Ceremony Location: Fort Street Presbyterian, Detroit
Reception Location: Colony Club, Detroit
Wedding Colors: Ivory, Champagne, Black, Gold
# Guests: 185
Emergency Kit Items Used: Eyelash adhesive, pearl pins, scissors
Amy's day-of beauty started very early in the morning at the Marriott-Renaissance Detroit, with Stephanie of Deux Adore doing the ladies' hair, and one of my favorite chickies, Aleksandra Adams of I Make You Up, for air-brush makeup. All of the girls, especially our bride, looked absolutely fabulous! Amy Carroll of Amy Carroll Photography and familiar face John Kerfoot of TriFoot Productions were also present to capture photos and footage.
We stopped by nearby Fort Street Presbyterian before the ceremony on the way to the reception venue for a minor eyelash emergency. The couple had chosen our Package II which is 8 hours reception coordination, but the church was so close that we were glad to have been able to help save the day :)
And then, off to Colony Club. This place has seriously become one of my favorite venues to work with. Not only is it gorgeous, but the staff is so very helpful and accommodating, and will do just about anything for their clients and vendors. They really focus on making the day run as smoothly as possible for all involved. I can not express just how much this is appreciated!
When we arrived, Izabela and her team from GoIzzy were very busy setting up the stunning florals which included 2 types of centerpieces, head table arrangements, and arrangements for the cocktail tables. My assistant and I got right to the inventory of the wedding items and placing them out. LOTS of votive candles to go around, memory table items, escort cards, table numbers, bathroom baskets, favor cards, even a basket of flip-flops for later foot relief ~ And Colony Club staff had so awesomely already set up the gold charger plates and menu cards. The paper details for this wedding were beautiful and much attention was paid to detail.
A view of the captain's table, cake table and some guest tables from the mezzanine level:
A table full of vintage family wedding photos....I love these!
A couple of guest tables with centerpieces:
Delicious cake by Holiday Market. The cake stand and cake knives were also gold (I don't see them in gold too often, usually they are silver-tone), very ornate and so pretty!
Place settings complete with paper goods, and a couple more mezzanine views:
Upon arrival to the Colony Club in their Royal Transportation limo-bus, the bridal party stopped at the Detroit Fire Station across the street from the venue for some photos (can't wait to see those!), and finished just in time to enjoy some of the remaining cocktail hour downstairs where guitarist Tyler Vess (313-445-0150) played some ambiance music for the guests. The couple got a sneak peek of their reception room before guests were ushered upstairs, we got the veil out of Amy's hair, and it was time to get the rest of the reception in full swing!
After toasts, speeches, and a plated dinner with cake for dessert, the wedding band Persuasion really got the crowd out of their seats. The dance floor was literally chock-full of people all night long, it was great! Later guests enjoyed a late-night pizza snack.
Amy, I will miss working with you and your parents; such great people! Thank you so much for your organization and generosity! Best wishes, Amy & Dan, hope you are enjoying Maui!!!
Kara & Nick's wedding day was probably one of the windiest days so far this fall! I have not known weather to ruin any of my couples' days thus far though, and Kara and Nick were no exception.
Kara's day of beauty began in her suite at the Westin Book Cadillac with Chrissy from Bridesmaid Beautiful doing hair, and Aleksandra of I Make You Up there for makeup. Photographer Amanda Williams also arrived at the hotel to capture these moments, and everyone of course looked fabulous!
Wyandotte Trolley was the bridal party's means of transportation for the day, picking up the ladies and men separately and getting them to Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian. The ceremony was run by church coordinator Linda Rumon and officiated by Rev. Peter Smith. Videographer Adam of S2R Productions was in the house to get ceremony footage. My package for this day was reception-only, but heard everything went off smoothly as planned.
I began my day at the beautiful Colony Club where tables, linens and chiavari chairs had already been set, and Weber's Floral had been in to do the 3 different types of tall and short centerpieces. The centerpieces had unique stands and even the vases left for the head table matched. Very pretty!
Bertha at Colony Club had already so kindly started setting up the place cards which were cards placed in wine cork halves. (Much appreciated!) I got to setting up the many votives, votive cups, tea lights, and other assorted candles in the reception room, cocktail room & mezzanine levels, plus some other personal items. All of the rooms looked very pretty! Colony Club's main reception room is very ornate with the gold embellishments, high ceilings, mirrors, and wood floors ~ Very stunning!
Their cake by Sweet Dreams (248-737-8900):
Traditional head table before candles lit and bouquets added:
Views from the mezzanine level:
Guests arrived for cocktail hour on the first floor where guitarist Rick Zerndt (734-261-2585) played some light music. In the meantime, Kara, Nick and their bridal party snuck in a side entrance so they could be the first to view the 3rd-floor reception room before anyone else. Guests were then ushered upstairs and we prepared for the grand entrance.
Before dinner, a special event involving a cardboard cut-out of the groom's brother Pete made an appearance. Originally, he was going to be unable to attend the wedding due to military obligations, so Kara had prepared a surprise taped speech from the would-be best man and a full-length cardboard form of him to be placed out during the toasts and speeches. In the last couple days before the wedding, the couple learned that Pete was going to be able to attend and serve as best man after all ~ but the funny cut-out was still rolled out as a joke and surprise. Everyone seemed to get a pretty good laugh out of it!
A delicious dinner was then served, with cake following for dessert. Nick & Kara shared their first dance and dances with their parents, and then dancing began ~ Tunes spun by Kevin Joynt of Mike Staff Productions. Guests also enjoyed having their photos taken up in the mezzanine in the photo booth by Heather at Rock The Booth. Always a big hit!
Thank you and congratulations, Nick & Kara! Hope you are having a fabulous time in Greece!
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From 1992-1997, I worked for a banquet facility. I started out as wait staff, then bartended, and was then promoted to work in the office booking weddings and other events. I had a daughter in 1997 and had to leave the facility, moving on to work at one of metro Detroit's many automotive suppliers. I enjoyed working at the banquet facility TREMENDOUSLY; I love all things wedding. And yes! I have planned a wedding of my own also! I decided to take a crack at branching out on my own, and here I am! I appreciate and respect my couples, their families and guests, and handle each wedding as if it were my own. I am no stranger to hard work and the job gets done, and done well, if I do say so myself. I believe I go above and beyond for my clients and I will do the same for you. Try me :)