wedding details here:

Jackie & Brad married August 21, 2009 ~ Also expecting their first child, this month! (photograph courtesy of KBL Photography) This couple's wedding details here:

Nicole & Terrence, married August 22, 2009 (photo courtesy of Amy Boeve). This couple's wedding details here:

More photos from most of the weddings above can be found in our Facebook Fan Page albums!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

LaDawn & Kyle

Ceremony Location: Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Detroit @ Belle Isle

Reception Location: Belle Isle Casino, Detroit

Wedding Colors: Pale green , pale yellow & metallic gold

# Guests: 280

Emergency Kit Items Used: Scissors, tape, Ibuprofen

Wow, what a gorgeous but HOT July day it turned out to be in Detroit! LaDawn & Kyle's wedding day for me was also a throwback to my childhood in a way, taking me back to memories of visiting Belle Isle ~ the zoo, the conservatory, the beach, the aquarium. Belle Isle has quite a lot of history, both the Casino and Conservatory designed in the early 1900's by well-known Detroit architect Albert Kahn.

Prior to this wedding, I had not been to Belle Isle in years. At our first booking last winter, the island seemed so quiet and grey as anything does in the winter. But, at our final meeting and on this summer day, it was just blooming, pumped full of life and activity once again!

LaDawn and her court of ladies began the day at the Marriott Renaissance getting hair and makeup done. Likewise, Kyle and his men also got ready there in a different suite. With a bridal party of twenty-eight persons (yes, 28!), preparations needed to start very early!

My assistant and I arrived on the island around noon where the Casino building was opened for us. This is where the transformation began! Party Time Rentals started setting up the tables, and this is the room we started with:

Needless to say, we knew we had our work cut out for us, but we were confident that everything would get done! Belle Isle Casino is basically a building rental type of reception site. Therefore virtually everything needs to be contracted out and brought in from tables (the building has some round tables and also chairs which we used, but our bride really loved the look of long tables so these were rented) to flatware to plates to bartenders and servers. We love a good challenge!

Stephanie and her crew from Stephanie's Wedding Creations and Melissa from Irelynn Designs arrived with the linens and florals. Also, Jordan of AV7 set up uplighting, a GOBO monogram, and uniquely placed an uplight on the lower floor of the Casino directly under the glass block floor upstairs, which would later be serving as the couple's dance floor.

Slowly but surely, the room really began to look like a wedding reception would be taking place soon. Personal wedding items were placed, a candy buffet was set up, place settings and menu cards arranged, bar items unpacked. Everyone worked extremely hard to take this room from zero to wedding in just a few hours!

Meanwhile, preparations were also being done at the Conservatory building. Due to the nature of the reception venue and all of the work that had to be done there, the couple wanted us to focus on the reception. A close family friend and really sweet lady, Lenora Benvenutti, was on-board specifically to remain at the Conservatory to coordinate the ceremony along with a team of hostesses. The ceremony got off to a bit of a late start but went off as planned, complete with a dramatic exit for the newly married couple: a horse-drawn carriage to escort them around the island for post-wedding photos!

Guests then began filing over to the Casino building for cocktail hour out on the patio complete with a singer and festive music. Here they were served some light appetizers and fruits, lemonade, and two refreshing signature drinks sporting the wedding colors of yellow and green.

When all of the water glasses were filled, candles lit, and finishing touches made, the reception room was opened to the guests. The hostesses received guests and let them know their table assignments, and everyone made their way upstairs.

Photographer Jen MacPherson of Amanda Williams Photography and videographer Adam of S2R Productions arrived at the Casino building with the bridal party to get a few more photos and footage, and then the reception could get underway! LaDawn and Kyle decided that for the grand entrance, small groups of 3-5 wedding party members each would be announced together versus the traditional couple-after-couple kind of entrance. Seven groups were rounded up and entered the room on either side of the stairs, each with a different song to enter to. Also, the couple's first dance and cake cutting were done immediately following their entrance ~ a good idea for those who want to get some of the formalities and photo ops taken care of early-on, so that they may enjoy more of their reception later.

On to dinner and dancing! CJ of CJ's Catering (248-615-9254) and his staff did an excellent and professional job with dinner. The cake was provided by Chene Modern Bakery, and was cut and served for dessert. Bridal party and guests then hit the dance floor with sounds spun by DJ Byron (313-622-1080) and visited the photo booth by Rock The Booth.

The late start of the ceremony did not alter the flow for the rest of the evening; everything still got done as scheduled and the couple, their families, friends and bridal party had plenty of time to really enjoy the reception. In LaDawn's own words, this wedding was no cake-walk, but all of her planning and hard work paid off in the end.

Best wishes, LaDawn & Kyle! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of it all!

(Very special thanks go out to Melissa from Irelynn Designs, she really went above and beyond to help us out that day!!!!)

The long tables set up:

Place settings complete with linens, florals, candles, chargers, flatware, menu cards:

Cake table:

One half of the room after table set-up:

Gobo behind main platform of head table:

More table set-up:

Candy buffet with candies in shades of green and yellow: