Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My apologies!

Hello Hello!!

As much as I LOVE to write about my wedding experiences and the fabulous vendors who help make it happen, unfortunately time has been a huge factor lately! I am slowly but surely catching up! With summer activities, life commitments, and booked weddings, I am having a love affair with my bed more so than my computer these days!!

Thanks for understanding!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Victoria & Daniel

Ceremony Location: The Hope Chapel, Shelby Township

Reception Location: Twin Lakes Golf & Swim Club, Oakland Township

# Guests: 160

Wedding Colors: Kelly Green & Black/White Damask

Emergency Kit Items Used: Scissors

Vickie and I met at a downtown Royal Oak Starbucks last winter. We must have talked for an hour and a half, much to the dismay of my parking meter! Both she and Daniel are engineers, and Vickie is also a part-time Arbonne consultant.

The spring day was mild, the ceremony and reception were effortless (much in part to the GREAT staff at Twin Lakes, thanks so much Rebecca and Chris!).

Congratulations & Best Wishes to you both!

This cake stand was really neat!

Tall centerpieces:

Loooove the linens!!

Menu cards, and golf ball/tee set favors:

Whole room shot:

Place cards :)

Vickie & Dan's Vendors:
Hotel - Hyatt Place, Utica
Hair - Shapes Salon, Kim & team
Bakery - Cake Creations by Marie 586-784-8470
Florist - Irelynn Designs, April Oboza 734-818-7135
Photo Booth - Rock The Booth, Tyson
Videographer - Chad Irvin 734-634-6058
Photographer - Jennifer MacPherson
Shuttle - Lavdas Limos
Officiant - Chapel Services by Christine 248-628-9000

Neely & Chris

Ceremony & Reception Location: The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

# Guests: 180

Wedding Colors: Peach, Champagne, Ivory, Vintage theme

Emergency Kit Items Used: Band-Aids, tape, birthday candles

HISTORY was the theme for this beautiful May day! And what better a location than Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum?!

Nelly & Chris were married in The Henry Ford's Anderson Theatre. The original plan was for the ceremony to be outside in the court yard, but rain from the previous day and a little sprinkle that day had made the ground a bit too soft for the event. For an alternate location, really, it was just as beautiful ~ The ceremony made even more fabulous by a surprise set up by Neely for Chris's former Western Michigan University band mates who performed during the recessional in the theatre balcony in a sort-of "flash mob" feel.

A bagpiper greeted guests as they entered, along with a trio of musicians from Rhythm Society Orchestra. This company ALSO provided a pair of awesome swing dancers who gave guests a lesson later!

Nelly really left no stone un-turned in the planning of her wedding. Every element was carefully selected, from the band, to the lighting, to the escort cards, even down to the charms I witnessed the bridesmaids pulling from a cake at the hotel~ And all came together just beautifully! (More info on the charm tradition here) The Henry Ford event staff turned the room from Museum to Wedding in no time flat. Very impressive! Absolutely everyone we worked with there was helpful, accommodating, and went above and beyond the call of duty! I know I tend to say that often, but everyone (including us) truly appreciates a positive experience.

Oh, and I must mention that BOTH the bride's and groom's birthdays were on their wedding day! How cool is that? For the occasion, we put white candles on the cake and lit them upon the grand entrance, as guests sung happy birthday.

Neely & Chris were such a great couple to work with; I was honored to have the opportunity to get to know them a little better throughout their planning stages. This was one wedding I had been very excited for for a long time, as I am sure the couple was also!

THANK YOU, congratulations, and best wishes! You two rock!

Escort card table and wishing tree "guest book" ....

Escort cards doubled as favors and were small compasses:

Some room shots...not everyone can say that they had a large plane hovering above their reception room!

Captain's table before flowers arrived:

Cake, pre-candles:

Each table's centerpiece was also surrounded by candles, and a few framed family photos. It was no mistake that all of the frames coordinated with the wood of the guest chairs and in the museum:

Neely & Chris's Vendors:
Hotel - Hyatt Regency, Dearborn
Bakery - Iverson's Bakery 313-563-5161
Videographer - Two Penny Productions
Photographer - Siesser Photography
Limo/Shuttle - Dearborn Transportation 313-333-6760
Officiant - Judge Mark J. Somers 313-943-2060
Ceremony Music - Rondo String Quartet

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy June Anniversaries!

Happy happy 1-Year anniversaries to our June 2010 couples!

Stephanie & Gabe, married June 26, 2010; Photo courtesy of Amanda Williams Photography:

And Alicia & Nate, married June 25, 2010; Photo courtesy of MPK Photo:

Wishing you many more happy anniversaries!

Julie & Gary

Ceremony & Reception Location: Colony Club, Detroit

# Guests: 170

Wedding Colors: Eggplant, Champagne, Gold

Emergency Kit Items Used: Wire cutters, safety pins

Back to one of my favorite places, Detroit's Colony Club! I always look forward to working with them ~ And as always, they were so accommodating, professional, helpful. I can just never gush enough about this terrific venue.

The entire day and night went terrific-ally! Is that even a word? Probably not ;) Here are a few shots we took, and hopefully we'll be able to post a few professional photos by photographer Emily Dowd soon!

Detroit Popcorn caramel corn favors:

The centerpieces were a variety of tall and short:

Delicious cake!

Full room set up:

Short centerpieces:

The couple's well-adored fur-baby Petey was unable to make it to the event! However, he attended in this form:

Place card table and more room views from the balcony:

Julie & Gary were totally awesome, we had fun working with them and all of their terrific vendors!

Julie & Gary's Vendors:
Hair - M'Bardot Salon, Cassi
Makeup - I Make You Up, Aleksandra
Bakery - East Detroit Bakery 586-776-6450
Florist - Kristi's Flowers 313-231-3792
Photographer - EJ Photography, Emily Dowd
DJ - Memory Makers, Scott
Limo/Shuttle - The Night Move 248-342-7593
Officiant - Secular Ceremony Services, Kirk Haas