Monday, October 4, 2010

Kara & Nick

Ceremony Location: Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, Detroit

Reception Location: Colony Club, Detroit

Wedding Colors: Eggplant, brown, gold

# Guests: 165

Emergency Kit Items Used: Blotting papers, safety pins, bobby pins, sticker scraper

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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