Ceremony Location: St. Patrick's Parish, Brighton
Reception Location: Laurel Manor, Livonia
Wedding Colors: Black & White, with touches of Red
# Guests: 250
Emergency Kit Items Used: Sharpie, Stick Lighter, Scissors
Bride Rachel's (I say this of course because my name is also Rachel!) day began at her home for hair & makeup. The ladies in the bridal party took care of their own hair and makeup, but Rachel's was done by her cousin Heather who was also a bridesmaid and is a former bride of mine. Heather has done my makeup in the past and is fabulous! Rachel looked beautiful!
My day for Kevin & Rachel's wedding started at Laurel Manor where I got to work getting all of the wedding items together and placed. Lots of red rose petals and votives! I also chopped the stems off of quite a few dozen red roses and poked them in to the existing Laurel Manor centerpieces to add a bit of color, and placed the escort cards, lottery ticket favors on each of the approximately 250 place settings, and a few other items.
Laurel Manor provided virtually everything else as part of their package (including cake, centerpieces, lighting, GOBO, and linens), so very few outside vendors were used. The room was ready for all of the final touches when I arrived. Red up-lights and lots of floating and votive candles illuminated the room.
Guests arrived at 6:00 pm to enjoy cocktails and vegetable snacks. A special surprise speech was prepared for the couple by both of the fathers, and then guests were served a plated dinner with cake for dessert.
Kevin & Rachel's first dance as husband and wife was also made further special as it was sung and performed by their best man, Kevin, who did an excellent job. After the father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, and a special dance with the couple and Kevin's grandparents, tunes were further spun by DJ Lawton Lunce of Sweet Sounds. The couple ditched the traditional garter/bouquet events in favor of getting the party started and keeping it going. The guests at this wedding really knew how to party!
Photographer Michelle Binge of Studio Blue (888-556-7510) was also on top of capturing everything that day ~ Looking forward to seeing the finished product!
Thanks so much, Rachel & Kevin! I've said it before and I'll say it again: You rock!!
Table settings with favors: